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Why did John McCain and Sarah Palin lose?

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2008 by bloggingmom67

First, let me say, I’m thrilled that Barack Obama and Joe Biden won.

But I was troubled today when I saw a clip of Sarah Palin explaining that the loss wasn’t her fault. Her manner annoyed me. I don’t think the loss is all her fault, but I do think she played a role. And I thought the interview came across as arrogant.

Here’s my take on what happened. I really think McCain is to blame for the loss, in part because he picked Palin. McCain is a moderate Republican. Honestly, if I didn’t love the Democratic candidate, I may have been able to see myself voting for McCain — well, maybe not. But he’s really much more moderate than many Republicans.

So he picks Palin to appease the ultra-right, who thinks McCain is too moderate. But it backfires. Yes, the ultra-right likes her, but too many other Republicans don’t. And she’s so conservative that middle-of-the-road Democrats can’t stomach voting for her, even those who would love the chance — as I would — to vote for a woman.

Then there is Palin’s whole no experience thing. And add to that the fact that McCain is on the older side, so the worry that he could die in office is heightened.

Then the economy plummets and, right or wrong, much of the country blames President George W. Bush because even if it wasn’t his fault, he’s in charge. That tarnishes all Republicans in a way, and McCain, as much as he tried, can’t really distance himself from Bush.

So you end up with this situation where Palin attracts only the far right and pretty much pisses everyone else off. And the moderates of both parties who might vote for McCain are too scared — scared he might die or scared he’ll continue our economic decline.

And then Obama, who is calm and collected to McCain’s red-faced agitation, seems like a knight in shining armor, swooping in to save the day.

Now that is not to say that I think Obama won because people were afraid to elect McCain. I believe Obama has a true mandate. He secured both the popular and electoral vote. He even won kids’ elections. And he won the vote of many Republicans. I live in a small Democratic city in a sea of Republican towns. Obama won almost all the towns in my community, which is no small feat. Most of these don’t even run a Democratic candidate for town offices, ever, because there are so few Democrats who live there.

So I think McCain/Palin lost because the country wanted change, needed change and trusted Obama/Biden to bring that change. But I do think that McCain hurt his chances by picking Palin.

Then again, maybe they lost just because Palin said “maverick” so many darn times.

What do you think?

Sarah Palin and the $150,000 shopping spree

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by bloggingmom67
It bothers me a lot that $150,000 was spent on remaking Sarah Palin’s image. It bothers me on several levels.

First, if I were a donor to the Republican Party (which I am not) I wouldn’t be thrilled my donation was used for highlights, outfits and shoes. I understand the party did nothing illegal in using campaign contributions for clothes, shoes and hairstyles for Palin. But just because it’s not illegal doesn’t make it right.

Second, it troubles me that it was considered vital to spend that much money on the female candidate and not on a male candidate. Now, perhaps, $150,000 has been spent on John McCain’s hair or his suits or his shoes. Or maybe this much has been spent on Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Maybe, but I doubt it.

This much was spent on Palin, in my opinion, because she’s a woman. I’m not a fan of her policies, but she is attractive. Of all four candidates, she’s arguably the most attractive. So why does she need a $150,000 makeover and McCain can stay gray, and Obama and Biden can wear their normal clothes and shoes.

Why? Because we still in a sexist country where women are judged more by how they look then men. It’s the same reason why I feel compelled to dye my hair to cover the gray and my husband wouldn’t think of it. I’ll be considered an old biddy with gray hair; he won’t.

In all this, I don’t blame Palin. As I said, I’m not a fan of hers. I don’t think she’s qualified to be vice president and I think McCain erred in picking her. But one thing I suspect about her is that she’s as uncomfortable shelling out that much money for clothes, shoes and makeup as I would be.  I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing she’s a “buy it off the rack on sale at Kohl’s” kind of gal just like me.

What saddens me the most is that this $150,000 makeover is clearly intended to grab the female, not the male vote. Most guys, at least straight ones, wouldn’t know a Dolce & Gabanna from a Target special. And most guys I know think a woman who is hot looks hot, regardless of the name brand of her clothes or even whether she’s in style. So if this money was to woo the male vote, it’s lost on many of them. I noticed that Palin’s hair was newly highlighted at the vice presidential debate, not my husband.

So this money is meant to woo us women, women who might think her dowdy in less high-end clothes or who might criticize in that catty way women sometimes have if another woman’s dress isn’t impeccable. That’s the part that really troubles me. First, the Republicans thought we would vote for her just because she has a vagina. Now, they think we’ll vote for her just because she has the designer clothes we might wish we have.

I know I’m really not that shallow. I hope American women really aren’t either.  Let’s show them we’re not.

Why I’m voting for Barack Obama

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2008 by bloggingmom67
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Before the primary, I was supporting Hillary Clinton. I just like her. I think she’s smart; I think she has the mettle to be president; and her views on many issues mirror my own. But she didn’t make it to the nomination, so I turned my thought to Obama.

Honestly, at first I didn’t know much about him and worried that he didn’t have the experience to be president. I still wish he had more experience under his belt, but I’ve really grown to support him. I will vote for him, and her is why:

  • He cares about the middle class: He proposes tax breaks for all but those who make $250,000 or more. That’s me, and most people I know. And I could use a tax break, and so could many Americans. I don’t believe that giving tax breaks to the rich will help the poor. And the swath between rich and poor is getting ever wider in this country. I don’t know that he can change that, but I know he’ll try. And I don’t believe for a minute his tax plan will hurt small businesses. I think it may hurt big businesses, but I think the little guy — and gal — needs the support he’s proposing.
  • He cares about the uninsured and underinsured: I think he sees that our health care system is in crisis. Children, babies, older people, employed workers — so many of them lack insurance or have to pay high prices for insurance. I’m not sure his health care proposal is perfect, but he seems to realize the problem really is at a crisis point and something must be done. That’s a start, in my mind.
  • He wants to end the war: I was never a fan of this war, and I feel it has waged too long. I think it will take real political will to finish our job and leave. I think he’ll move toward that will some speed.
  • His running mate could take over if he died: I realize that sounds macabre, but it’s something we all need to consider when we vote. Sen. Joe Biden is more than qualified to be president, I think. Sarah Palin’s qualifications pale in comparison.  Palin as president scares me even more than John McCain as president scares me. I feel we’d be in good hands with Biden if, God forbid, something happened.
  • He seems calm in a crisis: My impression of him at the debates and from news reports is he’s completely unflappable. I admire that because I’m not really like that. Sure, I can handle pressures up to a point, but then it really starts to get to me. Obama is the type of person I’d want to be deciding key decisions like whether to attack another country or how to handle a conflict or whether to use those nuclear codes. McCain, on the other hand, seems easily agitated. I can relate to that as a person, but I’m not sure it’s the temperment for a president.
  • It’s the economy, stupid: I truly believe that our economy wouldn’t be in the toilet if a Republican president hadn’t ruled the country for the past 8 years. I may be wrong. I’m not economist. But I don’t think President Bush’s policies helped. In fact, I think his lack of regulation led to the recent Wall Street mess. My hope is Obama could attempt to turn this dire situation around.
  • He cares about young children: During the first presidential debate, McCain said he’d solve the economic crisis but cutting off federal funds to all programs except the war, veterans and a few others that he didn’t specify. Obama countered that McCain’s plan was using a sledgehammer when you need a scalpel. He specifically mentioned that he supports funding for early education. I agree with Obama. We can’t afford to cut off social programs because of this mess. That will just mean that people on the edge will fall off a cliff. And many of those people are families with children, so children need more support today than ever.

See you on Election Day.

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