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Palin's Pal Ted Stevens a Convicted Felon

October 27, 2008 · 4 Comments

So much for Sarah Palin’s maverick anti-establishment credentials.  Now that Ted Stevens has been found guilty on seven charges of failing to report gifts on his Senate disclosure forms, will Sarah Palin call on him to resign?

Stevens had extensive work done on his home and didn’t pay for it. Stevens tried to fob off responsibility on to his wife, saying that he didn’t know about the expenses. Turns out Palin is much cozier with Stevens than you might think, given how much of a “throw-em-out” reformer she claims to be. You might even say she has been “palling around” with a now-convicted criminal

Watch what she had to say just this summer – July 2008 – about their relationship:

And so the storied Senator Stevens ends his long and contentious career in the U.S. Senate with ignominy.

UPDATE:  Both McCain and Palin have now called for Senator Ted Stevens to resign, something he is unlikely to do.  This may just be posturing by McCain-Palin, but it’s a step in the right direction.  If Stevens were to resign the likelihood of a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate (60) increases significantly.  Read about it in the New York Times:  McCain Says Alaska Senator Should Resign.

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Sarah Still Unclear on Role of Vice President

October 23, 2008 · 2 Comments

Oh Sarah.  You’ve got to stop giving me so much material.

Stumped by a third grader?  Lying to a third grader?  Unclear on the concept?  You take your pick.

Palin famously stated on camera prior to her announcement as McCain’s VP pick:  “Someone has to tell me what, exactly, the Vice President does.”

Apparently in the whirl of shopping, being sequestered from the press, and memorizing the outrageous claim of the day (Obama pals around with terrorists, Cities are un-American, Obama would raise your taxes) she hasn’t had the time to learn what the role of the Vice President is.

In response to a question from a third-grader on the job of the Vice President, she claimed that she would be “in charge of” the Senate.  Um, no, Sarah, no.

Here is her response more fully:

A vice president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president’s agenda, they’re there like the team member, the teammate to the president.  But also, they’re in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it’s a great job and I look forward to having that job.

Oh Sarah, even “the base” is starting to be embarrassed by you and your raw ambition.  I hear Alaska is mighty cold after November 4th.

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You’re a Real American If:

October 22, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Let me get this straight, Sarah.

You believe that someone is a real American if:

  • They like McCain-Palin
  • They live in a small town
  • They believe in Jesus
  • They’re white
  • They like guns
  • They like to use guns to kill animals
  • They think criticism of America, even when we’re on the wrong course is Un-American
  • They are straight
  • They are anti-gay
  • They are anti-choice

In other words, Sarah – “if you look exactly like me, believe exactly like I do and support me, then you’re a real country-lovin, country-first American.  If you don’t, you’re un-American.”

Un-unh Sarah.

Real Americans love this country for its proud history as well as its unrealized potential.  Real Americans don’t say “my country right or wrong,” they say “let’s make sure my country gets it right.”  Real Americans can differ on the direction of the country, but they don’t call those who disagree with them un-American.  They don’t demonize those of different faith, race, geography, sexual orientation.  Real Americans are not afraid of difference, but embrace diversity as a positive good.

It’s the politics of exclusion and divisiveness that are really un-American.  Sarah, I’m not going to call you un-American.  But what you’re doing – now that’s un-American.

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Everywoman Spends $150,000 on Clothes

October 22, 2008 · Leave a Comment

It turns out that the Republican National Committee has shelled out $150,000 for Palin’s wardrobe since her selection as McCain’s running mate.

Now I’m sure that it’s important that candidates look good, photograph well, and not be caught in the same outfit across multiple nearly concurrent photo opportunities. I’m also sure that it’s more expensive to appropriately outfit a woman candidate than a man, because the reality is that a man can get away with a few good suits, a few shirts, and an extensive collection of snappy ties, while women’s fashion requires greater variety and more special outfits.

The reason that I think this story is interesting is because of what it says about the candidate, and what it says about her party.

As for the candidate, the reality is that you simply can’t have it both ways. You can’t be a person of the people, the common man or woman, and imply, as Palin does, that she is from the “real, pro-America” part of the country, with all of her down-homeisms and appeals to small town virtues, and then blow $150,000 of donor’s money on your outfits while the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is happening and scaring the beejeezus out of the country.

The second reason is that I think it reveals what a lot of people have come to believe – that the Republicans have been most excited about Palin because she looks good. Clearly they didn’t care about her lack of experience, education or intelligence. But she looks great in a tight sweater (just like Katherine Harris – see http://hatepalin.com/2008/10/sarahs-future/).  And I think that the cynical and sexist Republican party looked no further, and was willing to open the purse strings to make sure she did just that.  Look good.

In all fairness, I’m sure it’s very difficult to find a conservative, attractive, young-ish woman in the Republican party.  Most of the much more qualified Republican women of stature are older, and wouldn’t address McCain’s glaring age issue.  And the Republican party has not been especially welcoming to women or embraced issues of particular importance to women.  As a result, there simply aren’t as many women in the party who have been elected to office.  So McCain and the RNC did their desperate “hail Palin” long pass into the endzone.  Just like in football, it’s high risk, and it fails more often than it succeeds.

But when you’re down and time is running out you take bigger risks.  And, apparently, you need more expensive clothes too.

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Hooray for Tina Fey

October 17, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Contributed by RJ

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Sarah Palin is sliding in the polls.

Have voters finally seen through her phony reformer shtick? Or should we thank Tina Fey for highlighting the candidate’s finer qualities?

Recent polls reveal that Sarah’s numbers took a tumble following Fey’s parodies on Saturday Night Live. While this is an encouraging development, it says a lot about our current political culture. We live in a nation where sketch comedy has the power to influence a presidential election.

Here’s what I’d like to ask the people in that polling sample: “Really? You thought Sarah Palin was a reasonable choice until you saw Tina Fey impersonate her on Saturday Night Live?”

In an intriguing yet predictable twist, it looks like Palin will be appearing alongside Tina Fey on this week’s SNL. She told Neal Boortz in an interview that she hasn’t seen a script yet and has no idea what’s in store for her. If that’s true and the Palin campaign has agreed to an appearance “without preconditions,” the SNL writers are going to have a field day.

It’s an interesting gamble. Palin and her campaign want to neutralize the damage Fey has done by showing that Palin can take a joke. It their gamble pays off, she’ll come away looking more likable. If it doesn’t, well, let’s just say it’ll be one of the best life-imitating-art moments in the history of political satire.

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Real Americans Don't Travel

October 15, 2008 · Leave a Comment

This post was written by Contributor RJ:

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There is arguably no bigger symbol of the American culture wars than Sarah “I can field dress a moose” Palin. As we’ve seen, she is quick to play the populist card at every opportunity, from extolling the virtues of small town America to blasting the “media elite” after she stumbles during interviews.

For Palin–and the architects of her campaign–America is divided neatly into those who bowl on Friday nights and those who head to the latest wine bar. It’s pickup trucks versus Saabs. Wal-Mart versus Whole Foods. God-fearing versus Godless.

Palin’s common-man chauvinism is unapologetic. We first heard it during her acceptance speech when she made it clear that if you didn’t own a firearm, a filling station or a tractor, she wasn’t going to court your vote.

Given her attitude, it should come as no surprise that in her now legendary interview with Katie Couric she suggested that people who travel abroad are also somehow part of the cultural elite.

When Couric questioned Palin about why she only just received a passport last year, the governor offered the following response:

I’m not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world. No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture.

Translation: Traveling to another country (when not required by military service) is an extravagance for spoiled, liberal, college brats. Real Americans stay home and work.

As someone who did a fair amount of third-class travel back in the day, I can attest that it doesn’t take a lot of money to see the world–just an interest in other cultures.

Palin’s excuse for never leaving the country is another example of the reverse-snobbism that has come to characterize the Republican Party–a party that, ironically, benefits the people who travel first-class on their parents’ tab.

But here’s why Palin’s disinterest in traveling abroad really matters. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, it’s absolutely critical that we elect an administration capable of working with other nations. And visiting one or two of them seems like a reasonable prerequisite for the job. Based on what we’ve seen and heard, it’s unlikely that Palin possesses either the knowledge or the openness necessary to deal with our allies, much less our adversaries. Her campaign performance to date suggests she doesn’t even have what it takes to deal with the other, latte-sipping half of America.

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Alaskan Newspaper Slams Palin's Troopergate Response

October 14, 2008 · Leave a Comment

The Anchorage Daily News published an appropriately harsh editorial on Monday calling Palin’s claim that the Legislature’s report on Troopergate vindicated her “Orwellian.”

In no uncertain terms, the newspaper appropriately said that the report said that she had violated state ethics law in using the power of the office of Governor to prosecute a personal vendetta.  They conclude that the offense does not rise to the level of impeachment or indictment.  But it most certainly is not vindication.

Poor judgement, misuse of power, lack of accountability to the people, dishonesty.  Hardly the qualities we need in a Vice President – or, God forbid, a President.

Read the editorial from the Anchorage Daily News:  “Palin vindicated?  Governor offers Orwellian spin.”

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Fareed Zakaria – on why Palin is a bad choice

September 28, 2008 · Leave a Comment

I’m just going to let Fareed speak for himself in these  quotes, and point you to the whole article.

“Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start. The next administration is going to face a set of challenges unlike any in recent memory. There is an ongoing military operation in Iraq that still costs $10 billion a month, a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is not going well and is not easily fixed. Iran, Russia and Venezuela present tough strategic challenges.

“Obviously these are very serious challenges and constraints. In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.”

Read it in Newseek:  Palin is Ready?  Please.

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Palin took over $25,000 in gifts while Governor

September 26, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Reform?  Clean Government?

I guess taking big gifts is an Alaskan tradition?!

Big bad Ted Stevens had his house expanded by Veco Corp, and is sitting in court now defending himself against charges of lying about it.  He represents the most established of all of the Alaskan “old boys network.”

But Palin has recently tried to position herself as someone who broke through all that, who stood up to a culture of corruption.  The clean living reformer.  I say recently, because her political history suggests that this positioning is a relatively recent incarnation.  In fact, in her early political career she was coddled and developed by the very network she later railed against.  But now this.

The revelation that Palin took over $25,000 in gifts, some very personal (travel, expensive individual gifts), and often coming from people with specific interests in the outcome of governmental process adds new tarnish to the claims of reform-mindedness made by Palin.

My mother always told me to be careful about announcing myself as too good or pure or honest – or anything, because if you’re going to claim it, you’d better be able to have every little thing you do exceed the claim.

The more I learn the more convinced I am that Palin is simply a horrible pick for McCain and the Republican party.  In every single press interview where she’s asked actual questions (and Fox News has disqualified itself from being considered news – heck, it’s barely entertainment) she stumbles and looks more and more like she is so far out of her league that it is laughable.

Read about Palin’s gift-taking from the Washington Post:  Palin Accepted $25,000 in Gifts, Alaska Records Show

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Sarah Palin Should Scare You. A Lot.

September 23, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Here are just a few of the biggest reasons to worry about Sarah Palin and the McCain-Palin ticket:

* In her first year Palin asked for over $550 million in earmark requests.  Smell pork?  Source:  AP.

* Sarah Palin was for the “bridge to nowhere” until… she was against it.  Source:  CNN.

* The people who have worked with her in city and state government say Sarah is inflexible and a bully.  Source: US Magazine.

* She asked the city librarian about banning books when newly mayor of Wasilla.  Source:  Time Magazine.

* She struck rape kits from the budget of the police, forcing victims to pay for their own rape kits (up to $1200).  Source: US News contributing editor Bonnie Erbe.

* Palin is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest.  Source:  Lifenews.

* She is “proud” of her 17-year old unmarried daughter’s decision to keep her baby, but wants to prevent other women from being able to make that choice.  Source:  CNN.

* She got her first passport last year. Incurious? Provincial? Have to think so.  Source:  New York Times.

* Palin is under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power in “Troopergate” where she tried to get her brother-in-law fired (he was in a bitter divorce and custody dispute with her sister), and when the head of public safety refused, she fired HIM instead. Now she, her husband, and her staff are refusing to cooperate with the investigation or answer subpoenas, claiming “executive privilege.” Sound familiar (see George Bush, Karl Rove, et al).  Source:  ABC News.

* She used personal e-mail for public business, but now is hiding something; claiming that communication is privileged.  Source:  Washington Post.

* Last year Palin charged the state for the per diem travel expense for over 300 nights spent in her own home.  Source:  Washington Post.

* She took a debt-free city and left it with big debt.  Source: Atlantic.com.

* She raised money by creating an oil company windfall profits tax, but now is running on a ticket against such taxes.  Source:  Bloomberg.

* Sarah didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was in her first big interview with Charlie Gibson after her selection by McCain (it says, very ominously for international order and without recent precedent, that a country can engage in a preemptive war, without any aggression or provocation, if it believes that a threat exists and a hostile act might be forthcoming).  Source: Sarah Palin Holds Forth on Bush Doctrine, Pakistan.

* Sarah Palin believes that God is on her side in the war.  Her pentecostal/evangelical beliefs give her great certainty that her positions are sanctioned by God, and that all means are justified in rooting out “evil.”  The Republican handlers got her to claim that her statement was her take on Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote, but any reasoned comparison quickly falls apart.  Source:  Time Magazine.

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