McCain’s Folly: Keeping up with the Palin debacle
I’m trying very hard to keep up with all the news, but it seems to be endless. Let’s see what we have so far.
Governor Sarah Palin…
1) Was a member of (and still supports) the Alaska Independence Party, which believes that Alaska’s statehood is “illegal” and its admission the United States was made possible by “occupational troops.”
2) Opposes sex education and supports abstinence-until-marriage education. The same education that failed her pregnant unwed teenage daughter. The same education that has had disastrous effects in sub-Saharan Africa and has cost countless lives.
3) Cut funding for a group that helps teen mothers (like her daughter).
4) Sat in at a Jews For Jesus sermon two weeks ago, sponsored by her church, where the speaker said that anti-Israeli terrorism was “God’s Judgement.”
5) Was vetted over the course of almost an entire day for the position as McCain’s running mate.
7) Thinks an oil pipeline is “God’s will”.
8 ) Has no experience with lawmaking or national government, but has misrepresented her experience with the national guard.
9) As mayor, increased government expenditures by 33%, and increased taxes collected by the city by 38%.
10) Is an alarming example of the kind of judgment that McCain and his people would exercise when choosing a Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense.
#11 Oh dear. Just after I published this, another story broke. Palin claimed last week to be a “reformer” who worked to end the “abuses of earmark spending in Congress.” And yet, as governor she proposed 31 earmarks totaling $197 million – more, per person, than any other state.
To paraphrase a bit from Andrew Sullivan’s blog:
What her selection reveals about McCain is that he is a risk-taker who makes snap decisions “from the gut.” He liked Palin. She looked like a maverick and a bit like himself. He didn’t invest the time or resources to look into her deeply. This isn’t about Palin’s readiness to be president, it’s about McCain’s readiness to be president. His first real executive decision, and he made it a shallow, incompetent, and reckless one.