Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pander above policy

I find it interesting that the "experienced" candidate now obviously puts pandering to women and evangelicals above the country... McCain's pick for VP demonstrates just how far he's come from the time in the senate he spent fighting budgetary pork. Now he's adding pork to the ticket to try an garner a few extra votes.

The sad truth is that it may work.

Mr. McCain now has an undereducated hockey mom from Alaska as his "backup". Considering his age (72), the odds that Mrs. Rapture will be swept into office during a McCain term is not insignificant.

What is it with American's and the desire to have "someone like me" in the Oval office?

When average isn't good enough - Los Angeles Times
Americans have an unhealthy desire to see average people promoted to positions of great authority. No one wants an average neurosurgeon or even an average carpenter, but when it comes time to vest a man or woman with more power and responsibility than any person has held in human history, Americans say they want a regular guy, someone just like themselves. President Bush kept his edge on the “Who would you like to have a beer with?” poll question in 2004, and won reelection.
While Obama has a similar lack of government experience, he at least appears to be educated -- and he does have a history of working in the community. Palin apparently believes the earth is only 6000 years old:
Many McCain supporters have written to say that (1) Obama is also unqualified (or even less qualified than Palin) and (2) I have shown myself to be a hypocrite by not objecting to Obama's religiosity. Briefly: My criticism of Palin should not be construed as uncritical acceptance of Obama. Needless to say, I find Obama's religious pandering repulsive. The suspicion that he is pandering, out of obvious necessity, and not quite as religious as he makes out, is somewhat comforting, however. But even if Obama were precisely as religious as he appears, he is not a Creationist, Rapture-Ready blockhead. Palin, by all appearances, seems to be one. This is a difference worth noting. Whatever you may think of his politics, Obama is very intelligent and reasonably well educated. Palin thinks the universe is 6000 years old. Unfortunately, I wrote my article before some of the most disturbing signs of her religious extremism came to light.
My concern is not that Mrs. Palin is a woman. My concern is that she is a totally unqualified and poorly educated woman who was added to the Republican ticket as a token woman (and Creationist wacko).
Pass the beer and pretzels... the popularity contest for president is getting into full swing. And it looks like the wacko's have their fresh meat.

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