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I got mail yesterday from the McCain campaign that pissed me off to… 
1st-Nov-2008 11:27 pm
I got mail yesterday from the McCain campaign that pissed me off to no end. I know, this is nothig new. But, this one was talking about how "With intensity and hard work, she left 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" and McCain saying that with the help of Palin, "I will make sure that Hillary's efforts are not forgotten" and "I promise you will see a dramatic increase in the presence of women in every part of the government."

I was frothing. How dare McCain compare that barbie doll of a running mate of his (to quote someone near and dear) to a statesman and skilled politician like Hillary Clinton (who has her own issues, but one of them is not stupidity) and how dare he try to capitalize on Clinton's name and hard work, and how dare he push me to vote for someone because of my gender?

I'm a little better tonight. I was really, really angry last night.

I'm signed up to canvass for Obama on Tuesday (well, if they ever call me back... I signed up for 9 and noon). If I hadn't already signed up, that flyer certainly would have convinced me to put my ass where my bitching is. I should have done it before.


Last night, we gave out candy - I'd guess we ended up with 15 or so kids, which is about normal and always makes me sad, that it's not more - and ate homemade pizza and crashed out early. Jeff was up and awake at 6:30, and I was awake enough to think "Wow, I feel pretty rested" before I passed back out until 8. I suppose I needed the sleep. :)

Today entailed the farmer's market (where, to my pleasant surprise, we had a $12 credit with our chicken farmer - which I find hard to believe, considering the pile of chicken in our chest freezer - which meant that I got a pound of amazing looking breakfast sausage and 2 gorgeous thick cut huge pork chops for like $1.50) and the library, and Taco Bell for lunch, and way way too long in Lowes, discussing parts for bedframes and desks (zoooom Jeff's mom gets here Friday how the HELL did that happen?) We did some desk building, we reheated Juan Pedro Pie for dinner, we've had a little whiskey and Dr. Pepper. It's not been a bad Saturday.
2nd-Nov-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I got that same one today, and it made me angry too.
3rd-Nov-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ha. To be perfectly fair, one thing I do think is pretty awesome about Palin (in a personal, not political, sense) is that not only did she not get into politics by capitalizing on a more famous husband (which, I very much admire Hillary and I do think she's smarter and more capable than Palin, but she did kind of totally use Bill), but she's in general married to someone who is less famous and has less of a career and is okay with that. The vast, vast majority of my married high-power career-oriented female friends, including me, are married to-- and specifically sought out to marry-- men who are by some quantitative measure "more successful" than the woman. Which I consider kind of a partial failure of feminism.

(Of course this isn't always true-- the Kid is marrying a guy who is probably going to end up doing the bulk of the housework and kid-raising while my sister has her high-powered career-- but it's not at all the norm, and a couple of women I would previously have brought up as exceptions to the rule are now divorced.)

(Sorry, you stepped right into my feminism rant!)

Not that any of this makes me more inclined to vote for her, so I agree with you there. But I don't think it's completely unreasonable for McCain/Palin to try to capitalize on something that I do think is a strength of hers-- and they probably thought they were being conciliatory rather than enraging by mentioning Hillary.
4th-Nov-2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
You know, that was something I hadn't considered. Considering Palin tends to make me froth at the mouth and I forget that she has made strides on her own.

I doubt they were aiming for enraging, but it did feel like capitalizing, not conciliation. Then again, my view on the whole thing is decidedly biased. :)
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