When the news broke that Republican Presidential candidate John McCain had tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, it took the entire media and many political pundits by surprise. With conventional wisdom pointing towards Mitt Romney, the decision to bypass Romney, a clearly much wiser pick, shows Americans once again that the McCain campaign has no idea what they are doing.
Young, energetic, and pretty, Palin is a virtual unknown on the political scene, having been Governor of Alaska for barely two years, and before that the mayor of Wasilla City, Alaska, a small town of less than 7,000 residents. Her rise to Governor was more of a case of being in the right place at the right time as Alaskans could no longer stand former Governor Frank Murkowski, and voted her into office more as a protest vote than an affirmation of Palin's public life.
Having literally no national experience on the political scene, and absolutely no foreign policy experience, Palin literally is politics's version of a trophy wife. Admitting to CNBC's Larry Kudlow that she didn't even know what the job of the Vice President entailed makes McCain's pick even curiouser. With so many better qualified candidates among the mix, including people like Romney, and Pawlenty, the choice of Palin begs the question, did the GOP pick Palin in an attempt to steal some women voters away from the Democrats?
Palin comes with no clean slate herself. Although she denies she had any hand in the controversy, she is still under investigation for trying to have her son in law fired from his job as an Alaskan state trooper. It seems that he and the Governor's sister were going through a nasty custody battle, and when he wouldn't go away quietly, the claims are that Palin had a staffer contact Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, and demand that he fire the trooper without cause. When he refused, Palin fired HIM. But then she stands back and denies any involvement at all. Uh huh.
But before all those disaffected Clinton women go running to the McCain ticket, they'd better get an understanding of whom they'd be voting for. Just because Palin is a woman, does not mean that she backs women's rights. She is against a woman's right to choose. She is against gay rights. She is for the death penalty. She is for drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Reserve. She is for the deregulation of laws governing oil drilling and development. She is for the deregulation of insurance laws in Alaska, a stance that Romney took in Massachusetts that has brought misery to that state. She is for repealing corporate taxes.
That's the extent of what we know about Sarah Palin on the issues. She has no opinion or declared stance on how to deal with corporate power and expansion other than the stated tax relief for big business, especially the oil and gas industries whom she worked very closely with during her time as an Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner. She has no stance on the drug issue. No stance on families and children. No stance on foreign policy, and no experience either. No stance on Free Trade. No stance on Government Reform. No stance on how to create new jobs. No stance on Immigration. No stance on principles and values. No stance on science and technology. No stance on separation of church and state.
So basically, the GOP and the McCain campaign were looking for someone who would be a yes person to McCain, not make any waves, look good in a pants suit, and not knowing anything about any subject other than the state of Alaska, could be told to sit in her office and let the boys get things done. Window dressing. A trophy wife.
What hogwash. This pick by the McCain campaign, (Remember, John McCain does not speak for the McCain campaign), is an insult to the intelligence of every American. As the McCain campaign and tthe GOP hammer away at what they call Barak Obama's lack of experience, they dare to present the public with someone who has so much less experience than Obama that she doesn't even know what the Vice President does?
Every Republican should be up in arms over this idiotic attempt to glean a few Democratic women voters by presenting them with a woman whose values are the exact opposite of what theirs are. They may buy into this for about 5 minutes, but once they find out where Palin stands on issues important to women, they'll run for the door. With all of the other choices, with all of the experienced Republican foreign policy experts, McCain and his campaign show once again that the candidate is senile, and his campaign staff are incompetent. Why didn't they just pick Britney Spears or Paris Hilton? They don't know what the Vice President does either...........