Sunday, August 31, 2008
The Minority OpinionEveryone is talking about Sarah Palin. Especially the liberals. TBV has put up at least 15 posts about her, and that's just this one blog. Considering that just a few days ago, I was hoping that McCain would pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate, and prompt the Democrats to take the fight personally, and throw as much spare money at Obama and Biden, even if we had to dig around under the couch cushions for loose coins, and also considering that even today, after 3 days of media blitz, I still have to make sure that I can spell her name correctly, I have succumbed to the same disease that inflicts the mainstream media, and I am posting about her! The thing is....while the rest of the liberal blogs are saying that McCain made a huge mistake, I am of the minority opinion that it was a pretty smart move.
These are some of the things I've heard in the last 48 hours.
My mother called me today to wish me a happy birthday, and while she was trying to be nice, she could not help but mention that she was completely enthused about McCain's choice of a running mate. And while I'm sure she was not trying to be mean, (it's my birthday, after all) she knows that I was a Hillary supporter, and she went on and on about how attractive Sarah Palin was on TV the other day, about how Hillary should really get to the gym, she could stand to lose about twenty pounds, and why does Hillary have to wear those awful pantsuits? Why won't she wear a skirt? And didn't I think that Hillary was probably fit to be tied, I mean wasn't she just salivating at the chance to be VP, and here some nobody from Alaska now was going to be elected instead? My blood pressure began to rise as my mother sang the praises of Sarah Palin, so I blurted out, "Mom! My kitchen is on fire! I have to go!" and hung up the phone as quickly as I could.
Okay, I have seen the news clips, Sarah running marathons, Sarah hunting, Sarah shooting firearms, Sarah as Miss Alaska, Sarah playing basketball, Sarah doing all of this amazing shit, and plopping out babies, one right after the other, and making the rest of us normal pudgy women look like we're slackers.
And the guys in my office. These are liberal guys, right? I asked them what they thought of the new Veep nomination, and you know what they said?
"Oh, she's hot!" They were quick to add, "Oh, but she's never going to get Hillary supporters!" Of course not, but might McCain get some of the votes of the Nascar dads who share the opinion of my liberal office mates? and he will certainly get the votes of all of those right wing fundis who were supposed to be staying home for this election.
This is messed up. We were supposed to be basking in the afterglow of the Democratic convention, but now all we can do is bitch about Super Woman, the conservative, anti-environment, gun-shooting, baby breeding, inexperienced bombshell of VP candidate, and even a Cat 5 hurricane that is about to hit New Orleans is not enough to get her off of the front pages of the mainstream news outlets, or even sadly, off of the blogs of the liberals. The Republicans have stolen our thunder, they have changed the conversation from hope, to T&A, and the Democrats are playing right along, talking about someone no one had even considered a week ago.
And here are some other disturbing things that make my blood boil.
Okay so here's the thing that McCain has done that no one on a liberal blog will admit except for me.
He's got all of the right wing crazies up from under the rock they were under. He's got some of the men in America looking. He has essentially stopped Obama's momentum, and gotten the press to talk about his campaign, even the liberal press, who cannot seem to stop talking about Wonder Woman.
I know I am in the minority, but I think that this is a problem.
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