Real Vetting of Palin Underway and It’s Same Old McSame Old

3 09 2008

Wanna know what’s REALLY happening?   The real vetting is less than a week along — Slate calls it Hurricane Sarah — but already Sarah Palin is proving to be just what we’d expect,  red-white-and-blue campaign confetti bundled in patriotic bunting like a newborn baby, being fired off with a big bang to distract from and cover up  what we knew all along about the ruthless politics of personal profit, public exploitation, and God and Guns enforcing it all, no questions allowed!

Forget the family stuff and the smears and counter-smears, who is Sarah Palin herself, as a politican campaigning in her own right? Can we trust her character and judgment, faith and feminism and um, public fairness and diplomacy? How does SHE treat women politicians and does she respect them personally even when she opposes their politics?
[UPDATE – this youtube video mysteriously disappeared a few hours after posting. So here’s a longer, audio-only clip. The relevant part starts about halfway through. And I put my own summary and a news report’s summary in the comments below.]

Or let’s look at her “qualifications” and governing principles once in office, never mind theocratic abstinence-only sex ed or the FCA and FFL, or adding creationism to public school science classes; let’s talk major national issues like the economy, energy policy, war and peace:

In a talk to the church congregation on the Iraq War, for example, Palin said “[Pray] for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God….That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

. . . Palin, in supporting a $30 billion Alaskan national gas pipeline project, said: “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.”

Faced with an onslaught of critical stories, the McCain campaign has adopted a strategy of knocking down some incomplete or imperfectly substantiated stories and blaming them on the Obama campaign.

Snook readers will recall I am nonpartisan and was all for Unity ’08, even registered as a delegate and blogged about it some at Culture Kitchen. The Unity ’08 movement was about issues and reforming our governance processes, no names to take sides over, just a hope for better politics and real, post-partisan, intelligent reforms.  I thought it was actually better NOT to have specific individuals clubbing each other into the ground, instead of coming together in a sort of collective wisdom that was about us, not rooting for or against specific personalities and celebrities.

American politics is cynical and corrupt, completely broken, and the only hope for real change now (no guarantee, but the best shot we can realistically hope for) is Barack Obama’s fresh, honest, principled approach and his absolute refusal to be dragged down into the McSame Old along the journey. He willingly went into the Saddleback lion’s den and told the truth about his own faith without pandering to voters as the Bush Rs have done and as he knew McCain would do, too. (Some maverick.) Talk about the kind of character and TEMPERAMENT that best qualifies the true American “leader” we need now. . .



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3 09 2008

Btw, about how Palin has been picked and packaged — I saw this woman on FOX news again this morning, so righteously indignant about the supposedly unprecedented smears (LOL, hasn’t someone in this race been smeared as everything from a babydaddy to a Muslim to an America hater?) that she’s announcing a StoptheSmears of Sarah Palin site somewhere or other.

I was glad to see then, that someone is vetting the vetters! If you can read about this senior McCain “economist’s” secret and/or shadowy money and ideological ties to Big Oil, the John Birch Society and most recently, to the mortgage industry lobby! — without rushing to the nearest Obama headquarters to volunteer for real change, you are blind, stupid, corrupted or all of the above. And I don’t care if you ARE a woman and good mother!

3 09 2008

A stream of consciousness rant —

Former Bushie, now McCain talking head Nancy Pfotenhauer just wielded her indignation on FOX news as if dirty politics is only dirty when it’s THEIR darling. Where was she when conservative woman were accusing Barack Obama of infanticide and plots against America, insulting his whole family by calling this dignified man his wife’s “Baby Daddy” — but an honest-to-god baby daddy will be in Palin’s family party tonight, handsome young hockey player Levi Johnson (hey, is HE qualified to be veep too?) — attacking family members from his grandmother to his half-siblings in Africa, not to mention mocking, attacking and outright lying about his love of country, support for the troops, reasons for seeking office, his record in office, his pastor and religion, his profession, his party, his character, his name, his home state and heritage? Homeschool women who I’m finding particularly pitbullish, have smeared this gentle, thoughtful, learned father of young daughters and loving husband of only one accomplished wife as “abhorrent” and “disgusting” and even compared him to Hitler.

But what is the only thing the Right thinks is worth complaining about and trying to change?
Stop the Smears of Sarah Palin

Oh, and John McCain was so insulted that CNN’s Campbell Brown tried to pin down his spokesman to name even one decision his new veep soulmate made while commanding the Alaska National Guard, that he’s publicly refusing to appear on Larry King Live now! During his own convention and rollout of said soulmate to introduce her to America and persuade us she’s the best possible soulmate for all of us too (and a soulmate is what we should be voting for?)

3 09 2008
Nance Confer

Now we are informed by wannabe Romney that the VP pick’s speech tonight is really not so much about experience — which she has loads of and she’s terrific — or issues — which, again, she’s terrific on — but to give American women — that would be me, right? — the chance to hear her and realize we like her!

We will like her because we will see how neato she is and how she’s a Mom too and cares, really cares.

Okey-dokey then.


3 09 2008

I am insulted.

3 09 2008

Remember Sally Field (who I happen to really like as a celebrity but not a political world leader) at the Oscars?

They like me, they really, really like me!
Spunky Sally Field for President (old and osteoporetic though she is)

If “we” are dumb enough to fall for that power of story, we deserve whatever we get. . .

3 09 2008
Not June Cleaver

The video says “no longer available.” I’m dying to know what it was.

3 09 2008

OMG, now THAT is creepy! How did they DO that?? Be afraid, be very afraid . . .

I heard it myself earlier today and so did FavD, it’s two radio shock jock types hosting Sarah Palin in an on-air interview a la Don Imus or Howard Stern, as they first say that some female senator has three children that she must not like very much (Palin laughs) and then they call this senator mom a cancer on the state of Alaska (which is really disgusting because this woman reportedly survived cancer) and then imply the other female is fat (Palin laughs some more) and then they explicitly call the female senator a “bitch” while Palin laughs some more, no denouncement or even a demurring — and then they say how about if we come to your state of the state speech, and Palin says “I’d be honored to have you.”

3 09 2008

More about Big Oil mouthpiece Nancy Pfotenhauer — watching her on CNN right now — what crap!

“True bipartisanship is when you’re willing to do what’s difficult, not what’s easy. . .”

Just because she is a blonde woman teaming up with other women to package yet another woman, does that mean I as a blonde woman, can’t research their self-dealing and outright lies, and call any of them out??

3 09 2008

Maureen Dowd today:

. . .It seems like a long time since Vice President Dan Quayle denounced Murphy Brown for having a baby out of wedlock, bemoaning a “poverty of values.” It also seems like a long time — and another McCain ago — that Republicans supporting W. smeared the old John McCain by spreading rumors that he had fathered an illegitimate black child.

This week, the anti-abortion forces celebrated the news of Bristol’s pregnancy, using it as further proof that their beloved Governor Palin . . . was committed to the cause. . .

Because Ferraro grabbed at the chance, without revealing to Mondale’s incompetent vetting team how damaging some of her husband’s financial imbroglios could be, she went from being a female icon to part of the reason it’s taken a quarter-century for another party to take a chance on a woman.

When McCain gets in trouble, he pulls out the P.O.W. card. Now Republicans are pulling out the sexist card.

Hillary cried sexism to cover up her incompetent management of her campaign, and now Republicans have picked up that trick. But when you use sexism as an across-the-board shield for any legitimate question, you only hurt women. And that’s just another splash of reality.

3 09 2008

To Not JC et al about the mysteriously censored Palin radio show — here’s the Anchorage Daily News editorial that ran after it —

“Palin’s Responses on Radio Talk Show Very Unbecoming”:

It was conduct unbecoming a human being, never mind a governor.

. . .Early on in the conversation before Palin started to crack up, Lester referred to Sen. Green as a jealous woman and a cancer. Palin, who knows full well Lyda Green is a cancer survivor, didn’t do what any decent person would do, say, “Bob, that’s going too far.”

But as the conversation moved on, Lester intensified his attack on Green.

Lester questioned Green’s motherhood, asking Palin if the senator cares about her own kids. Palin laughs.

Then Lester clearly sets the stage for what he is about to say by warning his large audience and Palin. He says, “Governor you can’t say this but I will, Lyda Green is a cancer and a b—-.” Palin laughs for the second time.

What were teenage boys thinking when they heard the governor laugh at someone being called a b—-? How about the teenage girls who look up to Palin. What did they think when they heard her laugh?

But there is more. Lester then describes Green’s chair as big and cushy. A clear reference to the senator’s weight. Palin laughs a third time. She’s just having a grand old time.

Palin was clearly enjoying every second of Lester’s vicious attack on her political rival.

But it gets worse.

Lester asks Palin point blank: “Do you have any idea of what you did, to make Lyda Green dislike you, hate you?” How does Palin respond? Does she do the right thing? What you would expect from a mature leader, a governor and say, “Bob, Lyda doesn’t hate me.”

No, she responds like a 13-year-old and says, “Um, you know once and a while I try to figure that out but I can’t figure that out.”

The Palin camp says the governor did call Green and apologize. That was the right thing to do. But the governor’s statement shows the apology a half-hearted one.

The statement in part reads: “The Governor called Senator Green to explain that she does not condone name-calling in any way and apologized if there was a perception that the comment was attributed to the Governor.”

But there’s strong evidence Palin did condone Lester’s name-calling. At the end of Lester making fun of Green as a mother, calling her a cancer, twice, and saying she has to go; after calling the senator a b—-, making fun of her weight, and accusing Green of being jealous and hateful; after all of that, Lester ends the conversation offering to visit Palin.

How does Palin respond? “I’d be honored to have you.”

The statement released by the governor’s office also called Palin’s action bad judgment.

But bad judgment is when you stay up late the night before a big test, order steak at a Chinese restaurant or wear blue jeans to a black tie affair.

What the governor did was wrong.

Not only did she sit by and watch a decent public servant get thrashed in front of tens of thousands of people, she actually enjoyed it.

This is our governor, for goodness sake.

Our leader. I wonder.

And there’s this too:

. . .While everyone else is busy wondering why the McCain campaign offered the supporting role of vice president to you, I am more interested in knowing why you accepted it.

The McCain campaign is supported by lobbyists. Ralph Reed, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, sent thousands of e-mails to “friends” in Georgia promoting a McCain fundraiser in Atlanta on Aug. 18. Charles Black, McCain’s campaign chair, prospered representing tyrants and dictators, including Joseph Savimbi and Mobutu Seko.

John McCain’s campaign reminds me of the scheme of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in “The Producers.” Charles Black and the corporate lobbyists running the McCain campaign play the role of Bialystock, and the Republican National Committee is Bloom, a useful tool. The goal of the campaign is to raise millions of discretionary dollars to pay Black and his consultants to produce the world’s worst campaign while building a network for a Jeb Bush victory in 2012. For the scheme to work, however, McCain has to lose in 2008.

Don’t you see what’s going on? You are being used in ways that will break your heart, and ours.

Say it ain’t so, Sarah.

3 09 2008
Not June Cleaver


3 09 2008

Yikes indeed.

And who remembers this, regarding John Mccain’s respect for children of candidates, and for female political figures?

A joke too bad to print?

– – – – – – – – – – – –

During the last few months, many established media outlets have decided to report innuendo and rumor about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, as long as they have a source they can cite (at least anonymously), or another media player has reported the same.

But this new standard in the practice of journalism seemingly does not extend to other political figures, at least not media darlings like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Earlier this month, at a Republican Senate fund-raiser, McCain told a downright nasty joke making fun of Janet Reno, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

The fact that McCain had made the tasteless joke was reported in major newspapers, as was the vain attempt by his press secretary to initially deny what McCain had done. But in several major newspapers, the joke itself was kept a secret. When McCain subsequently apologized to President Clinton, the Washington Post, in its personality section, noted the apology but said the joke “was too vicious to print.”

The Los Angeles Times, in its Life & Style section, provided an oblique rendering of the joke that did not fully convey its ugliness. When Maureen Dowd penned a column in the New York Times about the joke, she wrote that McCain “is so revered by the press that his disgusting jape was largely nudged under the rug.” But Dowd chose not to relay the joke, either.

The joke did appear in McCain’s hometown paper, the Arizona Republic, and the Associated Press did report the joke in full, so everyone in the press had access to McCain’s words. But by censoring themselves, the Post, the Times and others helped McCain deflect flak and preserved his status as a Republican presidential contender.

Salon feels its readers deserve the unadulterated truth. Though no tape of McCain’s quip has yet emerged, this is what he reportedly said:

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno.”

The joke may be crude, but it pales in comparison with the published details surrounding the presidential sex scandal. McCain’s two-liner conveys some interesting insights into what he considers humorous (lesbianism, a young woman’s physical appearance), particularly since it was delivered to a Republican crowd. Remember, this is the party that champions pro-family values.

McCain’s lapse in judgment — admittedly, not as big a lapse as having a sexual relationship with an intern — may be a significant clue into aspects of his “character,” and thus relevant to the voting public. But many voters have been spared this insight, thanks to the censors in the press.

Accordingly, McCain is well-positioned to ride out this messy little episode.

4 09 2008

This is interesting today, from Politico dot com at the RNC:

. . .The mother of five — with one pregnant teenage daughter and an infant son with Down syndrome — has joined a parade of personalities from Anita Hill to O.J. Simpson to Monica Lewinsky to become a cultural flash point.

As the controversy over her qualifications and McCain’s vetting process overwhelmed events here, hypocritical rhetoric was flowing at full tide on all sides of the debate.

Many conservatives, who spent a generation ridiculing the politics of victimhood and group identity, are now zealously invoking both in the Twin Cities. A common GOP talking point here is that Palin’s gender and experiences as a mother should be counted as an asset among her qualifications.

Just last spring, Palin herself scoffed when Hillary Clinton’s campaign complained about a double standard in coverage.

“When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, ‘Man, that doesn’t do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country,’ ” Palin said.

[And as Snook blogged yesterday, Palin herself was publicly sexist and mocking of a female opponent last year, and admitted laughingly her criticisms at home had caused her little girl Piper to suggest they should “pull her hair.”]

Now, McCain’s team is urgently recruiting female surrogates and loudly crying sexism to deflect legitimate inquiries into Palin’s experience, her record, and the last-minute, improvisational process by which McCain chose a small-state governor who was elected in 2006 after serving of mayor of small-town Wasilla, a far suburb of Anchorage.

It was a process dominated by a small handful of male aides to McCain, consulting no woman other than the candidate’s wife, Cindy McCain. . .

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