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With Palin McCain Ups Chances of Beating Obama
Friday, 12 September 2008 01:28
by Joel S. Hirschhorn

I applaud John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice president nominee. In many ways this choice was far more impressive than Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden. Better yet, the McCain selection will make the general election campaign far more interesting and competitive.

I say this on the basis of looking at contradictions that the choices raised. Here we have Obama proclaiming endlessly that he was running against the politics of the past, but then he picks an extremely long term senator that is clearly a member of the status quo establishment. Moreover, Obama has kept boasting that he does not take money from lobbyists, but Biden has taken plenty. And then there is the claim of great judgment by Obama for his opposition to the Iraq war, but Biden played an important role as a Democrat in supporting the Bush war.

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Palin is a much, much better match with McCain. One relatively small contradiction is that she favors more drilling for oil in Alaska’s pristine areas, while McCain has opposed that. But beyond that Palin brings something to the game that none of the other three principals does: She is the only one with real executive experience. And in comparison to the other three she has far more solid accomplishments fighting political corruption. Indeed, while Obama talks a good game, Palin is the only one that showed the courage to personally go after high level corrupt politicians – even better, she did this against office holders in her own party. I am impressed. Finally, the whole narrative about the Obamas pulling themselves up from nothing to achieve great things is matched by the Palin story.

During the Democratic convention there was endless talk by the bloviating pundits about their sadness that women have not made it to the top of the political pyramid, even as they kept blabbering about how terrific Hillary Clinton performed. Now McCain puts a woman in exactly the position that so many Democrats wanted Hillary to be in, with a chance to make it to the White House – a very good chance if all the talk about McCain serving just one term (or dying in office) has any chance of happening.

In sum, the selection of Biden was a betrayal to some very important positions and claims of Obama. In contrast, except for one relatively minor position, the selection of Palin was in sync with McCain’s political philosophy and positions. The more leftist, progressive side of the Democratic Party has no reason to be thrilled with Biden (who voted for a bankruptcy law that screwed middle class people). But the most conservative wing of the Republican Party has plenty of reason to be thrilled with the Palin selection.

Though Palin may not be sufficient to draw very many women Democrats to vote for the McCain ticket, it may be just as important because it cause many women Democrats to not vote for the Obama ticket. But like most conventional thinkers you are waiting for me to rebut the criticism that Palin has no foreign policy experience. Excuse me, but we have had a few presidents that were governors – think Carter and Clinton – who also had no particular foreign policy experience. So Democrats ought to be cautious in making this criticism of Palin. If McCain wins, she would have ample time and opportunity to become smart about foreign policy. And, oh yes, also remember a former governor Reagan that did pretty well when it came to foreign policy. Enough said.

[Contact Joel S. Hirschhorn through www.delusionaldemocracy.com.]
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whynot said:

Is Sarah Palin the first VP candidate to possibly be indicted? I honestly cannot think of another candidate this has happened to.

History being made.
September 12, 2008
Votes: +0

pupmunchkin said:

Another Palin suck-up piece
So which wingnut has paid off Joel Hirschhorn? This pathetic piece of questionable "journalism" nearly made me wretch.

I supported Hillary, and now I support Obama, although I'm not crazy about either of them. Obama is still a far better choice than McSame and the religious nutcase Palin. Obama would be in a better place now if he had picked Hilary for his VP.

Palin is a walking abomination regarding women's rights, for without feminism she would be cleaning out toilets somewhere. Any intelligent woman can understand that Palin does not support autonomy for women. Palin is NOT Hillary, she is an oxymoron to everything that Hillary represents: from her lack of experience to her views on reproductive choice which equals zero choice. The wingnut controlled MSM would like you to believe in the existence of a large gaggle of PUMA'S, and that Hillary supporters will trend Palin. Are women voters that stupid?

Palin is a religious right sock puppet that the GOP power brokers in Alaska and beyond have pushed into the AK governorship. Corruption has RULED the political process in AK, (not unlike the rest of the country, of course.) And please stop pushing the MSM mythology that Palin is some kind of reformer. She is as corrupt as Stevens.
Less than two years as governor of AK is NOT enough credible experience to be VP. That fact needs to be hammered on relentlessly. Biden has more than enough experience to be either VP or president. Palin should be compared to Biden, not Obama, and Obama still has more experience than Palin in either "experience" scenario. BTW, Hirschhorn forgot to mention that BOTH Palin and Biden are supporters of Israel.

Palin's nomination for VP is so disturbing, it's hard to know where to start.
Palin has a history of firing political opponents. There have been far too many lies, from the "Bridge to Nowhere," which she once supported, to currently being under investigation, for trying to have her brother-in-law fired. ("Troopergate.")

Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes. Along with the Bridge to Nowhere, this threatens to undercut her reformist image, something that was key to her selection as McCain's VP candidate.

Additionally, Palin opposes women's access to abortion even in cases of rape or incest, as well as overturning Roe v Wade. This is the height of misogyny. Yet she doesn't support aid for unwed pregnant teenagers.
From Alternet.org:

"After the AK legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation -- "SP" -- Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House's Web site, its purpose is to provide "young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."
(It certainly doesn't sound like the teen moms were joyriding in Cadillac's on the government's dime, but you never know.)

In classic "compassionate" conservative fashion, Palin opposes programs that teach girls how not to get pregnant, lobbies against their right to decide whether to have a child, then kills social programs that exist to cushion the impact of those policies. She then has the gall to trot out her own pregnant daughter as a symbol for ("family values.")"

Palin is a religious extremist, her Pentecostal church in Wasilla ascribes to the biblical end-times scenario. This fact is being downplayed by the MSM. She is an evangelical Christian first and foremost, and does not believe in religious diversity nor the rights of non-believers.

She believes creationism should be taught in public schools. She ousted the museum director as well as the librarian of Wasilla's museum and public library respectively, because they would not agree to censorship.

Palin as VP pick may be good news for evangelicals, but her views are too extreme for the majority of voters. This FACT must be repeated, again and again.

Does it matter that Palin is currently involved in an ethics investigation? Which she is now stonewalling, after previously agreeing to cooperate. She is close to Ted Stevens who has been indicted, (and he actually won his primary so that shows how much corruption matters to Alaskans.) Palin sacrificed members of her own party for her benefit, and it is IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER that she turned around and committed her own ethical lapses, including the very act she had decried. Very slick indeed. If she is concerned about taxing oil companies, they needn't worry as she supports all forms of oil drilling.

She has participated in the aerial hunting of wolves and caribou, etc., promoting the inhumane slaughter of hundreds of wolves, and as governor, she sued the fed. govt. for making the polar bear an endangered species.

Also, she has a strong anti-equality record, opposing domestic partner benefits for gay couples, marriage equality, and expansion of hate crimes laws.

It also emerged that Palin and her husband Todd, have connections to the Alaska Independence Party, which harbors the goal of seceding from the union that McCain and Palin seek to lead.

Additionally, Palin is not adequately educated as well as extremely inexperienced. Mayor of a town of 6,500 (at the time she was mayor), less than two years as governor of the one of the least populated states in this country. Five colleges in six years? There are members in my family more qualified to be VP than Sarah Palin. ANY VP candidate should at least have a post graduate degree. Sorry, but I like the leaders of my country to have attempted to acquire an education.
Oh, and McSame was at the BOTTOM of his class, but no one cares about that fact.

I have to wonder just how gullible the American people are if they are going to refuse to question the Republican ticket. And yet it's okay for the MSM and Republicans to slam Obama over and over again isn't it? Why dosn't Hirschhorn write about that? Thanks to supposedly progressive pieces such as this, Hirschhorn has only contributed to furthering the ignorance of Americans regarding who Sarah Palin really is.

The hypocrisy of the Republicans knows no bounds, as well as their willingness to lie again and again. Their MO is to further ignite the culture wars and eliminate ANY discussion of the actual problems facing this country, as well as CONTROL the information about Palin which the American public is being spoon fed.

Without a doubt, Palin is the WORST VP pick ---EVER. It would be laughable if it were not so pathetic. If she becomes VP, America will suffer the consequences.
September 14, 2008
Votes: +0

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