Sarah, The Weak

Yesterday, Crooks and Liars ran a post highlighting just one more reason why John McCain is a chauvinist1 asshole who’s sole motivation for picking Sarah Palin is her working ovaries.

He said in a Fox News interview:

As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased. She has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America. She has a wonderful family. She’s a reformer. She’s a conservative. She’s the best thing that could have happened to my campaign and to America [Emphasis mine]

Now, he knows by now that Palin has been a dead weight on his campaign. Major newspapers across the country have cited her as the reason that they couldn’t trust McCain’s judgment enough to endorse him for President.

The Salt Lake Tribune said:

Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain’s bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency.

The Chicago Tribune has never in 161 years endorsed a Democratic candidate for President- until now:

McCain failed in his most important executive decision. Give him credit for choosing a female running mate–but he passed up any number of supremely qualified Republican women who could have served. Having called Obama not ready to lead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His campaign has tried to stage-manage Palin’s exposure to the public. But it’s clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. McCain put his campaign before his country.

McCain didn’t pick Palin to bring his ticket up. He picked Palin because he thought he could siphon off disgruntled Clinton supporters. But he also didn’t want to have to contend with a strong, intelligent woman. Palin is much easier to control- and she’s anti-women’s rights which is just dandy for a man who voted against Lilly Ledbetter and thinks the health of a mother is an extremist tactic to make everyone have to get an abortion.

I guess one could argue that McCain was referring to the rad fems with which I’ve also had issues. They’re the ones that insist the men apologize for their penises or they’re in league with the devil. But somehow I think he’s actually referring to any woman who believes she has the right to equal pay for equal work, a good education for her children, healthcare for her children, right to go to a pharmacy and actually get the birth control script filled, and the right to have a rape examination without having to pay for the kit itself2. Those are the feminists that are antithetical to Sarah Palin.

I don’t like Sarah Palin. And anyone that’s followed this blog and/or followed my tweets knows this. The reasons why I don’t like her are exactly the reasons that John McCain chose her. The biggest one is that she has willingly put herself in a place where she is used unabashedly as a puppet. It doesn’t matter to her, of course, because she just wants to be President and the easiest way to do that is to wait for McCain to kick over. But she is no one of whom strong, independent, intelligent women should be proud. She would gladly put us all in Biblical subservient roles if it meant that she could grab that power ring. The worst, though, is her weakness.

Here is a woman that has depended on men to get her to the top of Alaskan politics. This is not surprising because women in a lot of places can’t seem to get a foothold with out shamelessly using those with a pair of balls swinging. You would expect this woman to be strong, outspoken and literally able to take on the world. But Palin isn’t. Her husband is never more than 5 feet from her side and Alaskans have even come to call him the “Shadow Governor” because he’s played such a huge role in her administration. John McCain won’t allow her to have a press conference or speak with “unfriendly” reporters because he doesn’t trust her intelligence enough to give her that rein. Now I’ve found out that her staff prevents her from reading newspapers (all of them that are placed in front of her) and watching the news because it might depress her.

A woman that is hoping to become the Vice President of the United States is afraid to read the papers because she might get depressed. Process that.

We’re supposed to believe that she was chosen because of her strength? I’ve known many a strong woman in my time3 and it would be a cold day in hell before any of them would allow themselves to be stifled like Palin has been stifled. They would be proud of their position and dare anyone to take them on. They would make the women of this country proud and not make our stomachs churn with disgust and anger. There is nothing in her actions or her demeanor that should make most American women proud. She certainly isn’t the type of woman that I want my own daughter’s to emulate.

She’s being told to shut up, sit down, be pretty and read the damned script. McCain wants nothing more to do with her than that. I would feel bad for her if she had the intellectual capacity to see what he was doing with her. I don’t though. And neither should the “faux” feminists who still insist that McCain is the right choice because of how Democrats and the progressive blogosphere treated Sen. Clinton. When McCain chose her he spit on regular-Jane feminists– we American women who are proud of our strengths and want the best for ourselves and our children — and laughed in our faces. He mocked the PUMAs and other (real) Clinton supporters. And Sarah Palin is happy to go along with all of it. She deserves all the derision she gets.

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  1. I know that’s no longer the correct term, but I don’t care. []
  2. This is a very short list, of course, because I’m lazy and running out of time []
  3. And sometimes believe myself to be one. []

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The VP Debate

I was able to watch the VP debate last night and only made the effort to do so to see if Palin would screw up. She didn’t screw up too bad- except for all those questions she refused to answer and the fact that she differed with McCain on a key issue and her insistence that the VP should have more legislative powers than granted by the Constitution- and that was slightly disappointing1. But, damn, did her little cutsie act got on my last available nerve.

Look, I’m from “the Heartland” and “Main Street”2, so I know a little about how the common folk hereabout act. When we’re not serious, we laugh at ourselves by making fun of Valley Girls3 or maybe get our hillbilly twang on. But that’s when we’re not about serious business.

We never do that shit Palin did last night with the winking and the “You betcha” and “doggone it” when we’re engaging in serious activities such as addressing the entire United States. Not only that, but it is deeply offensive that the pundits and her “advisors” think that this is somehow speaking our “language”. As a matter of fact, we expect more from our elected officials (in fact anyone who calls themselves “professional”) than that kind of nonsense. Those of us here in the Heartland call that kind of stuff snide, condescending and flippant. We don’t take seriously people who act like Sarah Palin did last night. She’d have been better off being openly sarcastic and using “big” words instead of talking down to us real “Americans”.

By the way, Sarah, we know in which country we live, darling child woman, you don’t have to constantly drone on about “America”, “Americans” and “America… America… America”. I’m sorry if you need to keep reminding yourself that you’re not addressing the Alaskan Secession Party (or whatever it is, I don’t even care). Maybe you should have put that in your notes? “Note: Americans know they’re Americans. No need to keep telling them that.”

Ok, where was I? Oh, yes, her unbearably cute spiel. Honestly, it was bad enough that everyone thought Biden had to handle a grown woman with kid gloves (she’s got executive experience, dontcha know), but then to behave in a way that looked as if the area between her ears is a vast void? Maybe if she actually read those vast resources of information, she’d know that women don’t have to put on the stupid-girl act to be taken seriously anymore. As a matter of fact, who can possibly take her seriously with that kind of image she was perpetuating?

Besides the deeply Republican and idiot pundits, I mean.

I want the world to know, that serious and intelligent people that hail from the Heartland4 don’t behave in such a manner. We do take serious situations seriously and we take comfort in our intellect. Well, most of us do, anyway. We know that it is customary to save cutsie for those times when we’re have a laugh or making fun of someone else (say, the VP candidate on the Republican ticket). She was not “speaking our language”. At least not mine.

At any rate, I asked Bush-loving and McCain fan, Millie, what she thought of Palin’s act. Millie, for those that don’t know, is a professional type person (unlike yours truly) and believes that people should behave a certain way when in public. She was the one that called her “flippant” (I stole her word). She couldn’t believe that a woman running for a national, public office would go on like that- even though she was happy that Palin frequently went Evangelical5. She said that she’s smart6 so why doesn’t she act it? I told her she was speaking to people in the “Heartland” and trying to get down and dirty with regular folks. “We don’t need someone who would embarrass herself like that on national television.”

Sadly, Millie will vote for the McPalin ticket. That is not the point though.

  1. What? You expected more from me? []
  2. Though I don’t live on Main Street and that whole meme grates on my nerves. []
  3. The females and sometimes males do this with abandon at times. Quite, um, embarrassing. []
  4. That phrase, too, is driving me straight out of my skin. []
  5. ”Her reward is in Heaven” and “God bless ‘em.” []
  6. I disagree. []

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Palin the Monster

I dislike Gov. Sarah Palin as a champion of the wimmen for a number of reasons. If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written, you can pretty much guess what they are. Until today I can’t say that I really abhorred McCain’s pick, because, duh, I’m voting Democratic no matter what (8 more years? Puh-lease). Today that sentiment changed.

She is a monster. A pathetic excuse for a human being. There is no place in our federal government for anyone like her. She deserves to be driven back to Alaskan by ridicule and national disdain.

A little more background: I believe in the inherent right for all animals to live (this does not contradict my pro-women’s health stance) or, if not live, to die humanely as necessary (food, protection, etc.). You could say that I prefer animals to people- and it’s true. I believe that humans are duty bound to share the earth with other species of animals. This is a deeply spiritual belief that I honor to the point where spiders/creepy crawlies are caught and released outdoors if seen in our house and rabbits are happily nesting in my garden with no interference from us. Another time we stopped in the middle of a drive so we could pick a turtle up and move it to the side. If I can avoid senseless killing I will.

On that note, I am not opposed to hunting- so long as it’s done in a humane, relatively fair way and for honorable purposes (food, clothing, protection). I believe that we are all here (animals and humans) to benefit each other. Hunters who kill just for the sake of killing make my stomach turn.

Sarah Palin is one of those people.

If you, like me, are an animal lover then you should be warned that the following video will repulse you. If you are extra sensitive, you will either rage or cry at the images you see. It is probably not good for sensitive children. I was blissfully ignorant of what the air-assault on wolves and other wild animals actually meant- until today. You are warned that this video is powerful and likely to evoke some kind of strong emotion. If you feel as I do about this barbaric practice, please pass it on.

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Video of the Speech

I was honored to be invited to see Barack Obama speak today. It was a closed event blah blah blah. It was also outside in 90° heat. I was not sitting in the shade. Right now I’m at school, so don’t have a lot of time to write. The speech was excellent and I was able to meet Obama. Also, my face didn’t seem too red (though it was) on CNN.

Did I mention it was flippin’ hot? And that I was thrilled to be there?

Here’s video of part of the speech:

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures up. I didn’t get any really good shots because my camera sucks ass and I’m all of 5ft 1in. I did meet him and I was thrilled with that. And he did exceptionally well with the question/answer session (none of the questions were pre-screened like Bush/McCain is wont to do) and he didn’t do a whole lot of stuttering. Zach Space, though, said a small oopsie. He said “blah blah blah three words out of the speech blah blah blah ‘It’s all about you’ blah blah blah”- you know, “It’s all about you” is 4 words, but we’ll give Space that one. :)

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PUMAs Take on San Francisco

Someone asked me on Twitter last night what the PUMAs are1 and I gave a very, very brief summary. But thanks to Wonk you guys get to see the fearsome hordes in action. Apparently, Donna Brazille was speaking and the only person they hate worse than O-man is her. So, they gathered up their posse and rolled on her like a pack of hyenas on the hunt.

It is an absolutely amazing thing to see. The sheer numbers here just can’t be imagined. They are indeed a frightening group. They are PUMAs hear the ROAR.

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