As a feminist and as a Democrat I was so amazed by both Obama's and Hillary Clinton's historic campaigns. I voted for Obama, but I would have supported Clinton if she had won and definately look forward to the day that I see a woman president. With that said, I'll be proud to vote for Obama and Biden, especially because of their support for women's rights.

Well, this morning, we all learned that McCain's VP running mate will be a woman. An anti-choice woman. Both McCain and Sarah Palin (his vice president) are against Roe vs. Wade, against birth control and probably for abstinence-only education. McCain doesn't care if women still make less money than men or does he care about violence against women. The news stations are wondering if pro-choice, or feminist women will vote for McCain now that he has picked a woman for VP. Well, I'm not. If a woman is going to run for public office, she should actually believe in women's rights. She should also actually like feminists. They don't support GLBT rights.

I don't understand women who vote against women's rights. It's like gay republicans. The republicans only like women and GLBTs when they can use us as a political tool. What's the point of electing a woman president or vice president if she doesn't believe in equal rights?

I'm going to vote my feminism and environmentalism by voting for Obama/Biden. Biden wrote the violence against women act. They both support Roe vs. Wade and equal pay for women. Obama has also come out against Bush's failed abstinence only education. Obama also actually believes solving global warming is more important than patting the oil companies on the back. If you're a scorned Hillary supporter, Sarah Palin will use you to take away the rights that we have worked so hard for.

Go Obama/Biden!!

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Comment by Hessenroots on August 31, 2008 at 7:41pm
I'm really curious to see how the debates play out as well.

If he goes in 'guns a blazin' they'll claim he was beating up on her and if he goes in weak he'll just look like a fool.

I'm sure the media will have fun with it no matter what happens.
Comment by Shireen on August 31, 2008 at 7:33pm
yeah, she only has a bachelor's degree in journalism. She makes Obama look like the experienced one! At least he went to Harvard law. Fortunately, she'll have to debate Joe Biden on issues she's weak on. That'll be interesting to watch
Comment by Hessenroots on August 30, 2008 at 11:47pm
I'm still trying to wrap my head around how McCain can think she's qualified to run the country if the need arises. As the governor of a state with the total population that's the size of some major U.S. cities there's bound to be a slew of social issues she's never encountered.

While I'm all for having people from diverse and unique walks of life in seats of power there is something to be said for personal experience and knowledge.
Comment by Shireen on August 30, 2008 at 11:29pm
She's anti-choice because she believes abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest.
Pro-choice isn't necessarily pro-abortion. Pro-Choice includes reproductive freedom (whether the woman wants an abortion, give the child up for adoption, or keep it) based on accurate information; access to birth-control and information about such; and of course comprehensive sex-education so that less women need to have abortions. (That means we have to get rid of abstinence-only)

As far as her stance on science goes; She supports teaching Intelligent Design in science classes and the home-schooling trend that is so popular among conservative Christians. She also opposes the Endangered Species Act and denies global warming. She supports drilling in protected areas of Alaska for oil, while opposing any efforts to impliment cleaner energy sources
Comment by Jack on August 29, 2008 at 10:09pm
Great post. I was pissed too that Mccain is now openly pandering for votes, along with his attack ads that seek to exploit peoples fears.
Comment by CriticalMessiah on August 29, 2008 at 1:25pm
It took this long to become angry with McCain? -JK ;)

I totally agree with your post. She was selected out of left field. This is obviously nothing but an attempt to counter the well deserved charges of sexism McCain has brought against himself.
Comment by Hessenroots on August 29, 2008 at 1:22pm
Excellent post! On top of what you've mentioned I find her deplorable simply for the fact that she supports the introduction of 'ID' as part of public schools science curriculum.

I had CNN on when it was announced and I literally laughed out loud. It's little more than a ploy to somehow attract disenfranchised hard-core Hillary followers (Palin even said as much in her speech). I can't see how but apparently the McCaininites think it will work.

I'm not able to consciously support either party this time around but I do think Hillary would have made a much better candidate than Obama. As for the GOP...at least Romney or Pawlenty didn't get the veep nod.

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