Friday, August 29, 2008

Governor, you're no Hillary Clinton.

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Well, today has brought an interesting selection of a Vice Presidential nominee. John McBush went out on a limb and selected Governor Sarah "Panderbear" Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate, citing her as the running mate who can "best help him shake up Washington".

Or she could be the running mate that "best helps him pander in an intellectually dishonest way" to disillusioned Hillary voters. Sarah went right to work on that today, of course, comparing herself to Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro as a "groundbreaker" and telling us how she's going to finish Hillary's job and break the glass celing that has 18 million cracks in it.

Well, Governor, I can assure you, Hillary Rodham Clinton did not mean to put 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling so that a pro-life, pro-gun, home-schooling nobody from the frozen tundra of Alaska could break it.

But hey, Gov. Palin wants some comparisons to other great female leaders, so why don't we do a bit of a timeline?

In 1984, Sarah Palin won "Ms. Alaska", winning a scholarship so she could go to college.

In 1984, Hillary fought a successful battle against the Arkansas Education Association, to establish mandatory teacher testing as well as state standards for curriculum and classroom size.

In 1988, Sarah Palin was a sports reporter for the Anchorage local news!

From 1987-1991, Hillary chaired the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, which addressed gender bias in the law profession and induced the association to adopt measures to combat it.

From 1992-1996, Sarah Palin served on the Wasilla (AK) city council. Wasilla, Alaska is less populated than the three block radius around my house.

In 1993, Bill Clinton appointed Hillary Clinton to head and be the chairwoman of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, hoping to replicate the success she had in leading the effort for Arkansas education reform.

In the late 90's, Sarah had a HUGE victory in getting re-elected to the mayor's office in Wasilla. Her biggest accomplishment she named was cutting property taxes.

What was Hillary doing in the late 90's? How about being a driving force behind SCHIP, the largest expansion of health care coverage in the US since the 60's, helping to insure millions of uninsured children.

I'm sure you get the point by now.

But there's one more thing...

Last month, Hillary Clinton was campaigning for change on behalf of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

But Sarah was campaigning too. She decided to campaign with indicted Alaska Senator Ted "Tubes" Stevens, the epitome of corruption and "old Washington politics", the same kind of "old Washington politics" that McCain says Palin is going to help stop.

But hey, they're very similar, right?

I'd like to paraphrase from a great Democrat, Lloyd Bensten, and close by saying:

Governor Palin, I know Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton is my friend. And Governor, you are NO Senator Clinton.


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