UPDATE, Sept. 6, 2008. This New York Times column by Judith Warner says it all.
UPDATE, Sept. 1, 2008: Palin's campaign now says that the 16 or 17-year-daughter is five months pregnant and will marry the guy soon. Here's a Huffington Post page on this incredible mess, now stranger than fiction. It's everywhere on the web. So Palin, who doesn't believe in birth control or abortion, wants only abstinence taught in schools and holds other wacky beliefs is hoist on her own sword. Given the photo evidence, the girl still may be the mom of the infant! McCain made a snap judgment on Palin whose lack of experience is the least of it. Palin likely will be off the ticket by Sept. 5. Romney, anyone?
UPDATE -- Here's a post, with photos, that claims the baby is not Palin's but is the offspring of her 16-year-old (unmarried) daughter! If so, Palin has lied to the public. And what does this say about McCain's fitness to be president? UPDATE Sept. 6, 2008: Try this link instead. The one above has been taken down. (Suppressed?)
PEORIA -- Have the Republicans lost their minds?
Or could it be that GOP wise men are meeting in their private clubs over the weekend to plan a convention derailment of the nomination of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick?
Not only is Palin a rabid anti-choice activist (wanting the government out of our lives but not out of our wombs and bedrooms), and not only is she virulently anti-environment -- killing endangered polar bears is OK with her -- she's also involved in a nasty corruption scandal.
Here are the details on that scandal.
And more details here, including the juicy fact that she wants creationism taught in public schools.
Just when the Republicans appeared to be moving a bit toward the sane center, McCain selects a clearly unqualified person to be a heartbeat -- or tumor -- away from the presidency.
Cong. Ray LaHood (R-18th) is more qualified than Palin to be vice president. As for women, so are Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, former US EPA administrator Christi Whitman , Sen. Elizabeth Dole and a host of others.
Hasn't anyone told McCain that it's an insult to women to select an unqualified woman for a job that's way over her head? That's because when she fails, it hurts the cause of all women.
Romney and the rest who ran for the presidency, spending their precious time and money to make their cases to the public after they spent years in public office gaining precious experience, must be seething!
The official reaction of the Republican establishment has been muted, so far. Like good boys, they support whatever the boss wants. For now.
Her selection will prove interesting in one respect. Will the mainstream media pundits engage in savage sexist putdowns of Palin, as they did with Sen. Hillary Clinton? Guess we'll find out whether the unwarranted sexist attacks on Clinton were because she's a woman or because she's a Democrat.
Rush Limbaugh has already made a preemptive strike, calling Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five, "a babe."
We'll see what follows on the sexist language front. If Palin survives the Republican convention, that is.
She can always beat a hasty retreat back to Alaska, claiming pressing family duties to her children, including an infant with Down syndrome.
In fact, how can she really campaign with all those kids in tow? Exploit the older ones to care for the baby? Hire a couple of nannies? So much for mothering her children.
As someone suggested to me, McCain must be senile to have picked her. We'll be watching.
-- Elaine Hopkins