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August 30, 2008

Palin: The ultimate working mother?

J0434859 Yesterday Senator and Republican Presidential nominee John McCain announced that Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and mother of five, would be his choice for Vice President.

Looks like somebody was a little intimidated by the rousing success that was the Democratic National Convention and needed to steal a little thunder with a completely unexpected Veep nominee!

But before we moms get all choked up about a mother of five (With a teenage son about to go to Iraq! And a new baby with Down Syndrome!) being one heartbeat away from the Presidency, we need to take a closer look at Sarah Palin.

Is she with us on women's issues? No. Not only is she pro-life, she doesn't even believe in abortion in the case of rape or incest. That's extreme.

But a mother must care about protecting the environment. Actually, Sarah Palin wants to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. She doesn't give a whit about the polar bears--she's opposed to listing them as a threatened species. And hell, she's married to a guy who works for BP, do you really expect she'd put earth before oil?

But what about education? Any mom will put high quality schools on her agenda. Or not. Sarah Palin wants creationism taught right alongside evolution. A pretty big breach of the separation of church and state, in my opinion.

Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton. She's Mike Huckabee in a skirt. A valentine to evangelical voters.

But that's not all. The Internet is hopping with rumors that Palin's new baby is actually her teen daughter's and that her pregnancy was faked. (It does seem a little suspicious that her daughter was out of school for 6 months "with mono" and Palin didn't announce she was expecting until she was 7 months along.)

Take it from a mother: a vote for this woman is no vote for women.

Alma will be voting for Barack Obama in November. Her personal blog is Marketing Mommy.

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