What with all the other things in my life fueling a certain mania my brain, the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Republican candidate for Vice President is driving me absolutely bonkers. Part of me looks at the whole thing as a mistake (along with a lot of the "big match experts,") that will do little to help the Republican ticket. There's another part of me that looks at this as some kind of all show and no substance stroke of genius that will put the Republicans over the top (because how often have the "big match experts" been right about this election?)
I am repulsed by the idea of her. I loathe her politics (among other things, she's a Creationist and a book burner.) I am frightened by her lack of experience should Mr. McCain win and then have a heart attack (the county where I grew up has half the population of Alaska... does that mean the County Executive would be a legit candidate for VP after two years on the job?) The idea that there are VPILF buttons and t-shirts out there in the world practically makes me sick. And then there is her family life... which I won't comment on beyond that the fact that her ideas about "abstinence-only" sex education haven't exactly worked in her personal life, forget in her public life... and she hasn't noticed. She's a political lightweight (she's too inexperienced to be heavyweight,) an ideologue, and a believer in a kind of personal, imperial rule with a winning smile... all characteristics of the Current Occupant ("Heck of a job there, Brownie") who I dislike so much.
There is no room for "Independent" voters in my brain this time around. There are people (like me) who are royally pissed off about how this country has been run for the last eight years who want to vote the bums out of office. There are people who believe that our country is doing GREAT because we're not putting up with any of that "damn East Coast intellectual elite hippie liberal crap" anymore, we're "kicking Saddam's/Osama's ass", and we're able to say "will you look at the set of knockers on our candidate for VP?!?" without fear of censure. There is NOTHING in between.
There can be no protest votes for Ralph Nader, or "I don't believe in either candidate" stay at home non-votes. There can't be any "oh he's such a Maverick because I'm too lazy or don't care enough to know what he really stands for" votes.
You're all on notice out there in the big, wide Internet. You're either with me or against me.
I want to move to Canada if the Republicans win the White House this time out. I mean it. If they win, a majority of the population of this country is no longer sane. I took French in High School. I like maple syrup. I used to know how to play hockey. I enjoy progressive social ideas. I think Canada and I might get along pretty well.
on 2008-09-05 at 1:39 p.m.
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