It was heartbreaking news, especially on the heels of such an inspiring week. Right now there is so much shameless rhetoric from the Republicans about breaking the glass ceiling, especially from McCain and his running mate. What good does it do to break a glass ceiling with a woman who wants government to control women's reproductive health? That isn't the world I want for my two daughters.Comments from my favorite blog, Mother Talkers:
A day later, and I'm still having trouble expressing the depth of my anger about McCain's choice of a running mate. This shameless pandering to women — with a woman who doesn't trust other women to make their own decisions about childbearing — has really got me going.
This really shows McCain's faulty judgment... who would write a will in which upon your death you leave your children to someone you only met once and only know about through secondhand reports? That is what McCain did, he chose this inexperienced person to take care of the country if he dies. Isn't McCain the one that says the greatest threat we face is terrorism? Then why chose a successor that has zero foreign policy experience?or,
I've found myself angrier about this selection the longer I think about it. Tokenism, anti-choice, anti-stem cell research, pro-creationism. And not ready to lead at this level. A heartbeat away from the Presidency. And this is McCain's decision-making? I don't understand how anyone can vote for him and I'm terrified that enough will...and,
How can you pick for VP someone that no one in your party knows (see Kay Baliey Hutchison's quote!) and someone you've met ONCE and then talked on the phone with ONCE?!? What kind of decision-making judgement is THAT?Lastly, Jane Smiley writes on HuffPo,
But what Sarah Palin shows is that once again, the right wing is adept at turning the women's movement upside down and offering us a woman who reinforces patriarchal power rather than challenges it. Palin is another Margaret Thatcher or Ann Coulter, a woman who attaches herself to men in power and then does them one better. She uses the freedom that the women's movement has brought her (to) quash the liberation of women with other views than hers.
'Nuff said. I say she'll be out of the race before long citing the need to be with her family. I'm having flashbacks to the Harriet Miers debacle, aren't you? Perhaps Rove and McCain have jumped the shark. Time will tell.
What to do? Send some money to somebody, anybody but the Republican party. McCain got a $7 million bump since the announcement. Ugh.