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Troopergate/Wootengate, take your pick

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The Washington Post has a really interesting article about the ethics charges currently being made against McCain’s running mate Sarah Pailn.  It seems her staff was really interested in getting rid of a trooper (Palin’s ex brother in law) who is in a custody battle with the Alaskan governor’s (Palin’s) sister.

And then the Commissioner over the trooper was fired for not dealing with trooper alcoholism in the rank and file quickly enough.

I’m sure it’s all innocent enough.  I mean… why would anyone who was being considered for a position that’s just just one McCain day at the beach away from the Presidency be involved in anything unsavory.  Surely, the Republicans have properly vetted someone like this.


Written by arnold

August 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Yeah, you make a good point. At first when I read about this choice and her ethics investigation, I thought this was as brilliant a move as running a commercial comparing Obama negatively to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears when DUH… Kathy Hilton gave money to the McCain campaign! Even though she may hurt the ticket with this investigation, I’m kind of pleased with this choice. I know those of you reading this are thinking “????,” but I feel that she has the values that I want to see in Washington.


    August 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  2. I really like what Palin has done in Alaska — her reformed spirit and emphasis on integrity. But Wasilla is no Washington (apparently Washington is closer to London than Alaska). It’s hard to picture that “hockey mom” who deals with legislation about moose and snowmobile laws in a confrontation with Putin (er, I mean, Medvedev) or staring down Iran. And seriously, are we going to put another person in office who pronounces it “Nukular?” Please no.

    I like McCain’s outside the box thinking, but while his ticket becomes more intriguing in some ways (a “new” kind of politics?), it is weaker on perhaps the most important issue.

    (Kimmerz: No one’s thinking “????” to your comment. Arnold’s just bought into Obama whole-heartedly and now filters all his news through the Obama campaign statements. The rest of us can go on thinking for ourselves.) 🙂

    the kyle

    August 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  3. I just got done reading about Palin’s first day campaigning with Senator McCain. The person who is one McCain day in the sun without a baseball cap away from being the commander in chief and the chief diplomat and foreign policy setter said this:

    “It’s great to see another part of the country,” Palin told reporters as she shook hands with diners in southeast Pittsburgh.

    As for “thinking for yourself” I’m fine. As for me, I am able to make a decision and choose a position about a policy or a stance or a candidate. Somehow, being 51%/49% on a position doesn’t really suit my style. (BA–zing!)

    And, since I feel integrity bound to bring you opinions differing from my own… here’s what an Alaskan thinks about Palin’s nomination.


    August 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm

  4. And here’s yet another unimpeachable news source‘s take on Palin.


    August 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm

  5. “It’s nice to see another part of the country.” Yikes. That’s the heart of my concern.

    That article — I mean the mudflaps one, not the Daily Show — was very informative. Slanted, but informative. Who is that guy? I have a hunch his hit counter just went berserk. I may link that on my site too. Nice article.

    But, as usual, I’ll just have to go somewhere else to find matters of substance, like research Palin’s achievements while in office (surely she has some, but I won’t look for them here), or look into Obama’s alleged misconduct while in office (noticed no links to those stories on this blog, despite your recent interest in “ethics charges”), or basically anything else that might suggest some hint of good about McCain/Palin or bad about Obama/Biden.

    the kyle

    August 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm

  6. OK, fair enough.

    Most of the time it’s not insidious agenda but timing. I was working on 2nd quarter copyright royalties when alot of that was going on. Things are fairly calm right now so anything happening now is fair game. And as it happens, I think McCain picked somebody for VP.

    For equal time purposes, here’s a critical view on Obama’s acceptance speech and his campaign promises.


    August 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

  7. Here’s another great quote (already):

    That was Sarah Palin, the Republican governor of Alaska, as Senator John McCain introduced her to the country as his vice-presidential nominee. “We can shatter that glass ceiling!” she proclaimed.

    Huh? As I understand the quote. Hillary’s quest for the presidency put “cracks in the ceiling”. Cranks… because it didn’t get broken. And a ceiling… because that remains the ceiling that marks the end of a woman’s progress towards the presidency.

    My only thought then, is that if Palin wants to “shatter the ceiling”, she’s going to somehow ascend to the presidency through the lower office of VP or adjusting the analogy to mean while almost getting the nod for Presidency is trumped by actually getting the nod for VP.

    Or maybe she’s just not used to how warm it is down here. 🙂 *

    * See the smiley face It means I’m being humorous. You can’t deny the humor because the smiley face icon is right there.


    August 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm

  8. And to be even fairer and more balanced:

    The LA TImes offers a Pros and Cons on Sarah Paliln.

    Some highlights:

    Millions of Americans — mostly but not only women, mostly but not only Republicans and conservatives — seemed to get a sense of energy and enjoyment and pride, not just from her nomination, but especially from her smashing opening performance. Palin will be a compelling and mold-breaking example for lots of Americans who are told every day that to be even a bit conservative or Christian or old-fashioned is bad form. In this respect, Palin can become an inspirational figure and powerful symbol. – Bill Kristol


    It’s not her lack of name recognition; America loves a fresh face, especially one that’s a cross between a Fox anchor and a character on “Northern Exposure,” the old TV show about an Alaska town about the size of Wasilla. The problem is that politics, like all professions, isn’t as easy as it looks. Palin’s odds of emerging unscathed this fall are slim. – Jonathan Alter

    And since being fair, impartial and balanced is such hard work, I’m off to get a sandwich.


    August 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm

  9. Geez, why do you blog about politics so much?

    (stifled snickering…)

    the kyle

    August 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm

  10. So tell us why you like Obama, Arnold?

  11. Some numbers from CNN:

    So far, according to the poll, 4 in 10 Americans are not familiar with Palin; 38 percent of those questioned viewed her favorably and 21 percent unfavorably.

    Men appear to have a slightly more favorable opinion of Palin than women; 41 percent of men view her favorably, five points higher than women.

    Americans seem evenly divided on whether McCain made a wise choice in selecting Alaska’s first term governor, who’s been in office for less than two years.

    Fifty-two percent rate the selection of Palin as excellent or pretty good; 46 percent rate it as fair or poor.

    Is Palin qualified to be president?

    Fifty percent say she’s not qualified to assume the presidency if that becomes necessary; 45 percent say she is qualified.

    In recent history, the only running mate to earn less confidence from the public was Vice President Dan Quayle in 1992.

    Ultimately however, the Palin pick may have minimal effect on the race for the White House.

    Almost 6 in 10 Americans say Palin’s selection as McCain’s running mate will have no effect on their vote. One in five say it makes them more likely to vote for McCain; one in five say it makes them less likely.

    Three quarters of all voters think McCain chose a female running mate specifically because he thought adding a woman to the Republican ticket would help him win in November.

    “If McCain was hoping to boost his share of the women’s vote, it didn’t work,” Holland said.

    “Women now appear slightly more likely to vote for Obama than they did a week ago, 53 percent now, compared to 50 percent. But McCain picked up a couple of points among men.

    “More important, McCain solidified his party’s base with the Palin selection, dropping Obama’s share of the Republican vote six points to just 5 percent now. The Palin selection did not help among women — that may come later — but it did appeal to Republican loyalists.”


    August 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm

  12. I just read where John McCain called Palin a maverick who stands up to the oil and gas companies… she who favors opening the ANWR and sued to get the polar bears off the endangered list so they could drill where the bears live.


    September 1, 2008 at 8:17 am

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