Palin into significance

Only a few days after his rushed decision to chose the most inexperienced veep candidate in modern history, it is becoming clear how little McCain knew about his pick.

Marc Ambinder lists the unpleasant revelations that are threatening to make Palin the sort of campaign issue McCain doesn’t need:

They’ve bragged that Palin opposed the famous “Bridge to Nowhere,” only to learn that Palin supported the project and even told residents of Ketchikan that they weren’t “nowhere” to her. After the national outcry, she decided to spend the funds allocated to the bridge for something else. Actually, maybe it’s more fair to say that coincident with the national outcry, she changed her mind. The story shows her political judgment, but it is not a reformer’s credential.

Likewise, though she cut taxes as mayor of Wassila, she raised the sales tax, making her hardly a tax cutter.

She denied pressuring the state’s chief of public safety to fire her sister-in-law’s husband even though there’s mounting evidence that the impetus did indeed come from her. … (I am told that the campaign was aware of the ethics complaint filed against her but accepts Palin’s account.)

McCain’s campaign seemed unaware that she supported a windfalls profits tax on oil companies and that she is more skeptical about human contributions to global warming than McCain is.

They did not know that she took trips as the mayor of Wasilla to beg for earmarks.

They did not know that she told a television interviewer this summer that she did not fully understand what it is that a vice president does.

While we’re about it we can probably add that McCain, who has just unveiled his “Country First” campaign slogan, probably had no idea that his would-be veep is a former member of the fringe Alaskan Independence Party, according to the AIP. The AIP stands for Alaska’s secession from the United States.

And did he know that when she was mayor of the metropolis of Wassila, Palin was almost recalled?

Update: Left blogs in the US are running sweepstakes on when Palin pulls out of the race.

Update: There’ll be plenty more before the GOP comes to its senses and pulls her from the ticket, but this is the best satirical piece on Palin I’ve read to date.



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