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 Post subject: 6 THINGS THE PALIN PICK SAYS ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:25 am 
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6 things Palin pick says about McCain


This is an excellent analysis of why John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate:


Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris

Sat Aug 30

The selection of a running mate is among the most consequential and the most defining decisions a presidential nominee can make. John McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a lot about his decision-making — and some of it is downright breathtaking.

We knew McCain is a politician who relishes improvisation and likes to go with his gut. But it is remarkable that someone who has repeatedly emphasized experience in this campaign named an inexperienced governor he barely knew to be his No. 2. Whatever you think of the pick, here are six things it tells us about McCain:



READ THE SIX THINGS AT THE LINK! THEY'RE SPOT-ON.

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Interesting article. I like from point 4.
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There is no plausible way McCain could say that he picked Palin, who was only elected governor in 2006 and whose most extended public service was as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population 8,471), because she was ready to be president on Day One.

Nor can McCain argue that he was looking for someone he could trust as a close adviser. Most people know the staff at the local Starbucks better than McCain knows Palin. They met for the first time last February at a National Governors Association meeting in Washington. Then, they spoke again — by phone — on Sunday while she was at the Alaska state fair and he was at home in Arizona.

McCain has made a mockery out of his campaign's longtime contention that Barack Obama is too dangerously inexperienced to be commander in chief. Now, the Democratic ticket boasts 40 years of national experience (four years for Obama and 36 years for Joe Biden of Delaware), while the Republican ticket has 26 (McCain’s four years in the House and 22 in the Senate).

The McCain campaign has made a calculation that most voters don’t really care about the national experience or credentials of a vice president, and that Palin’s ebullient personality and reputation as a reformer who took on cesspool politics in Alaska matters more.

It's probably obvious to most that McCain didn't choose Palin. His campaign did.

The question I want to know is how much say did he have? And maybe that should have been part of a point 7. He's not the big picture guy in his campaign and probably won't be in the White House. Rather, he'll just accept this or that person or this or that position on the issues based on special interest recommendations.

He's not a leader. He's a soldier, even when he's headed for the top spot of his party. He can't even veto his party pick for VP. What will they make him say on every State of the Union? How much of puppet will he be for the PNAC crowd?

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CZ...here's a link that seems to give some information (I don't know if its accurate) about the process that resulted in Palin being selected as the McSame's running mate:

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Last Sunday, 24 hours after Mr. Obama announced his running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Mr. McCain met with his senior campaign team at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix. By then, campaign advisers said, the group had long decided that Mr. McCain's "experience versus change" argument against Mr. Obama had run its course, to the extent that it had worked at all.

At the same time, Mr. Obama's coming acceptance speech before a stadium of about 80,000 people (and what turned out to be a television audience of nearly 40 million) loomed large. As much as the campaign was publicly dismissing Mr. Obama as a celebrity in a rock-star setting, the concern was that his command of such a large crowd on the last night of the Democratic convention would give him the aura of a president.

In any case, one campaign adviser said, Mr. McCain hated running as the wizened old hand of experience. Despite his embrace this year of President Bush and many of the administration's policies, Mr. McCain, a campaign adviser said, still saw himself as the maverick who delighted in occasionally throwing political grenades at his own Party.

Ms. Palin, and not Mr. Pawlenty or Mr. Romney, would reinforce Mr. McCain's self-image, an adviser said. She had a reputation as a reformer in Alaska, she hunted and fished, and she had once belonged to a union. Just as crucial, Ms. Palin, 44, was beloved by the party's religious base but did not come off as shrill. "She's conservative," Mr. Black said, "but she's not an ideologue."

After Mr. McCain contacted Ms. Palin, Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Salter met with her on Wednesday in Flagstaff, Ariz. It was not until the following morning that she traveled to Sedona to meet with Mr. McCain, who then sat down with her for his only interview of a potential running mate.

Within hours if not minutes after the interview was concluded, Ms. Palin had the job
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http://www.truthout.org/article/conserv ... -lieberman

However, if McSame thought his choice of Palin would draw away from Obama those Dems who had supported Hillary Clinton in any signiifcant numbers, he's got another think coming:

[url=http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003844485]Surprise? First Two National Polls Find Palin Gains LESS Support from Women
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McCain, Palin, 527's & Ted Stevens

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Did John McCain spend any time at all vetting Sarah Palin, or was she simply a desperation pick to distract the media after Barack Obama's stellar acceptance speech?

Here's John McCain in October '07:

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The 527s need to be eliminated...527s are a disgrace and they have to be eliminated because they're clearly in violation of the law.


And from today's Washington Post:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state's political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political organization organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

Palin's relationship with Alaska's senior senator may be one of the more complicated aspects of her new position as Sen. John McCain's running mate; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.

Indeed, the complicated aspects of Palin's new role are piling up faster than the "my friends" in a John McCain speech


AT THE SAME LINK, THERE'S THIS STORY:

What did McCain know about Palin?
by kos

Apparently, not much.

They've bragged that Palin opposed the famous "Bridge to Nowhere," only to learn that Palin supported the project and even told residents of Ketchikan that they weren't "nowhere" to her. After the national outcry, she decided to spend the funds allocated to the bridge for something else. Actually, maybe it's more fair to say that coincident with the national outcry, she changed her mind. The story shows her political judgment, but it is not a reformer's credential.

Likewise, though she cut taxes as mayor of Wassila, she raised the sales tax, making her hardly a tax cutter.

She denied pressuring the state's chief of public safety to fire her sister-in-law's husband even though there's mounting evidence that the impetus did indeed come from her. Ostensibly to clear her name, Palin asked her attorney general to open an independent investigation—the legislature had already been investigating. (I am told that the campaign was aware of the ethics complaint filed against her but accepts Palin's account.)

McCain's campaign seemed unaware that she supported a windfalls profits tax on oil companies and that she is more skeptical about human contributions to global warming than McCain is.

They did not know that she took trips as the mayor of Wasilla to beg for earmarks.

They did not know that she told a television interviewer this summer that she did not fully understand what it is that a vice president does.

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