Thursday, September 04, 2008

Another Pit Bull for VP

Choosing the well spoken and personable Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, McCain has firmed up his Evangelical base, not that they were going anywhere but to the Republican camp, but just in case...
IF McCain thought that Palin would garner him the Clinton women who are disappointed that Hillary did not even get the VP spot on the Democrats' ticket, he is showing his ignorance--not all women think alike, nor are they feminists.
While Palin speaks a good game--she's a small town girl who did well and she's a hockey mom--if we look at her speech last night to see what policies she may bring to the table that would support working families, I see only one: she will be an advocate for families with special needs children. She was silent on wages, health care, education, the economy, housing.
She is pro-drilling and the Alaskan pipeline--as if oil recovered in 5 years will help lower the price at the pump or this winter from the home heating oil. Though she did mention other sources of energy:
" But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more nuclear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources."
While she claims she is not part of the establishment in Washington, as the Republican candidate for VP she is--the Republicans have held the White House for the past 7 + years, and until 2006 held the majority in Congress for much much longer...
Here is her entire speech:

Now, if McCain really wanted change, he could have picked Christine Todd Whitman--a woman with a lot of experience including standing up to this administration on environmental issues--then perhaps he might have also had a shot at the women who had supported Hillary Clinton.

But McCain did get it right: Palin's role in this campaign is to be a pit bull with lipstick (her definition of a hockey mom).

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It's interesting. I had thought of Whitman, also, although that would not have assuaged his base, I suppose. I'm wondering, given your academic credentials, do you know the source of the aphorism, "Silence is the voice of complicity. I've heard it attributed to both MLK and Elie Wiesel, and when I look it up, I'm also seeing source unknown.

By the way, you might find this post of mine interesting, although it's about the squelching of dissent including at the conventions in general, rather than Palin.
Hi I will visit your blog...
I first heard "Silence is the voice of complicity" used within the AIDS community....Audre Lorde had said something similar "Your silence will not protect you."
I totally agree with both statements....
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