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Caroline Kennedy refuses to answer reporters’ questions in Syracuse

Posted in Barack Obama, news, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by bloggingmom67
Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

This morning I was really on the fence regarding what I thought of Caroline Kennedy’s pitch to become a U.S. senator in New York. She has told New York Gov. David Paterson, who gets to make the appointment, that she’d like the seat Hillary Clinton will vacate when she becomes President-elect Barack Obama‘s secretary of state.

Sure, Caroline Kennedy doesn’t have any elective office experience, but, for me, that wouldn’t necessarily rule her out. Other experience can prepare one to lead, I think.  I really felt I didn’t know enough about her to assess her. She’s been involved with a lot of nonprofits, but I’m not in that world. I don’t know if that is  experience that would prepare her to lead in our troubled state, or if her involvement was little more than lending her celebrity name to an agency’s letterhead.

Earlier today, I read a blog, which I found made compelling arguments to support her. I wasn’t sure if I bought it all, but it did make me think. I guess, though, in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help feeling that Caroline Kennedy was a woman seeking an office that’s she’s not quite ready to seek. Like Sarah Palin, she seems like a woman with an asterisk next to her. I thought: Gosh, there are qualified women; why not pick them. It seems to reinforce negative stereotypes about women’s lack ability when the ones who rise to the top aren’t really the cream of the crop.

Then Caroline Kennedy came to my hometown in Upstate New York, and how she behaved really influenced my opinion of her. She refused to answer reporters’ questions about her experience — or lack thereof — or even about where she was heading next. (She actually told a reporter, she was heading “to the car,” when obviously he was asking what city she might be traveling to.)

After I listened to her ignore the press, I knew I could never support her candidacy.  Admittedly, I’m biased. I believe those who govern us or seek public office should be transparent to the public, and, in our country, that’s still done mainly through the media.

To me, there’s only two reasons why someone who seeks to lead in our state would refuse to answer any questions: She’s so arrogant that questions from Upstatate hicks like us don’t really matter or  she doesn’t know what to say.

Either reason is a deal breaker for me. It reminds me too much of Sarah Palin and her inability to answer even the simplest question (like what newspaper she reads)  without being coached. If Kennedy can’t handle a  handful of reporters from Syracuse, N.Y., asking questions that Kennedy should have anticipated she’d be asked, what could she answer?

To me, I found the answer to the question that I started this day with:  Is Caroline Kennedy ready to be my senator. I think not.

 I realize I have no say in the matter. If Paterson taps her, she’ll serve until Clinton’s term is up, and then she’d have to run. But I hope she won’t be his pick.

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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?

So nervous about the election I can hardly stand it

Posted in Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , on November 5, 2008 by bloggingmom67

I’m so nervous — and excited — about the elecition that I can hardly stand it.

I’m excited because I really believe Barack Obama will win, and while I believe he will be faced with a slew of problems in his first days of office, I believe he’s the better choice over John McCain.  I’m excited about Obama’s approach to governing, his belief in supporting the middle class and his foresight in realizing that early education and health care are vital to our nation. I’m also excited that the first black many may be elected president in our country. That’s a milestone to be sure.

But I’m worried. Until all the polls close and all the votes are counted and the official results are announced, I won’t be able to rest. The thought of a McPain/Palin administration scares me. I just don’t want to think about that option. Even my Republican husband came to his sense and voted fo Obama.

Nothing to do but worry and wait.

Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , on November 2, 2008 by bloggingmom67

I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say.

But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t.

She could have used it as a platform to explain that she’s lucky. She can bring her baby to work to nurse but many women don’t have that right. She can juggle work and family because she has support from her husband and money to pay for help, but so many women are struggling because they can’t.

She could have explained that she didn’t take family leave after Trig was born because she decided not to — but that so many women can’t take the three months of unpaid leave allowed in federal law after childbirth because the can’t afford it.

She could have explained that if one of her kids is sick, she won’t get fired from her job for leaving early to check on the child. But many women would if they have jobs that don’t allow family sick days at all.

She could have asserted the need for quality early intervention for children with special needs because so much research indicates it really helps these children live a quality life. Some states do a much better job than others in this regard, so the services a special needs child gets is often a function of where he or she lives and how pushy his or her parents are.

She could have pushed for paid family leave, mandatory sick days for workers, flexible hours for workers, support for early intervention programs.

She could have done so much. But she didn’t. When women get these national platforms they need to fight for all of us. Perhaps she doesn’t believe in these things. Perhaps they aren’t a priority. Certainly, I realize she had to fit into John McCain’s agenda.

But it is such a missed opportunity.

Sarah, if you want an example of what you could have said, read this blog written by Michelle Obama. It’s spot on.

Is Sarah Palin really that hot?

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , on October 29, 2008 by bloggingmom67

This won’t sound like it, but it’s really a serious question: Is Sarah Palin really all that?

I keep hearing how hot she is.  My husband told me repeatedly how hot she is as we watched the vice presidential debate, but I suspect he was just trying to annoy me. (Mission accomplished, by the way.)

But then today I read a column by Kathleen Parker, of the Orlando Sentinel, where she posits that John McCain picked Palin because he was “smitten.”  She’s cites a 2003 study out of Canada that found pretty women inhibit men’s ability to predict the future.

So McCain meets Palin and finds her so attractive that he doesn’t think about the fact that she is totally unqualified for the office of vice president. What?

Can this really be possible? First, are men really that stupid or vulnerable to their basest instincts? If I were a guy, I’d be insulted to be labeled a person who is so evolutionarily programmed that he can’t use reason to override lust. And, I guess, I just don’t believe it.

Perhaps McCain can’t override his attraction to think about the future, but I do believe many man can. At least I hope so. Besides, if men couldn’t think rationally with a pretty gal around how would our nation — which, let’s face it, is still controlled mainly by men — function. Oh, yes, it’s sort of falling apart. Guess I just debunked my own argument.

Anyway, I just don’t think Palin is that hot. I think she’s attractive, above-average attractive, perhaps. But she’s attractive in a “she could be one of my friends — OK, my hottest friend” kind of way not in a movie-star way.  As a male co-worker put it, she hot in a librarian kind of way?

Good grief. And that’s hot enough to impact the future of our nation? I just don’t get it.

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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