How was she ever picked?
Published on September 5, 2008 By Larry Kuperman In Republican

Conventional wisdom states that only twice in recent memory have Vice Presidential candidates swung elections: Lyndon Johnson helping John Kennedy win and Thomas Eagleton causing George McGovern to lose in the most lopsided election in American history.

Sarah Palin stands ready to become the new Thomas Eagleton, an albatross around the neck of John McCain that calls into serious doubt his ability to make decisions. There are three major reasons for my saying this:

Troopergate: The is significent evidence that Sarah Palin misused her authority as govenor of Alaska.

Anchorage Daily News, August 14th, 2008- "Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday revealed an audio recording that shows an aide pressuring the Public Safety Department to fire a state trooper embroiled in a custody battle with her sister.

Palin, who has previously said her administration didn't exert pressure to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, also disclosed that members of her staff had made about two dozen contacts with public safety officials about the trooper.

"I do now have to tell Alaskans that such pressure could have been perceived to exist although I have only now become aware of it," Palin said.

But Palin said her decision to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan last month had nothing to do with his refusal to dump trooper Mike Wooten.

The governor said evidence of what she called a "smoking gun" conversation, and other calls made by her aides, only recently surfaced as the attorney general started an inquiry at her request into the circumstances surrounding her firing of Monegan. Palin wanted the review because a special investigator hired by the Legislature is about to investigate the firing and a legislator has been quoted in a newspaper story talking about impeachment."

Bold is mine for emphasis. Yeah, if you acknowledge that your staff made at least twenty-four phone calls to get your ex-brother-in-law fired, there MIGHT be the perception that you exerted pressure. I am sure that all good Republicans will believe that Walt Monegan's firing when he refused to illegally fire a State Trooper with a clean record was just a remarkable coincidence......

Lets see what Mr. Monegan said: "A few days later, Monegan came forward, stating that he had been pressured by those around Palin to fire Wooten -- but had refused to do so -- a choice that he believes led to his sudden dismissal. Palin denied Monegan's accusations, and a Legislative Council has appointed a special commission to probe the matter."

In an attampt to diffuse the matter, Palin has asked the State Attorney General, who reports to her, to investigate her, in addition to the special prosecutor already hired by the Legislature.

Bridge to Nowhere: Palin's highly touted cost-cutting measure will not stand up to public scrutiny.

Boston Herald, August 31st, 2008- "When John McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.

"I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere," Palin told the cheering McCain crowd, referring to Ketchikan’s Gravina Island bridge in Alaska.

But Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

The Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them "nowhere." They’re still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin’s subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects - and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.

"I think that’s when the campaign for national office began," said Ketchikan mayor Bob Weinstein on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Weinstein noted, the state is continuing to build a road on Gravina Island to an empty beach where the bridge would have gone - because federal money for the access road, unlike the bridge money, would have otherwise been returned to the federal government."

How your (and my) tax dollars are being carefully spent- we are paying for a road that would have gone to a Bridge to Nowhere, had that bridge actually been built. Additionally, residents that still live in the Nowhere that is now without a bridge, voted for her because she promised them that bridge. What other promises to voters will she reneg on?

The Plane Sale: McCain repeated this lie last night. And lie it is, "plane" and simple.

NY Daily News, September 5th, 2008- "The folksy tale of how Gov. Sarah Palin saved Alaska millions by unloading the state jet on eBay is fast becoming a campaign fish-that-got-away tale.

Sen. John McCain not only repeated that story on the stump Friday to tout his Republican running mate, but added, "She made a profit, too."

The truth is that Palin couldn't find a buyer last year when she tried to peddle to plane on eBay - and lost the state money when she did sell it.

Palin's predecessor, Frank Murkowski, originally bought the 20-year-old Westwing II for the state of Alaska for $2.7 million. She listed it on eBay for $2.5 million.

When no offers came in, Palin hired a jet broker - Turbo North Aviation in Anchorage - which sold the jet for $2.1 million to an Alaska businessman."

Larry Reynolds, the businessman that bought the plane, brokered the deal through Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez, who is now Speaker of the State House. Such a deal he got! Oh, did I mention that Reynolds was also a contributor to Harris' campaign?

No doubt Govenor Palin will plead ignorance and she has the credentials to support her claim. She attended 5 colleges in six years, before finally graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987. Certainly she will claim that the press is out to get her. Why not? After all, when she finally did graduate, it was with a degree in journalism.


Comments (Page 1)
on Sep 05, 2008

For those too young to remember, Thomas Eagleton was the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate who neglected to mention that he was voluntarily hospitalized three times for physical and nervous exhaustion, receiving electroconvulsive therapy twice. He was selected by George McGovern after only a minimal background check.

Even after Eagleton was replaced on the Democratic ticket by Sargent Shriver, the American people felt (correctly, IMHO) that McGovern had a serious lapse in judgement in selecting him in the first place.

on Sep 05, 2008

No one is perfect, Larry.  If you don't like Palin, then don't vote for McCain.  Seems like a no brainer.

 

I could point out the flaws of democrats and republicans alike for days and days.  What would be the point? 

 

Palin would be good for the country.  She may have made some bad decisions, but that goes along with being human.  At least she isn't afraid of MAKING a decision (and I don't mean that Obama IS by that...although some will likely point out that statistically, it is true that he doesn't make any.)

 

You should do yourself a favor and face a simple fact.  The republicans and McCain nailed it when they picked Sarah Palin for VP.  The Dems are done on this run.  Game over.  Seriously.  It's gonna be a landslide...you read it here first.

on Sep 05, 2008

No offence Larry, but this is like the 'Dan Quayle' talking point on steroids.

on Sep 05, 2008

No offence Larry, but this is like the 'Dan Quayle' talking point on steroids.

Only measured, metered, and true.

I'm afraid that the Republicans did lock it up with this decision, despite her failings.  And things will continue to get worse for the next four years.

on Sep 06, 2008

No doubt Govenor Palin will plead ignorance and she has the credentials to support her claim. She attended 5 colleges in six years, before finally graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987. Certainly she will claim that the press is out to get her. Why not? After all, when she finally did graduate, it was with a degree in journalism.

Larry, i rarely agree with you. but somehow i cant help but admire your straight-up honesty in this article.

As you can see, all the lame excuses and hypocrisies are working hard to spin the fiasco. If the American people (again!!!!) swallow this rotten fish it would be a certification of their stupidity. how many times do you have to be fooled to wake-up and see the bait!!!!!!!

on Sep 06, 2008

I'm afraid that the Republicans did lock it up with this decision, despite her failings. And things will continue to get worse for the next four years.

Which will lead us right into 2012...apocalypse time.

~Zoo

on Sep 06, 2008

how many times do you have to be fooled to wake-up and see the bait!!!!!!!

 

Double sided argument.  Next.

on Sep 06, 2008

Only measured, metered, and true.

About as much as a Michael Moore movie.

on Sep 06, 2008

Another irony here, despite how awful you now think McGovern's judgement was, if i remember correctly you once claimed to not only have voted for him, but to have volunteered for his campaign as well.

on Sep 06, 2008

She definately could be the final coffin nail in McCain's campaign.  The only chance McCain has ever had is to get the Independents who would vote his way for checks and balances so that the Dems dont control everything, but this choice for a VP is terrible. It shores up the socially conservative base because of her extreme right wing positions on these issues but does nothing else. The majority of independents are socially liberal and economically conservative.

Troopergate wont be a factor since she will get her lawyers to delay that case but when u look at how she operates in Alaska you will see that she fires people who oppose her views, much the same as Dubya. Not the kind of decision making process i like to see. Debate is good. We're all human and do err in our thinking at times so eliminating the discussion of opposing views is always bad. Her idea of reform is eliminating opposing views not promoting bipartisan agreement.

As to the bridge to nowhere she still took the federal money from the earmark and has hired an associate of Ambramoff to lobby for other earmarks for Alaska. Once again that is not change or reform in any shape form. Once the press gets thru vetting her you will realize how bad a choice this really is.

You may agree with her views or that of the republican platform but that is not how a presidential election is won. She will only get more of the base out of bed and into the voting booth and not much more.

 

 

on Sep 06, 2008

Thank you all for posting. ThinkAloud, thank you in particular. I appreciate that.

OckhamsRazor and Anthony, would it be fair for me to say that you don't dispute the facts as I have presented them, but you think that breaking the law for your own personal benefit, for vindictiveness or to help a contributor are qualities that are okay in a "reform" candidate?

on Sep 06, 2008

All these 'facts' are presented all over the internet already... along with detailed debunkings by virtually hundreds of different people.

on Sep 06, 2008

Eaggleton did not swing an election.  McGovern was going down in flames because he was McGovern.  However your extreme dislike of Pailn is obvious for not telling the truth about the supposed scandals. 

I am sure the republicans love the way the left is runnnig so scared.  Apparently Palin is not Eagleton, but more like JOhnson.

on Sep 06, 2008

 

I am sure the republicans love the way the left is runnnig so scared.

They've flung more crap at her in 8 days than Bush in 8 years.

 

on Sep 06, 2008

Anthony, what debunkings? Put up or shut up.

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