P.O. Box 16118
Arlington, VA 22215
Dear Senator McCain,
First, let me express, as a fellow veteran, my deepest appreciation for your sacrifice in service to our country. Few in our nation have given what you have and lived to tell the tale. No matter what the future holds, in my eyes you are a hero for what you have done.
Senator McCain, I am one of those “Reagan Conservatives” who has, of late, felt abandoned by the GOP. In fact, I am so ashamed of Republican kowtowing to public opinion, to the Democrat machine that has succeeded in establishing a double standard of public opinion where a Klansman who is a Democrat can become President Pro Tem with impunity but it seems that a Republican who hears a sneeze and says “God bless you” gets censured for failing to separate church and state, and to Big Business by “pimping” out utilities and infrastructure to the highest bidder to the point where the American consumer is squeezed dry that I have in recent years disassociated myself from the party to which I once contributed. I have become disgusted with both parties and had seriously considered not participating in a Presidential election for the first time in my adult life.
Then, you did a most remarkable thing: you selected Sarah Palin as your running mate. The Alaska Governor first came to my attention in March when she disclosed her pregnancy at a time of her own choosing. She even managed to prevent an “outing” during a Vanity Fair interview! I was impressed enough to blog on her amazing accomplishment back in March.
Senator McCain, your detractors say that you selected her merely to attract conservatives who felt disenfranchised. If so, may I congratulate you for a job well done, for it worked far beyond the expectations of many a man! She is everything I want in a candidate: pro-life; a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment, the family, and traditional values; and a “Great Communicator” in the tradition of Ronald Reagan–the President to whom all the presidents in my life are/will be compared. In short, I’m definitely a fan of Gov. Palin.
Having said that, I must relate to you that I found the recent parody of the governor and Senator Clinton on Saturday Night Live downright side-splitting! I think you may have made a mistake in having declared the skit to be “sexist.” As a woman (and a Palin supporter to boot), I thought both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did “spot-on” imitations and the skit itself was almost equally balanced in the number of jabs at each side of the political spectrum. In fact, both my husband and I (neither of which had tuned in to SNL since Joe Piscopo was in the cast) felt that a slight majority of the barbs were actually directed at Senator Clinton!
Saying that the skit portrayed Gov. Palin in an unflattering light makes you sound petty, Sen. McCain. It makes people think that you are unable to take a joke. Again, I thought the sketch was harder on Sen. Clinton than Gov. Palin, but I have heard no comments from the other side of the fence–not even reports of the sound of lamps shattering in the vicinity of Chappaqua, New York.
Sarah Palin has re-energized your campaign, Senator McCain. She has made conservatives get excited about the race for the first time in a long time. Momentum, right now, is on your side. Please, for the sake of a country that cannot afford the “tender mercies” of an Obama Administration, don’t blow it by choosing battles cavalierly. Our nation is depending on you.
Most Sincerely Yours,
P.S. I support you in November, but football takes priority. My Dawgs over your Sun Devils tomorrow by 14, Senator. You heard it here first!!