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August 29, 2008

Open political thread

Dnc_obama_biden We have a few fun Friday-before-Labor-Day-type posts coming up, just to start the holiday weekend off right. But before that gets under way, I know some of you will be in the mood to discuss Obama's speech/McCain VP rumors/all things political.

So, I may be taking my life in my hands, but I'm opening this thread for purposes of political discussion. Just keep it civil, okay? I don't want to have to shut down the thread and send everyone to their rooms. Thanks.

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Chris Clukey

I was really, really hoping for Sarah Palin to be McCain's veep. I agree with Kathryn Jean Lopez when she says that many lives will be saved if America gets to know Sarh's youngest son, Trig.



Who is Sarah Palin? :o) I kept hearing about some Pawlenty guy yesterday. Weird.

And, Gina, you're pretty brave today. Hee.


Wow. Talk about coming out of the blue. Speaking from a strictly non-partisan, political analysis stance, kudos to McCain for successfully pulling off the surprise announcement and grabbing media attention right after Obama's big moment. The sense of impending history gets thicker and thicker...

Heh..."impending history". Kind-of a funny thought, that.


By picking Palin, McCain has hit a grand slam homerun!!


Palin is pro-life, conservative, she's for more drilling for oil (she's from Alaska!), she's married with 5 kids, and of course, she's a woman. Talk about stealing any momentum gained by Obama's speech last night. Great choice, McCain!


For the first time since the primaries, I'm excited by the Republican campaign - and I'm not the only one. I'm seeing lots of chatter from Hillary supporters saying they're now fully behind McCain-Palin, this takes away any "historic ticket" momentum Obama has and breathes a breath of fresh air into the party. I've been hoping for Palin for a while, but didn't ever think it would happen... this is absolutely a "game changer" for the election.


Yup, this is way brilliant - all those disaffected Hillary supporters who wanted a woman President, or at least a woman Veep, or at the very least for a woman to be vetted for Veep... now have a way to vote with their feet.


And one of her kids is serving in Iraq, and the youngest has Down's Syndrome. She knew, and she brought him to term, anyway. She is very healthy (a marathoner) and anti-corruption. She is the best of the four, it would seem from we we know at the moment.

She is an Alaskan, so she is probably pro-Constitution, but does anyone know for sure? She did seem to with great displeasure accept the unlawful ruling of the Alaskan Supreme Court that the Alaskan constitution was illegal under the Alaskan constitution when it forbade the black mass of same-sex 'marriage'. She ought to have resisted it as unlawful and thus of no force.

Gina Dalfonzo

And TNR is now panicking over the likelihood of the Democratic candidate making a sexist remark in the VP debate.

I think I woke up in the Twilight Zone this morning.


David Cervera

I must admit, I never heard of her before today, but the more I learn about her, the more I like her.

But I do have to say: Sarah Palin & Tina Fey - separated at birth?


Gina wrote: "I think I woke up in the Twilight Zone this morning.".

Speaking of TZ (and you know how I love to combine various threads), here's an amusing (for those of us with twisted senses of humor) episode showing where Hillary Clinton woke up this morning (as you'll see explained at the end of Part 2):


Especially amusing if you see "baggage" as a metaphor...


I am very optimistic about choice of Sarah Palin. Her candidacy will open up frank discussions on the role of ideology/world view in politics. America needs to have that discussion.

It will also be interesting to see how Palin can triangulate her social conservatism with her alleged appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters. People who read Thomas Frank know that the Republican party has done an excellent job of creating a political atmosphere in which middle class voters cast votes for candidates who oppose their personal interests. If Hillary voters do vote for Palin, it will demonstrate that the Republican formula is more than a throw-away gimmick.

Also, if women vote for Palin because "she is a woman", it will demonstrate that women too can be sexist and that the dream articulated by Martin Luther King, Jr is dead.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

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