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Sarah Palin Does Not Get My Vote

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Here is why I love the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. She holds no punches in her column attacking John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a Vice Presidential candidate. Here’s Dowd’s whole column:
The guilty pleasure I miss most when I’m out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.
So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail, a Cinderella story so preposterous it’s hard to believe it’s not premiering on Lifetime. Instead of going home and watching “Miss Congeniality” with Sandra Bullock, I get to stay here and watch “Miss Congeniality” with Sarah Palin.
Sheer heaven.
It’s easy to see where this movie is going. It begins, of course, with a cute, cool unknown from Alaska who has never even been on “Meet the Press” triumphing over a cute, cool unknowable from Hawaii who has been on “Meet the Press” a lot.
Americans, suspicious that the Obamas have benefited from affirmative action without being properly grateful, and skeptical that Michelle really likes “The Brady Bunch” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” reject the 47-year-old black contender as too uppity and untested.
Instead, they embrace 72-year-old John McCain and 44-year-old Sarah Palin, whose average age is 58, a mere two years older than the average age of the Obama-Biden ticket. Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified “babe,” as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket. They have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they’re learning to drive, what’s the big deal?
Obama may have been president of The Harvard Law Review, but Palin graduated from the University of Idaho with a minor in poli-sci and worked briefly as a TV sports reporter. And she was tougher on the basketball court than the ethereal Obama, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda.”
The legacy of Geraldine Ferraro was supposed to be that no one would ever go on a blind date with history again. But that crazy maverick and gambler McCain does it, and conservatives and evangelicals rally around him in admiration of his refreshingly cynical choice of Sarah, an evangelical Protestant and anti-abortion crusader who became a hero when she decided to have her baby, who has Down syndrome, and when she urged schools to debate creationism as well as that stuffy old evolution thing.
Palinistas, as they are called, love Sarah’s spunky, relentlessly quirky “Northern Exposure” story from being a Miss Alaska runner-up, and winning Miss Congeniality, to being mayor and hockey mom in Wasilla, a rural Alaskan town of 6,715, to being governor for two years to being the first woman ever to run on a national Republican ticket. (Why do men only pick women as running mates when they need a Hail Mary pass? It’s a little insulting.)
Sarah is a zealot, but she’s a fun zealot. She has a beehive and sexy shoes, and the day she’s named she goes shopping with McCain in Ohio for a cheerleader outfit for her daughter.
As she once told Vogue, she’s learned the hard way to deal with press comments about her looks. “I wish they’d stick with the issues instead of discussing my black go-go boots,” she said. “A reporter once asked me about it during the campaign, and I assured him I was trying to be as frumpy as I could by wearing my hair on top of my head and these schoolmarm glasses.”
This chick flick, naturally, features a wild stroke of fate, when the two-year governor of an oversized igloo becomes commander in chief after the president-elect chokes on a pretzel on day one.
The movie ends with the former beauty queen shaking out her pinned-up hair, taking off her glasses, slipping on ruby red peep-toe platform heels that reveal a pink French-style pedicure, and facing down Vladimir Putin in an island in the Bering Strait. Putting away her breast pump, she points her rifle and informs him frostily that she has some expertise in Russia because it’s close to Alaska. “Back off, Commie dude,” she says. “I’m a much better shot than Cheney.”
Then she takes off in her seaplane and lands on the White House lawn, near the new ice fishing hole and hockey rink. The “First Dude,” as she calls the hunky Eskimo in the East Wing, waits on his snowmobile with the kids — Track (named after high school track meets), Bristol (after Bristol Bay where they did commercial fishing), Willow (after a community in Alaska), Piper (just a cool name) and Trig (Norse for “strength.”)
“The P.T.A. is great preparation for dealing with the K.G.B.,” President Palin murmurs to Todd, as they kiss in the final scene while she changes Trig’s diaper. “Now that Georgia’s safe, how ’bout I cook you up some caribou hot dogs and moose stew for dinner, babe?”



17 Responses to “Sarah Palin Does Not Get My Vote”

I had really enjoyed your blog, until you decided you needed to add politics into the mix. The liberal media is so biased…..Palin does have more experience than any of the other candidates….she has actually run a govt. What exactly has Obama done? Hmmm?

Maureen Dowd also despises Hillary Clinton so she’s definitely got a thing against female candidates. I wonder where she stands on breast feeding?

Well, I’ll be unsubscribing from your blog. It was always a good read… I enjoyed the breastfeeding information and discussions.
But the politics is just too much. I agree with the other poster about Palin.

What exactly does this has to do with breastfeeding my baby? I, too will be unsubscribing.

Aren’t we all diverse in our interests? I can read something I don’t agree with from time to time. Still reading many conservative mom blogs tho I don’t agree with many of their religious and political views.
If you don’t like the title skip it and move on. Read when the title appeals to you!

Let’s face it MOMS, we don’t even have to get “political” to bash Palin! Her use of her own baby as a shield to cover up her daughter’s baby bump was as offensive an image as I can possibly imagine! Her failure to acknowledge the financial and emotional hardships her daughter will face as a teenage mom is shameful, even tragic. Bottom line, Sarah Palin is out for one person and one person only – Sarah Palin. She’s certainly not a friend to YOUR daughter. If she were, she would have said, “I support my daughter, but sure, I’d have prefered her to have a college education and career before she started a family.” Forget your political affiliation, or Andi’s, and start thinking like a MOM if you want to elect her into the second most powerful position in the world next November!

Who’s going to pay for her babysitters in Washington to make sure her other daughters don’t follow big sisters example???!!! Palin is too busy to take care of her own…I’m appalled that she would even accept the nomination… ugh!

Actually it’s very relative to breastfeeding. Do you think Palin breastfed her baby, or any of her kids while she was running for Mayor or Governor?? I honestly don’t know.
But I can tell you that someone is being negelected, either the people she serves or her family but she can’t possibly be giving 100% to both. Where all the pictures of her at tables “working” and holding Trig are cute and woman empowering, I know first hand that when I hold my 9 month old and try to do anything else both are usually done half-ass. Either get a nanny and neglect your kid so you can do your job or let someone whose plate isn’t so full do your job. I don’t want a half-ass vice president.

I was so happy to see Maureen Dowd’s column re Sarah Palin posted here. After Palin’s mean spirited speech last night, I hope Dowd writes another one. Do you Mom’s care that she reduced help for special needs children by 62% and line item vetoed help for pregnant teens in her state? Get a clue, Moms. Palin is a liar and not on your side.
From a grandma who does care.

Yes! I love this article by Dowd and love you Andie for posting it on your blog. I wonder, though, how do we New Yorkers (in a Blue State) get the word out to those who REALLY NEED to hear this? Those Women in Ohio and Penn and Fla who think Palin will further the cause of women when in fact she’ll set them back 30 years!

Jason… you can volunteer to help the Obama campaign in nearby states, like PA, where it can make a difference. Go to http://www.barackobama.com to figure out what to do.

When have grown women become so immature? “I’m unsubscribing because you added politics to your blog. Wah wah wah!” Give me a break! So you don’t like it. So what? Not everything put up is going to be something you agree with. That’s never going to happen. That’s just being immature.
Anyway. She doesn’t get my vote at all. I know that she in no way is going to help me or this country. I don’t believe her lies.

I read many blogs because I like to read many views written by many people from many backgrounds. As we get closer to November, I’m sure it will be hard for all bloggers to act like they don’t have an opinion when it comes to politics. If they avoid the subject to keep up their readership, then the blogger is not being true and real. Andi says she’s voting for Obama, another blogger I read said she is voting for McCain. I agree with one of them, but enjoy reading both of their blogs, when they are talking about the main subject of their blog and when they are talking about things that are dear to them as mothers and as women.

Breastfeeding and slinging are personal choices. Mothers are capable of being good mothers AND doing maintaining solid professional careers. It’s NOT an either / or…. It’s about CHOICE!… But Sarah Palin’s political record does NOT indicate she would uphold our ability to choose for ourselves. She would have government dictate we follow her morals (which apparently do include slinging and breastfeeding, but also lots of other choices that I would NOT want forced on ME!).

I think we need to be very careful here. Perhaps it would be best for the country to not discuss her parenting choices.

Andi, I’ve never read your blog before (found you via a Google Search on Sarah Palin & Breastfeeding),but I look forward to reading more.

Sarah Palin will never get my vote either. If by some trick of fate this idiot of a person ends up in any chair of the White House; I’m off to live in Canada. She will never be president of the United States of America. How she ever became governor of Alaska, is beyond me???? As for her breast feeding, I could care less what she does with her nasty boobs. I do care what you thinks she is going to do to this country, should she ever take office of any kind. The United States is far from ready to have a female president, and if one were elected, Hillary Clinton would get my vote. We need intelligent people to run this country, not morons like Palin. She would make a good president basher, because that seems to be all she knows how to do. She is ignorant, and anyone following such a person, is the same. She owes African American’s an apology for the Kumbayah statement she made. We are not slaves, nor do we sing that song to represent us being in slavery. It is a very well known Negro spiritual, something else she knows nothing about.

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