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.

 

alaska
10.19.08

It's funny that you're trying to prove their experience and then only state their education...that's great, but they haven't done much with it and America doesn't have time for them to figure it out. Obama has a whopping 3 or 4 years in the Senate? Wow, McCain has him beat by like 20 years! And personally, I think being a Mayor and Governor has much more responsibility because executive decisions are riding on their shoulders alone and she has handled it beautifully. Our last Gov. was a blockhead who sat on his ass for 4 years, it's been so nice to see her DOING SOMETHING, like a gas pipeline running to the lower 48. Energy independence is key. America needs to be self-sufficient and that's why I support McCain/Palin. But as Americans, we need to support whomever is elected, neither have an easy task ahead of them.

Andara
10.19.08

I hate to break it to you, alaska, but prices are coming down everywhere. Sarah Palin had nothing to do with it. As for her being your Gov, you can keep her, please. Ethics violations, small-town politics on a statewide level, ham-handed acting to play up her "folksy charm." Oh, and let's not forget that she voted to cut special needs education funding by 60%!

Some of you might want to take a look at some of the speeches she gave before being picked as VP candidate. You won't find any of those cutesy little demeaning mannerisms she's taken up. She hadn't started mis-pronouncing the word "nuclear" (George W. could also pronounce "nuclear" correctly, once upon a time). Her accent wasn't nearly as pronounced. These are all tactics aimed directly at appealing to the lowest common denominator, and people are eating it up without thinking twice. Heck, most of them aren't even thinking once.

Someone mentioned experience. How about these figures for experience:

Educational Background:

Barack Obama:
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

That alone speaks volumes about the people involved in this race. Two men who had what it took to get law doctorates on one side (one graduating Magna cum Laude), and a man who joined the military (following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him) and graduated at nearly the bottom of his class and a woman who after 4 years of schooling received a bachelor's degree in journalism.

The only reason McCain picked her was because she was a woman. Actually, considering the looks he's been caught giving her chest (while fingering his wedding ring), I suspect the fact that she was a beauty pageant winner might have had some impact as well. The choice is insulting. That she is willingly dumbing down her own personality should disgust everyone, women and men alike.

alaska
10.19.08

Sarah was chosen because she is absolutely incredible! She's done so much for us in the last two years as our Governor. Most recently, she cut the State Gas Tax, and I've watched the price of unleaded go from $4.49 a gal to $3.59-it keeps on dropping. She inspires me, and it's sad that the rest of America hasn't got to see it first hand. I don't really care though, I win either way.....she'll be my VP or Gov. So, Alaska is taken care of.

America would be so lucky to have her!

qtpqtootie
10.17.08

I'm just curious, Staskye...what exactly is the mess that needs cleaning up?

qtpqtootie
10.17.08

Well stated, Cyndeedun.

qtpqtootie
10.17.08

This is what is always so interesting to me about women voters. Women get so emotional about someone giving a speech and saying all sorts of idealistic things in an emotionally-charged manner, that they (I say "they", not "we", because I don't seem to suffer from this problem) don't even LISTEN to what is being said. When I saw Hillary get emotional on TV, I almost vomited. What a joke! THIS is supposed to be what our country needs? THIS is what's going to turn us around financially? Never once did I hear her say anything profound, interesting or useful. What was all the hype about??
And what's with all this B.S. "free" healthcare nonsense? Didn't any of you take civics in High School? Don't you remember TINSTAAFL - THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH? "Free" healthcare simply means that the inefficient government is going to charge Mr. and Mrs. Hardworking Taxpayer even MORE money to provide less efficient healthcare options. Since WHEN has the government done ANYthinG more efficiently than the private sector? Why on earth would we want government control of healthcare? If you are someone who wants to give away your freedoms (such as having the right to choose what kind of healthcare you have), then please, for the sake of the rest of us, go move to Canada, France, or any other country on the planet that has already surrendered their basic freedoms.
And one more thing - WHY are we still so fixated on abortion rights? Believe me, I'm pro-choice: I'm all for allowing women to choose what to do with their bodies BEFORE they get knocked up. Only about 1% of abortions are for victims of incest or rape. The rest are for irresponsible women. I'm not a fan of irresponsibility. So let's stop being stupid about this, okay?
Happy Voting!

Jodybob
10.15.08

I thought I was going to join this website to get some good insight from other working mothers, etc. This is a joke. Bashing Governor Palin is not why I joined. I feel like I am on the View. I am so outta here!

cyndeedun
10.09.08

Glad to hear there are still some sane women in this country who can see beyond the slick fast talking pretty boys out there. Give Palin a chance she can't possibly do any worse than the crooks in office today!

cyndeedun
10.09.08

I have to say when I initally saw this story it looked interesting. As I began to read however and you mentioned crying for Ted Kennedy whom I consider one of the worst perverts, is allow to get away with murder because of his name and standing. Then you cried for Hillary, a woman with no morals who will stand behind the second most perverted man around for the further of her career I had to stop. You would demean Sarah Palin, yet cry for Ted Kennedy and Hillary. I can see it was a giant mistake to log onto this website! Barach Obama? Hope you've already got your turban ordered and don't mind giving away all your freedoms.

staskye
10.09.08

No matter what your views, we all know that they are all very different. We need to get out and vote! This country is so far gone and I know that John McCain and Sarah Palin are not the people this country needs to clean up the mess left from Bush. It's time to show the rest of the world that Americans are not dumb. We need a president who will gain respect from the rest of the world and I feel Obama is that guy.