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.
From Fall 2006:

. . .her political opponents say there was another side to the charming candidate — one captured by her nickname from those basketball years, “Sarah Barracuda” . . .
[they] said the name captured a predatory instinct that Palin could turn on friend as well as foe — one they said occasionally revealed itself in the mayoral years to come.

During her first run for mayor, critics complained that Palin, at 32, was too young and inexperienced. They objected to a quiet campaign by some Palin supporters raising emotional issues like abortion and gun control, which had no apparent tie to municipal politics.

Ooh, very Rovian, an emotional undercurrent beneath the actual issues — she COULD be perfect for McCain’s campaign!

I see Palin has her fans in the party, this blog valentine from early March for example, a few weeks after the actual Valentine’s Day (her fifth child has since been born.)

Sarah and Todd’s oldest son Track is 18 and serving our country. Their daughters are Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 6. I think Governor Palin’s been there and done that. Considering her age, she has had all the proper tests and everything evidently looks very good. She even knows the gender of the baby but is not telling. She knows what she is doing.

[Apparently she also knew then, that the baby would have Down Syndrome, which this fan argues could “save lives” if she gets the nod.]

Another story says she always was a bible-quoting self-promoter, and — get this — Palin literally is the beauty queen Obama is merely mocked as being.
And then there was:

What better way for my beloved GOP to show how beautifully modern and progressive we truly are. . .

Btw, hmmm, this would make an ideologically airtight anti-abortion ticket, with adoption at the top of the order and not aborting after genetic testing on deck. Not to mention the total number of children the prospective prez-vp would have brought into the world between them — gotta be a dozen or more?

And Palin’s children have VERY progressive sounding names, did you catch them in the story above, why, only Hollywood celebrities (like Britney?) give their sons names like Track and Trig, or name their girls Piper, Bristol and Willow. Demi has a Scout and a Rumer and a Tallulah Belle but she’s no Paris so she didn’t make the ad. Speaking of which, we can only imagine what any celebrity named Paris would name children she might mother someday . . .

Hilton thinks she’s highly qualified for motherhood, explaining: “I look after animals, so I’d have a lot to give my kids.”

So will little Lucky, Princess, Maggie, Buddy and Bear someday propel their blonde heiress mama into Republican politics? She got that guest spot in the ads without even trying . . .

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22 responses

1 08 2008
Daryl Cobranchi

I just don’t see it. Between the budding scandal and her newborn son, I can’t see McCain taking the chance.

1 08 2008
JJ

But Alaska, Daryl, with all that oil!
And I read somewhere that she matches up great against the three (then) short list Dem veep projections . . .

1 08 2008
Ted

Q&A

1. How can McCain SIMULTANEOUSLY attract both Hillary AND Bob Barr voters?

ANSWER: Sarah Palin

2. Which McCain Veep pick is SIMULTANEOUSLY the safest AND boldest?

ANSWER: Sarah Palin

3. What confirms that Sarah Palin is unassailable by the Democrats?

ANSWER: The left promotes as a ‘scandal’ that Palin notified state police that her ex-brother-in-law state trooper threatened to kill Palin’s dad.

1 08 2008
JJ

Ted, I’ll take a wild guess that you believe Obama is SIMULTANEOUSLY Jesus and Hitler?

But we were talking about Palin, and I’m glad you’re here because I know nothing about her —
So which do you think Sarah Palin would say is more racist: fleeting images of two young, pale blonde white girls flashing in between shots of a black male candidate, or that same candidate remarking that there seemed to be a move afoot to make him seem threatening (presumably most so to pale blonde white girls?)

1 08 2008
JJ

Or maybe Ted isn’t from the South and might feel I am being unfair? Chagrin!

2 08 2008
Nance Confer

3. What confirms that Sarah Palin is unassailable by the Democrats?

ANSWER: The left promotes as a ’scandal’ that Palin notified state police that her ex-brother-in-law state trooper threatened to kill Palin’s dad.

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You see, Ted, this is the sort of statement that looks like it says something but is, in fact, devoid of information. The kind of thing that the would be a feature on McCain’s Low Road Express — http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/mccainslowroadexpress/.

What an Obama statement would contain would be something called “facts” and “information.” Like whether or not there is any truth to the claim of a death threat.

If Republicans practice this, they too can produce answers that contain details, facts, information, and all those things that add up to the truth. Not just political spin.

My favorite stupid Republican trick this morning was the Moses ad. The makers of this ad, once again, assume that the rest of the world has absolutely no memory or access to the Google.

When Clinton tried to make fun of the stock phrase that Obama uses in some of his speeches — http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/02/24/in_ri_clinton_adopts_a_mocking.html — it did not work.

Readers of WND and similar “journalism” may want to debate and blog about McCain mocking Obama too — http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/2/worldupdates/2008-08-02T025352Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-347902-1&sec=Worldupdates. They may think a blog about this invented issue is meaningful — http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/.

Good. Let them completely miss the point and stay busy with this nonsense.

It is interesting to me that the mainstream media has their own version of this. They talk about — as fed to them by McCain’s campaign or not — Obama being too cocky or his followers being too enthusiastic. They get the same message out without the Christian right-wing slant.

And as I am sitting here watching Obama on CNN answer some questions, I have to say that the media just don’t get it. Voters may well be enamored of a guy who talks about the issues that matter to them and refuses to waste too much time on the distractions of the week.

It’s not as easy as showing pictures of pretty young starlets (do they even rise to that level of celebrity?). But what Obama kept bringing the conversation back to were real things — jobs and energy policy. I think voters may get excited about a candidate who actually seems to care about reality and the world real people live in.

But those with no money worries are free to take all sorts of statements and twist them however they want and waste their time on speculations about divine interventions. Heck, if I were a Republican, I’d be praying at this point!

Nance

2 08 2008
JJ

Except this divine intervention storyline isn’t harmless, Nance.
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UPDATE – see also this education post about the Christian control meme: “. . . a series of posts examining the Christian control meme as semi-pornographic advice online and off, advice on spanking with love, no — that spanking IS love. And that love is control, shown through an elaborate system of limits and consequences. And that the child’s resistance is natural; expect it and prepare to subdue it early and often. Beat it out of the children you love, show them who’s boss every minute of the day and night. This is divine commandment and the more ritualistic and intimidating, the more memorably painful, the more thoroughly it breaks the child’s spirit, the better. Love is thereby defined as power, absolute control by any escalating means that crushes challenge to authority of any kind.”
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Their idea of prayer is brandishing god’s will to prove that he wants them personally to win every battle large or small right here on earth. (And get rich besides.)

It translates to a form of self-deluding political power over other people including friends, family and of course foes, that simultaneously corrupts the believers into hurting the receivers — meaning that it literally hurts real Americans right here on earth in both human and divine terms.

I’d argue that if there is a god and he indeed has loving plans for his human creations, we’ve clearly been lied to and set up by sinful self-serving mortals from the beginning of time about what it is and how it’s supposed to work.

In America this wicked reality used to be seen mainly in church, you know, corrupt televangelists and what HSLDA helped church gangs do the name of prayer to Cheryl Seelhoff, cult child abuse, etc. So if you could stay out of that — and you weren’t in any class Church resented and terrorized — then you were reasonably safe in secular society with the Constitution and the rule of law.

But now this divine dominion, paternalist pugilist meme has amassed great secular power too, apparently generated from this same conviction that one’s power must be untouchable because it is divinely bestowed. God obviously wants me to win, because I am winning.

As I wrote, Goodling’s victims and what happened to Terri Schiavo are recent example of secular power directly hurting individual humans.

Now look at the private Palin family fight and how it connected to her public power. Her own husband “is employed as an oil-field worker and fisherman” without legal or political qualifications of any kind, yet apparently as her First Gentleman was all OVER this story and still is — like Hillary as First Lady leading her family’s Bimbo Eruption Hit Squad?

Whatever actually happened to the state trooper and his government supervisor under Palin, it’s plain to see that it didn’t happen the way good government and American justice is meant to work, with transparency and due process and civil rights for everyone involved. With a righteous WALL between anyone’s personal-family power and public governance power.

So the real threat to all we hold dear as Americans, is now a paternalistic, working class-pandering, gun-toting, moose-killing, code-speaking, militaristic, cop-warrior, tension-racheting, testosterone-saturated tough-guy Christian Soldier army animated by absolute belief that god made everything on earth for them to control, including all the other people in or out of church who won’t just salute and obey, and then, that god blesses the telling of whatever lies seem necessary to keep the plan working.

2 08 2008
Nance Confer

If I thought they had a chance in hell of winning this coming election, I would be very worried.

Since I remember a time when it was embarrassing to be seen in the way you describe, my “hope” is that that will become true again and we hear less and less of this worldview.

Nance

2 08 2008
JJ

I guess that’s why I AM worried now. Really bad week, lots of lies and other absolute crap that even the media is buying into all of a sudden, which makes it seem Rove is starting to get away with it AGAIN. And you don’t? — please, convince me then so I can tune them back out!

Because I just realized this garbage form of fantasy football campaigning is the only thing that actually has won presidential elections in this millennium . . .

2 08 2008
COD

At some point before Nov, some amped up McCain staffer overdosing on caffeine is going to freak out at a poll result and scream,”We can’t let this uppity negro win the White House.” Because that is exactly what they are thinking. The whole elitist meme this week is just a trial balloon to see how that would play.

2 08 2008
Nance Confer

I’m not sure I can convince you, JJ. 🙂 It’s a feeling, not a fact-based thing.

Keep reading the story and watch for the lines that Chris predicts. Heck, we don’t even have to wait too long for today’s racial incident — and in our very own Sunshine State — ain’t we proud — http://floridacapitalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080802/CAPITOLNEWS/808020312

This is a worldview that cannot sustain itself. There is only so much stupidity and evil in the world. And November isn’t that far off.

For encouraging news when pundits insist that the daily polls mean something, check out the state-by-state electoral vote polling featured here — http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Happy days — and DS got two gold medals at the tournament in your fair town today, JJ. 🙂

Nance

2 08 2008
JJ

Okay I trust you both, don’t let me down! 😉

Congrats to DS Nance, he must really have this down by now! Come with him next time and we’ll have that long awaited face-to-face meeting, gee, how long has it been since those old FL law list fights?

Young Son just had a birthday last week, he’s 13 now and after reading The Ranger’s Apprentice series, wants to take up archery. Oh and fencing like Breck, Chris. He’s had a secret itch for that forever, I guess we should DO something about it if we can pry him away from those bagpipes . . .

I’m pretty sure none of that makes any of us elitist. Just free!

3 08 2008
Nance Confer

It is odd that we have never met face to face. 🙂

But I was at home driving DD around. And, with the price of gas, I don’t know the next time we’re going to be venturing that far from home. The gas was the most expensive part of the whole trip.

Another odd thing — DD has been fixated on getting our now-2-year-old nephew into archery since he arrived here. Hmmm. . . let me know how your DS’s adventure goes. 🙂

Nance

3 08 2008
JJ

Do they even make bows and arrows that size? When I was playing the saxophone, I was told it was one of those instruments that couldn’t be downsized like violins or keyboards and still work, seems like archery would be the same just because of the minimum physical force needed for the pullback to get any sized arrow to go forward? But what do I know . . .

Whence springs her inspiraton for this? Does Dear Nephew look cute in a Robin Hood costume of something? 🙂

3 08 2008
Nance Confer

DN looks cute in everything — of course. 🙂 But has never been dressed as Robin Hood. I do not remember how this fixation started but I do remember the sign DD made to hang over DN’s crib, when he still slept in a crib, with the word ARCHERY writ large.

Since he just started walking a few months ago and doesn’t talk yet and barely follows any sort of direction or suggestion, archery is a way off. 🙂

Nance

8 08 2008
JJ

Palin in the news again today and not in a good way!

It is becoming Palin’s trademark.
“It’s not me, it’s them,” she says. In a television interview broadcast Wednesday night, Palin even went so far as to refer to her critics as “haters.”

Good grief.

None of that is healthy. If there is an ethics problem it should be addressed, and quickly. The rules, as Palin surely knows, apply to everyone.

Even her and her staff.

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