Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or anything in between and you were around during the 2008 presidential election, you’ll remember when John McCain named Sarah Palin as his VP running mate.
I’m no Republican, but I was just as energized about the choice as any GOP supporter was at the time.
Here was this young woman in her 40s, a very attractive, outdoorsy Governor of Alaska with a large family.
Not only had Sarah Palin just been swept onto the national political stage, but she did it with her own newborn in tow!
Her appointment didn’t make me want to vote conservative. However, as a woman I was thrilled and excited for Palin.
I was impressed with Senator John McCain for choosing such an unlikely and truly innovative running mate.
McCain became my secret feminist hero.
As excitement mounted and the press did their vetting of this remote governor we became more and more fascinated. Until she began to… talk.
Some of what she said didn’t seem to make any sense.
Some of it was pure gold.
For example, this quote from her acceptance speech at the RNC in 2008:
“Our nominee for president (McCain) is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by. He’s a man who wore the uniform of his country for 22 years and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who now have brought victory within sight. And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as Commander-in-Chief.”
Now it’s true Sarah Palin’s son, Track Palin, was in the military, as well as, Palin’s nephew. How much actual combat service Track Palin performed is (highly) questionable.
The point here is she has respect for our military service members. As ridiculous as some of her comments have been over the years her appreciation for military service has never wavered.
As for Donald Trump, here is what he’s said of Senator John McCain:
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
What kind of man are you to scoff at a POW who survived, returned home and who became an Arizona senator and subsequent presidential candidate?
McCain might have been my secret feminist hero, but much more importantly he’s a very public military hero.
Read what Senator McCain ENDURED here…
Read the above account of McCain’s POW experience and try to imagine Trump enduring the same punishment.
So back to Palin.
With what we know of Palin can you imagine her attacking a Gold Star family like the Khans the way Trump did? Seriously.
Palin said amazingly absurd things during her VP election campaign in 2008. I think it’s safe to say Trump has her beat with the absurdity comments.
No matter what you think of Republicans or Sarah Palin or Donald Trump, there is no place in American culture to defame our military or Gold Star families.
This is one thing Palin got right that Trump doesn’t seem to grasp. Heaven help us.
I found some video from the RNC 2008. Remember this?…