Girl Politics

30 08 2008

I’m going to take a moment to talk about VP pick Sarah Palin.

There isn’t any doubt she is a pretty incredible woman (now that I know who she is) with five children, a meteoric rise apparently in Alaska politics and a hard-core conservative.

I’m going to repeat that several times. She is a conservative.

For my right-leaning buddies out there, I realize this is a slam dunk. I’m not a conservative as you know if you read this blog and I’m really not posting this to you guys but more to my brethren who say they will vote for a woman for the sake of that’s she’s female. McCain shrewdly released the information after the eve of an amazing, historic speech from Barack Obama. As a matter of strategy, no one can deny that this was masterful pr move.

It was an amazing display. I’m going to give the McCain camp that one.

On the other hand, why has this entire race become about girl parts?

I wasn’t a Hillary supporter but I respected the experience and the warrior-like strength of Clinton. She honestly set much of the tone for the DNC convention this year and was very much the statesman/woman about the direction of the party. My lack of support for her candidacy had nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. It had to do with how divisive she has been in the America mainstream over the past 16 years.

But I respect the hell out of her.

With Palin in the mix, I have to say that the whole “experience” thing has been thrown out of the political spin. I’m guessing that McCain knew that when his camp made their choice.

She was the mayor just two years ago of a town that is the about the size of Hooterville Central. Let’s think about that. Let’s also look at what has happened. In Palin’s defense, I’m offended by the VPILF (or whatever it’s called ’cause I’m not linking it) which is so sexist it’s not funny. If anything were to happen to McCain, we would be dealing with a woman, who in her own way, is a game-changer or so the MSM reports but she is still very right wing and has little experience in foreign relations which is a big deal. I am ok about this that she did but that’s basically the only thing I see as she did not do it for gay rights but due to the unconstitutional fall out so let’s get that balanced out. There are also some scandals attached to her (but in all fairness, there is always a scandal attached) but there is one thing bothering me more than anything.

It’s about her being a woman and that being the home run out of the park. Not her experience or belief system but the fact that “Hey, look, it’s a girl.” That’s the selling point that McCain banked on but when did it become a gender race and not a presidential race about issues facing this nation? A weakening economy, a war, a global uncertainty about the United States intentions, the rights of individuals … are these not important things to be discussing?

I resent that a woman is, once again, being used as a gimmick. I don’t like that. Palin, however, knew what she was getting into so there’s that.

For my conservative friends, I know this is inspiring. For me, it’s just another objectification at this point of a female but I also know you dig her politics and that’s cool.

But for those left-leaning people who are just voting for McCain because he’s got a woman on the ticket, I can only say, look at her track record and tell me, is this what you want one heartbeat away from the White House?

Going to look at Bigfoot pictures to get the buzzing out of my head.

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15 responses

30 08 2008
Russ

You’re right that McCain picked Palin as a gimmick. She brings nothing to the ticket except ovaries and a half-baked hard-right agenda. I doubt seriously that any significant number of Clinton supporters would vote for such a radical candidate as Palin. She is the antithesis of everything Hillary Clinton has worked for all these years.

At least the vice presidential debate(s) should be entertaining to watch; Biden will eat her alive.

30 08 2008
newscoma

Russ, I agree. But will MSM make Biden into a bully then?
Damn, HC could hold her own but Palin is no Clinton.

30 08 2008
Russ

I’m pretty sure Palin will quickly become a running gag among the MSM, much like Dan Quayle was. Her breathtaking unsuitability for the job will trump any deference paid to her because of gender. We still have two more months of this campaign crap to endure, so the fact that she’s the first woman on a GOP ticket will soon fade. Her complete lack of experience won’t.

Also, keep in mind that the investigation into her Troopergate scandal is going to result in a report that’s due out October 31, just four days before the election. That should be fun.

30 08 2008
Dollface

I pretty much agree with everything Russ stated. Don’t have much to add other than this: She was so recently mayor of a TINY town, and I really don’t think her brief stint as governor of a sparsely populated state gives her the necessary experience & exposure for the job of VP. Biden, Obama, and McCain are all much more experienced as U.S. Senators. Maybe that’s my bias, but I think she won’t stand a chance against Biden.

That, coupled with her awful views on abortion, oil, etc, makes her just a trophy for McCain to bring around with him (Cindy on one arm, Sarah on the other??)

Great post.

30 08 2008
Lee

I understand Miss Coma where you come from, and will behave here in the future.

Concerning what some of the other commentors have said here, you would think that after misunderestimating both in 2000 and in 2004, that folks wouldn’t be misunderestimating in 2008.

I’d guess you’d be wrong.

First of all, you just don’t do it. Second of all, Biden can be a gasbag notorious for his own gaffes. Third, if you keep calling her Dan Quayle and she doesn’t end up goofing like Dan Quayle, you just set a really low bar for your opponent to clear. There is a reason political activists lowball their expectations while highballing their opponents.

30 08 2008
Russ

Lee, I’m not impugning Palin’s intelligence by comparing her to Dan Quayle. Insted, the comparison rests on *why* she was picked. Bush Sr. picked Quayle because he was younger and (so Bush thought) photogenic. Palin was picked because she’s female. In both cases, substance and experience went out the window in favor of purely superficial criteria.

I’m sure she’s a lot smarter than Quayle, but that would (as you said) be an awfully low bar for her to clear.

30 08 2008
30 08 2008
lovable liberal

Palin’s photogenic, too, and – bonus – she’s shorter than McCain. She also doesn’t look as vapid as Dan Quayle. But she’s still 5’6″ and trying to wade in 100 fathoms.

If you plucked up Wasilla, AK, and plopped it down up toward Cape Girardeau, Palin’s successor would be goading the local Chamber of Commerce to claim that Wasilla was bigger than Martin or Union City. But it would be smaller than either. Wow!

30 08 2008
galaxiecarol

I agree with your post (plus I love your tag, Feminism is Fun — I might steal it). I have to say though this election has been and will continue to be about gender and race in one way or another. I first was excited and optimistic that it would not be so. But I think the MSM had their nasty hands in things. However, you have to separate out the candidates who have worked hard to EARN their credentials among their supporters, whether it is a female candidate or a black candidate. I supported Hillary because she was a woman. But I also felt she worked hard to get to the point of being a “good” candidate. As a woman, I want to always work hard to support women who work hard to achieve leadership positions AND who in turn support (personally or politically) other women being able to do the same. I will not support a woman candidate if she holds positions which do not empower other women. Honestly, I don’t think many women (except for those who have always been swing voters) will vote for John McCain just for his VP choice. I think the MSM again… have their nasty little hands in things.

31 08 2008
Vol Abroad

I don’t think the inexperience thing is such a good tactic. Gov Palin has held public office since 1992 (city council) – Barack Obama since 1997. And it sounds like she was active in the community before that.

She’s from a small town. So what? Me, too. Only big city folk can hold high office? I don’t think that’s going to play too well in the “flyover states”.

Do I like her positions on social issues? No, I do not. There’s the real substantive area.

I’m one of those disaffected Hillary Clinton voters who is supposed to cynically manipulated by this move. Right. I’m not stupid. But I am impressed that John McCain is asking for my vote – something Barack Obama hasn’t done yet. He’s confident that HRC supporters will vote for him, so I guess he feels asking is beneath him. Only HRC and one blog commenter have asked me to vote for BO.

Frankly, I’m absolutely THRILLED that Gov Palin was picked. It’s politics and PR, but I don’t think it’s a gimmick. She has a pretty impressive record. Was it a gimmick that Barack Obama picked an older white guy with foreign policy experience? Is it a gimmick when the GOP nominee picks someone with more authentic Conservative credentials and executive experience than he has? McCain is saying “We believe a woman can be on a winning ticket.” And it wasn’t a desperation move either, McCain is further ahead in the polls than he has any right to be at this point. I like that kind of confidence. I think it makes a difference. Doesn’t mean I’m going to vote for her. But I’m going to have to think twice about voting against her.

31 08 2008
newscoma

Thanks for everyone’s feedback.
Vol, you make some very good points that I’m dwelling over this morning so thanks for your feedback. WE have Tennessee football this week which is of the good as well.
Carol, man, the media. Oy. They drive me nuts and I’m one in a very, very, very small way.

All of you are uber groovy.

31 08 2008
Vol Abroad

Naw, you have TN football this week. This Monday night at 8pm lark ain’t so good for me. I can’t really stay up – too many important meetings on Tuesday. And I can’t listen to the cached broadcast, ’cause I don’t know if I can make it the whole day without knowing.

31 08 2008
newscoma

Heh. You sound like me. I will be planted in Hooterville in front of the Tube. I’ll keep you up to date if you like.
GO VOLS!!

31 08 2008
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7 09 2008
christina

i gotta say…not only is she a very intelligent woman, but she’s got balls. let’s face it, to run for vp – with your 17 year-old daughter preggers – on the REPUBLICAN ticket? OMG.

BIG STEEL BALLS

of course, the fact that she’s beautiful, like super-model beautiful, doesn’t hurt for the empty-headed “look how hot she is” vote

note that i did not SPECIFICALLY say male vote…

i will not be sexist on this blog
i will not be sexist on this blog
i will not be sexist on this blog

i don’t think…

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