UPDATE: (CNN) – Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is “out of her league” and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.
“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” Parker also writes. “If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.”
I have had many male friends say to me, “Kelly, you’re an intelligent woman. What’s your take on Sarah Palin?”
When John McCain first announced Palin as his running mate my first reaction was one of excitement. Yippee, a woman! I saw her speak and she had charisma, was attractive and seemed intelligent. Then I dug a little deeper.
I had to ask myself, what if Sarah Palin were a man? Would McCain have chosen a man with the same resume? No way.
So, let’s imagine just for a moment that Sarah Palin is “Sam” Palin and Joe Biden is “Josephine” Biden, and let’s take a look at their resumes.
Democrat, has been a senator since 1972 (36 years) and was first elected at age 29, making “her” the youngest person ever elected to the senate. She is chairman of the senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. She is from Delaware and is married with three children. http://biden.senate.gov/senator/
Republican, has been governor of Alaska for almost two years. Before that he served as mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside of Anchorage. He has no national or international political experience and obtained his first passport in 2007. He is from Alaska and is married with five children. http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.html
Once you get past the obvious differences in the experience level you have to ask yourself about some of the other issues, and here’s where opinion comes in.
Things I don’t care about:
I don’t care that Palin’s 17-year old daughter is pregnant.
I don’t care that she hunts and fishes.
Things I care about:
I care about political agenda. Palin is a right-wing pro-lifer who doesn’t support abortion in any circumstance, including rape and incest.
I care that she seems to step on whoever’s in her way to get what she wants and further her own agenda.
I care that she hadn’t been off this continent until last year.
McCain is older, and being President of the United States has to be one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. If elected, Palin is one heart attack away from becoming president. That’s a very scary thought to me, because I don’t believe she has the political chops and I don’t believe she has any intention of representing this country fairly, but has every intention of furthering her own religious agenda.
I just have to ask Senator McCain, what were you thinking???
And for the women who are Palin supporters, would you support a man with the same resume?
This is a link to an article on Snopes, just so you know it’s true: Alaska Women Reject Palin