Sunday, August 31, 2008

Palin Doesn't Wow the Women (or the Men)

After a beautifully orchestrated acceptance speech at the Democratic convention last Thursday, it looks like nothing can stop the Obama campaign. McCain tried to shake things up by selecting Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, but apart from the initial surprise she caused, it doesn't look like Palin can do much to stand in Obama and Biden's way in the long run.

Palin was definitely a smart choice for the McCain campaign. She is young, sexy and charismatic. More importantly, perhaps, she is a woman, and a mother of five at that. By being some of the very things McCain is not, Palin might help him pull in select groups of voters he would otherwise be sure to lose to the Democrats.

But despite the above points in her favor, I (like many others) am surprised at McCain's choice of Palin as his running mate. To me, this choice shows how desperate he is to win. Just how prepared is Palin for the office of Vice-President? McCain seems to only have picked her to shock people into talking about his campaign again.

I would love to see a woman holding the office of President or Vice-President. But not if she's unqualified for the job. Pushing aside the better qualified candidates for one who satisfies a gender preference would be discrimination, let alone just plain stupid.

And it looks like a lot of women agree with me.

Obama, you're not perfect, but you're the best hope we've got right now. March on!

15 comments:

Nicholas Karavatos said...

Sarah Palin seems to be a reactionary choice for vice president. So much so, in fact, her nomination appears to be cynical: the only appeal fueling Hillary Clinton's historic achievement is that she is a woman and that a woman is a woman, thus the woman-vote is easily transferable.

(Avoiding a sub-plot from an episode of Commander-in-Chief, they picked a woman who's husband is incontrovertably a "man's man.")

Newsweek:

"She is a far-right conservative who supported Pat Buchanan over George W. Bush in 2000. She thinks global warming is a hoax and backs the teaching of creationism in public schools. Women are not likely to be impressed by her opposition to abortion even in the case of rape and incest." http://www.newsweek.com/id/156258/page/2

No woman who voted for Hillary Clinton, I think, would vote for Sarah Palin. They both have two X chromosomes, but that is not enough.

And as a former beauty queen, Gov. Palin may tap into what Ani Difranco describes in her song "32 Flavors" from the album Not a Pretty Girl:

god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
'cuz everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a phoenix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying past

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Anonymous said...

Given the seriousness of this matter, I ought to say (: write) something profound about it. However, having overcome the first sense of shock and immediate discomfort, I find the choice so shallow that I simply cannot mobilize the effort it would require. Instead, I simply hope that the Republicans have underestimated the intelligence of the electorate.

Pernille

PS: I do agree with your gender-related observations Nour.

Nicholas Karavatos said...

"On Monday morning, Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant and that she intended to marry the father." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26501863
Is this relevant? Yes and No. It is irrelevent in that candidates' children should be off-limits; except...
It is relevent in that Palin is for "abstinance-only" sex ed.

"...it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner;" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26501863

Innocent until proven guilty, but the appearance of abuse of power - after Bush/Cheney - is too much to stomach. And how smart is it to run for VP while under an ethics investigation? If she is found guilty could she be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors"?

..."that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede;" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26501863

And she wants to be VP in the so-called Party of Lincoln? What other Lincolnist ideals does she oppose? This is not a youthful flirtation with radicalism. It was the 1990s and she was in her 30s.

"...and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26501863

Irrelevent. He's Alaskan! And, really, 22 years ago?

Nour Merza said...

Ai.. this whole thing is just getting worse and worse! Poor America...

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