Unfortunately, religion is playing a bigger and bigger role in determining who is electable and who is not. This is allegedly an example of what Sarah Palin's church believes. Also, when she ran for mayor of whatever little town it was in Alaska, one of her main platforms was the anti-abortion ones. In a town of 7,800 who really should give a shit? And why is being a member of the PTA considered a strong rationale for choosing someone for a VP nomination? And what the eff was Cindy McCain thinking when she touted Alaska's closeness to Russia as all we need to know about Palin's foreign policy experience? Semi-quote: "Alaska is right next to Russia, so she knows what it's like."
Also, she had been quoted as saying that if her daughter were raped and became pregnant as a result she would force said daughter to have the baby. But when Palin was 7 months pregnant with her 5th baby, she went ahead with a 30 minute speech even though her water had broken prematurely, then caught a multi-hour flight back to Alaska before seeking medical attention. As any health professional will tell you, water breaking means get your ass to the hospital now! The chance of infection is not small and can endanger both the mother-to-be and the fetus. So, does she believe in human rights at conception for everyone but her own offspring?
Palin was for the "bridge to nowhere", but then she was against it once the firestorm hit about pork barrel earmarks (and her state had already been given the money and spent it all on other projects).
Speaking of earmarks, she was a notorious abuser of special pet projects until this year when she suddenly became a reformer in the mold of McCain. Yet, her earmark requests this year still totaled something like $91 million (albeit on fewer projects). That comes to about $300 per Alaskan, much much higher than any other state. The average per person in all states combined is $34. She may eat moose, but she's raising pigs.
She's for oil drilling anywhere she can. She's a born-again Evangelical (and that right there is enough to nauseate me; they are the worst proselitizers and hypocrites ever to walk this earth). She has been endorsed by none other than Joe Leiberman who is the most flagrant political opportunist Congress has ever seen. Truly bipartisan in a sense. He'll go to whichever side holds sway. In fact, if obama wins in November, expect to Joe sucking up to the Dems in order to save his chair seats that he holds with the Dems. If McCain wins, expect him to push for a Cabinet position and chastise the Dems for not being bi-partisan.
Back to Palin, she was on the PAC that donated the tainted money to then-Gov. Ted Stevens who is about to be indicted on multiple counts of corruption (e.g. bribes through the PAC). She and her husband were once members of a political party that wanted to secede from the United States (allegedly she even spoke at their 2008 convention).
And last, but not least: she has as little political and leadership experience as George W. Bush. She went from PTA to PAC to Mayor to Governor. And it was all paid for the mayoral level by the National Republican party. When she ran for Mayor, her town saw political ads paid for a political party for the first time ever. At least in Alaska, Mayoral races are supposed to be non-partisan. But she was backed by the RNC and ran on platforms like anti-abortion, pro-heterosexual marriage, being born-again and the NRA. What does any of that have to do with a town of 7,800? Although, now in my city of 500,000, I have the two Mayoral candidates slugging it out on issues such as same sex marriage (both are against and I again wonder what this has to do with running my city). In any town, I think most people really want to know about fixing roads and widening streets and cutting down on crime and lowering water bills and stopping drunken driving.
But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's all about the idealogy and not at all about the real.