Building a bridge to nowhere
On the surface, an interesting move: a 44-year-old "former beauty queen" whose private plane landed amid great secrecy last night in Dayton, Ohio would be the latest effort to lure the remaining disgruntled Clinton PUMA supporters
But even though the GOP soon-to-be-nominee admits he doesn't know how to use Google, surely his crack staff does. Because it's not too hard to do this, and get the following result from the Wall Street Journal:
But miss it -- or ignore it -- they did.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- When Sarah Palin was elected governor as a Republican outsider in 2006, she didn't just take on an incumbent from her own party. She took on Alaska's Republican establishment.
Ms. Palin vowed to clean up a long-cozy political system that had been sullied by an FBI corruption investigation. She endeared herself to Alaskans by making good on her reform promises and showing homey touches, like driving herself to work.
Now, one of the bright new stars in the Republican Party has suddenly become tarnished. The state legislature this week voted to hire an independent investigator to see whether Ms. Palin abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.
Argue all you want about a "partisan" witch hunt. Is it really a swift move to take a running mate who, in the words of a Democratic state senator in Alaska "... could face impeachment, in a worst-case scenario." During the middle of a campaign in which McCain will try and argue his opponent doesn't have a record?
At least McCain's running mate doesn't have one -- yet.
And this only brings into play the case of indicted 86-year-old Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens -- who knows the Internet as "The Tubes" and who is facing trial before his own re-election campaign on charges he used his own office to gain personal favors.
And it also reminds us of Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, he who wanted taxpayers to fund a $398 million "Bridge to Nowhere" between Ketchican (population 8,000) and Gravina Island (population 50).
That move was of course a pork barrel stunner that caught the attention of a certain congressional pork watchdog:
And you will of course note the irony that the collapsed bridgeMcCain was referring to was located in the Twin Cities -- where he and the GOP are headed right now.
"Maybe if we had done it right, maybe some of that money would have gone to inspect those bridges and other bridges around the country," McCain told a group of people in a town-hall style meeting in Ankeny, Iowa.
"Maybe the 200,000 people who cross that bridge every day would have been safer than spending $233 million of your tax dollars on a bridge in Alaska to an island with 50 people on it."
All this for a state with three electoral votes that were likely his anyway.
Memo to the McCain campaign: Google is a great tool. Too bad you didn't know how to use it. But will come in handy when you pick Palin's successor.
Memo to the Obama campaign: Michael Dukakis ran a really good campaign spot about George H.W. Bush's veep choice.