September 3, 2008

Okay, Okay, You Knew I'd Get To It

I was gonna stay out of it. Really, I was. The Sarah Palin joke was writing itself, and while the final, gut-wrenching punchline could still be that Americans are as stupid as they were 4 years ago, and vote this mess into the highest office, at least they couldn't say they didn't see it coming.

But instead, I am still watching this train wreck of a Republican ticket be defended. It's like in some time bending continuum, the GOP are spending more time trying to convince us they actually vetted Ms. Palin than they actually spent doing it. Actually, I think they spent more time in the beer tent than they spent going over her history. And while I constantly call the media out for not doing their job, I have to admit, this time, they not only did their own job, but the GOP nomination committee's as well.

Now, they're blaming that media for the circus atmosphere that has descended. Oh, boo. When they're the ones saying the most appalling things, it's fine. Now, in a line of reasoning that smells as badly as the moose guts that Ms. Palin has apparently left scattered over the frozen tundra, the media should back off the little lady.

Let's do a little check up on their own treatment of some other women. Remember a girl named Chelsea Clinton? Remember Mr. McCain's 'joke' at her expense when she was 18? Sure you do. He said, at a Republican Senate Fundraiser that Chelsea was so ugly because Janet Reno was her father. Now, I recognize that I will never be President of the U.S., for many, many reasons. But mostly because if he had said that about my daughter, I would have reached up through his nostrils and pulled his brains out through his nose.

But, back then it was okay to denigrate any woman, and hopefully in the basest way possible. Rush Limbaugh, that symbol of masculinity and good journalism, famously held up a picture of the Clinton's cat, then held up a picture of 13-year-old Chelsea and declared her to be the White House dog. I would have gotten to his nose next.

But, okay. These attacks on Chelsea (and we can't even begin to count the garbage heaped on her mother over the years) at least were flung to the other side. Maybe it's proper, even chivalrous, for the McCain team to be protecting Palin from a riotous, hounding press. Except, don't forget what McCain said to his own wife in 1992. With witnesses, on the campaign trail. "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c**t".

Yup. Class act, this guy. If that's how he treats his Trophy Wife, who has used her vast resources to fuel his political journey to the top of the world, how is he going to treat his Trophy Vice? Actually, maybe Ms. Palin will do what Cindy McCain should have done years ago - she's apparently a great shot.

But Mr. McCain, if Chelsea Clinton wasn't out of bounds all those years ago, and for all those years, why are Ms. Palin's family suddenly supposed to be untouchables? She herself has repeatedly run on platforms trumpeting her own family values, and announcing her plans to declare her way is the only way, and yet we can't see for ourselves how that is working out?

Don't forget she's a creationist; backs abstinence only sex-ed; tried to fire the librarian in her town when she became mayor because said librarian refused to pull a list of books that SP disagreed with; became mayor of a town with zero debt, left the office with the town 22 million in the hole; didn't tell her constituents she was having a 5th kid until she was 7 months pregnant, then back on the job 3 days after giving birth (sorry. I will never, ever see this as a sign of a strong women. it's stupid); and, most remarkable (at least to my ears), saying that her daughter had 'decided' to have her baby. Now, stop me if I'm wrong, but isn't that 'decision' the one she is bound and determined to remove from all other women? Curious....

Oh, and this: she knew at 3 months she was carrying a kid with DS. She heroically went ahead with the pregnancy (even though 90% of women in this case do not. Even republican ones). Why have the test if abortion was never an option?

When asked a few months back on her stand on the Iraq war, she indicated that she didn't know much about it, and therefore didn't really have a stand. Interesting, considering her oldest child is heading over there in a week. I won't let my kid go to the Eaton's Centre, because I think it's dangerous. But at least I checked it out before making up my mind....

But lastly, and most importantly, this woman is prepared to push her children off a cliff to get a job. There is no end to what she is willing to expose them to - I know Alaska is remote, but did she seriously think her kids would escape all this? After what Chelsea and the Bush Twits went through?

After the initial shock and awe of this nomination choice, I truly think the press is getting a little green around the gills. Too many innocents have been tugged into this nasty fight, and while there doesn't seem to be a ton of people trying to pretend that Sarah Palin is fit for this office, I despise what she and her husband are putting the kids through.

Wonder if they even got asked?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Well said. I just can't imagine another four years, possibly eight, of this party in the White House after the dismal display of Bush and his cronies. It is the worse presidency in American history and with this Palin contraversy, it is not a good start for a 2 year rookie. McCain, the Republican party, will be nothing more than a repeat performance of what has ruined that country in the past eight, no matter what contraversy and smut that is scrapped up. Just my opinion, but, what happens south of the border has big dividends, plus or minus, in Canada. It can make us or break us...


September 03, 2008 3:34 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

So what your saying is your on the fence about this?


September 03, 2008 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to tell you Lorraine, but the Egyptians beat you to plucking McCain's brain in 12th century BC.
Sarah, your daughter having a bun in the oven before marriage isn't what was meant when people say
"git 'er done.!"

September 03, 2008 10:40 PM  
Blogger rsm said...

I believe in creation but I don't back abstinence only sex-ed or support the Republicans.. Why the assumption that one goes with the other because of one's faith?

September 04, 2008 11:48 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Because in Palin's case, they do. She's repeatedly stated it. She has inserted her religious beliefs into every inch of her platform, whether running for city counselor or VP.

I prefer my church and state to be kept separate.

September 05, 2008 7:44 AM  

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