300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

September 14, 2008

Reason #101

From The Curvature comes a great analysis of Sarah Palin’s involvement in charging rape victims in Wasilla for their own rape investigations, and her subsequent lying about that involvement:

You’ve probably read just about everywhere by now that while Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the city billed rape victims the $1200 fee for their rape kits. Of course, Palin has tried to sidestep the question and insinuate that she had nothing, nothing at all, to do with this mess. This was clearly bullshit from day one, since the mayor of such a small town (my town is tiny and still has 2,500 more people in it than Wasilla) really has no excuse for not knowing what the fuck is going on in it.

(emphasis mine) 

As I’ve noted before, Wasilla is the same size as Bumpass, Virginia. One would assume that the mayor of such a tiny town would know what was going on there.

Considering that fact, it was already clear that Sarah Palin was lying about her involvement in charging rape victims for their rape kits (in case you’ve never heard of them, a rape kit is a kit used to collect evidence for prosecution after a sexual assault), but now we have proof. There is now a paper trail proving that Sarah Palin actively signed off on the switch from having the town cover rape investigations to the new policy of charging victims, and her claims to the contrary are outright lies.

Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of men in politics understand what a big deal this could be for women voters (yep, even evangelical women).  I am afraid men who understand that John McCain=FAIL will miss an opportunity on this issue, because they don’t understand how visceral women’s feelings about sexual violence are.  This decision by Sarah Palin speaks to a lack of empathy on her part–it takes away from her false image as a woman “just like us,” and shows her to be quite a bit nastier than most women would be.  Further, the fact that she is lying about her involvement in this decision speaks even more to the fact that she and John McCain are liars. I hope people don’t stop talking about this.

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September 11, 2008

Reason #98

Oh, how I love Katha Pollitt.

I love her questions for Sarah Palin even more. An excerpt:

§ Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her bedroom by an intruder. She becomes pregnant and wants an abortion. Could you tell the parents of America why you think your child and their children should be forced by law to have their rapists’ babies?

§ You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

§ If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

§ What is the European Union, and how does it function?

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ What is the function of the Federal Reserve?

§ McCain says cutting earmarks and waste will make up for revenues lost by making the tax cuts permanent. Experts say that won’t wash. Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

§ You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

If we could get just one journalist to ask Sarah Palin these questions in a context where she has to answer them. Just one.

Charlie Gibson? No?

Well, I suppose questions about mooseburgers are more important than questions about whether my teenage sister should be forced to have a child if, God forbid, she is raped. I don’t really care about that anyway. Lipstick!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the Violence Against Women Office? It’s part of the Department of Justice. Which is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means the President gets to make the appointments that determine what kind of work the VAWO does.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Sarah Palin’s views on sexual violence (she also made rape victims pay for their own rape kits when she was mayor) might just be relevant to her decisions about appointments.

Oh, nevermind. Lipstick!

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