CNN: The Vice-Presidency doesn't matter

Well – that’s what I keep hearing.

But does it?

This election cycle we see that John McCain, not only has he picked his running mate – a woman – but has become a puppet of the neocon-conservative right. Nothing at all like the depiction Lieberman pointed out in his speech last night. John McCain is no longer – nor ever was, a maverick. Urban myth 1.

John McCain and the GOPs real nomination for president, George Bush picked a woman not because they felt that she would be a good VP, but because they saw that Hillary Clinton supporters supported Hillary Clinton. That isn’t an odd thing in a primary – I never thought that Hillary was the best choice, but I have to be fair – her supporters did and you really can’t argue with that. Did she give ammunition to the GOP and McCain? Of course she did – but that is where the whole McCain things falls apart.

McCain has said that the American people don’t need to know about taxes – they were too stupid to understand them – not saying that all Americans can afford a good accountant that makes sure you pay the bare minimum of tax, if any at all. Much like McCain and his wife.

But in this election cycle does the fact that McCain has picked a woman who has zero experience, zero credibility with Democrats sway any Democrats to him and his ticket? By the looks of it, no.

The opposite seems to be happening. Some republican women who are pro-choice now have to think hard. Do they vote with the party line or do they go with what is right for them? The step to the right with the Palin pick means that some Republican women are looking at that step and feeling that this isn’t right for them at all. Do they vote or do they stay home?

Just because Palin is a woman insults women. The GOP have made a bad mistake in pressuring McCain to take Palin. Women think different than men, that is a given, but women also think harder than men when it comes to casting their vote. The day of the election it won’t be about the VP, it will be about McCain or Obama, but believe me – if a woman feels insulted in such a way they WILL take on the thought of why Palin was picked. Why McCain didn’t take into consideration them rather than Clinton supporters – because that is what this is.

McCain wants to pander not to GOP faithful women voters – but to Democrats.

That is why this time, the VP pick does matter.


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0 Responses to CNN: The Vice-Presidency doesn't matter

  1. BILL says:

    The VP pick has never meant more than now….with a cancer ridden 72 yr old nominee if Sarah Palin becomes President I would move to Canada…how come McCain hasn’t spoken about Al Quida having cells inside Indian reservations on the Canadian border of the United States?

  2. leapsecond says:

    BILL is absolutely, positively correct. I think McCain used to be a “maverick” of sorts with his voting record, but lately he’s been the ultimate puppet for Karl Rove.

  3. Robert says:

    I am thrilled about Mrs. Palin!!! I, like thousands of people, were going to sit sit this election out… not now. I am voting for the Republican ticket because of Mr. Palin. I will be proud to say I voted for her.. She is brilliant and a brilliant pick.

    She will have convinced millions to vote GOP that were undecided or planning to sit it out.. She stands for everything we do (Christian Right), and she stands for women.. She is strong, she is honest, she is cool, she is powerful, she is brilliant.. and we adore her.. I CAN’T WAIT TO VOTE FOR HER!

    RM – AZ

  4. Hannah Stevens says:

    Dream on Robert. She is the worst thing that has ever happened to the McCain campaign and John has only himself to thank for it. The Republican party is imploding right before our eyes. The Republican Centrists have gone and the only ones left are the extreme religious fundies and the rest of the country is smarter than to buy what they are selling. Just the fact that John chose her over other more qualified people says volumes about his leadership skills and we don’t need another four years of messing up like we have had for tha last 8. The country won’t survive.

  5. Elaine says:

    Robert, did you notice your typed “Mr. Palin”?! Funny. I think she’s a man too.

    As a woman, a business owner, an American and a human being I cannot and will not vote for Sarah Palin, and I would go further to say she terrifies me as a potential leader of this country.

    1. If she can’t lead her own family to her beliefs (ie. abstinence) how the heck will she lead a country if something should happen to McCain?

    2. Being Pro-Choice doesn’t automatically mean you are Pro-Abortion, and NO ONE owns morality. As best I remember the USA was started because people wanted to grow BEYOND oppression of government and especially religion. Freedom is freedom, not Christianity – and it’s always interesting to me how many non-Christians can accept that, and how many Christians can’t…or just won’t

    3. Her record with animals and the environment. Ariel hunting?! Removing polar bears off the endangered species list. Drilling. Violence is violence. Rape is rape. I think we need to start looking up words in the dictionary and reminding ourselves what they actually mean.

    4. It’s astounding to me that McCain is criticizing Obama for not having experience. What a jokester. He cracks me up.

    5. Now McCain is telling everyone to stop checking into her background. WHAT?! We just learned this woman existed must less had time to learn who she is. Again, memory serving, Bush asked us and the rest of the world to do the same thing with Iraq – stop asking and just go along. Look where that got us.

    I find it insulting that McCain picked some obscure woman in a remote state just to pander to women voters. (I just happen to have come back from WA doing a job with Alaskans – they have a different culture) I do not believe for one moment that he nor anyone else on his team thinks she is the best “man” for the job. I very much believe they think she was the best person to try and win votes. And I believe they do indeed think she is a man.

    P.S. Lastly, I resent the fact she brought FIVE children into this world – one of which is mentally challenged and she is attempting to take on such huge positions in politics. Not that she can’t do it, but being a family and career woman myself I am qualified to say – these particular two HUGE tasks are NOT compatible. One or the other will suffer. Country first? Are her KIDS okay with that?

  6. Sally says:

    This woman represents everything I dislike in a woman. She is so sure what she believes is correct she cannot see the forest through the trees. She frightens me. I saw a picture of her with her younger daughter leaning over a dead CAribou she had just killed and she probably killed it from the air. I remember Atticus Finch from to Kill a Mockingbird and that lesson has never left me.

    I also want to vomit when she parades her pregnant daughter and now the son-in-law to be into the media limelight.

    National Enquirer had the goods on her daughter. She decided that they would be married after the convention and then she would announce her duaghter’s pregnancy, However, her hand was forced by the National Enquirer.

    She comes out lying in her introductory comments about the bridge to nowhere! Please!!

    This woman could not buy my vote. Sheneeds togo back to Alaska. She is everything the USA does not need. Enough already.

    Women in the USA are not stupid!!!!

  7. Sally says:

    This woman represents everything I dislike in a woman. She is so sure what she believes is correct she cannot see the forest through the trees. She frightens me. I saw a picture of her with her younger daughter leaning over a dead Caribou she had just killed and she probably killed it from the air. I remember Atticus Finch from to Kill a Mockingbird and that lesson has never left me.

    I also want to vomit when she parades her pregnant daughter and now the son-in-law to be into the media limelight.

    National Enquirer had the goods on her daughter. She decided that they would be married after the convention and then she would announce her daughter’s pregnancy, However, her hand was forced by the National Enquirer.

    She comes out lying in her introductory comments about the bridge to nowhere! Please!!

    This woman could not buy my vote. She needs to go back to Alaska. She is everything the USA does not need. Enough already.

    Women in the USA are not stupid!!!!

  8. Cheryl Fontaine says:

    This woman is a loser. You want to know if this will draw FEMALE voters? That’s is a f*kng insult. You assume because we both have a vagina, I will vote for her. Gosh, that makes it difficult for men doesn’t it, seeing as how both the presidential candidates have penises.

    Get a real job – this one isn’t working out for you.

  9. Cindy says:

    Puuuullllll-eeeesssssseeeee.
    Let’s get on with the election dance. All this hoopla about Palin is taking away from what we all should really be doing in an election year…getting our PRESIDENTIAL candidates to discuss the ISSUES…

    dependence on oil, global warming, the national housing issue, Iraq, Iran, other countries of concern and how we’re going to deal with them given our POOR ratings in the international community and lack of international support, health insurance coverage, and you can add to the list at will.

    As a female, I, personally, find the selection of Palin APPALLING. Just yet another political ploy (using the female gender for goodness sake) to try to redirect the attention of intelligent voters no matter their party affilitation. It also might say something about the type of diversionary presidency we might expect with this type of choice for VP….sorry, I digress from my original rant….

    Come on people. Take a deep breath. Look beyond the tabloids/webloids/tv-oids/radio-oids. STOP LOOK AND LISTEN. Let’s have a discussion on what really means something to US. LET’S DISCUSS THE ISSUES AT HAND that are not singularly focused on Palin’s family or life.

  10. Elizabeth B. says:

    I just watched some of the Sarah Palin speech. I am not impressed. She allowed herself to be used as an “attack dog” for John McCain. She is no Hillary Clinton. Hillary is intelligent. This woman is all mouth.

  11. pp says:

    I am Australian, and this is really the first American Presidential race that has engaged me so totally!
    I even feel like I should be allowed to vote, I feel so strongly!
    Why?
    1. America is in a mess …. thus, the implications for global stability are extremely worrying!
    2. Putting Republicans back into power – especially now with Palin’s take on energy, the environment, personal moral & ethical choices – seems to me that the mess will just keep getting worse! Thus the potential is for America’s economic stability & it’s ability to be a global power are just going to keep deteriorating. And frankly, the consequences of that are scary … what happens when there’s a power vacuum???

    Please America – get your act together because it affects us too!!!

  12. MICHAEL says:

    PALIN PULLED OFF BUSH’S PRESS SECRETARY’S SPEACH AS A TRUE REPUBLICAN WITH NO MEAT TO SPEACH ONLY NEGATIVES AGAINST OBAMA LIKE MCCAIN SEEMS TO DO VS PLANS TO FIX THE U.S.’s ISSUES. HOW WILL THEY FIX THE ECONOMY? WILL SHE HURT SOCIAL SECURITY? WILL SHE HURT MEDICARE? WHAT IS HER PLAN WITH OUR TWO WARS? WILL SHE SEEK NATURAL GAS PLANS FOR OUR VEHICLES OR IS SHE A BIG OIL REPUBLICAN LIKE MCCAIN & BUSH? HOW WILL SHE HELP THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS? HOW WILL SHE BALANCE THE BUDGET?

    WHY DID OUR OWN GOVERNMENT LET THE U.S. TREASURY BORROW MONEY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY? IF SOCIAL SECURITY IS IN NEED OF MORE FUNDS, WHY DON’T THE POLITICANS RAISE SOCIAL SECURITY’S TAX LIMIT OR CAP, SO THE RICH PAY SOCIAL SECURITY TAX ON ALL THEIR INCOME AS THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS DO? IF MEDICARE HAS A LOT OF FRAUDULENT DOCTOR CHARGES, WHY DOESN’T MEDICARE SUPPORTERS LOOK TO MEDICAL ISSUES IN AS IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES THAT HAVE BETTER PROTECTION AGAINST FRAUD?

    PALIN IS CLAIMING SHE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE THEN OBAMA AND BIDEN PUT TOGETHER WHICH SHOWS SHE HAS A VERY HIGH OPINION OF HER SELF. MY FRIEND SERVED IN THE NAVY FOR 20 YEARS AND WAS A MAYOR, BUT HE SAID THAT DOES NOT MAKE HIM READY TO BE PRESIDENT. I RAN A CORPORATION WHERE I DID PAYROLL; PAID PAYROLL TAXES, DID WORK COMP. CALIBRATIONS AND PAID WORK COMP.; I PAID FOR EMPLOYEES HEALTH INSURANCE; OVER SEEN A/R & A/P; PAID FOR VEHICLES LICENSE AND INSURANCE ETC. I HAVE A AAS DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING; A MINOR IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND A BS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES. BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME READY TO BE PRESIDENT. PALIN WAS PICKED BY MCCAIN BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN; IN THE HOPES THAT SHE MAY DRAW HILLARY’S VOTERS; AND SHE IS MAKING HISTORY WHICH WILL ALSO ATTRACK ATTENTION TO THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN WHICH MCCAIN HAS BEEN WHINNY ABOUT. HE HAS NOT DONE HIS VETTING ON HER FIRST AND JUST MADE HIS DECISION.

    KILLING IRAQ TRIBES MEN, RELIGOUS GROUPS AND CITIZENS IN IRAQ IS NOT FIGHTING GOD’S WAR AS PALIN HAS SAID. IN FACT, IRAQIE WOMEN HAVE ACTUALLY LOST SOME OF THEIR FREEDOMS BECAUSE OF THE WAR. OUT SIDE THE U.S. WERE SEEN AS INVADING / OCCUPING IRAQ AND PUTTING OUR MORALS ON THAT COUNTRY’S GOVERNMENT, AND THEIR MANY RELIGOUS GROUPS. WE NEED TO BE IN AFGANISTAN. THE WAR WE SEEMED TO HAVE FORGOT ABOUT AND WHERE MY SON IS SERVING EVEN THOUGH HE WAS NAVY PERSONEL.

    I BELIEVE OBAMA MADE A MISTAKE BY NOT PICKING HILLARY FOR HIS V.P. SLOT AND MCCAIN IS USING THAT TO HIS ADVANTAGE. HILLARY AND BILL HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. BILL IS ONE OF THE ONLY PRESIDENTS, IF NOT THE ONLY, THAT MADE MAJOR GAINS IN THE U.S. ECONOMY THAT BUSH AND MCCAIN HAVE DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND AND ARE ONLY A HISTORIC MEMORY NOW.

    MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE PRO-LIFE AND WANT TO OVER TURN ROE VS WADE. I HAD DONE A REVIEW ON THE ISSUE OF A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO ABORT HER CHILD IN THE EARLY PHASE OF HER PREGNACY WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. I HAD TO GIVE THIS REVIEW IN A CLASS FULL OF WOMEN AND GOT NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS. I FOUND THAT WHEN THE LAW TAKES A STEP BACKWARDS BY MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL, WOMEN SEEK OTHER UNSAFE WAYS TO ABORT THEIR CHILD. THEY GO TO A BLACK MARKET DOCTOR IN A OFFICE OR APARTMENT WHERE THIS SO CALLED DOCTOR PERFORMS AN UNSAFE AND ILLEGAL ABORTION. WOMEN AT TIMES BLEED TO DEATH BECAUSE OF THESE UNSAFE AND ILLEGAL ABORTIONS, BUT WOMEN STILL WENT TO THESE DOCTORS. IN SOME CASES WOMEN USED CLOTH HANGERS TO ABORT THEIR UNWANTED CHILD. IN THE FIVE BOOKS THAT I READ ON ABORTION AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS TO ABORT THEIR CHILD, THE LAW DID NOT STOP ILLEGAL ABORTIONS, BUT THE LAW DID CAUSE WOMEN TO DIE FROM UNSAFE METHODS USED TO ABORT THEIR UNWANTED CHILD AT ANY COST.

    THE IRAQ WAR BASED ON BUSH’S INTERPATATION ON INTELLIGENCE THAT SUDDAN HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUTION SEEM TO BE SELF SERVING IN NATURE. AS THE WAR PROCEEDED, IT BECAME KNOWN TO U.S. CITIZENS THAT THEY WERE MISLEAD BY BUSH AND MCCAIN’S REPORTS WHICH SUPPORTED THE WAR. MCCAIN WANTED TO STAY IN IRAQ FOR EVER, BUT CLAIMS HE HAS CHANGED HIS MIND AGAIN. OBAMA DID NOT SUPPORT THE IRAQ WAR FROM DAY ONE, AND HE WANTED OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ IN 16 MONTHS TIME LINE, UNLIKE MCCAIN WHO HATES A TIME LINE

    HAS BUSH’S PLANS SUPPORTED BY MCCAIN DONE ANYTHING TO IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY? WE ARE SPENDING MONEY IN THE IRAQ WAR AT 10.3 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH. THE U.S. PAYS 2 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH IN THE FORGOTTEN TERRIORIST WAR IN AFGANISTAN.. THE U.S. IS CONSIDERING SENDING FINANCIAL HELP TO GEOGRIA OF 1 BILLION DOLLARS AND IRAQ TO HELP THEM REBUILD THESE COUNTRIES. IRAQ WILL HAVE 80 BILLION DOLLARS IN OIL REVENUES THIS YEAR ALONE. CHINA HAS BROKERED A PLAN WITH IRAQ FOR 3 BILLION DOLLARS. CHINA ALSO BROKERED A DEAL WITH CANADA TO HELP BUILD A CANADIAN OIL PIPE LINE. CHINA HAS BROKERED PLANS TO DRILL ALL AROUND S. AMERICA.

    OUR OWN COUNTRY IS UNSECURED AND NEEDS REPAIRS IN A LOT OF AREAS FROM HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES TO THE MEXICAN BOARDER. BUSH PUSHED BACK THE COMPLETION DATE OF THE MEXICO U.S. BOARDER FENCE. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE NEW DATE FOR COMPLETION OF THIS FENCE IS NOW? WHY HASN’T SOME ONE REVIEWED ISSUES SURROUNDING THE 2 U.S. BOARDER GUARDS WHO WERE PUT IN PRISON FOR DOING THEIR JOB? WHAT ABOUT THE MEXICAN POLICE CROSSING THE BOARDER AND HOLDING A U.S. BOARDER PATROLL GUARD AT GUN POINT? MEAN WHILE MEXICO IS FIGHTING A TOUGH FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG CARTELS WHO KILL AND KIDNAP MEXICAN CITIZENS AND POLICE. WHERE DID THE NATIONAL GUARD GO THAT WERE PROTECTING OUR BOARDER? ON THE CANADIAN BOARDER, A ANCHOR MAN HELD OUT HIS HAND OVER SOME ROCKS ON THE GROUND, AND SAID HIS HAND WAS NOW IN CANADA WHILE HIS BODY WAS IN THE U.S. THERE IS A WIDE OPEN BOARDER BETWEEN CANADA AND THE U.S.! IS THIS MORE OF BUSH’S POLICIES THAT FAVOR OPEN TRADE, BUT LEAVE OUR BOARDERS WIDE OPEN TO ANY POTENTIAL TERRIORIST? DID MCCAIN SUPPORT THIS AS HE HAS SUPPORTED BUSH OVER 90% OF THE TIME. JUST MORE OF THE SAME OLD POLITICS.

    RUSSIA HAS GROWN TO THE 2ND LARGEST OIL PRODUCER IN THE WORLD. THEY ALSO HAVE NATURAL GAS WHICH THEY SELL TO THE E.U. ALONG WITH THEIR OIL. THIS TIES THE E.U.’s HANDS TO DEAL AGAINST RUSSIA’S INVASION OF GEORGIA WITH ANY REAL FORCE. THEN THERE ARE RUMORS LIKE STUDIO B INTERVIEW THAT CLAIMED GEORGIA FIRED FIRST ON S. OSSETIA. IF THIS IS SO, WOULDN’T THE RESPONSE TO RUSSIA BEEN JUST A LITTLE LESS AGRESSIVE BY MCCAIN. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT NO MATTER WHO FIRED FIRST THAT RUSSIA’S GOAL WAS TO BREAK UP GEORGIA, SO IT COULD NOT JOIN THE U.N. OR NATO.

    RUSSIA’S PRESIDENT SEEMS TO HAVE LIMITED POWER BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT PUTIN IS CONTROLLING THE MILITARY FORCES IN GEORGIA PER HIS PLANS. THEIR NEW FOUND PROSPERIT FROM OIL AND GAS REVENUES SEEMS TO HAVE MADE THE OLD BEAR MORE AGGRESSIVE WHEN IT DEALS WITH THESE COUNTRIES THAT WERE ONCE PART OF THE SOVIET UNION.

    I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND OUT TO LET U.S. CITIZENS KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE U.S. SURGE BEING THE ONLY REASON THE WAR IS MORE PEACEFUL, AND THE IRAQIE GOVERNMENT MORE STABLE PER THE SURGE’S MISSION. I HAD HEARD THAT THEIR WAS A MOVEMENT BY THE SONS OF IRAQ ALSO CALLED THE TRIBAL AWAKENING AND THE AWAKENING COUNCIL. DID ANY OF THESE TRIBAL GROUPS HELP ISSUES IN IRAQ BEFORE THE SURGE CAME IN TO FIGHT IN IRAQ?

    BUSH, MCCAIN AND PALIN SEEM TO USE NEGATIVE COMMENTS AGAINST OBAMA VS TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD FIX ISSUE NUMBER ONE WHICH IS THE ECONOMY. BUT THEN AGAIN, BUSH AND MCCAIN THINK OUR ECONOMY IS IN GOOD SHAPE.

    I DO AGREE THAT WE NEED MORE OF OUR OWN OIL BECAUSE IT WOULD KEEP SO MUCH OF OUR FUND’S FROM GOING OVER SEAS. LESSONING THE CHANCE OF A OVER SEAS OIL LEAK FROM OIL TANKERS TRAVELING FROM OPEC COUNTRIES TO THE U.S. WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT COUNTRIES LIKE IRAQ ARE SWITCHING FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO NATURAL GAS TO GIVE THEM MORE OIL TO SELL AND CREATE PROFITS FOR IRAN. WERE DOING WHAT WITH MCCAIN AND BUSH’S LEADERSHIP? WE HAVE A LOT OF NATURAL GAS WHICH IS CLEANER AND 40% CHEAPER THEN OIL.

    Obama voted in favor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.[55] In September 2006, Obama supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act.[56] Obama introduced two initiatives bearing his name: “Lugar–Obama,” which expanded the Nunn–Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons,[57] and the “Coburn–Obama Transparency Act,” which authorized the establishment of Link a web search engine.[58] On June 3, 2008, Senator Obama, along with Senators Carper, Coburn and McCain, introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008.[59]

    Obama sponsored legislation requiring nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks.[60] In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the “Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act,” marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor.[61] In January 2007, Obama co-sponsored the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007.[62] He introduced S. 453, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections.[63] Obama also introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007. [64]

    Later in 2007, Obama sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.[66] He sponsored the “Iran Sanctions Enabling Act” supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran’s oil and gas industry, and co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.[67][68] Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.[

  13. leapsecond says:

    Hey Michael: natural gas is a fossil fuel, you idiot.

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