Monday, September 1, 2008


A round-up of what John McCain wish he knew about Sarah Palin before he chose her:

1. She'll have to testify in the Alaksa Legislature's investigation of her abuse-of-power.
2. She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, and then she wasn't really against the money for it.
3. There was an effort to recall her as mayor of Wasillia.
4. She abused her power as Mayor of Wasillia as well.
5. She doesn't know when the Pledge of Allegiance was written.
6. Her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant.
7. Members of the Alaska Republican political establishment believe that she is incompetent.

To be updated as more facts emerge!

McCain's Snap Judgment

There are many stories now being published about how McCain came to choose Palin. The emerging consensus: his campaign didn't do that much vetting and McCain made a snap call.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"She's Old Enough. She's a U.S. Citizen."

From the Anchorage Daily News:
The early morning news of McCain's pick sent jaws dropping throughout Alaska, with friends waking up friends with "Oh my God, have you heard?" phone calls.

State House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was astonished at the news. He didn't want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

"She's old enough," Harris said. "She's a U.S. citizen."

That's a comforting endorsement. I posted a diary on Daily Kos about the article here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


"Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgement, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than 90% of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change."

The full text of Obama's extraordinary acceptance speech can be read here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential nominee is a safe bet. Biden is articulate if not a little verbose, experienced, reputedly knowledgeable about a variety of affairs, Catholic, and one of the least wealthy members of the Senate, which is a plus in a campaign where elitism has become a four letter word.

But where does that leave McCain and his choice for a running mate? He's in a tough spot. Romney would bring the ticket's combined residential properties to somewhere around 15. The exact number would have to be confirmed with McCain's staff
. And many evangelical Christians are still uncomfortable with Romney's Mormon faith. Pawlenty? Seems too shallow, and wouldn't stack up well against Biden. Palin? Too green. Crist? Too gay. Lieberman? Too Democratic for conservative Republicans even though he's not Democratic enough for most Democrats. Jindal? Why would he bother now? Whitman and Fiorina? Too inexperienced, with mixed records as business leaders and both are pro-choice. Republican female U.S. Senators Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Hutchinson, or Dole? None would bring much to the ticket.

My bet is Romney. If selected, we can expect to hear a great deal about his multiple homes.