Sara Whitman

Quite a Day of Republican Blunder News...

Filed By Sara Whitman | September 04, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: election 2008, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, McCain campaign, RNC, Sarah Palin, Tom Ridge

Every time my email buzzes- and it's been buzzing all day pretty much non-stop- it's another piece of news about the Republican party.

First off, I have to ask the question, who the hell did the vetting on Sarah Palin? Oh, wait, there was none. McCain spoke to her for 30 minutes and made up his mind. That's the kind of decision making we need in the White House. Gut feelings. Instinct.

Personally, I think they should have hired the "liberal bloggers" who have come up with quite a bit of dirt. Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant- something the Republican "party officials sought to keep... secret."

Um... nice try.

Then there is that speech Palin, made this June "before the Assembly of God, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord." Wait, aren't the religious extremists Al-Qaeda? Aren't they the ones fighting a "holy" war?

Then there is the small problem with her new son in law, Levi Johnston, who seems to be quite a charming, young man. "On his MySpace page, Johnston boasts, "I'm a f - - -in' redneck" who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.

"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- - - and just f - - -in' chillin' I guess."

"Ya f - - - with me I'll kick [your] ass," he added. "

I can only imagine what he would wear to the Inaugural Ball.

Is that all? Oh, no. Please.

Palin's husband was arrested for DUI in 1986. Hey, we all make mistakes. He was young and foolish, no question. But where was the due diligence on this? What kind of campaign is McCain running?

It also seems Palin "was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede." Is that her foreign policy experience? Planning on being in her own country?

My favorite? The leak that Johnny Prozac McCain- who must have been slipping his meds to the family dog- he had a fit over being denied Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge as his running mate by the powers that be. No one had even been to Alaska to ask any questions. They are there now, and I think that's what we call, a day late and a dollar short.

But then, the Republicans are kinda big on being a dollar short. The current administration has landed us in an estimated 9.5 trillion dollars of debt.

Oh, wait, there are the "anarchists" who were arrested for peacefully protesting the RNC yesterday. I never knew Amy Goodman was an anarchist but I guess asking questions and taking pictures is pretty much against the law in this country now.

I bet there is a lot of prayer going on at the convention right now- for another storm to take the spotlight off what is due to go down as the most ridiculous, ill-advised, blunder-filled, campaign in American history.

Wait... I have another 20 emails... I'm sure there is more...

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I'm praying right now as well that our side wakes up stops arguing, and unites behind Obama ASAP.

Because unfortunately, the Reichers are awake and energized now.

There were also a few people that were arrested before hand, two of them used to go to Earlham College where I am at. The were arrested before anything started, are still being held (or were yesterday) and the two of them and six others from the Welcoming Committee are charged with felonies, including "furtherance of terrorism". and here is a method to support them:

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | September 4, 2008 8:26 PM

Aidan, that's terrible about your friends!

What's going on in St Paul right now is really scary.

Sarah, as I just said on Alex's post about the Log Cabin Republicans, I've gone from disappointment, to depression to outright bitterness regarding the politics in this country. If the outcome of this election was not so serious for us and the entire world, it would be hilarious that the GOP ticket is actually pulling ahead of the Democrats in the polls. How can the American voter be so incredibly gullible (I was going to use another word) and vote so consistently against his or her own self-interest--not to mention, that of the rest of the world's?!

I think Patricia Warren wrote an excellent, thoughtful piece about how at both conventions, people have been detained.

I find the excitement over Palin's speech last night interesting. more on that later.

it is depressing, no question, but part of what we cannot let happen, is to have it beat us down. we must "take arm against a sea of trouble" and forget the rest of the quote because while Hamlet could ponder the back and forth up and down, he was fiction.

this is real life.

All I'm gonna say is if I see Sarah Palin without her lipstick on I'm calling the dog catcher.Wonder if she's had her shots?

Re vetting: Head on over to Volokh.

Gov. Palin, the strategist said, was subjected to a “complete vet.” “That included her filling out a 70-question questionnaire that was highly intrusive and personal. She was then interviewed for more than three hours by A.B. Culvahouse. There were multiple follow-up interviews.” (I asked precisely how many follow-ups there were, but my source stuck with “multiple.”) “There was a thorough interview process,” the strategist continued. “There was a public records search and political vet. There was a private life and financial vet. Everything that has come out was known by the campaign through the vetting process.”
One example: Troopergate:
“The reason that members of the Palin family were having discussions with the head of the state police about this state trooper, who was her ex-brother-in-law, was because he had made threats against the family. He threatened to kill the governor's daughter, her father, and her sister. He tasered her 11-year-old stepson.

The purported future son in law also said on his MySpace deal that he doesn't want any children. Oh, well.