[I]t is no wonder, in an election year in which the Republican Party faces such a mythic, dynamic individual as Barack Obama, that John McCain was willing to gamble on running alongside his own legend from a land that, for most Americans, exists only in the imagination. If you had to write a screenplay about the first woman president, you would need the guts of a burglar to use the actual facts of Sarah Palin's life. Just imagine the conversation with the studio head:
"Seriously? You're going to make her a high-school basketball star who played the championship game on a broken ankle and made the 11th-hour shot to win it? And then she becomes the ethics czar for oil regulation and fights dirty politicians in her own party single-handed? And this bit about the infamous 'Bridge to Nowhere,' when she actually sends $200-million in federal money for a notorious pork-barrel project back to Washington? And it says here she's got one kid going to fight in Iraq and another newborn son with Down syndrome that she chose to have and raise? And she's a snowmobile fanatic, licenced pilot and National Rifle Association member who's so beautiful she will probably have to be played by Angelina Jolie? … Buddy, I don't know whether to give you a million bucks or smack you in the mouth."http://www.nationalpost.com/
Is this the best?
Editor - America is a country abundant with brilliant women. Choosing a woman in an effort to attract Hillary Clinton supporters might make sense strategically, but is this the best the Republicans can do? Honestly? Given how clearly John McCain is playing politics - there is no way he can argue with a straight face that Sarah Palin was the most qualified candidate available for the job - it's a pretty vile insult to presume that America's women will come flocking to McCain now that he has selected a female vice presidential candidate. Women are too smart to succumb to a tactic like this.
Barack Obama got it right Thursday night - it's not that John McCain doesn't care; he just doesn't get it.
Is it just me or do others notice that a lot of men are writing that a lot of women aren't stupid enough to vote for Sarah Palin? What makes tese guys think Hillary supporters matter a bit? And that if they do, that they should vote for Obasa just because these guys say Hillary supporters are too smart, i.e. not stupid enough to "fall for the trick" of Sarah Palin?
OK, on the devastating down-side, let's turn to Atlantic Monthly for the Sarah Palin horror story:
She denied pressuring the state's chief of public safety to fire her sister-in-law's husband even though there's mounting evidence that the impetus did indeed come from her. Ostensibly to clear her name, Palin asked her attorney general to open an independent investigation—the legislature had already been investigating. (I am told that the campaign was aware of the ethics complaint filed against her but accepts Palin's account.) [Yes, the trooper used a taser on his ten year old step-son, but why quibble?]
McCain's campaign seemed unaware that she supported a windfalls profits tax on oil companies and that she is more skeptical about human contributions to global warming than McCain is.
They did not know that she took trips as the mayor of Wasilla to beg for earmarks.
They did not know that she told a television interviewer this summer that she did not fully understand what it is that a vice president does.
High-school basketball star who played the championship game on a broken ankle and made the 11th-hour shot to win it.
Ethics czar for oil regulation.
Fights dirty politicians in her own party single-handed?
The infamous 'Bridge to Nowhere,' when she actually sends $200-million in federal money for a notorious pork-barrel project back to Washington.
A kid going to fight in Iraq and another newborn son with Down syndrome that she chose to have and raise.
Snowmobile fanatic, licenced pilot and National Rifle Association member.
Yeah but... she's got a b.a. from Idaho. She lives 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C. She's not one of the crowd. She's not even a Democrat. She doesn't have any discernible experience as a hippie. No "experience." All she is is the kind of person she is.
She is so not like: Bernardine Rae Dohrn (born January 12, 1942) is an American former leader of the 1969–1980 radical leftist organization Weather Underground. She is an Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and the Director of Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center.
Dohrn became one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM), a radical wing of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), in the late 1960s. The ninth annual national SDS conference was held in Chicago in June 18-22, 1969, and the SDS collapsed in an RYM-led upheaval.Dohrn led the Weatherman faction in the SDS fight and continued to be a leader afterward. In July 1969, Dohrn, Eleanor Raskin, Dianne Donghi, Peter Clapp, David Millstone and Diana Oughton, all representing "Weatherman",as Dohrn's faction was now called, traveled to Cuba and met with representatives of the North Vietnamese and Cuban governments.Dohrn has been criticized for a comment she made about the recent Charles Mansonled Tate-LaBianca murders in a speech during the December 1969 "War Council" meeting organized by the Weathermen and attended by about 400 people in Flint, Michigan: "Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in their bellies. Wild!" Dohrn also charged that her fellow left-wingers showed themselves to be scared "honkies" for not burning down Chicago whenBlack Panther leader Fred Hampton was killed, and urged her audience to arm themselves and be "a fighting force alongside the blacks." Dohrn's husband, Bill Ayers has written that Dohrn was being ironic when she made the statement...
"America is a country abundant with brilliant women. Choosing a woman in an effort to attract Hillary Clinton supporters might make sense strategically, but is this the best the Republicans can do? Honestly?"
Experience? It depends on the kind of person one is.
Ignore this Obama/Dohrn/Ayers link. It's about their experiences. It's nothing at all good about any of them: