More Palin drip
It's revealed that her husband once was convicted of a DUI. That's not even worth mentioning and couldn't be less relevant to Palin's candidacy.
Then there's the fact that she was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a party which seriously worked in favor of a vote for Alaska to seceed and no longer be part of the United States. Yep, she's mainstream alright.
And as has been obvious, it's now revealed that the team from the McCain campaign in charge of vetting Palin only arrived in Alaska ONE DAY before McCain announced her as his running mate.
McCain a loose cannon? Erratic? Reckless? Prone to knee-jerk decisions? Nah!!
His campaign was still calling operatives and asking them to go to Alaska to look into Palin's background as late as Sunday.
Read this widely reported piece in the NYT on the process behind picking Palin and see if you believe McCain when he says Palin was "thorougly vetted."
But what is interesting is reporting today that revealed that McCain had wanted Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge as his running mate, but was forbidden by his superiors in the Republican party who said that naming Smokin' Joe would cause a "revolt" within the party. (So much for the supposed "maverick" McCain who does what he thinks is best without regard for cynical political considerations.)
It appears that in a fit of petulance and desperation, they just decided to choose Palin and to hell with the consequences.
But perhaps even worse in my estimation, was that it's reported that once McCain had gotten to the point where he really didn't care and decided "What the hell" and went with Palin, and arrangements were being made for her and her family to go to Ohio for the announcement, that the Palin's lied to their kids, telling them that they were all going to a family function in Ohio rather than tell them the truth. They did not tell their own children, even the older ones, or do anything to prepare them for the fact that their lives were going to change forever in less than 24 hours. They waited until only hours before the fact to finally drop this mind-blowing fact.
Imagine how the pregnant 17 year old daughter felt when this bombshell got dropped on her head. It's really kind of brutal to imagine putting her through this. Mother of the Year? I don't think so. Ultra ambitious woman who had her head turned around at the prospect of being VP of the United States? Almost certainly.
Odds makers are up to 18% that Palin will be unceremoniously dumped from the ticket.
And it occurs to me, that when one thinks of qualities they would look for in a Vice Presidential candidate, "perky" isn't fairly far down the list.
Now some wags have dubbed the Republican ticket, "The Maverick and the MILF", though I'm not sure I'd agree with either descriptions.