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Palin and Her Earmarks

When Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, he portrayed her as a strong opponent of wasteful federal spending. Paul Kane reports this morning that when Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she employed a lobbying firm to get almost $27 million in federal earmarks for that community 6,700.

Our Readers Who Comment, most of whom appear to be Democrats, are having a wonderful time with this story because everyone loves to find hypocrisy in someone else.

However, some of our readers seem a little bit jealous because, as politicians everywhere know, federal spending is wasteful only if it's happening in somebody else's district. If it's coming your direction, you are serving your constituents well.

All this on the first day of the Republican National Convention, the hoopla of which was downgraded significantly because of Hurricane Gustav.

We'll start with abigail1, who wrote, "Oh My God!!! She procured money for youth shelters, transportation improvements and sewer repairs. Oh the Horror! Great job WaPo trying to scare the Liberal swine into a frenzy..."

frederick2 predicted that "Here comes another nail for the coffin."

sscritic made the point that "If congress is stupid enough to create a tax loophole that you can take advantage of, you use it to lower your tax. There is nothing wrong with you taking advantage of what the federal government offers you. The problem is the congress..."

racimperman said, "OMG, she must be a gift to the democrats. How can someone be so perfect? less experience than Obama, a family values campaign with a teen pregancy daughter, an anti-earmarks campaign who got herself earmarks, not a lick of military or international affairs experience..."

yh132 wrote, "So evidently when they talk about keeping taxes low in Alaska they mean just that - low taxes for them and earmarks to redirect my taxes to Alaska!"

tellthetruth addressing the other Palin story of the day, said, "...my family has been through unwed teenage pregnancies; it's a lonely road, no matter what the mother decides or how much support she has... really she's guilty only of being a kid. I hope she weathers the scrutiny and comes through it OK... Palin's record is fair game; her family (or anyone else's for that matter) shouldn't be."

patr2 makes an excellent point in writing, "An interesting follow-up would be to learn how many other towns with fewer than 7,000 residents received the equivalent of $1,000 per person for public projects, northern towns, say, like Ironwood, Michigan."

And WilliamB1 pointed out that "...one person's wasteful "earmarks" means jobs and tax revenue to another; in short, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. However, if the Republicans insist upon preaching fiscal responsibility, they should try practising it for once..."

adobelane agreed, saying, "Republicans talk, talk and talk but when they are in office they spend, spend and spend..."

But Efffyew2 asked, "What is the big deal? She fought for her constituents on both local and state levels. That is what she is supposed to do. She wasn't beholden to anyone else but them..."

And ziggy1 added, "All you are saying is that she did her job. Isn't that what a mayor is supposed to do, improve the quality of life for their constituents? Post BS"

paperclip1 presumably punning, said, "I am rather excited that McCain chose a woman as VP... She appears to be a woman of principals."

iacitizen suggested that "McCain and Palin better make the speeches of their lives this week at the convention."

We'll close with mjwade, who doubtless expressed the views of many who wish earmark money would come their way, in writing, "$27 million dollars in earmarks for a town of 7,000 people, with another $200 million planned?!! A rail line between Wasilla and an unincorporated ski resort town? We can't get a rail line between Bloomington, IN, and Indianapolis!!"

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  September 2, 2008; 7:51 AM ET
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I am just sick of the Democrates and Republican , Independence ..People it's who wants what is best for OUR country. Not what side! This is what's wrong with OUR America.

Posted by: real | September 4, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

ITS HILARIOUS THAT THE WASILLA MAYOR IS CONSIDERED GOOD EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT.
I worked there and it was a blinking yellow light some gravel roads a few buildings and very little else. Probably a little bigger now but we should be afraid that we are accepting this as experience. Be afraid.

Posted by: Virginia | September 4, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are going on and on about how the media should not be attacking Palin.
They just want the media to "lay off" so nothing else comes out about her. It is the media's job,
however, to protect the American people. If she can't stand the heat, she should get out of
the kitchen. She is running for an office a heartbeat away from the presidency. We have the
right as citizens of the United States to know everything about this person. She called Hiliary
Clinton a whiner so she should not mind all the scutiny she is getting as take it like a person
running for vice president. It is appalling that the party has to tutor her. It is appalling that she is
such a terrible mother. Someone pointed out at the convention tonight that she is such a wonderful
role model balanced family and office. Well, so far I am not impressed. No one thinks that
Jamie Lee's mother is a good role model. I am still not convinced that Trig is not her grandson.
Too many things don't add about about that whole pregnancy. The Republican party should insist
on a DNA test. This whole situation is so wrong!!! I am so sick of all the lies--Iraq has weapons of
mass destruction, we are not using torture, we did not leak out a CIA agent's identity. The Republican
party has no integrity whatsoever.

Posted by: nan | September 3, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Katherine asked at 3:27 "I would love to find out if Palin has ever traveled outside the USA. Could some reporter please ask?"

I'm sure she's been to Canada :-)

Posted by: Mara | September 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Can Obama say the same? Does Obama have one day of executive powers in his resume that matches that to the state of Alaska that must deal with international fisheries, state spending, dealing successfully with Native Americans in preserving their fishing rights, and get a budget balance in a state that has no income tax? "

Wow, did Gov. Palin do all that, really??! And I thought that Alaska had a state legislature like the lower 48 - was I ever misinformed! Heck yeah, we need a woman like Palin in the White House!

She does know that the lower 48 don't get kickbacks - er, rebates - from big oil, right? Down here the budget has to balance - unless you're a deficit hawk.

Posted by: gonzo3d | September 3, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I think the term "family values" needs to be redefined. What parent goes back to work three days after the arrival of a child, with special needs no less? What parent accepts the VP nomination knowing that a teenage daughter's pregnancy would make global news. I would never allow my daughter' private issues to be first page news. Family values? Give me a break.

Posted by: Dumpster Man | September 2, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow. I just read through the rest of this thread, and I am convinced.

We should just announce that McClone will be president, because he was a POW.

(Nevermind that he got shot down because he sucked at flying and ignored a warning to evade a missile, or that his arms were not broken by torture, but rather by the ejection from his plane, where he stupidly forgot to pull his arms in first.)

Posted by: jeffp | September 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It is not that Palin is hypocritical.

It's that we are sick and damned tired of being lied to, as if we were stupid, by republican scum.

Posted by: jeffp | September 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Did we mention McCain was a POW?

Posted by: Falwells Ghost | September 2, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Alaska's political climate is embarrassing! Our corrupt Steven's and Young just won their respective primaries (Young ran against Palin's Lt Gov). So much for Alaskan's love of their Gov and her fight against corruption. 85% of our state revenue comes from oil production and we pay no state income tax or state sales tax. Several weeks ago the Economist called Alaska a "quasi-welfare state". High oil prices over the past 18 months (Gov Palins tenure) have filled state coffers to overflowing. Not to difficult to run a state flush with oil money and other people's federal tax dollars. Oh yes... she went to Germany and Kuwait last year (Ireland was just a fueling stop). Prior to that she had been to Canada but remember Russia is just next door.

Posted by: Alaskan | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Noone should ask Palin any of these important questions because after all McCain was a P.O.W.

Posted by: Cal | September 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yes. Alaskans are an independent bunch who don't need the nannying of the federal government.

But they sure like spending federal government dollars, raised by taxes in other states.

Channeling federal money is pretty much what keeps the Republican party in power up there.

Posted by: Jack | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I would love to find out if Palin has ever traveled outside the USA. Could some reporter please ask?

Posted by: Katherine | September 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who said she "whipped Big Oil" here, but that's baloney.

Palin just got the pipeline deal for Big Oil. Cutting deals like that is about the only real reason to vote for her. Actually, though, she didn't whip Big Oil. She merely purged the old Big Oil barons' political allies under the guise of defeating corruption, and installed herself and her cronies in the chair. She followed a similar path in getting into lil' ole' Wasilla politcs.

Her nickname, after all, is "The Barracuda." That may be an insult to good barracudas everywhere. She resembles the mafia more than anything - knock off the corrupt people whom nobody will miss, and reap the benefits for yourself.

Other than that, she was the mayor of Wasilla back when it had a population of 6,000. (Her town hall could fit inside half a CVS store.) For comparison's sake, Alaska's state population is ONE 20TH the size of Obama's state of Illinois. Her population count is actually LOWER than Delaware's! She represents one of the tiniest populations in the union; only North Dakota and Vermont are smaller. In other words, other than getting the pipeline deal done (which is very good), and attending the Iditarod, she doesn't have much to do, so doesnt' really have much experience at all.

She has ZERO international experience (unless you count going to Kuwait and Cindy McCain's note that Palin lives next to Russia.) She even said she didn't have much of a sense of what was going on in Iraq. The person getting his or her news from MTV in the next town knows more about Iraq than she does.

Now, we find out that, even though McCain is "Mr. Anti-Earmark" and Palin said "thanks but no thanks" to the earmarked Bridge to Nowhere, she hired people to go and get her earmarks and really wanted the Bridge. That is, until the Draft Palin for VP movement began in February, 2007.... Then she changed her tune.

Here is McCain (running for Prez in Iowa, of course) on 9/21/07 when the Bridge project was yanked (and the Draft Palin for VP movement was maturing):

"Maybe if we had done it right, maybe some of that money would have gone to inspect those bridges and other bridges around the country," McCain told a group of people in a town-hall style meeting in Ankeny, Iowa.

"Maybe the 200,000 people who cross that bridge every day would have been safer than spending $233 million of your tax dollars on a bridge in Alaska to an island with 50 people on it."

But here is Palin in 2006: "We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge, and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative . . ."

THen, here is Palin's tepid resignation to the end of the quest for the Bridge: "Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here," Palin said. "But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened."

Then, just Friday, she acted as though she were some sort of rebel, saying she told Congress "thanks, but no thanks. If our state wanted a bridge, we would build it ourselves." Folks, she just lied on national TV in her first public appearance! Some introduction to us!

FIRST She WANTED the bridge and championed it. NEXT She sobbed crocodile tears in order to make Alaskans feel robbed and put upon when they didn't get the deal. NOW, she wants Americans to believe that she railed against Federal involvement and pork in order to make herself appealing to common, disaffected voters.

Yeah, she's qualified to be the leader of the free world...

Posted by: Mac | September 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Hypocrisy" doesn't define it. When candidates campaign on principles they've violated, it's called lying about their record.

Posted by: jhbyer | September 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy is not that she got the earmarks, but she now claims to be a reformer against earmarks. The hypocrisy is also that she stands up to member of her own party. But it is clear deals were cut with Republicans who only deal on a quid pro quo like Ted Stevens (maybe she just did some work on his house). The hypocrisy is that she claims to be for family values then ignores her family. No father or mother with a pregnant teenage daughter and a new born child with special needs should have accepted the VP spot. Being a parent does not mean having the staff raise the kids, or worse, have the older ones raise the younger ones. While I have seen picture after picture of her 17 yr old daughter taking care of the baby, I have not seen one non-posed picture of her holding her baby or any of her other children.

Posted by: JVB | September 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It's mind-boggling that any Republican would support a secessionist sympathizer. It wasn't that long ago that she supported Alaskan independance! What are they thinking, putting this woman forward as a leader of the UNITED States of America, when she really doesn't think we should be united at all!? THIS is the best the Republicans have to offer? A secessionist?

Maybe it's the old Confederate sympathies taking hold. Yes, indeed...the South WILL rise again (just north of the 54th parallel).

Posted by: Mara | September 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how McCain's "fight" against earmarks is completely overlooked now that his running mate clearly initiated the very unethical practices that he (and she, according to her so-called change campaign in AK) wanted to end.

It is the duty of a mayor to do for their city what they can, but for someone that (a) wanted to change standard political practice (b) believes in "Alaska First" and small goverment and (c) was mayor of a town of less than 7,000 at the time, to use the connections of Sen. Ted Stevens and push for earmarked funds is completely hypocritical.

I don't care how much McCain claims that she was properly vetted, she was clearly selected for reasons other than her political history.

Posted by: loudblackgirl | September 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Wasilla Alaska 6500 people
within 10 miles 80,000 people
a small town swamped by that many people needs all the sewers and roads and police it can get

Posted by: bharrell | September 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Rather than earmarks, anyone care to bet if Odrama Queen could have whipped both the political machine and Big Oil in Alaska the way Ms. Palin did?

The woman's a born leader and gets things done.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 1:10 PM


Yeah she did a heck of a job. Considering Alaska produces its own oil and it is still paying over $4 a gallon for regular, she really whooped em good. Thats a leader I want, maybe here in DC she can get us up to $5 a gallon for higher dividends to give back to Alaskans to afford their gas costs.

Posted by: Durdurdur | September 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

its her job

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Father O'Malley,

Touched any altar boys today?

Posted by: pedophile-phobic | September 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Leave Governor Palin and her earmarks alone. John McCain was a POW.

Posted by: rosy | September 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Rather than earmarks, anyone care to bet if Odrama Queen could have whipped both the political machine and Big Oil in Alaska the way Ms. Palin did?

The woman's a born leader and gets things done.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are vile for attacking McCains ticket?
The Republicans are just civic minded for insisting Obama is a Muslim, belongs to a Christian hate church ( wait a minute, I thought he was a Muslim?), is a fellow traveler of William Ayers and a co-conspirator with Rezko. You don't have have any proof, of course, you guys never do. The problem your facing here is the what the Dems are talking about IS factual. There is a pregnant child, she is trying to get her ex-brother in law fired as a state trooper and she did support the bridge to nowhere and Senator Stevens before she changed her mind (once the funding was cut).
Stop your whining, you accused Clinton of being a murderer, Gore of being a Chicom plant and Kerry of being a Viet Cong spy, I don't think conservative Republicans are in any position to judge when it comes to what is true and what is not.

Posted by: dijetlo | September 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Low taxes for the locals,in fact the state of Alaska gives $1500 dividends to the residents of Alaska, Palin was planning to give another thousand dollars at least because of the oil prices. Yet when Palin wanted to provide some services there were plenty of federal funds to go around in Alaska, a legacy of corruption that she gladly continued.

Posted by: tony lopez | September 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The name of the secessionist party is the Alaska Independence Party or Independence Party. I think there is or was a similar thought process in Texas not all that long ago too.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Palin: I'm running for Vice President, I totally agree with John, Country First! I'm so dedicated to this country that I'm willing to neglect my special needed boy Trig and my underage pregnant girl. That's my dedication!"

Wow, when is it just the right time for public service?

When it it just the right time to have a child?

Being mean isn't very "open minded" and then quickly point to the other guy as being "divisive".. Gees, I've heard this same rhetoric for over 40 years....

I guess it's being divisive to disagree with you? Well THAT makes sense. I got it..

Control the words, you control the conversation..

www.fatheromlley.com

Love to you,
Father O'Malley

Posted by: Father OMalley | September 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Much to do about nothing. We mention one bill and disregard the cuts in spending, oil revenues and her taking on the corruption within her own Party and winning.

Can Obama say the same? Does Obama have one day of executive powers in his resume that matches that to the state of Alaska that must deal with international fisheries, state spending, dealing successfully with Native Americans in preserving their fishing rights, and get a budget balance in a state that has no income tax?
Obama's vote and influence is couched in the vote of 100 others.. he can vote against something knowing full well it will pass anyway, and he might have wanted it to pass. But he looks like he was against a bill....a governor doesn't have that option.. her vote, her views dictate the course of legislation and laws passed more than one vote out of 100...

The new progressives are those mavericks in either Party. That is our future, not the same old socialist promise of "we will take care of you" from Obama. When has he voted against the Democratic Black Caucus's special interests?

Bidden choice is not conducive to a "change" taking place with the same old tax and spend,mandate-our-lives approach to governing...

Obama voted against the Iraq war and that proves him a maverick? Another scenario is painted if you take into account he is falling in line with his black separatist 20 year spiritual advisor blame america first ideology.... So even in that he was voting to his "base", not being a maverick at all..

When we get away from the trees that divide us and see the forrest that unites us,we all will see things differently..

www.votesmart.org
www.fairtax.org
www.numbersusa.org
www.grassfire.org
www.knowledgepublications.com
www.jihadwatch.org...
Become informed too.. Participate by contacting your local, state and federal representatives..

Or go to www.fatheromalley.com for click throughs to all the above..

Love to you,
Father O'Malley


Posted by: Father OMalley | September 2, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin: I'm running for Vice President, I totally agree with John, Country First! I'm so dedicated to this country that I'm willing to neglect my special needed boy Trig and my underage pregnant girl. That's my dedication!

Posted by: Dave | September 2, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

When I saw Palin introduced and heard her remark about the 18 million votes for Hillary .. all I could think about was.

"Hi, I'm John McCain and I think women are some of the dumbest creatures to walk the earth. So building on that, I want to introduce to you a woman for you to vote for."

I mean seriously, this is his plan?

My biggest fear is Palin in control of the military. She is a stronger christian than Bush, she is pro-war, pro-gun and has 0 diplomatic experience.

Who is to say she won't overreact to Iran or Russians provication and drop us in the middle of WWIII?

As for family values? In a town of 6,700 she can't keep track of her daughter? Sounds like she cares more about herself and her job than her family.

Posted by: Michael Cowan | September 2, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

the question is, what if McCain has a stroke on day 2 of the job? Is she ready? Seriously? Oh, and also she is a Creationist who wants Creationism taught in schools as fact. She is against abortion even in cases of incest and rape. This is a person we want in charge of a S. Ct nominee? The firing her brother in law and earmarks and buddy-buddy relationship with Stevens all add to the dubiousness of McCain's judgment and ability to lead. He picked her solely for cynical reasons. Great leadership.

Posted by: jo | September 2, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Typical republican hypocrisy. Palin is full of goodies and surprises.

Posted by: TJ | September 2, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Even if you think that Troopergate, Babygate, Earmarkgate, Ted Stevensgate, Secessiongate, etc. etc are irrelevant - which a lot of the "base" seems to think - they must admit that this cannot be good for McCain's chances in November.

Talk about off message.

Obama and Bush may be polar opposites politically, but one thing they (and their people) have in common is incredible discipline and flawless stagecraft.

The McCain campaign on the other hand is the Keystone Kops.

Posted by: sockpupptet | September 2, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The other inconsistency exposed by the earmarks is that her partner in getting them, as late as February of this year, was Ted Stevens. How is it possible to rationalize this with the Republican claim that she took on the Alaska establishment, _including_ Ted Stevens?

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Moron! If she did not secure that $27M then what is the chance of her getting reelected. Blame this on the voters. Beside without $27M for the town to survive on, what do most Alaskans earn their $$. Hunting whales, penguins, polar bears?

Posted by: God | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Step 1: Select an unqualified candidate for Vice President for political reasons.

Step 2: Do it in a knee-jerk reaction to the latest polling data. Don't take the time to check on the person.

Step 3: When the drip-drip-drip of problems with the candidate hits the media, blame the Obama campain for being behind all the news stories. Accuse the Obama campain of putting people like myself up to posting all comments you don't like. I don't work for Obama; sorry, nice try.

Step 4: Start screeching about how the Democrats are just as bad.

You made a big mistake picking Ms. Palin, John, and all the blame-shifting in the world won't save your butt on this one.

Posted by: DaveC1 | September 2, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

William, that is a vile comment.

Posted by: Lazarus | September 2, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

All other noise aside, Sarah Palin has five children, one of whom is special needs and less than a year old, one of whom is 17 and pregnant, due in December. Is running for Vice President really the best use of her time right now?

Posted by: Values Voter | September 2, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Ha, it used to compare the Earmarks by Hilary and Obama. Now it is time for Biden and Palin. Poor McCain falls behind.

Posted by: jy2008 | September 2, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Joe who ?

What speech in Denver last Thursday night ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_vaH2BjVeA

My Vice President is going after Congressional earmarks and corruption...the left is sweating bullets

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#Early_life

Posted by: BruiserND | September 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You've got to love it. McSame picks a candidate who is governor of a state with a population less than most high schools. Way to go Gramps!

Posted by: Too Funny | September 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of pork...Stick a fork in McCain, he's done!

McCain has manage to sink his campaign even further with the selection of Gov. Palin. I can't find fault too much with Palin in terms of her daughter's pregnancy or her own pork spending, but I can find fault with the McCain campaign and the GOP hypocrisy. McCain rolled Palin out as a reformer like himself, against pork-barrel spending, a conservative and reformer. Working with lobbyists to secure $27 million for 6700 residents of Wasilla, Alaska is over $4000 per resident. WOW!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The irony of the situation is too delicious. It simply must be savored.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

McCain thinks he can pull a fast one by nominating a woman for Veep. Well we will just do to her what we did to Hillary!

Posted by: Not so fast McLame | September 2, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

What about the $1,000,000 Earmark the University Of Chicago Medical Center received soon after Michelle Obama got her $300,000 a year board job?

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Just more hypocricy and sexism from liberals who idolize Kennedy and his sexist life.

Posted by: reason | September 2, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

What people are objecting to most is not the actions so much as the hypocrisy. When you take the money and then decry the practice of earmarks, when you hire lobbyists and then scorn lobbying, when you ally yourself with Ted Stevens, the absolute king of federal pork, and then paint yourself as an ethics reformer, it doesn't pass the sniff test.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Just another example of the Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin brain trust at work. Can they fool America?

Posted by: DenisR | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I for one believe that soliciting the national government for funds for local projects is simply an accepted way of doing business and of distributing tax funds collected by the federal government. It is a well-accepted re-distributive process whole heartedly embraced by "tiny-government" Republicans and "huge-government" Democrats. The issue of course comes when those fund grants are unfairly and politically distributed. I don't know how to assess the earmarks in question, that context would be useful. Alaska's recent record on garnering earmarks doesn't shine the most positive light, but it's worthwhile to ask.

For me the problem is the insistence on anti-earmark, anti-establishment, anti-old boy network "maverickism" from Palin. This suggests that this may not entirely be the case.

She inherited the system and as a mayor or governor I expect her to use what is available to help her constituents. I would easily vote for the person who could get more federal funds over the person who could not, why would we expect others not to? However, she CHOSE to differentiate herself on the basis of being different and lead off her acceptance speech by specifying what makes her different.

Now, we have to move beyond the rhetoric and ask for ourselves "Is she different, or did she just say she is?"

Posted by: Rick | September 2, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Monday, September 01, 2008

"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire

"Mr. McCain’s advisers said repeatedly on Monday that Ms. Palin was 'thoroughly vetted'"- The New York Times

Palin "responded to a 70-question form that included 'intrusive personal questions' a senior campaign aide said today."- The Washington Post


"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire:

1) Did we forget anything?

2) Secession from your own country is

a) Patriotic
b) A qualification to be the potential leader of that country
c) Maverick-y!
d) None of the above

3) John McCain has said that he has followed your record for "many, many years." Divide those "many" years by the number of years of your actual record. The result is

a) Three days
b) Two years as mayor of a town of 9000, and 20 months at the helm of the vaunted Alaska National Guard
c) 0: experience, as we know, is not relevant to one's record
d) Czechoslovakia

4) Moose Burger : Abstinence as Moose Hunting :

a) Brother-in-law
b) 50 state flag
c) Bridge to Nowhere (after it was made impossible)
d) All of the above

5) Did we forget anything?

6) Three Vice Presidential candidates are moving from three equidistant fixed points towards a podium. One, in his slightly glazed stare and awkwardly quasi-combative speech bears a faint resemblance to Dan Quayle; the next can only assist the ticket as we near closer to Rapture; the third seems to have stumbled out of one of Christopher Buckley's sharper efforts. Which one arrives at the podium first?

7) "Nothing that has come out did not come out in the vet." This sentence actually means:

a) Everything has come out and everything has been vetted
b) Everything that was vetted has come out
c) Everything that has come out was vetted
d) The vet came out and vetted the vets vetter than anything has ever been vetted. Really.

8) You are a right-wing, red-state conservative. During the Clinton Administration, you believed that President Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky disqualified him from the Presidency on moral grounds; you fervently raised the terms "Lincoln Bedroom" and "Johnny Chung" to invoke notions of utter corruption, and regarded the "Travelgate" firings as an abuse of power. In the face of the recent revelations regarding Palin's directorship of Ted Stevens' 527, support of the Bridge to Nowhere, "Troopergate" imbroglio, and illegitimate pregnancy of her 16-year old daughter, you:

a) Blame George Soros
b) Talk about Bill Clinton instead of Palin
c) Hold your hands over your ears and loudly shout "La la la"
d) Try to change the subject

9) "Foreign policy experience" includes:

a) Being near another large nation
b) Seceding from your own country and then taking up residence in the new nation
c) Being close to "Nowhere" in your support for the Bridge to Nowhere, which is different than being "Somewhere"
d) Blame George Soros

10) If you were seeking to choose as your running mate someone who would please Evangelical Conservatives with very traditional values, who would be without taint of corruption or misuse of government power, and someone who, in line with your campaign's own slogan, would put "Country First", after thorough vetting and "intrusive personal questions", you would choose someone who:

a) Supported the Bridge to Nowhere
b) Supported the secession of Alaska from the U.S. (Slogan: "Alaska First!")
c) Was the subject of a state ethics investigation due to allegations that she had tried to have her brother-in-law fired and that she fired the state public safety commissioner due to his unwillingness to fire the brother-in-law
d) Would suffer from allegations that her 16 year old child had become pregnant illegitimately, despite her fervent support for abstinence only sex education
e) None of the above

Cite
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a bold selection by a tired candidate, and promises to enliven the final turn to the election. I am curious about the American Independence Party affiliation - and its avowed strategy of infiltrating the political parties. I look forward to the campaign explaining this in detail ASAP. Meanwhile, I will withhold decision.

Posted by: anyfreeman | September 2, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

You started your article with the comment most posts are by Democrats. an honest evaluation from a WaPo staffer is refreshing after all the pro-Obama slant day in and ay out.

For the nutty buddies out there, it is the job of any local mayor to do all they can for their community. Securing grants is a major task of every local mayor. Most of the whiners here failed to check out their own communities.

Actually most of the whiners are part of Obama corps of vile vicious internet posters. They attacked Hillary. then McCain and now Palin. If Obama is so wonderful and is the second coming how come he attracts the most vile vicious supporters on the net?

Posted by: William | September 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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