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In a day’s time we now have discovered that Palin’s visit to the Irag combat zone wasn’t much more than her visit to Ireland, and she’s hired at least five high school friends with questionable credentials to well paid state jobs. If this doesn’t reveal the true Palin to those who think she’s a reformer I don’t know what will.
Sarah Palin’s visit to Iraq in 2007 consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait, the vice presidential candidate’s campaign said yesterday, in the second official revision of her only trip outside North America.
Following her selection last month as John McCain’s running mate, aides said Palin had traveled to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq to meet with members of the Alaska National Guard. During that trip she was said to have visited a “military outpost” inside Iraq. The campaign has since repeated that Palin’s foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.
and was picked up by The Washington Post in an article HERE that also notes a Bloomberg article that indicates the McCain camp has been vastly overestimating the crowd sizes at McCain/Palin events (23,000 vs. 8,000). I’d say this is a polite way of saying they were lying.
John McCain’s running mate has faced questions about her foreign policy credentials. In her interview with ABC News on Thursday, Palin referred to her 2007 trip, which also included a stop in Germany, as a life-changing experience. She did not mention Iraq in the interview.
“That was a trip of a lifetime, to visit troops in Kuwait and stop and visit injured soldiers in Germany,” she said. “That was a trip of a lifetime. And it changed my life.”
Did she think nobody would notice that somehow Iraq dropped out of her international travel resume?
Perhaps she did. As we now know from a New York Times article, aparently she’s accustomed to getting away with a hell of a lot. To use Charlie Gibson’s term, the woman has hubris.
In a long expose the New York Times reveals even more disturbing information about this so-called reformer:
Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.
So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.
Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.
When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects. A great deal of work went into putting together this expose and I recommend you read it “In Office, Palin Hired Friends and Hit Critics” HERE
Perhaps in addition to her being able to lie without guilt and her penchant for secrecy, the most disturbing quote attributed to Palin leads me to say that nobody in their right mind would do anything, including voting for a third party, to put her in line to the presidency:
Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin’s first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.
“I said, ‘You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,’ ” Ms. Chase recalled. “She replied, ‘I want to be president.’ ”
Best related Sunday OpEd
WITH all due deference to lipstick, let’s advance the story. A week ago the question was: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? The question today: What kind of president would Sarah Palin be?
It’s an urgent matter, because if we’ve learned anything from the G.O.P. convention and its aftermath, it’s that the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive. This unmentionable truth, more than race, is now the real elephant in the room of this election.
Our Messed Up Media
The competition between news organization is beneficial to the public when it leads them to devote resources to investigative journalism. Examples are the Boston Globe uncovering the lie about Palin’s Iraq visit to a combat area, and the New York Times exposing the vendettas, censorship, cronyism and secrecy practiced by Palin in her two elected positions.
The competition is decidedly unhelpful when other news organizations ignore the such revelations in their own reporting. An example this morning was on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos when three OpEds in the Sunday NY Times were mentioned, and nobody brought up the front page article.
On Meet the Press Sen. Chuck Schummer mentioned the NY Times article about cronyism but Brokaw didn’t follow up on it.
On Face the Nation with Bob Scheiffer with a show focus on Sarah Palin and four female guests, former Massachusetts Jane Swift -R- (one of the least popular governors ever), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz -D-, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison – R – (a far more qualified VP candidate than Palin), Gov. Janet Napolitano -D-. Each gave their party talking points about Palin.
Bob Scheiffer failed as a journalist because he didn’t bring up the Boston Globe or the New York Times revelations. Wasserman-Shultz brought up the lie about going to Iraq. Schieffer never took the lead but had to follow up on the Iraq visit story since Wasserman-Shultz brought it up. Viewers can decide for themselves how relevant a lie it was that she embellished that she never got more than a quarter mile into Iraq into sounding like a visit to a combat zone in Iraq. Swift tried to defend this somehow saying that she really did go into Iraq.
Nopbody on Face the Nation mentioned the cronyism described in the NY Times.
Does anybody want to volunteer to watch Sarah Palin’s interview with Sean Hannity on Fox on Tuesday and Wednesday (LINK) and report back to our readers?
If the lies above are big ones, let’s not discount the little ones. For example:
I grew up before the most famous pig among folks today, the wonderful Miss Piggy. Of course there were the The Little Pigs and the nasty wolf, and Porky Pig and Petunia (left from Wiki) the first pig who actually wore lipstick. All of these pigs were wonderful. If they were real I’d gladly have them to a kosher dinner.
Now with Palin and McCain lamenting that Obama’s lipstick on a pig reference was a personal sexist insult, and their other dirty political lies, I’d sooner have the wolf, if he survives being hunted by Palin’s airborne friends, to dinner than Palin.
At least when the wolf huffs and puffs he’s not pretending to be your friend.