Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro

Two quick hits:

First, courtesy of Cass Sunstein on the New Republic’s blog site, here’s a quote from an interview of Gov. Palin published this Friday, the day her selection as Sen. McCain’s running mate was announced, on the “conservative” Newsmax site:

What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?

A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.

As Sunstein points out, her position that global warming is not caused by human activity contradicts both Sen. McCain and the EPA.

Next driving home from vacation this afternoon, I had a chance to hear America’s favorite bitter dead-ender and self-agrandizer, Geraldine Ferraro, speak, on the occasion of Gov. Palin’s selection. First, she once again stated that the reason Obama beat Clinton was because he’s black — all the blacks registered, she said, and then 95% of them voted for him. Yup, it must be just because he’s black. It was the same thing with Shirley Chisholm, Doug Wilder, Jesse Jackson, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton — an overwhelming black vote got them nominated, and then they lost in the general election. No?

Next, and even more egregiously, she wouldn’t say who she will vote for. Instead, she said that she’d “make up her mind in the voting booth.” What a crock. Is she going to bring her magic eight ball in with her to help her decide? It is very sad to see a woman who could have been a respected party elder (mostly due to happenstance and not to any real accomplishment or intellectual heft on her part, but still) using her last 15 minutes in the spotlight to indulge in personal pique. Every Democrat should shun her. Here’s a link to the interview, if you must hear for yourself.

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7 Responses to Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro

  1. laurabethnielsen says:

    YAY!! Jeff is back!! We missed you.

    Yes this is a very crazy situation and I feel a little like I am in the Emporer’s New Clothes. Are these people serious? I just do not understand how the Republican party can think this choice is OK.

    My two favorite (directly competing) theories are that (1) he is so sure he is going to win that he can pick just anyone and (2) he is so sure he is going to lose that he can pick anyone.

    I have gone up and down — first panicked about the PUMA vote, then elated — as I learned about how extreme she is. Now I am in the middle thinking OK this is the choice and we have to keep going for Obama. We can take nothing for granted. The Republican machine is powerful.

  2. lbsmom says:

    Herald Tribune, global edition of NYTimes, says abortion was the big issue for McCain’s decision even though he really wanted to pick his buddy, Lieberman. Conservatives prevailed. It’s an interesting article that also discusses McCain’s decision-making style. Here’s one quote:

    “At the very least, the process reflects McCain’s history of making fast, instinctive and sometimes risky decisions. “I make them as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can,” McCain wrote, with his top adviser Mark Salter, in his 2002 book, “Worth the Fighting For.” “Often my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint.”

    Link is http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/31/america/31reconstruct.php

  3. laurabethnielsen says:

    Did you hear he met her one time before and then a long meeting to discuss the VP choice. He had met her a total of two times when he decided.

  4. lbsmom says:

    Yes. Article also indicated that when Obama did not choose a woman, McCain’s advisors (evil doers) jumped at the chance.

  5. gradmommy says:

    Ferraro makes me want to throw up. Just thought I’d add my visceral reaction.

  6. vickywoeste says:

    ferraro has no heft, no stature, and no one listens to her. if that interview doesn’t make her racism plain as day nothing will.

  7. laurabethnielsen says:

    GOOD LORD – just listened to the interview. OMG — THE BLACKS REGISTERED AND VOTED!!! HOW AWFUL!! (irony, irony, irony). Isn’t this what we hope for? That more and more americans will come out and get involved in the political life of their country? Sheesh. That’s just wacky – I mean racist and bitter.

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