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    The case for Sarah Palin

    The Alaska governor is dead center in the mainstream of middle class American life, argues a conservative Crosscut contributor.
    Gov. Sarah Palin visiting with Alaska National Guard troops in Kuwait.

    Gov. Sarah Palin visiting with Alaska National Guard troops in Kuwait. None

    In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that my heart-of-hearts choice for vice president would be picked. But she was. And it was Sen. John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, not Sen. Barack Obama's convention acceptance speech, that was the talk of last Friday morning, Aug. 29, and through the Labor Day weekend.

    And the talk has been good. Except, of course, among many mainstream media pundits, Democrat partisans, and MSNBC, the all-Obama, all-the-time cable network that seems positively confounded by the choice.

    A hockey mom, up-from-the-ranks political figure, mother of five (including a newborn special-needs child), whose commercial fisherman, union-member husband now is more of a stay-at-home dad, Palin's dead center in the mainstream of middle class American life. That her oldest son, 19-year-old Track, is a soldier on his way next month to Iraq only makes her that much more appealing — she's got one of her own in harm's way. As the father of two in the military, it means a lot to me to have our leaders in the same boat.

    Watching her Friday with McCain in Dayton, Ohio, I couldn't help notice the military parent blue star pin she was wearing, the same kind of pin I wear.

    Right on the issues, she's made social conservatives giddy with delight. James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family and so far a harsh critic of McCain, now says he'll pull the lever for the GOP ticket come November. Pro-life, pro-gun, pro-family, pro-military, pro-union (her husband, Todd, is a member of the Steelworkers), pro-energy production (like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) — where it counts, she's pro.

    Palin is also appealing as a reformer, having taken on the entrenched Republican establishment in Alaska on everything from energy to earmarks. With her record of reform and overturning the tables of Alaska's political moneychangers, she's a genuine instrument of change.

    As soon as she was inaugurated, gone were the state trooper security detail, the private cooks, and the private jet — Governor Palin drives her own car, something Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels might care to emulate.

    She doesn't pussyfoot about when it comes to going toe to toe with those whom she regards as putting their interests ahead of those of the people — this lady has guts.

    In 2004, she quit her $122,400 a year job as head of Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in protest over restrictions placed on her that prevented her from speaking out about ethical abuses by others on the commission. Those others were Republicans.

    And she came out foursquare against the poster child for earmarks, the "bridge to nowhere," a pet project of another Republican, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

    Contrast her willingness to quit a high-paying job over matters of principle and integrity to Obama's unwillingness to quit a church with a fulminating anti-American pastor until intense media scrutiny and increasing public pressure forced his hand.

    Nicknamed "Sarah Barracuda" in high school because of her aggressive play on the basketball floor (she nailed a free throw in the final seconds of a 1982 state championship game, despite having a stress fracture in her ankle), Palin has demonstrated the same take-no-prisoners approach in politics. One Alaska commentator on the talk shows remarked how the woods are full of the broken bodies of those who've crossed former beauty queen Sarah Palin.

    That her statewide approval rating hovers between 76 percent and 80 percent says that Alaskans are more than satisfied with Sarah Barracuda's style. Voters in "The Last Frontier" like someone who demonstrates frontier values and frontier virtue — values and virtue that once were hallmarks of the American West.

    Any mention of her relative "inexperience" (she's been Alaska's governor not quite two years) serves to highlight Barack Obama's own inexperience, since he's been in the U.S. Senate one year longer than she's been in statewide office. He's also but one of one hundred senators, while she's the CEO of an energy-producing state.

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    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 1:38 a.m. Inappropriate

    the amazingly clueless Piper Scott: Apparently, Piper Scott missed all the well-researched articles today about Palin's addiction to insanely ridiculous federal earmarks. Yeah, including her early support for the "bridge to nowhere." But her thumb detected the wind at a certain point, giving Palin the ultimate sinner/faux populist's classic message: I was for it until I realized I was outraged by it.

    Just to cement the absolute cluelessness of Piper "I hate Seattle rail transit" Scott St. Clairhead: one of Palin's earmarks included a rail project. For a remote Alaska village.

    My 12 year old could write more relevant stuff.

    Are there any smart conservatives left?

    Or, how's about a conservative with some self-respect?

    Last question: does Crosscut post the ramblings of Scott St Claire, Ted Van Dyk and Skip Berger to purposefully make conservatives, populists and Libertarians look bad? If not...note to editor: there are brighter people out there willing to give the lazy Democrats a better run for their money.

    I'm serious.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 6:04 a.m. Inappropriate

    You're EXCITED? Over THIS?: This bimbo can't even run a car wash.

    And this is AFTER she became governor! At the federal executive level, I hope it is still "mainstream" to expect competence, even after eight years of Bush.

    You don't know what competence is, Scott, except for competence in furthering your own agenda. We know you have no shame, but Crosscut should have some for posting this drivel.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 7:25 a.m. Inappropriate

    RE: the amazingly clueless Piper Scott: And these brighter people are ... ?

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 8:05 a.m. Inappropriate

    Which "us" are you talking about?: Hi Piper,

    I don't see Sarah Palin the way you do. I see her as someone who has a lot of good qualities, but would not be a good President (a real possibility if she's McCain's VP). I think she'd likely be as big a disaster as George W. Bush has been, for similar reasons--like him back in 2000, she's all attitude and ambition, with no respect for others' views, no willingness to learn from anyone but "loyal"--submissive--retainers. In love with the image of being a bold "decider," but not making wise or thoughtful decisions. I know some people love this kind of attitude in a leader, but look at the price our troops are still paying in Iraq. This kind of attitude is not at all what I think "conservative" means in the dictionary. And like Bush, Palin also appears to be a lousy manager with a record of being anything but a fiscal conservative!

    But what bothers me about your article isn't that I disagree with your take on her. It's your us versus them mindset. Your enthusiasm for Palin is that she's "one of us." Your slams on Obama seem gratuitous and unfair--you seem to want to think well of her and to think badly of him, so you do, regardless of the evidence on either side. But then, he's not "one of us," I'm guessing. Not sure why. I know that liberals can be just as prejudiced against conservatives, but that doesn't make it right on either side.

    I think it's great that the Palins are loving, accepting parents, and that the Christian Right is backing them in standing with their daughter. I wonder where these same folks's compassion goes when the person who is revealed to be merely human, and in need of understanding, happens to be liberal. Or gay. Not "one of us."

    Liberalism certainly has its failings, but so does the American right (which hasn't really been conservative for many years, if conservative means careful, thoughtful, or respectful of tradition and law). And one of the right's worst tendencies is to enjoy a little too much the tribal pleasures of hating the enemy and valuing only those who are "one of us."

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 8:25 a.m. Inappropriate

    Failure of Leadership: Hey, kids have unprotected, uneducated sex; some of them get pregnant. But in a family, especially an Evangelist family, teenage pregnancy is a Failure of Leadership. Plan and simple. Anyone can make a baby. Unwanted, teenage pregnancy, is out of control in this country. And the problem starts in the home.
    Sorry, you parents who have experienced this. Nothing to be ashamed of. But to think it isn't a failure of leadership is delusional. What, the devil made her do it?

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 9:39 a.m. Inappropriate

    MadisonAve: Could you ask your 12 year old to educate us conservative morons on how many Democrat governors turned down earmarks and what those earmarks were?


    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 9:48 a.m. Inappropriate

    Is One Of Us Sufficient?: The past eight years of Conservative Republican governance have been a disaster. Over and over again in the justice department, in NASA, in the department of energy and FEMA people were promoted to positions they were unsuited for and unqualified for because they were "one of us" - conservative evangelical Christians.

    Being "one of us" is not a sufficient qualification for leading a nation. Many of our best presidents were in no way "one of us." Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt were all elitist intellectual snobs, with almost nothing in common with the regular folks of the day. Of course, there were some great presidents who were "one of us" including Abraham Lincoln.

    If you were a stockholder in a major corporation would you want a CEO who was "one of us" or would you want a CEO who had graduated from a fancy pants business school?

    And finally, I think that when you say "one of us" your implication is she is like most Americans. She is not. Her beliefs and political positions put her squarely in the minority - she is one of the 20% or so of Americans who are conservative evangelical Christians. In other words, she's not really "one of us." She is a bit of a kook. A wierdo. Someone with oddball beliefs. A nutter. She's like the strange right wing mirror image of a 60's flower child.

    Even though she's a bit of a loon I have to say that I like Sarah Palin. I think I would like her personally. I think she would be a good and loyal friend. I don't don't agree with some of her social views and religious positions. That shouldn't matter in politics. Unfortunately conservative Republicans insist on making the government a religious institution, and would dearly like evangelical Christianity to be a state supported and state sponsored religion. I can't vote for her.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 9:48 a.m. Inappropriate

    RE: Which "us" are you talking about?: You misconstrue the us/them divide - it's not ideologically driven.

    "Them" are the career insiders, Beltway elitists, and know-it-all pundits who constantly demean and belittle the lives and values of the common people.

    "Us" are who this country is supposed to be about: ordinary Americans who work hard, love and willingly sacrifice for their families and country, and struggle with challenges all the while not asking government to be their nanny, but, rather, to secure for them the blessings of liberty so that they are free to enjoy the rewards of their hard work, the love and fellowship of their families and countrymen, and to live their lives as they see fit.

    I like something Bill Buckley once said that encapsulates this sentiment:

    "I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."

    Substitute "faculty of Harvard University" with any of the "them" types I mentioned, and you'll catch my drift.

    Barack Obama isn't a bad guy - in many respects, he's a remarkable politician with unique gifts. He's also wrong on the issues.

    That so many who wouldn't pull the lever for John McCain (or any Republican) on a bet irrespective of who he named as a running mate are vehement and venomous in their denunciation of Sarah Palin tells me a couple things. First, it validates my thesis that politically she's a brilliant pick from the heartland of America. And it's scared the dickens out of Democrats and their fellow travelers who are squealing like a bunch of stuck pigs - methinks they doth protest too much.

    How dare McCain defy the conventional wisdom with its sense of elitism and entitlement! Doesn't he know that the people need to listen to the revealed wisdom of their betters and passively submit to the ordering and control of their lives by those whose degrees are from the correct universities?

    And how dare this Palin woman defy stereotypes we love to criticize - choice for women only applies when it's a choice on our approved list. When it comes to this woman - this woman from hick Alaska - she needs to know that her place is where we tell her it is.

    Doesn't that about sum it up?

    As a professional stirrer-of-pots, I'm lovin' this. It's about time somebody like a Sarah Palin stuck a big needle into a lot of the stuffed shirts out there - too cool for words!

    The Piper

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 11:36 a.m. Inappropriate

    Gerrymandering Neighborhood: One of the side effects of gerrymandering for 'safe' districts (and the benefits of 'safe' seniority) is that one partisan political party will become 'dominant'.

    Rather than being a polyglot our neighborhoods have become political fiefdoms where prevalence leads to right and left wing abuses - all reflective of the problems in Partisan America.

    As for me, I'd be proud to have any one of the four members of the 2008 race as a neighbor.

    Not so though for Dick Cheney.

    -Douglas Tooley
    Tacoma, WA

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, noon Inappropriate

    lamb in Rove's clothing: I suspect that the more we learn about her and her "governing style", rather than her highly romanticized political image, and people will more and more realize that she is a practitioner of Bush/Cheney/Rove politics, vindictive, and self important. Some of her actions suggest that she uses her "Born Again" status as some sort of elevation above constitutional restraints- moving to ban books from the Wasilla library, firing any office holder who didn't agree with her, and hiring replacements that did (see Troopergate).

    Remember, W came to Washington as an "outsider", striving to cut the Federal government, end deficits, and unite the people with "compassionate conservatism"

    Fool us once, shame on you–fool us three time!!! That's how empires end.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 12:09 p.m. Inappropriate

    So many words, yet so little said: Piper, if you are going to publish a 1500 word tome, the least you could do is address the substance of the criticisms against Palin. For example, any comment on the following facts?

    1) She attempted to ban certain books from the public library based on nonconformance to Christian beliefs, and then threatened to fire the librarian who resisted her.

    2) She was a enthusiastic member of the loony Alaskan Independence party, who's founder says among other things: "The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government."

    3) She fired a state trooper as revenge when he divorced her sister.

    P.S. Your writing would greatly improve if you'd better aquaint yourself with the Delete key.

    P.P.S. Surprised you didn't mention that Joe Biden's son is also serving in Iraq.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 12:48 p.m. Inappropriate

    Written like a true Paleo-Palinite right wing hack: , Scott! McCain has an aneurysm and then what: governance by committee {let's pray, since for once that will be all you can do} ; baby sitting the baby sitting proliferating grandma when she's not in the bed room, Sarah, who we leave to teach creationism {"And on the 8th day god created Sarah barracuda."} and campaign against abortion; and defend herself in Alaska against an investigation into the kind of hubris which marked the Bush regime; you're right though that there is something altogether main stream about her, that kind of activism, we get it everywhere, from the small towns to the invasion and conquest of Iraq, hypocrisy and extreme stupidity to the Nth power; it sure assuages your own conscience if you claim that these matters are all 'god's' will, Allah is Allah.
    Below a few interesting links, etc.



    Of the very little that is known about Palin is her extreme right-wing policies on a wide range of issues. For example, she supports teaching creationism in school, favors privatization of health insurance, boasts of being a "lifetime member of the NRA," opposes stem-cell research, and declared that "she would support a ballot question that would deny benefits to homosexual couples." On some of the most important issues of this election -- Iraq, energy, abortion -- Palin represents the extreme right wing.

    EXTREME CLUELESSNESS ON IRAQ: Like George Bush before he became president, Palin has barely traveled outside the United States. She has never been to Iraq or Afghanistan and admitted last year, "I haven't really focused much on the Iraq war." In an interview with Time magazine last month, she seemed completely unaware of McCain's Iraq plan. She said she did not know "what the plan is to ever end the war." She later said it's "tough" to "talk about the plan for the war" because her son will be deployed to Iraq. "Let's make sure we have a plan here," she said. Palin then added, "respecting McCain's position on that too though." Eschewing any substantitve analysis of the war, she asserted simply that U.S. soldiers are "out on a task that is from God." She also seems to believe the Iraq war was about oil, saying that "in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources." In another interview, she argued, "we better have a real clear plan for the war," adding, "And it better not have to do with oil." EXTREME ON ABORTION: One of the only policy stances widely known about Palin when her name was first announced is her extreme opposition to abortion. She once said that she would not support an abortion for her then-14 year old daughter, even if she had been raped. Palin has also declared that "explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," favoringabstinence-only programs instead. The right wing has lauded both Palin for choosing to carry her most recent child, who has Down Syndrome, to term, and her 17-year-old daughter for deciding to complete her pregnancy. Yet as the American Prospect's Ann Friedman points out, "John McCain and Sarah Palin don't believe women have a right to choose. It's absolutely absurd for the campaign to emphasize the fact that [Palin's daughter] Bristol 'made this decision,' and then push for policies that take away that choice."

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 1:03 p.m. Inappropriate

    RE: the amazingly clueless Piper Scott: "And these brighter people are ... ? "

    ... too busy leading, innovating, and driving the engines of our economy to waste time writing about politics?

    It must be said, however, that although I sometimes disagree with Ted Van Dyk and Knute Berger, neither of them would ever publish anything so long-winded, badly written, delusional, and propagandistic as this masterpiece.

    I mean come on, Chuck, did you read the opening line?

    "In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that my heart-of-hearts choice for vice president would be picked."

    It sounds like the begining of just about every letter published in Penthouse Forums. Try substituting "picked" with "stuck in a elevator with me on such a hot and steamy summer day" and you'll see what I mean.

    What's more, it's so over the top that it's beyond hyperbole. The author has chosen to take a stand on shaky ground, he knows it, and this is an obvious and desperate attempt to convince himself and his cohorts otherwise. It's a tough sell when not even John McCain wanted Palin as VP.

    On the plus side, watching the right-wingers squirm like this is kind of amusing.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 7:15 p.m. Inappropriate

    Wow! How Out Of Touch Can One Person Be?: Palin received campaign contributions from the same oil firm that is involved in the Ted Stevens mess. She helped FOUND a 527 political group FOR STEVENS! She's an EXTREME right-winger (that's certainly not "mainstream"). While she's been praised for refusing "the bridge to nowhere", SHE KEPT THE MONEY! She sucked MILLIONS in pork from D.C. while mayor. SHE'S VICIOUS AND VINDICTIVE and believes she can use her office for those personal vendettas. See some of her lunatic ravings here.

    I sure as hell don't know what planet the author just stepped off of, but he should really spend some time familiarizing himself with the landscape before offering such uninformed and ignorant praise of a prototypical selfish egocentric vicious politician.

    Posted Wed, Sep 3, 9:53 p.m. Inappropriate

    RE: the amazingly clueless Piper Scott: MadisonAve: Didn't realize Berger was in the Barr camp.

    Sean: "Waste time writing about politics"? Leaving aside for the moment that, by extension, you must therefore be wasting time reading – and commenting – about politics, do you really want to live in a society where people "lead" (ask their workers how well they think that job's being done), "innovate" ("I have an idea – let's get "the crowd" to do our work for us for free!"), and "drive the engines of our economy" (sputtering along at the moment; maybe it's time for the 60,000-mile service) – but have no time to reflect and educate?

    A lack of political writing will eventually lead to tyranny.

    Posted Thu, Sep 4, 6:26 a.m. Inappropriate

    RE: Which "us" are you talking about?: Hm. I really think you're missing the problem here. I can completely appreciate how obnoxious it is to feel stereotyped or talked down to. I'm from Ohio myself, descended from a long line of farmers, and I share some of your biases myself (though I think it's a damned shame to equate education with elitism). But to write off all of the objections to McCain or Palin to such obnoxious attitudes is, well, I think shortsighted.

    I can imagine us having this same debate eight years ago about George W. Bush, another guy who ran on an image of being ordinary, not elite.

    I was pretty sure at the time that he'd be a disaster as President, not because I'm a snob but because I thought he showed a lack of the qualities and skills a President should have. I think I was right about that one. I mean, I think he's a good Dad to his kids, and I think he's been an incredibly terrible President, not because he's a bad guy. I'd be a terrible President too, but at least I know it.

    And I think I'm right this time in thinking that:
    Hillary Clinton would have made a poor President because she's a remarkably ineffective manager and because, while she excels at negotiating and finessing within already established frameworks, she has always failed at creating the big agenda and leading people in new directions. Remember health care reform? I think she'd be a great Secretary of State but an ineffective President.

    John McCain would have been an interesting choice ten years ago, though his short-tempered impulsiveness worries me and I disagree with him on many issues. But he's fatally compromised himself during the Bush years so that now I see him as someone who doesn't stand for anything. He's even colluding with the Orwellian re-definition of "torture." Where'd his integrity go? And his judgment on Iraq I think is just off base.

    Sarah Palin shows a lot of signs of being sassy and ambitious, and no signs that I can detect so far that she understands anything about the Presidency or about public service as, well, service. And would you want to work for her? We've had eight years of ideology and cronyism wearing away at our federal agencies, like FEMA. She seems like more of the same in that regard. No more!

    Finally, I think Barack Obama has yet to show what kind of President he would be, but he shows signs of being a terrifically effective manager. And just as importantly, I think he can lead. A lot of candidates can appeal to the public, but Obama's actually challenging people to try harder and do better. He's the only candidate who's telling the public that we're going to have to work for our own future, and I think he's right about that.

    That's my long-winded way of trying to demonstrate that I think there are better ways to pick a candidate than through identity politics. We don't need a President to be like us or to flatter us; we need to get our collective act together and start working together constructively again.

    Posted Fri, Sep 5, 10:57 a.m. Inappropriate

    What Kind of Fact Don't You Understand, Scott?: I know neocons have a lot of difficulty with the concept of objective facts, but this is ridiculous. I'm not talking about the article as a whole -- from its title, I expected to dislike it.

    But look at this statement: More and more, the American mainstream finds itself uncomfortable with abortion on demand. This was so contrary to the facts I know, I used the link provided. And guess what? That statement is also contrary to the facts the author provided. The percentage of people polled who approved of abortion under any or some circumstances ranged from 55% to 85%.

    Now, is the point that "the mainstream" exists in that 15% that agrees with Sarah Palin that nobody should be allowed to have an abortion? Or is this some kind of Rovian tactic -- take a fact and insist it's the opposite?

    The fact is that, for a long time now, about two-thirds of Americans have supported a woman's right to choose what happens when she becomes pregnant. I really resent this guy claiming the opposite -- though there is a certain loony style to providing a link to the facts which disprove his assertion, for those who bother to use it.

    Posted Sun, Sep 7, 12:24 p.m. Inappropriate

    Exciting race, yes.: Scott,

    I'm seriously concerned about this person being chosen in the VP spot. McCain is pretty old and has had major health concerns. This could leave us with a new president in Sarah Palin. God forbid!

    She is so underprepared to lead in that position that it's laughable. Also, since I label myself as a moderate independent who has conservative leanings but tries to keep an open mind about varying points of view, I really am fearful of someone like her in a position of power.

    She is not a well informed person and so far she has proved herself to be a rather primative thinker. I'm shocked and dismayed by McCain's choice in the VP spot. He could have been someone that might have helped to unite this nation. In choosing such a radical right leaning extremist who is absolutely unprepared for this major position he's left someone like me with no alternative than to vote Democratic. Maybe I should take a closer look at the libertarians?

    At least I can respect Obama's choice in vice president. There were so many, better qualified people that McCain could have chosen. Tom Ridge would have been a terrific choice. I can't understand why he pulled Palin up from the bottom of the barrel. Someday it would be great to have a female president or vice president, but I envision an American version of intelligent, well informed Margeret Thatcher. Even if I didn't always agree with her ideas, I could respect Thatcher. Palin just engenders fear without respect.

    One more thing... as a professional woman and mother, I understand that balancing family and job is always a tricky business. I question Palin's good sense as a mother of a newborn Down's baby in even taking this major step. I'm not always Hillary Clinton's greatest fan, but I think she did an absolutely terrific job as mother to Chelsea. She could have had a much earlier active political career in her own right, but she prudently delayed her first person political aspirations until Chelsea was grown. Someone out there might label me sexist for making that statement, but frankly I believe a woman with high political aspirations (such as vice president of the most powerful nation in the world) should strongly consider waiting until after the children are less dependent on them. As much for the childrens sake as the country.

    Posted Tue, Sep 9, 10:21 a.m. Inappropriate

    Palin is the right choice!: I am quite entertained by the loud and hard hitting left. We have a woman on the ticket and every woman should be lined up to give her the vote. Women have been over worked and under paid for the last 232 years in America. Some would say an underqualified woman is better than any man. I thought this was a great story. She is very popular and all the snide comments in the world won't change my mind. A Mother of five who works full time or an inner city inexperienced power monger. Who's neighborhood would you leave your children in for two weeks? In our lifetime's taxes have never gone down and politicians have never changed. oBama has no history; and I don't mean in politics I mean where are his grade school friends, high school friends, you really think that everyone has always thought this guy was perfect and that he never made any enemies? Wouldn't that be a little scary? try not to get all up in arms because the right picked the woman ~ try to be positive that a woman got picked at all. Everyone of you has a Mother. Call her and explain why a woman couldn't do the job.
    Palin is the right choice!
    And finally, the next one of you that says anything negative about her daughter getting pregnant, needs to understand that teenage pregnancy is an epidemic in America, and every parent of a daughter worries about this. And, there are plenty of great parents out there that said and did all the right things and there children still got pregnant. Knock it off - it's hitting below the belt!
    Palin is the right choice!

    Posted Tue, Sep 9, 10:31 a.m. Inappropriate

    RE: xciting race, yes.: you are very funny.... i think you are kidding and writing tongue in cheek here... i can't imagine a better educational opportunity for Sarah Palin's children than spending a few years in Washington, DC in one of the finest educational institutions in America... or having the best professional care anywhere in the world for her children... it might serve to bring children with disabilities to the forefront... or are you just selfish or jealous? Would you seriously consider oBama with no experience at leading whatsoever as president over someone with some experience as vice president? What kind of experience in Washington, DC or the military, or world affairs does oBama have over McCain? None. You should compare apples to apples! Are you really this far out of touch?


    Posted Mon, Sep 22, 3:48 p.m. Inappropriate

    RE: Palin is the right choice!: It is truly absurd to say that one should vote for a woman on the basis of her being a woman. That might actually have been part of the Republican strategy, appeal to those who are ignorantly gender biased. I am all for having women leaders, but they first must be qualified and competent. The fact that you would leave your children with her by no means qualifies her as being of Presidential quality.

    As to the pregnancies... First, although you might applaud Palin for carrying a down Syndrome child to term (and I am not in favor of late term abortions), has any one considered the fact that her age alone increased her odds of having a down syndrome child? Odds go from 1 in 900 at age 30, to 1 in 100 at age 40 to 1 in 40 at age 44.
    Second, yes her teenage unmarried daughter also carried to full term. Now lets address the issue of birth control and sexual education. Palin is a supporter of abstinence only education. The truth is, while ideally we would like our children to make the abstinence choice, the reality - based on facts and statistics- proves that full sexual education produces better results, significantly better. Our children need to be taught ALL of the ins and outs of sexuality, including all the choices they have, all the birth control options should they choose to have sex (and yes, they are having sex), and all the options should they find themselves pregnant. Either ignoring the issue or just teaching them what you would like in fantasy land is how we have one of the highest unwanted (teens and others) pregnancy rates in the developed world. If you are against abortion, then you must, must be for full sexual education. Add to this that all the options should be available to all women, regardless of income (as in the Take Charge program in WA) or age.

    To reiterate, for those who believe that Sarah Pain is "one of us," she would prefer "us" to be uneducated (abstinence only) and lacking choices (anti-abortion), therefore continue our disastrous unwanted pregnancy statistics.

    However, if you want to ignorantly vote for someone solely on the basis of their gender, then it is a free country (or was before Bush took office).

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