Sign the petition -- Sarah Palin: Please Resign.

Prominent conservative columnist and former Palin supporter Kathleen Parker called for Sarah Palin to resign from the Republican ticket. Even a conservative columnist and former Palin supporter is saying it: Palin is far from Vice-Presidential material. Can you sign our petition asking her to resign? Full petition statement:

Governor Palin, for the good of the country, please step down as John McCain's running mate.

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Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving."

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"And I am especially proud to say in the week we celebrate the anniversary of women's suffrage [that she is] a devoted, a devoted wife and mother of five."
—John McCain introducing Sarah Palin

"If this doesn't resonate with every woman in America, I'll eat my hat."
—Alaska delegate Bill Noll on Sarah Palin

Dear Bill, get ready to eat your hat. —The Eds.

Monday, September 22, 2008

An Independent Woman Says NO

My name is Robin B, and I am 54 years old. I am a graduate of Stanford University and the U. of Idaho College of Law. After 27 years of full-time law practice (six as an in-house corporate lawyer, eight in a major Northwest regional law firm, first as an associate and then as a partner, and the remainder in a two-person firm with my husband as a real estate development lawyer), I retired on December 31, 2007. Since I first became eligible to vote, I have been registered as an Independent. I have voted for both Republican and Democratic candidates, and I have never been a "single-issue" voter but, rather, have typically evaluated each candidate and his or her positions on all issues in determining my voting choice. I have two children, a 19-year-old daughter in her first year of college, and a 17-year-old son who is a senior in high school. My husband, who is 60, retired when I did, and we are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.

John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate diminishes and trivializes all that I have worked for and accomplished in my professional life. The choice strikes me as a cynical ploy to attract female and Christian-right voters without regard to Ms. Palin's ability or qualifications to service as Vice President and, if necessary, President. From personal experience, I know that there are innumerable women in the legal profession who excelled in first-rung colleges and in law school, who are superior lawyers and who have full and rich family lives in the best American tradition. I feel certain that there is a large pool of Republican women in this country, amenable to serving in public office, who have comparable qualifications in their chosen field. I don't see Sarah Palin as being in that talent pool. She appears, instead, to have been chosen for her looks, her cheer-leader personae, her ability to "spin" her own story, her ability to lacerate "enemies" with inaccuracies, and her knee-jerk positions on issues that deserve and need an approach that is as thoughtful and as complicated as the U.S. electorate.

If you are going to choose a woman to do a job in this country, choose her for her qualifications. The potential candidates are virtually unlimited.
-Robin B., 54, Portland, OR