All Posts Tagged With: "Sarah Palin"
A big thanks to my buddy Joe for sending this to me. This isn’t all that safe for work.
Every time the McCain campaign has issued a statement that seemed over the top, ill-conceived, or asinine, I’ve noticed the messenger tends to be Tucker Bounds. I hadn’t noticed him on cable news, probably because I mostly watch MSNBC. This is the first clip of him I’ve seen, and he’s a weaselly shit.
A friend of mine runs a blog called “Why We Need Obama.” He just put up a strong anti-Palin post that I wanted to refer our readers to. Click here to check it out.
I’m still sorting my personal views out on this pick. At the moment I think it was a smart political move. McCain needed a game changer. Picking Palin gave his maverick narrative a breath of life, it changed the story following a powerful Democratic convention. Despite her inexperience, many will find Palin a bold and compelling figure, including some former Hillary Clinton supporters.
That said, in terms of governance, this pick seems terribly irresponsible due to her complete lack of foreign policy experience and her weakness on economic issues. Also, as the post referenced above points out, it seems to have been hastily made without proper vetting. Before any of you McCainiacs come after me and say Obama = Palin on foreign policy, I’d remind you that Obama sat on the foreign relations committee for 4 years, which includes heavy briefing and study of the most pressing international issues that will face the administration.
I recently heard a former GOP congressional leader comment on the absurdity of letting one man (or woman) decide who the Vice President will be. I think there is very little doubt Palin would not have been the selection of the majority of Republican voters because of her inexperience on economic and international issues, and because of her far-right views on social policy. VP candidates should also have to run in a primary. The people deserve a say in who each parties VP will be, particularly when the candidate at the top of the ticket is a 72 year old former P.O.W. who is also a cancer survivor.
Editors note: This post was playfully written and intended in jest. That seems to be lost on some of you posting comments.
The modern Republican Party is only good at two things: (1) winning campaigns, and (2) naming things. Forget about governing or following through on promises to cut spending. Despite her one loss for Lieutenant Governor, Sarah Palin is a proven winner. However, she has proven herself a catastrophic failure in the modern GOP’s great strength, naming things.
Since Sarah Palin claims her experience as a mother is a factor qualifying her to be leader of the free world should the actuarial tables on McCain’s life expectancy hold up, lets look at the five most important naming decisions she’s made so far as a mother. She has five children, and she gave all five of them absurdly stupid names. From Wiki: “Palin has two sons (Track, 19; and Trig, four months) and three daughters (Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7).” Does this bother anyone else?
Sarah Palin has chosen to have a large family, which poses demands on her time. Is it fair to ask her how she would balance her young family’s need for a mother against the impossible rigors of the Presidency? Brain accuses Johnathan Atler of sexism for raising an issue particularly likely to be weighted by conservative republican “family values” voters. Is it sexist to ask a political question about whether this view of family values held by a portion of her base will impact voter turnout?
It is probably true that most commentators would hesitate longer in raising this issue if Todd Palin were the candidate, I wonder if that alone makes it fair to call the question sexist. Is this mitigated in any way by the political truth that a significant portion of her base includes “family values” voters who tend to think a child’s mother should play a significant role in child rearing, particularly in the child’s younger years?
How about a different, but related question: “Governor Palin, do you intend to have more children in the next eight years?“
Something just feels wrong about asking that, and the follow up of “do you use birth control” seems pretty squarely out of bounds. Still, having a child at her age carries with it attendant health risks. How would the American people feel about a woman in the third trimester of pregnancy trying to meet all the duties that come with that office? At what point would she invoke the 25th Amendment? Is it reasonable to ask if she practices safe sex. Probably not, but we did get to learn that Bob Dole uses Viagra! If there is much of a possibility she will have another baby, and she would invoke the 25th Amendment, should we be troubled by not knowing who she would nominate to be her VP if she were elevated (not knowing who would be running things if Am25 were invoked).
There are obvious birthing issues that apply to women and not men. We’ve never had to address these before as the only other female VP nominee would have been 50 when in office, and less likely to have another child. I’m interested in where the line between a fair question and a sexist question should be drawn.