Anchorage, ALASKA—Millions of women who supported Senator Hillary Clinton for president rejoiced today at news that John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has chosen Alaska Governor and former beauty queen Sarah Palin as his running mate.
“Oh my goodness,” said Mikki Smith, of Tampa Bay, Florida, “a woman, a woman—I just can’t believe how wonderful this is. Hillary would be so proud.”
While Hillary Clinton has yet to comment on the pick, many analysts find it hard to see how she wouldn’t approve. The lifetime member of the NRA, who is fiercely anti-abortion and advocates drilling for oil in Alaska’s protected ANWAR areas, and who believes marriage is between a man and woman only and who was runner up in the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty pageant—clearly Palin stands for everything Hillary Clinton has worked her entire political life to achieve.
The pick also heightens Barack Obama’s lack of experience. “Certainly a woman two years into the governorship of a state bordering Russia has all the experience necessary to be president,” said CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Not to mention her four years on the Wasilla city council.”
Clinton supporter Alexi Weldon, of Connecticut, went even further: “Anyone who thinks this woman isn’t ready or doesn’t have the right policies to be president is just as sexist as Barack Obama. This feminist is officially voting for the old man and his trophy vp.”
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