(Sarah Palin then and now)
Lately, AK has noted (ok, complained) that I have been talking about a particular name too frequently: Sarah Palin. It is true. Like the media and the rest of the country, I have been hungrily devouring all the juicy tidbits about the Alaskan governor. How the Iraq War is a “mission of God.” How she has only been governor for 20 months and prior to that was the mayor of a small town with only 6,000 people. How she fired the State Public Safety Commissioner because he would not terminate the state trooper who was going through an ugly divorce with her sister (“Troopergate”), and the city librarian because of her refusal to ban certain books. This is the person who might be leading us as President of the United States?! (John McCain is 72 and a caner survivor, which makes Palin a heartbeat away from taking over…)
When I first heard about her nomination, I thought it was quite naive for the Republican Party to assume that women voters will switch from Hillary Clinton to Palin. I mean, c’mon, their political and personal ideologies cannot be farther apart. Clearly I was the one who has much to learn. I had thought the novelty would wear off, that Americans will soon see that she has no experience. But now, I really just can’t take any more of this “rock star Palin” crap that the media frenzy is so focused on. When I got my US Weekly a couple of weeks and Palin was on the cover, I almost lost it – even though the heading was “Babies, Lies and Scandal” (side note: Because of that cover story, US Weekly has had to appease irate readers by giving them some extra issues – stand up for your magazine Janice Min!).
Doesn’t anyone find it ironic that she is a strong proponent of teaching abstinence-only programs in lieu of sex ed in schools, and now her daughter is an unwed pregnant teenager (surprise surprise)? I am especially disgusted by the ex-Hillary supporters who are now voting for Palin. Who are these people who have no principles and will vote for anyone who happens to be female? The morning after Sarah Palin’s interview with Charles Gibson, there was some discussion on NPR on whether Gibson was (perceived) as engaging in “intellectual bullying” of Sarah Palin, when he was visibly appalled by her lack of knowledge regarding the “Bush Doctrine” and foreign policy issues and kept pressing her to respond with more specificity. Since when did intellectualism become a dirty word?
I will try to remain optimistic, but these are trying times. However, I will continue to watch the election season unfold and hope for the best.
Oh yes, and on a lighter note, Saturday Night Live did an amazing spoof of Hillary and Palin, with Tina Fey returning to guest star as Palin – the resemblance is uncanny!
Check out the full version at SNL’s website: