Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Palin in Comparison: Are all women interchangeable?

Sure this is a local blog, but all politics are local right? I've certainly shared my support for the Obama campaign here in the past. And should this person end up our VP, even here in sunny California, life is bound to change.

Here's my two cents in a nutshell: Sarah Palin is a smart, capable, intelligent and aggressive candidate who is perfectly capable of becoming the VP... someday. She's not ready now. She was not properly vetted by the McCain camp and it's coming back to bite them in the rears.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a former opposition researcher. I spent an entire year digging through old newspaper archives, college yearbooks, tax records and even sitting on stakeout once to prove that someone didn't ever take residency where they said they lived. I've even been hired by someone to find out what secrets were easily available from his own past. This is what you do when you're running for office, even at a very local level.

So did the McCain camp think that they'd be able to keep secret Palin's 17 year old daughter's pregnancy? How about the ethics charges against Palin herself? Or her husband's drunk driving arrest? What about her very, very conservative policies that make even McCain look more moderate?

I'm insulted. The McCain camp obviously thinks that all female democrats are mad enough about Hillary not being on the ticket to throw all our values, all our positions and ideals out the window simply because she has two X chromosomes. Someone gave him bad advice to think that democrats would leap to a woman who is:
  • Staunchly anti-choice, including cases of rape or incest
  • Favors teaching creationism in science class
  • Denies any evidence that global warming is man-made or that man has contributed
  • Is suing the federal government to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list to build an oil pipeline
  • Supports drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
  • Favors abstinence only education in schools
  • Inexperienced in all matters of foreign policy- being "near Russia" doesn't count
  • Opposes stem-cell research
  • Opposes same-sex marriage
  • Opposes government involved health care or government funding for health care
  • Heavily tied into big oil
(Information from On The Issues)

Democrats are not sexist... we won't vote for a woman just because she's a woman. We are not interchangeable. You have to earn your spot in our hearts and our pocketbooks. Nice try McCain.

If that's not enough, read more from bloggers around the country at Momocrats.com.

4 comments:

The Buzz said...

Gloria Steinem agrees with you...

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-steinem4-2008sep04,0,7541303.story?track=ntothtml

Andrew said...

You cite On The Issues as your source. Let's do some fact checking.

Whois is a tool for determining who owns a website. The whois lookup for On The Issues says:

Domain ID:D88646060-LROR
Domain Name:ONTHEISSUES.ORG
Created On:23-Jul-2002 05:43:34 UTC
Last Updated On:31-Jan-2008 02:10:55 UTC
Expiration Date:23-Jul-2009 05:43:34 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions LLC (R63-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:17507884-NSI
Registrant Name:Jesse Gordon
Registrant Street1:1770 Mass Ave #630
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Cambridge
Registrant State/Province:MA
Registrant Postal Code:02140
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.617320698
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:JesseGordon@aol.com

Right. So Jesse Gordon appears to be a citizen concerned about Sarah Palin. So who is Jesse Gordon?
Let's Google Jesse Gordon. From Google we find:

http://www.jessegordon.org/DSC/

He's a Massachussetts progressive! His address on the bottom of the website is the same as the address on the whois lookup. Can we say he is not exactly an independent, fair, and unbiased resource?

Really, I expect better of most people than to fall for crap such as this because it aligns with your political views. This kind of vile black propaganda is par for the course in an election year, especially from a party that is running scared and willing to do anything to win.

For the future, consider the source, do your research, open your eyes, and remember that partisan bloggers should be taken with a block of salt. Try this instead:

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html

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Consider your wrist slapped.

SacramentoBlog said...

Andrew- Thanks for the novel. Like a true Republican you have argued around the facts. Are you saying the information is not accurate? Since On The Issues has collected specific quotes from numerous sources and uses Palin's own words... it doesn't matter much to me who put it together. The information is validated and legitimate.

I would have used Project Vote Smart but she has refused to answer the National Political Awareness Test.

And while we're on it, none of the issues I raised are contested by your supposedly non-biased Fact Check article...

6 Degrees said...

Damn those progressives!

Nice piece, Tomato.

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