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Friday, August 29, 2008

Go, Mommy!

So, we were a bit surprised by John McCain's VP pick of Sarah Palin. Of course, we were hoping for Mitt Romney and thought he'd be the best pick. However, I'm kind of excited about McCain's pick of Sarah Palin.

Palin is a mother from five from Alaska (the youngest is only four months old!). She understands the oil industry, which is a critical topic right now. Being governor of Alaska has given her executive experience, and she's been a reformer throughout her career. She grew up as the daughter of educators, her oldest son is in the Army, and she has a special-needs child (her new baby has Down Syndrome). I think it was smart of McCain to pick her, and brilliant for her to ask women to help her shatter the glass ceiling that Hillary Clinton cracked. (I would never vote for someone for just being a woman, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who would.)

I think Obama's VP choice was horrible -- a good ol' boy who continually puts his foot into his mouth. Yes, like we want someone like that offending North Korea or Iran and putting our country at risk ... Anyway, that VP selection said to me that Obama really doesn't want the change he claims he's all about. And McCain showed with his pick that change is exactly what should happen -- including having a woman on the ticket for the first time in GOP history. I also love that she's an outsider -- her introductory speech was a breath of fresh air, unlike every other person on any ticket who just sounds stale.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no political pundit. I enjoy politics, although by choice I'm not educated enough on most topics to really debate them well. In fact, Paul and I have divvied up areas of intelligence, and politics is HIS category. :)

I LOVE that Palin has five children. As a SAHM, I feel like the intelligence of mothers is looked down upon in our society -- especially those of us who choose to use our intelligence to stay home and raise wonderful kids. We have brains, even if we choose not to use them to become executives and community leaders!!! I feel like the selection is a boost to moms throughout the country. I've heard contradictions about whether she's pro-choice or pro-life, and I hope she is pro-life. I don't know how any mother isn't.

No matter what happens, this will be a fun election to watch unfold.


Hilary said...

Ever since the big announcement, KSL talk radio has been my entertainment of choice (my internet was down so I couldn't conduct my own research...). I have learned so much about Palin and am totally excited about her. She is just a really good person. She took herself off a committee once because it was corrupt and she wouldn't stand for that. And I love how far away from "Washington" she is! Hillary didn't represent women, she represented female; this lady represents the epitome of being a women -- motherhood. Yeah!!!!

Lizzylou said...

I am excited to learn more about her also. I grew up in Wasilla where she was Mayor. Her Dad was a teacher at the high school. She comes from a good family