How dumb do they think we are, or maybe the question should be, how dumb are they? Sarah Palin, who is the darling of Christian conservatives, is also supposed to appeal to women voters (beyond the far right)? They evidently expect Hillary’s supporters and the rest of us who enthusiastically watched Barack’s speech last Thursday to vote strictly on gender, and not pay any attention to Palin’s policies and positions, or her lack of experience.
I imagine by now you know the basics. Here they are from Move On:
Today is John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:
- She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage.1
- Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
- She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
- Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
- She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
- She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as a threatened species-she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
Her lack of experience? Apparently John McCain doesn’t think so, from his interview on NBC yesterday. Who knew being on the PTA prepared you to be the leader of the free world?
NBC’s Brian Williams asked John McCain on Nightly News tonight if Palin was the best choice given that he’s a 72-year-old cancer survivor.
McCain defended the choice, citing Palin’s experience, including being a governor, mayor and even working on the PTA.
“Facts are funny things,” McCain said, adding that she’s “been in office longer than” Obama.
He added, in fact, it’s “almost ludicrous to compare her experience with his — it’s no contest.”
Williams followed up and asked, though, if she was the best choice.
“Oh sure,” McCain said, “in every way.” He went on to again cite her “executive experience.”
“Frankly, it inspires me,” he said.
Note: This really is from the MSNBC website, not The Onion (and I really did turn on my tv yesterday morning just in time to hear him say that). Get your McCain/Palin for PTA buttons now from Cafe Press.
What are the Republicans smoking? Some of the right wing Christians supporting her actually think she’s going to appeal to Hillary’s voters (who knew they secretly supported Hillary?) They do realize one of the things Hillary’s supporters had against Barack was that they didn’t think he was strong enough on a women’s right to choose? Meanwhile, at the same time they’re courting Hillary’s supporters, the right wingers are bashing Bill for his past statements about keeping abortion “Safe, legal and rare.” Sounds like a good idea to me.
I’m not making this up. Check out the clip The Nation found:
As The Nation article notes, Sarah Palin’s candidacy was vetted by “the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy. “ Sarah even won approval of James Dobson, who had “once said he could ‘never’ vote for McCain”.
Here’s another great quote from the interview with Tom Minnery above:
Minnery added that his boss, Dobson, has yearned for a conservative female leader like Margaret Thatcher to emerge on the American scene. And while Palin is no Thatcher, “she has not rejected the feminine side of who she is, so for that reason, she will be attractive to conservative voters.”
Umm, I’m totally confused about what religious conservatives want from a woman leader now. Margaret Thatcher, or a former beauty queen could work, too. As long as she’s anti-abortion. PTA experience is a plus!
Oh yeah, and that VP candidate glass ceiling Sarah thinks she’s breaking? The Democrats broke it 24 years ago with Geraldine Ferraro!
In a weird way, it is encouraging that even far right religious conservatives are now ready for a woman to lead. . . I just don’t want to be led in the direction they’re going. . .