Who is Palin?

The first thing I thought when I heard McCain’s running choice is that it was completely strategic.  He is hoping to get some of the voters who continue to be heartbroken that Clinton wasn’t chosen.  But, let me be clear, this choice should not be about body parts!!! Just because she is a woman does not mean that she stands for women’s rights. The idea that I would vote for her because she is a woman frankly is offensive and flatly wrong. Here is a bit of information on who Palin is (sent out by Moveon)

Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

  • She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
  • She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
  • How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7


1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008

2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008

3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008

4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006

5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008

6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008

“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008

“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008

7 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008



  1. Ah, but she hasn’t said anything! Perhaps this could be proof of lack of international policy. Actually, I would bet she has never heard about it.

  2. What about Biden’s daily train rides for $192, or the fact that he lied in a 1988 speech when he claimed to graduate at the top of his Harvard class (he never even went to Harvard).

    Not to forget the he got busted for plagarism in law school (failed a class as a result).

    Biden (a total Washnigton heavy weight) was a total strategic choice for Obama’s lack a experience.

    A better choice than Hilary though.

    I’m a liberal saying all this.

  3. I was disgusted listening to her and the others last night. They made fun of Obama for being a community organizer and clearly showed that working class people do not really matter to them. “Experience” only counts if it is with the rich and powerful. It made me sad, angry, frustrated. And even more determined to find a way to be sure Obama gets elected!

  4. Rick. I think his train ride is understandable and actually would keep him more in touch with his community. Senators are required to keep their residents in their home of residents and I respect someone who will give 4 hours of his day to make sure his children are not changing schools every couple of months or left with a nanny after their mother has passed away.

    As for the lie. I don’t know much about it (really anything) but that was 1988. And frankly her stand on women’s right to choose, gun control, the need for US to enter more wars, oil drilling, oil power, etc will affect me directly and are scary.

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