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Choose Or Loose

Last spring, the 2004 Republican National Convention partnered with MTV to ask young Americans how President Bush's call to service resonates in their lives. "Stand Up and Holla!" contestants submitted personal essays - and now ten finalists have the chance to share their personal stories with the nation. The winner will travel to New York City with delegates and party officials from across the nation to participate in the 2004 Republican National Convention. The winner will deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention in prime time.

Wizbang plans on interviewing the winner.

Having reviewed all the candidates, there is one entry I'm pulling for - Sheri Valera.

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Why is Sheri Valera such an attractive interview candidate? It's not what you think.

Sheri is determined to practice abstinence until her wedding day. While that's mildly interesting, it's hardly unique. What's special about Sheri's situation is what she's abstaining from... HER FIRST KISS!

Now that's a story worthy of a followup in New York.

Note, if you don't get out the vote for Sheri she won't win the trip to New York...


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Comments (29)

Hot though she may be, do w... (Below threshold)

Hot though she may be, do we really want a chick who refuses to kiss to be the voice of young conservative America at the convention?

Perhaps she can be shown th... (Below threshold)

Perhaps she can be shown the error of her ways.

I'd vote for Princella Smit... (Below threshold)

I'd vote for Princella Smith to give a rebuttal to Al Shartpon's insanity.

Either her or the Iranian guy--who could talk a LOT about the badness that is a theocratic Mid East.

Not trying to belittle the ... (Below threshold)

Not trying to belittle the amazing gesture of saving ones self completely until after marriage, but something tells me she's gonna be a pretty bad kisser.

Shawn Liu has a really good... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Shawn Liu has a really good point. Sheri's gesture to not kiss until she marries is a little scary to most of us guys. I mean, remember the first person you slept with? Yikes.

When I was young, I used to love the thought of having sex with a "newbie." Today, no way. I'd never touch one.

All that said, I applaud Sheri's self-control and resolve. I think abstinence encourages someone to adhere to other traditional values that in the end, are good for a society.

I don't know about the self... (Below threshold)

I don't know about the self-control and resolve.

Maybe she's a repressed lesbian and it's an alternative to "coming out".

Or maybe she's pulling a Clinton-esque "it's not kissing if it ain't on the face".

I think she just hasn't met... (Below threshold)

I think she just hasn't met the right guy yet. Go get her Kevin.

Or maybe she's pulling a... (Below threshold)

Or maybe she's pulling a Clinton-esque "it's not kissing if it ain't on the face".

HA! I fell out of my chair on that one

I believe none of this girl... (Below threshold)
Corey:

I believe none of this girl's lies. She goes to the University of Florida for chrissake. I went to the University of Georgia, and the girls in FL were the sluttiest most trashed-out hookers on earth. Now I may be a little biased, but I personally believe that Valera may be saving her first kiss, but that is so that she doesn't get too emotionally involved with all of the guys she's banging a la Pretty Woman. I bet she is also a terrible public speaker. Probably won't shy away from a camera though. I hate her.

(Not serious in anyway, but I will not bow out and say "I applaud her resolve" or any other such tripe. I think abstinence is stupid. I would never marry someone that I had no idea whether or not I am sexually compatible with. You have to do it with that person for the rest of your life, Clinton)

I believe none of this girl... (Below threshold)
Corey:

I believe none of this girl's lies. She goes to the University of Florida for chrissake. I went to the University of Georgia, and the girls in FL were the sluttiest most trashed-out hookers on earth. Now I may be a little biased, but I personally believe that Valera may be saving her first kiss, but that is so that she doesn't get too emotionally involved with all of the guys she's banging a la Pretty Woman. I bet she is also a terrible public speaker. Probably won't shy away from a camera though. I hate her.

(Not serious in anyway, but I will not bow out and say "I applaud her resolve" or any other such tripe. I think abstinence is stupid. I would never marry someone that I had no idea whether or not I am sexually compatible with. You have to do it with that person for the rest of your life, Clinton)

"it's not kissing if it ... (Below threshold)
Tim:

"it's not kissing if it ain't on the face"

Joe, thanks for the biggest laugh I've had all day!

isn't sending a wacko like ... (Below threshold)
Joel:

isn't sending a wacko like this just showing that conservatives really are out of touch??? she doesn't speak for me!

Corey: you can't judge a pl... (Below threshold)

Corey: you can't judge a place you've never been. That's what they do in Russia.

Besides, all the real ho's are at Florida State.

No, the ho's are at Florida... (Below threshold)

No, the ho's are at Florida. The Tallahassee Lassies give it away for free.

An FSU alumni. :P

I'm with Corey. Ain't no w... (Below threshold)

I'm with Corey. Ain't no way, no how, no chance a chick that hot has never been kissed. It's a good story, though. Very media savvy.

This comment thread makes m... (Below threshold)
jen:

This comment thread makes me very sad. You guys all speak as if she's freakish when instead she's very principled. I happen to think she's pretty smart - she doesn't have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy, an STD, feeling used or cheapened, I could go on and on. Some man will appreciate her resolve and the gift she will give him someday - her whole self. He won't have to worry about her past lovers, whether or not he measures up, whether or not she's carrying a disease. You mock her and others like her all you like. They mock you for your shallowness and disrespect.

I think the mockery is more... (Below threshold)

I think the mockery is more about her refusal to even kiss until marriage...

This comment thread make... (Below threshold)

This comment thread makes me very sad. You guys all speak as if she's freakish when instead she's very principled. I happen to think she's pretty smart - she doesn't have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy, an STD, feeling used or cheapened, I could go on and on.

Kissing gives you STD's?!!!

She's freakish, you nitwit. A 21 year-old that abstains from kissing borders on mentally disturbed. in related news, what the Hell are you doing reading wizbang? Don't you know that there are pictures of Britney Spears on this site?

And being a UF alumnus, I can validate Kathy K's comment above.

I wouldn't use the word "fr... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't use the word "freakish" but I would say her decision to avoid kissing until marriage is unrealistic. First, kissing is an activity that does not carry any sort of social taboo with it (unless Angelina Jolie is kissing her brother). Second, sexual activity in dating relationships (even if abstaining from sex) is a healthy way to find out if the male and female are sexually compatible on a long term or permanent basis. It isn't realistic to expect a man to have a platonic relationship with a woman and then on the wedding day, make a sudden transition from platonic to romantic.

But I'm not too far removed from college to remember how collegiates thought. This young lady is living in a Willy Wonka Fairyland, and Tinkerbell is going to bring her a man and a wedding ring at the wave of her magic wand.

I appreciate being called a... (Below threshold)
jen:

I appreciate being called a nitwit, thanks.

I meant to include a caveat that I wasn't talking about the kissing thing as much as the abstinence thing. I agree that waiting to kiss until her wedding is a bit unrealistic.

However, I have known several couples who made the commitment to one another to abstain from sex until marriage. And their sex lives are rather robust, from what they tell me and judging from the number of children they're all having as well.

Yo, dis trick ho is trippin... (Below threshold)
Puppet:

Yo, dis trick ho is trippin! Aint never kissed no ones wit dat face a hers. Daaaam! She is one fly honey fuhreal. Shoot = I ever met her she wudnt be playin no pilgrim, fuhreal. Yo baby, the conventions in my pantz, HOOOOOOO!

Very interesting comments, ... (Below threshold)
Anynymous:

Very interesting comments, but sad. I know Sheri. We are from the same area and attend the same church. Don't condemn Sheri for sticking firm to her beliefs.
"She's freakish, you nitwit. A 21 year-old that abstains from kissing borders on mentally disturbed. "
That is just sad. People think that love is all about satisfying your physical desires. News flash: Lust does not equal Love. Sheri has alot of love, so who cares if she isn't interested in kissing. (Not that I believe kissing is all bad). People can learn alot from Sheri, someone who dares to be considered "freakish" because she won't comform to this MTV, lust-driven generation of young people (and this is not coming from some old goat. I am younger than Sheri).
You may prefer the kind of girl who will hook up with any guy that will have her, but Sheri has better things to do with her life.

Oh, and has anyone considered that maybe Sheri is going to UF because, perhaps, she just wants a good education???...

Very interesting comments, ... (Below threshold)

Very interesting comments, but sad. I know Sheri. We are from the same area and attend the same church. Don't condemn Sheri for sticking firm to her beliefs.
"She's freakish, you nitwit. A 21 year-old that abstains from kissing borders on mentally disturbed. "
That is just sad. People think that love is all about satisfying your physical desires. News flash: Lust does not equal Love. Sheri has alot of love, so who cares if she isn't interested in kissing. (Not that I believe kissing is all bad). People can learn alot from Sheri, someone who dares to be considered "freakish" because she won't comform to this MTV, lust-driven generation of young people (and this is not coming from some old goat. I am younger than Sheri).
You may prefer the kind of girl who will hook up with any guy that will have her, but Sheri has better things to do with her life.

Oh, and has anyone considered that maybe Sheri is going to UF because, perhaps, she just wants a good education???...

Someday, one really lucky guy is gonna be so proud to know that Sheri saved all of herself just for him, instead of years of jumping from one guy to another to another.

..and has anyone considered... (Below threshold)
Drew:

..and has anyone considered that maybe Sheri is going to UF because, perhaps, she just wants a good education???...

ROFLMAO! Oh, that was rich. Last I heard you need to score an SAT 800 combined to get in. Puh-lease.

"..and has anyone considere... (Below threshold)
Ralf:

"..and has anyone considered that maybe Sheri is going to UF because, perhaps, she just wants a good education???..."

ROFLMAO! Oh, that was rich. Last I heard you need to score an SAT 800 combined to get in. Puh-lease.

This (the comments about th... (Below threshold)
BlueDevils:

This (the comments about the story) should prove that not all Republicans are social conservatives. But like several people said before, I think it is sad that you are attacking this girl, calling her "freakish." Some people make that comittment (abstinence) and carry it out. My wife and I are two who were virgins when we got married. (We didn't do the no kissing thing, but I know couples who have.) Our sex life is very good, no complaints on my end. We are 25, college graduates and expecting our second child.

Most of you probably complain about the media giving the false impression of Republican ideas, well don't you think they do the same with Conservative Christians? The media, MTV, pop culture, puts forth the idea that you have to have sex to "get to know your future spouse" and that if you don't have sex you must be "freakish", "mentally disturbed" or unattractive.

As I said, I was a virgin when I got married, so was my wife. We had (have) nothing to compare each other with so we can simply enjoy each other and not worry about trying to "be better than" someone else. As far as the no kissing thing goes, I applaud her. I tell the youth that I work with, all the time, that I wish I had never kissed anyone until I kissed my wife.

And concerning the "sexual compatiability" arguement, do you know the divorce rate for when two virgins get married? It is statisically irrelevant. It is less than one tenth of one percent. So that doesn't seem like to me that those people are having too many sex problems.

She has convictions and she is standing for them. Isn't that what we want in our leaders? Isn't that one of the reasons why Kerry is not an option? You condemn Kerry for have no core beliefs and you condemn her for have high standards and morals. You may not agree with her (or my moral standards), but at least she has then and is willing to stick to them. That is more than I can say for Kerry and a lot of other people.

I'd hit it!... (Below threshold)
George W. Bush:

I'd hit it!

Sheri seems to have a very ... (Below threshold)
Ashley:

Sheri seems to have a very good understanding of politics and a good head on her shoulders.

I would be very happy if she was representing me!

Scotty, Set the wa... (Below threshold)
Captain Kirk:



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