I'm a little pissed off today. John McCain picked Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. A crusty old white dude can stomach running with a woman. But Barack Obama, Mr. Change, can't? WTF!
One of my best friends and I have been Hillary supporters from the beginning. Today my friend e-mailed me to say that she might be voting for McCain because he picked a woman. How many other voters like her are there? I'm willing to say a lot. And if you want to call my friend a moron, let me pre-empt your attacks by saying she's a prosecuting attorney and was a nationally competitive debater for ten years. So this woman knows a thing or two about politics. If she doesn't vote for McCain, she won't vote at all. That's how much she dislikes Obama. And I'm right there with her.
Hillary Clinton is an inspiration and a role model for women. You might say that women are morons for voting for someone who looks like them and talks about issues that have a deep connection to their own life experiences. But having a woman in the White House, whether as President or Vice President, is the kind of change that would actually mean something to them.
I'll be honest, I didn't pay attention to any of the DNCC coverage. That's how over this circus I am. I did watch Hillary's speech, because she has been a role model to me since I was in high school. Sure, my political views have ventured a lot further left since then. But I remember hearing her speech at the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995 and being completely overwhelmed. Here was a woman standing on an international stage saying that women's rights are human rights. I love the early suffragists who fought for women's rights. And I think Hillary's reference to them in her speech is apropos. I appreciate her paying homage to the Seneca Falls Convention and honoring our history. And I voted for her in the primary because I believe in women and I wanted to honor all the women who came before me.
Throughout history, women have been asked to step aside, be lady-like, take a back seat, and most importantly . . . keep our mouths shut. When Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to support Barack Obama, all I could think was, "here we go again."
Obama and the Democrats should have this election locked up. Americans hate the war and the economy is in the shitter. But there is still a 10% undecided vote. Why? Because the Democrats are chicken shits who will pander to the least common denominator. They're so busy going after the Evangelical vote that they've forgotten the Left. And Obama's going to lose in November because McCain did what he couldn't. And you know what? He deserves it.