View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin should have aborted, eh?

From Politico:

-- South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate " whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”

Say what?? If she'd had an abortion would she be better qualified?

Don't the Obama supporters see that they are self-destructing? Obama keeps blowing opportunities, Biden misstates Catholic teachings and draws the bishops' rebuke, then says Obama might have been better off with Hillary Clinton?
Wow. I've never seen a campaign like this.


Anonymous Richard said...

Ah, c'mon Lee... all the woman said was that just giving birth is not, in itself, a qualification for the job. It may have been a good decision, but one good decision does not mean all decisions are good.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

What she said was that her only qualification was not having an abortion. That's pretty crude.

Now you may think Palin is underqualified - that's a legitimate argument - but she does have some qualifications. McCain picked her for a several reasons.

Further, Fowler apologized later realizing she had said too much, and the Obama campaign repudiated the remark.

The comment crossed the line.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous R said...

What's interesting is the claims that motherhood disqualifies Palin are coming from the right (Dr. Laura Slessinger, for example) and not from the centerist/left (remember I live in Mexico, where the Democrats would be conservatives)... with the exception of Maureen Dowd.

If there is a gender based argument against Palin, it might be the example of Maria Estella Martinez -- the vice-president of Argentina who became the first non-royal female head of state in the Americas when the 70-ish president dropped dead in 1974. Despite some executive experience, her cranky religious beliefs, coupled with her ties to the right wing of her party led to a disaster: a military coup, death squads and two wars.

11:58 AM  

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