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Wow, the more I read about her, the more I think she's a sign of McCain bowing to the religious right. This is the only way such a fundamentalist right-wing ANWR-drilling pro-lifer could get into the oval office in this day and age.

The Republican Alaskan State Senate President has openly questioned her qualifications as governor, let alone VP... "Look what she's done for this state. What would she do to the nation?" (Though, looking at that story, it looks more like taxing big oil to pay a Canadian company to maybe run a natural gas pipeline... is she a tax and spend conservative? I don't know, there's something there...)

As recently as a year ago she replied to a question about Iraq saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war on Iraq." Though, I suppose, that's kind of what the Republicans are saying Obama should have been doing in 2004 instead of speaking out against that war. Should a VP candidate have been thinking about national policies for more than a few months?

Rush Limbaugh has apparently decided to mock Obama's pro-choice position by creating a make-believe conversation in which Obama asks her, "When you found out your baby would be born with Down syndrome, did you consider killing it before or after the due date?" This offensive crap is being called "good YouTube potential" by folks over at the RNC.

So anyway, it's seeming pretty clear to me that this is exactly the VP candidate that brings back a big pile of folks from the religious right... back from the vacation they were taking this year. This gets them donating to and working for McCain again.

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kareila
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
If he were going to pick a religious right wingnut, why didn't he find one with a little more experience & credibility? My perception is that his pick is driving the moderates back to Obama. (Okay, that's just my mom, but I think she's a pretty typical voter.)
geekosaur
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Pretty much any choice that appeases the religious wrong will drive the moderates away — the religious wrong is not the mainstream, for all their noise (thankfully).
awfief
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Because he needed to find one with boobies.
geekosaur
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
She left the city of which she was mayor several million dollars in debt. Sounds tax-and-spend to me.
avacon
Aug. 31st, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Why oh why didn't McCain pick M Jodi Rell (Republican Governor of Connecticut)?
Then he might have had a chance of getting Independent votes (although
it would have infuriated the right wing of her party as she sounds
fairly sane, has plenty of experience, had her state sue Bush on No Child Left Behind, is pro-choice, and even signed the first state civil unions law.

I guess this means I should go donate to the Obama campaign.
(As a centrist Democrat / left-leaning Independent, I'd been
waiting for McCain's VP choice to decide what to do.)
avacon
Aug. 31st, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and my mom was mayor of a town the same size as Palin. I guess this means my mom is almost qualified to be VP by their logic.
thatwesguy
Aug. 31st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
We both know that qualifications are not the top priority, right?

America the meritocracy: how cool that would be.
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