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 September, 2008


 More About Sarah Palin

McCain’s Blindfold and a Dartboard Pick

They say the first indication of how a presidential candidate will govern can be found in their choice of a running mate.

Barack Obama chose Joe Biden. John McCain picked a question mark.

Republicans might be smiling from ear-to-ear in public, but they must be covering those ears with each revelation about a woman who comes with more baggage than a cargo plane.

Early last Friday, as the name Sarah Palin was being leaked to the media, I GOOGLED her name and discovered McCain’s campaign staff probably hadn’t done much of that themselves.

The first thing I found was an ongoing investigation into allegations that Palin abused her powers as the governor of Alaska.

There were several television news stories that claimed somebody in her office had tried to pressure the state’s head of public safety to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law.

It seems there’d been a rather nasty child custody case involving Palin’s sister and her state trooper husband – that produced a number of claims about his alleged abuse.

Palin denied she’d been behind any effort to have her ex-brother-in-law fired.

Later, she produced evidence there’d been as many as two dozen telephone calls from her office that indicated otherwise.

There’s even an audio tape that contains a call from her office that seems to indicate there’d been direct pressure from a member of Palin’s staff.

All of that was disclosed after Palin fired the safety director. An Alaska state legislative committee then hired a special prosecutor to look into the matter.

McCain chose Palin despite what’s known in Alaska as “Troopergate.” Party partisans, who obviously knew little about Palin and even less about “Troopergate” dismissed the investigation as being political – despite the fact the committee that called for the special prosecutor is dominated by Republicans.

And so began one of the most bizarre introductions of a vice presidential candidate in American history.

Sarah Palin could become the first sitting Vice-President getting sworn into office, while being removed from another.

Even without her current ethics troubles in Alaska, her being chosen as “a heartbeat away” is the stuff of situation comedies.

On August 10th, Fox News pundit/political hack, Karl Rove, offered his strong opinion that if Barack Obama were to choose Virginia governor Tim Kaine as his running-mate, “It would be an intensely political choice, not a governing one.”

Rove was sharpening his talking points, by alerting us to the fact that Kaine had only been the governor of Virginia (population 7.7 million) for three years. Before that his only experience had been that of mayor of Richmond (population 200,000).

Rove seemed pleased that Kaine would have fanned the flames that Obama was more concerned about electoral votes, than the country.

Obama didn’t choose Kaine.
Instead it was McCain who pulled Palin out of near political obscurity (Alaska: population 600,000) and Wasilla, Alaska (population 8,000) to attract disaffected Hillary Clinton voters.

That’s not a governing choice. It’s not just an intensely political choice either. It’s an insult to women who value their votes based on the issues.

Palin, as it turns out, is really the Anti-Hillary.

Then too, there’s Palin the woman who was once for the “bridge to no where,” before she now proclaims she’s against it.

Even while the Republican National Convention was revving up, she had to head off rumors that her 17 year-old daughter gave birth to baby out of wedlock last spring, by announcing her daughter will have a baby early next year.

As the family business soap opera was being digested by the media, it was announced she’d hired an attorney to help her with the “Troopergate” investigation.

But wait, shortly after that, it was announced the Republicans were sending their own attorneys to Alaska to take a closer look at Palin’s public and private life.
But wait again.

When asked in a questionnaire about whether the words “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance offended her, she replied: “Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me…”

The Pledge of Allegiance wasn’t written by our founding fathers. The words “Under God” weren’t added until 1951. Palin isn’t a vice-presidential choice. She’s an Obama campaign ad.

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net