Sarah Palin is to Harriet Miers…

…as John S. McCain is to George W. Bush.

Really. I think it’s going to turn out to be that silly.

Sorry, VPilf, this is going to be rough. Welcome to 21st Century politics.

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Palin to Right of Republicans on Climate Change

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Among the issues Sen. John McCain will have to smooth over with his new running mate: global warming.

In an interview for the September issue of the conservative magazine Newsmax, Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, said she does not believe climate change is caused by human behavior.

“A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made,” Palin said in the interview, which was posted online Friday.

McCain, R-Ariz., by contrast, has broken with his party’s dogma by supporting a mandatory program to cap carbon emissions — a point of pride for McCain as he burnishes his independent reputation.

Palin’s quote about global warming not being manmade is also at odds with the freshly approved GOP platform for 2008. That language — adopted by the party this week — marks the first time the Republican Party’s policy document addresses climate change.

“The same human activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere,” the document reads. “Increased atmospheric carbon has a warming effect on the earth.”

Political Radar: Palin: Global Warming Not Man-Made.

Note: That last bit isn’t from some tree-hugging hippie-Greenpeace-giving-whale-savers, it’s from the Grand Ole Party, The Republicans. Really. No shit, I couldn’t believe it either.

And I can’t believe they’d nominate a VP who was to the right of them on the environment. What an interesting week.

Change vs. Change

It’s looks like John McCain’s radical pick for VP has vaulted, nay, catapulted his campaign to the top of the “change” platform. Gone is the idea that experience matters, now it’s all about being crazy and different.

My congrats to McCain, who had experience as a POW, for catching up to the main theme for what Americans want. Yes, things need to change.

With Palin on the ticket, McCain has guaranteed that something will change with this election. New ground will be crossed, be it in the form of Obama or Palin. This was a masterful political move on his part. Truly, it was. Now both sides are running for history. And for change.

So then the next obvious question, which won’t really ever be addressed on corporate TV, as it would take too long to go beyond one word analysis….what is the change offered?

1. Freedom

Obama/Biden Change: Appoint Supreme Court Justices that will outlaw torture, once and for all (except on black ops).

McCain/Palin Change: Appoint Supreme Court Justices that outlaw abortion, once and for all (except on back alleys).

2. Economy

Obama/Biden Change: Spend 8 of the next 10 years working hard to replace oil and create a post-carbon economy with renewable fuels. This will save our limited natural resources for future generations.

McCain/Palin Change: Spend 8 of the next 10 years drilling as hard as possible to prop up oil companies and extend our carbon economy. This will steal our limited natural resources from future generations.

3. Education

Obama/Biden Change: Spend the money necessary to give every child in every school every chance to succeed.

McCain/Palin Change: Spend only the money necessary to teach every child in every school that evolution is evil and God did it.

4. Foreign Policy

Obama/Biden Change: End the war in Iraq, Get Bin Laden. Work together with the world to face threats.

McCain/Palin Change: Start the war in Iran. Get Obama. Work together to make threats to the world.

5. Tax Policy

Obama/Biden Change: Move the tax policy back to the one that helped build the largest and most powerful middle class in the world, with the most wealth and the most people.

McCain/Palin Change(?): Extend the Bush tax policy that helped build the smallest and most distinct upper class in history, with the most wealth and the fewest people.

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Pawlenty Confirms It, Palin is a believer in Intelligent Design

I mentioned this in the post over here. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be much traction on that, but it turns out to be correct. Palin wants science classes to teach religious theory. Debunked religious theory. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty just confirmed this on Meet The Press.

Awesome. You know, I was just thinking the other day how great it has been having an anti-science nutjob in the Whitehouse and I was asking myself we could do to extend that streak. Looks like there in an answer.

After my initial reaction to the nomination of Sarah Palin and after getting over my surprise, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is some joke on the part of John McCain and he is going to announce his real running mate during the RNC convention.

So far I’ve seen McCain, his top aide, and another in the campaign get asked point blank about Palin’s complete and utter lack of domestic or international policy experience. All three dodged the question.

All three supporters dodged the basic question about what, if any, experience she has tackling national or international issues. Well, now we know about one. She wants to teach your children her version of creation. Science be damned

For some reason no one asked about Alaskan issues, which I’m assuming she has some experience in. Not that it matters now, but there ya go.

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UPDATE 9/1/8: This post seems to be getting the most attention right now. Palin has set the internet a buzz this weekend. I’ve done a bunch of stuff on the nomination. Here’s some links.

The original nomination.

A bit of education.

A bit about Alaskan politics, and Palin’s abuse of executive power (i.e experience).

Palin on climate change.

More general commentary from Alaskan papers and others.

Palin’s executive broadcasting experience and McCain’s funny joke.

Another theory why McCain tapped Palin (or wants to).

and finally, the topper…

Palin against birth control and has pregnant teenage daughter to prove it.

That’s about it for now. I think I’m about Palin’ed out.

I have to say now…at this point in my analysis…I’m thinking the best is seven days, plus or minus 3 before she pulls a Tom Eagleton and Obama coasts to victory (barring something even weirder happening).

That Maverick Reformer from Alaska

I was just doing a bit of reading about John “Yes, I’m that crazy” McCain’s pick for his running mate, Sarah Palin. (that is Newsweeks’ interview, here’s my previous coverage).

I was reading a bit about her fighting corruption and crime when she came into office, which is no doubt something many will claim to be a strength for her in the campaign.

Then I started to think a bit about Alaska, the type of people there, the type of government there, and a bit of the history of the place.

My general understanding is that Alaska is something of a strange place with a strange economy.  With 1.1 people per square kilometer, it makes sense why.  Wyoming is relatively bustling with just over 5 per sq/km.  As a natural result of their low population (0.5% of U.S.) and huge natural resource reserves (+20%), they are swimming in cash, land, and privacy.   Pretty much the opposite of the rest of the United States.  As a “freak state” (like Hawaii) you have to have a valid U.S. passport to get there over land (thanks, Patriot Act!).

In such an environment the government functions more as a distributor of that natural wealth (which has quintupled in the last 6 years) rather than trying to make do with generated wealth.  This can be a very  corrupting environment, as we have seen in many oil-based economy driven governments.  We can see that corrupting influence in action by taking a historical look at that maverick reformer from Alaska.

Stevens soon gained a reputation as an active prosecutor who vigorously prosecuted violations of federal and territorial liquor, drug, and prostitution laws,[9] characterized by Fairbanks area homesteader Niilo Koponen (who later served in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1982-1991) as “this rough tough shorty of a district attorney who was going to crush crime.”[15] Stevens sometimes accompanied U.S. Marshals on raids. As recounted years later by Justice Jay Rabinowitz, “U.S. marshals went in with Tommy guns and Ted led the charge, smoking a stogie and with six guns on his hips.”[9] However, Stevens himself has said the colorful stories spread about him as a pistol-packing D.A. were greatly exaggerated, and recalled only one incident when he carried a gun: on a vice raid to the town of Big Delta about 75 miles (121 km) southeast of Fairbanks, he carried a holstered gun on a marshal’s suggestion.

Yup, another gun-toting Alaskan, bringing law and order to the frontier.   Who then became fat and happy and corrupt in an environment where the biggest debate is how big the checks are going to be from from the government.

So what does this say about Palin?  Not much, other than that she is following the pattern.

What does this say about the pattern? That, I think, is the point.

Now someone could make the argument that Palin hasn’t been in Alaskan politics long enough to become corrupted by the twisted relationship relative to most government/governed setups.  But we’ve already seen some evidence that she is willing to use her power to settle personal scores.

In 2005, Ms. Palin alleged to Mr. Wooten’s supervisors that he had threatened to harm her sister and father and had engaged in numerous instances of misconduct, including using a stun gun on his 10-year-old stepson, according to state documents.

In one instance, she told state investigators, she overheard him on the telephone threatening her sister: “I’m gonna f-kin” shoot your dad. He’s gonna get a lead bullet.”

Mr. Wooten told investigators he tested a Taser stun gun on the boy at his request but never threatened the Palins. An internal police investigation substantiated the stun-gun incident and some other charges but threw out most of the rest. Mr. Wooten was suspended for five days in 2006.

Through a spokesman with the Public Safety Employees Association, he declined to comment.

On July 11 of this year, Ms. Palin fired Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Mr. Monegan then complained that she and her husband had pressured him to fire Mr. Wooten.

Ms. Palin, in a statement, denied that, saying she had removed the commissioner she had appointed 18 months earlier because she wanted “a new direction.”

She said she will cooperate with the legislative probe, which is expected to be completed by November.

My guess is that the “probe” will complete sometime around November 6th or 7th.  It’s an old school tactic, delay until after the election.

Given that in a year-and-a-half-of-executive-experience she has already shown some sides of abusing her power, is that really what the U.S. needs right now?

Barry on Barry

Then Hillary Clinton magically appeared, like Glinda in the Wizard of Oz except wearing a pantsuit. She asked the convention to nominate Obama by acclaim, which the convention did, and the band kicked into the O’Jays’ hit song Love Train, which is about the urgent need to bring the world together in peace and harmony, and also to drink Coors Light beer.

Immediately everybody in the convention hall except Wolf Blitzer started dancing. I’ve been to every convention since 1984, and I have to say that Democratic delegates always manage to look good when they engage in group “rock-n-roll”-style dancing, in stark contrast to Republican delegates, who always look like they’re subjects in some kind of cruel mass experiment involving random-firing high-voltage buttock probes.

But the American nation does not choose its president on the basis of the musical abilities of his party’s delegates. The American nation chooses its president based on whether he exhibits certain key leadership qualities, such as height.

Dave Barry: Whatever, it’s a field goal – 08/28/2008 – MiamiHerald.com.

Obama is also taller than McCain. This means he’ll have more personal success in life.

An Irregular Heartbeat Away

Sorry, but I keep hearing the old cliche about CinC ticker’s, and I can’t help but amend it to make it topical for McCain and then look at his VP pick and kind of shrug.

I mean….really? That’s who you think is going to find bin laden/stand up to russia/china/europe and repair the country? I would think a responsible leader, who is of advanced age, would try and pick the best person to replace him, not someone who, at first glance, seems handpicks for campaign purposes. I’m still trying to make sense of this. I haven’t seen her speak yet, but jeez, the quotes I’m reading ain’t inspiring confidence.

Palin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics.

Nice.

I’m officially qualified to be President now. Well, in a couple years. She is old enough to be President.   That’s something.

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More coverage here.

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Wow….they are going directly after Hillary’s voters.  Wow…”We can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”   Going *directly* after Hilary’s voters. 

Now you know why’s she’s there.  18,000,000 Democratic Primary voters.

Hmmm….how does that work?

Palin Not Such a Big Fan of Paleontology

The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor’s race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state’s public classrooms.

Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night’s televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, ‘Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.’

Afarensis: Intelligent Design and the Alaska Governor’s Race.

Nice.  And she can even use McCain as a specimen (hey-yo!).

The more I look into this lady, it looks like she’s a fundy reformer.  Doing some good stuff on the corruption-side (well, one good thing).

Frankly, it seems she could do the U.S. the best work by staying in Alaska and fighting the oil companies there.

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More info on this one here.

McCain Taps Miss Congeniality for VP

McCain "taps" Palin for VP

McCain

 Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Charles and Sally (Sheeran) Heath.[2] Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.[3] Charles Heath was a popular science teacher and coached track.[3] The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.[3]

Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska, when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” because of her intense play.[3] She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.[3] Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games.[3]

In 1984, Palin was second-place in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, winning a scholarship to help pay her way through college.[3] In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Sarah Palin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I have to say I am completely flabbergasted by this selection. For someone who has hammered on foreign policy experience during the campaign…to pick someone that governed a state of 600,000 people….for two years….one of which was in total darkness…

I’m just blown away.

BTW….from that wikipedia article…here’s what Governor Palin did to help her people deal with the current economy.

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards.

Nice, eh? For some reason, I think she fits right along with McCain in his understanding how the economy works for everyone. Which is to say, not at all.

The Clintons @ the DNC

Willie

And Hillie

Of the two I have to give the nod to the former President.  Wow, that guy can work a crowd.

You can really see the, gosh I hate to say it…warmness…that Hillary was missing when you hold her up against Bill.  I know they share the same ideal and information, but he just seems to be a better communicator.

BTW, if you wonder why Obama is a better choice, Bill lays it out pretty specifically in the speech.  It’s about policy, not personality. 

David Shuster is a Fuckass, Part Number Two

[Joe] Scarborough [of MSNBC], who served in Congress as a Republican representative from Florida, seems to be particularly touchy being the only host who isn’t openly pro-Democratic.

Yesterday, after [David] Shuster [of MSNBC] referred to “your party, the Republican Party,” Scarborough went off, sparking a seven-minute exchange.

“I will let you know that ‘my party,’ my party loathes me much more than your party, the Democratic Party, loathes me,” Scarborough seethed. “What about your party? What’s your party, David Shuster? David, what’s your party?”

“I have no party. I’m a complete independent,” Shuster replied.

“Oh, I feel so comforted by the fact that you’re independent. I bet everyone at MSNBC has ‘independent’ on their voting cards,” said Scarborough.

BRAWLING ANCHORS ON MSNBC- New York Post.

Jeez, what a ‘tard. Personally I’m in favor of honesty. Take me for example…I think…and have thunk for a while…that Obama would make the best President. That’s my general opinion and I try to defend it. I am not, however, registered with any political party. I’ve voted for three independents and one Democrat (Perot, Perot (ha), Nader, and Kerry). Pretty simple to say that.

It doesn’t change the fact that I still want to share my view on things. It’s the hiding and the b.s. that’s the problem, particularly if pull the pundit bullshit that cause me to call David Shuster a fuckass in the first place.

[yes, I am trying to google bomb him, please help me]