Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Women, I Beseech You ...

I just watched a segment on "World News with Charles Gibson" about Sarah Palin.

Interviewing women in Hillary Clinton's hometown in Illinois, Barbara Pinto spoke with one woman who said of Palin, "I really like her. She has chutzpah!"

When Pinto asked her if she knows Palin's position on issues, she said, "No, not really."

I would never presume to tell people how to vote, but please, please, please, take the time to LEARN something about Sarah Palin and her positions on issues that matter to you, then decide if you want her to hold the second-most-important job in the world.

Please don't decide to vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a woman.


Blogger Mercurie said...

I think once most women hear Palin's positions on the issue, they'll run as fast as possible the opposite way. She is NOTHING like Hilary.

5:59 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

When I hear a comment like Pinto's it freaks me out and forces me to have an internal battle about not being a sexist.

My God, this is a brain-damaged country.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Just to be clear, it was Pinto's interviewee who was admitting that she didn't know Sarah Palin's positions, that she simply liked her because she's a woman and she has chutzpah.

I was thrilled that Pinto asked the question about understanding Palin's positions.

I want every news outlet in the world to pick up that clip when discussing McCain's sudden bump among women voters.

7:04 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Right. The point was here was a woman who was excited about Palin and yet knew nothing about the positions she had taken.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Absolutely. Just wanted to be clear that it wasn't Pinto who made the asinine comment. Pinto was doing a fine job.

7:16 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

When I first heard Palin had been picked, I was excited to see a woman on the ticket. I knew McCain was going after Hillary supporters, bully for him. But then I started listening to things she said and reading what she stood for. The lipstick/pitbull comment was just the icing on the cake of nut-job status for me. It amazes me how many women I talk with that are so strongly behind her. It scares me.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This country is going to get the president it deserves. This election and this debacle with the GOP vice presidential nomination is another strong argument why there should be a test you have to take before you are allowed to register to vote. IT'S THE ISSUES, PEOPLE, NOT WHETHER A PIG IS WEARING LIPSTICK. There is a special place in hell reserved for the likes of Karl Rove.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew Sullivan, the political blogger, on the pig/lipstick/stinky fish issue. I think he nails it:

"For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It's about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign?

"So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so. And that decision, for my part, ends whatever respect I once had for him. On core moral issues, where this man knew what the right thing was, and had to pick between good and evil, he chose evil. When he knew that George W. Bush's war in Iraq was a fiasco and catastrophe, and before Donald Rumsfeld quit, McCain endorsed George W. Bush against his fellow Vietnam vet, John Kerry in 2004. By that decision, McCain lost any credibility that he can ever put country first. He put party first and his own career first ahead of what he knew was best for the country.

"And when the Senate and House voted overwhelmingly to condemn and end the torture regime of Bush and Cheney in 2006, McCain again had a clear choice between good and evil, and chose evil."

Or as one of his readers suggested Obama's answer should be to demands he apologize for his remarks: "NO."

For as much hope and joy in the future of my country that I have found in Barack Obama as a candidate, I now feel deep despair that we're on the precipice of another four years of this crap, along with the real possibility that the ditzy soccer mom from Alaska might actually become the leader of the free world.

Can we REALLY allow this to happen AGAIN?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

As my friend Stacy posted on Twitter last night, "YAY! Optimism!" with this link: http://tinyurl.com/6fxgtv

12:51 PM  

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