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Who is Sarah Palin?


I know this has been making the rounds, but I read this on MoveOn.org about Sarah Palin and it gave me a lot of pause:

"Today is John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.

Huh?

Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:

  • 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.

  • 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.
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Not exactly an unbiased source, to be sure, but everything was documentable, and nothing I haven't been reading from all the major news outlets.

Wow. And here I was all excited about the possibility of a woman in the White House in the unthinkable chance McCain should win. Historic, but it really doesn't sound like she's someone I'd want there, woman or man.

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verix
Aug. 30th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Haha not only that but she'd basically be a hot version of Dick Cheney. She made a great deal with BP to send a natural gas pipeline through Alaska. Surely she has the interests of the people in mind, right? Surely, a contract with the company who offers the best idea will get it? She is a maverick and anti-corrupt, right?

No, of course not, her fucking husband works for BP on a seasonal basis. Surprise surprise, a Republican summons the Boss Tweed card.
esprix
Aug. 31st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe he picked her simply beause she's too new to have any serious skeletons in her closet? Who knows.
crankyasanoldma
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
FWIW, I think she was in favor of teaching BOTH creationism and evolution. I know this is still problematic for many people, but the Move On message could be interpreted to mean she wanted it taught exclusively...which I don't think it true.
esprix
Aug. 31st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Either way... wow.
justplainbryan
Aug. 31st, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
She's a Republican, and she's part of the US presidential ticket. Why does Moveon.org think any of this is shocking?
esprix
Aug. 31st, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
There's Republican, and then there's Republican. I think she's a little extreme even for them. I mean, she's the checklist of a stereotypical neocon.
weirddave
Sep. 1st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I already liked her, this is just reason to like her more (except for the anti-choice thing, and the creationism thing doesn't bother me because I know the real story, as opposed to the usual Moveon line of bullshit. Oh, and Pat Buchanan is hardly a "right wing extremist".)
esprix
Sep. 1st, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
What's one more reason to like her? I can't see any reason TO like her in that list.
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