I loved the pick of Sarah Palin as VP for McKain. Finally, I'm feeling some enthusiasm for the McCain campaign. Prior to this, I was strictly anti-Obama, but not really pro-McCain. That VP pick changed everything. I love the pre-70's-feminism feminists like Palin, strong women who have achieved success without relying on victimist ideology. They've always been there. My 86-year old mother's best friend earned a doctorate in physical chemistry in the 1940's. She never whined either. Anyway, for those of you concerned about the many rumors flying around about Palin, please read this article which separates the facts from fiction.
She's said two things in the past two weeks that struck me as profound and telling:
"Politicians should have a servant's heart," which the Anchoress wrote about here. Great sentiment, very Christian and selfless.
About her daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy: "Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support." Such a compassionate, hopeful response to a painful and less than ideal situation. That was a tough one, and their response was again very Christian, supportive and realistic. She's not only smart, accomplished, energetic, a quick study, strong and reliable, she's a compassionate soul. Sarah is a keeper.
UPDATE: More debunking of myths about Palin here from Factcheck.org, and here ("Putting the Lie in Library.") I'm amused by the number of wild, unsubstantiated claims about Sarah that continue to fly around. She's such a lightning rod!
Just this morning on Democracy Now, guest Frederick Clarkson said that it's possible that Sarah Palin might believe in the End Times prophesied in Revelations. Oooh, that's so spooky, Frederick!! And maybe monkeys might possibly fly out of your butt. To the non-religious crowd, any manifestation of Christianity is foreign and frightening and indicates that you're a wacked-out fundamentalist evangelical. The secular progressives think that any modern person who is religious is an idiot. Religion is fine for poverty-stricken natives in exotic locales, but it's a sign of ignorance and superstition in the Western world. Keep it up, folks, you're only helping the McKain/Palin ticket.