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The Word on Sarah Palin ... From A 'Mocha Mom'

Presumptive Republican vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waits to be introduced at a rally at T.R. Hughes Ballpark August 31, 2008 in O'Fallon, Missouri. Getty Images hide caption

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So with the latest news of the family drama surrounding John McCain's vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, we also wanted to get buy-in from our Mocha Moms. Jolene Ivey, co-founder of the Mocha Moms, was unable to participate in today's conversation, but she did want to share her thoughts.

Take it away, Jolene ...

Thanks, Lee. Jolene Ivey, here ...

I was in the airport in Denver, on the way home from the Democratic Convention, still on an emotional high, when I first heard that John McCain had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. I'm a committed Barack Obama supporter, and am actually afraid about our country continuing our current course, so there's no one McCain could have chosen who would have persuaded me to vote for him. I was curious, though.

Turns out, Gov. Palin and I have a lot in common. We're both mothers of five children. We're both in elective office. I'm 3 years older than she is, but we're both in our 40's. And from what I've heard, she's very independent and determined to do what she thinks is right. Having been accused of having those qualities myself, I appreciate them in others.

But there the similarities end. Sarah Palin and I could probably have a lovely chat over tea about motherhood, but on policy, it would be a strained conversation. As a state delegate, I'm extremely aware of how our everyday lives are affected by government policies, and the ones that Gov. Palin supports don't make common sense.

She's anti-choice, which I understand, but disagree with. And abstinence-only education obviously doesn't work. Sarah Palin doesn't need to look any further than her pregnant 17 year old daughter to see that.

And want to waste some money? How about that "Bridge to Nowhere," Ketchikan's Gravina Island bridge in Alaska? Palin supported it while she was running for governor. She's singing a new tune today.

Sullying the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with drilling for oil is okay with Palin, which isn't surprising since she also doesn't believe human behavior contributes to global warming — not exactly the kind of ideas that lead the government to be good stewards of the environment.

She also believes in creationism, which baffles me totally. Would she work to get evolution struck from our science curriculum?

I'm afraid John McCain may be a male chauvinist. Going with a woman made sense. But of all the extremely qualified women in the political world he could have tapped, why pick one who admitted herself —quite recently— that she doesn't even know what the vice president does?! Seems he doesn't want a true equal. Just someone who can get him in office, then go away.

That's unless, of course, that most important function of the vice president should unfortunately come to pass, and Sarah Palin becomes our president. In that case, I hope she can figure out what the president does. But let's not put her — or us — in that position. Please.

— Jolene Ivey

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