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.

 

karens
10.07.08

I am a mother of 4 and proud grandmother of 7. I have had to work hard all my life, even raise my family after my husband died. I put myself through college and now have a job that can actually pay me for my hard work.

When I look at Palin, I ashamed that she thinks she represents women or even motherhood. After Hillary lost the Democratic nomination, it is really a kick in the teeth to think anyone can see Palin as replacing her. Palin doesn't even know how to act in polite company. She uses all the charming wiles that women have had to overcome for years. She is being used and laps it up like a puppy drinking milk. I almost feel sorry for her. The only way she can get ahead is by character slashing Obama and being that charming hockey mom. It is a shame that the Democratic party has chosen not to character bash her. Her closet is far from clean.

If McCain thinks she has trouble now with the press and tries to protect her, what will it be like if she is the VP? And as old as McCain is, it is a great possibility that she will be president. This issue is very scary. People are run on fear and both Palin and McCain have been attempting to raise doubts and fears over Obama. It is scary that McCain and Palin will be laying out the future America for my grandchildren. I hope America uses her head in this election.

jbdean
10.06.08

I agree that having Barack and Biden for the Democratic Party is a wonderful thing and I am so hoping that America opens their eyes and sees this. There may be fundamental things that he and a Rep. may not agree on ... like abortion ... but this country, at this moment, is in more need of the other things that he stands for, like getting us out of Iraq, saving our precious environment (including the animals and natural resources), health insurance that will benefit everyone and not just some, and getting us out of debt (and not at the expense of the 'little guys'). For the record I have been a Republican all of my voting life (and I'm past 50) but this country simply cannot survive another Republican term! We.Just.Can.Not. I'm pro-life, have always been and will always be but, as I said earlier, this time around the country needs fixing in more than just this one fundamental area. McCain and Palin are so out of touch on what this country REALLY needs that it's more frightening than I can express. And anyone that was going to vote for Hillary and now will be voting for Sarah should be ashamed of themselves! We need to cast our vote for ISSUES, not gender or ethnicity. To have a woman in the White House as VP or Pres. will be an amazing thing but it must be the RIGHT WOMAN. Palin is simply not that woman. She will be a joke to other countries and will bring ruin to our country with her lack of experience, lack of understanding and her simple ignorance on how someone in that high a position should command themselves. She has the personality of a small town country sheriff with her "gosh darn its" and her "well, there ya goes'. We need someone polished and dignified and she is neither. She needs to keep to her kiddie soccer games and stay out of the White House.

But as for Obama being the one to carry on the Kennedy torch ... I must disagree. I think he is far better than John Kennedy who, we all know was the former Bill Clinton on his infidelities. I want my President and Vice President to be someone that has morals and respect for his family. If he/she cannot have that, they cannot have respect for strangers - which make of the majority of the country's population. Perhaps another Bobby Kennedy but not John. I know some separate achievements from private lives but I don't.

And I'll conclude by saying this was a great article!

vonngirl
10.03.08

Wow! Feminism has come full-circle from the feminists in the 70s encouraging women that they really could 'have it all' and be very successful in their careers and in raising their families - and now the author says that if she has five children at home and one that is Down Syndrome (it's not PC to say 'disabled' anymore), she can't possibly be good at either raising her children or her career. What kind of hypocritical bashing is that all about?

Also, for the author to make a comment about the woman breaking the glass ceiling in politics - what was Hillary doing? She wasn't doing it on her own merit like Margaret Thatcher,she was doing it on the merit of being the former first lady. The only reason Hillary stayed with Bill was for HER own political ploy.

But I guess whatever a democrat does is good and whatever a republican does is evil.

ccadwellx
10.01.08

Sarah Palin is ignorant by choice. She doesn't read a newspaper (see the latest Couric interview) and never had the slightest interest in foreign policy, national or global economics, or ANYTHING beyond her provincial sphere, until she was asked to be VP. Ambition, not the deep-rooted desire for service to country shared by our better politicians (who spend much of their lives studying these topics in preparation for service), drove her to accept the offer. I don't care that she may (or may not) be a "quick study" - if she had truly cared about national politics in the past, she'd be at least conversant in these topics. We are on the verge of a serious global economic crisis, and we need leaders who are knowledgeable. We TRULY deserve a better leader than Sarah Palin.

jenni75
10.01.08

I agree with you, McCain's motives are very apparant. He wants to continue to use the money we bust our butts for to pad his friends and his wallet. He wants to continue to cut taxes for the richest American's and continue the war and the 10 Billion we spend a month fighting it. Plus, I don'e feel that anyone's upbringing or religion or parents' religion changes who you are. I know that lots would disagree but we are the last civilzed nation on earth to continue to make our decisions based on religion. Come on! Enough already! Plus here is a link to Sarah Palin being prayed over by a witch doctor to cast out the witchcraft and demons in her life. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkViRp6W5oE

jenni75
10.01.08

I do not think that women are voting for Sarah Palin just because she is a woman. But, I do wish that people would think about their choices. I know we are all supposed to feel that somehow her experience rivals anyone else's but the fact is that if you are a mayor of 9000 people and then a govenor of a state this does not give you lots of experience. She doesn't have to actually do things in Washington in either of those jobs.
Plus, the top 5 fundamental differences don't change, 'vagina' or not.
She's Anti-abortion and gay rights
She does not offer healthcare
She will stay in this war as long as McCain tells her too
She will continue to drill until the planet implodes
She will continue to give the richest people tax cuts while the rest of us bail them out for their mistakes.
Not to even begin to mention the fact that she wants to teach 'creation science' right in our public schools, doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is and is proof positive that Abstinence-only sex education does not work!
But be not afraid, ladies, we will not let this excuse for a 'modern woman' try to ruin our country. Get out there and fight the good fight.

stacyclark
09.28.08

Yes, Sarah Palin has a vagina and one other thing in common with me -- we each have a brain. If you have a brain you will do your research, www.votesmart.org , before you cast your vote for a man who verbally slips and states to George Stephanopoulos that he is a MUSLIM.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQqIpdBOg6I&feature=related

OBAMA is not qualified to be President, he doesn't have enough experience and let's not forget he is running against McCain, not Palin.

McCain's motives for wanting to be President are apparant but Obama's motives are very circumspect.

rightgirl
09.28.08

This post/entry made me laugh. To think that some dumb demo bitch sat and cried while watching the convention is absolutely hysterical. My experience with the past demo "leaders" made me cry too, especially when Clinton couldn't keep his pants on to save his life and brought our country down in shame as a nation of immoral, sex-driven fools. Or when I watch normally sane people act like Barak Hussien Obama is God's messiah to America in spite of his change for change sake agenda. To say that he's ill-prepared to act as a president is to say the least. I tell you what, if this jack-ass gets elected, it will be the country's turn to cry for four years as he pushes his personal vendetta down the throats of America.

SadiesMom
09.24.08

Yes, Sarah Palin has 5 kids, married her high school sweetheart, blah, blah, blah... Can someone PLEASE tell me her thoughts on health care, FMLA, and equal pay for equal work, and affordable childcare? If everyone is going to defend her so boldly, let's talk about the ISSUES. Yet, no one is bringing up the fact that she isn't talking about the issues at all. She parades her kids around, says she's just like you, and we are supposed to nod stupidly. She's pro-guns, pro-capital punishment, believes creationism should be taught in schools (which in case you've read the Constitution lately is a BIG no-no) and she's not a reformer. Congress had already killed her bridge to nowhere before she said no thanks. That was a big fat lie right there (and NPR did a story on it.) So seriously, focus on the issues and not her family portrait.

jazzy
09.24.08

I am a 50 year old multi-tasking mom of 3, wife, business woman, teacher, and I'm NOT a hockey mom. I also have very solid clues about politics. Your biased based gossipy rhetoric shows you don't have a clue about the women who identify with Palin & are voting for her. I am neither dense nor backward. Palin is a woman very much like me and many other women our age whom you have insulted. Your comments show you know very little depth, and desire only in believing what you've been spoon fed to believe. You sound like an immature, gossipy teenager, your attitude is what is backward & what will keep more women from stepping out into public office. Whether you agree with her positions (judging by your comments, you don't really know them)you should at least respect a woman who is intelligent, poised, doesn't cheapen herself by dressing like a sleeze, and is very resilient to the petty trash that has been thrown her way. Oh yeah, and she's been a mayor & is a governor. You are wrong, she's had, and continues to have, much more administrative experience than your ticket's presidential candidate. To say that a woman who chooses to have a career, love & stay faithful to the same man, raise her children and believe in God is backward shows your ignorance. McCain is not OLD. We live much longer now and continue our careers much longer. My 75 year old father is a touring professional musician, and I know of many folks that are much older going to college, and still enjoying careers. I'll take an OLDER, seasoned, integrity proven person any day to a young, relatively inexperienced one. One day you'll grow up & your perspective will change.Hopefully.