Ignore ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin — Pay attention to ‘quick draw’ McCain

Sarah Palin is a decorative distraction that John McCain has inserted into the presidential race.

The announcement of Palin as the McCain’s VP should really come as no surprise.  It smacks of Karl Rove’s usual strategy of pandering to the right-wind party base in order to get McCain elected. It is also a signal of just how desperate McCain was feeling at the conclusion of the Democrat’s highly successful convention.

The selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate also says a lot about McCain’s judgment in that he would pick a  snowmobiling beauty queen  from a small state with no national or international experience.   John McCain wants to be president and he will cynically use and abuse anyone he can to achieve his ambition.  This includes plucking a woefully underprepared governor from the backwoods of Alaska and thrusting her willynilly into the national spotlight.  After meeting her just once prior to offering her the job, John  McCain decided Sarah Palin is his “soulmate and partner”.  

What a bunch of crap!

What John McCain saw in Sarah Palin was a way to distract the American electorate from the dismal state of the economy and his support for failed policies at home and overseas.

One thing we know about John McCain — he is impulsive and rash in decision making and just demonstrated how faulty his decision making process can be in his selection of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate.  There is no evidence that Sarah Palin was fully vetted — and there appear to be a number of skeletons ready to come tumbling out of the Palin closet.

The bi-partisan investigation of the firing of the Alaska Director of Public Safety Walt Monegan is due to wrap up in October, just before the election.  There are also conflict-of-interest questions swirling around her husband’s  employment by British Petroleium while Palin is involved in key negotiations regarding a natural gas pipeline that BP may be bidding on.  There are other crucial negotiations underway regarding the Petroleum Profits Act — also posing a potential conflict of interest for Governor Palin.

Such conflict of interest problems are in stark contrast to Palin’s reformist image.  But they are similar to McCain’s continued employment of Randy Scheuneman even after it was revealed that Scheuneman had been working in behalf of the government of Georgia — and was also advising/speaking on behalf of the McCain campaign vis-a-vis the recent Russo-Georgian crisis.  Perhaps McCain and Palin are really birds of a feather after all — but that is not the story line being promoted by the GOP’s operatives in the media.

Another point to be considered is the stark contrast with the decision making process of Barack Obama.  Joe Biden was fully vetted and Obama spent considerable time pondering his first Presidential hire.  Obama selected Biden from the perspective of finding a partner in governing.  This is the kind of long-range strategic thinking that is desirable in someone aspiring to sit in the Oval Office.

On the other hand, McCain’s choice of running mate appears to be more aimed at  finding a way to get elected than at choosing someone who will add value to the team with respect to  running the country.

There was a recent article about the kind of games of chance that Obama and McCain are known to play.  Senator Obama is  successful at poker, a card game that requires a player to carefully consider every move and rewards strategic thinking and the ability to “read” other players.    In contrast, McCain prefers craps, a  game of  blind chance, where every roll of the dice risks everything.

In his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain appears to have rolled the dice on the chance of winning big (the election).  But his rash choice of Palin has placed the entire country at risk by putting an untried small-state governor with zero Federal or international experience in a position to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

McCain’s judgment and decision making are too risky and perilous for the the country in light of the grave problems we face.  We must not be distracted by side issues — Sarah Palin herself is just a distraction.  What her sudden selection tells us about McCain is the important issue.  John McCain has proven himself not ready to lead.

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One Comment on “Ignore ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin — Pay attention to ‘quick draw’ McCain”

  1. betsyj Says:

    Palin seems to have been a member of a fringe Alaskan separatist party in the 90s. Why is it that those who constantly complain about the big-spending federal government also seem to be the same people asking for the biggest hand outs? While she was mayor of a small town of 6,700, Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.

    She managed to obtain $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project for Palin’s town, Wasilla. When you divide 6,700 into $27M, you get more than $4,000 per person.

    So much for rugged individualism and self-reliance.

    I have to disagree with BBanshee on one point. Palin is more than a distraction. The selection of this woman for Veep indicates the deep cynicism that is a hallmark of McCain’s character, as well as a basic dishonesty.

    After months of decrying Obama’s lack of experience, he chooses a woman whose qualifications (as listed by McCain) include the fact that she was president of the PTA and has raised five children. Excuse me? Are we to believe, then, that all those arguments about Obama were just for show? I guess so.


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