I have no love lost for Sarah Palin. None. Nada. Zip. That said, I don't think the national media or the McCain Campaign should destroy her now that they have tanked. McCain has no one to blame but himself and that tall glass of Kool Aid he drank before choosing her.
I do think she was pulled up from obscurity onto the McCain ticket because she did not abort her special needs son to appease the furthest right hand reaches of the Republican party. Palin was "pretty pretty proof" that McCain was pro-life. I think McCain used her horribly..... And that's not right.
That's said, Jiminy Cricket, look at Fox News (Fox News!) rip her apart. She didn't know what countries make up NAFTA. (Hint, it's N. America. There are only 3 countries.) She didn't know Africa is a continent and not a country. And Fox says, "It was put off the record until after the election." WHAT??? Didn't voters deserve to know how ignorant she was BEFORE voting?
Let's face it - the woman attended 5 colleges in order to get a degree. She never claimed to be Mensa material. Was she even vetted?? Not all of us can hop into a good college and remain there. At least she got a degree.
The party of family values and education chose a woman with at least one child who does not have a high school diploma, and who is marrying (I'm waiting for the announcement in Guns and Ammo's nuptuals page) a boy who also does not have a high school diploma. (Does the son in Iraq have his diploma?) And yes, kids get pregnant. I realize that and I don't have any issue with the underaged pregnant daughter. But really, isn't the hypocrisy stifling?
She is who she is. And Alaska chose her as their Governor. Fine. But McCAIN chose her to be next in line for the Presidency. What does that say about him? Nothing good, I fear. He put pandering to a slim voter bloc over the country's best interest. It's hard to deny that.
McCain also used her to seduce the disability community, including the autism community saying she knew more about autism than anyone he knew. That's bullshit. McCain is actually very up to date on autism and was a strong advocate for our kids. He was the better candidate for the pure autism subject, no doubt. But Palin? Let me tell you this, six months into Mia's diagnosis, I was no expert. And her sister has a 13 year old with autism. Fine. Go call any of my girls' aunts and uncles and ask them how much they know about autism. Go ahead. You can Google Palin's sister's name with the word "autism." Nothing comes up prior to Palin's nomination. She was dragged into the spotlight as the poster Mom for autism. Google my name and autism. I can think of fifty names of Moms in the autism community, on all sides of the debate, who will come up in Google searches as having had a meaningful impact on the community. Even the ones I disagree with on everything. Again, it was a shell game. And that poor woman's sister was used.
Then there's this whole shopping debacle. Sure, she might live a simple lifestyle on her own turf. But what did she do when she got her hands on taxpayers/donors scratch? She raided Neiman Marcus. My God.....
Here's the Fox Clip.