Right after the Republican National convention, just about 8 weeks ago, people were referring to Sarah Palin as a breath of fresh air as they welcomed her to the national political scene. People were enamored by this historical first female Republican VP candidate on the Straight Talk Express, spouting off about family values, her typical family, small town honesty & dignity, governing with integrity, good will, clear convictions. Her joke about lipstick on a pit bull was pretty much a promise that this election would get nasty and ugly and it did, so we shouldn't be surprised at the condition of the campaign.
It didn't take long for the bloom to come off that Alaskan rose and people started getting worried about John McCain's choice as his VP. Republicans are abandoning their party in droves running as fast and as far away as they can get from this ticket. Jed Lewis over at The Jed Report has a list of 62 Republican "shipjumpers", and counting.
This breath of fresh air from August has turned into an ill wind from the north and we wish it would turn right around and go back. Sorry to you Alaskans, you will have to take your governor back and now that she has shown her true colors on the national stage, you can welcome her and her family back and decide just how to handle this Caribou Barbie who has not represented your fine state well at all. She might want to go into further detail about why exactly the her ethical lapses aren't really that at all as she steps back behind the Governor's desk.
Within 8 weeks the vetting that should have happened prior to the convention has taken place and we may know who the real Sarah Palin is after all. We now know her views on aerial hunting, ethical decisions, moose hunting, banning books, energy, climate change, foreign policy, gun control, health care, abortion and other issues. Her views do not match mine now and they never will.
Sarah and her new BFF, Elizabeth Hasselback from the talk show, The View, will travel together on a campaign trip to Florida this weekend. omg! Can you imagine the excitement? 2 of the most right wing, religious fundamental women on the same stage frothing up their conservative base with accusations and lies. Let's just say I wouldn't want to be at their slumber party any more than they would want me there.
Sarah Palin says she is just a hockey mom, a regular gal. The Republican National party wrote that script hoping people would buy it, and they did, for a while. If Sarah Palin is a regular gal, then I'm a rock star; but neither is true. I know Sarah Palin didn't shop at Nieman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue as hockey mom extraordinaire and Governor of Alaska; she says her favorite women's clothing place in Alaska is a consignment boutique in Anchorage called Out of the Closet and I believe that. I know it was the RNC who paid for the $150,000 clothing and beauty services for the Palin family. Palin said they would either return the clothing or donate it to charity. Return clothing that you have already worn? I think some people might call that fraud.
While the clothing was provided by the RNC and not the campaign, they walked a fine line of converting campaign money for personal use. As legal as these purchases may have been, I wonder how the "regular" people who donated the money feel about buying this caliber of clothing for their VP candidate. Designergate is just another symbol of conspicuous consumption on the part of the Republican party. This 8 year shameless sleazy spending spree must end on November 4.
Sarah Palin is a bad combination of the worst of George Bush and Dick Cheney rolled into one ugly example of leadership of the last 8 years in Washington. We are within whispering distance of the election on November 4. I suspect most people have voted already, or certainly have made up their minds. I hope so. We can't afford another 4 years of the same.