I was trying to figure out a way to address both the political reading and viewing I’ve been engaged in and the latest canning project underway in my kitchen–taco sauce.
When I saw that Barack Obama picked Joe Biden for his running mate, and then heard two of the speakers who introduced Biden for his acceptance speech mention his role in writing the Violence Against Women Act, I saw it coming.
“Who’s that governor from Alaska?” I asked Harry. “Because McCain’s going to pick her. That’s the only way they’ll see to counteract Biden and the Violence Against Women Act thing–make the Republican VP pick a woman.”
I am kind of feeling sorry for the Republicans right now while I am not a) laughing at them, or b) disgusted by them. To watch their spindoctors dodge the direct questions put to them about Sarah Palin’s lack of experience, and Sarah Palin’s wacky views is part hilarity, part attack of empathetic angstschweiss.
Does McCain have any idea what he’s putting those poor people through? I mean c’mon. Give ’em something at least vaguely plausible to work with. Or should I say someone at least vaguely plausible to work with?
But I have no sympathy whatsoever when those direct questions about her inexperience are met with responses such as, “you’re insulting women,” or “you wouldn’t ask that question if she were a man.”
The McCain camp has been asking those questions about a man all along–the one on the other side of the party line. And no one thought to suggest that saying Obama wasn’t qualified was an insult to men everywhere. And I haven’t heard that questions about G.W.’s intelligence are insulting to men, either.
The Sarah Palin pick, in itself, is an insult to women. It shows McCain thinks women are interchangeable–all the same. Good-lookin’ trophies to stand by their man and make him look powerful and important.
Why fret about Hillary? I’ve got another one right here you can vote for–and she even won second prize in a beauty pageant! My wife’s not bad, either–I mean, everyone cheered when I suggested she enter the Miss Buffalo Chip Contest out in Sturgis!
If anything, the McCain pick will solidify even further the vote of smart, educated, experienced women around the ticket that doesn’t insult them, their intelligence, or their experience.
And, by the way, how is the Palin pick so historic anyhow? Are the Republicans so historically ignorant as to have forgotten this:
Enjoy that hot sauce, guys!