Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mystery, Alaska

Again with a movie title for a post title (the film itself is a comedy about a small town hockey team that takes on the New York Rangers and includes a mayor with a teenage daughter who is dating a hockey hottie), but its also appropriate to the point of just exactly how much vetting the McCain campaign did of Gov. Sarah Palin before they named her to the ticket. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville runs down the list of questionable issues that should have raised red flags to anyone doing a serious look at Ms. Palin’s background.

• Palin was a member as recently as 1996 of the Alaskan Independence Party, “which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States” and has as its motto “Alaska First – Alaska Always.”

• Palin served until 2005 as a director of a 527 group organized by corrupt fuckneck Senator Ted Stevens.

• Palin’s claim, in her veep acceptance speech last Friday, about her purported opposition to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere was a flat lie.

• Palin, despite her assertion that she’s “championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending,” nonetheless relied on it as Alaska’s governor.

• Palin has just hired an attorney regarding the ongoing Troopergate scandal, for which she’s under investigation.

Ms. Palin’s family is off the table as far as I’m concerned; I’ll leave the panty-sniffing and the moralistic jowl-shaking to the double-standard setting hypocrites of the right wing such as Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett. But it looks like those issues pale in comparison to the baggage that Ms. Palin brings with her, and again, this raises in very clear terms the question of John McCain’s judgment in decision-making, and makes you wonder if you want this guy answering the phone at 3 a.m.