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On: Sarah Palin

August 29, 2008

I usually don’t blog about politics, but I’m honestly baffled about this political move. Maybe someone else has some insight.

Now, I’ve not done oodles of reasearch quite yet, mostly I just read her bio on Wiki.

I’m just finding it weird that McCain would go with a much younger woman, with very little experience. Especially since Obama’s lack of experience has been such an issue (on the repub side) in this campaign. She’s been governor of Alaska for 1.5 years, and prior to that, she was mayor. Now, I speculate that McCain is trying to capture Hillary supporters, which makes sense. But, I also think he had a lot of “good ole boy” vote, and he’s likely to lose it with this move. Also, so much has been made of Obama’s past (Muslim, etc) and her past is a bit questionable as well.

She “only” has a Bachelors degree. She posed for Vogue less than a year ago and was a runner up in a beauty pageant.

Now, the things I’ve listed above don’t matter to me a bit. But, it’ll be interesting to me to see how McCain supporters excuse them, or brush them away, because so many put so much emphasis on his past.

These are all surface things, and I plan to delve further into her actual politics soon.

But, I wanted to know what everyone thought of this move, initial impressions and all that.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2008 9:46 pm

    A woman…a mother of five…on the Republican ticket. I’m so excited about this that I can’t even think straight to blog about it. Maybe I’ll get to it over the weekend. I swore off politics when I started Shout. Rules are made to be broken, right!

    PS: Obama is not a Muslim.

  2. will86aber permalink
    August 29, 2008 10:09 pm

    I actually thought it was quite brilliant, and that’s coming from an anti-McCain Republican.

    There are two major groups that have become extremely dissatisfied with this party during the election; Hillary Clinton supporters and small government conservatives.

    Small government conservatives were so anti-McCain that towards the end of the election Congressman Ron Paul shot up to 16% in Pennsylvania and then on into the mid forties in the west. After Ron Paul dropped out of the race, poll numbers for third party candidates began to rise and Libertarian candidate Bob Barr is now polling at around six percent nation wide, that could cripple the Republican Party in the election. So they pick a favorite among small government conservatives in an effort to quell the growing dissatisfaction. I’m sure if McCain does win it will leave the Paulites praying for a cold winter.

    Will the bulk of Clinton supporters vote for McCain, most definitely not, though the package has become more enticing. If Obama wins the Presidency, they would have to wait eight years to run Hillary again (she would be sixty,) as opposed to four years with a Republican winning. The Clintonites were scorned by not having their person vested with the VP and Obama supporters continue to ridicule them. For those that were swayed to Clinton solely due to her sex, it’s not hard to jump from one candidate to another , while Clinton and Palin hold completely different ideologies, they’re seen as strong women.

  3. Jen permalink*
    August 29, 2008 10:17 pm

    Tricia – NO!!!! Come over to the dark side with me. We have chocolate! I’m interested to hear your thoughts on it.

    Will – I think it’s pretty brilliant too. I was pretty shocked, but the timing was planned perfectly. People weren’t discussing the beautiful speech made by Obama last night at the DNC, but rather the new VP candidate. Thanks for your insight!

  4. August 29, 2008 11:41 pm

    Why would level headed Clinton supporters vote for an extreme social conservative, with less experience than Obama, the bulk of whose life experience is as a commercial fisherman? That makes no sense. Does ANYONE feel comfortable in seeing this woman become president, seriously, because this is what we are talking about. I seriously think he’s lost his mind.

  5. Jen permalink*
    August 29, 2008 11:43 pm

    I think anyone who was pro-Clinton, but votes for McCain instead because they don’t like Obama is insane. I’m not sure they could be more opposite! Goes hand in hand with people that supported Clinton simply because she was a woman.

    Yeah, I’m not comfortable seeing her as president at all.

  6. August 30, 2008 2:06 am

    I don’t know much about her right now and trying to learn as much as possible.

  7. August 30, 2008 2:21 am

    Jen, I’m half on the dark side. Politically I’m a bit psychotic (are you surprised:o) I love the Democrat’s social liberalism, but completely disagree with their Peter Pan economics. Obama sounds good. He’s a gifted orator, but I’m not convinced he can pay for his proposals. He wants to tax corporate America, which means the cost of doing business increases, which means as consumers we’ll pay more at every point of purchase. That scares me almost as much as a conservative Supreme Court…basically, I’m politically screwed. I do need to break my no politics rule and blog this, don’t I. Ugh.

  8. August 30, 2008 5:14 am

    Wow, amazing what a poor choice this is!

    I thought McCain had more intelligence than to pick Palin.
    Frankly, I am embarrassed for the GOP.
    I mean, is that the best they can come up with?
    What happened to the great right-wing think tanks?

    It’s like McCain torpedoed his own ship.
    Here’s a 72 year-old fellow who chooses a gal with no
    foreign policy experience, and she is one heart-beat away from
    being THE person that would have to go toe to toe with the
    likes of Putin, Ahmadinejad, Kim Il Sung.
    She is essentially a PTA lady from a town of 9000.

    Well, at least it ensures the GOP will carry Alaska.
    Oh, wait, that’s already a red state.

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