Here's a blazing factoid: OWNING A VAGINA DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE LOOKING OUT FOR WOMEN. IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A FEMINIST ANY MORE THAN OWNING A FANCY KNIFE MAKES YOU A FOUR-STAR CHEF. Got it?
I sat in on a call today that featured Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles and Mayor Bob Weinstein of Ketchikan – the city of the Bridge to Nowhere. A lot of interesting stuff came out on that call but two things stuck out to me:
The McCain campaign talked to exactly NOBODY in Alaska before Palin joined the ticket. As Knowles said:
"We cannot find any one person who was called - as an advocate or an adversary - in making in one of the most important decisions of the campaign. A question I would ask is, what kind of information was given to McCain? If you are going to hire a CEO or COO, there would be a lot more vetting going on."
Secondly, a little known fact came to light here. Evidently, when Palin was mayor of Wasilla, there was a law on the books that had rape victims being charged for forensics work. Both the mayor and the local police chief (whom she'd appointed) enforced this. When then-Governor Knowles signed a law that revoked this law, he was aghast. He recalls:
"I remember commenting aloud when I signed the bill how fundamentally off-base it was that Palin’s administration chose to charge victims for forensics. They fought the ban, saying it would cause them undue financial stress."
WTF? This is the same woman who can't bring herself to teach her kids (and is against anyone else doing so) about sex. Meanwhile, her 17-year-old gets knocked up by a self-described "fuckin' redneck" and it's all okay 'cause they're gonna get married! Awww!
A fellow voter (recognizable as the fuck buddy of Sarah Silverman) evidently shares my fears and sums it up nicely: