Hmmm…remember when Joe Biden mentioned that the words that struck fear in folks in Washington was hearing that the Dick Cheney’s office was on the phone? Well, it appears that McCain–in his attempt to model the Bush 3rd term–has selected a VP candidate with similar credentials.
One of my readers asks “what is my take on the addition of Joe Biden to the ticket?”
I’ve been an avid fan of Joe Biden for many years. I felt for some time that Joe Biden would be the best pick for this ticket due to the vast experience and intimate knowledge he possesses. As was evidenced from the Democratic Convention this past week, Joe is a real guy, not a pretentious, entitled jerk. Joe is a guy who loves America, cares about our impact on the world and who augments the ticket in a very profound way.
There is a world of difference between the Obama-Biden ticket and the Bush McCain-Palin ticket. Let’s look at the issue of judgement. The first decision we see from Obama and McCain is their choices for VP. How did they do?
Obama made a reasoned decision to select a terrific, imminently-qualified gentleman to be a heart-beat away from the President.
McCain, on the other hand, seems to have made an impetuous decision after his own party “persuaded him” not to go with his first choice for VP: Lieberman. He barely knows her! The American people hardly know her.
While she may be a wonderful person in her own way, she doesn’t measure up to the person we need a heartbeat away. Kaye Bailey Hutchinson would have been a far better choice if he wanted a woman on the ticket.
McCain is merely trying to pander to the Hillary Clinton supporters by selecting Palin. It won’t work. They are far smarter than this. He picked the wrong woman if that was his expectation.
The Republican talking-heads are “spinning” the story that Palin is an excellent choice for VP. Really? Why are some calling it “Hail Mary” pass?
Just because the “talking heads” say the same things over and over doesn’t make it so.
From an email I received a few hours ago from MoveOn.org:
Yesterday was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:
- She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
- Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
- She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
- Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
- She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
- She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
- How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.
We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team
1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008
7 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008
What do you think about that? Democrat Dave
Frankly, that McCain is “reaching out” to Hillary Clinton supporters is nothing more than a disingenuous attempt to win a block of votes so they can preserve the status quo. The Republicans will do and say anything to get a vote. Remember that!
The Republicans are great at “promises, promises” but deliver little to the constituencies they try to own. Consider the last 8 years of the Bush administration. What can Christian evangelicals hang their hats on for all their Republican support? What could the Republicans possibly offer a block of former Hillary Clinton supporters in exchange for their support? How about giving up their right to choice?
The bottom line is the Republicans are “fair weather friends” to the constituencies they rally support from. Oh, they’ll tell you want to hear when they want your vote but they aren’t committed to the relationship.
Michele Obama hit the nail on the head last night when she observed that the Republicans motivate people by fear (he’s not ready, he doesn’t have the experience, he’s not tough enough, he’s not old enough) whereas the Democrats offer hope for change from the present status quo. The Republicans–supported by narrow special interests whose trust they continually betray–are interested in preserving the status quo they’ve created rather than realizing change is essential.
There is a clear choice between Barack Obama and the Democratic Party and John McCain and the Republican Party. If you like the status quo, vote for John McCain. If you don’t like the status quo, vote for Barack Obama. It’s that simple.
Thanks for reading. Democrat Dave
I’m a passionate advocate for Barack Obama and the change he represents from what we’ve had to live with the last eight years of the Bush Administration.
Never in my lifetime did I think that the U.S. and the world would have a President and Vice-President of the U.S.A that have represented such a train wreck for the American people and the people of the world.
The thought of John McCain prevailing in this upcoming election sickens me. I have a great deal of respect for both the military and public service of John McCain but don’t see that experience as an entitlement to becoming President of the United States of America.
I don’t want 4 more years of Bush; the world doesn’t want 4 more years of Bush. McCain represents the status quo. I’m not interested. So, John McCain, thanks for the offer to be President, but, I think the far better choice is Barack Obama and Joe Biden to lead this country moving forward.
Barack Obama is an intellectual. I’m an intellectual. But, he’s going to have to make his messages crisper if he is to prevail in the 2008 presidential election. The American public favors simplicity in messaging. Barack–please tighten things up.
There’s a lot at stake in this election. One of the most horrifying prospects of a McCain victory is the long term implications of swaying the balance of the Supreme Court from a 5-4 conservative-liberal balance to an even more conservative court. Is this what we want? No. Imagine a 7-2 skewed conservative court imbalance. Yikes!
There’s a huge difference between what McCain offers in terms of our future and what Obama offers. I’ll be focusing on those differences in future posts.
Thanks for reading! Democrat Dave
Wow! I finally have a political blog. I can’t tell you how often my wife and the dogs have encouraged me find a bigger audience for my passion for political debate.
Why am I calling myself “Democrat Dave?” My good friend, a grassroots and PAC political consultant–Amy Showalter–gave me this moniker many years ago during a conference we attended in Newport, Rhode Island. I’ve been called worse! So, I’m going to go by the moniker “Democrat Dave.”
I care deeply about our country and our standing in the world. George Bush has made us the laughing stock of the world. He didn’t achieve the lowest approval rating of any President without effort. It’s time to move on to a new vision, to new hope for our future. It’s time to put our focused efforts and energy into electing Barack Obama. I applaud Joe Biden for joining Barack on the ticket. Great choice. Great leaders choose strong people.
I plan to write often. Stay tuned.
All the best…Democrat Dave