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. She has no foreign policy experience.
- 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.
- How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.
I don’t know much about her beyond these points. I’m shocked, insulted, disappointed, appalled, horrified…you get the picture? The things she said in that acceptance speech made me sick to my stomach. How dare she speak of the cracked glass ceiling. Shame, shame, shame on them.
I’ve not been the biggest Obama supporter, and I still stand by my belief that Sen. Clinton would’ve been a better choice for the nominee (not to mention the VP). However, I’ve never even considered voting outside my party, and I believe these “hard-core” Hillary supporters that the right is courting are largely a media creation. This latest move by the GOP–this deeply, deeply cynical move–makes me want to campaign for Obama.
In the words of someone I admire very much, “No how, no way, no McCain.” Especially not now.