Monday, September 15, 2008

Notable quotes on Palin

I'm sick of talking about Palin, but I collected a few telling quotes yesterday that are worth noting. First from Palin herself:
To critics who question whether her experience as a small-town mayor and as governor has prepared her to serve as vice president, she said: "We're small enough to be family, and we can put aside political differences to work as a family."
What does that even mean? Seems to me it reinforces how unqualified she is to deal with national affairs. The lower 48 ain't one happy family. It's a big diverse and divided nation right now and DC is a snake pit.

Also worth nothing is this.
Palin stayed for two days at her Wasilla home on Lake Lucille, missing a hastily planned rally of about 100 supporters gathered at a hotel near her home Friday evening. Organizers had hoped she'd stop by or say a few words through a special video conference connection they had set up.
Looks like she doesn't treat her "family" that well. Can't be bothered to stop by and say hello on her way to bigger and better things. Maybe that's the attitude that inspired the anti-Palin rally.
"We're not alone. A lot of people are worried about the nomination of Sarah Palin," said rally organizer Angie Doroff, 46, as cars drove by honking their horns in support.
Indeed, it seems her AK fan club is diminishing by the minute.
"Sarah always did and still does surround herself with people she gets along well with," she said. "They protect her, and that's what she needs. She has surrounded herself with people who would not allow others to disagree with Sarah. Either you were in favor of everything Sarah was doing or had a black mark by your name."
That's why people were afraid to speak up at first. It's a very big state with a very small town mentality and you don't want to get on the wrong side of the most powerful person in it. Thank the Goddess that her local critics who know her best found the courage to speak up. One can only hope they continue to do so and get louder.

[cross-posted to The Reaction]

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Blogger Swampcracker said...

Libby, I have spoken with several feminists who are uncomfortable about the Sarah Palin debate. What I keep hearing: "It hurts to see women bashing women" and what I refer to specifically is a new blog called WOMEN AGAINST SARAH PALIN. SP has been characterized as the anti-feminist feminist, and the cynical choice to end radical feminism for all time. Does this make Sarah Palin any less feminist?

Lets ask the more honest question: Is Sarah Palin really the anti-feminist feminist just because she does not espouse the kind of progressive policies that we do? In the folklore and literature of the Old West, there were pioneering women such as Annie Oakley who could out-shoot any man, were termed ""decent" and "God-fearing," and were admired for their brashness and spunk. In some respects, SP is an exemplar of this mythical archetype which explains her popularity in conservative circles. The RNC has packaged her as a genuine American folk hero; in this regard the RNC has succeeded.

Nevertheless the more appropriate question to ask is: Do we really want a 19th Century folk hero to lead our government in the 21st Century? We can apply this question to the McCain/Palin ticket in specific and to the conservative agenda in general without falling into the quicksand of sexist rhetoric or spurious partisan attacks. What do you think?

2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

We've been seeking 19th century folk heroes since the early 19th century.

I'm actually surprised, although I shouldn't be, at the suggestion that gender is an important consideration; particularly for a secondary role such as VP. Gender stereotypes seem insignificant what with the glacier of lies and distortions grinding our country into rock flower and I wish we could all give up such petty things and just be citizens.

The desire for President Wayne is America's biggest weakness even though it's being harnessed to pull an elitist wagon. I have a hard time seeing it in any other light.

3:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice quotes. it was fun.

1:27:00 PM  

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