Saturday, October 18, 2008

Election bitchin'

I think I've officially overdosed on CNN. But like all other narcotics, I can't seem to stop.'s that time of year again - the presidential debates are my play-offs, and election night is my Superbowl. I'm psyched and pretty damn geared up - probably because I'm so fucking angry.

Now, it's no secret I'm a feminist and I fully support and love seeing women aiming for places that not too long ago were reserved for men only. HOWEVER, I loathe Sarah Palin. That's probably no surprise, either - most feminists do. What the hell was Johnny thinking?! I remember seeing the announcement on TV - I was in California with a friend of mine (also a CNN junkie). After a lot of screaming and obscenities, I said the political move was like when someone brings in doughnuts to the office, and that weird guy from the copy room takes a bite out of one and puts it back in the box. COME ON!! Who are you fooling?? McCain's obviously trying to appeal to all the bitter Hillary voters by choosing a young, spunky woman as his running mate.....but with a little research, any intelligent human being can see that Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton! Quite the opposite, actually - in more ways than party lines. Palin is hardcore pro-life - even in cases of rape and incest. While governor of Alaska, she passed a law that requires rape victims to pay for their own rape kits for further investigation! Now, I understand the pro-life rhetoric of "taking responsibility" and blah blah blah (because humans are perfect, of course, and choice is such a black and white issue), but no one asks to be raped - what has the victim done that can be considered "irresponsible?"

And what kind of experience does this woman have that could make her a viable candidate for the vice presidency?? Yeah, she was a governor, but Hillary Clinton has been in the Senate for years - not to mention a former First Lady.

And the winking!!!!

Then there's Bristol - her 17 year old prego daughter and the product of abstinence-only sex education (see how well that works!). McCain/Palin supporters came down hard on the media for bringing the minor into the spotlight. However, isn't Palin's view on birth control and contraception kind of OUR business, when she's in the running to be influential on those issues?

The Republicans fought back big time, bringing up Obama's "connection" to Bill Ayers, a former anti-war activist/domestic terrorist during the Vietnam War. The two served on a board together in Illinois - way after Ayers' violent past, which was in it's heyday when Obama was only 8 years old. Ayers is now a college professor and a model citizen....but we should all see Obama as an American-hating terrorist?? Puhleeze. What I want to know is why doesn't anyone point out that McCain left his invalid wife for Cindy, his mistress? What a great Christian!

The fight has gotten ugly. Every McCain ad I've seen and heard recently is all about how awful Obama is - and I'm glad the Obama camp is taking the high road and focusing on how he would be the best choice - not simply mudslinging back at McCain. What makes me so pissed above everything else is the ignorance, hatred, fear, and racism McCain's campaign has fueled by throwing around words like "terrorist" - obviously stirring up visions of Osama Bin Ladin and 9/11.

SO - this is just the foam on top of my cappuccino of frustration. I'm sure there will be more to come in the next few weeks...when I can think more clearly and I don't find it difficult to come up with cohesive sentences.

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