McCain Could Pick a Real Mother of a Veep

1 08 2008

Republicans wanting to draft Sarah Palin for veep are on the radar this week.

I don’t know who is she but after a couple of hours of knocking around the intertubes, I’m noticing she would fit right in with Bill Donohue’s Catholic League and Alberto Gonzales’ Justice Department hatchet-woman, Monica Goodling. Like them, is Palin the type willing to, shall we say, do what’s necessary?

She’s suddenly under fire for misusing her executive powers and personal influence, against her brother-in-law, the state trooper. Who was divorcing her kid sister.

Doesn’t this just make her the perfect nominee for Republicans, to be a (very) old man’s single heartbeat away from the First Woman Presidency? She will be ready and willing on Day One to misuse her executive power, no waiting for that pesky outsider’s learning curve!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When Sarah Palin was elected governor as a Republican outsider in 2006, she . . .vowed to clean up a long-cozy political system.

. . .Now, one of the bright new stars in the Republican Party has suddenly become tarnished. The state legislature this week voted to hire an independent investigator to see whether Ms. Palin abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.

“This is a governor who was almost impervious to error,” says Hollis French, a Democratic state senator. “Now she could face impeachment, in a worst-case scenario.”

The connection I personally draw between Palin and Donohue and Gonzales/Goodling, is how in power, they let their personal beliefs and desires run roughshod over others, individuals who do NOT rightfully belong to them to play God (or Godfather) with.

. . .”People see her as the symbol of purity in an atmosphere of corruption,” says Anchorage pollster Marc Hellenthal. “She is almost Saint Sarah.”

. . .The controversy now surrounding Ms. Palin stems from a messy divorce between state trooper Mike Wooten and his wife, Molly McCann, who is Ms. Palin’s younger sister.

. . .On July 11 of this year, Ms. Palin fired Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Mr. Monegan then complained that she and her husband had pressured him to fire Mr. Wooten.

Ms. Palin, in a statement, denied that, saying she had removed the commissioner she had appointed 18 months earlier because she wanted “a new direction.”

Ms. Palin’s supporters dismiss the so-called Troopergate incident as trouble stoked by her enemies.

“Many of those who had been in positions of power and authority have been very envious over the past year and a half, with Ms. Palin’s great popularity,” says Soldotna Mayor David Carey.

Well, never mind what happened to the actual men whose careers were damaged by Palin’s self-justifying actions. Winning is the only thing that counts, right?

I never heard the woman’s name until this morning, so I looked around for clues to her character. Is she indeed Saint Sarah, fresh-faced military mom and public corruption crusader? One thing’s clear, she’s working class and no elite intellectual. Read the rest of this entry »

McCain to Urban League: Al Sharpton Better Than Obama On School Reform

1 08 2008

John McCain is live on CNN right now, in my own swing state of Florida, speaking to the National Urban League.

He is saying that public school principals need more discretion in spending, which will reform public education. Then he criticizes “his opponent” for not signing onto the Education Equality Project (cochaired by Al Sharpton and Joel Klein.)

Nothin’ political about that, nope, nope. 😉

Government Aid to Church Fosters Intolerance. . .

1 08 2008

Yes, it’s from 35 years ago (older than some of you reading!) but yes, we’re having an object lesson in its wisdom this summer:

“I believe in a wall between church and state so high that no one can climb over it.

“When religion controls government, political liberty dies; and when government controls religion, religious liberty perishes.

“Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of religion.

“For too long the issue of government aid to church related organizations has been a divisive force in our society and in the Congress. It has erected communication barriers among our religions and fostered intolerance.”

— — Sam Ervin, Quotations from Chairman Sam: The Wit and Wisdom of Senator Sam Ervin (1973)

(Frisky cock of the snook to Culture Kitchen’s quote bank.)