For some local women, it's wait and see for Palin

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Kathy Liguori was delighted to hear John McCain chose a woman, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin , as his running mate. Read more
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Abalony

Seattle, WA

#1 Aug 30, 2008
I am a retired cop and Navy Vet–

Maverick means; unable to follow instructions, does not play well with others--
1. Mc Caine is unstable this pick proves it, as does how he has run this scherade of a campaign–
Other vets and folks like me are so disgusted we are sittin this one out--
A man of principal, a leader would have not allowed the handlers and GOP game players to lower the bar and descend into the cess pool of politics that he has entered--
The public safety official who refused to fire Palin’s ex brother in law seems better suited than either McCaine or Palin---
I am embarrassed by the GOP, Carl Rove, Mike Brown George Jr-- Cheney , Scooter Libbey--
I do not see how a Christian in this country could square their beliefs with supporting the GOP---
I will not be
lee

Jackson, NJ

#2 Aug 30, 2008
unbeliveable who is this woman and what can she possibly do to help mccain ZEROOOOOOOOOOOO
wreck the environment

Longmont, CO

#3 Aug 30, 2008
Great pick! Unless you're a polar bear.
anonani

Honolulu, HI

#4 Aug 30, 2008
Hmmmm.....we shall see and right now it is looking as though Palin is not in alignment with the average woman who support Hillary Clinton.
PacificGatePost

Vernon, Canada

#5 Aug 30, 2008
SARAH PALIN IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER STATE GOVERNOR.

She shook up Alaska to its political and financial core.

McCain has made a bold and telling move selecting someone with Chief Executive experience – the only one to have any - of the four running for the White House.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/m...

Her EXPERIENCE, as short as it is, speaks volumes for her character.
Obama for President

Huntington Station, NY

#7 Aug 30, 2008
While it is a great step for woman to have a woman nominated as VP that alone won't make me vote for her. I'd rather have NO Woman in the office than elect another Republican to the Presidency.
We'll have our female VP and/or President some day and I'm willing to wait for the right one to come along..

While Hillary was clearly my first choice, Obama is DEFINATELY my choice over McCain hands down!
Conservative Deadhead

Rockville Centre, NY

#8 Aug 30, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin, a brilliant choice. Kudos to McCain for stepping outside the box. I am a woman and would never vote for Hillary. But I will be voting for McCain / Palin in November '08. I do not vote for someone because they share the same gender as myself, sadly...many folks will. I vote for someone who shares the same views on the issues. I keep informed. Palin was my #1 choice as a running mate for McCain and when he chose her, I was so happy.
God Bless America
PPL

United States

#9 Aug 30, 2008
It's quite apparant that this will be a mud slinging fest, much to the joy of the media.
But keep in mind that Newsday,CNN or any other news outlet no longer has the upper hand in controlling what you see or hear. Use this to your advantage...You can google anything you want about anyone.
The big media can no longer spoon feed us into their ideals.
I think this is a good thing.
PETEF

AOL

#10 Aug 30, 2008
Gov. Palin seems to have an over abundance of integrity. But she is so sweet looking that I have to wonder if such a decent woman that looks like a former beauty queen will have the right stuff to take over as president should she be called on to do so.

I am not enthralled by either presidental candidate and am afraid the election will have much to do with who is the vice president.
Alaskan Soldier

Goldendale, WA

#11 Aug 30, 2008
I recently was a computer technician for the State of Alaska. Before that I was a full time Alaska Army National Guardsman. I had the honor of meeting Gov Sarah Palin once. I was the driver for the Dep of Military and Veterans Affairs' management (directors, commish, etc). They had me drop them off at the capitol building to meet with their newly elected governor and they invited me to sit in on the meet and greet. I have to say that Gov Palin is a very good communicator by the fact that she really listens to you when you are talking. During the meeting she had to step out for a five minute prior arrangement. We continued our briefing with her chief of staff. She returned and apologized for the interuption. She had promised her youngest daughter that no matter if she became the governor or not she would still take the time to pick her up at the bus stop after school. That of course doesnt come from a power hungry politician.

This is the kinda rare person that you run across at school or work once or twice in your life and you say to them, "Someone like you should be the President." That person emits such an honest quality about them...caring yet very strong. The person we wish all our leaders would be. And of course they always just grin and say, "Me, President? Yeah, right." But now's our chance to have that kinda person in the White House, at least as OUR Vice President of the United States of America.
Conservative Deadhead

Rockville Centre, NY

#12 Aug 30, 2008
Alaskan Soldier wrote:
I recently was a computer technician for the State of Alaska. Before that I was a full time Alaska Army National Guardsman. I had the honor of meeting Gov Sarah Palin once. I was the driver for the Dep of Military and Veterans Affairs' management (directors, commish, etc). They had me drop them off at the capitol building to meet with their newly elected governor and they invited me to sit in on the meet and greet. I have to say that Gov Palin is a very good communicator by the fact that she really listens to you when you are talking. During the meeting she had to step out for a five minute prior arrangement. We continued our briefing with her chief of staff. She returned and apologized for the interuption. She had promised her youngest daughter that no matter if she became the governor or not she would still take the time to pick her up at the bus stop after school. That of course doesnt come from a power hungry politician.
This is the kinda rare person that you run across at school or work once or twice in your life and you say to them, "Someone like you should be the President." That person emits such an honest quality about them...caring yet very strong. The person we wish all our leaders would be. And of course they always just grin and say, "Me, President? Yeah, right." But now's our chance to have that kinda person in the White House, at least as OUR Vice President of the United States of America.
Great Post Alaskan Soldier, thank you for sharing.

McCainv / Palin '08
ina md-phd

San Mateo, CA

#13 Aug 30, 2008
Honest and caring - really? family values?
As a physician and a mother, I'm **appalled** that Palin has an SNK
(an INFANT to boot) and four other kids, and thinks that her commitments to those kids can be put aside at anytime if she suddenly gets called to be President.
I am NOT saying that women can't work and be parents. Any parent, male or female, isn't doing his or her job as a parent to a special needs child if they're willing to take on such an inflexible job. Palin continued a pregnancy and had a child *knowing* that child had a serious medical condition (DS isn't just about mental problems). That child's welfare needs to be her and her spouse's FIRST concern if they want the child to have a chance at health and
happiness.
She made a commitment to that child by carrying the child to term,
and she isn't keeping it. Even if her husband's a full-time caretaker -
it takes two parents with a lot of energy to give even a
high-functioning child with similar issues a good environment and the best
opportunities. Lots of couples split over the stress. Nanny care
isn't going a good sub in this situation; I've worked with lots of kids in
similar situations, and the medical problems alone are heartbreaking.
Anyone who can't be responsible to their child (and don't get me
started about the other four, and their needs in the face of having a special needs sibling) isn't someone who should be trusted with
larger-scale commitments. Yes, all sorts of past candidates and
present ones have cheated on spouses, served divorce papers when their spouse
was no longer beautiful, blah blah blah, but a *child*- someone who
can't yet take care of themselves and needs and deserves a parent's
best...? How can she abuse that commitment?
Her actions don't seem "pro-life" - more "pro-moi." I feel sorry for her kids.
Conservative Deadhead

Rockville Centre, NY

#14 Aug 30, 2008
ina md-phd wrote:
Honest and caring - really? family values?
As a physician and a mother, I'm **appalled** that Palin has an SNK
(an INFANT to boot) and four other kids, and thinks that her commitments to those kids can be put aside at anytime if she suddenly gets called to be President.
I am NOT saying that women can't work and be parents. Any parent, male or female, isn't doing his or her job as a parent to a special needs child if they're willing to take on such an inflexible job. Palin continued a pregnancy and had a child *knowing* that child had a serious medical condition (DS isn't just about mental problems). That child's welfare needs to be her and her spouse's FIRST concern if they want the child to have a chance at health and
happiness.
She made a commitment to that child by carrying the child to term,
and she isn't keeping it. Even if her husband's a full-time caretaker -
it takes two parents with a lot of energy to give even a
high-functioning child with similar issues a good environment and the best
opportunities. Lots of couples split over the stress. Nanny care
isn't going a good sub in this situation; I've worked with lots of kids in
similar situations, and the medical problems alone are heartbreaking.
Anyone who can't be responsible to their child (and don't get me
started about the other four, and their needs in the face of having a special needs sibling) isn't someone who should be trusted with
larger-scale commitments. Yes, all sorts of past candidates and
present ones have cheated on spouses, served divorce papers when their spouse
was no longer beautiful, blah blah blah, but a *child*- someone who
can't yet take care of themselves and needs and deserves a parent's
best...? How can she abuse that commitment?
Her actions don't seem "pro-life" - more "pro-moi." I feel sorry for her kids.
"Apalled"...give me a break.

You sound very angry, is it because Sarah Palin is a Republican and not a Democrat / Liberal?

God Bless the Palin family, each and everyone of them.
LIAM

Saint Cloud, FL

#15 Aug 30, 2008
Was a bold choice but I think when you people sift through all the bullcrap you will realize that this woman really is pretty sharp. I wasnt sure about the pick at first, but after doing some research I am extremely happy with McCain's choice! Not to mention the thought of electing Obama makes me sick.
Responsibility

South San Francisco, CA

#16 Aug 30, 2008
Deadhead, perhaps it is not because she is a republican or a democrat, a woman or a non-woman, black or white but just questions are being asked (even by the repugrats) whether she is qualified for the job.

That is a very relevant concern.
Reader

East Northport, NY

#17 Aug 30, 2008
I'm a Democrat who at one time could have voted for McCain. As a woman, I don't feel any affinity for Palin, and think she could be the "I'm doing it why can't you" variety. This could actually hurt women. Most women (or men for that matter) cannot leave work for a few minutes to pick up their child from the bus. Most people are at work or they're not, unless they telecommute or are work-at-home parents.
Jason M Marshall

Spokane, WA

#18 Aug 30, 2008
I had been planning to flip a coin to choose between voting for an idealistic third party candidate (Baldwin) and the lesser of two electable evils (McCain), but the selection of Palin has changed my mind. I now plan to vote for Palin for VP. As a pro-life person, her decision to deliver a baby with Down's syndrome impresses me!
Balto

Norwalk, CT

#19 Aug 30, 2008
Everybody thought Truman was a bum when I was a kid. He didn't even have a college degree.

But he was an American and stood tall when things got tough. Palin has steel ovaries and will rise to the occasion if McCain goes down.

Better than an empty-suit teleprompter-prompted talking head.
Timmy Coffee

Cordova, TN

#20 Aug 30, 2008
The seeds sown by Pat Buchannan have reached maturity. Now we have Buchannan Girl as Johnny Mc’s Vp. The Republicans desire another election about guns, gays, and abortion. They are building the bridge back to the 19th century. Unlimited access and no regulation of firearms is great until your three elementary school children are killed in a mass slaughter on the school grounds. Banning abortion is great until your mother conceives (when life begins?) due to having been raped in the restroom of the local Wal-Mart. It’s great to cut taxes for everyone and demagogue infrastructure maintenance (pork barrel?) spending until your entire family is killed when an interstate bridge collapses. It’s great as a Christian-nation to despise and demonize the other religions of the world until we need assistance in stopping terrorists. Ms. Palian is the type of extreme right-wing ideologue that is found in every community. In Memphis, Shelby county we have Marilyn Loeffel types who want to impose their self-absorbed and hateful ideologies on their communities. This type of vulgar nonsense is unacceptable in a national election. We have serious national problems which need to be addressed after the last 16 years of neglect. The only thing conservative about the current Republican Party is a desire to conserve the American aristocracy (the ability to have seven houses or more?) and the romance of the Salem witch trial era.
Elise

Pleasanton, CA

#21 Aug 30, 2008
Sarah Palin. A conservative evangelical pro-life Republican who has a "record of bringing people together in her state".. SOUND LIKE ANYONE WE KNOW??? DO NOT stand for four more years of this Bush ****. No one believes it for a second. People said that Bush's down home ideas would be fine for our country, instead he became a puppet and a talking head for the worst policies of our generation. He could not sustain the general decency that he was able to implement on the local level. And comparisons to HILLARY CLINTON? Give me a break. The people who support SP probably would drive a stake through both Clinton hearts if they could. True dems know what they should do. Everyone else is a mole.

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