When I first heard McCain’s selection, yesterday afternoon, I immediately Googled her, like millions of other Americans, I’m sure. Wikipedia, as expected, was at the top of the search results. I clicked on her entry, and was somewhat surprised to see such a polished and extensive write up. Interesting to find out via NPR, yesterday evening, that 24 hours before the announcement, “someone” had been feverishly updating and editing her Wikipedia entry. That’s very sketchy, Mr. Straight-Talker … the ethics of a desperate man and a desperate campaign.
Boltgirl got right on the case and put up this great post that HollyCornblog let me know about. Interesting interpretation of the choice – and another of the many, many things to love about Sarah Palin!
If McCain thinks that women will vote for his ticket simply because he’s added a woman, he shows incredible disrespect for women. Gail Collins has written an on-the-money op-ed in the New York Times about this. Meanwhile, there was a really, really odd, depressed-seeming woman (whose name I didn’t catch) on Hardball last night. She was somehow involved with the whole PUMA movement and clearly still very upset about Hillary. I can appreciate your being upset … but get real … John McCain has NOTHING to offer to women. Oh, and NOTE TO PUMA … you need a different spokesperson. Whoever she was, she was kinda scary!
The Huffington Post has an entire section devoted to Sarah Palin — who she is, what she is, how she is, why she is.
As a reflection of McCain’s judgment, I think this is very damning. If I wanted a president prone to throwing Hail Mary passes, I would much rather vote for Doug Flutie! I think Doug has a significant edge over Sarah Palin on the experience front, too. (Here’s a great blog post from “All you need is Blog …” along the same lines.)
Interesting that McCain’s VP choice and his wife are both former beauty pageant participants. As a reflection of McCain’s view of women, this is certainly enlightening. I believe that Cindy likes guns, too. But she has Sarah beat hands down on the condo front. (In fact there are fewer condos in the entire state of Alaska than the McCain’s own. Just ask John – he can tell ya!)
It’ll be tough for Obama and Biden to go after Sarah directly, but I hope they get their surrogates out there and dismantle this ploy. Just what we need, an inexperienced, creationist, anti-choice, gun toting, big oil loving, point guard/beauty queen/mayor/soccer mom a mere heartbeat away from the presidency.
Eight presidents in the history of our great country have died while in office. If you do the math, there’s a better than 18% chance that McCain will die in office based on that figure. Add in the fact that he’s already not far from the average life expectancy of an American male, and you get the picture. Elect McCain and there are some pretty good odds that Sarah (not Michael) Palin will be occupying the Oval Office at the end of the term.