If Obama/Biden aren’t elected in November there is going to be some serious shit happening in America, and the People are going to go CRAZY. I stayed up and watched Obama’s speech last night becoming more and more confident with every passing minute that he is the best person to take office next, and went to bed sure that America will make the right choice in the next couple of months.
And now? To hear that McCain has chosen Palin as his running mate? Seems like a something both laughable and pathetic and somewhat insulting all at the same time. Laughable because, I mean, seriously? She’s in her first term as governor. Of ALASKA. (I don’t mean to insult, Catherine.) She has no record of anything. She is not remotely involved in international politics, she is ridiculously pro-life, and for crying out loud, she was Miss Congeniality in the Wasilla Beauty Pageant. I’m sorry. She’s blank as can be, which, as I heard on NPR today, is just what the Republicans want for this campaign. All that is fine for a gubernatorial candidate, but not for the vice president of one of the most powerful nations in the world. It’s as if he’s choosing a babysitter for his grandkids on the grounds that the babysitter’s a “good kid.” And that’s the message he’s sending there: she’s a good kid. She’ll take care of things—-clean up around the house, make sure the kids are happy.
Pathetic because it’s just so convenient. First Barack Obama comes out onto the scene against Hillary and here we’ve got two Democratic candidates whose faces have never before been seen on the presidential front because of race and gender. And so, here come the bumbling Republicans with THEIR “minority” candidate and it’s Palin? And she’s a “hockey mom?” And she likes hunting? And she admits to being an “accidental politician”? For the position of nation’s vice president she should not be saying something like, “Gosh, you know? It just kind of snuck up on me! I was a member of the PTA and then suddenly, I’m here!” It makes me choke and gag at the same time, and it just makes McCain look more sad than ever. Like he’s saying, “Oh, wait! I can be “progressive” too! I’ve got a GIRL on my team!”
And then finally, McCain has further insulted women. He is CLEARLY using Palin. CLEARLY using her. She is a tool in his pathetic campaign. Here we have Hillary who has fought hard, tooth and nail, for decades alongside her husband and on her own. She’s withstood months and years of serious criticism from all media. She was strong until the very end of her campaign and, regardless of whether or not Obama chose her to be his running mate, has remained a pillar of strength, intelligence, determination, and grace. Now suddenly, OVERNIGHT, we have Palin who has brought nothing to the nation’s politics on any front, who is in her very first term, and who until today no one could pick out of a lineup of two. What does this do to Hillary? What does McCain THINK about women?! That just because Hillary (a woman who has clearly proven herself for years) is no longer in the running that we will all jump at the opportunity to vote Republican SIMPLY BECAUSE PALIN IS A WOMAN? Does he not think women have intelligence enough to seriously scrutinize our candidates and that we will not choose McCain/Palin simply because she’s a woman?! He has insulted me and my intelligence and the intelligence of the millions of women in this country. He’s insulting Palin and she has no idea.
Now I just feel sorry for him. And truthfully I feel sorry for Palin.
If America does not turn out and vote overwhelmingly for Obama/Biden an experienced, dedicated, compassionate, and politically driven team, and instead become plagued with still more Republicanism under a totally unqualified, privileged, and oblivious McCain/Palin administration, we will send a strong and wrong message to the world. We will be saying we are a nation of hypocritical bigots, beauty queens, and Good Old Boys.