There's a nasty rumor that John McCain wants to delay the debate with candidate Barack Obama until Thursday, which would oh-so-coincidentally keep Sarah Palin's debate with Joe Biden from going forward. Far be it from me to traffic in nasty rumors . . .
And last I checked, when a President gets bogged down in a crisis, isn't that what a Vice President is for?
In fact, I'm here today to join with Campbell Brown from CNN in saying, Free Sarah Palin! [Text below]
Bear with me for a short rant on another subject, because frankly, I have had it, and I know a lot of other women out there are with me on this. I have had enough of the sexist treatment of Sarah Palin. It has to end!
She was here in New York City today meeting with world leaders at the U.N., and what did the McCain campaign do? They tried to ban reporters from covering those meetings, and they did ban reporters from asking Governor Palin any questions.
Tonight, I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment. This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong! She is tough! She is confident!--and you claim she's ready to be one heartbeat away from the presidency; if that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now!
Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters--just like Barack Obama did today; just like John McCain did today; just like Joe Biden has done on numerous occasions. Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you're not showing her the respect she deserves.
Free Sarah Palin!
Free her from the chauvinistic chains you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do, so let her act like one.
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Well, that'll never happen. In the meantime: Hey, John McCain! Being President sometimes involves doing more than one thing at a time, and frankly, you are the last person on the face of the planet--excepting some of your friends and campaign advisors--that I would want rushing to Washington to fix anything with dollar signs on it. Stay away!
And while we're on the subject of the economy, dear readers, isn't it interesting how all these free market neocons sure seem pretty socialist all of a sudden when it's their buddies and companies that need government money? To make a Sarah Palin analogy, we all got raped by the economic system, and now we're having to pay for our own rape kit with our tax dollars--it's the Right-wing answer to everything, no?
We all know someone losing a home, but I don't think the "crisis" is as bad as Bush is making it out to be; the American people--the actual workers--have been suffering for months and years now, and only now that the rich people at the top are suffering does anybody in the government care. Unfortunately, the American people tend to jump to any weird conclusion based on fear, so it is in Bush's best interest to say, "WE HAVE TO ACT NOW. NO, DON'T TAKE TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT. DO IT NOW. GIVE ME YOUR MONEY $$$ AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER."
The scariest part to me of this whole bailout is not that the government wants my tax money--hell, they're already spending it on killing Iraqi children, so not like I have any say--the scariest part is that the Treasury wants to expand its powers.
So all of a sudden we'd have Duke of Paulson up there in the Treasury giving tax dollars to anybody--his buddies, the Bushies, his grandma. It wouldn't matter, and we wouldn't be able to say shit! I am more interested in "pressuring" my Congress people (O.K., they don't care, but) into blocking the expansion of Treasury powers than I am in keeping them from giving all that money away. (The money's not worth anything, anyway, so whatever.)
I will say in closing that banks should be engaging in development--not in speculation. Simple as that. Most states had outlawed predatory lending until Bush came along in 2003 and said, "predatory lending for everybody! Cheers!" And who has been in favor of deregulation this whole time? One clue: a privileged old man who used to be a war hero but who is now cowering somewhere from the American people's questions at a time everyone is looking for a strong leader with answers.
I personally need a President who's going to make me want to invest in American roads that are crumbling and in dumb-ass American kids who can't fucking read and in a green economy that creates American jobs that save this god-damn planet run by imperialist morons. If I can't believe in that, I've got to move, which totally bums me out because I love southern California, man.
So I'm going to watch the debates whether John McCain shows up or not. I want to hear what Barack Obama has to say; and since John McCain has suspended campaigning, that makes Huckabee the new de facto Republican nominee, right? I'm calling for Obama, Huckabee, and Palin to stand up for their country and tell us how they would lead us out of this mess; when we Americans are looking to them for answers, it's their duty. Why doesn't John McCain think that?