Friday, August 29, 2008

GOP--Great Old Pretender

It's fitting that McCain announced his VP choice at the Nutter Center. He's off-center with this one, and maybe off his rocker. Does he really think that women are stupid enough to fall for this transparent choice. As a former Hillary Clinton supporter, I'm certainly not going to support ANY woman. Governor Palin minored on Politics in college. She has no foreign policy experience that I'm aware of. She is anti-choice. She's wrong on how to solve the energy crisis. Women won't support her just because she's female. Most of us are smarter than that!!

A senior moment, McCain?


Ben said...

"Sarah Palin has been governor of Alaska for just a bit over 18 months. Alaska has a population of 683,000. (Though that doesn't include moose.) This would only make it the 17th most populous city in the United States. Just ahead of Fort Worth.

Before that, she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Population 9,000. I know Republicans like to promote "small town values," but this is taking things to ridiculous extremes, don't you think? I'm from Glencoe, Illinois, population 8,762. It's so small it doesn't even have a mayor, it has an appointed village manager. I'm sure that Paul Harlow is doing wonderfully at his job in the village - but I don't expect that he sees himself as even wanting to be a heartbeat from the U.S. President in 18 months. You know what the top news story is on the Glencoe website? "Fire Hydrant Painting Underway." (To be fair, it's the #2 story. The top news is a clarification about displaying political signage.)

Do you know what the first two "powers and duties" are for the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska? Check their municipal code:

1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie;

2. Act as ceremonial head of the city;


If you live in small town America (and I mean really, really small), look around you and be honest - do you see your mayor (or village manager) as a heartbeat from the presidency in 18 months?

But that's not the reason either that the decision to make Sarah Palin the VP nominee is so terrible.

It's one thing to discuss how unqualified Sarah Palin is. That's a national matter and huge. But on a grassroots political level, her nomination takes away the Republicans' ONLY weapon in the campaign - calling Barack Obama inexperienced. They haven't even been trying to run on the issues, or on the eight-year record of George Bush, which John McCain has supported almost 95% of the time. They've only been running on the faux-issue of Barack Obama's experience of 14 years in federal and state government. Yes, Sarah Palin is merely running for VP, not president, but with a 72 year-old candidate with a history of serious medical issues, this is who they're saying is able to step in as president in a heart-beat. She has so little experience that she makes Sen. Obama look like FDR, Winston Churchill and Julius Caesar combined. So, the Republicans pulled the rug out from under themselves. They have no issues. The economy? Housing? The national debt? Education? The Environment? Iraq? Afghanistan? Nothing. All they have is "Dear Democratic women: please pretend our VP candidate is Hillary Clinton. Just forget that she's pro-life. And against most things Democrats stand for."

beverlyrealtor said...

Ben...I couldn't have said it better myself!!

Bling said...

McCain's motives while picking his VP ahve become clear: choose someone that can help me beat Obama. but his motive clouded his judgement...because his choice for VP could never be a President...god help us should this all unfold as such...

during the vetting he passed over many qualified individuals and has left me feeling like he felt he needed a gimmick to win [or someone who would help snatch up ex-Hillarians...] he certainly got this with Palin. the news and blogs are flooded with banter about her. she wont last long...i agree with everyone who asks for her to back away from the Veep position. she is under-qualified, overstated, and surrounded by controversy and is more inexperienced than Obama - who coincidentally has earned my vote [somewhat by default]

beverlyrealtor said...

bling...I hope lots of folks have the same reaction that you did!!

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