Friday, August 29, 2008

An Open Letter to John McCain

Dear John,

I heard on the radio this morning that you'd selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as your VP, and my heart sank a little because she's so young and lovely, even if she is a Republican, that I started to worry she would steal women's votes from Obama. You and Obama have done very interesting, strategic things in selecting your veeps; Obama trying to balance his foreign diplomacy inexperience with Biden, and you trying to balance your grandpa-esque-itude with Palin.

I expressed my concern about women defecting to your camp with this latest move to a co-worker, and she rebuffed it. She feels that your main problem is that you are, indeed, hella old (happy birthday, by the way). Should you die in office, Palin would become president.

This is an unpalatable thought. Sure, she's 28 years your junior, and a woman to boot, but if you want to talk about inexperience, let's talk about how this is Palin's first term as governor, her first real stint in any serious kind of public office. She was mayor of a town of 9,000 people before that. Running for Miss Alaska doesn't count, but at least she has experience in the pageant arena (the ability to fake-smile is a valuable political talent). She's a proponent of air-hunting for wolves -- that is, using low-flying planes to chase wolves and shoot them down. Maybe wolves are a problem in Alaska? I couldn't speak on it knowledgeably.

She's a card-toting lifetime member of the NRA. She supports drilling for oil in her home state. Even you don't support that!

And, she's a mother of five who elected not to have an abortion when she learned she would have a child with Down Syndrome, which -- nothing could be more admirable, and I'm not being sarcastic, for once. That's an extremely brave thing to do.

The point, though, is that she's pro-life, and that's not going to fly with many voters who hang their hat on that very issue. I'm not one of them -- the idea of voting for someone based on their abortion stance is distasteful to me, unless they are running on a platform that has something to do with it. I'm just pointing it out, is all.

So anyway, thanks for making this election that much more interesting. I think you're a pretty decent guy and I don't think it would be the end of the world if you were elected. I just don't think you're the best man for the job.

Good luck,


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