Friday, September 05, 2008

Desperate Measures

... the important point about Palin's lack of experience isn't about Palin. It's about McCain. And the question is not how his choice of Palin might complicate his ability to use the "experience" issue, or whether he will have to drop experience as an issue. It's not even about the proper role of experience as an issue. In fact, it's not about experience at all. It's about honesty. The question should be whether McCain—and all the other Republicans who have been going on for months about Obama's dangerous lack of foreign-policy experience—ever meant a word of it. And the answer is apparently not.
From Michael Kinsley's SLATE article.

Clearly, the Grand Old Party is scrambling.

And as obvious as it seems to be, I just hope the majority of voters will be able to see through this obvious stunt.

McCain is dangling this woman—who is anti-reproductive rights and buys into the quacking pseudoscience of creationism—and is hollering to those Hillary-supporters:

"Hey, we got a woman! You wanted a woman, right? Forget what she stands for! She has ovaries! You, her, SAME!"

It's patronizing and obvious, and the G.O.P. just sprays an evasive blather of talking-points to dance around the obvious criticisms.

Gloria Steinem: "This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need."

From The XX Factor:
"But what an unbelievably vicious speech! The nastiness level was just sky-high (or gutter low). And though Palin certainly didn't write the words she spoke, she sure looked like she enjoyed every second of delivering those zingers. That speech wasn't meant to inspire-- it wasn't about our better selves or what we might be able to accomplish, as a nation-- it was all about rage, sarcasm, resentment, mockery. And the crowd just lapped it up."