Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Palin’s Personnel Choices

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sure can pick them.

Wayne Anthony Ross has come under intense scrutiny since the Alaska Governor and former vice presidential candidate announced his nomination. His resume includes derogatory remarks about homosexuals, accusations of sexism, and bizarre comments downplaying the fallout of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. But his most controversial incident may have come in December 1991, when he penned an op-ed for the Anchorage Times, a copy of which was obtained by the Huffington Post, entitled “KKK ‘art’ project gets ‘A’ for courage.” … [T]he column was filled with racial and political insensitivities that, even in the relatively homogenous Alaska, were bound (perhaps designed) to stir the pot.

He has some other interesting insights, including, “If a guy can’t rape his wife…who’s he gonna rape?” This was shared at a forum for “Dads Against Discrimination,” which purports to support “men’s rights.” (He also added that “There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut.”)

When John McCain picked Ms. Palin as his running mate last year, the question was more about his judgment and vetting process as well as her qualifications to be vice president. This proves that it was a question that should have been asked about Ms. Palin as well.

HT to Melissa and Steve Benen.