Monthly Archives: August 2008

Palin not the Mom? It’s Not the “Crime,” It’s the Cover-Up

Nobody should know better than Republicans that it’s not the crime or misdeed that brings down a political life, it’s the cover-up. Rumors are swirling that Sarah Palin is a grandmother, that her 16 year old daughter is really the mother of her new 5 month old baby with Downs syndrome.

Now, I guess suddenly being referred to as grandma is one way to counter concerns about her inexperience; but the real question here has to do with John McCain’s judgment. Seems he doesn’t have any. The McCain campaign is conceding there was not much of a vetting process before the Senator chose Palin as his running mate, and as a result, who knows what else might yet befall this “charlie brown” candidacy.  Beyond that, imagine what this sort of judgment means for a commander in chief whose bellicosity and lack of foresight could make the Bush Administration seem downright reasonable.

All the superficial evidence gives some credence to the veracity of the story: Family photos taken when Palin would have been 5 or 6 months pregnant have been removed from her website; photos on the web however, show her 16 year old daughter with a belly bump that is consistent with her being pregnant. BTW, Sarah never looked pregnant, during her pregnancy, according to photos and people who met with her during this time.  The daughter also dropped out of school during the last months of her mom’s supposed pregnancy, for having mono.  Is there a physician’s note anywhere?

With all these questions, it seems imperative for the McCain campaign to address them in a press conference, or at least issue a press release, with reasonable proof that the governor is the mom.  Again, an unwed child mother is no reason to disqualify sarah palin from the vice presidency, but it does raise questions about judgment and cover-up.  couple this with her trooper-gate scandal and suddenly she no longer seems a “maverick reformer.”  Also says something about the Republican team’s commitment to family values, coupling this story to McCain’s own problem with adultery.  The alternative, of course, is that rumors will continue to swirl.  

At least, in the meantime, Sarah Palin’s newfound celebrity finds a parallel in Brittney Spear’s younger sister, the 16 year old new mom, Jamie Lynne.  Who knew the Spears’ family would have become the meme for the ’08 campaign.


The Bottom Line: Somebody needs to investigate this, connect the dots. should be easy enough to do. Either you are pregnant or not! hospital records, doctor’s records, eye witness accounts, Bristol’s doctors note telling school she had mono….

for more:


tpm cafe talk w/ photos

worth looking into?


good questions


Top 10 Why Palin is Stupidest Choice Ever

Rachel Maddow calls the Palin choice a LOL Quayle like decision.
Here’s why:
1) knows less about foreign policy than McCain knows about the economy.

2) by own admission, hasn’t followed that Iraq thing

3) former Republican opponent calls her lightweight and vague on Alaska state issues

4) supported Ted Stevens’ bridge to no-where before she said today she opposed it.

5) is a creationist

6) opposes abortion

7) thinks global warming is myth

8) is under investigation and going to be deposed in Alaska trooper-gate scandal

9) called Hillary Clinton a whiner before seeking Hillary voters

10) on October 2 debates Joe Biden

and for good measure:

11) doesn’t like polar bears

McCain Veep Pick Palin Under Investigation

No sooner had John McCain made his Veep decision public than press accounts began to surface of an abuse of power investigation against his choice, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Now Alaska is so full of corruption investigations at the moment, that the mere mention of another investigation sends Alaskans running for cover. Still, the last week of July, 2008, the Alaska legislative council voted unanimously formally to investigate the sitting governor for abuse of her power as governor.

Here’s the gist of what the press accounts suggest:

1) Palin’s husband and members of her administration made dozens of phone calls to Alaska Public safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to get him to fire Trooper Mike Wooten (Palin’s former bro-in law), who is going thru a messy divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister.

2) Monegan refused to fire Wooten.

3) Palin dismissed Monegan.

4) The legislative council investigation will cost taxpayers an estimated $100,000.

Alaskans must have very mixed feelings this morning that their governor’s newfound celebrity will shed a great deal of light upon the state’s corruptions investigations and trials.  The Ted Stevens corruption charges and bribery and conspiracy trial may have to share the limelight with Governor Palin’s legal woes.


for more, see

TPM on Palin Scandal

Wiki gets scoop: It’s McCain-Palin

just posted on wikipedia for sarah Palin:


Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and a member of the Republican Party. She is the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. She is theRepublican vice presidential candidate for the November 2008 election. Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders,[1] she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election.

On August 29, the Associated Press reported that “speculation [has] moved to [Palin as a] darkhorse” pick for the vice president running mate slot by presumptive Republican nomineeJohn McCain.[2] The CNBC news service is now reporting that Palin will in fact be the GOP vice-presidential nominee.[3] She is reported to be a possible choice for the Republican Party’s nomination as Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election. Formal announcement of the presumptive nominee will be made in Dayton, Ohio on August 29, 2008, by Presidential candidate John McCain. On 29 August, CNN confirmed that Palin was the running mate for Senator McCain.[4]

Question: Won’t this choice focus attention on Ted Stevens indictment and Republican Party corruption?

Will. on Barack’s Celebrity just told luke russert that there is nothing wrong with celebrity as republicans are applying the term to Obama
Bottom line: john McCain is jealous.
Nothing wrong with Obama having gained reknown for his accomplishments and ideas. To the contrary. This is the essence of politics: gaining popularity thru the force of argument.
John McCain would, if only he could.
McCain can’t even give away tickets for his veep announcement tomorrow. Really think McCain doesn’t want to fill venues? C’mon

Hillary, Bill and Joe OK, but Look to Michelle and Jill

Hillary, Bill and Joe set the table for Barack who must deliver the speech of his life tomorrow night in mile high stadium.  Still,  the most telling moments came far away from the podium. The real story could be found in the body language of candidate spouses and family who are in on all the big decisions.  

Consider the following:

Regarding the speakers themselves, their words were compelling but they could have spoken even more forcefully to close the deal for Barack.  Hillary could have and should have reminded her supporters that McCain is a right to life candidate who will appoint right to life judges.  Bill was vintage Bill and he did a great job reminding voters that Barack is ready, but Joe seemed constrained by the text (new writers?), as I am hearing Chuck Todd suggesting. 

But, as Rachel Maddow adroitly pointed out, the democrats could and should have gone after Bush Administration abuses of power, and they didn’t. No mention of Cheney by name and little mention of Bush? I don;t get it. It is not a matter of playing nice. This is a matter of the constitution and rule of law.

The words last evening do not bode well for a truth and reconciliation commission to reveal Bush administration crimes against the state.  No accountability. Again, it doesnt make sense. No Gitmo, no abu -grahb, no us attorney scandal, nothing but an oblique reference to the fear instilled by the image of VP Cheney on the phone; no reference to David Addington or John Yoo.  This is the real red meat which could have and should have reminded voters of one of the most lawless regimes in history, and more of the same mccain.

What gives?

So, to find some red meat, i turned to the sidelines. But then again, the real insights of the week go to the quick glances of Michelle Obama grimacing as Bill started to speak , blocking the camera view of her face with her hands during much of his speech, only to smile in relief and some delight at some of the president’s truly laudatory passages comparing barack to a Bill Clinton in 1992. The insight here is inside stuff, but revealing: no trust between Clintons and Obamas; the Obama campaign was pretty nervous about the speech.  Next, the shot of Michelle wiping tears as Beau introduced his dad did more to humanize Michelle and Barack than her brilliant but somewhat contrived monday night speech.   And then, Jill Biden’s pride of her hubby as Joe began to speak did more to connect Barack to the heartland than anything Biden subsequently said from the podium.

So, here is what I think was achieved last night: it was not so much that the democrats stole the republican thunder on national security and foreign policy, (a theme in Biden’s speech), but they stole a more subtle virtue from the repubs, the republican thunder on family values (compare Barack and Joe with McCain’s philandering), an issue that may well have won the election for bush-cheney in ’04.

and perhaps this is what they intended to do.

(Pre-Hillary) Post-Partisan Democratic Convention= McCain Presidency

Mark Warner reached out to small town rural voters in southern virginia and for this he deserves some credit. He also helped himself lock up a senate seat this november. He alluded to Republicans being the party of the past, and that is as far as he went to draw red meat distinctions between Obama and McCain.  Much of the speech emphasized blurring all partisan distinctions all together. Fine. It might help him in Virginia, but will assure Obama’s defeat.

Problem is, polls show McCain has gained 2 or so points in the polls since the Democratic Convention started. Gallup has McCain 2 points up on Obama.  The dems have an audience of 30-40 million per night this week. Next week, the Republicans will make full use of their audience share. They will torch Obama and Biden with lies and distortions; will frame McCain– successfully by the way– that McCain is ubber partisan, that is, that he transcends partisanship because McCain= Country.  Anything McCain is everything American.  And, as we have seen for the past 8 years and for the past 2 months, the Republicans may be bereft of ideas but that are experts in scorch, burn (the opposition) and sell (themselves). 

The dems. are blowing it right now.   As Eugene Robinson just pointed out,  no one has yet mentioned the words, torture, Cheney or Iraq.   Hey Dems. What gives?


nte: this was written before Hillary’s speech. She shifted the dynamic.