Around the blogosphere and in the press, a number of British right-wing commentators (notably Peter Hitchens and Iain Dale) have already come out in support of McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin.
It is good to see these Tories lining up in support of her. It makes pretty clear just how skin-deep the Cameron ‘revolution’ has been.
Let’s remind ourselves of some of what Palin stands for:
* Palin opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest. She believes, that is to say, in (for example) the right of a father who rapes his under-age daughter legally to ensure that his daughter bears his grandchild. Yes: Palin believes that rapists and incestuous predators have the right to see their babies sired, as long as they succeed in forcing conception. (Her 17 year-old unmarried daughter Bristol is pregnant); Palin would insist on the law forcing Bristol to take the baby to term, whoever its father was, whatever the circumstances of the conception.)
* Palin doesn’t believe in evolution, and thinks creationism should be taught in state schools.
* She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of the climate chaos that is currently melting the Arctic to an unprecedented degree and that has just given New Orleans another narrow escape (such that the Republicans have had in effect to delay the start of their Convention). One would be grateful for such an act of God, were it not for the fact that Gustav is more an act of man.
* She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy: She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species – she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
It’s good to know that many of Britain’s Tories are happy signing up to support such a person: it’s good to know where they stand.
It is also extraordinary to see the depths to which McCain has gone in his personal sell-out to buy the active support of the ‘conservative’ movement in the United States. He has placed a heartbeat away from his potential Presidency a paleo-con who disagrees with him on fundamentals (McCain himself has no sympathy with any of the first three of the four points asterisked above; for instance, he claims to be absolutely serious about stopping global over-heat — …and yet he is willing to put a climate-denier in the White House!).
McCain should increasingly come over as the desperately-opportunistic phony that the Palin choice once again proves that he really is.