I’m not sure I know the answer to that anymore.
I was a card carrying Democrat until 1996. That’s when Bill Clinton’s signature virtually destroyed terrestrial radio with the Telecommunications Act. That deregulated ownership and big radio conglomerates were born. So was homogenized, boring, yawn inducing, voice tracked, cookie cutter radio programming. Suddenly, there were fat cat owners who could do what they were never allow to do before–gobble up radio stations. And that they did. They laid claim to six FMs in Houston….five in Chicago…three in Atlanta and a couple of Spanish language AMs in Miami for good measures.
Lest we forget that big blow torch AM all news/talk station in that zealous, zealous broadcast market, Eugene, Oregon.
Clinton’s sexcapades didn’t help either. As a daughter of a philandering father, I couldn’t handle his lying, his cheating and his cavalier handling of his marriage….the fact that Hillary was/is his “wife” notwithstanding.
And then I began to see the Democrats as a party of whiners and finger pointers. They assessed blame and rarely held themselves accountable. And as I saw it, they were accountable for much. In spite of all the glowing reports about the stimulated economy we had under the last Democratic administration, something seemed amiss. I’m not sure what it was, but I learned to mistrust the party. There was an air of arrogance and hypocrisy that seemed to permeate through the pours of every Democrat I met.
I didn’t like the values Libs espoused…or maybe it was their lack of values that bothered me.
After Bush took over in 2000, I began to to change politically. I’ve always been fiscally conservative, yet I still believe in most social programs. However, I know many are ridiculously fractured…some, like our welfare system, might be damaged beyond repair.
I like a strong defense, yet I’m not a big fan of what’s continuing in the sandy berms of Iraq.
My family has oil interests and while that makes a substantial difference in my life, I’d also like to see the Earth utilize alternative fuels.
I think global warming is, for the most part, a big politicized money generating lie, yet I worry about the planet.
I’m pro-choice yet I’m decidedly NOT a vitriol spewing feminist. At the same time, I’m inclined to believe that there is such a thing as “the feminist lie”. I’m also a strong supporter of women’s rights as they pertain to access to opportunity and fair and equitable wages.
I am torn.
Sarah Palin’s emergence on the national political scene has only confounded my personal conundrum.
The jury that’s sequestered in my head is still out on Sarah. I’m really not sure what I think.
I look at her and I see a rather attractive woman:
And then I see TV journalist, Ashleigh Banfield:
And Tina Fey:
And Andy Dick (if I squint...a lot):
The fact that she’s a mother, should be of no consequence. That George W. Bush sired twin daughters was never a factor. Mothers can govern and governors can mother. It is a closed mind that thinks otherwise.
And what of Palin’s pregnant 17-year old daughter? This disclosure will complicate things. Let’s not pretend it won’t. It will, but the affect it will have will depend on several factors.
On the one hand, the Left will run with this saying that Palin cannot exemplify the strong moral values she espouses as a Conservative Christian Republican with a barely 17-year old daughter five months pregnant.
Then, the Right can say this perfectly exemplifies her anti-abortion stance, considering her barely 17-year old daughter is five months pregnant and going on her sixth month ONLY because she chose NOT to terminate the pregnancy.
Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Anti-abortion proponents will say young Bristol Palin did the right thing by choosing to carry full term because, come on!!! An abortion would have ruined her life.
The Left might counter by arguing that a teenaged girl in the prime of her life, having a baby and marrying a man with whom she had sex and forfeiting her youth for premature motherhood WOULDN’T be ruining her life???
I don’t know.
Was Palin a wise choice? Perhaps. Her executive experience is perfectly in line with Obama’s. She seems smart and strong in character. She appears to be well spoken and probably a formidable force to be reckoned with.
She’s also a woman.
I wouldn’t call necessarily call Palin a pawn, but I would say her ascension to the front row- center of the Republican party was a very carefully calculated move. Some might say her role is that of “votivator”; a motivator of sorts, but not for whom you might think.
Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Veep candidate is a solid choice against perennial candidate, Joe Biden (the Democrats answer to Lyndon LaRouche). But do not think for one minute that Liberal women and propaganda spewing feminists will vote for her just because she has a vagina. She may be a woman, but she’s still a Republican. Many feminists, at least the ones I know, can in fact, be swayed by gender IF said candidate speaks their language and Sarah Palin, who is rabidly anti-abortion, a fundamentalist Christian, an avid hunter and a firm believer in oil and gas exploration by any means necessary, does not.
I spoke with The Boyfriend this evening and he made an interesting observation. He believes that Palin was chosen to be Johnny Mac’s running mate because she can sway uncommitted moderate women on the fence and those Conservative dames (like me) who are less than thrilled with the fact that McCain is “our guy”.
I’ll admit it. I’m not a McCain fan. At all. And what’s really interesting here is that I say this without any sense of being disloyal to the party.
I want to vote Republican because in many ways, that’s who I am, at least, those ideals are what a part me firmly ascribes to. But to get my vote, Palin will need to do some more courting. For the life of me, I don’t know how or what that would entail. The simple truth is that I’m not sold on her and I don’t know why. Do I not know enough? Or do I know too much? Let’s be honest here, a week ago, save for residents of Anchorage, Gnome, a few ice road truckers and some Inuits living on a glacier, no one had ever heard of Sarah Palin. An awful lot of information about this woman…not all of it pleasant to every pair of ears…has been disseminated in a very short period of time. We’ve been immersed.
That said, I’ve read some about her on my own, but not enough. I’ve heard her address crowds, but she’s yet to really speak to me. There’s a disconnect I have with this woman that’s hard for me to explain. And therein lies the problem. Since I’m decidedly not a fan of McCain’s, the onus unwittingly falls on Palin to change my opinion, IF I’m going to hang my chad by either name.
I’ll end this tome with this: I’m changing. The older I get, the more sure I become about what I don’t know. I’m crankier and I don’t know why. I’m less tolerate of things, like disrespect of any kind, waste of resources and humanity and kids on my lawn. And if that’s not enough, I’m also having a much harder time than ever before with people who simply won’t budge.
I get convictions–hell, I’m all about convictions and unflinching values from which you refuse to deviate, but there’s a rigidity about Palin that bothers me. I’m not even sure it’s why I’m so “wishy Obama washy” about her, but I intend to find out. I need to examine what it is and why.
And when I figure it out, you’ll hear it here first..
On second thought, maybe I’m just an undiagnosed Libertarian with a severe case of Rodent’s Rectum.