Saturday, 30 August 2008

The more I read about Sarah Palin...

...the more I wish I'd remained in the blissful state of never having heard of her. Being pro-life is one thing, and it's something that would colour my judgment of her rather unfavourably on its own, but I accept that's not everyone's view. But to be anti-abortion and a lifetime member of the NRA and a supporter of the death penalty? I think it would be a gross misnomer to call that pro-life. That's pro-death and anti-choice.

Is her selection as McCain's running mate *really* meant to be an enticement to disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters to vote Republican? If so I'd be flabbergasted if it worked.

I find it hard to agree with Heresy Corner's fascinating opinion that there are some Clinton fans out there who may vote for this team on the slightly tasteless basis that should flabby aging skin-cancer-victim McCain die mid-term, there would be a woman at the helm.


You only need look at the On The Issues page for Sarah Palin, alongside the one for Hillary (comparisons of which, by the way, show at a glance just how inexperienced the GOP's choice of VP candidate is, too - all those comments that Obama isn't very experienced seem a bit limp now, huh?) to find a whole list of reasons she shouldn't be attractive to any of the same voters. It's hard to find a single policy area where they aren't completely opposed in their views and records.

I would love to see a good woman in charge at the White House. But if I were an American, I wouldn't vote for a ticket that included Palin any more than I would have voted for Thatcher had I been old enough to when she became Prime Minister.

Being a feminist means, among other things, believing that the quality of a person's character isn't dictated by the content of their pants. To paraphrase Elayne Boosler, Palin is only a person trapped in a woman's body. And frankly, when it comes to comparing people, not genitals, any sane Clinton voter would have to accept that Obama and Biden are much better people for them than McCain and Palin.


David said...

Her voting on Gay issues (same sex marriage, partner benefits0 is a bit dodgy as well.

I just think, despite the propaganda from certain right wingers, that this is a weak choice.

They're not going to get any extra votes from this, she doesn't have influence over a swing state and she only appeals to the kind of people who already vote Republican.

asquith said...

I know some Clintonistas. They really are wholly shameless. (Why else back a warmonger who supported Bush's assault on civil liberties)?

They like her because she is a woman and a Clinton, not from her policy positions, which are in fact repulsive to liberals, as these tedious cuntsd would discover if they got over their identity politics.

You know that I sympathise with the women's movement. But the pioneers who struggled for women's rights would turn in their graves at the thought of Clintonistas voting McCain over this... which I can imagine them doing, shameless as they are.

The Burbler said...

One wonders if it is just a desparately short-term gambit to knock Obama off the top of the headlines for 24 hours.

Steph Ashley said...

David: indeed, I agree with all of what you just said. And for the sake of brevity I just didn't even go there in this post, but hell yes, her attitude to gay rights is *repulsive*.

Asquith: I really, really, really hope you're wrong. Not that you are wrong very often.

The Burbler: if that is *all* then they really must be desperate. And sure of losing. Otherwise why would they potentially lumber themselves with her as VP for four years? Unless (bad thoughts, bad thoughts!) she's a young and pretty (or the best approximation of it that the Republicans have got) sock puppet for someone even less media-friendly.

BenSix said...

From her speech:

"it was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."


Steph Ashley said...

Oh, ffs. 'Ick' is right, Ben. Icanpunchhernowyes?

Also, I just went and read your blog and decided that life peaks at seventeen and everything after that is all different stages on the inexorable slide to oblivion. Seriously. You are so made of win. You make me feel old and stupid.

By Charlotte Gore said...

Hmm well you make me feel old and stupid so maybe you're right :)

BenSix said...

Thank you, very much, although I've already left a trail of political disgrace weighty enough to - in a just world - collapse a parliament, so there's no need to worry about intelligence.

Seventeen is also a very overrated age: one can't drink, smoke or vote, and whenever one tries to talk about politics/philosophy in the presence of middle-agers they smile as if one was a puppy precariously balanced on hind legs.


Oranjepan said...

I can probably understand that being pro-gun is important out in the wilderness that is Alaska, but I wonder how in touch she is with the rest of the country.

I don't think she will play as well as the Rep's expect in the mid-west heartlands - which will show several things: the Rep's are desperately lacking in voter appeal, they are indulging in wishful thinking about what does appeal and they have missed the boat over how demographic and social changes are pushing political changes.

Selecting Palin is a short-sighted and weak move.

Anonymous said...

What happens if McCain gets elected, highly possible I don't think America is ready for a Coloured President.

With his age, what happens if McCain dies in office? Then the VP takes over.

G. Lewis
Bridgend Lib Dems

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Good post. Sarah Palin is also marred in controversy over firing her sister-in-law's ex-husband, a state police trooper. She's known as a hard-liner for stopping criminals, but there are questionable ways she has gone after others. This, believe it or not, could have the State Senate move toward indicting her.

She and McCain are also known to be very hostile to those who disagree with them behind closed doors. I truly believe many Americans will look beyond the petty arguments of pro-life, pro-NRA, surge is working, etc. The economy will be issue #1 and considering Republicans have controlled Congress 12 of the past 14 years, Democrats should win this issue.

An Ignorant Stupid American said...

Can an 'ignorant stupid American" add 2 cents here?

An Ignorant Stupid American said...

Pro-life is a "petty issue" - might be so for some Brits, it ain't so in the USA. Of course this will be settled this coming 4/11/08.

An Ignorant Stupid American said...

Re: Palin is a "weak choice", while she might turn out to be weight around McCain's neck, right now she has energized his campaign. I read that in just 2 days after McCain picked Palin the McCain (now McCain-Palin) raked in over 10 million dollars - in just 2 days.

An Ignorant Stupid American said...

"They're not going to get any extra votes from this ..." Really? Are you saying that you think the conservative wing of the GOP will stay home on 4th November?

Btw, Americans in swing states can vote for McCain-Palin - states like PA.

From what I heard, McCain's first choice was Lieberman, but McCain was talked out of it because the conservative wings of the GOP would not support a McCain-Leiberman ticket. I personally really like Leiberman, great guy, he actualy ran with Gore (Gore-Leiberman) against Bush-Cheney).

Bush-Cheney beat Gore-Leiberman and later beat Kerry-Edwards, and in the second election there was no FL/chad issue.