According to an article in the Los Angeles Times today, Sarah Palin might have a slightly more liberal position on sex education than John McCain and the Republican Party platform. Apparently Palin believes that education about condoms should accompany indoctrination about abstinence; in other words, unmarried people, and especially teenagers, should "just say no" to sex--but be prepared if their hormones won't take no for an answer.
This serves as a reminder of just how extreme (and probably opportunistic, because he can't possibly believe this nonsense) McCain's positions on so-called "values" issues really are. As I said in the previous post, McCain is very vulnerable on these and many other questions, and the Obama campaign should be hammering away on them. I would like to see an Obama "attack ad" showing a woman going in for an illegal abortion in a dirty backroom where the abortionist is some sleazy character--you know, just how it was before Roe v. Wade. There is plenty of evidence that this issue alone is a winner for Obama and a loser for McCain--so let's use all the ammunition at hand. And unlike the Republican attack ads, this one would actually be true.
"Sambo beat the bitch!" That, at least, is what an article in the L.A. Progressive, quoting a waitress, claims Sarah Palin said at a restaurant right after Obama beat Clinton in the primaries. The article also cites others who know Palin and call her vindictive and mean, with examples. I obviously can't (and don't) vouch for this story, but I would imagine (and fervently hope) that mainstream media outlets with serious resources are right now doing the kind of vetting of Palin that the McCain campaign should have done. If she is a racist (and sexist!), we need to know it, and soon. (Thanks to regular commenter Richard for this link.) On Sarah and what McCain's "decision" to pick her really means, Frank Rich is required reading this week.
Sarah won't put food on the table. A story in today's Los Angeles Times concludes that Palin is not impressing working class women struggling to make ends meet.