This election finds me on the Democratic side, mostly because of social and environmental reasons. And I want to make it clear exactly what it is about Sarah Palin’s candidacy that offends me.
I think it’s clear that the reason she was chosen was because she is a woman. (If you don’t agree with that, then let me sum up the following with “I don’t agree with her policies,” and then we’ll change the subject.) But I do think that’s the case, and it doesn’t offend me, per se. In theory, it probably should, but it doesn’t. We really are overdue for a woman in office (due to a sad lack of American women who have pursued a career in politics) and like a 40 year old virgin, maybe we should get it over with whoever we can get, just to prove we’re capable and then move forward with more confidence.
So the GOP wants to make women feel included and represented within the party. Fine.
But the specific woman they’ve chosen, THAT offends me. How far she falls short of what she puports herself to be, bothers me.
So her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. I make no judgements on that, and I don’t think it is a judgement if we acknowledge that this wasn’t their plan A. A mistake by their own view, it seems. Not the end of the world, but not what they were aiming for. And I don’t know that Palin is encouraging her underage daughter to marry the father of her baby, but legally it requires her consent. And any woman who allows her underage daughter to add a hasty marriage to young motherhood, a move that serves no purpose for anyone involved except for Sarah Palin and her campaign, that woman has no concept of woman’s rights whatsoever.
And for the GOP to suggest to me that Sarah Palin in any way represents me, and the women I know and love, THAT I find insulting. If you’d like a woman VP, nominate an actual woman, please.