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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin?

Let's stipulate that John McCain displayed real courage in his years as a POW. He didn't attempt to dodge service the way the National Guard-ing George Bush or Too Busy Dick Cheney did.

Nor will this be an effort to Swift Boat McCain for over his service in the shameful manner Republicans attacked John Kerry.

But as the days pass and the record of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin emerges, it does seem appropriate to employ one of the Right's favorite jabs -- the "Who Is" question -- in the direction of the half-term governor of Alaska who McCain is asking the nation to accept as qualified to step in for him in the event of what would truly be a disaster -- his incapacitation.

The picture emerging of the "maverick" and hockey mom" is anything but. While Palin was mayor of a 5,000-person town, she paid lobbyists to go to Washington. A smart political move? Perhaps. A maverick similiar to the earmark-hating McCain? Hardly?

The Palin who ran Wassila was also cut from the Newt Gingrich cloth. Divide and conquer. The Times reports she was in to political retribution, used religion as a wedge and harbored thoughts of book banning.

As governor we know she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. She is under investigation over allegations she improperly used her office to exact personal retribution to solve a family matter.

In the foreign policy sphere, she has served as titular head of the Alaska National Guard and her state borders Russia.

An awful lot of controversy for such a such political career.

No one should question John McCain's status as a hero. Everyone should question his judgment in putting forth a candidate of such limited experience for the No. 2 job and trying to sell her as qualified.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key is to bring this up in the mind of voters, without appearing to attack Palin directly.

It should be used to focus on credibility and judgment (lack of) of McCain.

September 03, 2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

The Dems are going to drive home the judgement aspect, as well they should.

This choice is going to backfire on McCain. Sure, Palin has lots of enthusiastic support on the far right. (Last night Pat Buchanan's praise of her was positively orgasmic.) And she'll send right- wingers to the polls who might otherwise have stayed home. But the key to this election is independents and middle-of-the-roaders, and Palin isn't going to win over many of those. I also think lots of women are put off by this cynical and insulting attempt to get their vote.

September 03, 2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Dewey said...

Why do people always jump on band wagons to make a point? I believe a woman in the White House would be a fresh change. We need someone to clean house. John McCain will do it with or without Palin's help. It is so nice to see two people ready to make a difference without back biting and bickering betwixt themselves. I like doers...

September 03, 2008 5:25 PM  
Blogger Chus said...

Funny!: Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator

September 23, 2008 3:30 PM  

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