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Hollywood Blasts Palin Pick
September 2, 2008

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Rod Lurie, creator of ABC's 2005 television series, “Commander in Chief,” attended the Democratic National Convention and cheered for his candidate of choice, Barack Obama.

The producer then gave his assessment of John McCain’s pick for vice president. “People who understand politics know anything is possible,” Lurie told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Picking a woman is an absolute strategic idea from McCain's point of view. He's not talking about governing right now. The idea of this woman [Sarah Palin] actually facing down Putin and negotiating with Medvedev is idiotic,” he added.

In the pilot for Lurie’s canceled TV show, an experienced GOP presidential candidate chose a young unknown woman to be his running mate.

“It's unbelievable isn't it?” Lurie asked. “I think that Geena [Davis] and I need to be paid royalties by the Republicans.”

After Davis’ character succeeded to the White House, she was criticized for lack of experience. But the TV prez proved her detractors wrong.

The dismissal of Palin’s experience by the Democrats and many in the mainstream media is unseemly, especially in the light of Obama’s thin resume and the media’s lack of perusal.

Palin definitely has defenders such as America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who while appearing on “Face the Nation” praised the former two-term mayor, conservation commission chair and current governor of Alaska, and pointed out that when talking about the readiness issue, Obama is the one who has “never run a city, he’s never run a state, he’s never run a business, he’s never administered a payroll, he’s never led people in crisis.”

Giuliani also noted that Obama “had to put all that emphasis on somebody [Biden] helping him because he’s never had a record of executive experience.”

TV producers aren’t the only ones weighing in on McCain’s vice presidential choice.

Richard Roeper took a break from film commentary to try his hand at political commentary about John McCain’s running mate. Roeper wrote of Sarah Palin's “Suzanne Pleshette-circa-1975 attractiveness.” The film critic noted that Palin's biography makes her sound “more like a Hollywood star than a GOP poster figure.”

One of the things he focused on was Palin and her husband’s choice of names for their family of five. “She has given her children names straight out of the Demi Moore-Tom Cruise-Bob Geldof playbook: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig,” he wrote.

About the Alaska governor’s leisure activities of hunting and fishing, Roeper wrote, “Palin sounds like Ted Nugent with a uterus.” He also found it “hard to believe that one female voter in this country would switch from the Obama ticket to the McCain camp just because of the Palin factor.”

Yep, and if you believe that one you believe that there’s no such thing as the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit."

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