When I came into the kitchen this morning, Patrick said, "Guess what? McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate."
I replied, "You're kidding, Patrick. Right. You're kidding."
I knew that Palin had been mentioned as a possible running mate some time ago, but had forgotten about this for some time. Recently I have been discouraged by Alaskan Politics. In our most recent statewide election, Sarah Palin came out against the clean water initiative, which would keep future mines from being built near salmon rich, Bristol Bay. Sarah Palin is for ariel wolf hunting and she wants to open up ANWR. She is anti-enviroment---has the interests of oil and mining companies close to her heart. She got the divorced relative of her husband fired for personal reasons. She currently under investigation on that one. Interesting that MCCain would pick a VP mate who is under a current investigation.
I know that McCain is trying to win the female vote-so his choice is a good one in that regard. Men in Alaska voted for her because she is attractive....people nationwide will probably feel the same way. In some ways having her in national office would get her out of ruining the state environment so horribly....however as VP she will have an even stronger pull to open ANWR, go for mining, etc...Fortunately McCain is against ANWR.
Sarah Palin had a baby last May that we have heard nothing about--no pictures or stories about her family life anymore. It will be interesting to see how the media treats this situation.
Its going to be interesting to see how this unfolds.