This morning John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for the '08 election. While I'm happy to see another woman in the running for the upper echelons of elected office in the United States, I can't help but wonder how much of this move is simply the McCain campaign's attempt to capitalize on disenchanted Hillary democrats and independents. It's clear that the pick of Palin undercuts McCain's main argument against Obama - that of a question of experience. Still it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
However, Gov. Palin's acceptance speech wasn't over a mere 3 minutes before NPR had a Republican political consultant on the air talking about how great a move this is by the McCain campaign. As with everything in a post-Rovian political landscape, it's the way he framed the argument that has me seething with disgust at the ridiculous hypocrisy of the Republican party right now. This guy actually had the gall to say that he was happy to see Palin selected because he was "really disappointed" to see how Hillary Clinton was treated during the primaries.
Are you fucking kidding me?!
It wasn't the Democrats who described Hillary's voice as shrill, nagging, and every word out of her mouth as being equal to "Take out the garbage!" It was the Republicans. Repeatedly.
It wasn't the Democrats who said that they didn't want a woman in charge of the nuclear button because once a month PMS would put the world at risk of World War III. It was the Republicans. Repeatedly.
It wasn't the Democrats who turned Hillary Clinton's cleavage into a campaign issue. It was the Republicans. For a solid month.
And this isn't even to begin to investigate all of the hundreds - if not thousands - of attacks levied on Sen. Clinton over the last 16 years by the Republicans simply because she's an intelligent, out-spoken Democrat and ex-First Lady.
In late-August of 2008 they are suddenly very upset about how she was treated? She was treated that way by you, you fuckin' nutcases! How is it even remotely possible to demean and degrade a candidate and then turn around and bemoan how sad the fact is that she was demeaned. Sarah Palin announces Hillary Clinton's name to a room full of Republicans and they cheer now. Why now? They used to boo.
It's fucking disgusting.