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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Will McCain/Palin Beg Hillary's Forgiveness?

As anyone who follows politics knows, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been chosen by Sen. John McCain to be his running mate. The choice has been touted as being a "bold move" that reaffirms McCain's "maverick status."

Well, maybe so, maybe not.

In her introductory speech by McCain's side, Palin praised Sen. Hillary Clinton for creating "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" for women. Palin promised to be the one who "broke through" for them.

Of course, Palin was referring to the 18 million votes, many by women, for Sen. Clinton in the Democratic primaries. She claimed this mandate, and hopes to claim their votes, despite the fact that she did not do one thing to earn it or them. She did not raise or contribute a single dollar to Sen. Clinton's campaign. She did not knock on a single door or make a single phone call on Clinton's behalf. She did not take the heat Clinton took in the senator’s historic bid for the nomination. All she did do was say "Yes" when the man in charge asked her if she would hitch a ride at his side.

What really galls me is that Palin now praises Hillary even though Palin is a member of the party that spent the last 18 months trashing Hillary. Palin is valued for the fact that she will "excite" the party's conservative and evangelical base, the very people who said of Hilary, "Life is a B*tch; Don't Vote for One."

The GOP supposedly decries identity politics now brags, in Rush Limbaugh's words, to "have a babe of our own." So it seems that the Double Standard is alive and well in the GOP despite all their pretensions.

That is unless Palin and McCain wish to issue an apology to Sen. Hilary Clinton and beg forgiveness from the woman they once all hated but now pretend to love.

1 comment:

Rick said...

I really like her.