Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain Chooses VP

NBC reports:

"WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, campaign officials told NBC News on Friday.

She would be the first woman to serve on a Republican presidential ticket. The pro-life Palin would also be the first Alaskan ever to appear on a national ticket.

Palin, 44, was elected Alaska's first woman governor in 2006."

"She is three years Obama's junior, as well, and McCain has made much in recent weeks of Obama's relative lack of experience in foreign policy and defense matters.

On Aug. 1, Palin scored a major victory when the Alaska legislature passed a bill that authorizes her administration to award a license to TransCanada Alaska to build a 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope to a hub in Canada.

The pipeline would be the largest construction project in the history of North America. If completed as hoped within ten years, it would ship 4.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The United States imported about 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2007.

But Palin’s seemingly bright future was clouded in late July when the state legislature voted to hire an independent investigator to find out whether she tried to have a state official fire her ex-brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.

They have five children. Their son, Track, enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007.

Palin gave birth to their fifth child, Trig, last April. The baby boy has Down syndrome, a genetic abnormality that impedes a child's intellectual and physical development.

Palin made a name for herself in Alaska politics by serving as mayor of Wasilla City for six years.

Wasilla City:
Population 5469
Households 1979
34% Under age 18
Median age 29.7
Average Income $48,226
Average Home price $137,700
Approx 2118 homes

Are you kidding?

In 1984, after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, Palin finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant which won her a scholarship to help pay her way through college. In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

On September 11, 2007, the Palins' eighteen-year-old son Track, eldest of five, joined the Army. He now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September 2008. She also has three daughters: Bristol, 17; Willow, 13; and Piper, 7. On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome. She returned to the office three days after giving birth.
She hunts, eats moose hamburger, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.
Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.
Her husband, Todd, is a Native Yup'ik Eskimo. Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP at an oil field on Alaska's North Slope.

This is the best the Republicans could do?

A Mother of 5, with an infant not yet a year old, who has Down's Syndrome?
6 years experience running a tiny town as Mayor in Alaska?
Under investigation for firing of a State Trooper?

Clearly the republicans have thrown in the towel on this election.


D.K. Raed said...

GAAAAGGG! McCain thinks THIS will bring him the Hillary holdouts?

A bible-luving corrupt creationist! oooh, I guess the *THREE* electoral votes from Alaska were the deciding factor? hahahahahaha ...

and oh ... this beats "didn't inhale Bill" anyday ... she smoked pot but didn't like it!

Fran said...

Yea DK--but she meets the most important criteria-- she has a Lifetime membership with the NRA. Repub VP's MUST love guns.

A gun lovin' Mother with lots of babies.... one a 4 month old infant.

How bout that Mayoral experience?
Population 5469! The average income $48,226 is pocket change for McInsane.

But she has exploited natural resources, and I'm guessing there is some kind of special OIL relationship behind this choice.

Cause it sure as hell is not years of experience on the Federal or International/ Foreign Affairs level.

Let's just hope he does not refer to her a Vice Cunt.

D.K. Raed said...

yup, you just know that "V.C." will be uttered some night when gramps is up past his bedtime. In his case, we won't know if he means ViceCunt or whether he's having a POW flashback.

Gary said...

..or hoping that a young woman with right wing credentials will balance out and prop up an older man with right wing credentials?

Unknown said...

Fucking gag me...this woman is a tool of the highest order.

Putting thiis up at Sirens Fran! ;)

enigma4ever said...

this is excellent - I linked to you fran- what a joke.....thank you for doing this...

Fran said...

Other comments about Palin

First up, she's super anti-choice. The forced-pregnancy crowd is thrilled today! (She recently had her fifth child, who has Down's syndrome.) She's against marriage equality and supports a federal gay-marriage ban. Though she has signed on to same-sex partner benefits. She believes schools should teach creationism. She's also pretty terrible on environmental issues, and is a huge advocate of drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

McCain would prove that Republicans are "much more open to strong women." Frankly, that's bullshit. Republicans are more open to a certain type of woman -- one who is strongly against things like equal pay, universal health care, and reproductive freedom. In other words, the party is pro-woman-candidates, as long as they enact anti-woman policies.

Palin's addition to the ticket takes Republican faux-feminism to a whole new level. As Adam Serwer pointed out on TAPPED, this is in fact a condescending move by the GOP. It plays to the assumption that disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters did not care about her politics -- only her gender. In picking Palin, Republicans are lending credence to the sexist assumption that women voters are too stupid to investigate or care about the issues, and merely want to vote for someone who looks like them.

I think this choice is a two fold issue...

* It is akin to choosing black Clarence Thomas to the supreme court. They had to scour the country to find a black right wing conservative, so as to appoint a person of color, who, for the most part fails to represent them & reflect their needs and majority stance, whatsoever. Palin plays a similar role as VP, she does not represent the issues most important to the majority of woman.

• McCain handed the election to Obama & Biden. They now can bask in experience & unfailed policies.
McCain wants out.

Fran said...

dk- flashback - sick yet funny

gary- unbalanced x 2 ~ what a fantastic way to support Obama.

dusty ~ we could not make better failure fodder up ourselves!

e~ just gets more surreal as time goes by... and now into the repug convention.
I fear my bullshit-o-meter might overload & break this coming week.