I listened to remarks from Sarah Palin and it took me back 20 years to Dan Quayle’s introductory speech.Â Quayle was selected because of his youth, good looks and ability to spell.
Sarah Palin started into her “hockey mom” speech and discussed her record of ignoring lobbyists and the old boy network; my first thought was “what’s she doing on this campaign?Â “Â McCain’s team is still crawling with lobbyists who represent some of the worst regimes on the planet.Â Palin’s youngest son has Down’s Syndrome, so I wonder what her position is on stem cell research.Â And Thom Hartmann reported on his radio show that Palin’s high school age daughter (age 17), who is single, is pregnant.Â So I wonder who that news will play with the religious right.
Someone with two years as the governorÂ of a small state in terms of population, after a few years on the city council and as mayor, is a political lightweight.Â Do we really want her a heartbeat from the presidency?Â
An Update from Electoral-Vote.com:
….Like many Alaska politicians these days, Palin is involved in an ethics scandal. Her sister was married to a state trooper named Mike Wooten. The two of them got divorced and were involved in a bitter child custody battle. Sarah wanted to help her sister so she asked the state commissioner of public safety, Walt Monegan, to fire Wooten. He refused, so she fired him. He protested so loudly that the Republican-controlled state legislature appointed a retired prosecutor, Steve Branchflower, to investigate whether she abused her power as governor. Needless to say, Monegan is about to get a small army of reporters camped on his doorstep. It seems very strange indeed that McCain wants to be associated with someone under investigation for an ethics violation. The Democrats are going to say: “More of the same.” Time will tell how this will play out. One can already envision the Vice Presidential TV debate featuring the long-time member and now chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee facing someone has has been governor for 2 years. Romney or Ridge could have held their own against Biden, but Palin is going to have a tough time.
This is a historic election; we will either have the firstÂ African-American presidentÂ or the first woman vice president.Â That’s a huge step forward for America.Â