Guest Post: My Thoughts on Sarah Palin
My sister and I share many of the same political opinions but she identifies herself as Republican (voted for Bush) while I have become a “liberal Californian.”
Don’t get me wrong – I identify myself as a Conservative Democrat or a Moderate Republican – one who is dis-satisfied with both political parties. I am actually technically registered as a Republican (because that is what a good Mormon with no political opinions at 18, does). However, I like to joke that “I am in the closet” because for the truly liberal, it is unthinkable (you know, worse than being Gay if you are conservative).
Anyhow, my sister and I discuss a lot of issues – I have developed some fairly strong political opinions while she generally goes with the Mormon Republican Norm. So when she told me she was PSYCHED for John McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin, I wrote up the following response …
No, No, No.
You want my opinion …. (be warned it’s pretty strong)
She is better than Huckabee and that is about it!
Truth be told, I was a little excited when I saw McCain picked a woman – I thought oh wow. I actually first read about it on a friend’s blog. My routine is to check my email, to check Google Reader, and then to skim the headlines from several news sites (sfgate, cnn, bbc, and occasionally ksl or deseret). So I was intrigued to see a really positive opinion although it was from a friend who lives in a tiny rural town in Alaska.
So, I decided to see what Sarah Palin is about. You know, it is historic, to have a woman on the ballot. I read several articles and I am floored – absolutely floored – but in the worst possible way!
She’s likeable enough – she’s pretty, has a working class background, a strong family, is not a traditional politician, has experience with large oil companies and tackling bureaucracy, as well as some other interesting qualities BUT she has limited experience, no international experience, has been controversial, is accused of corruption, and is oh so conservative. She believes in arctic drilling, thinks global warming is a crock, doesn’t want to protect the polar bear as an endangered species, supports aerial hunting of wolves, is totally anti-gay (and not just anti-gay marriage but anti-gay rights), and is so pro-life that she believes abortion should not be allowed for cases of RAPE and INCEST. And she is maybe even a little bit more nuts, because after her water broke prematurely at a governor’s convention in Texas, she was crazy enough to get on a plane back to Alaska, so that her child wouldn’t be a Texan (rather than go to the hospital).
So while she contributes a new voice to the current debate – and would be an asset to McCain for some domestic issues and would make an ok Vice President, because what do they really do (her own words a few months ago), my biggest concern is that with NO international experience, she is not qualified to be only a heart beat away from President (particularly with the age and health of John McCain). As I have long since stated, while I am concerned for a number of domestic issues, my biggest concern for President lies within International Policy issues (and not just the war in Iraq).
I have to give John McCain credit for thinking outside the box – but when it comes down to it he is pandering to the ultra-conservative Republican base but tried to flower it by the fact that he chose a woman. He is trying something new but he could have done so much better.
Susan Collins, Senator of Maine
Olympia Snow, Senator of Maine
Lisa Murkowski, Senator of Alaska
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator of Texas
Shiela Frahm, Senator of Kansas
Linda Lingle, Governor of Hawaii
Jane Dee Hull, former Governor of Arizona
Cristine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, former EPA to Bush
Judy Martz, former Governor of Montana
even Elizabeth Dole, Senator of North Carolina
or M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut
All of the above are female Republican who I think would have been better suited. My favorite are the Senators from Maine – moderates! (who are pro-life but don’t want to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and support stem cell research, for example) with a wealth of legislative experience in a variety of areas. But why didn’t McCain pick them – because they have been criticized as “Republican in name only”. However, some of the above are more conservative and I think would have accomplished McCain’s objectives, but weren’t interested …
I read up on these female politicians and what they have accomplished and many of them have amazing power as Senators and Governors – such that a vice presidency (to someone not likely to win) is not worth their time. Like Kay Bailey Hutchinson, from Texas, flatly declined saying McCain had other good options.
So, if you haven’t caught on, I don’t like Palin as a VP pick. McCain could have done so much better (female or male). It has cemented that I will be voting for Obama-Biden.
Not that any of the candidates will accomplish what I want. I keep saying we need another Ross Perot to stir things up some more. Not that I agree with his politics either, we just need some more debate.
I really just want to know why so many Mormons are so quick to support such conservative Republicans whose philosophies clearly don’t fit with our theology. And I would like to know what the Mormon feminist community thinks of the current VP pick. Are there others that think McCain has done a disservice to women to pick someone so under-qualified? And what do they think of the impact that Hilary Clinton has brought to the floor?
Kelly Ann is a self-proclaimed nerd, doing research at a biotech company in CA. Having gone to grad school, bought a house, realizing she is fairly stubborn and opinionated, and ever more a feminist, she intimidates most Mormon men (although in someways is the very typical returned missionary, temple worker, and YSA – not quite 30).