To say that Governor Palin was chosen to steal the Clinton vote from Obama, ignores that Palin is not what a Democrat is looking for. In terms of religion she is a part of dominionist groups that aggressively target teenagers in what is termed a “bait and switch” evangelism. Think of “Assemblies of God” and “Joel’s Army” as mental thugs on steroids with a marketing background – you may get the idea.
Further, she believes that god entrusted her down syndrome child to her. While I do not doubt the sincerity in which she and her husband love their child, I do find it offensive to suggest that a god honours mother’s to be with impaired and handicapped children. That belief does enter the public sphere – she is firmly against abortion to the point of supporting religious groups that give misinformation about the pill and putting restrictions and hurdles for abortion even in non-viable pregnancies.
It should by this stage come as no surprise that she supports creation science (the new buzzword for Intelligent Design that replaced creationism) in the teach the controversy. A member of the National Rifle Association, and business links with the oil industry, one definite redeeming feature is that she was a whistleblower on other Republicans for corruption. Though she herself faces controversy over sacking her brother-in-law.
Now, is John McCain really hoping that Clinton supporters see past these issues and vote for him because he has a female VP? I would suggest this is more about securing his Republican base – firming up support from the Religious wing (and the funds they control). Further, it may just be that female independent voters may be more swayed to McCain then they already were.
The Clintons by their support of Obama at the convention may have moved their supporters to get behind him. Watching C-Span (so much better than BBC Parliament) one delegate stated it was her vote not Hillary’s to vote as she pleased. Though if she really wants McCain rather than Obama, she would seem to belong to the wrong party.
The candidates for VP may only matter in a tight race – and this one will be. I stated that McCain’s choice for VP would be important simply because of his age and past medical history. The White House being controlled by Palin would be enough to have Jefferson rolling in his grave. A barrier being breached would be nothing to the wall of separation being torn down. America could be a heart beat away from anything with Sarah Palin.
Either way, McCain or Obama, a glass ceiling will have been smashed. But there is a big difference in the two men for the job. It matters this side of the pond because American leadership is crucial in the world and the resources it has. The divide between them is like the Atlantic Ocean. McCain’s choice is aimed at securing up the social conservative base and balancing the ticket with age and the female vote.
Whether this works; time will prove everything. In a tight race this may have been an all in move; to work Republicans need to suggest that Palin is more or equally experienced as Obama. That may be a tough spin when you consider the focus should be on McCain, with an already recognized firm hand ready should the President fall. Her youth and inexperience are highlighted by his age and experience. They are not candidates of equals in the way that Obama and Biden could be considered.
All I know is that I am more sure now of wanting Obama then ever. Republicans why did you let the Religious Wing grab the party? And any chance we can have the real McCain back?