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Sarah Palin Prepares for Republican Convention Address Tonight as Controversy Mounts

By September 3, 2008

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Could Team McCain have possibly envisioned the response they'd get to Palin as VP? In the five days since she's been named, an already polarized nation has split even further over this woman's candidacy. Some say her selection was brilliant. Others believe it was inspired by idiocy.

Like everything in life, there's good and bad news involved. The good news? US Politics Guide Kathy Gill points out that "Palin [Is] A Financial Hit" - apparently McCain raised over $10 million during the long Labor Day weekend following his VP announcement.

The bad news? The UK's Daily Mail online goes into it in great detail - the many skeletons now turning up in Palin's closet. Included is her husband's involvement in a group whose members include advocates for Alaska's secession from the US; her pregnant daughter's hockey star boyfriend who, on his MySpace page, calls himself "a f***ing redneck" and says he doesn't want kids; and a clip of Palin laughing during a radio interview at nasty statements made about another elected female politician who is a cancer survivor.

After her daughter Bristol's pregnancy was revealed, some said it wasn't a problem, as it proved that Sarah Palin was a real woman with a real family facing real problems. But with this most recent round of revelations, the question arises - how much reality is the American public willing to put up with?

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September 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm
(1) Buck Wolf says:

Linda,

What I don’t get about the discussion of Sarah Palin is why women don’t challenge her stand (and the Rep. party platform’s stand) on abortion. It’s one thing to oppose the right to choose. I don’t agree with it, but I can accept it. But how can the GOP get away with advocating no exceptions — even in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother. This is so off-the-chart unreasonable that I don’t get why Hilary Clinton or another feminist leader isn’t doing an attack ad.

If I’m not mistaken, older Republicans like Reagan or Bush senior took anti-choice stands but accepted extenuating circumstances like rape or the health of the woman.

I don’t see how contemporary, politically empowered women can accept this madness.

September 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(2) Whiteknyght says:

As a writer who started out having a field day with satire during the Reagan Administration… this development could be the most fun and profitable since the inception of Billy Beer back in the 70s.

An 18-year-old fiance who whose a self-described “f-en redneck” who doesn’t want kids… All the makings of a double-wide in that girl’s future. I get the feeling that if the phone rings at 3am in the White House it will be about the Alasak State police responding to the dulcet Jeff Foxworthy-esque tone of “LOCK HIS ASS UP!”

September 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm
(3) womensissues says:

Buck, that’s the million dollar question.

I’d surmise that nobody calls her on it because of her own choices, which put her in a virtually unassailable position.

For someone to stand up and say, “How dare you deny women the choice to end their pregnancies!” she’d likely respond, “Look at my life. Many in my position would have aborted a Down syndrome fetus and forced a teenage girl to have an abortion to keep the situation a secret. But I chose not to and I’m a better person for it. If you remove abortion from the table – if that’s not an option for any woman – think of how many less than perfect babies would have a chance at life in this wonderful world, and how many teenage girls would avoid a lifetime of regret and misery because a choice was available that is in no one’s best interest.”

I am pro-choice. Always have been and always will be, especially because my strongly religious and strongly pro-life graduate school roommate, when she found herself unexpectedly pregnant, chose abortion. Had I been her, I WOULD NOT have chosen abortion. But I remain steadfast in my conviction that every woman has the right to make her own decision.

My religious faith and my moral code isn’t fixed on whether or not life begins at conception, but I respect those who feel that life is also unassailable and are opposed to abortion for that reason. I just don’t happen to agree with them.

I’m a one-issue candidate and I could never voter for McCain/Palin. But I recognize many, many other women see the coin from the other side, and will vote for them because they want the choice made possible by Roe v. Wade to vanish from the earth.

My final answer? I think women almost universally recognize Palin’s stand on this and don’t talk about it because it would be beating a dead horse. We’ll make our decision at the ballot box, and if they refuse to allow any form of abortion (even when rape/incest is involved and/or it would harm the mother) I have to trust the voting public enough to stand up for that choice.

September 4, 2008 at 1:56 am
(4) william Arand says:

Sarah Palin, great 15 years service in government.

A sorry 15 years as a mother. Her family record speaks for its self.

The adage, you can’t serve two masters is right on sarah Palin’s head.

Plain and simple, we don’t need another Politician in Washington who is proud of her Immorally pregnant Daughter, who will have to marry a immoral man in order to save face.

Sarah’s religion has to be a bunch of Hypocrites, why ???????. Because to be a Christian, you don’t condone Immorality. It is a sin to fornicate. It is a sin to not take care of home first.

Sarah do America and your self a service and resign the V.P. and go home and try to be a good mother for once.

If you don’t, you are a despictable woman.

The world knows this is true as you are exposed.

Bill

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