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I Hate to Ask But . . . Should Sarah Palin Step Aside?

We are t-minus four days (including today) from the Vice Presidential Debate starring Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, and the anticipation is mounting like a bull moose in season. And stacked equally as high as that anticipation? Criticisms waged against Palin's performance thus far.

From the skewering "Bono, King of Ireland" sketch on SNL ripping her Katie Couric interview to conservative columnist Kathleen Parker's call late last week for Palin to excuse herself from the race, the idea is in the wind. Here's Parker's reasoning:

My cringe reflex is exhausted. . . Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first. Do it for your country.

Added to that view is the revelation this weekend that some would look askance at — the proximity Palin puts to humans and dinosaurs — then the noticeable absence of Palin post-debate, and the tour of moms and coffee shops the campaign has dispatched her on. Is the campaign having second thoughts as well?

Whatever happens, Palin might have something exciting to look forward to on Nov. 4 — JC Penney has a registry for Bristol and Levi with their wedding date listed as that very day. Should that be the only big event for Palin that day?

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ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 7 years
yk i am democrat...and as a politician think she is rlly dumb...but i cannot hate her.....im not sure she is smart in real life at all but umm i think she is worth respecting.....i look forward to seeing wut she thinks she can do.....
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
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tink08 tink08 7 years
Watch the Governor's debate last year in Alaska - they are re-running it on PBS - she is one smart lady and the press has been horrible to her...
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I know I'm a wacky lefty-loo, but I'm pretty sure habeas corpus should be a national standard.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I know I'm a wacky lefty-loo, but I'm pretty sure habeas corpus should be a national standard.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
That issue, as well as most federal issues, I feel should be a state decided thing.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Libertarians are basically split down the middle on the abortion issue. And I think they prefer strict constitutionalists so they'd probably be happier with McCain picks.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
I don't know how a libertarian can ignore all of the rights violations that McCain wants to put on us. He is for the suspension of habeas corpus, he is anti-choice, and he does want to stack the Supreme Court with judges that will take away our individual freedoms and support the Patriot Act.
tee-zee tee-zee 7 years
Ten Reasons You CANNOT Support McCain-Palin 1. Yourself. Do not cut off your womb to spite the Democrats. (Also do not sit this election out or play write-in-vote games. And tempting though it may seem, do not blow a vote for the Green Party.) 2. Iraq. McCain’s been a hawk since evolution made raptors. 3. The Economy. For years McCain chaired the Senate Banking Committee that brought us the current financial meltdown. He opposed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would have made it easier for women and other workers to pursue pay-discrimination claims. (Come to think of it, why the focus solely on equal pay for equal work? Whatever happened to equal pay for comparable worth?) 4. The Supreme Court. McCain vows to stack the court with “clones of Alito and Roberts.” There goes . . . well, everything. 5. Choice. McCain has lodged 125 anti-choice votes. He boasts he’ll overturn Roe v. Wade. And as for the claim that if Roe is overturned it will “merely” throw reproductive rights back to the states, understand that McCain supports a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion outright, nationwide. 6. Realism. If you’re a young feminist, do not get disillusioned by Obama’s drift to the middle—depressing but standard for winning. Do consider running for office—politics is not a spectator sport. And if you still can’t grasp why older feminists zealously backed HRC, please read Susan Faludi‘s brilliant “Second Place Citizens” for context. It’s crucial. 7. Old Wounds. Remember that McCain’s answer to a supporter asking him about Hillary, “How do we beat the bitch?” was “Good question!” Remember that at the Sturgis motorcycle rally, McCain mortified his wife by saying she should enter the Topless Miss Buffalo Chip contest. Remember that, responding to a comment Cindy made about his thinning hair, he guffawed, “At least I don’t plaster on makeup like a trollop, you c**t.” 8. Palin. McCain’s pick of Palin demonstrates contempt for American women and insults the intelligence of anyone who supported Hillary, since Palin is her (melting) polar opposite. It denigrates qualified Republican women (Senators Snow, Collins, Dole, and Hutchinson must be suffering silent apoplexy). It’s actually abuse of Palin herself, a sacrifice tossed to the ravenous fundamentalist base, now the butt of public humiliation for her abysmal lack of qualifications. 9. Feminism—remember that? McCain-Palin politics are antithetical to every feminist policy most U.S. women support. Palin is an anti-abortion-rights, pro-“abstinence only” enemy of sex education and stem-cell research who denounced as “outrageous” the state supreme court’s decision to strike down Alaska’s parental-consent statute; who believes survivors of sexual assault and incest should be forced to bear the attackers’ fetuses to term; who let Wasilla charge survivors for rape kits and forensic exams; who cut funding for teen-pregnancy services; who stated she’d oppose abortion for her daughters even if they’d been raped; who’s against same-sex marriage (because such love is “curable”) and against gun control—but apparently all for shotgun weddings (poor Bristol’s gonna marry that dork, like it or not). 10. Settling for Greatness. Sure, we wanted to vote for the right woman. Sure, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for her. Meanwhile, in Obama we can have a chief executive who reflects our politics, and who—especially since he may have both houses of Congress behind him—just might turn out to be one hell of a great president. Finally, for those many of us still so hurt that we came this far (and this close) only to be told yet again: Sorry, you won’t make history this time—here are: Five Ways To Still Make History 1. Do get involved in electoral reform. Have a real effect on the Democrats by working to end the unrepresentative caucus system in some state primaries. Because caucuses are held only at certain hours (usually night-time) in a few venues, they discriminate against lots of voters—late-shift workers, parents with young kids, older voters, and people without cars in areas lacking mass transit. A caucus vote is public, thus puts unfair pressure on some voters—wives voting differently from husbands, students vulnerable to peer pressure. It’s no coincidence that Hillary lost in caucus states: many of her backers were women, working-class folks, older people. This system, that supposedly “builds the party,” disenfranchises voters. Let’s change it. 2. Do not just inveigh against sexism in the media. Growling at your TV set is fun; action is better. Target sponsors of shows that offend, organize email blizzards and boycotts of their products. Join the anti-sexist, anti-racist media campaigns of The Women’s Media Center and NOW. 3. Do let’s learn from the primaries. HRC campaigned intrepidly. But her campaign was unworthy of her—and that’s her fault. Enough with listening to Mark Penn-type advisors and “Beltway feminist” gatekeepers who told her not to give “women’s issue speeches.” Whatever her future holds, it will be interesting, and I’m proud she’s my senator. Meanwhile, do let’s take advantage of the fire her candidacy rekindled in women. Do let’s start rebuilding the Women’s Movement with more audacious activism. 4. Do let’s take responsibility for what we ourselves failed to make happen in the primaries. The Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Netroots (via the Daily Kos), and the faith-based community (via Rick Warren’s event) all sponsored debates, so candidates had to address those communities’ concerns, and just as crucially, those constituencies educated the public about their issues. Where were women? The Congressional Women’s Caucus, the National Women’s Political Caucus? An ad hoc consortium of NOW, Feminist Majority, CODE PINK, BISA, NCRW, NCNW, NWSA, WEDO, and the other initials? Why didn’t women—the majority of the population—hold a debate, make the candidates answer to us, and in the process, inform the electorate that our issues are not reducible to “the glass ceiling,” which sounds as if all we want are more CEO jobs? Our agenda is vast, including national health insurance, the HIV epidemic among young black women, legislation and funding to address disability rights, sexual abuse, domestic violence, prostitution, and sex trafficking. Our global issues range from poverty and bride burnings to child marriage and protein denial, from female infanticide to forced illiteracy, from refugee suffering and genital mutilation to environmental destruction. Women, the majority of humanity, are the first affected by world crises and the last consulted about solutions. The glass ceiling? We must never again collaborate in our own invisibility. 5. Simple: Do not throw away your chance to help elect this nation’s first African American president. Savor that. That vote makes history. An award-winning writer, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Women's Media Center, Robin Morgan has published 21 books, including six of poetry, four of fiction, and the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Because I am libertarian and his beliefs are the antithesis of what I believe.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
GS - you are the first person I have heard of that is just anti-Obama. Why may I ask?
tiabia tiabia 7 years
GS,Even objectively so...if Sarah Palin (or her people) had been given the questions before-hand and approved them for the Katie Couric interview, she didn't do well with the information. I would rather assume that the questions were given at the time of sitting-down...I would be a tad more forgiving if that were the case....of course, I'm not, but still :-)
tiabia tiabia 7 years
GS, Even objectively so...if Sarah Palin (or her people) had been given the questions before-hand and approved them for the Katie Couric interview, she didn't do well with the information. I would rather assume that the questions were given at the time of sitting-down...I would be a tad more forgiving if that were the case. ...of course, I'm not, but still :-)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
tia, I never said it was a defense. I am not republican and have stated many times that wasn't overly gung ho about McCain, just incredibly anti-Obama. I am trying to be objective.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Well, I wasn't thinking "DENIED!" but I was thinking that while the assetion is true to some extent, I don't see how it applies here.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
and re: palin interview. I don't know. That's just it. I think I stated at the beginning of this post or one of the countless other palin posts that I think she is being horridly over coached and sheltered. I think something like that could lead to this.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Ts, whew, i'm glad you chimed in. I was sitting here thinking, i'm not that freakin' old!
tiabia tiabia 7 years
True Song @ #313,I was thinking the exact same thing. If that was supposed to be in defense of Palin...ummm... DENIED!!!
tiabia tiabia 7 years
True Song @ #313, I was thinking the exact same thing. If that was supposed to be in defense of Palin...ummm... DENIED!!!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Oh, and also, we had a forensics team in high school and college, and it wasn't so many years ago! Maybe it's regional.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
>From what I have read about interviews, ranging from politics to celebrities, is that most have to approve the majority of the questions before they will sit down on camera. Are you suggesting Sarah Palin approved her questions ahead of time and still fucked it up royally?
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
GeriAnne1932: "I'm not talking about hurting her feelings, I'm just talking about the levels that people take their criticisms of a person. Seems that with all the candidates (including Hillary), in my opinion, people are taking it beyond politics and are saying some ignorant things or just things to join in on the "bashing" and one up the next guy. I agree she has chosen this life, but I just find some of the comments to be a bit disrespectful like wanting to puke because the saw a Palin button. (that's just one example, I'm too tired to list them all.) I just wanted to take the conversation away from saying the random things towards something that could actually be worthy of discussion."I do understand what you're saying and in theory I suppose playing nice would be a interesting change. However we are talking about a political campaign, and as such has quite a history of bashing, finger-pointing, exposing, etc... and its really just the nature of the beast. You won't find a single campaign without it. IMO I think some people are applying a double standard to Palin by saying lay off. Would we say that about Obama or McCain?Looking at it from another angle, as Americans we *can* say these things about our candidates, and those in office -- we can question and bash all we wish [for the most part] without fear of retaliation. It might get ugly, but be happy it does. It means our liberties are showing -- ignorant or intelligent -- and hopefully this freedom will open the eyes of of someone without a clue turning them from an ignoramus into an informed citizen and voter.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
GeriAnne1932: "I'm not talking about hurting her feelings, I'm just talking about the levels that people take their criticisms of a person. Seems that with all the candidates (including Hillary), in my opinion, people are taking it beyond politics and are saying some ignorant things or just things to join in on the "bashing" and one up the next guy. I agree she has chosen this life, but I just find some of the comments to be a bit disrespectful like wanting to puke because the saw a Palin button. (that's just one example, I'm too tired to list them all.) I just wanted to take the conversation away from saying the random things towards something that could actually be worthy of discussion." I do understand what you're saying and in theory I suppose playing nice would be a interesting change. However we are talking about a political campaign, and as such has quite a history of bashing, finger-pointing, exposing, etc... and its really just the nature of the beast. You won't find a single campaign without it. IMO I think some people are applying a double standard to Palin by saying lay off. Would we say that about Obama or McCain? Looking at it from another angle, as Americans we *can* say these things about our candidates, and those in office -- we can question and bash all we wish [for the most part] without fear of retaliation. It might get ugly, but be happy it does. It means our liberties are showing -- ignorant or intelligent -- and hopefully this freedom will open the eyes of of someone without a clue turning them from an ignoramus into an informed citizen and voter.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
<img src="http://ts4.images.live.com/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=2309473637139&id=c3bfc6f1c5c07d091cca785e81d1880a">got my vote.
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