Hoosiers for hot chicks????

Dateline: Wed 03 Sep 2008

I wish John McCain's people had called me before they chose Sarah Palin as his veep nominee.

I could have told them: hey, guys, I'm a tender-hearted mother of three, with my PTA/mom/bullshit card punched for life. I voted twice, yes twice, for George Bush because he was supposedly pro-life.

But that was yesterday. Today, after the anti-life war in Iraq has caused unimaginable human suffering and death, after Bush/Cheney have run up historic gazillion dollar t national debt while pissing off most of the world, and after abortion still remains legal -- as it should -- it's time for the Republicans' piper to play a new tune.

Sarah Palin ain't it. She is, instead, an incredibly transparent version of the same old song -- an effort (again) to pander to voters of the sort I used to be -- emotional, patriotic, God-fearing, church-bound, trying hard to do "the right thing."

Her lack of real-world experience is incredibly scary; I don't criticize her for being a devoted mom, or for her daughter's pregnancy, but for seeing the world thru a God filter. Her invocation to pray during an address to high school seniors in Alaska is scary stuff. Pray, she urged these kids, that "our leaders -- that our national leaders -- are sending [soldiers] out on a task that is from God."

She went on: "That's what we have to make sure that we are praying for: that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

A friend -- a very conservative friend politically, also a Catholic -- mentioned recently that her foundation is studying an ethicist named Paul Voss, who has come up with an interesting theory. Sir Thomas Moore and Nicolo Machiavelli each published seminal works in 1516. Moore wrote Utopia, about a better world; Machiavelli wrote The Prince, about politics and affairs of state.

"It seems as if every politician today uses Machiavelli as a guide," she noted. "The end justifies the means. Image is more important than substance."

That's what McCain is doing by choosing Palin. He is showing himself to be a shallow, image-oriented, beauty-queen type-of-guy politician. That his base gets it is demonstrated by the buttons Hoosier delegates are sporting at the GOP convention: Hoosiers for hot chicks. Oh dear. And I thought this was supposed to be the conservative party.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, dares to dream of a better world. Republicans obviously see that. But they appear unable to compete with his message.

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