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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
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?