John McCain has announced that his Vice Presidential running mate will be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Sarah who?

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

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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.”

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  1. Mandy · September 5, 2008

    Regarding the photo, it’s called PHOTOSHOP. Everyone knows McCain can’t raise his hands into that position because of the physical torture he experiences during the years he was in prison in Vietnam as a POW.
    Regarding qualifications for a VP or President…who writes them? I belive the source is the Constitution – age 35 and a homegrown citizen…looks like the founding fathers came from a time where more people were educated properly and capable of running the Office of the Pres because they had something so many people lack these days: common sense. Meanwhile, this woman has showed more grit and integrity in her short time in executive office than Obama or Biden. Don’t believe everything you hear on the news!
    Even my co-worker who is a staunch supporter of abortion rights is adamant about voting for Palin, because she said she recognizes a real leader when she sees one. She even said she hopes Palin runs for president. That shocked me.

  2. Democrashield · September 12, 2008

    Photoshop? Then there must be a lot of photoshops of John McCain out there, including this photoshop from McCain’s own website!

    And you’re right, the Constitution lays out the bare requirements to become Vice President. But isn’t it’s funny how we’ve never had a President or Vice President who hasn’t held a political office or military rank. Maybe that’s because the American people understand that there’s a big difference between meeting the Constitutional requirements to hold office and being qualified to hold that office.

    And as for your informal poll of exactly one person, well, I know plenty of Republicans who are voting for Obama and I’m certainly not calling this election yet.

    Happy trails.

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