The first thing I said when McCain picked Palin that morning was, "F***, he picked a woman. They are going to win."
But I had no idea who she was (maybe only slightly disturbing), so I decided to do a little research on her. I discovered she was the Alsakan governor, and that she was pretty popular up there. Additionally, she's absolutely beautiful and charming. I wanted to vote for Sarah Palin, but not for McCain. I kept wishing Obama had just picked Hillary, or even this chick and then we'd be on our way.
I listened to her RNC speech on the radio later that week, and thought, "Damn, she's good." I winced a bit at her condescending tone, but sometimes we women can come off that way when we're being tough. Men sometimes dub it as that other word for a female dog. I gave her a little credit and was proud of her for being strong and hoped she would give some of those men a run for their money. But I still loved Obama.
I was in a bind.
So I sat back and watched, and waited for her to shine. Unfortunately for women, I was wrong; luckily for Obama, I was right. See, as a female, and a bit of a feminist (I am doing my thesis on the psychology of gender!!!) I was stuck between a rock and an Obama-place. I wanted a woman so badly, but wasn't willing to give up my lefty principles for her. I decided at that moment to support her if the GOP moved ahead, and also wiling to support Obama if he moved ahead--really, I was.
But then she hopped the fence.
At first, I saw her as this fabulous woman who exuded all of the confidence and power I've always envied in women. She stomped right into this political battle and said, "I am woman, hear me roar." Her strikingly feminine, authoritative outfits rocked, and she reminded me of such power-houses as Hillary, Sandra Day, and oozed of Miranda from Sex and the City.
Now, I completely despise her.
Unfortunately, as many women might attest, "if you are not my friend, and I know you, I probably dislike you." Read the book, Tripping the Prom Queen. There are not many women in my life that I am on the fence about. But as soon as you fall off that fence in the wrong direction, you are out, unless you win me over in a huge way.
I'm one of those females who tries to surround herself with other powerful females because they make me proud, and stand up for what they believe in--whether I agree with them is not the point. Some of my closest friends have fundamentally different points of views on religion, relationships, and politics than I do, but guess what--they ROCK because they do not apologize for who they are or what they believe in--and they do not belittle other people who do not agree. I still have a ton to learn from them.
Sarah is not one of those people; I could not be her friend in real life.
She is the kind of woman who touts being a powerful female, but then slaps all of us educated, dominant women in the face when she so obviously shows that her career is based on her good looks and charm. I'm sorry, but that is not a powerful woman, doggone it.
It wasn't an easy decision.
I wasn't bothered by the Gibson interview, because frankly, I don't know what the Bush Doctrine is either, and I don't think that makes me less intelligent. I think she handled the questions well, and didn't complain later when she didn't know what Gibson meant. The Hannity interview was a joke, but still, she held her own, and remained strong.
I began to get worried right around the Couric interview. To be totally honest, I only know the names of three Supreme court cases by name: Roe v. Wade, Brown v. Board of Education, and Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Distric (and off the top of my head, I did leave out the "Independent" part). I probably would have said Kramer v. Kramer just to cut through the intensity and make the world laugh. So really, I do not know that many, but I know two that directly relate to my career as an educator, and she should know at least one that affects her's ON THE SPOT.
I also know the name of almost every newspaper/magazine/news show/blog I read at least once a month month off the top of my head: Newsvine, Newsweek, Huffington Post, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, FOX NEWS.com, The radio version of O'Reilly Factor, and for crying out loud, even Oprah's "O," TV Guide, Ellen, The View, or The Onion would have sufficed---if only as a joke!
But that is not where my criticism began.
What upset me me was that she was rude about her inability to retrieve information. She showed complete disrespect to Katie Couric (another powerful female) by saying she was "annoyed" with her questions. Katie is not apologetic about her journalism, but Sean Hannity should be. You can't tell me that if the Vice President of the United States were to meet a foreign leader, that she would then later whine about how rude that leader was for asking her questions that she did not want to answer.
If I wasn't able to recall any off the top of my head because I was nervous or frustrated because I unable to discuss my accomplishments and goals, I would have gracefully said, "Katie, off the top of my head, I am drawing a blank, because I am put on the spot here, but I know there are several oil cases or education cases or WHTEVER cases that I know have affected my family, my state and my ability to govern." Simple as that.
I also don't trust her judgement about judging others.
My second snag with Sarah Palin culminated in her ability to incite violence at her rallys and truly believe that she is doing this country good with such behavior. Using the word 'terrorist' will only polarize our country further, as we heard YOUR crowd scream, "terrorist!" and "treason" when you proclaimed these hateful words. Don't stoop so low just to win.
And now, I will probably eternally dislike Sarah Palin for misquoting the wonderful Madeline Albright's quote, "There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women." Maddy didn't say, "support" other women, as you exclaimed that day, suggesting that if I don't support you and your patronizing ways, that I will go to hell. Here's some news for you: I don't believe in hell.
I can read your character, Sarah, and you, my fellow female, are not qualified for this position. You are not disqualified for what you do not know. You are disqualified because you do not have the grace to lead this country, if God forbid you were given the task.