It almost makes you feel sorry for her, not quite, but almost.
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… bail out at the ballot box that is.
There appears to be an unprecedented number of Republican party intellegencia publicly denouncing the McCain campaign. Despite the visibility and numbers of party-defectors, this is no ‘come to Jesus’ Republican conversion. I don’t believe these staunch party die-hards are permanently disavowing the GOP or their core belief systems. I think they’ve come to realize that there is something worse, much worse, than a big-government, elitist liberal at the helm. What’s worse is clearly a McCain-Palin ticket.
I have often wondered why this ticket doesn’t scare thinking Republicans? Apparently, it does. Colin Powell is just the lastet to announce an 11th hour endoresement of Barack Obama. Earlier this week, in a dramatic turn worthy of Lost, Christopher Buckley (son of William F Buckley and former columnist for The National Review) announced his support for Barack Obama.
From Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama
thedailybeast.com, October 14, 2008
Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon.
As to the particulars, assuming anyone gives a fig, here goes:
I have known John McCain personally since 1982. I wrote a well-received speech for him. Earlier this year, I wrote in The New York Times… a highly favorable Op-Ed about McCain, taking Rush Limbaugh and the others in the Right Wing Sanhedrin to task for going after McCain for being insufficiently conservative. I don’t—still—doubt that McCain’s instincts remain fundamentally conservative. But the problem is otherwise.
… John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man…
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets.
But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
It made me sick to my stomach to watch this.
Another Sarah Palin smack down by one of my heroes:
Okay, last question. I’m sure you’ve seen all the comparisons in the media and among Republicans of Sarah Palin to Wonder Woman. How do you feel about that?
Don’t get me started. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman. She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness … that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn’t she?
No one has the right to dictate, particularly in this country, to force your own personal views upon the populace — religious views. I think that is suppressive, oppressive, and anti-American. We are the loyal opposition. That’s the whole point of this country: freedom of speech, personal rights, personal freedom. Nor would Wonder Woman be the person to tell people how to live their lives. Worry about your own life! Worry about your own family! Don’t be telling me what I want to do with mine.
I like John McCain. But this woman — it’s anathema to me what she stands for. I think America should be very afraid. Very afraid. Separation of church and state is the one thing the creators of the Constitution did agree on — that it wasn’t to be a religious government. People should feel free to speak their minds about religion but not dictate it or put it into law.
What I don’t understand, honestly, is how anyone can even begin to say they know the mind of God. Who do they think they are? I think that’s ridiculous. I know what God is in my life. Now I am sure that she’s not all just that. But it’s enough to me. It’s enough for me to have a visceral reaction. And it makes me mad.
People need to speak up. Doesn’t mean that I’m godless. Doesn’t mean that I am a murderer. What I hate is this demonization of everybody but one position. You’re un-American because you’re against the war. It’s such bullshit. Fear. It’s really such a finite way of thinking about God to think that your measley little mind can know the mind of God. It’s a very little God that way. I think that God’s bigger. I don’t presume to know his mind. Or her mind.
From Philadelphia Magazine, September 2008
It’s totally way more fun than it sounds. I just almost died. I friggin’ LOVE Rosanne Cash and I will vote for her as VP or anything other position she and her Chanel-wearing ass want to run for. Here’s one precious little excerpt of a fabulous piece… do yourself a huge favor and read the whole thing.
Roseanne Cash’s first argument for why she’d make a fine Vice President…
1. Focus on the Family
I am the mother of five children, just like Governor Palin. I have known the demands of managing a full-time career and motherhood at the same time. I have juggled a breast pump and a BlackBerry, and I know when to put the BlackBerry down. (To be perfectly honest, I did once send a text to the baby and tried to nurse my bass player. You learn from your mistakes.)
Thanks so much Tanene for this amaaaaazzzzing link.
You don’t have to support John McCain or Sarah Palin to write to them. You don’t have to be a Democrat to have a problem with hateful anti-Obama rhetoric being spewed by McCain supporters. Write, call, email, blog… make your voice heard by the Republican Party and the McCain campaign. Demand that John McCain and Sarah Palin take an immediate and public stand against the toxic tone of their campaign’s destructive, deceitful language. Am I the only person who is scared shitless about where this will lead? Let me answer that for you, NO!
In the most blunt terms imaginable, Republican author Frank Schaeffer called upon McCain in an October 10th Baltimore Sun Op-Ed piece to take a stand against the ugly and false statements about Barack Obama:
If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence…
Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.
John McCain, you’re walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out “Terrorist” or “Kill him,” history will hold you responsible for all that follows.
John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.
So what are you going to do? You read my stupid blog, now go do something else. I don’t care who you support in this election, take a stand against this anti-Obama garbage. It sounds like it is straight out of a KKK handbook and it is seriously freaking me out.
Here are some links to help you out (uh, don’t contribute, just complain):