Friday, September 05, 2008

Editorial From Anchorage

Governor Sarah Palin is a clever means for the McCain campaign to distract from their abysmal prescriptions for the economy and the Republican Party's record. However, the good people of Alaska won't be scripted and distractions cut both ways. The Anchorage Daily News, Alaksa's most read newspaper just released a blistering editorial:

"Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.

Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules.

As a result, the Troopergate allegations hang over Palin's future and cloud her candidacy for vice president.

The allegations are that she, her family or administration improperly pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Gov. Palin's ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, who had been in the middle of a custody dispute with Palin's sister.

In July, when legislators started talking about conducting an investigation, Palin denied any wrongdoing and said she welcomed an investigation.

'Hold me accountable,' she said.

The Legislature took her up on that offer. But this week, she basically told the Legislature, 'Never mind.'"
Click here to read their entire editorial.

1 comment:

Gene G said...

I think the idea of choosing Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate is more political in nature than qualification as VP. McCain is not very popular among Republican conservatives and he is kind of boring (probably due to his old age) to attract new voters support. Sarah Palin's main function is to give a fresh face in able to energize the conservative base and attract new supporters beyond that. Her lack of keen knowledge and experience in both domestic and international affairs doesn't help McCain in the campaign trail, however, they'll be able to use her as an attack dog instead. And that's what she's doing now.

I think John McCain, whatever he do, still will not be president. He knows it from the beginning. The middle class took a heavy beating in the last 8 years from the failed policies of the Bush administration ( high inflation, job loss due to outsourcing, health insurance issue, housing crisis, etc). The middle class is not only ready but so hopeful and excited for a change. There is an on going war against the middle class perpetrated by the rich and wealthy corporation which is supported by influential people in Washington such as the likes of McCain.

There is some concern about the Bradley effect because of Obama's skin color. However, I think it will not have a significant impact in an election during times of economic turmoil. The middle class is at war and although there is conflict within itself (the conflict of race, age and gender)... the great majority of the middle class will pull together as one and ultimately prevail.

McCain and his campaign is in a very difficult situation. They are in a defensive mode all the time. Some says the best defense is offense but their only course of offense is distorted truth through negative attacks. Character assasination if you will. They can't talk about the economy, the war in the middle east or any other issue that is important to the American people. They cannot reach across party aisle because they do not want to rattle the conservative base that Palin seemed to have excited at this point. However, relying on votes coming from their base is simply not enough.

I think Sarah Palin's choice is nothing but a desperate hail Mary move for a losing campaign this election year.