Vetting Sarah Palin (UPDATED)

A big fat question mark, now nearly a heartbeat away from the Presidency

As you read this, a team of McCain campaign staffers are in Alaska, vetting Sarah Palin:

We had heard hints of this. But just moments ago, Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC said that Republican lawyers are currently doing a vet of Sarah Palin up in Alaska. We’ll get you the video shortly. But it seems that the really deep vet of Palin started after her selection was announced.

And then there’s this:

The campaign of John McCain has sent a staff of eight people into Alaska to conduct background checks and vetting on Governor Sarah Palin.

Word is they have have eight rooms reserved at a Wasilla hotel.


On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin’s hometown newspaper.

How does he know? The paper’s (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.

“No one else had requested access before,” said the source. “It’s unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn’t.”

The McCain campaign didn’t do their homework. This proves that Sarah Palin was a last-minute pick borne of desperation; it shows just how poorly John McCain is running his campaign.  I mean, he sewed up the Republican nomination in February–he had six months, more than twice the amount of time Barack Obama had, to vet and pick his VP candidate.

The vetting process is supposed to be thorough and comprehensive.  Campaigns are supposed to examine every aspect of a potential candidate’s life.  Not only do they want to pick someone who won’t hurt their candidate’s chances, but they also want to pick someone with a record that shows they can govern well if need be. Vice President isn’t a small job, and most Presidential campaigns know they can’t treat their decision lightly.

But not the McCain campaign.  They didn’t vet Sarah Palin before picking her.  In fact, John McCain only ever met her once and talked to her on the phone once in addition to that. John McCain was willing to put her on the ticket, to nominate her as the second most powerful person in America, while he barely knew anything about her.

A Presidential campaign is a preview of how a particular candidate would govern the country.  Picking a VP candidate is regarded as a candidate’s first Presidential decision, their first major appointment.  How John McCain has conducted–or failed to conduct–his VP search shows just how disastrous a McCain administration would be.

We just had eight years of shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later governance, administered by a President who appointed incompetent, unqualified people to important government posts. The last thing America needs is four more years of that.

UPDATE: And the hits just keep on coming:

Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which since the 1970s has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

That’s right–Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin belonged to a fringe political party that tried to get an American state to secede from the union.

John McCain says ‘country first;’ Sarah Palin says ‘Alaska first.’  Which will the voters believe?


One comment

  1. Robert K. Froese · September 1, 2008


    An Ill Wind that Blows Nobody any Good?

    A huff and a puff and away they went

    George Bush, Dick Cheney, blown off of the stage

    God truly moves in mysterious ways

    His wonders to perform

    Gone with the wind

    Gustav has spoken,

    The ripples of sand on a quiet beach

    Pounded by Gustav, and battered by storm

    The wind dies down, and the waters recede

    The beach is as smooth as a baby’s ass

    The sea as calm as the top of your glass

    God surely is on the side of the Republicans. He must have had the date of the Republican Convention in mind, and he surely understood that the Republicans needed some help.

    No wooden poles on stage to play against the back drop of the Convention of Democrats, which would play out poorly by comparison.

    And no Sarah Palin on stage to espouse the cause of women, promote Juno, and give more voice to the die hard right.

    And where is McCain?

    Gone with the wind.

    He will now come back as a nominee by Satellite, having compromised his campaign, for the benefit of the American people being hounded by Gustav.

    A stroke of genius. Now if only he could get another Gustav to blow away his veep, all would be well.

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