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McCain’s preference for Sarah Palin triggers questions, questions, and more questions

LatinaLista – The Republican nominee for vice president, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, brings to the ticket many of the shared values of the Republican Party but can those same values compensate for the lack of political experience?
The selection of Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin as Senator John McCain’s running mate on the Republican ticket has certainly heated up the race to the White House in more ways than one.
Without even considering the teenage pregnancy of her 17-year-old daughter or her state’s investigation into the alleged abuse of power by her and others in her administration, the governor’s candidacy has seemingly exposed a fundamental contradiction with the Republican Party’s own platform.
McCain’s selection of Palin gives pause in light of the Republican Party’s adopted platform rejecting preferences, quotas and set-asides in education, corporate boardrooms and government practice.
Since preferences implies that the selection of those candidates is based less on merit and qualifications, Palin’s selection is a curious move. Especially for a party that wants to appeal in part to those Latino voters who were staunch Hillary supporters and are still on the fence as to whether or not to support the Obama/Biden ticket.
If Palin’s selection was supposed to be seen as a viable substitute for Clinton that would appease her former supporters then it’s a miscalculation that begs deeper scrutiny something that’s making the Republican Party rather testy these days.
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    carmen
    September 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    lack of political experience??
    look who’s talking? how much experience does Obama have?

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    carmen
    September 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    17 daughter prego?
    this is very common in young latinas to get pregnant at this age? what’s all the fuss about?

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    September 17, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Governor Palin has more experience in her little pinky than Obama has in his whole damn body. Obama has never had to make executive decisions that affect peoples lives, Governor Palin has. Obama is a junior Senator and Washington insider (elitist) that has spent his entire political career campaigning for office, Governor Palin has served outside of Washington and is not in the “good-ole boy” network.
    Obama lost his spotlight when Governor Palin made the scene and now, as people get to know her better, she will pave the way to the White House.

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    Evelyn
    September 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Eyes
    White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do — like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the eight-hour workday, or an end to child labor — and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small-town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college — you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

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