Saturday, August 30, 2008

Palin Reactions; One-Stop Shop

Here are a variety of reactions about John McCain's choice of Tina Fey Sarah Palin as his Vice-President. You can see our reactions and posts at the bottom of this post.

First, a background of Palin by MoveOn

  • 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.

  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

  • She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

  • 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. also here and here.

  • 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.

  • Reactions from politicians who know her:

  • The reaction wasn't so rosy elsewhere. State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news.

    "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

  • Anchorage Democratic state Sen. Hollis French said it's a huge mistake by McCain and "reflects very, very badly on his judgment." French said Palin's experience running the state for less than two years hasn't prepared her for this.

    Alaska Democratic Party chairwoman Patti Higgins, attending her party's national convention in Denver, said she was shocked to hear the news this morning.

    "In this very competitive election for them to go pick somebody who is ... under a cloud of suspicion, who is under investigation for abuse of power. It just sounds like a pretty slow start to me," Higgins said.

  • Reaction from citizens:

    (via Moveon)

    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

    Reactions from Republican Blogs and Commentators:

    (Via Minnesota Democrats

    Thoughts Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I’m going to vote for John McCain no matter what, but I don’t like this pick. Lets be honest. Obama lacks the qualifications to serve as President because he doesn’t even have 4 years of experience. Gov Palin doesn’t even have 2 years. It is difficult to argue she could govern on day 1. Same problem Obama has.

    ansel Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    and as the male chauvinist pig that i am, she is d-y-n-a-m-i-t-e for the tv cameras.

    Skydancer Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    This was a wonderful choice. Perhaps with a McCain-Palin in the White House we’ll finally open up Alaska’s ANWAR to drilling to help our economy.

    Geraldine who?
    Hillary who?

    Their “accomplishments” which are relegated in defeat, will only become footnotes in history when Vice President Palin becomes the first woman to serve at the head of the ticket and WIN!

    Political Muse Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    But at least she is HOT…

    Abraxia Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    First, she’s not a Quayle. She’s a fox.

    Second, I await when she beats Tommy down with the butt of a rifle.

    Third, she’s a solid pick and one of the better ones around. I’ve been pulling for her for nearly a month and a half, and I’m glad that I was a part of REAL history.

    RamseyRep Says:
    August 29th, 2008 at 1:51 pm


    Does it hurt that Palin is smart and easy on the eye’s?

    This is what your ugly party is used too.

    What the Carleton Democrats have written:

    1 comment:

    USpace said...

    This is going to be fun. History will be made, one way or another, and it looks more likely now that it will be the right history.

    Even more Hillary supporters will go for McCain now. Obama is no longer a near certainty. Heaven forbid something happens to McCain, but I believe Palin would rise to the occasion. She has the right attitude. Everyone knows Obama is NOT ready for POTUS, Palin is only for the VP. Look at Dan Quayle.

    YEY SARAH PALIN! YEY John McCain! Great pick! The 1st woman for the GOP VP? SCORE!

    She's conservative! SCORE! She's a Governor! SCORE! She's pro-drilling! She's a hunter! SCORE! She's a hockey Mom and played basketball in school! SCORE! She's pro-life! And she respects women! SCORE! She fights corruption! SCORE! She's high-energy! SCORE! She's tough! SCORE! She's got 5 kids! SCORE! Her son is going to Iraq in the Armed Forces! SCORE! She's married to a Blue-collar professional! SCORE! She's smart! SCORE! She's young! SCORE!

    And she's a Hotty to boot! SCORE! The Left is going to go nuts! SCORE!
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