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August 29th, 2008

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01:10 pm - A brilliant political move by McCain
I just found out that John McCain has chosen Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

I am astounded by the brilliance and political savvy shown by this. She is perfect -- a maverick with conservative credibility and ideal for appealing to disaffected supporters of Hillary Clinton. Any questions about her youth and relative inexperience can be countered by her second-place status on the ticket, unlike those engendered by the head of the Democratic ticket. This choice will definitely energize the party base while enticing independent voters and rebellious Democrats.

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Date:August 29th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
You actually support McCain?!?!

The woman is "Pro Life". I don't see how any woman in America can vote for the republicans!
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Date:August 29th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Why does that come as a surprise? everyone has different priorities and pick a candidate based on what they believe in..
also, (and this is NOT my support for either candidate, I am currently doing my research before I make any decision), a LOT of people question Obama's ability in this position in regards to a complete lack of experience.

and hey, I'll even throw it out there... the racist block will support a white woman faster than a black male, especially if the white woman isnt even in charge.

we'll see what November has in store

note: yes, I purposefully left my own opinions out of this. I don't discuss politics online, too much information is misconstrued and misinterpreted.
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Date:August 30th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Hallo you! Thanks for popping by and commenting! :)

A lot of the folks who know me happen to be liberal Democrats and assume I am too, because of the social circles I frequent, so I'm not surprised mephistakitten didn't realize I'm a conservative Republican, as well as a long-time McCain supporter.

Personally, I think Obama is far too inexperienced to be a viable candidate, having not even finished one term in the Senate. And your point about the racist block is a very good one, even if it's something that doesn't get talked about publicly.

I generally don't discuss politics much, either online or in person, since it tends to be divisive in most social situations, unless you are in a crowd of like-minded folks.

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Date:August 30th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I thought you knew I was a Republican. A conservative one.

I've been a McCain supporter for many years. And I'm not pro-abortion, although I don't want the practice to be illegal, simply discouraged socially, much as we do drunken driving. Like it or not, abortion is the de facto death of a potential human being and it is often done for reasons that have everything to do with the convenience of the mother, not her health or that of the infant-to-be. I've known women who use it as a regular form of birth control, not an extraordinary one, which I find unconscionable. IMO, there should be more social support for giving a child up for adoption if a woman finds herself pregnant but is unable or unwilling to care for the child -- abortion should be rare but legal. And safe too. Pregnant women should be encouraged to have their babies and supported fully for deciding to keep them, not kill them. And the fathers should be held accountable for their part, not allowed to wander off and not take care of their offspring and the women who bear them or trying to browbeat them into having an abortion as a method of avoiding taking financial and legal responsibility.

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Date:August 30th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I feel that voting Republican in this election will lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, making abortion illegal... which will bring us back to the coat hangers and punches to the stomach by angry boyfriends which were more common in the past.

I am very strongly against abortions being necessary. America has an embarassingly high rate of teen and unwanted pregnancies. We need to stop the problem by educating kids to either not have sex (which doesn't work very well) or to use birth control of multiple kinds if they are having sex. It's better to be honest about the sex you are having and use birth control rather than have sex without because it's not available. Make abortion something very rare, because it is an awful decision for a woman or girl to have to make.

If our government really offered support for unwanted children after they are born, having the baby and keeping it would be a better option.

It's so rare to see a geek who is conservative because geek culture tends to be very accepting of alternate lifestyles. I would never vote for someone who wants to make many of my friends unable to marry, or who endorses teaching religious "science" in schools!
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Date:August 31st, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I think we're actually more in agreement than you realize. :)

While it is possible Roe v. Wade could be overturned during a Republican presidency, to my mind the same possibility exists under a Democratic president. The country as a whole has become more conservative in outlook and our politicians and judges reflect that, like it or not.

That being said, I think it unlikely that such a landmark decision will be scrapped altogether. There might be more restrictions put in place, but I really don't think the justices of the Court want to overturn that ruling completely. The Supreme Court rarely does a 180 from its previous precedent, so I think that legal abortions will be around for quite a while, personally.

Your outlook on abortion is very, very similar to my own. I think it's a tragedy that so many women choose it, feeling that it is the best alternative to bearing the child. That says some very poor things about our society, in my opinion. My personal preference is to see abortion be legal, rare and above all, safe.

I'm a Libertarian who chooses to remain in the Republican party, even though for quite a few things I side with conservatives. Not everything though, and I feel strongly that the party should have a "big tent" approach to opinions, something that was more common in the past than in recent years. (Can you say "Javits"?) I also think a distinction needs to be re-iterated between conservatives and those who are neo-cons, because the neo-con agenda differs in many respects from the conservative one, even though the two are often conflated.

Date:August 31st, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Palin was definitely a brilliant pick. I'm not a McCain fan for a lot of reasons (foreign policy being key among them), and I'm planning to leave the Republican Party after they nominate him this week. But the Palin pick was a big surprise, and it made me think twice about his campaign.

The more I read, the more of a Palin fan I become.
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Date:August 31st, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm a long-time McCain fan, since I think he's one of the better choices available of politicians who are at that level of being viable presidential candidates. I've supported him in all his presidential candidacies and was sorely disappointed when he lost to Bush in the primaries years ago. I think recent history would be very, very different were he the nominee back then.

I'm sorry to hear you want to leave -- the Republican party needs a variety of voices within it. The Democrats should not be the only party with a "big tent" in my opinion. I hope you will reconsider, if not now, then at some point in the future.

I think Palin as a choice was a truly brilliant political move, especially in terms of shoring up a disaffected base. I think it speaks volumes about McCain's wisdom and perspicacity, to have chosen her.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see more comments from you here in future. :)

Date:August 31st, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Should have clarified: leaving the GOP is something of a symbolic move on my part. In all likelihood, and especially if the GOP heads in a Palin direction, I'll be more inclined to sign up again. I'm a libertarian at heart (as I think the historic Republican Party is), though I have no intention of registering with that party. I agree about the "big tent" (Ron Paul made that point frequently during the primaries).

This is why I wrestle with McCain. I DO like that he's a bit different from the current trend...at the same time, he's Bill Kristol's dream candidate, and that scares me. I do agree that the last 8 years would have been better with a McCain presidency, but I think they'd have been even better with a smaller-government, libertarian-minded president. Bush actually ran on some of those principles, and then proceeded to follow none of them.
Date:September 4th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
On a completely unrelated note or topic or burst here, most of europe is seriously rooting for Obama. McCain's foreign politics are frightening, especially if you're part of the foreign folks.
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Date:September 5th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)

If red-state Americans knew Obama is as popular in Europe as you say he is, then a McCain victory would be assured. (Really -- it would be. They don't like "dem der furrrrriners over in U-rope" having an opinion on their politics -- it's a Kiss of Death here to be approved of by Europeans.)

BTW, if you came here looking for fic, it's over at theentwyfe -- naughty stuff is f-locked, so sign the top-post if you want to read it.


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