Sarah Palin: The Drek Take
So what do I think about Palin? Well, in a brief word, I think she's utterly terrifying. An unqualified, irrational fool whose only electoral virtue is that she may be able to consolidate the evangelical vote behind McCain. Additionally, the pick simply cements my opinion of McCain as a man who is less interested in serving the country and more interested in becoming President before he dies. And unfortunately it's obvious he doesn't really care who he gets into bed with so long as it wins him the White House.
To discuss this in a longer format, however, let's consider the pros and cons of Sarah Palin:
(1) Sarah Palin supports creationism in the classroom:
The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor's race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state's public classrooms.
Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night's televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both."
In an interview Thursday, Palin said she meant only to say that discussion of alternative views should be allowed to arise in Alaska classrooms:
"I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."
Ah, yes, 'teach the controversy.' Sadly, however, there is no scientific controversy over evolution. This is just a standard creationist canard.
(2) Sarah Palin opposes sex education other than "abstinence only." To quote from an Eagle Forum survey:
3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
Answer: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
Because, you know, "abstinence only" works so well we should really use it exclusively. Similarly, I hear Republicans are advocating a new "Say no to getting shot" program for U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Sounds like a winner.
(3) Sarah Palin is anti-choice** in virtually all cases, supporting abortion only when necessary for the health of the mother:
Smith [Spokesman for the Palin Gubernatorial campaign] said Palin is opposed to abortion, but believes an exception should be made if the health of the mother is in danger.
That's the only exception Palin would make, though, Smith said.
"She doesn't make exception for rape and incest, only for health of the mother," he said.
Yes, ladies, that's right: Palin is a candidate for Vice President of the United States who believes if you are raped- even by a male relative- and become pregnant as a result, you should be forced to carry that child to term. And in case you're wondering, yes, we've heard this shit before.
(4) Sarah Palin believes that global warming has nothing to do with human causes:
What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?
Answer: A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
She's a creationist, she doesn't accept anthropogenic global warming... hell, at least she's consistently scientifically illiterate. Oh, wait, shit, that's a bad thing in this context.
(5) Sarah Palin opposes same-sex marriage and would deny benefits to same-sex couples:
Palin said she's not out to judge anyone and has good friends who are gay, but that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment [banning gay marriage].
And, in the second article:
Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she will comply with an Alaska Supreme Court order issued Tuesday to offer health and retiree benefits to same-sex partners of state employees starting Jan. 1.
"We believe that we have no more judicial options to pursue. So we may disagree with kind of the foundation there, the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and abide by the constitution," Palin said.
But ultimately, she said, she supports denying those benefits through a constitutional amendment, if that's what the public wants.
So, she's the "giant step backwards for homosexuals" candidate. Awesome.
(6) Sarah Palin supports drilling in ANWR:
"The standard should be no different for industry. Ironically, we're trying to convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR, but we can't even get our own Pt. Thomson, which is right on the edge of ANWR, developed! We are ready for that gas to be tapped so we can fill a natural gas pipeline. I promise to vigorously defend Alaska's rights, as resource owners, to develop and receive appropriate value for our resources."
We've covered ANWR before so no need to do it again but, long story short, it won't do the country any damned good.
(7) Sarah Palin isn't sure she thinks Alaska should be part of the United States:
Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.
And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."
But Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.
"We are a state's rights party," says Clark, a self-employed goldminer. The AIP has "a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law."
She says it's not accurate to describe the party as secessionist -- they just want a vote, she says, adding that the members of the AIP hold different opinions on what Alaska should be.
"My own separate opinion as an individual is that we should be an independent nation," Clark says. Others in the AIP "believe that being a commonwealth would be a good avenue to follow." Some advocate statehood -- but a fuller statehood than exists now.
Didn't we settle that whole secession thing back with the Civil War? Guess not. In any case, I'm excited that we might have a VP whose response to the secession of U.S. territory is a resounding, "Meh."
(1) She is, by all accounts, female.*** We haven't had a female Vice President before.
(2) Would prove that even pageant runner-ups can be Vice President. And, additionally, would really stick it to the French.
(3) Makes it apparent just how old John McCain really is:
"Thanks for the sock full of pennies, Grandpa."
So, in short, she's Dubya in a skirt. Drek most definitely does not approve.
That said, do I think she'll be easy to beat? Eh. I think it could be worse. She will mobilize the evangelicals but, that said, I think she should also mobilize the non-crazy wing of the American people. So tell your friends: If you want a President, vote for Obama-Biden.
But if you want teh crazy, vote for McCain-Palin.
* Note that I'm not interpreting it creatively enough to think my nonsensical ramblings on the subject are appropriate for Scatterplot itself.
** Yes, I know, cheap politically manipulative language, but no worse than "pro-life".
*** Give it up, I'm not going looking for a source verifying that she's female. Jesus.