September 5, 2008

Sarah Palin

I have a piece in today's Toronto Star, linked here.

Sometimes readers will write to Blame It On Lorraine asking about a column. I don't post those comments/questions, because they have to be formatted and posted by my Webgod, and it's a hassle. So. I'm going to C&P the first comment I received as a comment here, and then everyone can pile on as they like.

Oh, and for anyone questioning my admittedly heated performance on Live last night (I was exhausted and crabby - I probably shouldn't have gone), please google Ms. Marsden first, and check out her politics and peformances. There is only one way to go at her, and it was the way I did.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curious why you think Sarah Palin is using her kids as pawns. Get a grip, the minute she entered the political ring her kids were pawns whether she wanted them to be or not. Are you possibly suggesting because she is a mother she shouldn't run. That any mother shouldn't work. That makes me nervous. I worked all my life, ran a business, bought and rented out numerous properties, was widowed early on and I say to you that this lady is what the U.S. and the world needs right now. The men have screwed up t
erribly and I believe she will put up a good fight to do the right thing. I believe you have your reasons for being for abortion but believe me I have known numerous women over the years who had had abortions and are still regretting it to this day. One of my friends was made sterile from a decision her mother made for her to abort her child and now leading up to retirement her life seems so empty. Remember other people have opinions too but that doesn't mean they should no
t run for Vice President. My goodness has anyone seen Dick Cheney. By the way most times I love your column but we all bring to our opinions, personal decisions we have made in the past. I hate the war and I didn't much like the Republicans but Sarah Palin has got me excited. Maybe the world has a chance after all because if the Americans are bad off, so are the rest of us.


September 05, 2008 7:57 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

PL - surely it hasn't escaped your notice that Sarah Palin is kind of like Dick Cheney in a skirt - only not so experienced. I'm not sure how people can get all excieted about Palin bringing something new to the table when all she stands for are regressive things.

I've always advocated women working - and I usually get bashed around for saying mothers especially should work. Check my history - it's an open book. But I will never understand a mother like Palin who knowlingly tossed her vulnerable daughter into the cesspool of U.S. media at 17 and pregnant. Sorry. Bad call. Would you push your kid into the line of fire to get a promotion?

I am hugely supportive of women - but not one who believes her religious tenets trump sound governemntal decisions that benefit the majority.

There were many, many other Republican women who should have been on that ticket ahead of SP.

And she knows it.

September 05, 2008 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The knee jerk reaction is to get excited when someone like Sarah Palin gets nominated as a Vice-Presidential candidate. She's gorgeous, tough, takes no prisoners. But look at her politics. She's Jerry Falwell in a skirt. If she and McCain go to the White House, they will bury women's rights in the grave the Bush administration has dug for them. Bravo for an excellent article.

September 05, 2008 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Star is Born," waxed Anderson Cooper after Palin accepted her nomination. Right. When we get beyond the initial buzz, it's apparent that Ms. Palin was selected by McCain's spin doctors. The truth is, she is not suitable for the job. The debate between her and Joe Biden should prove interesting. Unless she's been reading Condaleeza Rice's debriefing notes these past few months, she'll shoot the McCain campaign in the foot. Does anyone else see the irony in her support of "abstinence-only" programs, yet her teen daughter is pregnant? The woman has already proved ineffective in her most important job. Do American women really want Roe vs. Wade overturned? A McCain/Palin government would effectively oppress women. And that is frightening.

September 05, 2008 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good comments about Sarah Palin, some good, some bad, but, she herself is a pawn. She is being used to gather the female vote seeing Obama didn't take Hillary on as his choice for VP. It is all politics. One bashing the other. McCain did't take a inexperienced rookie on for Palin's personal background, what baggage or not she is carrying, she has some smarts, pretty, a family women, he needs her to capture the vote from women of America. This could also blow up in McCain's face. It is a grandstand performance plain and simple. And for women who want to work family or not, go for it. For those who don't, ditto. That is not the question here. What a lion's den she was throw into...

BTW, I am not a Republican...I am not sticking up for her. She knew what she was getting involved with accepting his offer for VP, so let the cards fall where they may...


September 05, 2008 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting into words what I have been struggling with ever since Sarah Palin has been on the scene. I really want to like her as well but for every reason you cited in your article, I don't think I can. I feel that unfortunately, she will just turn back the clock on women's issues and bible-thump her way into middle America where woman have "their place". gulp.

September 05, 2008 10:31 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Lorraine, Lorraine... there is a reason the producers of Live at 5.30 call you to come into the studio; kinda like a pyromaniac being invited to a fireworks party! And if you're tired and crabby, all the better.

September 05, 2008 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you need to listen to Sarah Palin's script writer's speech again. You also need to read Lorraine's article in the Star again. Sometimes it's beneficial to review prior to spew. Lorraine is Pro-women, pro-people for that matter. Welcome to the blog, hope you will be a regular.

September 05, 2008 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't get excited about Sara Palin or her sac of woe in the family.Mc Cain is too busy telling stories about King Tut to notice his campiagn just did a big,wto flush, no wipe #2!

September 05, 2008 11:27 PM  

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