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29 August 2008 @ 05:42 pm
Holy crap, he did it.  

I am utterly flabbergasted that McCain chose Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. There were rumors, but it didn’t seem likely, what with her being a woman and utterly inexperienced on the national level of politics. It is, as one article said, a Hail Mary pass, and I have an absolute horror of it doing what they hope: pulling disenfranchised female Democrats to the Republican ticket. All I can think is I hope not one of the women who make that choice ever knows anybody who needs an abortion. I would like to think that nobody’s that dumb, but the last two presidential elections in the States have made me a whole lot more cynical than I once was.

As soon as this was announced, somebody emailed me to ask what I thought of Palin. On one hand, she doesn’t seem to take much shit from the oil companies. She talks a good game about rooting out the corruption in Alaskan politics. On the other, my impression of her is that she goes into a situation with her mind already made up, and nothing changes it. Sometimes this has extremely entertaining effects. Others, not so much. Either way, it’s not a trait I want to see in the vice president of the United States. Then again, “Republican” is not a trait I want to see in the VP, so there you go.

Gotta say, this is the first time in history, probably, that Alaskan politics have mattered to the Lower 48….

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: shockedshocked
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Can't believe I'm saying this...
I have been thinking about this all day. I have not looked at any of the articles out there, because I have come to the conclusiong that none of the "experts" writing have a clue about her.

I agree, she is inexperienced. My first reaction was that there are many other women out there more qualified if he's going to that vote. I'm not saying I'm for her or McCain, but there are a few positive things I see in this that are very cool:

1) McCain did not choose here to sway voters in important states. Alaska has only two electroal votes, and is notorious for voting Republican in national elections for the last many, many years.

2) Palin truly came from a middle class family, and is what she says she is. On the other hand, I find it VERY hard to believe that Obama was so poor growing up, since he lived in Hawaii, went to private school, then Harvard, and apparently didn't have the debt from that, since he went off to serve Chicago's poorer neighborhoods.

3) She is not for the war, I believe, but she does support the troops and has always done so. Obama, on the other hand, didn't even ACKNOWLEDGE the line troops when he visited Iraq, and I got that from an enlisted who was there for at least one of the visits.

4) The only thing they can dig up on her is the thing about the cop, and there is more to that. She has stood up to the oil companies for us Alaskans, which is HUGE for us, and stood up to the legislature to make sure we got more money from the record profits to help us through this winter with gas prices so high. She is for the people, and that argues for her, in my opinion.

Lastly, those writers are going to write what they want and what can get a reaction the best. Of course they are going to play her up and a bible thunper, pro-lifer. They are trying to get the right-wing wacko voters that have been shying from McCain. Her religious preferences have never come into play up here, as far as I know.

Her kids go to the same school as mine, and they seem to be good, well raised kids, without psycho-religion, so she and her husband are doing something right.

I wasn't sure about her when she was voted mayor, or governor. I'm definitely uncertain about this. But she at least recognizes her shortcomings, and finds people to fill in her gaps so she can do a good job. How many politicians do you know that are willing to admit ignorance and do something about it?

I still don't know who to vote for. I don't like any of them, but there are a lot worse people out there than Sarah Palin.

I can't believe I just said all those nice things and defended her. For the record, I also tend to think she's a bit of a barbie doll politician.
T.M. Thomastmthomas on August 30th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Her religious preferences may not have come into play in AK, but when she'd be a couple skipped heartbeats away from appointing Supreme Court justices, or champion legislation that defines the pill as abortion, etc., suddenly I'm very concerned about her preferences shaping policy.
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Hmmm. I see your point.

I don't know. Maybe she would use her position to further personal attitudes, but I would hope and Alaskan would have better values than that.

I know I do. I'd pick someone qualified in the law, who will look to the good of the country, not someone to choose the way I think it should be. If all you have around you is yes-men, what's the use?
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on August 30th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Darillian, I made a response and then accidentally deleted it. :< Probably for the best. But I think you misrepresent Obama's bio pretty thoroughly. And if you think living in Hawaii makes you well-off... (blink)
kitmizkit on August 30th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Actually, your response went through to my mailbox very tidily, and because it was not full of invective or combatative, I am happy to repost it for you if you like. Let me know.
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Can&#39;t believe I&#39;m saying this...
I know that there are probably some areas in Hawaii that aren't so expensive, but I lived there for a time a while back, and it was VERY expensive to live there. I'm not saying that living there is the only reason I question, and in all honesty, I actually will probably be voting for him. I just think that he has been painted as much less privileged than he really was, which I resent.

I am just tired of ALL the politicians and their lies, and I really don't believe he's all that different. I just think he'll be better than what we've had the last several years. And the fact that when we vote it is not for the best person for the job, but for the lesser of two evils (though less so this year, perhaps, than in previous years).

Voting shouldn't be like that. We should get a reall choice.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on August 31st, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can&#39;t believe I&#39;m saying this...
It seems to me that Obama has been painted as fairly middle-class, which it likewise seems to me that he was.

darilliandarillian on September 2nd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Even if he wasn't in the middle or less, he at least wasn't born with a silver spoon having no idea how real life works. Definitely getting my vote. Better than the opposition.
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't believe I'm saying this...
Your message did come through, and I actually appreciate your thoughts. I have been trying to keep up on much of the candidates, and had not had a decent timeline for some things. I do realize that people in mid- to lower- class households can sacrifice for private school and such (my husband and I did so to make it so I could stay home to raise the kids, and later homeschool them - I am not a Christain psycho religious person, I just didn't think the schools taught enough science and I wanted to make sure they got that at the time).

I don't really care for Palin, I just think they are painting her in a light that will get them their religious vote right now. That is rather sad, since it turns off as many people as it brings to them, I think.

But this whole thing has reminded me of something: The press and parties will put forward whatever they think will bring their candidates the vote. And maybe we all need to remember that about all the candidates and take it with a grain of salt. My own religious preference will probably never be matched by a political candidate, nor my attitudes, but maybe I can find a more tolerable candidate. *thoughtful nod to self*

But, I think we all are aware that most of us just don't trust the Republican party anymore, and we are ready for a change.