Posts Tagged 'Sarah Palin'

Why John McCain Lost

There is one reason for John McCain having lost the 2008 presidential election—John McCain. It’s not more complicated than that. I could end the post here, but since so many people seem to fail to grasp that basic logic, I will explain.

John McCain did not lose because he ran too many negative ads, nor did he lose because he spread too many (or too few) lies about Barack Obama. John McCain did not lose because he selected Sarah Palin as his running mate. He did not lose because of a media bias in favor of Barack Obama. He did not lose because of George Bush. He did not lose the election because he leaned too far to the right or because he drifted too far to the center. He didn’t lose because he was too angry.

All of those were merely distractions intended to hide the fact that John McCain did not support policies that Americans wanted. Americans are not interested in eight more years of needless wars, failed economic philosophies, violation of American rights, and so on.

John McCain lost because of John McCain.

Sarah Palin: Fiscal Conservative?

While John Edwards was happily attacked in the mainstream conservative media for getting a 400-dollar haircut when he was running for President, Sarah Palin’s 150,000-dollar shopping spree while on the campaign trail was brushed over by the same media.

It was, indeed, reported that Palin spent tens of thousands of dollars on a make-up artist, a hairstylist, and clothing while campaigning with John McCain, but from what I saw, there was never the “you ought to be ashamed for spending such a gluttonous amount of money on yourself while you PRETEND to care about people who can’t even afford a flobee and a pair of shoes from Goodwill” scolding that was mockingly heaped on Edwards. Now, Newsweek reports that Palin’s shopping spree was even worse than originally leaked. She had other members of the campaign put some of her purchases on their credit cards. Do you think that perhaps she was trying to hide some of the expenses so that she wouldn’t be found out for what she really is? Just asking. Here’s the story in the Alaska Dispatch, which has a link to the full story in Newsweek.

I guess Palin is one of the growing members of the fiscal conservatives who are conservative with how they spend only their OWN money, not anyone else’s. I wonder if this 150,000-plus-dollar spending spree says as much as Palin and who she really is as Edward’s 400-dollar haircut said about him. Hmmmmm.

Say It Isn’t So, Sarah

I saw a clip of V.P. candidate Sarah Palin once again mocking someone. This time, it was former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. I’m sure that most of you have seen it.

For those who haven’t, apparently, Palin was quoting a Starbuck’s coffee mug, which had an Albright quote on it. (Don’t they have actual recent newspapers at Starbuck’s that Palin could have been reading to catch up on what’s going on in the world instead of reading old quotes off the coffee cups in there?) Palin thought that it was mock-worthy to tell her audience that Albright had apparently said, “There’s a place in hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.” The crowd then booed.

First, from the photo of the coffee cup that I’m looking at, the quote is actually “There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.” To me, it’s not that big of a deal that she got the quote wrong by substituting support for help and omitting special, but technically speaking, if you’re going to quote someone, then you should probably, ummmm, quote him or her; otherwise, it’s not a quote but, rather, a paraphrase, which you really shouldn’t try to pass off as a quote. Maybe it’s a good thing that there isn’t a special place in hell for women who misquote other women.

Second, if Palin feels so strongly about it, then should we all assume that she supported, helped, and voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the primaries or was planning to vote for her in the general election? I mean, after all, Palin is now suggesting with that quote that Democratic women should vote for Palin just because she’s a woman. If she did support Clinton, then I wonder whether John McCain knows about it since he did pick her as the REPUBLICAN v.p. candidate. Would he really choose someone who was narrow-minded and sophomoric enough to support someone simply because they’re both women? And if she didn’t support, help, and vote for Clinton, then isn’t Palin the one going to hell?

Third, why is there a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women? That’s just a little quote that Palin is now trying in desperation to turn into something that she can use as a way to get votes; otherwise, we could argue that women should help other women who are ax murderers running from the law, women should help other women who are trying to use their children as pawns in custody battles, and women should help other women who want to pass legislation that would rip health insurance away from their families. There are angry, misguided, and even sometimes evil people of both sexes out there; are we supposed to always blindly support those who share the X-chromosome if we, ourselves, have an X-chromosome regardless of the person’s intentions? According to Sarah Palin, the answer is ‘yes.’

Fourth, I wonder whether Palin thought that she was being supportive or helpful to Ms. Albright by taking what she’d said and trying to use it as a way to get people to vote for her even if they didn’t think that she was the best candidate but, rather, just because she’s a woman.  Hmmmmm.

Palin, in her usual condescending tone, riled the misguided crowd into a chorus of booing for what reason I just don’t know. Were they booing Albright? Were they booing Palin? Were they booing every woman in America who’s intelligent enough to make up her own mind about a candidate based on that candidate’s integrity, record, and positions on the issues? And is booing a woman really supportive or helpful?

I wonder if there’s a special place in hell for women who try to take a quote by another woman and use it as a way to hide their own inadequacies.