Well, how entirely patronizing. After his ads in which he portrayed Hillary Clinton as a victim for not being picked as vice president, he goes and picks an inexperienced, anti-abortion, anti-environment woman as if we couldn’t tell the difference. Does John McCain believe that women are so shallow that we will be in favor of anybody in a dress (or a pantsuit)?
So, who is Sarah Palin? Well, McCain made a rather odd decision, considering his virulent attacks on Obama’s supposed lack of experience. Palin was elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and has far less experience than Barack Obama. Before becoming governor, she was a mayor of a tiny Alaska town, Wasilla. Before that, she was a sportscaster and beauty pageant contestant. Not exactly Obama or Biden’s resume. Other than that, she’s the married mother of five — the last of her children was born just this past year with Down’s Syndrome.
Palin is also currently embroiled in a scandal over the firing of Walter Monegan, the Commissioner of Public Safety. She fired Monegan after his was reluctant to fire Alaska state trooper, Mike Wooten, who was in the middle of an ugly divorce with Palin’s sister. Little bit of a conflict of interest. Also, the person she named to replace Monegan has been cited for sexual harassment — Palin knew this and appointed him anyway.
And where does she stand on the issues? Considering she’s not made much of a name for herself as a leader, we’ll see what we can dig up.
Palin is an avid, no compromises opponent of abortion. Not allowed in the case of rape, incest or for the health of the mother. Her position on it puts her in the extreme far right on issues of a woman’s reproductive rights.
On gay rights:
Palin supported a 1998 state ban on gay marriages, and has been a leading voice against gay rights in the state. Her first veto as governor was on a bill that would have provide benefits for gay and lesbian state employees. Scary monsters.
Palin is 100% in favor of Bush’s policy in Iraq and would advocate for more of the same.
On the environment:
Despite vast scientific research, Palin asserts that Alaska’s polar bears are not being threatened and that there is no such thing as global warming. She is in favor of drilling ANWR. Her husband works for BP, one of the largest oil companies in Alaska.
While Palin supports additional funds for K-12 education, she also supports the teaching of creationism in public schools. Other than that, she hasn’t made much of a name for herself in this area.
On Health Care:
This is another area where Palin has a scant record. She has stated that deregulation and elimination of waste in insurance companies is the solution to our nation’s health care crisis. Deck chairs — Titanic.
John McCain might be somewhat surprised to realize that we women can tell the difference between a profoudly experienced, extraordinarily committed and unwavering advocate for women, Hillary Clinton, and an inexperienced neophyte who would set the cause of women’s rights back decades.
Sorry ’bout that, John.