On One Hand

August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin

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So apparently McCain thinks ex-Clinton supporters (who critiqued Obama for his lack of experience) won’t feel patronized and tokenized by a VP selection who pales in comparison to Hillary Clinton’s political experience, who was a mayor of a town of 6,000 before becoming elected governor of a state of 750,000 voters just two years ago.

And apparently they’re supposed to overlook the fact that the former beauty queen is an anti-abortion social conservative who has never made womens’ rights an issue.

Senator Obama’s newness to politics was said to have been a gamble, but it was a gamble that 36 million Democrats voted on in the highest-turnout primary in American history. Would Sarah Palin have stood a chance in a Republican Primary?

I’ve got a great idea for the next VP to anyone running in 2012: my mom. Why? She’s thoughtful, nice, and a “true American.” She teaches speech therapy which means she cares. Why wouldn’t she be on anyone’s shortlist?

John McCain dumped his former wife after returning from Vietnam as a POW to find she had been disfigured in a car accident. Like Sarah Palin, his first wife had been a beauty queen, but was attractive no longer and not worth Mr. McCain’s time – only months after the divorce was finalized, John married an attractive wealthy woman half his age, now known as Cindy McCain (the Regan family cut ties with John McCain because they didn’t like John dating Cindy before the divorce was final). This won’t be the first time John McCain overlooked someone for a pretty young thaang. But the real shock would be if he hopes to gain feminist credentials by picking a pro-life woman who doesn’t support womens’ issues, who tokenizes women as a whole.

If Alan Keyes has failed to appeal to African-Americans as a whole (because, guess what, black people care more about the issues a leader supports than the color of his or her skin), why would we expect swing-voting women to fall for this one?

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5 Comments »

  1. Well said!

    Comment by randomcha — August 29, 2008 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  2. Gosh, either Palin and Obama are both relatively inexperienced, or neither is. If Palin undermines the Republicans’ experience critique of Obama, then surely Biden undermines Obama’s rhetoric about change. If someone argues that Palin is a VP choice primarily because she has two X chromosomes (and pandering to women), then surely it’s not too far off to say that Obama is a nominee primarily because of the color of his skin (and white guilt).

    So much for postpartisanship. Both sides are pointing hypocrisy at each other without realizing the hilarious irony.

    Comment by jdhenchman — August 29, 2008 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

    • Sarah Palin is in no way comparable to Barack Obama. Barack Obama was elected in a primary with the votes of more than 18 million people. Sarah Palin was chosen by John McCain. We know Barack Obama could have been elected as a party nominee because he was. Does anyone in his or her right mind actually think Sarah Palin would have won in a Republican primary?

      Barack Obama is not a “token,” the suggestion that he is would be offensive. Why? Because the Democratic Party obviously didn’t make an effort to seek out an African-American candidate for this election before landing on Barack Obama. The 18 million voters who picked him did so because they liked his policies and approach to politics. John McCain’s campaign was looking for a way to peel of angry Hillary Clinton supporters, which led to speculation that he would choose a woman. Then he chose a woman, and one who is harder to imagine could have been picked otherwise.

      Second, Democrats did not barrage their opponent’s lack of experience before they chose someone who just two weeks ago said she doesn’t even know what a vice president does. That reeks of hypocrisy, and yes, Sarah Palin has LESS experience than Barack Obama.

      Third, selecting Barack Obama as nominee was not a pander to African-Americans to win their votes. They vote Democratic almost unanimously anyway. We did not say “gee, Republicans and Independents will feel the need to vote for Barack because of their white guilt.” Rather, Democrats elected Barack Obama knowing that his race was more likely to hurt than to help him, but hoping that the country has moved far enough to elect him anyway.

      Finally, African-Americans will not be offended by Barack Obama as the nominee. But Women will be offended by Sarah Palin as the nominee as John McCain’s answer to Hillary Clinton.

      This kind of reminds me of the white guy who tells the black guy “I didn’t even realize you were black,” thinking that’s the best thing to say. It’s not necessarily that he has bad intent, he just doensn’t get it. Barack Obama’s speech last night explained that it’s not that John McCain doesn’t care, it’s that he doesn’t get it, and now it’s obviously true. Women do not feel exhalted by this pick.

      Comment by ononehand — August 30, 2008 @ 5:39 am | Reply

      • “Women do not feel exhalted by this pick.” As usual you try it with logic and reason. Unfortunatly you live in a land which elected Bush as president and reelected him even after he already had broken half of his promises, started two wars and lowered the life quality of the USA in many ways. What makes you think, those people would be able to follow logic and reason this time? The fact that you have creationist on such high levels in your nation is a pretty obvious indicator that one should never overestimate the average intellect.

        Comment by esstmehrobst — August 30, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  3. Sarah Palin

    I agree that many Hillary voters will feel “tokenized” by the Sarah Palin pick.

    But, to me, Hillary voters were not the main group targetted by the McCain campaign. Rather, this pick seems aimed at evangelicals. Palin’s credentials, at least nominally, automatically appeal to a lot of Republicans that are less than enthused about McCain.

    My guess was that the McCain brain trust thought Palin could help generate excitement in that camp during the campaign trail. They also saw her newness as another way to eat up some media coverage. Any other VP candidate wouldn’t have generated as much new media interest.

    To be clear, I certainly think this pick does little to alter any of the Democrat’s fundamentals. Hardcore and marginal Democrats who voted for Hillary are not going to vote Republican (they’re too far apart on issues, as you pointed out). But, it does seem to have some potential to alter some of the Republican fundamentals. There’s a nice sized group of Republicans who got tremendously excited in 2000 and 2004 about G.W.Bush, but cannot get off the ground with McCain. That’s the group that could get some energy from Sarah Palin.

    Overall, I still feel like Obama is in the driver’s seat. He needs to hold steady and most importantly win in CO, Ohio and VA. Democrats have been doing well in Virginia by running on a very moderate, reform-themed platform. He has media coverage on his side. None of the VP stuff does anything to change these things.

    Comment by sleepyreaderz — August 31, 2008 @ 6:18 am | Reply


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