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Back in February, I had the honor and privelage to vote for a woman in the presidential primary election. I say it was an honor and a privelage because – not despite or on top of – I was able to vote for a woman who stood for what I believe in. I agreed with Hillary Clinton’s policies, I liked her experience and her ability to speak coherently to a crowd. I thought she had a better health care plan than Barack Obama’s and I thought she had a better plan laid out for getting us out of Iraq. I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton only because she was a woman, I voted for her because I believed in her. I felt very proud that I was able to vote for one of my own sex for the presidency, a woman who was not just running because she was a woman but because she had an idea of how to fix this country’s problems.

It infuriates me, insults me, and humiliates me that the Republicans are putting forward a Vice Presidential candidate who stands for nothing other than being of the fairer sex. Being a mother of 5 does not make you presidential material. It makes you commendable, but not presidential. Being a mayor of a small town goes a long way in making you an asset to your country, but it doesn’t make you presidential. Being governor of a large but virtually empty state up north makes you a figure in politics but not fit for the White House. Nor does that make you skilled in foreign policy, being close in proximity to Russia – a country that has seemed to dominate all of the McCain/Palin’s campaign talk about foreign policy, as if the Middle East didn’t exist.

Gov. Palin gave a very good political speech last night in which she rallied supporters and told those watching that she is not someone to take lightly. I don’t take her lightly, I take her as terrifying. It is so scary to me that this woman could come to represent us in a very short time. She doesn’t represent the causes I care about. Her stance on abortion, her ultra-conservative religious views on sex education and creationism, her very intense support of oil drilling and oil dependence are all very compelling reasons for us to not vote McCain/Palin come November.

That gender has become an issue in this election when race has been almost side stepped is mind boggling to me. Back when Obama and Clinton were going at it, race and gender almost cancelled each other out in my mind. Two historical candidates, both with good views and solid plans for America. Now we have an history-making candidate in Barack Obama and a history-making supporting candidate in Sarah Palin. One has a vision for this country in which things might get better for those struggling and one wants to tell you that you have to have your baby.

It’s a setback for women that Sarah Palin is being offered as a replacement for Clinton supporters. If you were really supporting Hillary Clinton, if you are really a Democrat and if you really care that things change in this country, you’ll be voting Barack Obama in November. If you buy into this garbage about “executive experience” and “the reform ticket” of McCain/Palin, then I honestly can say I feel sorry for you.

Oh, and one more thing. Palin said in her speech last night:

“And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities”

Want another reason to vote for Obama/Biden? At least when Obama and Biden go after McCain, they are attacking policies and not personal background.

And I’d really like to ask Gov. Sarah Palin how she and her huge family travel now that she’s running for VP. Especially after she said this:

“While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

Very interesting, Governor. I can’t wait until The Daily Show rips you a new one. Oh wait, I think they arleady did last night.


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