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.


Catnapping said...

Given McCain's health and age, it's highly likely that the POS will not survive even one term in office.

Anyone voting for the GOP ticket this fall will be voting for Palin. 18 months experience governing a state that is 60% federal land (read: governed/controlled/overseen by the federal government) is equal to no experience at all.

Archaeopteryx said...

Mrs. Archaeopteryx says it best--McCain's choice of Palin has nothing to do with Palin. It's a weak stab at trying to attract women to a campaign that is fundamentally anti-woman in just about every way that matters.

Glad to see you around Cat--hope you're feeling well.

steve said...

Great, dead-on summary here. Unfortunately, people buy into those very ironic, sarcastic statements you made here at your post. It was scary enough with Bush in office for what seemed like a million years. Now, if people buy into the Palin hype, we as a nation are truly screwed.