If there's anything this country is truly more overdue for than an African-American President, it's one that's a woman. That fact that this country hasn't been able to clear this hurdle is nothing short of embarrassing.
That being said, this ain't the one.It's funny to me, because as much as she's all over the news you'd sort of get the impression that she was running for the front office, instead of being the second-in-line like she actually is. But then again McCain is an old hand at letting the other side dig themselves in a hole bickering at each other while he quietly sits aside and lets someone else take the arrows (read: the ugliness that almost defined the Hillary/Obama battle).
Like I said last Friday, the timing and execution of the announcement was an absolute coup. Friday was supposed to be the day the dems basked in the glow of the awesomeness that was Obama's acceptance speech, and the old man essentially sniped it all away. It was dirty pool in the most classic sense -- and when you look at all the news sites and see who's still getting the most coverage right now (positive or negative) it's still paying the exact sort of dividends that they intended from it.
But the one thing that worries me (and many other bloggers out there who are much better at talking politics than I'll ever be) is that now that all the breaking stories and attacks or whatever are being hurled at Palin (whether they be personal or political)--
It seems to me like McCain is kinda letting her take these bullets, enough for me to kinda wonder if there's not a strategy in place here. Because with so many people using the Internet to get their information, opinions, and propaganda from -- matched with the fact that the INTERNET IS STILL THE INTERNET, the balance between informed criticisms of this woman's track record (or lack thereof) as a leader and the jabs that are being taken at her looks, her daughter's promiscuity, or whatever is dangerously close to getting seriously off.McCain's efforts to defend her have been kinda lacking.
In other words, there's a difference between calling this particular female politician underqualified or over-zealous with many of her views that you don't agree with and bashing her for being a bad person because she's a woman.
I think we saw a lot of this when Hillary was running, and it got pretty distasteful at times -- but I also believe that a lot of people (men and women alike) honestly can't stand Hillary Clinton, which made a lot of the jabs taken at her seem more like attacks on her person rather than shots at her gender.
Now we've got this new female face on the ballot -- and she's taking serious flack, some of which I think is deserved (a bunch of her policy ideas seem to contradict McCain's, she's psycho Pro-life, and at the end of the day seems sorta anti-woman despite claims of being a Feminist), but more often than not seems focused on her personal life and the choices she's made regarding her family.
McCain let Hillary say all the bad things about Obama's race and religion, and it (along with peoples distaste about her personally) sank her battleship. And now it's gonna be up to Obama and the dems at large to inform us just why this woman is laughable, and I think it's a very dangerous road to travel.And I gotta tell you, I think there's a real line between pointing things
out that indicate she's unfit to lead at this level and unearthing just how
sexist and nasty the dems can be if you give them a ripe enough target.
And I'm not talking about those whackball PUMAS. I'm talking there's only so many times you can call a woman a bitch before it starts to make you look like a hateful prick. And that's not even counting the choruses of women who might take their party-driven dislike of her ideas into out-and-out catfight sort of swipes from one side towards the other.
And I hate to pull her back into it, but there's sort of an owness now on Hillary Clinton in her role as high-profile party supporter to call Sarah Palin out at some point in an effort to inform and motivate the base.
You know, the base that collectively sorta said they hate her?I don't know -- what makes this race interesting is that when it's all said and done the candidate elected (whoever it turns out to be) will be taking action on some pretty big issues that I personally think have been mismanaged or at times flat-out ignored in favor of other things during the past eight years. But there's another part of me that can't help but be fascinated by all of the strategies that taking shape and the way they're being put into place.
In other words, the old man isn't as dumb as he looks. And the people working behind the scenes are really good at this sort of thing. I mean, I know the Giants beat the Patriots in the Superbowl, and it was awesome to finally see an upstart take down a widely-disliked Goliath, but when the Pats came out and scored that touchdown at the opening of the second half wasn't it kind of hard not to think they were gonna kick into the gear that had led them to be 16-0 in the regular season and run away with the thing?
I think we really have a chance to make positive changes with this election. But I don't want to win just for the sake of winning. And I don't want to get by on a technicality or because someone chose Leon Lett as their VP.
Especially when you consider the fact that Leon has 3 Superbowl rings on his hand,
and the teams that he made all those dumb plays against collectively have none.
[Listening to: Frank Zappa – "Outside Now" ]