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Writer's Block: Sarah Palin?

Is Sarah Palin a shrewd choice for the Republican Party, or is she a liability?


I think it's a mixed bag, but she's mostly a liability for the Republican Party.

Pros
  • She's a woman, so she's garnering might garner a lot of former Hillary supporters.
  • She's pro-life/anti-choice, which is a major party line.
  • She's against gay marriage; see above.
  • She's against sex education; see above.

    Cons
  • She's a woman, so that will hurt the Evangelicals ("A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived, it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner." -1 Timothy 2:11).
  • She is involved with a scandal right now, which isn't be good for any politician/party.
  • She is highly inexperienced, calling into question McCain's judgment for picking her, and highlighting McCain's hypocrisy at attacking Obama's inexperience.
  • Bristol is becoming a huge liability, as it highlights her own "moral character" and the inability to show successful abstinence-only education in her own household.

    Comments

    ( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
    chris462
    Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
    You forgot the lifetime NRA membership.
    happinessiseasy
    Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
    I forgot a lot of things.
    bjbass
    Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
    Looks to me like those who lean to the left don't like her, and those that lean to the right, do. Like everything else.

    Normally I wouldn't care much. In most administrations, the VP's job has been to sit around and mostly do nothing. But in this case, with McCain being even older than Reagan was, there's a fair chance that she'll become president. What would that mean? Nobody knows. Nobody knows anything about her.

    The scandals will blow over. She tried to get her brother-in-law fired? Welcome to power politics. Her daughter is pregnant? Makes her seem like one of us.

    I don't think she'll attract many Hillary supporters. She's from a different universe. Your point about evangelicals is interesting, though (and you quote scripture so well). It's funny, Israel, Pakistan, and India, with their ancient scriptures and prejudices, have had strong female leaders, but the progressive, modern US has not.
    happinessiseasy
    Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
    Yeah, none of these things are that big of a deal to the right. I think she's basically as much of a liability as someone CAN be to a political campaign. It seems that no matter how bad a scandal is, people who support that party will overlook it and people who don't will try and highlight it. I see evangelicals all voting Republican anyway, because no matter what comes out about her, Obama still scores worse on every other issue to them. I don't see a lot of people defecting because of the VP pick, but maybe a few might decide not to vote at all (which is halfway supporting the other side).
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