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.

 

MrsE
09.11.08

Thank God that the only thing that Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have in common is a vagina!! I, for one, am proud to say that I will be voting for a man who is willing to die for his country and proved it. Along with a woman, who is not about to sit down and take crap from anyone. I would think that fact would make an impact on any woman's opinion.

nikkicb
09.10.08

Ridiculous article. I'm actually crying at your ignorance. YOUR hero called her a pig today -- hope that brings tears to your weepy little eyes too. And no matter how you slice it, she's running for VP, not President, and she is STILL better qualified. Geeze. Drink the Cool-Aid much? Makes me want to quit this website, to tell you the truth. Shameless and infuriating. Oh AND women are turning to McCain -- fact check the polls before you post your garbage.

elisajo
09.10.08

For all of you who think Palin is "it" have you read the article from somebody who knows her personally? Read it, it may enlighten you as to how poor of a selection she is for V.P. - a true barracuda. Here is the link: http://www.crosscutcom/2008-election/17341/

SadiesMom
09.10.08

When I learned McCain chose Palin to be his running mate, I thought, "Sneaky... does he really think women will follow JUST because she's a woman?" Apparently, yes. And honestly, I expected better from women. Here's why: Palin's views have not really been addressed. We've followed the drama of her being a woman, having a newborn, a pregnant daughter, blah, blah, blah.. but the fact is her views are incredibly conservative and a bit scary for women's rights. Sure, the family is happy that their daughter used her legally giving ability to choose to have the baby, but at least she had that choice.

Then there is the fact that she is a avid NRA supporter, which I find frightening living in an urban area with a serious gun problem. I hear on the news of children under the age of 12 shot in their homes, their streets, their schools on a regular basis.

She has NO foreign policy experience, and even less actual travel experience. My brother serves in the Army, and is leaving (again) for the Middle East in a few weeks. To know that the person who is one heartbeat away from the Presidency has less foreign policy experience than me is frightening. I also find it confusing that she is pro-life but also for capital punishment and loves to hunt. She also doesn't consider polar bears to be an endangered species, which have clearly been struggling under environmental problems. I find her views contradictory and am amused that the party is shielding her from actual news interviews with hard questions about her beliefs.

I could go on... but it seems people posting here are proud to have a woman in the running for VP, but need to think seriously about how much you know about her, what she stands for and what her experience (or lack thereof) will do to the country. Right now, after working in the Baltimore/DC area for the federal government for 5 years, having lived abroad, traveling the globe, and having a child, I have more experience than Palin.

CrunchedMom
09.10.08

CrunchedMom

I find it hard to believe that this article was written by an educated working mother. How insulting to hide your liberal views and political disagreements with the Republican party by insinuating that Sarah Palin, who has more exectutive experience than her candidate by any stretch of the imagination, was chosen simply for the fact that she's a women. I hope her co-workers don't feel the same way about her. I think it's clear to any conservative that liberal women voters that followed Ms. Clinton would hardly find themselves enamoured with Ms. Palin and so it's pretty obvious those aren't the votes McCain was trying to reach. He was trying to rally the conservative base and so chose a women who exemplifies so many strong conservative beliefs. He was rallying the soccer moms who identify so closely with Ms. Palin--and based on the latest polls he's doing a damn fine job of it. I'm sorry that the Democratics chose a less experienced, younger, more charming male over a more qualified women in their primary. I guess the Republicans are more progressive.

CrunchedMom
09.10.08

CrunchedMom

Barbaraann
09.10.08

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Barbaraann
09.09.08

How can someone who is so out of touch with the rest of the US and women here be elected? How can a mother of an infant that has Downs Syndrome and several other children work as the VP of the US? So she will not be able to take time to bond with her young children- is this no longer important to Republicans??? We are educated women who were given the right to vote. We are educated women who understand the implications of making our own decisions about our career, our life and our bodies. We have decided over the last several decades to take our power back and take accountability for ourselves. But to support a woman who does not stand for this is a step Back. I believe McCain is desperate, desperate for votes and I can not believe how many people are falling for it...

Barbara

JLJP
09.09.08

My gosh, folks (read: those commenting here), maybe we should a pause a sec to remember how awesome it is that we are lucky enough to live in a country in which we have the right to vote, and the right to have an opinion about how we vote. Isn't it cool that everyone is allowed to have their own opinions and everyone is allowed to voice those opinions? And without being subjected to personal attacks?

leslie morgan s...
09.09.08

Leslie Morgan Steiner

Jimmy Carter said "No one is ever qualified to be president" because there is no way to prepare for the job. So I think we're asking the wrong question when we speculate about any politician's qualifications. To me, what's more relevant is trying to imagine Palin or McCain or Obama or Biden in office, making important decisions, using force or diplomacy within our country and internationally. And -- although I may be one of the few who feels this way -- the race and gender of a candidate certainly matters to me. Their life experience is very relevant. What seems to insult voters is the idea that race or gender is the ONLY thing that matters. But let's not kid ourselves -- as in everything in life, the color of your skin and your gender have an enormous impact on your life experience, every single day.