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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)
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darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Addendum
I also think she may have sold her soul to the devil to rise so far so fast in the political arena with no experience prior.
kitmizkit on August 30th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
That seems fairly likely. :) We were having a pretty good time trying to track that one last night...mayor of Wasilla...Alaska state governor? Even that doesn't track, but then add vice presidental nominee, and it just rockets off the scale of incomprehensibility. :)
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
You realize that she was a babysitter before she was Mayor or Wasilla, right?

I couldn't believe it when that happened, and was even more disgusted when she became governor. There were guys on the radio admitting that the reason they voted for her was because she was "hot".

I hope the national voters have more sense.