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Conflicted.

I kind of like Sarah Palin. I disagree heartily with her on too many important issues to ever consider voting for her. She wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, ban gay marriage, increase off-shore drilling, institute the teaching of creationism in public schools, etc., all choices that bother me not even so much because I disagree with them but because I think they're patently unintelligent.

I don't mind liberal, I don't mind conservative, I just mind stupid.

But on the other hand, her support, both in actions and words, of ethical behavior, even when it was to her own personal detriment, and responsible spending and fiscal policy are big pluses. I appreciate responsibility, I appreciate good fiscal choices, and I appreciate people who make good on their words. As much as I may disagree with her, I can't find it in me to dislike her. Quite the opposite.

But I'll be damned if I don't find her VP selection to be the stupidest and most offensive maneuver of the McCain campaign.

The woman has been Governor of one of the least populated states in the country for two years. She has no experience on the national level and absolutely no foreign policy experience. None. Her education background is in journalism, a field she failed to attain any level of success in and chose because she "liked writing."

This woman is so patently unqualified to an executive position of national government that it's not even funny. In fact, it's severely unfunny. Because what John McCain, a 72-year-old candidate, just did was show how dangerously uncommitted he is to responsible governing in favor of shallow electioneering. This is who he thinks should be a step away from the presidency (because, honest to god, that would be her only real job) in a time where we are at war and facing tremendous, potentially dangerous shifts in the geo-political environment? A Governor who had to be filled in on basic facets of her own state's constitution in order to make executive decisions, and who publicly stated that she didn't understand the office of the Vice President and would need to have it explained to her before she could posit on whether or not she would accept it? That level of candor is refreshing in a new, not-yet-seasoned Alaska Governor and pretty horrifying in a potential Vice President to a 72-year-old man.

And yet we all know why she was picked. Because she has a vagina, and secondarily because she's young. I wouldn't even mind that blatant political manipulation so much if I felt she was qualified and had a vagina, or had a moderate stand on the issues that differed from McCain's in order to attract centrist voters and a vagina. But as things stand, the only thing that really adds to this ticket is her vagina and possibly her youth, and that's pretty insulting. To her, and to the American people. I don't mind people making politically savvy choices. It's the only realistic way to get things done. I mind when they make politically savvy choices that also happen to be completely irresponsible. And frankly, I think it says something pretty embarrassing about John McCain and the precedence of his vanity over his good judgment.

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jasonasinnall
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Sigh
I couldn't agree with you more. Kay Bailey Hutchinson would have been a MUCH better choice. She's experienced, fairly liberal (You need to step a LITTLE closer to the left, Johnny, or else Obama is gonna cover that precious middle you need to get to), and she has a vagina. It's almost as if he doesn't take this shit seriously.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Exactly. Exactly. I'm starting to think this is all just some big game to him, something to win.

Unfortunately, he's someone I used to have a tremendous amount of respect for, but between his shifts on the issues in the last several years and his shenanigans in this election cycle, that's all pretty much evaporated.
jasonasinnall
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Yeah, me too. Once he started the election mode and started pandering to the right, my respect for him dropped. Sigh. She better kick Biden's ass in debates. Shes such an uphill climb right now.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Oh, so not gonna happen. He's known for his debate and oration skills. She's known for being a former Alaskan Miss Congeniality. The only way I can imagine she'll come out ahead will be if he pummels her so badly that he comes off looking like a jerk.
merlyn4401
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Or if he does one of his infamous foot-in-mouth moments. :/
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Sure, that too. That's always a concern when it comes to him. You might get one of his brilliant quips, or me might say something about remarkably clean black people.

Either way, though, it'll be his debate to lose, not hers to win, and victory through victimhood is pretty uninspiring.
merlyn4401
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
I didn't say otherwise. :) I have no clue what her debating skills are like, and until seen in action, I think it's rather unfair to write her off.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
I didn't say you said otherwise. :)

But if we're talking about one of the most experienced and revered (not ot mention feared) debaters in Congress? I think it's pretty fair to write her off. Believe me, I wouldn't want to have to see Obama go head to head with him, either. Biden may lose it in public opinion, and she may outclass him, but the chances of him actually being out-debated by her are slim and none. Especially when her depth of knowledge on issues outside her personal favorites has been shown to be tenuous.
merlyn4401
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Fair enough. I know about as much about Biden as I do about Palin, right now. :)
yolen
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
My instincts tell me her debating skillz are engaging in teh white wimmenz tearz. I could be wrong, but I dunno.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
I don't think she'll actually cry (people don't like quite that blatant a level of manipulation), but I will be the least surprised person ever if she pulls some kind of victim card at some point.
yolen
Aug. 30th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Sigh
White wimmenz tearz aren't always actual tears ;).
yolen
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting this much better than I could have. I'm still in the "what the fucking FUCK?!?!" stage.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
The whole thing just kind of boggles my mind. It almost (almost) encapsulates everything that I think is fucked up about our election culture.
peachthief
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
But BUT BUT the American public has sadly shown a propensity for accepting such blatant pandering and rewarding it.

Is she a rabid right winger? Yes. Is she inexperienced? Yes. But she does have a vagina and McCain obviously thinks that it's going to net him some votes to contend with Obama. Could it work? Look at the last eight years, hell yes it could work.

I can't wait until this election is over. I'm holding my breath until I'm blue in the face.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Look at the Clinton campaign. Of course it could work.

In a way, he's attempting to double dip. Because she's genuinely a right wing Christian who believes in litigating her beliefs into others, Constitution be damned, a lot of religious conservatives who might just have stayed home November 5th have a reason to get excited about the ticket. Conversely, bitter Hillaryites who feel deprived of their right to vote for Vagina Clinton can now vote for Vagina Palin, actual issues be damned.
liferun
Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
I think you hit the nail on the head on the first point. Shes right as right can be. I dont think her purpose is to bring in the Clinton Vagina Vote as much as to bring out the stay at home mom, bible thumping, homeschooling, gun clinging, closet black hating , adam and eve not adam and steve swing state voters.

I think her purpose is to give the RNC a fighting chance in place like Colorado which the DNC is doing a surprising good job in swinging blue.

And I think it might just work. Which is scary as fuck :)
thirty_three
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
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This entry is everything I wanted to say about this turn of events wrapped up in a pretty bow.

amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. And hey, you read my journal, lol!
thirty_three
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
lol, I really do read every journal on my flist (except communities, those I read sporadically)...I'm just not a big commenter or updater.
amazonvera
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I know, I'm just teasing you ;). I'd rather have you pop up when you've got something to say, even if it's rare, than feel the need to make comments just because.
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