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Yet Another Look At John McCain’s VP Choice

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Senator John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate was smart, perhaps brilliant, from the standpoint that it was totally unexpected and has obviously shaken things up in both parties, perhaps even more so in the media.

The announcement and its timing took the air out of Barack Obama's acceptance speech and the culmination of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), effectively reducing any 'bounce' in the polls that the Dems might have otherwise enjoyed. There was a reported bounce in most polls, but it was a couple of points less than the norm for candidates coming out of their conventions, and McCain's pick, announced last Friday just hours after the close of the DNC, had a lot to do with that.

Palin's selection was a master stroke from a "Madison Avenue" perspective. She is very appealing in both her look and her story. There certainly are any number of others, including several women within the Republican Party who are far better qualified, but that obviously wasn't what the McCain camp was after.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of Obama's credentials, or how one compares them to Palin's, the fact is that the prospect of her taking the seat behind the Oval Office desk is not a particularly comforting one. Of course, the fact that the White House has been run by a totally inept idiot for the better part of the last eight years should actually give us heart. While overall, the Bush Administration has been an unending cluster fuck, which many Republicans still inexplicably embrace with pride, we can periodically wipe the flop sweat from our collective brow in the knowledge that we haven't all been blown into a pink mist – yet. So, I suppose, in the presumption that Ms. Palin would be "handled" by McCain's surrogates in much the same manner as Mr. Bush, in the event of her ascending to the top spot after, say, another unfortunate 'pretzel' incident that in this (hypothetical) case ends badly, would help ease our angst – and, presumably, hers.

Another element to consider in McCain's VP selection is that now we have two – count 'em, two – Republican nominees who must be handled with kid gloves. The Reps must be mindful of treading lightly over racial matters, but now the Dems must walk on egg shells over both McCain and Palin. The Dems must not besmirch McCain owing to his POW status. Every time a democrat sets out to criticize McCain, their attacks are always prefaced with recognition of McCain's ordeal and praise for his heroism which is proper, but has the effect of taking the edge off of anything they say afterwards.

Now they can't go after Palin regarding, well, about much of anything. Obama and, especially, Biden must be very careful in how they attack her. They can't refer to her being a member of the fairer sex except in praise. They can't touch her family situation. They must be very careful in challenging her evangelical proclivities which are, by the way, significant. And they cannot diminish her "executive" experience as the president of the PTA. They can't even bring up her lack of experience and knowledge regarding international affairs because, as has been aptly pointed out, Russia is so close to Alaska.

Palin and McCain can stand up and challenge Obama and Biden to "Bring it on. Give us your best shot," but do so in the full knowledge that any perception the voting public may have that Dems are piling on, or hitting below the belt will have negative repercussions for them (the Dems.)

I can tell you that being the mayor of a town the size of Wasilla is hardly a full time job. My brother is a friend and former associate of Stan Hooley, the executive director of the Iditarod which has its home base in Wasilla. In that capacity, Mr. Hooley is the second most well known resident of the town next to Her (former) Honor, the Mayor, Ms. Palin. During her mayoral tenure, he met with her on a number of occasions. While she had an office, she did much of her work at home while tending the kids, cooking supper, cleaning her guns, etc., which is fine, even admirable, but that does indicate that the mayor's job in Wasilla was not so demanding that she had to be present in her office everyday.

Joe Wright, the current mayor of Beech Grove, Indiana, a town of around 10000 residents spends more hours in the day tending to his laundromat business than he does on the business of Beech Grove. My brother in-law ran for (and lost) the BG mayor's job to Wright last fall in the knowledge that it would take little time away from his business and that the job offers great health insurance benefits.

The current mayor of Southport, Indiana, a smaller community of around 3500 residents, puts in about 12 to 15 hours a week in that capacity. The gist of this is, let's not make too much out of one's having been the mayor of a small town. In most cases, it's just not that big a whup.

Palin's quick rise to the Alaska governorship is impressive, and her actions and approval rating are, likewise, not to be sniffed at. I would suggest however, that taking on the power structure in Alaska is not quite the same thing as bringing about significant change inside the Beltway. She, along with fellow "maverick" John McCain might shake things up in D.C., but I wouldn't hold my breath. Even if they succeed to some extent in that regard, one must consider whether that is necessarily a good thing. After all, what things do they intend to shake up, and just how do they intend to shake them? What will be the end result? Will any changes they manage to make result in a more efficient, more responsive federal government? Or will it simply create more entanglements, more red tape and more political wrangling?

It has been repeatedly noted that Palin flip-flopped on the 'bridge to nowhere', but not much notice has been paid to the fact that as mayor of Wasilla, largely through the efforts of paid lobbyists, she managed to obtain over 25 million dollars in federal "earmarks" for the town; just the kind of thing that is supposedly anathema to McCain.

Also as governor, she championed a deal which now brings in a payment of $3200 for each and every citizen of Alaska from the oil companies' profits. This arrangement was originally set up in 1982, but Palin formed a coalition with Democrats and some apparently reluctant Republicans in the Alaska legislature to up the ante to the oil companies.

Alaskans pay no state income tax and no sales tax, largely due to the revenue the state gets from big oil. Hmmm. How is that fundamentally different from Obama's campaign promise to tax the oil companies' "windfall" profits? It's okay for Alaska, but not the rest of us? Am I reading that correctly, comrade?

I would venture to guess that had Palin been the Democratic VP choice, the Republicans would have jumped on her just as hard or harder than the Democrats have done. They would have picked over her thin resume in much the same way as is now being done, and it's likely that one or more self-righteous, Bible wielding, evangelical preachers would have risen up in condemnation of her daughter's licentious behavior.

Today, politicians are looked upon in much the same light as celebrities by most people and especially, the media. What did the McCain people expect? It has been no less vicious with Obama. His life has been scoured, picked and prodded up, down and sideways, with all manner of distortions, half truths and outright lies bandied about since he announced his candidacy. Now, that is all topped off with Jerome Corsi's disgusting book, The Obama Nation which has taken all the above noted crap, added more, and condensed it under one convenient cover. This book sits near the top of the New York Times best seller list.

The political arena is not a place for the faint of heart. The scrutiny of Palin is still in its first phases. Many more will follow. It ain't gonna get any easier. All of you folks who claim such indignation at how Palin has been treated are a bit much. Again, what the hell did you expect?

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  • zac

    Hey, I found your blog through google. Yours was one of only 4 they recomended! Cool eh?
    Um… why no comments yet?
    Must be all those personal attacks you won’t allow…
    lol, you suck.
    whoops, only you will see this you cry baby.

  • Clavos

    I believe the payment to the citizens of Alaska is $1200, not $3200, B-tone.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Zac,

    I have to admit that I don’t have the slightest fucking idea what you’re talking about. Just as a note to you though, this article was published about an hour ago. That there were no comments as yet is not unusual.

    But, no. We don’t need personal attacks. We do quite well without them. A number of commenters have been banned for writing them. If you’d like, give it a try. See how long you last. But if you have anything to say, anything meaningful, then say it. We welcome it.

    Oh, by the way, “cry baby” my ass!

    B

  • bill

    after dealing with five days of the worst slime, sarah palin came out and creamed the dems tonight. thanks, sarah, i’ve died and gone to heaven.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Hey, BT, put it this way. So layeth our fears to sleep that Google was screwing us in the search results.

  • nascr

    she’s a whore it will prove in her backround… watch… sorry not a whore a sucker

  • Cannonshop

    Beautiful job, Baritone, material that can be confirmed or debunked by ordinary scholarship without access to secret insights, Mostly-solid criticism, and no Bristol, babies, or theocratic accusations.

    small quibble though- Your example of Beech Indiana, do they have problems with large wildlife entering town, like, say, thousand-pound predatory mammals that have no fear of man and no resistance to eating people, um, issues of cabin fever, or the very real potential of being isolated from outside assistance by weather for weeks at a time? would mid-winter brown-outs kill most of the population in a matter of hours, and are such weather events common on a yearly basis?

    I consider these to be somewhat important, because, generally, a suburb or small town in the lower forty-eight generally doesn’t have a climate and environment capable of killing the residents On a regular basis, combined with the very real probability that outside help is a long, long, way out in terms of time and/or distance. I would rather suspect the job of Mayor, Constable, or even Fireman is a bit more…complex in such an environment than in, say, central Indiana? Just at a guess, I’d suspect Wasilla probably doesn’t have cheap food in the winter, either. it’s that whole short-growing-season thing, you know, along with having to ship lots of stuff in over long distances in a climate that eats highways and doesn’t allow much in the way of stable structural foundations.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Clav,

    According to an article in the Seattle Times the current payout will in fact be around $3200. The original amount of the yearly payout at the outset of the agreement was around $1200. per person. The amount has generally risen each year in irregular increments depending, I suppose, upon the total oil company revenues for the preceding year. The yearly payout set for this year is $2000. However, Gov. Palin, in an effort to help Alaskans in paying for higher fuel prices, allocated an additional $1200 payout which will also come either directly or indirectly from the oil company revenues.

    I do find it curious that despite the large amount of crude oil that Alaska has, fuel prices there are as high or higher than most of the rest of the country.

    B

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Cannon,

    Since I have never lived or even visited Alaska, I can’t answer you directly. No doubt that the weather, the terrain and the presence of man eating animals pose problems not generally found in Indiana. As far as I know, Indiana’s largest predators are Coyotes.

    However, we do have a significant amount of violent crime – at least relative to what most Alaskans deal with. Weatherwise, we have floods, we have tornados, we even have drought and the occasional blizzard.

    The problems facing Alaskans may be unique, but don’t necessarily cause a heavier work load for elected officials than the problems faced in less severe climates.

    In the case of Beech Grove, it is actually totally surrounded by the city of Indianapolis. However, the town maintains its own police and fire departments, runs its own schools, has its own library, and a nice one at that, has its own parks, maintains most of its own infrastructure – streets, sewers, utilities and the like, picks up its own trash, etc. The BG government must work in concert with the Indianapolis/Marion County government in many ways. Yet, given that, the management of the town is not a full time job. Other than police and fire personnel, teachers and school administrators, and a relatively few other individuals in certain capacities, the only person who works full time at the BG town hall is the little old lady who answers the phone to tell you that nobody is there.

    B

  • Cannonshop

    Well, see? Beech Grove is more like a neighbourhood with some autonomy, than a separate political entity that must fend for itself.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    “The BG government must work in concert with the Indianapolis/Marion County government in many ways.” Gee, ya think that’s how it was back in the olden days?

    The amazing coincidence is that just a couple of weeks ago, before Palin was announced, I was actually considering a move to Alaska, for the economic reasons listed above, plus I’m thinking being far removed from the rest of the country is a good thing.

    Perhaps I’m just getting curmudgeonly in my old age.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Cannon,

    Sorry if I’m being dense, but what, exactly, is your point? Do you believe that the factors you mentioned automatically indicate that Sarah Palin had to work her butt off 24/7 as mayor of Wasilla? Was she manning outposts on the edge of town packing heat at 2AM watching for bears?
    Do you speak from first hand experience?

    Does it occur to any of you that two or more governments attempting to work together could be a rather involved affair? That matters not involving Moose invasions might also require time and attention?

    B

  • Cannonshop

    Baritone,It’s okay if you’re a little dense, you write well and defend your side with class.

    Let me try and explain though…

    We’ve got communities like Beech Grove up here in Washington State, the post of “Mayor” is largely ceremonial in such places, because the serious hard lifting is done by the larger political entity upon which they rely for economic support (Bellevue, for instance, or Renton with Seattle.)

    Places like Wasilla don’t Have such entities to draw from. It’s a matter of having to do more, with fewer resources and consequences that can’t be, and won’t be, soaked by someone else. When the mayor of, say, Lake Stevens screws up something, it doesn’t even make a ripple, because most of the people who live there work in Marysville and Everett, or even Seattle.

    I suspect conditions like that are common in Beech Grove Indiana, as well. If there’s an emergency that the Fire Dept. can’t handle in Beech Grove, Indianapolis is there to take the load off (or the county, or the state) and within minutes to hours at that.

    If there’s a fire (say, during summertime) in Wasilla, that fire dept. Better be able to handle it-help’s not on the way for the long-side of hours, or even days. Economic policy under those conditions has immediate impacts that aren’t soaked either. Nobody’s commuting from Wasilla to, say, Anchorage or Fairbanks, or even Juneau on a daily basis for work, and bringing the paycheque home to spend it at a big-box store that draws custom from surrounding suburbs.

    Is it a full time job? Probably more frequently than Beech Grove, but likely not-you’re right about that-there aren’t enough resources to keep bloated staffs and hangers-on “Employed” for full forty hour work-weeks… except when there’s a crisis, during which the mayor of a place like Wasilla can’t have the County or State there to do the job for them.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Nobody’s commuting from Wasilla to, say, Anchorage or Fairbanks, or even Juneau on a daily basis for work

    According to its Wikipedia entry, Wasilla is 43 miles from Anchorage (about an hour’s drive) and about one-third of the townsfolk do indeed make a daily commute to the big city.

    In fact, according to Dave, Wasilla’s relative proximity to Anchorage makes it a suburb…

  • Clavos

    According to its Wikipedia entry, Wasilla is 43 miles from Anchorage (about an hour’s drive) and about one-third of the townsfolk do indeed make a daily commute to the big city.

    Including the Killa from Wasilla herself, as governor.

  • troll

    what became of Juneau – ?

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    troll, you must forgive Clav. He’s the resident grammar Nazi, not the geography Nazi.

  • Clavos

    Har de har, Doc. You both know what I meant…

  • troll

    a common error – and in fairness there has been a strong push over the years to move the capital up north where many state offices are already located

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    I had a vision that there must be times in and around Wasilla that all there is to do is sit around and watch the snow, you know, sort of like watching paint dry, only colder. It seems to me that the day to day in that part of the world is, to say the least, more laid back.

    Surely as you note, Cannon, there are times of crisis, but otherwise I see life there more like being a fireman – a lot of sitting around interspersed with a relative few moments of chaos. That is actually what I have come to believe is part of the allure of the place – that everything goes slower and the blood pressure remains in check.

    B

  • Dan

    I think Palin pretty well laid to rest any qualms about how her (bottom of the ticket) executive experience stacks up to Obama’s (top of the ticket) lack there of.

    Obama has now had to resort to citing the management of his multi-million dollar campaign budget as an example of his executive experience.

    Obama’s problem is that Sarah Palin offers a totally transparent, open-book look at her history of experience. People of qualified integrity can vouch for it.

    To get a look at Obama’s means sifting through a myriad of delusional racist’s, unrepentant terrorists, and Syrian National/convicted felon/ slum lords. What Bill Clinton refers to as Chicago thug politics.

    “it’s likely that one or more self-righteous, Bible wielding, evangelical preachers would have risen up in condemnation of her daughter’s licentious behavior.”

    Now that it’s been done to a strong Republican woman, we needn’t worry if it is likely or not.

    It’s also likely that those savage morons who are smashing windows, and assaulting police are Obama supporters, but I haven’t seen that question posed.

  • Jordan Richardson

    So the basic message here appears to be that any executive experience is better than nothing. Even if it’s bad executive experience, it’s still better than nothing.

    Are you people fucking serious?

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Most of the “window smashers” are actually NOT Obama supporters. They are beyond supporting any main stream politicians.

    B

  • Cannonshop

    Nobody’s commuting from Wasilla to, say, Anchorage or Fairbanks, or even Juneau on a daily basis for work

    According to its Wikipedia entry, Wasilla is 43 miles from Anchorage (about an hour’s drive) and about one-third of the townsfolk do indeed make a daily commute to the big city.

    In fact, according to Dave, Wasilla’s relative proximity to Anchorage makes it a suburb…

    Ya got me, Doc. A map check shows you’re right.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    So, Wasilla may NOT be so vulnerable to those bear and moose invasions, no?

    B

  • Dan

    “Most of the “window smashers” are actually NOT Obama supporters. They are beyond supporting any main stream politicians.”

    Of course. It wouldn’t be fair to say they’re “for” Obama. We could probably agree though, that they are for “change”. Still, they weren’t smashing windows in Denver.

    Oprah Winfrey has a dilemma now though. According to Drudge, many of her fans have been pestering her to have Palin interviewed, but Oprah is blocking, like she did with Clarence Thomas last year. Despite having Obama as a guest, twice, she say’s she doesn’t want to have her show used as a political platform.

    I agree with you that Palin’s being a woman will make it hard for Democrats to attack her, but then that is the game that they themselves have engineered. They just never gave adequate consideration to what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.

    On the other hand, Obama finally found the courage to accept Bill O’reilly’s invitation, and was promptly undressed. While repeatedly having his feet held to the fire concerning the surge in Iraq he admitted “…it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

    That can’t be good for him. Especially since, Joe Biden has been going around saying that the handover of Anbar Province to the Iraqi’s, and the natural withdraw of troops from a successful mission is somehow an acknowledgement by Bush that he finally understands the correctness of Obama’s surge position.

  • Cannonshop

    I give you your point, Baritone, and accept the (appropriate) hazing that is sure to follow. (as in, I dun screwed up.)

    Still, for a while my mom (newly divorced then) and us kids were located in Fairbanks, and there was, indeed, a moose that did wander into our back-yard. (then again, it was the seventies, I was very small, and the only memory I personally have of the event was a picture mom took out the kitchen window.) This was before my (then newly divorced) mom moved us back to Colorado, where she could make a decent living.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Hey, I live in suburban Indianapolis and we have coyotes, fox and deer running through our back yard. I know it’s not bear or moose, but it’s still a relatively new development around here. I guess it’s because we keep encroaching on their habitat and they have nowhere to go. Or, maybe they just like suburban living.

    Oh, and back to Palin: It seems that the Republican ticket now has its own celebrity, its own rock star; their own version of Paris Hilton, but one who packs heat. Sarah “Annie Oakley” Palin!

    Around here in Indy we have “soccer moms.” I’m told that the main difference between soccer moms and hockey moms is that the latter generally have a fewer teeth. {;%)>

    B

  • Jordan Richardson

    Around here in Indy we have “soccer moms.” I’m told that the main difference between soccer moms and hockey moms is that the latter generally have a fewer teeth.

    Pretty much.

  • bliffle

    Alaska is the biggest welfare state in the nation, but that doesn’t stop a lot of blustering fake conservatives in plaid shirts from running around telling everyone what rugged individualists they are because they know how to field dress a moose.

    If we pulled the federal tit away 90% of them would dry up and blow away.

  • troll

    I’m waiting for the article: ‘Sarah Palin – The Chavez of the North’

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    The difference between Palin and Chavez is that Palin actually distributed oil profits to her people, while Chavez promised to do so and instead funneled all the money to his cronies.

    Dave

  • http://www.ncwyt.wordpress.com johng

    “I do find it curious that despite the large amount of crude oil that Alaska has, fuel prices there are as high or higher than most of the rest of the country.”

    -just guessing: if there are no refineries in AK, the stuff has to go south and be distilled, cracked, and made into your octane grade, then shipped back to your AK gas station; getting back to AK probably is expensive compared to where else it goes from the refinery.

    For all I know, the gas you get in AK just as likely comes from a hole in the ground just south of Abu Dabi….

  • bliffle

    Indeed, it is so, for oil is fungible.

  • Franco

    Baritone says…….

    “It has been repeatedly noted that Palin flip-flopped on the ‘bridge to nowhere’, but not much notice has been paid to the fact that as mayor of Wasilla, largely through the efforts of paid lobbyists, she managed to obtain over 25 million dollars in federal “earmarks” for the town; just the kind of thing that is supposedly anathema to McCain.”

    Barack Obama for the first time yesterday took a shot at Palin, scoffing at her boast that she’s an anti-earmark “champion.”

    Palin took note of Obama’s shot later yesterday at a rally in Albuquerque, saying she was surprised he had brought it up since he is responsible for “nearly $1 billion in earmarks in just three years … that’s about a million dollars a day.” She paused. “Just wait until President John McCain puts a stop to that.”

  • Surfer

    B-tone: “Hey, I live in suburban Indianapolis and we have coyotes, fox and deer running through our back yard”

    Hey, I live in suburban New South Wales, and we have nasty kangaroos with sharp claws, about a million species of highly venomous snakes and killer spiders, giant veranda-eating cockatoos, and various other marsupials and fearsome mammals sleeping in our trees or running through OUR backyards. On top of that, the seas are awash with poisonous critters, and there are nasty sharks with very sharp teeth all over the coastline. And up in sunny Queensland, they’re knee-deep in cane toads and man-eating crocodiles.

    Beat that B-tone … Polar Bears? Phhht!

  • Franco

    Baritone says…….

    “They would have picked over her thin resume in much the same way as is now being done”.

    Her resume is anything but thin, and doubly so when compared to Obama. And he is running for precedent and she is not. Let the pick, it only makes Obama look less qualified.

    Obama campaign of Smoke and Mirrors and lots of flash without any substance is getting nauseating. His speeches, along with your posts are full of empty rhetoric, and his attacks, like yours, on his opponents are cowardly smoke and mirror side step cover-ups.

    Just the latest case in point:

    In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Obama was asked about whether his experience in the U.S. Senate compares to Palin’s executive experience running the state of Alaska and as the small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

    Obama said…..“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the past couple of years.”

    Notice that Anderson Cooper’s question concerns Sarah Palins experience as both Governor and Mayor. Look at how smoothly Obama sidesteps that answer by first calling her Governor, and then tries to belittle it by associating that experience with her hometown when she was mayor.

    Obama didn’t answer the question, and he set up a straw man argument in response to Cooper.

    Obama blithely pretends that she’s still the mayor of “Wasilly” in order to boost himself. However, running for office isn’t executive experience, for one good reason: Obama isn’t the campaign manager. He has a CEO actually running the campaign, handling the budget, and managing the people while Obama makes the speeches.

    Here are the facts that Obama is trying to smoke and mirror out of the way so he dose not have to answer honestly because the truth would hurt way too much.

    Sarah Palin is Governor of a state with hundreds of thousands of people, close to 700,000 to be exact, which has a 9 billion dollar budget, manages the country’s 7th largest economy, and runs a government that employs 25,000 people and the Americans in that fine State support here dearly.

    For Barack Obama to lower himself to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and it’s very disturbing. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy as superior to Governor Sarah Palin’s executive experience managing a budget of over 10 billion dollar dollars, and more than 24,000 employees.”

    If this is Obama’s best response on the experience question, then Americans should be asking themselves harder questions and taking a closer look for themselves because the MSM will not be doing it for you.

    One more thing to consider. Governors have more tried and truely tested executive experience than senators. Senators have the luxury of taking time to research issues and play out party politices. Governors are continually tested time and time again with having to make immediate decisions. Governors of states have a similar experience as Presidents because the State Government is a microcosm of the Federal Government. Palin is going to feel right at home as VP. Shoes, which Obama has no experience in filling, and he is running for President. You do the math.

  • Franco

    Baritone says…….

    “Obama life has been scoured, picked and prodded up, down and sideways, with all manner of distortions, half truths and outright lies bandied about since he announced his candidacy”.

    The Obama Nation which has taken all the above noted crap, added more, and condensed it under one convenient cover. This book sits near the top of the New York Times best seller list”.

    In contrast to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has not been vetted at all, not even by Democrats. Even today Obama is largely an unknown to all but a small handful of dogged political professionals.

    Baritone’s claims that Jerome Corsi book “The Obama Nation” is full of all manner of distortions with out backing up his assertion makes them impotent and that would also be the case with Jerome Corsi if he did the same. The question then is, did he?.

    From the ‘The Obama Nation’ By JEROME R. CORSI

    “My intent in writing this book is to fully document all arguments and contentions I make, extensively footnoting all references, so readers can determine for themselves the truth and validity of the factual claims”.

    “I have never been a registered member of the Republican or Democratic Party, unless voting in some particular state primary over the past forty years necessitated that result. The only political party I ever consciously joined is the Constitution Party, of which I am a registered member in the state of New Jersey, where I currently reside. Let me also clearly state that I am writing this book strictly to examine and oppose Barack Obama, not to support Senator John McCain or any other Republican Party or third-party candidate for the presidency.”

    “Finally, let me clearly state that this book has been written solely on my initiative. There has been no attempt made, nor will there be any attempt made, to communicate the shape or contents of this book with anyone in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Constitution Party, or in any third party with a candidate running for the presidency.”

    It dose not get anymore politically unbiased then that. And because the MSM will not lift a finger to help Americans understand Obama better, thank goodness this book sits near the top of the New York Times best seller list”.

    Read America, Read!

    For in closer inside look at the author of The Obama Nation see this review.

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  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Surfer, #36:

    As I’ve remarked many times, it’s a wonder any of you Aussies make it to adulthood. There’s absolutely no doubt that the environment of Australia is Out To Get You.

    Kind of makes Alaska look like Disney World…!

  • STM

    While some us grow old Doc, most of us never actually make it to adulthood. Witness this exchange to follow (Dave, Clav, B-tone, troll, et al, this will amuse you guys too)

    I know your interest in the amazing parliamentary orator Paul Keating and the boring little Johnny Howard.

    Here’s a little treat for you – a near apoplectic censure motion moved in the Australian Federal Parliament by Howard when he was Leader of the Opposition, against then Prime Minister Keating, back in the early ’90s. It’s hilarious, and the first time I’ve seen Howard really lose his cool.

    The best part, however, is Keating’s teasing, contemptuous reply. Americans, I fear, will think it the most shocking thing they’ve ever seen in terms of political exchange in a so-called “civilised setting”.

    But as you know, Doc, it’s how we do it in a parliamentary democracy. You have to watch both bits to get it, and IMO it’s really bloody entertaining.

    Great prime-time political TV, and I reckon Sarah Palin would be a walk-up start Down Under. We need a moose-griller from Wasilla (a ‘roo eater from Cabarita???) in parliament because the current PM could bore for Australia – and win Gold.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Imagine a brawl between Nancy Pelosi and a Vice President Palin during a joint session of Congress next year. That would get some serious ratings! Palin’s a pit bull and Pelosi’s a werewolf.

  • STM

    Here’s some more recent stuff guys: Great Moments in Australian Politics Parts One and Two (For those not in the know, Peter Garrett is the current Federal Environment Minister, and former lead singer of the rock band Midnight Oil :)

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Keating’s parliamentary diatribe is legendary. According to Bill Bryson in his book In a Sunburned Country, the former PM is recorded as having referred to his political opponents as ‘scumbags’, ‘pieces of criminal garbage’, ‘stupid foul-mouthed grubs’, ‘mangy maggots’ and others. Whether any of those outbursts were caught for posterity by the cameras, I don’t know.

  • STM

    Doc, in his reply above in those two main links, he really gives it to Howard … suggesting he’s dragged his carcass back to the front bench, etc. It’s hilarious.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Yep, it was great stuff. Johnny must’ve thought he’d scored the winning try with his onslaught, even though Keating was sitting there the whole time making notes and apparently not even listening.

    What was the result of that censure motion, BTW?

    As you know, I’m well used to that style of debate from watching the UK parliament – although we Brits tend to go heavier on the sardonic humour and ease off slightly on the direct insults!

  • STM

    Doc: Censure motion was lost on the numbers. It was just a bit of political theatre staged by Howard, who was never a great orator but was trying to have a go. There’s nothing like this is the American system in terms of debate in the house, despite the campaign rhetoric getting fiery at times … more’s the pity, which is probably why Bryson liked it so much.

    Recently the Oppsition brought a life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Prime Minister into the House, because Rudd was up in the Northern Territory doing something. Hilarious. It’s a toss-up as to whether the real Rudd or the fake one is more interesting. The fake one wins in my book.

    It’s all a great day out too :)

  • Cannonshop

    #20
    “Alaska is the biggest welfare state in the nation…

    and who made it that way? Who closed off most of the state to development, and forced it onto the federal teat in the seventies?

    The problem you seem to have, in my eyes, Jet, is that after being shoved onto the dole, the Alaskans have the discourtesy of blaming the Feds, instead of being good, grateful, guaranteed voters for the party of the Welfare State.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    It’s a toss-up as to whether the real Rudd or the fake one is more interesting. The fake one wins in my book.

    Maybe, but just when you think he’s as dry as the Simpson Desert, he goes and does something like that ‘incident’ in NYC.

    What strikes me, though, is just how uncomfortable the Rudds and Howards of this world seem to be with the whole state of Aussieness. The mere donning of a suit seems to cause Howard to seek communion with the carpet, and Rudd can’t even down a beer without looking terminally awkward and embarrassed.

    Keating, as ridiculously flashy and poncy as his suits were, at least seemed at ease with who he was.