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Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska

Is Sarah Palin Ready For Primetime?

The major party candidates have chosen their running mates and we now have insights into priorities and thought processes of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.

Obama chose a six-term Senator, Joe Biden, who is respected on both sides of the aisle on matters pertaining to foreign policy. He's run for President twice, in this year's contest until Iowa and back in 1988. Even President Bush has called upon Biden for his insights on matters related to foreign policy. He is, in short, extremely qualified to step in as President and Commander-in-Chief, should the unthinkable happen to President Obama.

Now let's look at McCain. He's been labeled a war hero for having gotten himself shot down in Vietnam and subsequently imprisoned by the Viet Cong. So far as I can remember, no other President has been in a Vietnamese prison camp, which either means that all other Presidents elected since Vietnam have been unqualified, or we should not presume that McCain is qualified to be Commander-in-Chief simply because he has.

Senator John McCain, R-Arizona
Senator John McCain, R-Arizona

Obviously Sen. McCain feels he is sufficiently qualified to be Commander-in-Chief because he chose Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. So what does Gov. Palin bring to the Republican ticket? It's obvious, isn't it?

It now appears that Sen. John McCain, a desert-dweller from Arizona, is well-positioned to win the state that is the epitome of the Great White North, Alaska.

I mean, that's got to be the strategy, right? It's the only plausible reason why McCain, a man, could choose a woman with so little experience like Gov. Palin, right? I mean, McCain's a bright enough guy, isn't he? He wouldn't have chosen someone like Sarah Palin to serve in the second highest office in the land simply to attempt to woo some of Hillary Clinton's 18 million votes to his side, right? No way. McCain's smarter than that. He couldn't be expecting all those liberal pro-choice women to set aside that issue to vote for him, just because his anti-choice running mate is a woman, right?

He couldn't be thinking that all those people who voted for Hillary in the primaries would suddenly decide to vote for him and his NRA card carryinging running mate even though many of them are in favor of sensible gun control. He wouldn't be thinking that? He would never be that small-minded, right?

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware

McCain couldn't be expecting all those environmentally concerned Democrats to suddenly throw caution to the wind and say, "Yeah, let's vote for McCain, who supports off-shore drilling, and his running mate who supports drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge," just because she's a woman?

Here's the only problem. McCain is a Republican, and I've lived under the premise that if Republicans were smart they would be Democrats. Need proof? What did Papa Bush say about his son after he stole the 2000 election? Something to the effect of being proud of Boy George because he proved it was possible for a C student to make something of himself! Something tells me that if, in fact, George W. Bush was a C student, his dad had to talk to the professors to pump up his score!

It kind of makes you wonder what McCain thinks about the American people. Does he think that American women are so shallow that they would choose to vote for McCain and Palin simply because of her gender? Does he think that all, or even a majority, of the 18 million voters who cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton did so because she was a woman? Common sense would dictate this was not the case, because the majority of American voters are women, so it would serve to follow that if all women marched in lockstep behind their gender's icons, some of them would have been elected President by now.

Whatever McCain's reason was for choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, he's stuck with her. Hopefully the American public will tell him that it was a poor choice when they cast their ballots on Nov. 4, 2008.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

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Marina Rosa 8 years ago from Southern California

Thank you for writing this. As a woman who was originally a Hillary Clinton supporter I find it sad and insulting that John McCain actually thinks so little of Senator Clinton's stature and abilities - or the intelligence of women who supported her - that he imagines he can appeal to democratic and independent women voters just by  putting a woman , "any woman"  on the ticket! This very STUPID choice - especially for an elderly presidential candidate like McCain - just underscores his very poor judgment and his willingness to put political expediency before the welfare of the the country.

GO OBAMA!


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Veronica Bright 8 years ago from Nebraska

I see another side of it...but each to his own. I do know that Biden will provide as many "Bidenisms" as Bush does "Bushisms" but we can agree to disagree. It certainly will be an interesting election, there is no debate on that!


Candace 8 years ago

We can certainly agree to disagree, I think Sarah Palin is a great choice. She has values that I agree with, unlike Hillary. I had no intention of voting for Hillary to begin with, nor would I vote for Obama.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

There's certainly no problem with disagreeing, as long as we are not disagreeable in the process.

Believe it or not, I hold nothing against people who, philosophically, identify with John McCain. I know he is not my cup of tea. This hub is actually targeted toward disaffected supporters of Hillary Clinton, still stinging from the fact that their candidate lost to Obama. Hillary ran a historic campaign, and the way she has come in line behind Obama tells me that she is a good, loyal Democrat, one whom I would be proud to support in eight years after Obama has his two terms.


pgrundy 8 years ago

Hi Crash, thank you for this hub. Somebody needed to write it, and I didn't have the stomach to do it. Of course she's not qualified to step in as President. She is so far from Hillary Clinton in every way--experience, intelligence, years of service, policy, hard knocks--that it is an insult to every woman who admires Hillary that she is being trotted out as a replacement. It's about as insulting as running with Romney and making Romney do the campaign in black face to pull voters aways from Obama. It's idiotic, and I find everything about this woman grating and offensive. When I look at her, all I can think about is The Handmaid's Tale. God help us.

Sadly, I know this woman, The last place I worked, in Indiana, most of the women there were Sarah Palin. She will appeal to women on the Christian right in a big way, and there's nothing we can do about it. Me, I want more choice in my life, and I don't just mean abortion--I am not the sort of woman who can drink the hallelujah kool-aide and I know there are lots of others like me too. What bothers me is, we preserve their right to worry about Jello salad recipes and stand by their men, but they do not support our rights to be human beings first and women second.

My hope is that enough young people actually do vote to bring Obama in strong in November. Even God won't be able to help us if that doesn't happen.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

Another thought occurred to me about McCain after I had published this hub. I recall him saying some time ago that his view on the Vice Presidency is that the office holder's chief responsibility is to wait for the President to die. In that regard, if that is his real belief, it makes this choice even more disturbing. I can think of dozens of Republicans who would be better choices to step right in as President than Sarah Palin. McCain likes to be a maverick, but in this case I think he was just plain reckless.


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talented_ink 8 years ago from USA

I agree a lot with what pgrundy says and I'm glad you wrote this one too. When I first heard about Palin being selected as McCain's running mate, I knew that I couldn't be the only person who saw through his blatant pandering. He did it earlier too on the town hall meeting that Pastor Rick Warren had. Warren asked McCain, "What do you think rich is?", and in his answer, McCain said that he wished everyone could be rich to which the audience joyously clapped. I know that Obama has lied and so has McCain...they're politicians, but insulting my intelligence is something even worse that I can't respect. This election comes down to black and white vs. man and woman, and all I can say is go team integration.


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onemill99 8 years ago

I find it very scary that Pallin was chosen.  She is no HILLARY CLINTON and couldn't get HILLARY if she lived another 44 years.  It was a desparate attempt in light of OBAMA's brilliant strong stand and committment to make needed changes.  Now McCain is have her repeat like a parrot the same ideas but instead of calling it change, they are calling it reform.  Reform/Change...  copy cat.... OBAMA scared McCain into choosing a female and one who is not adequate for the job.. When interviewed two months ago, she plainly and clearly stated that she didn't even know exactly what a VP did.  How scary is that?  And there is something not quite right about her, something that reeks of scandal and deceit and over domination.... she will over shadow him.  It was a huge blunder but a good one for the Obama camp. 


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Storytellersrus 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Thanks, Crash. It's uplifting to recognize that I (an Independent) am not the only one surprised by the Republican offering for VP- a cute, young woman, once on the beauty queen track, intelligent enough. I wanted him to pick a woman, but I'd hoped for a Condie Rice: one who has earned the honor. At the ripe old age of 55, I understand what it meant for Hillary to crack the ceiling. I suppose it might take a woman palatable to men to shatter it. One who supports issues men can understand. But, I ask myself, is this what women have waited all this time to accomplish? McCain obviously adores her; he called her his partner. I suppose she fulfills many an older man's fantasy to grow old with a beautiful young woman at his side... but, my fellow women, is that good enough?


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Storytellersrus 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I received this tonight. Thought it was interesting, considering this discussion. Sorry if it is long...

From: Peggy Daugherty [mailto:peggyd@manual-medicine.com] Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 8:11 PM Yesterday was John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people. Huh? Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background: She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1 Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2 She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3 Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4 She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5 She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6 How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7 This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family. We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here's a sample: She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced. In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country. In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family. Sources: 1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin 2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17515&id=13661-5653918-M... 3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17736&id=13661-5653918-M... 4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17737&id=13661-5653918-M... 5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17517&id=13661-5653918-M... 6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17518&id=13661-5653918-M... "Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17519&id=13661-5653918-M... "Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17520&id=13661-5653918-M... 7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=21119&id=13661-5653918-M...


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for sharing those stories with us Storyteller. I saw McCain speaking about Palin over the weekend, and he predicted that once America got to know Sarah Palin the way he knows Sarah Palin, they will love her too.....that's not too high a bar, considering how little he knows her!


Rose M.Domenech 8 years ago

No way do I want her in the White House! The reason is she has Five children who need her. One child is sick, he going to need his mother more then any one else. His father may be there but it not the same. Mothers are the one who are always there,for doctor appointment,speial need,school. That baby is going to need her more then her other childer. I don't care how much money she has or who she can hire to take her place. When that child growup, he will not have any respect for her.

It sad she would rather bee Vice President, Then be a mother if she had a part time job I would understand. But, to be Vice President is a job that's 24/7,365 days a year. She will have to beaway from her family. Don't tell me she can take the family,because that baby is going to need help! Dad can help, but mom is who he will need.

Baby that are born sick need more help then a well child. I know my daught has a sick child. One or two weeks can go by and the is fine then the next he's be rouch to the hospital. She more in the hospital then at work. My daughter is a greet mom she there where she should be. Her other child see that mom love them;.becauce she they for him and his baby brother. If she can put family last then noway can she run this Country. Family come First, Second and Last. When there older then i'll be time for her. Not before. Thank You for letting me give my opinion


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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

"Does he think that American women are so shallow that they would choose to vote for McCain and Palin simply because of her gender?"

Apparently he does, and I am insulted!


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

You hit the nail right on the head. I feel women who were rooting for hillary also saw her achievements. But Sarah is a gun toting,anti environment(oil drilling in polar bear habitat), anti women's right to choose, and simply intolerent to people who disagree with her(Troopergate..) She is not the kind of women who should be a VP. Esp given the circumstances where McCain's condition worsens(suffering from cancer, and  age) then it would put her as the commander in chief. Is she ready for such a responsibility absolutely not!! I hope women and conservatives choose the candidate based on Issues and not the personalities as this is not a Miss USA contest.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

Donna and Countrywomen - Apparently if McCain's motives were to try to lure Hillary's voters by appointing Palin, his plan backfired. CNN's latest poll shows that Barack Obama's lead among women has increased dramatically since he chose her. Let's hope it continues in that path.

Jim


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I was flabbergasted when I found that he had chosen a woman without any type of experience to be his running mate. I can honestly say I am a swing voter and I can honestly say I am not voting McCain. I am voting for a man who reminds me of JFK and was completely competent when making his choice. Obama 2008'!!!


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

You're not alone AEvans. If McCain's goal was to use Palin to lure Hillary's voters, he failed miserably. Initially it appeared that he had at least succeeded in motivating his base, but now with even conservatives at the National Review suggesting that Palin should withdraw, I don't think Palin his helping McCain a bit.


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

He honestly should have thought more , before making his choice as I just left Arizona and yes that is Republican Country however talking to friends and neighbors back home , I believe the state could change as Arizona does not want to be embarassed for making the wrong choice , which is a hot topic of conversation currently in the state of Arizona. He did succeed temporarily when it came to motivate, however she is not a strong enough leader to run our country should something happen to McCain.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

That is exactly the way I felt when Dan Quayle was a heartbeat away from the Presidency. I feel we dodged a bullet that time, and pray the nation doesn't make the same mistake twice!

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