Problems with the Republicans in general
Jim MacDonald has an excellent breakdown at Making Light about the illegal raids on the homes of nonviolent protestors and the assault of nonviolent protestors at the RNC.
Problems with Palin and McCain
It's not about her gender. It's not about her daughter's pregnancy (though I agree with jlassen here, in that: Palin, you cannot say "Bristol is choosing to keep her baby," and then tell the rest of us that we get no choice).
It's about stuff like what the New York Times brings up here: "...it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner; that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede; and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge....“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked, before she was asked, maybe the Thursday or Friday before,” said a Republican close to the campaign....Although The Washington Post quoted advisers to Mr. McCain on Sunday as saying Ms. Palin had been subjected to an F.B.I. background check, an F.B.I. official said Monday the bureau did not vet potential candidates and had not known of her selection until it was made public."
Adam found an article through Daily Kos quoting the Anchorage Daily News from 1996: "The newly elected mayor of Wasilla has asked all of the city's top managers to resign in order to test their loyalty to her administration."
manifestress found this article in Time Magazine, which includes such gems as then-mayor Palin trying to ban books from the library.
I agree with sleigh here: "All this makes me wonder two things: has McCain actually vetted Palin as he should have, and what else don't we know about her? What this makes me wonder about is not Palin herself, but John McCain's judgment. His choice of Palin as running mate is looking more and more like a hasty and impulsive decision -- the kind of decision-making that would be very dangerous to have in the White House."
Here's a great post
by Jennifer Oullette of Cocktail Party Physics. I can't begin to summarize, but I encourage you to read the whole thing.
And we'll end with something good.
Obama's speech at the DNC. And here's a transcript.
Guys, I am so sick of what has been happening in my country these past eight years. As Obama says, we are better than this.
We're also better than gossiping over Bristol Palin's pregnancy. There are enough real issues here that make Palin the wrong person to have a heartbeat away from the presidency. Let's focus on those.
Now back to your regularly-scheduled Shadesong.