Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Vet forgot to Vett

(image from Frieda Bee)

She's under legislative ethics investigation in Alaska over whether she abused her power when she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner. She was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which puts Alaska first. Or, to quote Joe Vogler, "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

Ms. Palin supports increased oil and gas drilling in sensitive lands and waterways, opposed federal action to list the polar bear as a species threatened with extinction and supports a controversial program to allow aerial shooting of wolves and bears as a means of predator control. Oh, and did I mention? Her husband, Todd Palin, works as a field operator for BP, one of the main operators on the North Slope of Alaska.

McCain was in a hurry, though. He'd rejected both Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty as running-mates, deeming those choices too predictable. He wanted either Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman, both of whom support abortion rights - which made the conservative base of the Republican party furious. So. What's the Vet to do?
He turned to Ms. Palin. He had his first face-to-face interview with her on Thursday and offered her the job moments later. Advisers to Mr. Pawlenty and another of the finalists on Mr. McCain’s list described an intensive vetting process for those candidates that lasted one to two months.


Let me be clear: I will not discuss her children, because god knows I made my share of mistakes raising mine. I WILL focus on the facts, though. The facts about Sarah Palin prove that she has NOTHING that qualifies her to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. When you consider that John McCain is one mole away from being dead, it terrifies me that he would select her as his running-mate. Because, children, he could be elected.

Sarah Palin is anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, pro-oil drilling and advocate of teaching of creationism in schools. Some say she's an exciting choice because she's a woman. Samantha Bee said she would vote for Palin because she has "a vagina … and boobies." I guess that's all that matters, right?


betmo said...

her daughter isn't the issue but the lies and cover up surrounding what is most likely bristol's first child- is. very nixonian. couple that with the above mentioned issues- especially troopergate- and you have a candidate that i don't want a heartbeat away from the presidency. as i said, we already had a male nixon.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jood. One correction because I think you may have the wrong impression of my posts regarding Palin. I've not passed judgment on her parenting skills. Not once.

My issue is that Palin would not extend the same courtesy of privacy or respect to any of our daughters regarding choice. She would criminalize abortion even in cases of rape and incest. That to me, is a huge issue. Would you really like someone with those views in line to possibly pick Supreme Court justices?

Just thought I'd take a moment for clarification. Not once have I attacked Palin or her parenting skills, merely her policies.

DivaJood said...

Betmo - oh, good point. One Nixon is MORE than enough.

DCup, thanks for the clarification. I think that the passion of your posts confused me (remember, I am nearly 60 and a natural blonde) - but the ISSUE is that the far right does not extend the same courtesy to others that they demand for themselves. The issue is that she is anti-abortion. And that is a huge issue.

Border Explorer said...

But did you know that McCain was a POW? I mean, jeeze, cut him some slack, fer cryin' out loud. If he wants a beauty queen at his side, isn't that the least a hero like him deserves?


Akelamalu said...

I won't comment on Americal politics (except to say I don't like George W Bush)as I don't know enough about them. I just came over to ask you to check out my post tomorrow m'dear, there's an award for you. :)

Mary Ellen said...

Good for you Diva Jood! I wrote a post about the damage that this smear campaign against Palin and her family is hurting the Dems more than helping them, John Kass feels the same way about this stuff. Let's stick to the issues, for gosh sakes!

Now, about our platform on rootbeer and donuts...I still think it's a winner!

Take care, kiddo!

D.K. Raed said...

you just know Mitt is standing in front of a mirror now, greasing up his hair, in prepartion for Sarah Woebegone to bow out. Poor McC, with choices like Mitt and Lieberman, he was hard pressed to find a suitable #2, and still be able to say COUNTRY FIRST. Maybe his platform should be called CFMA (Country First My Ass).

Fran said...

To be honest when Palin was unveiled, my first impression is that McCain has quit. He wants out & this is his way of a graceful exit.

Come on!
He comes up with this Bimbo Beauty Queen who has a flair for White Trailer Trash soap opera storylines. I'm really not judging her so much as saying... THIS is the best they could come up with?

Besides that flashpoint crazy stuff... she has fundamental political issues... namely total lack of Federal & Foreign affairs experience.
Her resource extractive stance- failure to protect Polar bears as an endangered species, open to drill the Arctic wildlife area, and a host of other bad decisions that cost millions of dollars, and the creationism, anti abortion stances.

Palin is a joke & an insult to their own party.
Back in 2000, Bush was promising to bring integrity back to the white house.

What the hell is McCain doing? Promising to keep it amusing & circus like??

an average patriot said...

He needed another mindless liarthat will be led not lead. That is all the vetting needed!
I am sure he is lying but McCain says he knew about the daughter!
This morning on the radio they were talking about it saying it is no big deal and swarms of Repug lawyers were going to Alaska to fight charges in trooper gate.
Also she was being investigated for firing the police chief who did not agree with her politically.
Then the guy said it doesn't bother me that she hid her husband's DUI from 20 years ago or that her Mother in law does not know who she is going to vote for yet because she does not think Palin is qualified.
The issue to him is that she was a member of a secessionist movement until 1994 to have Alaska break away from the US. Again my question is what the hell is next? The right needs 2 more proven mindless liars who will purge all that disagree so this agenda can continue! We can not afford to have that happen! The new societal order American Fascist Police State is almost finished!

Dean Wormer said...

Nice post, Jood.

I do think the Palin nomination says a lot about John McCain; all bad.

This isn't directed at you but I do think that anyone who spent the primaries trashing Barack Obama for his wife's "proud" remarks, his "relationship" with Ayers, his preacher, Rezco or god knows what else has absolutely no moral standing to lecture ANYONE about what should or should not be off limits in this campaign.

You wallow in the trash you don't get to lecture the rest of us about what stinks.

Liquid said...

No political comment here. Just give the precious pooch a kiss kiss.

Missed ya!

DivaJood said...

Border, oh, yes. The Pious POW. Give me a freaking break already. How much is too much? However, it does explain some of his uncontrollable rage - I've seen that in so many Vietnam vets who saw combat - just one of the many side-effects of that mistake of a war.

Akelamalu, thank you. I love awards, they mean I get to purchase a new gown to wear on the red carpet. And not liking George W. Bush goes a long way to describing US politics right now.

Mary Ellen, don't forget the free strawberries for everyone too.

DK, hah! That's funny. I can just see Mitt's shiny hair now. "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." or something.

Fran, the simple fact that she and her husband are so connected to Big Oil is enough to make her a problem; add the anti-abortion, the anti-gay rights, the creationism in school, the anti-environmental policies and you've got a real problem.

Patriot, I don't really care if McCain did or did not know about the teen pregnancy. What I care about is a rash decision, made moments after he met with her, over something as critical as who would be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

Dean, I know it wasn't directed at me. And I understand where you are coming from on this. The primaries were ugly - Clinton supporters were horrific about Obama and Obama supporters were horrific about Clinton - nobody came out of that without some slop on them. But now, now we need to focus on issues rather diligently. And on issues, Sarah Palin is a disgrace.

DivaJood said...

Liquid, doggie is doing so much better! She even chased a cat - nearly took my arm off in the process!

okjimm said...

ya, what fran said.....// THIS is the best they could come up with?//

... this whose baby, what baby, bye-bye baby shit..... like, really gimmee a break or gimmee a beer!

...and I am not comparing nothing to nothing..... this is the B

T!!!!!! they could come up with!?

C'mon.... a former mayor of a town of 6K in Alaska?? Is the Repub talent pool that shallow? Or Did McCain feel he had to pander to the 'White-Gun-Toting-Snowmobile-Psuedo-Feminist-Crowd'. Gees, gimme a break!? I mean, forget Palin......the real issue is this is what McCain comes up with?

Wowsers&shit.... who would he pick for Sec of State....... ???

Agi said...

She's the 2008 Bernie Kerik. So how long will she last?

okjimm said...

OK. who's Bernie Kerik?? Ah, ah, ah...... I get it!

DivaJood said...

Agi, I think she will outlast Kerik if for no other reason than sheer stubbornness.

Okjimm, regarding who he might pick for Secretary of State, I'm sure he might suggest Bernie Kerik...

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

wish i had the power to fire someone who broke uip with my sister - id be CEASAR lol

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I certainly think McCain is hoping there are more where Samantha Bee comes from. Upon hearing his choice, my initial reaction was this is the Hillary supporters' boo boo band-aid. Those considering her for the position based on band-aids and boobage alone need to think long and hard.

Much respect for staying true to the mom game and keeping her children out of it. The smear campaigns are NOT a good look for either party...

susan said...

"John McCain is one mole away from being dead."

That's the best line I've read about the campaign all year. I have been saying all year that nobody knows who the President will be in 2 years and the possibility that it could be Sarah Palin scares the living daylights out of me.

(also thanks to Frieda Bee for the great pic - yow)

Naj said...


All the reasons for which you are criticizing Palin are the exact WHY he has chosen her.

I am sure McCain was not counting on your vote :)

He saw the mate, and the old fool's frontal lobe went hooohaaa! I am sure he has BALLS to choose her ;)

an average patriot said...

You know you are dead on! She is exactly what they needed. They are now united and have a nightmare team we better be very concerned about along with the rest of the world!

DivaJood said...

Torrance, that's hilarious. Cesar, eh? Yikes.

T.Allen, it's just that the intelligent women who supported Hillary Clinton didn't do it because Clinto was a woman. They did it over issues. McCain misjudges our gender terribly.

Susan, McCain could indeed be elected. Obama is NOT a shoe-in. And if it's McCain, Ms. Palin is NOT someone I want to be next in line.

Naj, good point - McCain probably did write me off a while ago. :)