posted on Aug, 29 2008 @ 01:58 PM
I have to disagree with the buzz about this taking experience out of McCain's arsenal, although I'm quite confident that will become a common
conception in the coming days.
Bill Clinton only had 2 years as a governor when he entered the White House (he also had 2 years as a state attorney general, but I suspect the McCain
campaign will omit that fact when rebutting any charges of inexperience on her part).
There are several non-chromosomal gimmicks to Palin that McCain might be thinking about in his decision.
1. She can't be attacked on abortion. She decided to carry a child to term despite testing indicating that the child had Downs Syndrome. Attacking
Palin on abortion means suggesting that maybe she should have killed her son, who, whatever he was in the womb, is currently a living young man.
2. Her eldest son's army brigade deploys to Iraq on SEPTEMBER 11 of this year.
3. Her "scandal" could actually bring women and business owners to her side (and might even if she were a man). The State Trooper she is accussed of
trying to get rid of has himself been accussed of threatening to kills his wife's father, tazering his wife's son, and many other violations, but
the a union not only protected his job, but got his slap on the wrist cut in half. A lot of people will hear that and never take second notice of the
The accusations are detailed in two thick binders, the result of a nearly yearlong investigation by troopers. When the investigation appeared to
stall, Palin -- more than a year before she was elected governor, and about two months before launching her campaign -- pushed trooper commanders to
take action against Wooten. At one point, Palin and her husband, Todd, hired a private investigator.
Wooten recently gave his union permission to release the entire investigative file, all 482 pages and hours of recorded interviews.
"The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring over a lengthy period,
which establishes a course of conduct totally at odds with the ethics of our profession," Col. Julia Grimes, then head of Alaska State Troopers,
wrote in March 1, 2006, letter suspending Wooten for 10 days. After the union protested it, the suspension was reduced to five days.
Palin is also a harball player, and would probably run a very disciplined cabinet for McCain, which may be important if McCain's age starts to tell
on him and ambitious cabinet secretaries start jockeying for power. They call her Sarah Barracuda.
Palin routinely fires anyone who gets in her way and replaces them with someone who will back her play. When the Alaska Creamery Board tried to do
something she didn't like (close an unprofitable state dairy), Governor Palin went over head firing the entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation
(which in turn appoints the Creamery Board), and saved the dairy... until it ran out of money and had to close anyway shortly thereafter.
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[edit on 29-8-2008 by The Vagabond]