When McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I suspended my judgement until the national media had picked her over and come to some national consensus. My immediate reaction was, of course, WTF (as was that of most of my liberal friends), but I know that McCain’s advisers are smart people and they surely saw something in Palin that wasn’t immediately obvious to the rest of us.
So I waited for the other shoe to drop. I waited to hear that she used to be Ambassador to Norway, or was the silent architect of the RNC platform on global warfare, or even that she was a former navy fighter pilot. None of this came to bear. She is, instead, a beauty queen.
Then I found this little nugget of hate on youtube.com. It is audio of Sarah Palin’s interview on Alaskan radio in which she laughs at the disc jockeys referring to a state senator as a “cancer” (this woman is a cancer survivor) and a “bitch”. Instead of rejecting either moniker, the Governor laughs out loud and suggests that she would be honored to have these bozos at the Governor’s State of the State address.
One of two things is true: she either agrees with the men (which makes her a completely inappropriate choice for the mantle of the Vice-Presidency) or she disagrees with the men but laughs it off anyway (which makers her a completely inappropriate choice for the mantle of the Vice-Presidency).
After all, would Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Sen. Olympia Snowe, or WH Press Secretary Dana Parino laugh like the Governor did? This isn’t a liberal or conservative issue – it’s a gender issue. Although, in fairness, I don’t think Dana Parino laughs at anything.