Hillary Clinton vs Palin, what’s to gain?
So McCain’s choice for picking Palin was influenced greatly by the need to gain the women vote. It cannot be experience and it certainly cannot be
her policies. It is no secret that a small fraction of the Democratic voter population, those primarily Hillary supporters, are still disgruntled at
the reality of Hillary's loss of the nomination, but all McCain did was pick an ultra conservative VP that appeals to his already strong base. Well
how effective will Mrs. Palin be in getting those Hill supporters? Is McCain’s choice for purely biological reasons, logical? Will Palins gender
really bring in those votes?
The only similarities between Mrs. Palin and Sen. Clinton is that their both biologically female. McCain’s pick is insulting in my opinion, how can
he think by just simply putting a woman on the ticket, the women will just line up? Are women, or Hill supporters to be exact, really that naive to
just throw their support around here simply because she is the same gender as Hillary? John, in all my years of political interest, this is by far the
most stereotypical political tactic I have seen.... not even your pandering over drilling in Alaska or your sudden care for New Orleans is this
stereotypical and obvious.
The vast majority of Hill supporters have echoed my exact feelings here, in fact even those who have great dislike for Obama will defiantly be writing
in Hillary on the ticket this year. They are insulted that their voter base is been pandered to in this fashion and I don’t blame them. How far back
in time is the McCain camp stuck? Or the GOP for that matter?
There’s no doubt that there will be a small minority of Hillary supporters who celebrate the idea of McCain’s choice, the difference is that these
voters are choosing McCain because they wish only to hurt the DNC. Palin is no where near as similar in policies and values as to Mrs. Palin, that and
the fact that Hillary has thrown her support behind Barack Obama:
We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain. While their policies would take
America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.
It is blatantly obvious that those disgruntled supporters who celebrate Palin were either going to vote for McCain regardless or have other personal
grudges against Obama. Still, I feel the need to list down the significant difference between the two. Hillary had a strong supporter base because of
her experiences, policies and achievements in life, not just because she was a woman. It would be against that very reason for any Hill supporter to
claim Palin closest fits their ideals.
So just how different is Mrs. Palin and Sen. Clinton?
Let’s look at three key issues; Gun rights, abortion and the Iraq war:
On the matter of guns, Hillary is a strong supporter of sensible Gun control:
In 2000 Hillary spoke regarding gun control that:
"Congress should have acted before our children started going back to school. I realize the NRA is a formidable political group; but I believe
the American people are ready to come together as a nation and do whatever it takes to keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have
And where does Palin stand?
Mrs. Palin said:
"I am proud to join the State of Texas in support of the Second Amendment," Governor Palin said. "We need to send a strong message that
law-abiding citizens have a right to own firearms, for personal protection, for hunting and for any other lawful purpose."
Yes, Mrs. Palin is for the rights of gun ownership by law abiding citizens (as everybody, right-left is already) but she opposes regulation for it to
fall into the wrong hands.
Despite the recent political pandering over guns from Hillary, she has always been a strong supporter of gun regulation.
In 2006, Hillary stated that "abortion is a basic right" of an individual:
Hillary often describes herself as being in the middle regarding abortion, she feels it should still be an option but should restricted. This could
only mean that she is not anti-abortion by the right.
In 2003, Clinton voted "Nay" to prohibit partial birth abortion.
She voted Nay again on an attempt to stript that individual right away.
So Hillary still believes that abortion should be an option, what about Mrs. Plain? It’s no secret where she stands on the matter:
Well she said "I'd Oppose Even If My Own Daughter Was Raped", so she is as against the abortion as a conservative can get. She’s against it even
in the case of rape and incest.
When Clinton supporter abortion in certain circumstances, much of her strong supporters preferred her policy, back inn 2007:
The Iraq war
It is important to note that Hillary supported the war at the time of the invasion and Palin, not in any government office at that time, also
supported the war. However Hillary is now very much against the war and has been highly critical of the lies from this administration:
She admitted that the war was a mistake:
Palin however is still a strong supporter of the war, she stated that the war was "a task that is from God" himself:
There is nothing in common between Palin and Hillary Clinton besides their gender. McCain’s choice offers little to no difference in the appeal to
Clinton voters, it only further appeals to his base.
[edit on 3-9-2008 by southern_Guardian]