Saturday, August 30, 2008

Oh, Deer

So, aside from being an unpopular governor (of a state whose legislature only meets 90 days of the year), a deer and moose-shooting NRA member (to be expected in Alaska), a politician who doesn't even know what a vice president is supposed to do, who flipflopped on the gargantuan "Bridge to Nowhere" scandal, is someone whom John McCain met only once, and whom even Alaska media consider a questionable choice, and others consider an absolutely ridiculous choice, anti-choice Sarah Palin is about to be indicted for a firing scandal involving her sister and some abusive ex-husband, she completely messed up a deal with a milk dairy (which resulted in its closure), she lost Alaska millions in a bungled oil/land deal, and she may have may have covered up her daughter's pregnancy by pretending it to be her own.

All of that, and plenty more, makes her a perfect choice for the GOP, despite the sad fact that their convention may be delayed by a hurricane.

Oh, she also doesn't care for the gays.

Highlights of Governor Palin's Anti-Equality Record

* Prior to being elected governor, Palin supported the 1998 constitutional amendment barring marriage for same-sex couples and has said she would support a ballot measure overturning a state supreme court decision mandating benefits for domestic partners of state employees

* She is close to "traditional values" groups, like Family Research Council, because she is strongly anti-choice

Marriage and Relationship Recognition

* Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment on marriage.

* In addition, she told the Daily News that she would support a ballot question that would deny benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, which were ordered by an October 2005 decision of the Alaska Supreme Court, because, she said "honoring the family structure is that important."

* While she followed the Court's decision and he also signed legislation-her first legislative act as Governor of Alaska-to put the issue on the April 2007 ballot for a nonbinding advisory vote. This was the only issue on the ballot and that election cost the state taxpayers $1.2 million. This measure passed, but the legislature did not follow the public's advice and it chose not to take any further action to overturn the court's decision.

* She did, however, veto legislation passed by the state legislature in 2006 that would have prohibited providing DP benefits to state workers, in defiance of the Alaska Supreme Court's ruling. She did this after the Supreme Court had already ruled and the Attorney General (Republican) advised her that the legislation was unconstitutional. Palin went on to state that, as a matter of policy, she was in favor of the bill.

Ties to Anti-LGBT Groups

* She will be honored alongside anti-gay Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) at an event at the 2008 Republican Convention, the "Life of the Party," sponsored in part by long-time opponent of GLBT rights, Phyllis Schlafly.

And yet, the idiotic Log Cabin Republicans slathered praise on her.

At least she smoked pot.

This just gets more and more absurd.

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