McCain resorts to Rovian Swift-boating

Well the time has finally come for the McCain camp to throw off the last shred of decency that once defined him.  In what will be the start of some of the worst campaign trail poisonous attacks, McCain has allowed Obama’s tenuous relations with Bill Ayers become the forefront of their attacks.  He even let the PitBull loose to make a comment about “pallin’ around with terrorists.” I guess math wasn’t her strong subject as Ayers is a single person (maybe the “s” fooled her) and has been diavowed to any connection to Obama by numerous investigators.  I suppose Palin would know about America-hating extremeists, being that she spoke at one of their conferences…

So what will the voters take from all of this?  With all the negativity coming from Washington and Wall Street, is it a good idea to start maliciously calling names and attacking loosely connected associates?  America needs solutions and leaders.  We have enough to be angry about from the past 7 years, why does John McCain think that giving America one more political ulcer will do anything more than hurt the so-called Maverick platform of “unity” and reform?  Seems to me that someone needs to tell the RNC that employing the same Rovian strategists that once cut down McCain in 2000, isn’t a mode of reform, it is actually near pathologically destructive behavior.  This sort of poor judgment is conceptually on par with John McCain hiring his North Vietnamese torturers to  head up his cabinet on interrogation reform.

You can’t call something reform if the form it takes is the same as before.

I am glad to see the Obama campaign calling the McCain camp on this series of attacks and hope to see them fight back with real leadership.  If the world has not yet seen how unimaginably unprepared Palin is to be a part of the national government, they need to step back and look again.  Now before someone lashes back at me about “her experience,”  I just want to say that I wouldn’t give a pair of scissors to my infant to run around with anymore than they should have supplied Palin with cutting words such as terrorist.


Not really a maverick

After more and more questionable practices arise to complicate the “reform” image of Sarah Palin, I began to wonder if the McCain campaign forgot to check their dictionaries. By that I mean that Palin isn’t really a maverick, but a bit more of a renegade.

maverick: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

renegade: an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

As was reported in the New York Times, Palin practiced an amzing amount of cronyism once becoming Governor and allegedly abused her executive position to punish those that did not bend to her political will. So in this she may not be too far removed from the current administration, but introducing such activity en masse into an already overspent and questionable government system, doesn’t make you a maverick.  It would be fair to say that it doesn’t make you a renegade either, but when a politician runs on a platform or reform and moral veracity; actions such as these show your character as nothing more than a thin veil of campaign rhetoric.

Economically speaking, Palin and the McCain campaign continue to uphold the fully debunked story of the “Bridge to Nowhere.”  They also continue to tout her “sweeping” cuts of the budget, including the elimination of wasteful earmarks previously requested by her predecessors.  Where it may be true that she eliminated a number of wasteful line items, Alaska remains what some would call a Welfare state.  For a population so small (less than 700k people) they receive an unbalanced amount of funding.  So much so, that the government routinely supplies over $3500 worth of federal aid per capita, making Alaska number one in government handouts.  So once again, perpetuating this type of government sponsored handout system doesn’t make her a maverick of the Republicans, but more of a Renegade Republican (some would even call a Democrat).

So we are back to weighing her “maverick” status when it comes to transparent government.  Something that fueled her motives regarding earmarks and to begin the slow rise of the new Populist-right rhetoric.  Before she was a VP candidate, Palin was already under investigation for allegations of political bullying and misuse of power.  When confronted about this investigation, Palin assured the public that she would cooperate with the non-partisan committee to settle this issue.  However, the political machine that is the McCain campaign has declared this state sponsored investigation “tainted” and stated that Palin will not answer their questions.  So much for good will and transparent government.  Then again I guess you don’t have to worry about transparent statements if you refuse to speak at all.  It seems I have heard this dance before.  As this fiasco continues, Palin has even gone so far as to point the finger at Barrack Obama for contaminating her pristine political refuge.  Scary how this “maverick” continues to go along with the paranoid Right wing conservative stance that the world is out to get us.  One would think the conventional behavior in being investigated would be to cooperate and prove your innocence.  To obstruct that process by misleading the public and parlor theatrics is not only unethical and par for this administration’s course, but dare I say it being a renegade against law abiding citizen standards.

I could continue, but writing this is making me almost as depressed as realizing how many in the public seem to be ignoring the facts laid out before them.  Being a tough talking mom, who goes to church and can memorize a series of carefully crafted scripts doesn’t qualify you for that “new reform candidate”; it makes you the lead in a community theater production of the King and I.    Let’s face it, if she was ready to lead would the campaign be so keen on hiding her from the public?

Karl Rove says “Too Far”???
September 15, 2008, 10:58 am
Filed under: John McCain, Karl Rove, McCain | Tags: , ,

From the Washington Post

All I can say is that when Karl Rove thinks your campaign has gone “too far” that is kinda like Liberace calling your outfit a bit “flashy.”