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Entries in Palin (5)

Tuesday
Sep302008

And out come the wolves...

When Fareed Zakaria, Kathleen Parker and George Will say it's time to go, it's probably time to go:
Zakaria: "I greatly admire John McCain, a man of intelligence, honor and enormous personal and political courage. However, for him to choose Sara Palin to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. He did not put the country first with this decision." Zakaria: McCain's VP decision is 'fundamentally irresponsible' - CNN.com. Parker: "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League." Palin Problem: Kathleen Parker on National Review Online Will: "By picking Palin, McCain got the country's attention. That is a perishable thing and before it dissipates, he should show the country his veto pen." George Will::Townhall.com::The Palin Bubble
To be honest, I thought this was a strange selection from the get go, figuring McCain would play it safe and pick someone that he felt he could trust, or at least would add significant credentials to his campaign. Palin is most assuredly trustworthy (at least in that she is locked into McCain's message) but she doesn't add anything to his campaign, aside from the evangelical vote (but Mike Huckabee would have helped there as well). What I find interesting is that there is a possibility that both tickets could change before election day.  With rumours circulating about Joe Biden stepping down after the debate on 10/3 and pressure being put on McCain to drop Palin, could we still see an Obama/Clinton vs. McCain/Huckabee ro Romney or Giuliani ticket? I'm actually looking forward to the VP debate, if for no other reason than to see what kind of ammo Biden and Palin give to the SNL writers.
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Thursday
Sep112008

CBS pulls "lipstick" ad, Fox News cries wolf

This little "fair and balanced" gem come to us via Fox News (a.k.a The White House News Network):
CBS News has jumped into the middle of the presidential race, forcing YouTube to take down a Web ad by John McCain’s campaign that the network calls “misleading” in its use of Katie Couric. The McCain campaign is still featuring the ad prominently on its Web site and copycats have been uploaded onto YouTube by other users. The Illinois senator used the The Illinois Senator used the lipstick on a pig analogy...while describing his Republican opponents policies. lipstick on a pig analogy at a campaign event in Lebanon, Va., on Tuesday while describing his Republican opponents. CBS News Forces YouTube to Pull McCain ‘Lipstick’ Ad - America’s Election HQ.
To begin with the CBS Corporation (formerly Viacom) is against any of it's content being used on YouTube, regardless of the group presenting it.  Second, the ad presents statements made by a CBS employee (Katie Couric) completely outside of the context in which they were made.  Third, the McCain/Palin campaign violated copyright laws. Fox News claiming that CBS "jumped into the middle of the Presidential race" is a false assertion, the McCain/Palin campaign pulled them in when they infringed CBS copyright. I'm sure in the eyes of the WHNN this move is simply another ploy of the liberal media to prevent the convervative's from getting their message out.  Well, it's not. Of course, this is completely overlooking the fact that the ad itself is based solely on a manufactured slight of Sarah Palin.  I don't think anyone in their right mind would actually think Obama was calling Sarah Palin a pig (especially since Obama himself stated last night on Letterman that if anything 'had I meant it this way — she would be the lipstick” and McCain’s policies would be the pig, [Obama] said.'
Thursday
Sep112008

Working Mom's Identify with "Flawed" Palin

Eight working mothers from the Virginia Run development in Centreville went together to the Palin-McCain rally yesterday because Sarah Palin is "just like us." This is something new. Nobody ever accused Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan of being just like us. "She justifies what we do every day," said Beth Tweddle, who works in sales and carried a sign she drew herself, saying "We [heart] Pit Bull Palin." Tweddle was already a McCain supporter, she said, "but Sarah just energizes us and got us out here because she does what we do, she lives like we do." "She's just as flawed as we are," Tweddle said. "It's not the fact that she's a woman but the way she does it all. And let me tell you: There're more American parents with unwed pregnant teenaged children than American parents with Harvard grads. She's real." Marc Fisher - For Working Moms, 'Flawed' Palin Is the Perfect Choice - washingtonpost.com.
To be honest, I'm not sure how to react to this. The women interviewed in this article are certainly entitled to their opinions, and who am I to say they are wrong.  Although, as a working parent (my oldest son was born when I was 20 and my wife 18) who has made it work for the last 8 years, I think I can add some insight. Personally, I don't think Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice-President (or President) of the Unites States. First off, I don't buy that she has more "executive experience" than anyone else on the ticket (being mayor of Wasilla, AK pop. 9,000 and governor of the 47th most populous state for less than two years qualifies as significant executive experience). Honestly, I didn't think that Tom Vilsack (former governor of Iowa, the 30th most populous state) was qualified to be President or Vice President, and he served 2 full terms, and I voted for him, twice. Second, since when do we want people who are seen as "flawed" holding the highest positions in our government? We all have flaws, there is no denying that, but to be described as "flawed" by a society indicates something more than a little eccentricity or the occasional bad decision. I seem to recall people having similar feelings about President George W. Bush, who will go down in history as one of the worst presidents of all time. When we start deciding who runs our country by deciding which we would like to hang out with on a Saturday night, we are overlooking a significan part of the equation, most of our friends, are not qualified to be President of the United States. To think that Sarah Palin's qualifications (or lack thereof) are being overlooked because she is the mother of 5 children is disheartening. We need qualified people running this country, if they happen to be hockey mom's that's fine, but the Presidency is a position that should require significant experience in many fields that exist far above that of small-town mayor, or small state governor. George Bush was a two term governor of the 2nd most populous state, and when he leaves office his approval rating will most likely be the 2nd lowest in history, and Nixon was impeached.
Wednesday
Sep102008

Michigan GOP Targeting Foreclosure Victims for Disenfranchisement

Wow, talk about bad timing for this kind of statement.  The McCain/Palin ticket is riding high after the close of the convention and a GOP chairman is talking about using people's less than fortunate circumstances to prevent them from voting.
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day. “We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed. Michigan Messenger » Lose your house, lose your vote.
What possible good could this kind of statement do? As long as I live I will never, ever, be able to understand the actions of high-ranking political party officials.
Wednesday
Sep102008

Palin: "I put it on ebay!"...Too bad no one bought it.

This is the kind of stuff that just makes me laugh at politicians. Why do they continue to think that no one will actually check to see what really happened. Just one more "lie of omission" to add to the notch in the proverbial Republican bedpost.
"That luxury jet that came with the office... I put it on eBay!"Before the Alaska Republican took office, it was something of a standard operating procedure for the state to try to sell such big-ticket items using the online auction site. Officials had been doing it since at least 2003, three years before Palin became governor.Twenty days after putting the jet online, the Palin administration had to reissue the listing. The minimum bid had not been met. By April, the jet still had not sold despite three additional attempts. Eventually, Palin signed a contract with an Anchorage aircraft broker to help succeed where eBay couldn't. In August 2007, eight months after it was first put on sale, the jet was sold to an Alaskan businessman for $2.1 million -- $600,000 shy of the purchasing price. Palin's eBay Story: What Actually Happened.