Friday, September 5, 2008

Caribou Barbie

As the true vetting of Sarah Palin continues, we learn more about John McCain's pick for vice-president. Here's a recap of what we learned about the person John McCain thinks should be a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency:

1- She was involved in yet another ethical scandal, this time relating to her firing of a longtime local police chief, who "says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin's campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association."
2- Although the McCain campaign has stressed her command of the Alaska National Guard as "experience," she never issued a single order.
3-Video surfaced of Sarah Palin at her church just three months ago, claiming that regardless of what policies are enacted, it doesn't mater if "people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God." Palin also claimed that American soldiers have been sent to Iraq "on a task that is from God."
4- She can't "fix" Washington when she's played the Washington game so well:Wasilla had received few if any earmarks before Palin became mayor. She actively sought federal funds -- a campaign that began to pay off only after she hired a lobbyist with close ties to indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who long controlled federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He made funneling money to Alaska his hallmark.Alaska, by the way, ranked #1 in earmarks last year.
5- She lied--and continues to lie without shame--regarding her alleged "opposition" to the Bridge to Nowhere.
6- A 62 page opposition research document from Alaska was released, filled with strange tidbits like the fact that she presided over a wedding at Wal-Mart ("it was so Wasilla") and that she once "founded a company called "Rouge Cru" -- what she called a "classy" way to say redneck -- in case her political career didn't work out a few years ago."
7-Yesterday morning, we learned that the Troopergate report was due out on the eve of the election, October 31st. Yesterday afternoon, we learned that the investigation would probably be delayed because the star witness suddenly decided not to testify.

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