John McCain and His Terrorist Chums
Not only that, but McCain advisor Charlie Black is connected to Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Oh, and according to this Newsweek article, the Troopergate investigation isn't over yet...
While Palin had the right to fire Monegan, Branchflower found that she allowed her husband and top aides to put "impermissible pressure" on subordinates to "advance a personal agenda." The report also questioned Palin's public contention that her family "feared" Wooten, noting that shortly after she took office she ordered a sizable reduction in her personal protection detail.
So Sarah Palin is starting to look like a bully, a bitch, AND a paranoid crybaby. And this is really the best Republican John McCain could have picked to be his Vice President?
Seriously, I'd like to ask my Republican readers -- yes ALL THREE of you -- this question: of all the MILLIONS of Republicans in this huge country of ours, is Sarah Palin really the most qualified to be McCain's running mate?
You say she's qualified because she was mayor of a town? Big deal -- what about Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of a town I'd HEARD OF before, and who, as mayor, was directly involved in the initial response to 9/11 (which didn't even touch Alaska)? What makes Palin more qualified than Giuliani? (And don't say "lipstick" -- they both wore it.)
You say she's a Governor of a State? Big deal -- so are/were George Allen (VA) Jim Gilmore (VA), Mitt Romney (MA), Bobby Jindahl (LA), Jeb Bush (FL), and right-wing evangelical Christian Mike Huckabee (AR). And those are just the examples I remembered in haste in the last five minutes. There are FIFTY states in this Union, so there have to be more Republican Governors than this Reagan Democrat can remember. What makes Sarah Palin more qualified than all of those Governors?
You say she's an evangelical Christian who can "energize" the "base?" Big deal -- what about Mike Huckabee, who I've already mentioned as a Governor, and who should therefore qualify as a "twofer?" Since when was he not "Christian" enough, or qualified enough, to serve as McCain's VP?
You say she's a woman? Big deal -- what about Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Elizabeth Dole, Ellen Sauerbrey, Linda Chavez, Bay Buchanan, or even Plyllis Shlafly? All of these women have been engaged with national and international issues LONG before Sarah Palin became a Governor; and as much as I may despise all of them, at least they could have come up with better qualifications than "I can see [the least inhabited part of] Russia from my house."
Unless you guys can come up with a better answer to my question, I'll stick to my most educated guess: today's Republican Party is controlled by uncaring, ignorant, unscrupulous, bigoted fanatics who not only don't have any use for intellect and experience, but actively fear and despise it. And it is these dangerous, unpatriotic extremists who chose Palin, and foisted their choice off on poor John McCain, without even giving him time to ask any questions. And these loonies are -- SURPRISE!! -- attracting more loonies.
And you know something? Sarah Palin may not even be doing that good a job energizing the "base."