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2908287561_f2f56996e8_m.jpgMake no mistake:  I remain a hardcore lefty.

But I am sympathetic with those who support Sarah Palin.

Here’s why.

The economic sophisticates in the financial sector and the super-brains (George Bush aside, there were plenty of highly educated and intelligent people around him) in the White House have unequivocally failed the American people.

New Orleans.   Current financial disaster.

Small wonder then that “credentials” and “experience” count for little: they did nothing for the six-pack-American.

Aside: This is somewhat analagous to my money coach clients.   Many have been faithfully socking away into RRSPs, never quite clearly understanding what they were doing, but entrusting their precious dollars to their Financial Planner.   Two things frequently occur.   1.  Their investments don’t do much of anything, and the person remains confused and uncertain, despite putting on a polite, brave face to their FP.   2. The issues of more immediate concern – how to get out of debt, how to spend less, how to manage the day-to-day  issues – these are bypassed by the financial “experts”, yet is the area most pressing for many people.

Back to Sarah.

Enter on stage someone who may not be sophisticated in things like “The Bush Doctrine”.   But something about her strikes your average person (being average is not an insult!  I’m one of them!  I refer to all the good people who day in, day out, do the humble or middle-management solid work that keeps us all going) as trustworthy.   As someone who won’t dupe anyone with gobbledy-gook language that ends up in economic disaster.  And as someone who really might, just might, set aside those very sophisticaterati (my word. dumb, but you get the idea) in favour of principles and straight-talk that ultimately work in favour of the American People.

And here’s another thing.  Re: the war and fear-based.   I want the US cleared out of Iraq and I want diplomacy to be resurrected.  But I also know what it is to be bullied.   And I know what it is to have the authority figure suggest we “work it out” which was fine except I was left with either literal or emotional bruises while the bully smirked.  What was really called for was a clear demonstration that the bully would not have the opportunity to strike again, full stop.   So I wonder if we lefties, with our smooth talk about diplomacy strike others as the “let’s work it out” types while Sarah seems to step up to the plate and say “no more”.    If you perceived yourself as threatened, who would you vote for?

I’m not so sure it’s a Republican/Democrat tension in this case so much as a:   Who will reflect me, and my humble interests?  Who will advocate for me?  Who seems, for once, thank God, to not have a vested interest in anything other than the good of six-pack joe-ette average?

I desperately hope Obama is elected and will be heartsick if not.

But regarding Sarah Palin, I think we’re too easily dismissing her appeal.   Just sayin’.

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  1. what do I know

    phew, I wasn’t sure where you were going with this one, but I am glad you ended as you did. I totally agree that she will appeal to a large percentage of americans who are on the fence. She doesn’t know her a88 from her elbow with respect to foreign policy or the economy, but they want someone “like them” in office. I think this will be the most interesting and important elections in the US in a long time.


    Oct 06, 2008
  2. I hear ya. She’s pretty. But she ain’t Hilary.


    Oct 06, 2008
  3. Phillip

    In reference to “experience” and “credentials” not making a difference, I would totally disagree. No experience lends itself to disaster just as quickly. Besides, it was because of their experience that they understood the con and the only problem, like so many con men, was that they thought they could keep it going forever. The leads in the white house were both from Goldman Sachs, so must have understood the danger. The fact that they chose to do nothing was more representative of their greed and callous nature than lack of experience. Sarah Palin is appealing to an electorate that wants simple answers to simple problems, but that is not the reality. To ignore that is to ignore the complexity of our financial world – at our peril.


    Oct 06, 2008
  4. Um, I definitely don’t like Sarah Palin, precisely because of her lack of credentials. Being near Russia doesn’t qualify precisely as having diplomatic training. Sorry, but I’m going to be a snob here. Nope, no Sarah Palin for me. Even Hilary is better than Sarah on dozens of accounts (her education, for example, and her actual work in international affairs)


    Oct 07, 2008
  5. Neil

    But you are forgetting one thing, if McCain was to die, “if” he was president… then this untraveled, inexperienced, “cant answer the question, wink at the camera” woman would be in charge of the most powerful country on the face of the planet…

    She should do what she’s best at… ermm…. or something else other than politics!

    Case dismissed! 😉


    Oct 07, 2008
  6. I wanted you to have a look at this very sobering article from the Guardian I just got a link to today. It shows that if Palin was to get elected, she wouldn’t start with much respect from the other side of the pond:


    Here’s an excerpt:

    At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked. Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.

    By any normal standard, including the ones applied to male presidential candidates of either party, she did not. Early on, she made the astonishing announcement that she had no intentions of actually answering the queries put to her. “I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also,” she said.

    And so she preceded, with an almost surreal disregard for the subjects she was supposed to be discussing, to unleash fusillades of scripted attack lines, platitudes, lies, gibberish and grating references to her own pseudo-folksy authenticity.

    It was an appalling display. The only reason it was not widely described as such is that too many American pundits don’t even try to judge the truth, wisdom or reasonableness of the political rhetoric they are paid to pronounce upon. Instead, they imagine themselves as interpreters of a mythical mass of “average Americans” who they both venerate and despise.


    Oct 07, 2008
  7. @everyone OK, Ok 🙂 so SP is a non-starter. Bear in mind, I was simply acknowleding *why* I can see she would have appeal. The appeal may not be grounded, but I still can see why she would be attractive to some – and I think the reasons for the appeal need to be accounted for by the democratic party, rather than simply critiquing SP.
    Again, just sayin’ …


    Oct 09, 2008
  8. Something that occurs to me: I have never been so brash as to tell Canadians nor Brits how they should vote, nor look at someone running in their county and condemn that person without really understanding the psyche of that country. I’m sure you all mean well, but you do not get to vote in our elections, nor we in yours.
    Americans forget that one of our great Presidents was a shirt saleman in an emporium before becoming a vice President and then President. sophistication is usually a veneer for self aggrandizement I have found.
    Best wishes to all.


    Oct 24, 2008
  9. @Cat Moves I hear ya. One thing to bear in mind is: I have no idea if the commenters above are Cdn or American – wait, that’s not completley true. I’m a US citizen living in Canada (I have Cdn. citizenship too) as is one of the commenters. Also, this election matters a lot to Canadians, since whatever happens down there has a very signifcant influence on Canada. So, we opine in a way that Americans likely don’t bother with over cdn elections, since we don’t have the same amount of influence on the States.


    Oct 25, 2008

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