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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
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.