Friday, August 29, 2008

Well, There Went the Alaskan Male Vote

What? Were They Afraid They Were Losing Alaska?

In what is promising to be the most exciting election year for Alaskans in ages, the Republicans went ahead and drafted Sarah Palin for the VP for McCain.

And I thought it was going to be great for the fact that Don Young is barely beating Parnell in the primary. Young is having a hard time beating a man that is largely viewed as an empty suit! Quick, name one thing about Parnell and his politics, other than he is Lite Governor. You can't, can you? Neither can I.

Whoops, digressing.

Holy crap!

She'll meet the younger-than-McCain requirement, by a long shot, and she brings with her conservative credentials (on the abortion issue and probably guns) that the Republicans need to connect with the far right of their party. Add the fact that we're a state with no income tax, which just thrills people Outside, plus the fact that she's all about the myth of drilling our way to energy independence, and charming to boot. Oh, and she has only been governor for a little while so she doesn't have many blemishes on her record - so there's not a lot to criticize for the Dems.

Hell, I don't agree with her on a LOT of stuff ... but even I kind of like her, if for no other reason than she stood up to Big Oil in a way no other pol in recent memory has. Add in the 'hot' factor for people such as Ish, well, perhaps the Republicans were more worried about carrying Alaska than, well, ever.

Which is not to say that she's gotten by on her looks, she is a smart pol. It just doesn't hurt her, and let's not pretend that female pols are not judged on their looks in a way that the males aren't. And I can't even tell you how many guys I've heard talking about voting for her merely because of the 'hot' thing.

Has there ever been a year that the two major parties worried about Alaska? Gave it much thought at all?

And Ish, while I know you are, like many, smitten with our Gov, don't even think about ditching Obama. :)


Ishmael said...

Obama all the way!

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Message to guy independants: Don't let the little head do the thinking for the big head!

I guess the repubs have now sewn up the redneck good ole boy bible thumping vote.

CabinDweller said...

Maybe not.

Let's see how they treat Palin and her family given the recent announcement.

But talking to the family back East, my cousin's husband was all "I'd vote her. She's hot."

The wonder of democracy in action.

Johnny G said...

I've always been told War was Earth's way of teaching Americans geography, now I think Palin is here to teach American Geography. No longer will we suffer in the Gulf of Mexico on weather maps, perhaps Sarah as VP will even make us "contiguous" with the rest of the U.S. and I can finally get all those cool lawn toys in the Wal Mart catalogue.

And it's true, she's hot like curry.

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