Dear President Palin: What the fuck?
(Yes, this is really Sarah Palin)
John McCain could’ve chosen any number of well-qualified women as potential vice president. So, um, what the hell? He chose Miss. Wasilla 1984 Sarah Palin?
Does it ever strike you that republicans try to pick underqualified women as a way of trying to make people believe women aren’t qualified (e.g., Harriet Myers for Supreme Court)?
I mean, not to get picky, but there are quite a few republican women who have more than a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Idaho. Or more work experience than being a sports broadcaster. In her defense, she was a beauty queen (named Miss. Wasilla & competed for Miss. Alaska). And she was on the mayor of a town of 6,000 people and governor for a year or so. So, um, qualifed to be president then, should 72 year old John McCain kick the bucket, right?
She’s sort of a wacko, though. For one, she named her five kids, “Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig.” Good names for sled dogs, that much is true. And she’s a evangelical christian and strong pro-lifer. So, yes, wacko.
All that said, my main point remains that McCain could have picked a far, far more qualified republican woman as vice president. A short list:
(1) Condoleezza Rice: Current Secretary of State; Former National Security Advisor, Provost/Professor at Stanford University; Speaks Russian, German, French, and Spanish; The only person keeping George W. Bush from invading Iran;
(2) Christine Todd Whitman: Former two-term governor of NJ; Former head of the EPA
(3) Elizabeth Dole: N.C Senator for 5 years; J.D. from Harvard Law, Undergrad at Duke, M.A. from Harvard, Post-Grad at Oxford; Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Former President of the American Red Cross; Author; All-around-nice person and at 72 years old, not too old considering McCain is also 72.
(4) Kay Bailey Hutchison: Texas Senator for 15 years; J.D. from Univ. of Texas
(5) Olympia Snowe: Maine Senator for 13 years, House of Rep. from 1979-1997
And, of course, there are so many more qualifed women in the business and political worlds. Why Palin?