Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain to Women: You're All the Same

John W. McCain has the whole world talking about his amazing, "history-making" choice of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential candidate. This is a woman who was elected governor of Alaska in 2006. She has roughly 18 months of experience. She's an anti-choice conservative. In other words, as far as policy goes, there's no reason whatsoever for any woman who considers hersef a feminist to vote for her--well, except for one. She is currently in possession of a vagina.

What is "history-making" about McCain's choice? Palin is not the first woman on a major-party ticket. Everyone seems to have forgotten about Geraldine Ferraro, who was excoriated by the Republicans as an unqualified gimmick, placed on the ticket, according to them, only because she was a woman. So, can there be any doubt that placing Palin on the ticket is a cynical attempt to attract disaffected Hillary supporters to the Republican ticket? I can already see the ads: "Hey Pumas! Vote for Palin! She's got ovaries, just like you!"

Here's what McCain is telling feminists: "I've picked a woman. Now, I know Hillary has spent her entire life in public service, and led all kinds of intiatives as First Lady of the Nation, and First Lady of Arkansas, and as a United States Senator. And she went through grueling campaign after campaign as a candidate and as a candidate's wife. Well, look! Sarah Palin was runner up as Miss Alaska! And that's exactly the same thing."

See, ladies, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what you've accomplished in your life. It doesn't matter about your education, or experience, or your views on abortion, or civil rights, or really your views on anything. All that matters is that you have two X chromosomes. That's all that matters to us, and that's all that should matter to you.

Oh, yeah--Sarah Palin's really cute, isn't she?

UPDATE: Palin's a creationist.

UPDATE II: And a global warming crank.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Read The Paper

Dubya's trying to give a last big thank you to the oil companies that put him in office by destroying what is left of the Endangered Species Act. Why not? He's already destroyed the constitution, the military, the economy, and the reputation of the country for his cronies in the energy biz. Why let a few fish and birds (or clean air or water, or a functioning climate system) stand in the way of extracting every possible dime for Big Oil?