Yes, Sarah Palin Has A Vagina.

I was supposed to be taking this week off from Mommy Track'd – you know, Labor Day and all – but then John McCain went and insulted me, and I’m just not the type who can take an insult lying down. So here I am, laboring away at my computer on a holiday weekend.

 

I watched the Democratic National Convention this past week with tears in my eyes almost the whole time. The first night, when Ted Kennedy spoke, I cried because of his strength, and his determination, but also because of his frailty, and the inescapable fact that one day soon, he and everything that he represents as a Kennedy, will be just another chapter of history. On the second night, when Hillary gave the speech of her career, I cried because of her grace, and because of an opportunity lost, and because of all that could have been. The next night, when Joe Biden took the stage, I cried for his tragedy, but I also cried for his triumphs. His love for and commitment to his children, his dedication to his constituency, and the sheer joy in his face as he reveled in the moment that he so clearly has always wanted. And then, on Thursday, when Barack Obama accepted the nomination, and delivered the speech that one commentator called “a symphony,” I cried for myself, and for every person in America who thought they would never live to see this day. But I also cried because of what he said, and how he said it, and how inspired it made me feel, and because I really do believe that he can change America, for the better. And at the end, when his family joined him on stage, and they looked just like a modern-day version of Camelot; when I realized that the Kennedy-era might not be coming to a close after all, but is instead being updated and reinvented for the times we live in now; when it all seemed to come full-circle…well, of course, I cried some more. And then I woke up Friday morning, and I saw that John McCain had picked Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, to be his running mate. And I laughed.

 

It makes sense why John McCain would pick a woman for a running mate. For one thing, it allows him to have a “historical” campaign, too. And of course, if you’re going to try to go after all of those still-undecided, bitter, Hillary Clinton supporters, what better way to woo them than with another woman who can fulfill the dream they thought they’d lost? But for me, that’s where the logic ends. Because the only thing that Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have in common is that they both have vaginas. I mean, is John McCain serious? He thinks he can woo Hillary voters with a pro-life, gun-toting, anti-gay hockey mom whose political resume includes the PTA? Please. If John McCain really wanted to make history, there were a lot of women he could have chosen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, of Texas. Christine Todd Whitman, of New Jersey. Even Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard or Meg Whitman of e-Bay would have been better choices. But instead, he chose a woman who couldn’t be less experienced. He chose a woman whom nobody has heard of. He chose a woman whom many will find it difficult to take seriously in an international, or even a national, arena.

 

macraymom
09.01.08

Not that I am trying to take Sarah Palin's side or anything.. but something you all need to get through your mean spirited thick skulls are that Hillary isn't that qualified either. So before you bad mouth Palin....

LilMisBusy
09.01.08

My biggest concern is that McCain chose a woman just so that he can pay her 70% of what he would have paid a man to do the same job.

scarlett
08.31.08

I love Risa's posts and this one is no exception, and not just because I agree with her. Actually, I agree with the message but not with her laughter. This isn't funny. Palin is not just unqualified, which she certainly is. But her profile is terribly scary and hostile to women in just about every way. What's worrisome is that the McCain spin machine is already at work trumpeting her "green" policies, when she's been destructive of the environment; her five children, when she's no friend of women's right to choose, her time as a "hockey mom," meant to soften her image in ways that have nothing to do with anything at all; and her pro-gun stance, which will inevitably be twisted into some semblance of support for war as well as hunting endangered species. Risa's right:this woman is dangerous, but I'm sufficiently worried about the narrative they'll concoct that no matter how ridiculous her selection may be, I'm having a hard time laughing.

Samantha
08.31.08

I know there is a lot of debate about whether one should vote for a candidate because of his or her race or gender. Personally, I don't think you even consider it unless the person is qualified and shares your beliefs on the issues. That is what made the choice between Barack and Hillary so difficult for many of us. She was qualified and shared our beliefs -- and she was a woman. Her gender broke the tie for many torn between her and Barack. Even those that leaned toward Hillary because she was a woman won't vote for the McCain ticket because of its new estrogen surge because Palin is wholly unqualified to lead and a strident pro-life conservative.

CEO
08.31.08

Very well put, Risa.  As always, very well put.