Ready on Day One We’ll Be Ready In a Few Days

Andrew Halcro, one of the Republicans who ran against Palin in 2006, is reporting that the McCain campaign has begun vetting their candidate:

The campaign of John McCain has sent a staff of eight people into Alaska to conduct background checks and vetting on Governor Sarah Palin.

Word is they have have eight rooms reserved at a Wasilla hotel.

Vetting someone after you put them on the ticket, part of the change we can all believe in if we elect McSame.

Remember, when you say “supremely irresponsible,” the media says “bold.”

When you say “intemperate gambler,” the media says “maverick.”

When you say “not ready for primetime,” the media says “someone you want to have a beer with.”

Meanwhile, hopefully the vetting process will include a discussion of the founding fathers and the pledge of allegiance, as well as pointing out you shouldn’t lie to the nation on the first day as a candidate.

*** Update ***

It gets even better. Maybe they should have told them there were Iraqi WMD at the library archive, then there would have been wingnuts galore checking them out.

Some Random Quick Thoughts

1.) Ta-Nehisi is right- this whole pick is just bait. Speaking of mooseburgers, I have no idea what they taste like, but I just went grocery shopping to pick up some stuff to grill for the holiday, and the price of beef is now so prohibitive that buffalo meat is competitive. Why buy beef when you can eat the better tasting and leaner bison for just a slight bit more? I should probably check the farmers market to see how much locally raised beef is selling for now.

2.) Jindal is on CNN doing a briefing, and say what you will about his bizarre beliefs, he seems far more competent than the folks from Louisiana during Katrina.

3.) I think this is a very valid concern:

What’s our job when they become parodies themselves? I mean, that durn McCain campaign, doing all the work so there’s nothing left for tne snarky bloggers.

4.) New game. Find your favorite silly talking point. Right now it is a toss up between “She has more executive experience” and “She knows foreign affairs because she lives next to Russia.”

5.) As far as Palin goes, while I remain flabbergasted that he picked her, I really don’t think Democrats need to attack her. First, that is what they want, to turn her into a victim and a rallying cry (FFS people, read Nixonland already). Second, the more I look into what there is known about her, there really is no need to attack her. Just give her a microphone and let her go, and I am sure hilarity will soon ensue. Sooner or later, some enterprising journalist is going to ask her the difference between Sunni and Shia, or something else, and Joe Lieberman won’t be there to whisper in her ear.

Consider this an open thread. I will add to it as things pop into my little head.

The Palin-Maginot Line

And you thought TBOGG was kidding. Take it away, Cindy McCain:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.

McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.

And let us not forget Canada!

Hey, what the hell. It worked with Bush and Mexico. Might as well run the whole Russia thing up the flagpole.

Apparently, Maverick Means Abusing Your Authority

The nicest thing for me about the Palin pick is that I don’t even have to think twice about her to know I oppose her- I simply am done supporting religious nutjobs. I went along with the silliness when I was a Republican because I respect the give and take of coalition building, but now that I am not in the GOP, I don’t have to tolerate the BS. Think evolution is “just a theory,” you are not getting my vote. Think abortion should be illegal no matter what, even in cases of rape and incest- not getting my vote. Think intelligent design should be taught in science classrooms- not getting my vote.

So for me, at least, I don’t have to even bother with the issues of experience and her complete lack of knowledge regarding foreign affairs and well, hell, the fact she didn’t even know what the VP did a few weeks ago. I don’t have to think about any of that, as her extreme religious views already disqualify her in my eyes. No more social conservatives. Ever.

Having said that, it really does seem there is something to this trooper stuff:

We rely on elected officials not to use the power of their office to pursue personal agendas or vendettas. It’s called an abuse of power. There is ample evidence that Palin used her power as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired. When his boss refused to fire him, she fired him. She first denied Monegan’s claims of pressure to fire Wooten and then had to amend her story when evidence proved otherwise. The available evidence now suggests that she 1) tried to have an ex-relative fired from his job for personal reasons, something that was clearly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal, though possibly understandable in human terms, 2) fired a state official for not himself acting inappropriately by firing the relative, 3) lied to the public about what happened and 4) continues to lie about what happened.

These are, to put it mildly, not the traits or temperament you want in someone who could hold the executive power of the federal government.

Actually, Josh, after watching the Bush administration queer the Justice Department, those are precisely the traits Republicans want.

The Crazification Factor

Still 29%.

[F]rom Gallup: Among Democratic women — including those who may be disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination — 9% say Palin makes them more likely to support McCain, 15% less likely.

From Rasmussen: Some 38% of men said they were more likely to vote for McCain now, but only 32% of women. By a narrow 41% to 35% margin, men said she was not ready to be president — but women soundly rejected her, 48% to 25%…. Overall, voters expressed a favorable impression of her by a 53/26 margin, but there was a severe gender gap on this: Men embraced her at 58% to 23%, while for women it was 48/30.

And by a 29/44 margin, men and women together, they do not believe that she is ready to be President.

Sarah Palin’s resume is so thin that John McCain had to cite her work on the PTA. Thinking that she’s qualified to lead the United States only makes sense if you subscribe to the fringe partisan view that virtually anyone with the right ideological purity is qualified to do important jobs.

Apparently 29% of Americans think that, which means that Sarah Palin polls one point worse than human papillomavirus. It’s also one more data point for the surprisingly robust John Rogers theorem.


Last week I decided to watch Obama day on CNN in order to get a sense of what most people are watching. Lucky for him, John was watching CSPAN and missed the dishonest Obama/9-11/Ayers ad that I enjoyed practically every time CNN cut to a commercial break. As a strategy the ad was a great idea – at 15 minute intervals it helped break the mood that speaker X or Y had just built up. It doesn’t matter that voters who do what the ad says and look further into the DARK SINISTER Obama-Ayers nexus will find nothing remotely objectionable (unless you want to condemn the prominent Republicans who also sat on that board), because everyone knows that they won’t do that. They also did a nice job of knocking McCain back off the moral high ground that he tried to claim with his little jujitsu ad.

This week the GOP will throw itself a party. It will be the third anniversary of Bush’s failure to save New Orleans, and yet another monster hurricane is about to slam into Louisiana’s Gulf coast. If independent Dem groups have any brains they would return the favor and carpet the airwaves with ads featuring nothing but Republicans during and after the Katrina disaster. It doesn’t need any embellishing or commentary. In my opinion anyway, the Republican reaction to Katrina was the most craven display of political perversity in modern history. This stuff speaks for itself. It will be fascinating see if the GOP gins up its usual fainting spell over an ad campaign made up of their own words.


Reconsidering after waking up a little, it would be best to leave well enough alone. Even though we probably are more ready this time this hurricane could still be a tragedy. Best not to insert politics when the parallels are already obvious enough.

That brings up another point: if you’re on the Louisiana coast and reading this, turn off your computer and GTFO. The forecast is still bad.


I’m very nervous about Gustav. Three years ago, I met Katrina victims, George and Martha in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where I am from. Some of my old blog posts – discussions with George and Martha – are featured in a book, Diary From The Dome.

Ray Nagin has ordered everyone to leave. Thanks to George Bush, New Orleans is not prepared for this one either. Not even close.

Republicans don’t even remotely deserve to win in November, but if their response to this hurricane is even remotely like what happened during Katrina, then I would hope even the most die-hard Republicans would give a big “fuck you” to their party.

I am up at 3:55am watching the track of this storm. I am nervous. I am hoping against hope that the storm just dissipates. It won’t, of course.