Friday, August 29, 2008

The Hail Sarah Pass Open Thread


Picking Sarah Palin was a real desperation move on McCain's part-- and it's going over badly. I'll keep updating all day. Even Rahm Emanuel gets this one right:
"After trying to make experience the issue of this campaign, John McCain celebrated his 72nd birthday by appointing a former small town mayor and brand new Governor as his Vice Presidential nominee. Is this really who the Republican Party wants to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Given Sarah Palin's lack of experience on every front and on nearly every issue, this Vice Presidential pick doesn't show judgement: it shows political panic."

And it's no wonder McCain was so antsy about leaking out an "exciting" name to get the attention off Obama. Over 38 million people watched Obama's speech last night.
Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol" or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.

His TV audience nearly doubled the amount of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush four years ago. Kerry's speech was seen by just over 20 million people.

Obama's audience might be higher, since Nielsen didn't have an estimate for how many people watched Obama on PBS or C-SPAN Thursday night.

Although the McCain campaign is busily re-writing history to make Palin sound like she opposed the corrupt earmarks that have landed Ted Stevens and Don Young in hot water-- particularly their "Bridge to Nowhere" that McCain is always railing against-- Palin was always a big supporter of the Bridges to Nowhere and all the criminal pork Young and Stevens were bringing back to Alaska. In 2006, when she was trying to make the leap from runner up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant and mayor of Wasilla (population 8,471) to gubernatorial contender, she was asked how she felt about the Bridges to Nowhere. According to the October 5th, 2006 Anchorage Daily News she replied. "I do support the infrastructure projects that are on tap here in the state of Alaska that our congressional delegations worked hard for." In fact, she then started complaining that the federal money for the two horrible projects weren't coming in fast enough!

In fact, Palin has always been a pork-crazed maniac, the kind of straw man McCain loves to bash on the stump. This year Alaska received nearly $100 million more In pork than any other state ($379,669,715). According to the Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, Palin employs the lobbying firm Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates to seek earmarks for the state of Alaska. You think the vetters missed that when they were looking into her past? If so they also missed this: According to that same Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, Palin paid the lobbying firm of Hoffman Silver Gilman & Blasco to lobby on behalf of the City of Wasilla while she was mayor and according to Citizens Against Government Waste, in 2000 the City of Wasilla received a $1 million transportation earmark for the Wasilla Intermodal Facility for bus and bus related facilities while Wasilla's Life Quest Community Mental Health Center gobbled up a $500,000 earmark, same amount as the town's emergency shelter, although less than the $600,000 earmark for the Wasilla city bus facility. Meanwhile Wasilla received a $1 million earmark for the Wasilla Regional Dispatch Center, a $1.5 million earmark for water and sewer improvements, and a $2.6 million transportation earmark for an alternative route project. And back then only 5,000 people lived there. Now that's pork. So, as inexperienced as she is about everything else, she sure knows how to rook the federal government out of boucoup taxpayer dollars. I wonder if McCain will still be screamin' and hollerin' about earmarks and Bridges to Nowhere now that she's on his ticket.

My friend David said this reminded him of Bush's ill-fated choice of Harriet Myers for the Supreme Court. "They can't judge women... (Or pick women judges... ) They're at a loss when they have to leave the country club and cigars and hang with" real people. Jonathan Singer goes further and sees Spiro Agnew in her.
It has been forty years since someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin has been put on a national ticket, and surprisingly enough there are some real similarities between Palin and her unprepared predecessor, Spiro T. Agnew, who also had been governor less than two years at the time Richard Nixon picked him to be his number two and who also had a corruption problem lingering in the background that would end up causing his running mate problems.

...But the comparisons between Palin and Agnew do not end there. Just as a corruption scandal from Agnew's time as Maryland Governor plagued him throughout his Vice Presidential tenure-- in the end forcing him to resign-- so too does Palin have a corruption problem brewing in the background. What's more, her corruption and abuse of power problem is one easily understood by voters: She allegedly attempted to have fired a state trooper in a custody battle with her sister.

...Do we really need to put another wildly inexperienced, purely political choice into the White House, only to see issues from that candidate's past potentially stain the Vice Presidency?

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At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Ida Jurie said...

This is not just about Troopergate 2 (Now with substance!) and Palin's other corruption issues. It's a panic move. Putting such an inexperienced person on the ticket, also shows the Republican contempt for the people of our country in placing such a person potentially a heartbeat away from the highest office in the world. The questions that need to be asked are not just about McCrankpot's, age, lack of judgement, and bad temperment, there is also the simple question of would Palin be on the ticket if she were a man? The answer is no. This choice is not just a panic move, it's a pandering to women and Jesus jihadists move.

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is 'Palin' Inuit for 'Ferraro'?

At 1:02 PM, Blogger dguzman said...

It's hard to fathom what the hell McCain and his handlers were thinking with this one. Unless they weren't thinking at all. The scary part is that some people will STILL vote for him.

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

I think Palin is Inuit for Quale, only less experienced.

I DO think she makes McSame look a lot taller than his reported 5'7" (5"5"). (he WOULD have been taller but he was a POW).

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an Alaskan this makes me nervous. the attention the pfd will receive is going to do nothing but confuse the rest of the country. the comedic value will be off the chart though.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

was he going for the hot chick factor?

all i know is those animals in anwr better move to canada

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

In Alaska there is always a connect the dots. Hoffman, Silver,Blasco, et the firm former Chief of Staff Jim Clark (convicted as part of the Corrupt Bastards Club) worked for for decades. They are also in thick as thieves with Ted and Don. Their tactics were good enough for her when she was in Wasilla.

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@dongshow -- As an Alaskan, I share you fears about the attention this will bring to Alaska. Not so much the dividend, but the fact that (a) our own state legislature is rife with corruption (b) our congressional delegation is rife with corruption and (c) most of us Alaskans just want the rest of the world to butt out.

To America -- Sarah Palin DOES NOT speak for all Alaskans. Nor does she REPRESENT all Alaskans. Please don't judge us based on her.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous gulfhagas said...

Dear @dongshow - you shouldn't worry - there is little probability that the masses in the lower 48 will judge Alaskans as a group from this. We do note however, the Stevens thing and we tend to resent that the State of Alaska gives money to people simply for living there. Also, some of us might wonder what 115 thousand of you were thinking when you elevated this utterly uninspired individual to such a prominent position in your state, but then most of us have been hoodwinked at one time or another and can empathize. What you can and probably should do is to keep making noise wherever you possibly can and work to ensure that the arctic hare pulled from Senator McCain's hat doesn't prevail into the status of nightmare for the country.

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it true, that of the four candidates, Governor Palin is the only one WITH executive experience? So, who is the most qualified of this lot?
All of them are lacking in my opinion.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the head coach of a state-title winning Varsity Girls Soccer Team. That qualifies as executive experience, right? Am I more qualified than Obama, too?

At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder which has a higher population. The state of Alaska or the southside of Chicago. My money is riding on the Southside of Chicago.

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous IOUGOD2 said...

John McCain, here's your sign!
Any presidential candidate who would choose a running mate based on this woman's resume, has to be completely nuts.
I also take offence to the fact that he thinks women of America are so brainless that they would vote for him, just because he has a woman on his ticket.
It's pure politics as usual and the hell with this country and it's people.
I always thought he was just another George Bush, but now I think he will be even worse. ( I know that's hard to imagine)

God help us get our country back from these brainless, clueless, lying, cheating, corrupt, greedy and uncaring bunch of idiots.


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