I found myself amazed and totally surprised that John McCain would choose a person like Sarah Palin as his running mate. Certainly choosing a woman was a worthwhile consideration when you look back at Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the sheer number of female supporters she had. But choosing a female running mate as a means to get the female vote short-sells women in general. But, more specifically, Clinton supporters were/are typically feminists to varying degrees. They are intelligent women and will almost immediately find that the woman John McCain has selected as this nation’s second-in-command represents all that women in the 21st century do NOT want for themselves. Let’s take a look at Sarah Palin.

  1. Sarah Palin is currently under investigation for ethics violations and abuse of power. It seems that her sister is/was in a nasty, bitter child custody dispute with her ex-husband, an Alaska State Trooper. Ms. Palin, her staff, and her family pressured Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire her sister’s ex-husband, Mike Wooten. Apparently, when Monegan refused, he was suddenly fired. In a Washington Post article it is alleged that Palin “acknowledged that her staff had contacted Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan about two dozen times about Wooten.” Now, from all accounts this Mike Wooten looks like a Class A jerk and very possibly someone who has never been held accountable for his own actions, but that doesn’t support what the governor, her staff, and her family did over the period of time in which Monegan was harangued by Palin’s posse. On August 14th the embattled governor held a press conference where she revealed the existence of an audio tape of her staff pressuring Monegan to fire Wooten. “Palin, who has previously said her administration didn’t exert pressure to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, also disclosed that members of her staff had made about two dozen contacts with public safety officials about the trooper.” – source ADN.com Ms. Palin, ONLY after rumblings of impeachment, allegedly asked the state’s attorney general to investigate the firing of Monegan. Once the investigation began, evidence surfaced that, in fact, the allegations were true. Ms. Palin continues to distance herself from any culpability in the situation. More than two dozen contacts by her staff to Monegan, as well as several contacts by her own HUSBAND have now been documented. She claims ignorance of all of them.
  2. Todd Palin works for an oil company. It would appear that he is/was a blue-collar worker for BP oil and, while I can find evidence of the blue collar part, I can’t find any indication of the BP part. Why is this pertinent? Because Ms Palin supports drilling in the 7.7-million-hectare refuge, calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd on Alaska’s north coast, bordering Yukon (an arctic national wildlife refuge). I have often heard the phrase “perception is reality” and the perception is that the Republican party seems obsessed with having high-ranking members that are associated with oil (equating to big money, which equates to protection of big-money companies).
  3. She supports the Pebble Mine which, if allowed, would be the largest mine in the world, run in the exact same place where, today, the worlds largest salmon runs thrive — something that Native Alaskans depend on for their own livelihoods. “The mine would pollute an unprecedented number of rivers, lakes and bats. Although Palin claims that the mine would create jobs for Alaskans, it will effectively destroy the commercial and sport fishing industry in Bristol Bay — the main source of income for Alaskans in Bristol Bay. Pebble Mine’s potential for pollution would make the Exxon Valdez oil spill look like a tiny grease stain.”
  4. Governor Palin, citing hindrance of “development” in Alaska, has sued the US Government for placing the Polar Bear on the endangered species list. Of course, the Polar Bears live in an area where Palin supports drilling for oil.
  5. Sarah Palin opposes reproductive rights for women, advocates the teaching of creationism in schools, believes that global warming is fiction.
  6. Governor Palin spent almost a half million dollars on a campaign to persuade voters in Alaska to NOT vote to prohibit the aerial shooting of bears, wolves, and other wildlife.

Beyond being a mayor for a town of less than 6,000 people, Sarah Palin has 2 years’ political experience as governor of Alaska and, for the most of it, has been embattled by scandal and bouts of “I don’t recall that event.” Oh, and she was voted Miss Congeniality in a beauty contest.

And McCain crapped all over Obama, claiming a lack of leadership experience?

Yeah, I think it’s time for that old man to stop taking his Viagra, slip into his comfortable slippers, and sit on his front porch feeding the pigeons.

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