Thursday, September 04, 2008

I *heart* Sarah Palin

Taking a break from baby blogging right now.

So I HAVE to blog about the Sarah Palin VP pick. To quote Jesse and Chester in “Dude, where’s my car?”: “Dude!” “Sweet”!

Okay, I’ll admit, when I first heard she was the pick, she was a complete unknown to me, and my first thought was that this was the Republican Party saying to the Democratic Party: “I raise you your blackness, with my femaleness.” I really thought Palin was a token woman candidate.

Those thoughts stopped dead in their tracks with her Dayton, OH intro speech.

As soon as it was over, I shot Sarah an email saying: “Can we get rid of McCain and just take her?”

My eldest brother, also still a British citizen, although he had many years to become an American as he is 38 years old, jokingly asked: is it too late to become an American citizen in time for the elections? I agree: never before have I wanted to vote in a US election more than now. I went from being completely apathetic about the race, to rooting for the McCain/Palin ticket.

I have heard a few complaints from people saying that Palin is a token woman, and how insulting that she has been chosen, and that had a male candidate with her same credentials been chosen, it wouldn’t be the same fanfare. And I agree. Not with the token woman, but that if Sarah Palin were male, we wouldn’t be as enthralled.

As a working woman, wife and now mother, I can tell you that any woman who holds a high level management job, runs a company, or in Palin’s case, a state while being pregnant and raising a young family, is someone who can juggle a lot. If it were Palin’s husband running, it wouldn’t be nearly as impressive. My husband is a wonderful and supportive man, but when it comes down to it, I do more in the household and more in the childcare department, but also equally support our family financially through my job. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. I am not trying to be sexist, or a feminist or toot my own horn. I am an “equalist” and a realist. In reality, unless the father stays home and takes care of the kids and the household, in the case of a working mother and father, the mother will usually end up doing more.

So for me, it is BECAUSE Sarah Palin is a mother of 5 young children that makes her seem so inspiring and such a leader…not the fact that DESPITE being a mother of 5 she has made it so far. She pulls it all off with a smile, and doesn’t seem stressed or overworked. She is a freight train and a force to be reckoned with.

I think it was a brilliant move by McCain to have chosen her. In doing so, he has regained support from many Republicans he previously alienated with his more socialistic stance.

Both Obama and McCain chose running mates to make up for what they lack: Obama chose an old white politician to make up for his lack of gray hair and experience and perhaps placate voters who were a little hesitant about voting for a black president. And McCain chose a conservative, charismatic female to make up for his socialist leanings and his seeming lack of sincerity (he always seems a little uncomfortable on the podium). But McCain seems to have gotten more bang for his buck. Whereas Dems are excited about their presidential candidate and couldn’t care less about their VP (I bet you that many Dems couldn’t name their VP candidate if asked), Republicans are excited about their VP candidate, while also holding a healthy respect for their presidential candidate.

What a rabbit in a hat Palin was and I thank McCain for choosing her, and making Alaska share her with the rest of America!

Okay...I can't resist. Here's a picture I have called: Man Boobs:


Blogger Stacy Kaye said...

Oh that picture kills me!!! I enjoyed reading what you had to say about Palin...Iwould like to learn more about her.

8:03 PM  

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