Wrap-up (OR In case you missed it)

October 4, 2008

Via Ezra comes this nifty diagram:

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Headline? (OR What does this say?)

September 17, 2008

Browsing headlines at CNN.com, I found this:

Palin takes questions at town-hall meeting

How did we arrive at a point where the Vice Presidential nominee for one of our two major parties taking questions is a headline? Certainly, it’s news, but only because Gov. Palin has been so insulated from almost any question.

Shouldn’t we expect just a little bit more from our elected leaders?


Maddow (OR Yay! Liberals on TV)

September 16, 2008

I just wanted to take a moment and say how much I’m enjoying being able watch Rachel Maddow. There was a while there where I’d hope she’d appear on Olbermann’s show so I could catch 3 minutes of her insight.

Now, I get to watch her show 5 nights a week (‘cuz MSNBC doesn’t provide a podcast).

Lately, she’s been doing an excellent job of focusing on Gov. Palin’s alleged abuse of power in Alaska. There are, of course, many other place to find information on the details, bt I think it’s important to remember something:

The only reason this is a national story is because a political hack, who happens to be running for President, looking for a running mate about whom his “base” can get excited, decided to pick an untested, unvetted, Governor.

Is Gov. Palin facing the music? Potentially. But that’s really not the story. The story is that Sen. McCain selected a running mate with this sort potential scandal hanging over her head.

These needs to come back to bite Sen. McCain in the ass.


In Detail (OR More Information on Gov. Palin)

August 31, 2008

Here are couple stories about Gov. Palin’s difficulties back in Alaska:

From Talking Points Memo: Getting Real About Palin

Here’s the most interesting part (from a campaign point of view):

In an interesting sidelight, that may end up telling us a lot, Monegan says no one from the McCain campaign ever contacted him in the vetting process.

That is, the McCain campaign did not vet one of the primary actors in Gov. Palin’s current political difficulties. That doesn’t seem very Presidential.

And, from the Washington Post: Long-Standing Feud in Alaska Embroils Palin

Most interseting here:

The legislative [investigation] report is due in October.

Which means that a major wrench could be thrown in the McCain/Palin hopes in the last month of the campaign. Kinda makes you think that, perhaps, the McCain campaign should have vetted Gov. Palin a little more/better.


Palin Thoughts (OR A Matter of Perspective)

August 31, 2008

As Dave pointed out, his post on Sarah Palin has elicited lots of traffic, and some very interesting comments.

There’s been a bunch of stuff bouncing around the interwebs for the couple days, and I thought I’d take a (somewhat snarky) stab at it. Dave points to, probably, the most relevant question: What does the Palin selection say about Sen. McCain’s commitment to the value of experience in the Presidency?

The answer to that question will, in all likelihood, play itself out over the next couple months. In the meantime, we get commited McCain supporters trying to claim that Gov. Palin is, in fact, more experienced that Sen. Obama. The rationale? She’s been an executive, with a side of Alaska National Guard commander in chief.

By this logic, of course, Gov. Palin is more experienced that either Sen. McCain or Sen. Biden, which is absolutely preposterous on its face. How many years in the Senate, then, are necessary to provide more experience than 20 months as Alaska’s governor? Where, exacty, do we draw that line?

In other ‘experience’ news, it’s entertaining that the party which, 8 years ago, argued that experience shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor in deciding a president (Gov. Bush vs. VP Gore) is now arguring that experience matters more than any other attribute.

Changing gears to foreign policy, it’s clear the Gov. Palin has excellent foreign policy credentials because she lives so close to Russia. That being said, it’s obvious we need to elect Sen. Obama because of his extensive foreign policy experience with China due to growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia. How is this even acknowledged as a valid point? What would Gov. Palin do? Negotiate a truce between US and Russian polar bears? Even if Anchorage is close to Russia, it’s not like that’s a part of Russia where anybody lives.

Additionally, there is the fact that she’s a woman, which The Daily Show deconstructs nicely. I’ll only add that, if women voted for any ticket with a woman on it, Mondale/Ferraro wouldn’t have had their asses handed to them in 1984.

Also, there’s the fact that Gov. Palin is not on record on a whole variety of national issues. At this point, I can’t withhold my cynicism any more. It’s entirely possible that Sen. McCain selected Gov. Palin precisely because of this. She can be asked to adopt positions which aren’t counter to those previously stated, because she’s never been asked to state those positions. This makes her an ideal pander candidate. The McCain campaign can evaluation what issues they need help on, and ask Gov. Palin to adopt them without being accused of “flip-flopping” or altering her positions for political benefit (which is something that Sen. McCain is facing). Essentially, she’s a candidate that might help Sen. McCain get elected, but probably won’t help him govern.

And, finally, most cynically, I wonder if Sen. McCain is looking at a Palin Vice Presidency as an impeachment shield in much the same sense that VP. Cheney has done for Pres. Bush. Democrats have been loathe to impeach Pres. Bush, partly for fear of elevating and even more dangerous VP Cheney. I can imagine even greater hesitance to elevate a largely unproven VP Palin.

OK, that last might be a stretch… still, this VP selection certainly does make one wonder.


Quickie (OR Palinfo)

August 30, 2008

Local Reaction to the Palin Bombshell


McCain’s VP (OR Pale in comparison)

August 29, 2008

I don’t have too much time right now… but it appears that Sen. McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

This, in particular, caught my eye:

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president.

I guess this means that 10 years of Mayorship of a very small town (Wasilla, AK: Pop: ~5,500) and 2 years as governor trumps 7 years in a (large) state Senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

Although, there was this bit, too:

As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation

Which, I guess outweighs being essentially raised by a veteran…