Okay. Let me make it very very plain.
McCain’s choice of Palin ticked me and so many other women off because he never, never would have chosen her if he didn’t think that women would vote for Any Ol’ Woman. The R’s would NEVER have looked at a woman if they weren’t trying to get the Hilary voters.
It would have been just as obvious if McCain had simply grabbed Whatever Black Guy. The Repubs don’t remember that Cindy Rice and Colin Powell and all the rest of the blacks they picked up didn’t make a particle of difference. It’s a matter of issues, not of skin color or gender.
Palin is anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-environment. She is a hunter and fisherwoman — people who commonly brag about “killing trees, killing fish and killing deer.” To many rural people, the wilderness is an enemy, to be used up with both hands, as fast as they can. The only way Palin has been out of step with the right-wing agenda is that she stood up to the oil companies because they weren’t drilling FAST enough.
Palin hasn’t seen what happens when a state loses its natural resources, and has no clue what it’s like to live when the developers concrete over the forest and set the rivers on fire. Oh, it’s all very well to mourn the bad choices once they’ve happened — as happened in the towns where I grew up — but nobody in Alaska has seen it, and is no more able to see it than the people who whipped up their horses during the Oklahoma land rush.
She wants no sex education in the schoos; she wants absolute abstinence. She is against choice, even in cases of rape or incest.
She believes in creationism, as valid science, and wants it taught in classrooms as a science subject.
She’s a member of the NRA, an organization that does not care about the damage weapons do, as long as they get to shoot stuff.
She is NOT a reformer; she’s more of the same.
Do we want to live with the same choice rights as Iran or Ireland, the environmental policies of China, the gun-laws of Afghanistan, and the scientific mindset of Kansas?