John McCain has announced that his Vice Presidential running mate will be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin, who has spent a scant year and a half as the Governor of Alaska.
Now, Barack Obama serves on the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees. He cosponsored the Secure America & Orderly Immigration Act and the Secure Fence Act. Obama introduced the Lugar–Obama bill, which will keep nuclear arms and other dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states. In other words, he has spent his time in the Senate dealing with and leading on national security and foreign policy issues.
But that wasn’t enough experience for John McCain. Time and time again, McCain and his campaign have said that this election is about experience and that Barack Obama doesn’t have enough of it. They have tried to make foreign policy–and John McCain’s ‘experience’ on foreign policy–the central issue of this campaign.
Now, John McCain has destroyed all of those arguments, exposing them for the hollow partisan rhetoric they really are. You can’t say that experience–particularly foreign policy experience–is necessary to be President and then turn around and put someone a heartbeat away from the Presidency who has no experience whatsoever. It’s Republican hypocrisy at it’s most blatant.
Republicans will talk about ‘executive experience,’ a vague buzzword politicians use when they have no actual accomplishments or notable achievements to point to. And they might talk about Palin as a clean government crusader, though they’ll probably leave out the charges that Palin has been abusing her power as Governor:
Lawmakers will hire someone within a week to investigate whether Governor Sarah Palin abused her power in firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The legislative council approved 100,000 dollars for the investigation that will find out whether Palin was angry at Monegan for not firing an Alaska State Trooper who went through a messy divorce with Palin’s sister.
On Monday afternoon, the Joint Legislative Council, filled with Republicans and Democrats, voted 12 to 0 to formally call for an investigation against Governor Palin…
That article was dated a month ago, BTW. This investigation will be ongoing during the course of the Presidential campaign.
Hypocrisy? Corruption? Abuse of power? It seems like McCain’s VP–just like McCain himself–is going to give us four more years of the same.
UPDATE: When she ran for Governor, Palin received a ringing endorsement from now-indicted Senator Ted Stevens (R):
The AK GOP is chock full of corruption–keep this ad in mind whenever anyone describes Palin as a ‘reformer’ or ‘squeaky clean.’
UPDATE II: Just one month ago, this occurred:
Palin dissed veep job
Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain’s ticket mate.
Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration.”