Sunday, August 31, 2008

Unfit To Lead

Sarah Palin's selection as a candidate for Vice President ultimately reflects on John McCain. The selection was not properly vetted and he had only met her once before choosing her as his running mate. I do not doubt the significant positives to her selection: i) She mobilizes the Conservative base ii) She is well positioned to vigorously defend domestic drilling, which has been a winning issue for McCain iii) She appeals to disinfranchized Hillary voters. However, she is a profoundly flawed candidate, with extreme views on evolution and abortion, and astonishingly there are unforeseen controversies bubbling beneath the surface that I'm sure we will hear more about in the coming weeks.

McCain has repeatedly attacked the culture of "perpetual campaigning" and its ill affects on governance in the Bush White House, however, he has made a VP selection that could only possibly service his campaign and puts the fate of the nation and the world in great jeopardy. She not only has zero foreign policy experience, but she has expressed absolutely no interest or vision in national security issues from Afghanistan to Iraq. In a recent trip to visit troops in Kuwait, her focus was on re-assuring Alaskan National Guardsmen that they would be able to hunt with no restrictions on their return to their native state. It should be noted that McCain just turned 72 years of age.

Faye Palin, Sarah Palin's mother in law said it best: "I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative. Well, she's a better speaker than McCain."

This Vice Presidental pick makes Harriet Myers look like Antonin Scalia.

But, this has been indicative of McCain's flawed judgment throughout this political season. He insisted that his campaign would be honorable and devoid of negative attacks, but, while the economy falters, more homes go into foreclosure, healthcare gets more expensive, and unemployment rises, McCain's focus seems to be on comparing Barack Obama to Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Charlton Heston.

McCain, quite rightly stood up to the sweeping Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that have more than doubled the national debt to almost 10 trillion dollars. However, this campaign season, inspite of the urgent priorities of paying down the debt and reducing the deficit, he has reversed course, and co-signed George Bush's disastrous tax policy for political gain with his own base.

Sarah Palin was a reckless choice that tells us more about John McCain than it does Sarah Palin. He did not spend an extended period of time with her, he did not research her background, and he did not look for somebody he agreed with on the issues. Instead he made a purely political calculation. By contrast, Barack Obama did the complete opposite. He put aside what was in his best political interests by not choosing Hillary Clinton, and looked for someone he shared a personal affinity with instead. He picked a running mate he had campaigned with for many months, and who would bring expertise, wisdom, and experience to the table. He picked a running mate he had confidence could be President if the unfortunate need arose.

What does that tell you, respectively, about John McCain and Barack Obama?

Sarah Palin Laughs As State Senator Is Called a "Bitch" and a "Cancer"

The Question For John McCain

After winning the Presidential election, and during your first six months in office, there is an unforeseen and debilitating accident that prevents you from retaining your responsibilities as commander in chief. Seeking to capitalize, Iran makes incursions into Iraqi territory, Hezbollah launches a rocket and missile campaign against Israeli cities, and, according to the C.I.A., there is increased chatter that Al Qaeda leaders are plotting a terrorist attack. Tensions between Russia and Georgia are at an all time high, and there is also hostility brewing between nuclear nations India and Pakistan.

In your assessment, what makes Sarah Palin uniquely qualified to lead the free world as commander in chief of the United States armed forces?

Sarah Palin Quotes:
But as for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?
I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq?
We are a nation at war and in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources, which is nonsensical when you consider that domestically we have the supplies ready to go.

Does Sarah Palin Believe In Evolution?

I don't think she does:

From The Anchorage Daily News

Palin said she thought there was value in discussing alternatives.
"It's OK to let kids know that there are theories out there," she said in the interview. "They gain information just by being in a discussion."

That was how she was brought up, she said. Her father was a public school science teacher.

"My dad did talk a lot about his theories of evolution," she said. "He would show us fossils and say, 'How old do you think these are?' "

Asked for her personal views on evolution, Palin said, "I believe we have a creator."

She would not say whether her belief also allowed her to accept the theory of evolution as fact.

"I'm not going to pretend I know how all this came to be," she said.

Hat Tip: Nashville Post

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Can you trust John McCain?

My second shot at editing a political video. Enjoy:

Evan Bayh for Vice President

That is my choice. For reasons I explained in this post back in 2005 when he was a prospective candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He is a man of moderation, conviction, independence, integrity and contrasts well with Obama. He is not a great campaigner, and that is a weakness, but in terms of governance, I cannot think of a better fit. Additionally, he brings into play the state of Indiana which no Democrat has won since 1964.