Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sarah Palin = Harriet Miers?

The only thing the media is going to talk about for the next week or two is the revelation that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old unwed daughter is five months pregnant with a shotgun wedding in her immediate future.
But that is only the tip of the iceberg. You would need a flowchart to keep up with the avalanche of bad news coming out about John McCain’s VP pick.
I tend to agree with Barack Obama that Palin’s family should be off limits. But I think it is fair to point out that this is yet another example of failed Republican policies at work.
It would be different if Palin wasn’t an outspoken advocate for religious right social conservatives, but she is and now her outspoken opposition to birth control and sex education stands out very loudly.

But I think there are many other problems with Palin that surfaced over the weekend that will take prominence as they sink in, such as her affiliation with a radical right seccessionist group in Alaska during the 1990s. Or her blatant hypocrisy on earmarks and 527 groups. Or her vast lack of knowledge on any number of issues that will come up during the campaign.

Hilzoy sums it up thusly:
Sarah Palin's record speaks for itself. She is a far rightwing nut who has abused government power for personal reasons. Repeatedly. She was a member of a group calling for secession from the very country she now wants to lead. She is a bald-faced liar. She is as ignorant of science as she is of American history. She may be well-liked in Alaska, but even there they think it's ridiculous to imagine her a heartbeat from the presidency.

There is already speculation that Palin will be forced off of the ticket before the GOP convention is over, like Harriet Miers was pitched over the side for a Supreme Court nomination. I’m not sure that will happen, but I won’t be surprised if it does.

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