Monday, September 1, 2008

Palin Can't Get a Good Minute

Sarah Palin seems like a good woman. I don't agree with her positions, but she seems like a nice woman who has fought corruption, instituted a windfall profits tax on big oil, and is clearly not a career politician. Moreover, she has had the single worst weekend of anyone in this campaign cycle. This from Ben Smith:

I can't remember the last introduction to the national scene this rocky, and it gets worse every hour — and even before the investigative reporters have settled in to Anchorage.

Just got off the flight to St. Paul to find, in my inbox: a second source confirming her past membership in a secession-minded fringe group, her lawyering up in an inquiry the AP slugged "Troopergate," and — insult to injury — another woman claiming she was actually Miss Congeniality in the Miss Wasilla '84 contest.

Follow the link for sources and more analysis. Add to the recent problems listed above, she has been tied to Pat Buchanan and she has had her qualifications contested constantly with McCain advisor saying "She's going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he'll be around at least that long." To top it off she had to announce that her 17 year old unwed daughter is 5 months pregnant. If John McCain really knew all this when he selected her (as his campaign is implying), then I have to question McCain's judgment, not to mention his empathy.

As a side note, tonight at dinner (this is my second to last night at home), my father said "can you imagine being a 17 year old guy and messing things up by getting your girlfriend, then realizing that you might have caused a small state scandal because your girlfriends mom is the governor. THEN, four months later having your girlfriend's mom become a surprise VP nominee and have your story be the news de jour on the first day of the Republican National Convention?" My mom replied, "It's worse for the girl."

While I don't believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be President, and thus not qualified to be a beat away from being president, I do feel for her. Sympathy all around.

This weekend has been somewhat reminiscent of the Harriet Miers nomination (although Miers' attackers are defending Palin). I hope McCain chooses someone else.

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