Alright, so our internet has been out since Thursday. I had several posts in draft mode about potential VP picks, but they’re all pretty pointless now.
But one of them did say something I had also said to a few people who can act as witnesses – that Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was one of the few people McCain could choose for VP who would cause me to actually consider voting for him. (that was consider voting for him. no promises.) Most of the people to whom I said this had no idea who she was.
It went on to say that I was so disappointed because, though I’d heard her name mentioned a few times early on, I hadn’t heard anything about her recently, and I wasn’t too impressed with the names that were being mentioned.
When Randy called me to see if I’d heard, he hadn’t really heard much about Sarah Palin, other than that I liked her, and he had no idea why.
So, I am super happy with McCain’s VP pick. That said, I know relatively little about her, and I haven’t fully considered if she brings enough strengths to the ticket to outweigh McCain’s drawbacks. And she’s got her own drawbacks, as everyone does.
Let me tell you why I like her:
– pro-life. I will state clearly, though, that the abortion beliefs of a president or VP are not super important to me from a political standpoint. They can do little about it, and I care more about their views on the Constitution than I do about their views on abortion. That said, from a personal standpoint, I am more likely to like a candidate as a person if they are pro-life. And actually pro-life, not just pretend pro-life.
– beautiful without being superficial.
– pretty and also outdoorsey – hunting, fishing, etc. Girls can do that stuff, too, and they don’t have to be built like Mack Trucks to do so.
– She’s a mom.
– She thinks Alaska really ought to be upholding the whole reason it became a state – to provide the US with oil.
– She thinks that polar bear thing is BS.
– Record of standing up to corruption.
– Very conservative.
– I really really wish she were a homebirthing breastfeeder. For personal reasons. I have read conflicting information about whether she is a breastfeeder. I’ve read that she wears her baby, and that she plans to homeschool. I’m not sure if these are true.
Now let me give you my opinions on a few of the criticisms that have been lobbed at her.
1. Should a mom with young children really be VP?
This one pisses me off on one level. Carter and Kennedy both had young children when they were running for President – did anyone challenge their candidacy on the basis that they were parents of young children? No. Why? Because they were men.
Additionally, our society (particularly women’s lib organizations that are most strongly associated with the left, politically) has been telling women for years to pursue careers, they can have it all, children do better in daycare than at home with parents, etc. Now, because it serves a purpose, we’re going to villify a working mom.
But, see, at the same time, this is definintely something I agree with on some level. I wish all women would stay at home to raise their young children. But they don’t. Some women work. And that doesn’t make them bad moms (see previous posts on my thoughts re: working moms and stay at home moms). It makes them moms who also want a career. I’d love it if all moms were stay at home moms, but they’re not. Even if Sarah Palin does not become VP, she will not stop being a working mom.
2. Her daughter is pregnant, she’s a bad person. More on this later. I’m tired.