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Could This Be Another Sarah Palin Blog?

Posted by ruddytwoshoes on September 1, 2008

I was secretly embarrassed about the fact that I was completely oblivious to Sarah Palin’s existence before the news broke out on Friday — until the blogosphere revealed I was the standard. It appears she was virtually unknown outside of Alaska prior to McCain’s picking her as running mate (and soulmate). And there might be very little to know. She assumed governorship of Alaska less than 2 years ago. Before that, she was mayor of Wasilla, an Alaskan town housing a population of less than 10,000. The last two things I would mention are that she won second place in the Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984 and that she was briefly a sports anchor, and if you are interested in her full resume, you can consult Wikipedia.

The woman has zero experience in national government and foreign policy — notwithstanding Cindy McCain’s conviction that Palin comprehends foreign affairs because of the proximity of Alaska to Russia. By her own admittance, she has not kept up with the war in Iraq, which she evidently describes as a “war for oil”, and has no idea what the veep actually does:

Senate President Lyda Green, also a Republican from Alaska, doesn’t like the pick:

State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news.

“She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”

Even Palin’s mother-in-law says she is still undecided on how to vote.

Supposing the GOP again takes the presidency in November and 72-year-old McCain ends up dying, for any reason, at some point during his term, can President Palin, with her experience, work it? By the way, has McCain forgotten that he has continuously disparaged Barack Obama’s perceived lack of experience that he resorted to choosing allegedly the least experienced among his presumptive VP options?

I, however, would not quickly dismiss Palin as the worst VP pick in the history of the United States. She undoubtedly appeals to the conservative populace — pro-life, pro-gun, pro-creationism in public schools, anti-gay marriage. Additionally, she is a proud mother of five children, one in the Army who is about to be deployed to Iraq, and she exudes the average-ness of a soccer mom, which may resonate with the typical middle class. Last but not the least, she has a vagina, is a member of the Feminists for Life, and promises to smash glass ceilings, which they may hope to use to entice Hillary Clinton’s dispirited supporters.

In any case, the VP debate should be very, very interesting.

I am not to endorse Obama-Biden out of strong conviction that they are what we need in the White House. Sure, that was a powerful speech Obama delivered at the DNC last week, but I have no idea how much change he can actually effect as president. For instance, his healthcare plan I do not find particularly attractive, and I am unclear on how he plans to solve the undocumented immigration problem. I am also uncertain about his stance on same-sex marriage at this point. Additionally, and I have said this before, Obama appears to be super-friendly with big corporations, and I will again link you to this Naomi Klein article and let her do the talking.

There are other presidential candidates who I believe can serve the people better — think Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party — but this is unfortunately a two-party race, and even if I am not sure how safe it is to assume at this point that Obama-Biden is the lesser of two evils, I definitely do not want to see McCain-Palin granted with the privilege of building an extension of Bush-Cheney’s failed leadership in the White House.

Ah.

A sad quote from an unknown mouth that may also apply after the November elections: “The last few presidential elections have been like the sex lives of so many people. They’ve had to settle for what they could get.”

That said, I must go. I am starrrrrved.

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