Thursday, October 30, 2008

To John McCain and his campaign: I am sick of you

Being 19 years old, next Tuesday will be the first presidential election that I will be old enough to participate in. And quite frankly, I can’t wait for the election to be decided. I have a feeling that we will be sitting, anxiously biting our nails, as this and that is contested, perhaps repeatedly, but I am really looking forward to the end, which I hope hope hope comes with a victory for Obama/Biden.

This election cycle has brought the ever-infuriating John McCain and his campaign to a frightening point. Frightening, because he might very well become President if we aren’t careful.

I recently had a friend send me a link to a CNN article about Campbell Brown’s response to a story that an adviser to John McCain called Sarah Palin a “diva” because she has gone "rogue" and has been trying to “bust free” mismanagement that her candidacy has faced.

I admit, I am not a fan of Sarah Palin as a politician. But when I heard about this story, I was not happy at all. I agree with Brown in her assessment of the word “diva.” Here, it is used to shame Palin who dared to try to straighten things out for herself when she perceived that they were not going well. A woman trying to take control of a situation that she does not see as beneficial? How dare her! The diva!

And then, on Shakesville today I ran across this article that claims that the McCain camp is using Palin as their scapegoat for their problems, and possible loss of the election. Um, hello? Did McCain and his advisers forget that McCain chose Palin as his running mate, despite her lack of qualifications? And now that he’s realizing that she might not have been a good choice, McCain’s advisers are attacking her? Great. Why not let the woman take the fall for the man’s mistakes. Shame on you, John McCain, for allowing this to happen. I hope you do not make it to the White House. If you can’t even stand by your team, the team YOU helped pick, I can’t even begin to imagine what kinds of trouble you could get this country into. So many things about John McCain make me quiver, both out of fear and anger.

John McCain is a “tar baby” with a lovely temperament who would give you an IED as a gift and then tell you a joke about domestic violence after refusing to come forward and state that rape isn't funny. John McCain knows how to "beat the bitch" as long as the trollop/cunt doesn't receive equal pay or get more “education and training.” John McCain is full of ideas, especially when it comes to appropriate times to use the term "gook," bombing Iran, and killing those suckers with cigarettes! Nevermind the fact that he once threatened suicide over the thought of a Democrat majority in the Senate and the fact that he has no idea what it's like to be a normal American!

Perfect picture of an American President, if I ever saw one. And to think, I left out so many of his other "qualifications"...

Dear, I want this election to be over. I want Obama to win. Because, if not, well, there isn't much for anyone who isn't a misogynist, racist, super-privileged American to look forward to, is there?

*Thanks to Melissa at Shakesville for many of the links*

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Starting off, I'm going to throw down that I know you are familiar with the issues, so most of what I have to say isn't relevant in that regard.

But im sure others will probably have similar thoughts to yours without knowing any of the issues, and cast their vote based on those thoughts. To elaborate: basing your vote off things that are said amongst the candidates and their camps and on some of their actions is foolish. And not to knock women by ANY means, but sometimes the feminist card is played out of context in my opinion.

Had McCain chosen a running mate that was a male, and who was viewed poorly in the public eye (as Palin is), the fact that McCain wasnt standing up for him most likely would not be nearly as noteworthy. Of course hes not going to sacrifice some of his popularity to build up that of someone the public doesnt like. Its not good strategy, especially with a race so close. Obama (and most other politicians) would probably do the same thing.

I dont think the fact that Palin is a woman is as large of an issue as it has been made out to be, granted things were said (such as the 'diva' bit) that were inappropriate. But this case is not so much letting "the woman take the fall for the man's mistakes" as the side figure taking the fall for the primary figure.

Thats my opinion on it anyways. My opinions on McCain and Obamas views im going to hold off on...mainly because i think a majority of both of their stands suck.

Cheers.

Lindsay said...

Exactly how I feel, and well stated.

Amelia said...

I dont think the fact that Palin is a woman is as large of an issue as it has been made out to be, granted things were said (such as the 'diva' bit) that were inappropriate. But this case is not so much letting "the woman take the fall for the man's mistakes" as the side figure taking the fall for the primary figure.

I think this does have to do with Palin being a woman because I also believe that McCain picked her partly because she was a woman - he could win over Hillary supporters that way, and he knew he would need them.

But regardless, I think it's completely wrong for McCain and his camp to turn his/their backs on Palin: McCain needs to own up to the fact that he picked her and now he has to deal with it. He should have done his research, instead of making an "easy" choice of a woman who might be able to sway a few disappointed women who had supported Hillary.

The Great American said...

Liberals are trying to play both sides here and you are buying it, hook,line and sinker. First they try and make you hate Palin by calling her such things at a right-wing extremist and whatnot and basically trying to make you hate her and John McCain as much as possible. Then they try and throw out such tabloid worthy stories like "friction among the McCain/Palin campaign" or John McCain calling her a diva. And that is done to make you feel sorry for her and resent John McCain. It is very pathetic for two reasons. 1. The Democrats see you ("you" as in Americans) as stupid enough to fall for it and 2 You ("you" as in YOU personally) actually ARE gullible enough to fall for it.

And in all your hate for John McCain, you better be damn grateful for him. Because if it wasn't for people like John McCain fighting those "gooks" and susequently spending a half dozen years under their fist as a POW, you wouldn't enjoy the freedom to start a blog and write absurd crap like this particular post.

Amelia said...

First of all, TGA, I know it may be hard for you to understand someone trying to take a nuanced position on their view of Sarah Palin, even though it would be much easier to just “hate” her all the time. But no. As a feminist, I feel it is my duty to call her out for many of her anti-woman policies as well as call out sexism when it is used against her. That’s not because of any sort of conspiracy by “liberals” to get me to think a certain way. Not at all. This stuff happens, and I am making a judgment based on what I see. So thanks for calling me gullible for no reason whatsoever.

Second of all, as you may have missed out, I dislike John McCain for plenty of reasons unrelated to Sarah Palin. Yet another reason your argument about it being “the liberals” who were trying to get me to hate McCain makes no sense. He does that pretty well on his own, just by being John McCain (actually, I don’t hate him – I don’t hate people. It’s just that he has done a lot of things that I find highly objectionable).

Third of all, I am sick of hearing people defend John McCain the veteran. Just because he was a POW does NOT mean he can say whatever he damn well pleases without regard to how it affects others. Serving in a war doesn’t give him a right to use a racist slur and not apologize for it. I don’t care how much he suffered. If he is better than the people who held him captive, then he needs to show it. And using a racist slur, instead of specific language (ex: “I hate the people who held me captive.”) makes him look like a bad person. I cannot support someone who is unapologetic about his racism. And I don’t care where it stems from. It’s unacceptable. It only leads to hate, and someone with that kind of hatred doesn’t need to be in the White House.

End rant.

Smirking Cat said...

Just when I thought it couldn't get any scarier than a Bush administration...

Lindsay said...

@ anonymous: And not to knock women by ANY means, but sometimes the feminist card is played out of context in my opinion.

What is the feminist card and how does one play it? I'm unclear to what you mean by this.

@TGA First they try and make you hate Palin by calling her such things at a right-wing extremist and whatnot and basically trying to make you hate her and John McCain as much as possible.

Some people have tried to paint her in this light, but I feel most of the news organizations and progressive bloggers have been just covering her policy views. If some people interpret that as calling someone a right-wing extremist, then they should actually read what's being written. I don't think it's being done to try and generate Palin-hate. Personally, I don't hate her but I do hate her policies. Sometimes people have a hard time separating the person from the politics.

The Great American said...

Lindsay,

Definitely respect your stance on Palin. However, i must respectfully disagree. I have seen her referred to as a "right-wing extremist" specifically, from liberal bloggers to network anchors (olbermann, cafferty, etc). And the media/liberal blogosphere came out swinging literally the minute she was announced before most of those knew the specifics of her policies. And then the SNL jokes of incest, the treatment of her prgnant daughter, digging up 20 y/o DUI's of her husbands and I could go on forever, but I won't. So I do see what you are saying and agree to an extent, but there are for sure those who do nothing, but try to generate hate.

Amelia said...

Okay thanks for trying to be so nice and respectable, TGA, but notice how you accused me of making my judgments, apparently based on things said by those "trying to generate hate" even though that is flat out wrong, and you have yet to apologize for calling me gullible for that, when it was not true.

Ha.

Amelia said...

TGA - Just a note, I will no longer be publishing your comments on this particular post. Thanks!