How dare you talk about 'One-Way-Palin' like that? LOL!
Seriously, I didn't want a one-dimensional, superficial whiner representing our nation after this election, so why would I want her in 2012? I don't, I wouldn't, and I won't. I'm not reproaching Palin alone, but all those of her ilk, public and private. Our country has no choice but to elect, to the best of our knowledge from the choices given us, the strongest, most intelligent leader and 'vice-leader' we can to the two most important posts in the world. While the Press can certainly take things a bit further than they should at times, we wouldn't be able to make enlightened decisions without their distinctive ability to present information.
If, for any reason, it was necessary for Palin to take over the office of the President, her whimpering would have been seen as weakness by the rest of the world, and we'd all be sitting ducks. Add to that her lack of common sense, or overall knowledge of current events, her lack of poise, or grace under fire (among other things), and the world in general would have lost all respect for us. We certainly can't afford any more of that after the beating we've taken under George Jr.'s Administration.
Palin's continued "poor me" appearances in the press is obviously nothing more than her attempt to garner sympathy. Unfortunately for her, this tactic has backfired, and she continues to be her own worst enemy.
I say, let her have all the limelight she wants. The more she blunders and blithers about, the more support she'll lose. At worst OR at best, if she makes her bid in 2012, her party will just ignore her. At this rate I'd be very surprised if she's re-elected governor of Alaska, or any other high level office. However, that question is up to and better decided by her fellow Alaskans.
I really don't believe she will ever have a serious chance at a national office again. Why? Because the Republicans know very well that they're going to have to do a helluva lot better in 2012 if THEY are ever to be taken seriously again after the lengthy hit they took from Bush. McCain shot himself and his party in the foot when he (or they) chose her as his running mate. Not because she's a woman, but because of who she is politically AND personally. McCain's bravado about being a 'maverick' might have been swallowed with a dose of salts, but Palin's bravado about being a gun slinging soccer mom was just too much to bear. Especially when you visualize her stalking moose and elk, gussied up in her new designer labels.
Don't get me wrong. I believe in the right to bear arms by responsible people like myself. I'm sure that her public boasting of her hunting skills goes over very well with the majority of hunters living and voting in Alaska. All very well and good. Unfortunately, the qualifications for a highly scrutinized and highly publicized world leader require a much deeper understanding of the workings of our entire country and of the world than I feel she is capable of comprehending. She hasn't the depth of character required and expected for such an office.
I'm pretty laid back myself, but I wouldn't vote for me for such a position (too much stress for an artist). And I'd vote for ME before I'd vote for Palin. I was all set to vote for Clinton instead of Obama until Clinton started whining and pulled out the 'poor me' routine. At least Clinton's experience, knowledge, and understanding of domestic and world politics made her a serious contender. Palin didn't have those qualities going for her, and once she opened her mouth she hung herself, and dug her own grave to boot. If I needed a hunting buddy, I'd sooner ask one of my ex in-laws along.
For those of you die-hard Palin supporters - stop blaming the press. Professional journalists thankfully gave us the heads-up and in depth look at Palin we needed. The press didn't pick on her because of her gender, but because of all the material she gave them to work with.
Look, the press could care less about the gender of a presidential or vice-presidential candidate when singling out an inept sacrificial lamb. Up until the 2008 election, the overwhelming majority of inept V.P. candidates they've focused on have all been male. So all this drivel I see and hear about the mean ole' press and "poor Mrs. Palin" has no serious validity. Especially when, in this case, Palin literally handed them the ammunition.
Whether you like or voted for Mr. Obama or not, he is our soon-to-be President and as such deserves our utmost respect and cooperation. My respect for Mr. McCain went back up a notch when he included that thought in his concession speech. He's nothing if not a patriot. Unless Mr. Obama, like Bush, shows that our trust was misplaced, quit playing the blame game against the press, and instead get seriously determined to help with and become part of our country's solution.
If not for McCain's insistence that we "win one for a change" (even if it's a bad win) regarding our current military involvements, I'd have been proud to support a fellow Arizonan. Yes, we got our collective noses bloodied with Vietnam - another war which was very badly handled. The trouble with that line of thought, is that you don't put good money after bad just for the sake of winning, unless you're unrealistically obsessive. Especially when that "bad win" is at the unwarranted and detrimental expense of our citizens.
Bush got us into this exaggerated military mess. Why continue to slog through the same chaos for untold years just to 'save face', when it's much more gallant, as well as decidedly prudent, for us as a people to admit we got scammed by Bush and cohorts. Generally, the political world has become more sophisticated in that respect, and recognizes when we've stepped over the line.
There are both right and wrong reasons for military intervention. Going after terrorists is one of the right reasons, as is helping to depose sadistic, blood-thirsty dictators bent on genocide. But allowing Bush to get side-tracked by his personal vendettas, and then perpetuating them, is wrong. Winning is important when freedoms are at stake, including the freedom from fear of terrorists. Winning a military conflict ONLY for the sake of winning condones the brutality and mentality of a bully. In general, no one sticks up for a bully for long.
Back to Palin... Stop worrying about her. Make damn sure she isn't a serious contender in 2012, but if you keep making a big deal over her, she'll keep turning up like a bad penny. If people would just ignore her, she'll clamor ever louder for attention until finally the press (and the rest of us) runs screaming in the other direction.
The moral to the story? Give Palin just as much rope as she wants, and she'll take care of the rest.
Now move on and help take some positive steps devoted to something a helluva lot more important - like helping yourself, your neighbors and nation out of this financial mess Bush Jr. so generously provided.
Terrice C. Kennedy, B.F.A.
Dem - AZ