Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain picked a woman! How do you feel?

UPDATE 8/30: I couldn't agree more with this Newsweek article. The more I learn about Palin's extremist politics (she supported Pat Buchanan's 2000 presidential run, for goodness sake) and stunning lack of experience ("I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq," she says), the more freaked out I become. I guess Obama was right on Thursday. McCain just doesn't get it. And I used to think he was a fairly reasonable guy...


Normally, I wouldn't do this. In fact, I probably shouldn't do this. But so many people have asked what I think about McCain's VP choice, that I feel like I have to say something.* I'll keep it short.

About McCain's VP pick, Angie feels:

  1. Underwhelmed: All I really know about Palin other than personal information (five children, former beauty contestant, likes to fish) is that she's been a governor for less than two years and that she's under investigation for possibly firing someone who wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law. Not too inspiring.
  2. Insulted: I'm not insulted by the choice itself (I'll leave that to Pawlenty and Romney). I'm insulted by the McCain camp's insistence that Palin appeals to "wounded Clinton supporters." Do they really think that these women will forget about health care, national security and the economy and say, "Look! She has female parts! I'm inspired!" Give women some credit, please.
  3. Nervous: If McCain wins, Palin will be just a heartbeat away from the presidency. The McCain camp says that Palin's total lack of national and international experience doesn't matter, because McCain has ooodles of it. Well, McCain is 72 years old and has had some pretty significant health scares over the past 10 years. Palin would stand a strong chance of inheriting the commander-in-chief role. To me, that's scary. Deer-in-headlights scary.

You might be surprised that there are two things I really like about the pick. Mainly, it takes the GOP's arguments about Obama's experience off the table. Apparently, they don't think experience matters.

I'm also happy that there's no chance Pawlenty will leave us to fend for ourselves with Carol Molnau as governor. That's right, people, Carol Molnau is a woman and I still don't want her to lead our state. Shocking, isn't it?

OK, that's enough. Back to potty learning and goofy Rowan quotes.


*This is my "don't be offended" disclaimer. Those who know me, know that I'm opinionated, but fair. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I enjoy a good-natured debate about the issues. But I don't appreciate being told to forget the issues and become blinded by a person's gender or race or whatever. I become rather annoyed with identity politics and debates over "hot button" issues. I'd rather focus on turning around our economy, improving education and increasing our national security!


Heidi Sue said...

Oh, agree, agree, agree...

I just about died when she referenced the 18 million Clinton supporters that should now apparently help support her "break the glass ceiling". What? Because they now all support her conservative beliefs? Even McCain looked uncomfortable with what she was saying.

It's going to be interesting...

The Jahnkes said...

well written, Angie. I am disturbed by the way the McCain camp has been running their campain. it just goes to show that they are not thinking about the american people but just about winning the election and continueing the shitty job the executive branch has been doing these past 8 years. oh how things would have been different if the election had been fair in 2000.
hopefully we won't have to worry and will be having celebrations in November with a democratic win. We will defintely be casting our absentee ballots this year

Michelle said...

Oh, Angie! You took the words right out of my mouth!

Val said...

Hi Angie!
I'm at Mom's tonight and just read her your blog. " Angie, I believe you are right in your comments, you must think like me! I am so glad I have people in my family that are all going to root for Obama, because we know we have former President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton to help straighten out our world too. That's a quote! Love, Grandma Lindell"

Val said...

Hi Angie-
Great job putting your thoughts together-I agree with you completely! Maybe we should have an Obama election night party! Love, Val

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