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Another Big Oil Pick?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 29, 2008 by gyma
Gov. Sarah Palin
Gov. Sarah Palin

The first time I wrote this post I was skeptical about Senator McCain’s choice for Vice President.  Since this post is now linked to a Fox news item, I decided to rewrite it for all you Fox news folks.

Honestly, here’s my take.  Sarah Palin does not have more or equivalent experience to Barack Obama.  For Pete’s sake she was the mayor of a town with fewer than 9,000 people being run by a staff of about 100 people.  The entire state of Alaska has a population of approximately 670,000.  The City of Chicago, on the other hand, is the third largest city in the United States with a population of 3 million.  Yes, I know Obama wasn’t the Mayor of Illinois, but he was in the Illinois State Legislature from 1997-2004 before becoming a U.S. Senator.  Obama is also a constitutional lawyer who taught at the University of Chicago for 12 years and has a law degree from Harvard Law School. 
Sarah Palin is a self-proclaimed hockey mom, with a degree in journalism who once worked as a sports writer.  I have no doubt that Palin is a hard-working mom and all around great person.  BUT THAT DOESN’T QUALIFY HER TO BE VICE PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENT.  Do you people want me to scream that again?
And to all who tried posting comments, no I’m not a socialist, communist, etc.  I’m a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and have ancestors who fought for this country during its formation.
I’m not against Palin because she’s a woman.  There are several qualified Republican women, such as Olympia Snowe, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Elizabeth Dole, etc. who would have been a better choice.  I’m against her being chosen because it shows how pathetic John McCain is and his complete lack of judgment.  I do not want someone of that caliber as POTUS.  McCain made his choice to upstage Obama and in an attempt to appease his right-wing, nut job Christian base. 
I believe a woman, not John McCain or Sarah Palin, should have control over her body.  I believe in the seriousness of global warming, unlike Palin who must say otherwise to keep Big Oil satisfied.  I believe in science and evolution, unlike Palin who thinks evolution and intelligent design (or whatever the latest buzz word is) should be taught side by side in schools.
Fox News brainwashes you idiots into believing whatever crap that throw your way.  Then you start trolling around the internet spewing your b.s.  This country is headed for trouble if Karl Rove, once again, succeeds in convincing you to vote for the person with the lowest grades, least amount of historical knowledge, and the one who will be your BFF.  For pete’s sake who in their right mind would vote for President based on choice in beer or b-b-q?  That’s absurd.  I want a smart, thoughtful, caring person as president, not another clown like George W. Bush, who happens to be an 8th cousin of mine. 
Sheesh.
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Does VP Choice Matter?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 18, 2008 by gyma

Would you change your mind about voting for McCain v. Obama based on who the VP choice is?  I’m thinking it might make more of a difference for likely McCain supporters, but would it be enough to get out the vote? 

Does anyone have a feel whether people who don’t support either candidate would simply stay home if they didn’t agree with the VP choice or will they vote for a third party candidate?

I sent a friend a video clip from the Keith Olberman show where he and Rachel Maddow were discussing McCain’s Sturgis trip (the one where he volunteered his wife as a Miss Buffalo Chip contestant).  She forwarded the clip to her elderly father who lives in Florida and was leaning towards McCain.  The clip was enough to make him decide to not vote for McCain, but being a southerner he can’t bring himself to vote for Obama. 

If I had my druthers I think I’d like to see Obama choose either Christopher Dodd or Wesley Clark for VP for two very different reasons.  I like Dodd because of his progressive politics but that would most likely turn off some of the Independent/Republican voters who are currently supporting Obama.  As for Wesley Clark, I admire him greatly for having the guts to say on national television that simply being a POW does not, in and of itself, qualify you to be president.  And he took a lot of heat for speaking the truth.  I think he would bring gravitas to the ticket although his political savvy might be considered too thin.

All in all, I think who you choose to surround yourself in your cabinet means more than most give it credit.  Why then don’t we expect candidates to tell us who they would choose to fill key cabinet positions?  Wouldn’t that tell us a great deal about the person?