Monday, September 1, 2008

According to MoveOn

I had read all this before, but seeing it in a list like this is just freaking me out. I want a facts check! It is so hard to believe that McCain, who I believed to be fairly intelligent, has actually made this choice. I feel like he is trying to "commit political suicide" or something. I just am so confused.

Who is Sarah Palin?
  • She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
  • She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
  • She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She does not bring an alternative perspective to the table on McCain's energy policy.
  • She sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
  • How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

Also, I have got to say that I am so very, very glad McCain has his attention fully focused on the hurricane situation. Score for sanity! As I understand it, during Katrina, he was celebrating President Bush's birthday with him. I am glad he is now setting a different standard. But I guess I am a little confused by this too. I mean, even though he is not yet president, it's unclear how much time he'll even spend at the convention, if any at all. I think touring the Gulf Coast emergency response systems is highly important for the candidates, but also, calling people to action, which is what Obama's campaign is planning to do. I guess I just worry that this has been used as a convenient opportunity for political spin and exploitation of a bad situation in order to overshadow conversations about things like Palin. I really hope this was an attentive and compassionate move, rather than a 100% self-serving (I recognize it is politics) and calculated one for the political reason that McCain feared he couldn't beat what happened at the DNC especially with the anxiety his VP choice has created.

1 comment:

sf said...

To everything, SPIN, SPIn, SpIN.
I do fear.
But "Coraggio", I say.