So. John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin, current governor of Alaska, to be his running mate. Here's
an article on why it's such a terrible idea, as well as a few links for your edification and amusement, either to back up the article or to mention other problems it didn't get around to.
Let's start with the fact that she was picked as a blatant attempt to grab disaffected Clinton voters, under the assumption that anyone with two X chromosomes would do. Besides the transparency of the move and the fact that Palin's views are pretty much the complete opposite of Clinton's, I hope this gamble fails miserably for the following reasons.
1) She's Pro-life
. But it's not like there aren't women Pro-Lifers, and I can respect people who think abortion is wrong because they believe that life begins at conception even if I don't. But opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest
is probably going a bit too far.
[EDIT] Oh, Samantha Bee ♥
2) She went on a radio show, then sat back and laughed as the DJ called the Alaska Senate President Lyda Green a cancer (bonus points because Green is a cancer survivor) and a bitch
on air, then said she'd be honored to have the DJ visit. Classy. Now with audio
3) She called Clinton a whiner, saying her attitude doesn't do any good for women who want to progress in this country
. And you know, I may have thought Clinton was calculating and power hungry. But there's no question that Clinton has worked harder and taken more abuse than Palin has in politics because of her gender, no question about who is actually qualified for the positions they tried to obtain, and no question about who did more to further women in politics. That Palin would say that after being picked for VP solely because of her gender is the height of insult. I don't know how much campaigning Clinton will be doing for the Democrats in general for the general election, but here's hoping she comes out and eviscerates Palin after Labor Day.
And there's no doubt she was picked solely for her gender. Considering McCain had a decent number of female Republicans to choose from who could at least have been credibly called qualified for the position, her own gross deficiencies are only thrown in to sharper light.
4) Palin didn't know what being a VP entailed
. That sure inspires confidence in her abilities, especially when the increased power the position has acquired in recent years is taken in to consideration.
5) She has absolutely no clue about Iraq
. The VP debate against Biden should be...interesting.
6) Her only experience as an elected official prior to becoming governor was as mayor of Wasilla, a town with less than 10,000 inhabitants. And she still managed to fuck things up
7) She's been the governor of Alaska for less than 2 years (only two months longer than Obama's been running
for president), but is already involved in a possible ethics violation. Read about the details here
. Well, so much for her image as a reformer.
8)She also tried to sue the federal government for putting polar bears on the endangered species list
(though it technically currently counts as 'threatened') because it might restrict oil drilling efforts. Keep in mind that this was in May of this year, and thus the listing occurred during the Bush Administration.
9) But hey, at least she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere! Only not
10) And finally, McCain had only met Palin once
before a phone call to her last week prior to announcing his decision. Contrast that with Obama's meticulous search
for his own VP, and marvel at how little thought McCain put in to the decision of who might succeed him should he keel over and die while in office.
Basically, among his other major failings John McCain is a tool who shoots from the hip and prioritized winning this election based on a gimmick over good governance should he actually be elected, and I hope Obama curbstomps him in November.
[EDIT II] A list
of more links, I'll go through these when I have time.
[EDIT III] And more
[EDIT IV] This just keeps getting better and better. During the 90s, Palin was a member of a political party that wanted Alaska to secede from the US
and "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem or that more supply won't ultimately affect prices."
[EDIT V] This is a beautiful graph :D.