Unfortunately it seems to me that as much as the McCain campaign's VP pick was obviously aimed at attracting women, it has worked so far. It all started out the morning after Obama's acceptance speech, which most people found moving. McCain pronounced that his running mate would be Sarah Palin, virtually a non-entity from Alaska. Naturally, following an announcement like that, the media was anxious to jump out at any snip-bit of information that could be found about her. It just so happened that the first piece of information that came out was her teen-daughter's pregnancy - in the midst of a debate of whether or not McCain's pick was an appeal to women, or whether or not it was going to influence the election. Contrary to how the McCain campaign and the media currently seem to view the media's initial response to this news, the response was predominantly in support of Mrs. Palin. Immediately you had republican spokespersons coming on the air to two words: "executive experience", and "reformer", while providing as reasons the bridge to nowhere, tax breaks for Alaskans, etc. This of course was before her acceptance speech at the GOP convention. Except for liberal websites and blogs online, nowhere was her ability to be VP really questioned. Even if somebody would ask the question on CNN or Fox, it would just be a question, something that would be debated - a very natural process. However, McCain proclaimed that all of this debate was really an outrageous, sexist attack upon Palin. It was enough for a few Republican talking heads to come one the air a few more times and proclaim the media's treatment sexist in order for the message to stick. I even remember thinking before Palin actually came on to the stage at the convention how nice the media had actually been to her, making her a star before she even gave her first speech. During the speech I was thinking to myself, as I did during the speeches of all the others speakers at the convention: lies, deceit, bad reading of the teleprompter, and the ability to make a joke. I also couldn't help but notice how natural she felt on stage insulting Obama's community service, followed by the GOP crowds rabid laughter. I thought to myself: this is the first time you are presenting yourself to the public, have some humility for god's sakes. Feel free to talk about your accomplishments in Alaska or McCain's ability to "change" this country, but don't insult a candidate who has lead an honorable campaign with so many followers. I believe that 50% of the country felt the way I felt, and the other 50% fell in love with her. Nobody in the media questioned her outright lies, and nobody blamed her for not saying a thing about the issues and policies, or about touting yourself a reformer but citing false evidence. Honestly I thought to myself: you know, the American people are smarter than that, especially after hearing the same kind of empty promises and divisiveness from Bush and Karl Rove all these years. I thought to myself that perhaps at first women would like her, just because she represented all that they could become, but then realize that she lied the first time she ever made a national appearance, and that her extreme stance on issues important to them would change their minds. Over the next few days tons of information was piling up about her: troopergate, the bridge, her treatment of officials as a mayor, the fact that the "tax breaks" were just her giving away Alaska's surplus of oil money, the fact that her husband was a 17 year member of the AIP, her extremely religious views, the fact that she went to 5 colleges in 6 years, the fact that in order to defend her "foreign policy" credentials the Republican talking heads had to site that Alaska is the closest state to Russia, as well as her being in charge of the Alaskan national guards (even though she never gave an order), the fact that she didn't even have an American passport until a year ago when she flew to Kuwait to visit the national guard, the fact that she had to site an airport as a "foreign country she has been to before", just the simple fact that being mayor of Wasilla doesn't give you the experience you need to run the White House, and nor does being the governor of the oil rich state of Alaska. I was certain that her initial support would at least partially dwindle away in the midst of all this information. As the polls came in two weeks later and it was evident that people still supported her as much, if not more, I felt my intelligence was utterly insulted by the McCain campaign. I realized that perhaps she is a good person, a good mother, and was a good governor for Alaska, but the fact alone that McCain campaign had to keep her on a leash without interviews just seemed like a blatant insult. The fact that she continue to lash out everyday on the campaign trail with the same lies and skewing her reform credentials as far as was physically possible, and just the fact that despite the fact that Obama would constantly challenge her and McCain to talk about issues and how they are different from Bush, they wouldn't, all seemed unbelievable. At this point it seems that McCain and Palin can do whatever the hell they please. The more controversy? The better. Any rational accusation of experience to be in the White House - sexism. Any demand to talk about what's important to America - ignored. At this point I feel on the verge of giving up on the American people and the democratic process. If they don't realize what has been going on and sober up, and McCain and Palin go on to win the election, they will show their utter carelessness and disregard for their future. I will almost wish I didn't have the intelligence to realize what this country is coming to. By the way, coming from the old Soviet Union, I can tell you that this is almost as bad as the lies that were spread by the dictators in order to silence the opposition. Exactly how Putin now has a what 90% approval rating?