I can’t stop shaking my head in amusement/fear. The amusement is for the fact that Senator McCain did the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the absolutely unknowable. He selected a woman, and not just any woman, as his VP; but this is a woman who the media was scrambling to look for details on. That was entertaining. Also entertaining was watching New Politics Obama’s campaign manager come up with this as a first response:
Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.
Haha…she ain’t just a former mayor, she’s a Governor. If you’ve governed anything in your life, like just even your own kids, you know that it’s a constant battle of your apparent power vs. your charge’s definite wit and strength. Poking fun at the job she has to do was a sad indication of how audacious an Obama change will be. Last time I checked, Alaska was still a state worth holding on to; if it was that irrelevant, why the hell is it part of the Union?! And how many cities were Senators Obama and Biden mayors of; and when were they ever governors of anything, to be knocking her experience? A more classy first reaction was definitely called for.
It struck a bit of fear in me, because it seems like a wild card like a McCain/Palin ticket just might be something many disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters would go for, just for the hell of it. I wonder if the country should go Republican for a third term. I kind of like it when we have a Republican-Democrat seesaw. In addition, the idea of Roe v. Wade being threatened, if that’s even realistically possible, is disturbing to me. Fundamentally, I am a pro-life person, of course. But, there are situations when a woman would realistically, seriously, and necessarily may need to pursue the horrible option of abortion, such as in instances of rape, incest, or a pregnancy that poses a threat to her own life. I don’t think that government should be legislating our moral positions in situations such as these. Also, after I watched NOW last night, and saw how Republicans are going after affirmative action, it really disturbed me to consider our country going more deeply conservative.