Suspend What Campaign?

 John McCain and Karl Rove

John McCain and Karl Rove

John McCain tries to be slick. But he’s not slick enough to outwit Barack Obama and his large contingent of Chicago ward politicians who advise him. They’ve got McCain’s number because they are the origina slicksters.  Remember Mayor Richard Daley?  His son, who is now mayor, learned the tricks of the trade at his father’s feet.  So did a lot of the other politicians who are part of Obama’s inner circle.  Karl Rove’s protege who manages McCain’s campaign has met his match. 

McCain announced today that he was suspending his campaign and heading to Washington where he will devote all of his precious time to solving the crisis in the American economy. You see, McCain has personal familiarity with the people who brought down the economy. They are his drinking buddies, and he helped to change the laws of the banking industry along with his buddy Senator Graham that  allowed his buddies to loot  the economy  and empty the national treasury.   He has an inside track with his buddies. They will be able to tell him what the weak spots are, and that’s how he thinks he can gain the upper hand of leadership. He must be smoking some of Colombia’s best weed.  Puh-leez.

McCain must think Obama just fell off the turnip truck, as the saying goes. The Rove school of politics that McCain is following by announcing he is shutting down his campaign is supposed to throw Obamaoff his game.  Obama is leading in the polls.   Americans say they have more trust in him being able to fix the economy than McCain (how right they are).    Obama is set to go into the debate with a lot of momentum.   The breaking story is that Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, earned $20,000 her month for No Work done for Freddie Mac.  McCain definitely wants to get ahead of that story because the link between his campaign manager and the looting of Freddie Mac is at the heart of the FBI investigation of how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were destroyed. 

Add to that, the back story of the debate will be a lot of comparisons the media will draw between Obama and James Meredith, who was the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1961. Journalists are set to do side stories on how much progress has been made since those dark days when President Kennedy brought out the National Guard to protect this lone black student from the hordes of white Ku Klux Klansmen and others who tried to attack him.

By bowing out of the race and trying to get Obama to do the same, McCain is trying to  shift the content and tone of the campaign race.  Remember how he changed the momentum when he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. For two weeks the media talked and wrote about Palin, Palin, Palin.  McCain is in trouble and he doesn’t see how he is going to get out of it.  This is his Hail Mary pass.  Obama has him on the run.  The thing to do is keep him on the defensive.  Obama needs to take his place in front of the lectern at Ole Miss.  If McCain doesn’t show, then the American people know he is a coward who is afraid to face his own role in the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression. 

McCain must be held accountable for his role in deregulating everything that is nailed down.  His buddies got big money from (1) Bush’s tax cuts; (2) a bogus War in Iraq where they got more money from big contracts and: (3) they want to steal our children’s tuition, food money, clothes allowance, our grocery money, and our last dollars we are holding onto to pay an inflated mortgage.  And this man named McCain doesn’t know how many homes or cars he owns?  We bet he doesn’t.  He doesn’t know we can’t get loans to buy a car either.  You know what?  He doesn’t care either.

Sarah Palin Visits World Leaders

Sarah Palin Visits World Leaders

This is Your Nation on White Privilege

September, 14 2008
By Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.
White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

“Special Needs,” McCain-Palin, & the 2008 Election

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 3:26PM, from Salon.com
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I am the mother of a profoundly disabled little girl. She is five years old, does not walk nor talk, and has epilepsy that cannot be controlled with medication. Like many parents of children with disabilities, my husband and I had mixed reactions to the news that Sarah Palin’s son, Trig, had Down  Syndrome. It is a good thing to have prominent people acknowledge and embrace disability, and on that score, it was satisfying to see Trig on national television.

That sense of recognition, however, is mixed with serious doubts about Palin and very real concerns about the deference being accorded her as a “Special Needs” parent. First, my husband and I are long-time and committed supporters of Barack Obama.  Sarah Palin’s nomination as McCain’s Vice Presidential candidate did nothing but deepen our fears about McCain’s judgment–she is unqualified, belligerently ignorant of the policy and political landscape of the country, and, from recent reporting in the Washington Post and New York Times, an astute practicioner of the secretive, bullying, and punitive political methods perfected by the Bush-Cheney administration in the last eight years.

But equally troubling, to our mind, was the avalanche of commentary about Trig, and the plaudits Palin received from virtually everywhere for having borne her baby despite knowing ahead of time that he would have Down Syndrome. (Though she didn’t, according to her own words, tell anyone in her family about his disability prior to the birth, which strikes us as strange.) The implication offered by many—particularly among those for whom opposition to abortion is inseparable from religious confession—is that in giving birth to Trig, Palin had done God’s work.

From our point of view, however, giving birth to a special needs child is no more God’s work than having a “normal” child.  Sarah Palin made a decision to go to term with her pregnancy. Frankly had she chosen the alternative, she would be a rank hypocrite given her absolutist pro-life beliefs. But there is nothing about the birth of Trig that is more noble than the births of the other four Palin children.

Once a child takes first breath, the responsibilities of a parent to nurture and protect take over with considerable urgency. Some undertake these responsibilities well; others do not. Sarah Palin may be a wonderful parent and have a loving family. But she has not earned the right to be regaled as exceptional simply for loving and caring for her youngest child. With the exception of those who adopt children with disabilities, parents of special needs children do not choose this “vocation.” Nor does having such a child bestow special grace upon mother and father.

We notice another feature of this discussion, as well, one that parallels our experience day-to-day. It is interesting how well-meaning, able bodied-and-brained people struggle for comfortable ground when confronted with the implications of parenting kids with disabilities. For many observers, the birth of a child with special needs transforms parenting into something heroic in which parents embody selfless sacrifice. We suspect this is because physical and mental disability in a child is often so unimaginable, so frightening, and so messy to those on the outside that there is a distancing that takes place. Safely self-identified as “not able to do that,” one can stand back and admire the super-hero parent who has got it all under control.

Perhaps understandably, praise and admiration may substitue for nitty-gritty engagement and investment in what it really takes to raise a child with disabilities–and for getting inside the truly conflicted feelings many parents have about doing it. There is much that we do that is selfless (as with other parents), but there is also much that we struggle with, cry over, and regret. Ultimately, parenting a special needs child is a profoundly humbling experience. It forces a renunciation of the vanity of viewing your children as exemplars of your own special virtues. Perhaps this is the thing that sticks in our craws so much about Sarah Palin, who appears to have transformed one form of vanity about one’s children into another.

So, it’s true–we aren’t like everybody else. But the difference is not a matter of heroism and sacrifice. And it’s not just a matter of giving birth. It’s the fact that raising a child with special needs is a life-altering experience in which one is initiated—sometimes kicking and screaming—into a largely unseen, or at least unacknowledged, world. Exposure to that world is fantastically transformative in terms of how one interacts with family, friends, neighbors and–especially–social and governmental institutions.   

Sarah Palin is currently at the beginning of this journey. She will, we suspect, soon discover that Hockey Moms have got nothing on Special Needs Moms who manage the schedules and transportation of their children: physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, primary care doctors visits, specialist doctor visits, medical tests, and on and on. As Trig grows, Sarah and Todd Palin may have to acquire arcane and specialized medical knowledge to understand and care for their son’s complex needs. Like other moms and dads, they will become experts in the healthcare industry as they advocate for comprehensive coverage, tests, medicines, therapies, and equipment that their child needs. And then will come school, and fighting for their child’s educational needs to be met by institutions that are underfunded and often ill-equipped to do the job.

As I diaper my daughter and imagine how I will do this when she is 10, 20, 30 years old; as I weigh and measure every bite she will eat to conform to the ketogenic diet that lessens her seizures; as I hold her when she seizes and curse the brain abnormalities that put her through this day after day, I am reminded of how precarious her life and ours are. I am reminded of how much the world of competition and “boot straps” rejects and fears her, and how much we depend on others to help us to care for her well and with dignity.

Parenting our daughter has thus taught us a different lesson than the one that John McCain and his party lifts up. They see the “heroic” in Palin’s “choice” to bring her son into the world (an oddity, surely, for the anti-choice). Our experience, by contrast, has highlighted something far different than the individualism embodied by the “hero” making “choices.” Through our daughter, we have discovered the true meaning of “commonweal”—the common well-being. All that we do we do for her we do with help—and much of that help has been mandated by the often-derided “big government.” The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that mandates fair and appropriate educations for people with disabilities, Illinois’s 0-3 Early Intervention programs, the City of Chicago’s grant program for housing modifications for the disabled, the non-profit foundations and organizations that provide us with resources and hope—these programs and others like them have been put in place through the efforts of lawmakers and citizens who believe that we are all benefitted when the least of us is protected.
Barack Obama gets our vote, in part, because he has laid out specific agenda items addressing just these programs and policies (all available under “Issues” at www.BarackObama.com). Perhaps John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s expressed sympathy with and interest in the challenges of disabled children would, if they were elected, translate into policy positions that promised real improvement.  But we don’t want to take that bet. These two people indisputably subscribe to foreign and economic policies that fly in the face of such an agenda. How will we fully fund the the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)–now limping along at less than 50 percent of its promised federal support–while prosecuting the war in Iraq at the tune of $12 billion every month? How will we expand Early Intervention therapy programs for children aged 0-5  and at the same time offer more tax cuts to millionaires and gigantic corporations? How do parents of children with chronic and disabling illnesses care for their children in a healthcare system that is broken and which the Republican party shows no inclination or ability to fix?

The fact of the matter is, advocacy turns to exploitation when the platform on which you stand is full of contradictions. Put your money where your mouths are, McCain-Palin. We don’t need to be reminded of the “great job” we’re doing as parents of kids with special needs. We don’t need “heroes” to model sanctimonious double-talk. We need our country and its leaders to demonstrate a real commitment, not lip service, to the needs of the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst.  

Palin Is Not Ready For Prime Time – Send Her Back To Wasilla

Mayor Sarah Palin's Sarah Palin Needs To Go Back To Wasilla City Hall

Mayor Sarah Palin's Wasilla City Hall

Sarah Palin’s sordid affairs as Governor keep erupting like salmon jumping out of the Alaska waters.  Each day she tells another lie about why she fired the Public Safety Commissioner.  Her latest explanation is  because  he went on an authorized  trip to Washington, DC to try get a grant to reduce rapes in Alaska.  You see, Sarah’s state has the highest percentage of rapes of all the fifty states.  Lying  Lady Sarah said he didn’t have her permission to travel, yet the documentation shows that her staff authorized the trip. 

By the way,  this is the second time that a rape-related event has come up regarding Lady Sarah.  The first of long standing was when she was Mayor of teeny weeny Wasilla.  She implemented a policy that required RAPE VICTIMS to pay for their own forensic rape kits.  The kits cost about $1,500, and were billed to the victim’s insurance. 

If we are to believe her about the chief’s firing, she opposed his insubordination for a trip to get a grant for an AN ANTI-RAPE program!  It reminds me of what a woman in St. Louis said about being raped years ago in St. Louis.   When the police arrived, the cops got angry that she had “wasted” their time by calling them.   She said one cop told her, “Don’t you know that women don’t get raped.  They ask for it because they tease the men.  I’ll bet you were teasing a man and when he went too far, you got mad and called us.”

Could Sordid Sarah be “one of those” who believes rape victims are sultry temptresses?

You will (not) believe this about Sarah:  She cut a deal with the Vice Presidential debate officials.    She WILL NOT answer follow-up questions at the debate.  Have you ever heard of anything like this?  Simple Sarah wants to be Vice President, and President when or if the situation presents itself.  She wants to lead the largest, mos technologically able nation with the largest proportion of highly educated people in the world.  Yet, she doesn’t intend to answer or clarify any questions at the debate that go beyond giving her canned, memorized response.  

You see, Sarah Palin wants to give a short speech for each question she’s asked.  The moderator can’t come back and ask her to clarify what she said.  Senator Joe Biden can’t engage in any back-and-forth with her.  All Sarah will know how to do is  give her buzz words in each answer.  That’s all her tutors can prep her to say because she must have proven a most dumb pupil.  Why do I say this?  Because if she had the background and the quickness of intellect, she would get up to speed.  The fact that she cannot fathom taking follow-up questions means she’s dumber than Dan Quayle, and remember folks, he was DUMB.  

 She can’t learn what she doesn’t have the context for knowing.  She can’t answer follow up quesions because her handlers think she will reveal how stupid, ignorant,  which would have required her to be a lot smarter, more involved for a much longer time at a higher level.  Remember now, she was mayor in that little town of Wasilla a couple of years ago. 

Read what she said to friendly, right wing pundit Sean Hannity when he interviewed her on Fox News. 

On foreign policy issues:

  • “Retreat is defeat in Iraq.”   
  • “What we have got to commit to also, especially when we talk to Russia — no Cold War. We have got to know that our mind-set needs to be opportunity for pressure and diplomacy and sanctions if need be as we keep our eye on a country like Russia.” 

Domestic policy and issues:

 On what’s behind the Wall Street meltdown? 

  • “the corruption on Wall Street,” with no explanation of what corruption she was referring to.

Should the government bail out Fannie Mae and AIG?

  •   “Well, you know, first, Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impacts all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting. We had to step in there. I do not like the idea, though, of taxpayers being used to bail out these corporations. Today, with AIG, important call there, though, because of the construction bonds and the insurance carrier duties of AIG. But, first and foremost, taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution to the problems on Wall Street.”

My Lord, the woman can’t even talk!  “…because the adverse impacts … is just too impacting” 

There are no handlers in the world who can get this woman ready for a debate for the vice president of the United States.  She needs to go back to her house in Wasilla and contimue commuting to her office in Anchorage as she straightens out her family.  She left a lot of problems back there to go on the road with McCain because he saw her as his best ticket to winning.  She is not ready and she won’t be ready.  The learning curve is too high for this office.  She could fool the people in Alaska where she isn’t even doing a good job there despite her 74% approval rating.  All of the recent investigations show she has too many ethical issues to be called an honest broker. 

There is nothing worse than an unethical, dumb “leader” who doesn’t know what she doesn’t know but, nevertheless, wants to be your President!

Sarah needs to go back to the Wasilla City Hall for she is NOT READY for the White House.

Kopp hiring proved Palin’s fundamentalist street cred

Could it be that Sarah Palin’s appointment by John McCain is part of a larger Christian right deal made between John McCain and Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham?  The intrigue goes deeper because the writer suggests that when Palin fired Walter Monegan as her Public Safety Commissioner, she replaced him with a local police chief who is also a rising star with Alaska’s conservative religious community and friend of Franklin Graham.  It’s an interesting proposition. 

September 20, 2008

Anchorage Daily News

BY ALAN BORAASSSo far Gov. Palin’s handling of Alaska’s Troopergate has focused on why Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan was fired. An equally important question is why Chuck Kopp was hired to replace him. On June 30, 2008, David Brody of CBS News reported John McCain met in North Carolina with Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, director of the multimillion- dollar Samaritan’s Place faith-based charitable organization. McCain was courting the religious right who, at the time, were skeptical of his social conservatism and his Christian qualifications. After the meeting Graham issued a statement praising McCain’s “personal faith” and added, “We had an opportunity to pray … for God’s will to be done in this upcoming election.”

Subsequent events suggest that the price of support for McCain by the fundamentalist Christian leadership would be a vice presidential candidate of their liking. Gov. Palin was a logical choice for Franklin Graham, whose ties to Alaska include a palatial, by Bush Alaska standards, second home in Port Alsworth: a community that has often served as a retreat for Christian fundamentalist leaders.
But Gov. Palin did not promote a socially conservative agenda during her first two years as governor and some Alaska right-wing commentators called her an economic liberal. Send us a sign, national fundamentalist Christian leaders seemingly said, that proves your credentials. In firing Monegan and hiring Kopp, Palin would have gained a controversial measure of revenge in a family dispute and established her standing as a Christian conservative politician.
Kenai City Police Chief Chuck Kopp was a rising star in Alaska’s Christian conservative movement. He was a frequent speaker at local religious and patriotic gatherings. He was school board president of Cook Inlet Academy, the fundamentalist Christian high school in Soldotna his missionary-educator father founded. Kopp also was on the board of Port Alsworth’s Tanailan Bible Camp, also founded by his father.
Through Samaritan’s Place, Franklin Graham has been the chief benefactor of the Tanailan Bible Camp building and rebuilding a church and meeting hall and guest cabins. The evangelical scion of Alaska, Rev. Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple, is on Samaritan Purse’s Board of Directors, so there’s a clear connection between Graham, Prevo and Kopp.
Kopp’s nomination quickly ran into trouble because of sexual harassment reprimands while Kenai police chief, but Palin’s willingness to appoint him to a high state position along with her anti-abortion, pro-creationist beliefs seems to have solidified her position as the one to ignite the base for McCain. Kevin Merida reported in the Washington Post that when Palin met with the Alaska delegation after her nomination during the recent Republican National Convention, Rev. Prevo, a member of the delegation, said Palin asked them to pray for her. Then Prevo handed the governor his cell phone; it was Franklin Graham calling to congratulate her.
Palin’s connection to what Jeff Sharlett has called “elite fundamentalism” is of interest now that she is an election and a heartbeat away from the presidency. Franklin Graham has been the keynote speaker for the Alaska Governor’s Prayer Breakfast the past two years. According to their Web site, the organizers believe, “God directs the affairs of Man and is the ultimate authority over human events.” The Alaska Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is connected to the National Prayer Breakfast sponsored by The Fellowship Foundation, also known as “The Family,” which espouses similar beliefs. The Family is headed by Doug Coe, one of the most influential evangelicals in Washington, D.C. Coe’s group tends to operate behind the scenes organizing small cells attended by the power elite, mostly Republicans. George Bush was saved in such a cell while in Texas.
Elite fundamentalists believe, according to Sharlett, not only in religious determinism but that they are personally chosen by God to be in positions of power. By claiming divine legitimacy of their political power, elite fundamentalists relegate the opposition to being the devil’s tool. They are making a frighteningly close return to the pre-enlightenment concept of rule by divine right, which our founding fathers rejected as anathema to democracy and established, instead, the separation of church and state lest decisions be made on the basis of good versus evil rather than wise versus unwise.

Whether or not Sarah Palin pandered to the Christian fundamentalist right on the back of a good man’s career and believes she was chosen by God only she can say. Likewise, only John McCain can say whether he sold his political soul and selected the least prepared vice presidential candidate in United States history for the sake of political gain. The electorate deserves some answers.


 Alan Boraas is a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College.

Abdication by Palin…Alaskans Blame McCain Campaign For Taking Over Governor’s Office

                 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

When did the McCain campaign take over the governor’s office?

Alaska Daily News Online

 September 20, 2008
 

 

Gov. Sarah Palin has surrendered important gubernatorial duties to the Republican presidential campaign. McCain staff are handling public and press questions about actions she has taken as governor. The governor who said, “Hold me accountable,” is hiding behind the hired guns of the McCain campaign to avoid accountability.

 Is it too much to ask that Alaska’s governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska’s governor? A press conference Thursday showed how skewed Alaska’s relationship with its own governor has become.

McCain-Palin campaign spokesman Ed O’Callaghan announced that Todd Palin will not comply with a subpoena to testify about his role in Troopergate, the Legislature’s investigation into whether Palin abused her power in forcing out former public safety commissioner Walt Monegan.
O’Callaghan also announced that Alaska’s governor is “unlikely” to cooperate with the investigation by the Alaska Legislature about questionable conduct by Alaska’s chief executive.
Monday, he and campaign sidekick Meg Stapleton stood before Alaskans and defended the official personnel decision by Alaska’s governor to fire Alaska’s public safety commissioner. ABC News reported that Gov. Palin’s official press secretary, Bill McAllister, paid by the state of Alaska, didn’t even know the McCain staffers were meeting the press to defend his boss.
Is the McCain campaign telling Alaskans that Alaska’s governor can’t handle her own defense in front of her own Alaska constituents?
Way back when, before John McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential running mate, Palin promised to cooperate with the investigation.
Now she won’t utter a peep about it to Alaskans. Nor will her husband, Todd, who definitely needs to explain his role in Troopergate.
Instead, Alaskans have to sit back and listen to John McCain’s campaign operatives handling inquiries about what Alaska’s governor did while governing Alaska. Residents of any state would be offended to see their governor cede such a fundamental, day-to-day governmental responsibility to a partisan politician from another state. It’s especially offensive to Alaskans.

O’Callaghan said Todd Palin objects to the subpoena because the Legislature’s investigation “has been subjected to complete partisanship.” That’s the kind of dizzying spin that Washington has perfected. It is the McCain-Palin campaign that has worked overtime to politicize the entire matter in a transparent attempt to justify the stonewalling.

Futile as the request may be, we encourage Gov. Palin to stand up to McCain’s handlers and be personally accountable for her administration’s response to Troopergate. She is the governor of Alaska, not John McCain or Ed O’Callaghan.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Official state business — like Troopergate — should be handled by the governor of the state, not by McCain presidential campaign operatives.