John McCain Doesn’t Care About Vets

1 comment August 31st, 2008at 05:55pm Posted by Eli

I’d call it unbelievable, but it isn’t, really:

The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process. But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.

On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin’s hometown newspaper.

How does he know? The paper’s (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.

“No one else had requested access before,” said the source. “It’s unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn’t.”


If true, the failure of the Arizona Republican to access the newspaper clippings becomes another in a growing list of revelations that calls into question just how and why he made his decision to choose Palin. A rudimentary clip search, such as this, is presidential politics 101 as campaigns not only look for the majority of background information on any high-level appointee, but also try to prepare themselves from future attacks.

It has been previously reported that the McCain campaign did not contact Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, who Palin pushed to have fired after he refused to remove her sister’s former husband from the state’s police force. That controversy, an investigation of which will be made public in late October, could cause major headaches for Palin in the days leading up to the election.

In addition, the former Republican House Speaker of Alaska, Gail Phillips, admitted to reporters that she was shocked by McCain’s choice of Palin, as “his advance team didn’t come to Alaska to check her out.”

I think the only serious vetting Palin received was ideological.  If she’s good enough for the religious right, she’s good enough for the totally independent-minded, not-at-all-beholden-to-anybody Maverick McCain.

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  August 31st, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Call me a pessimist, but I don’t think the Monegan thing is going to hurt the ticket all that much. The results of the investigation will (conveniently) be released just before the election. That should give the press plenty of time to pooh-pooh it beforehand, and the average American voter, idiot that he is, will just put it down to a he said, she said sort of thing. The only reason for optimism is that nearly 80% of Alaskans don’t believe Palin’s side of the story.

    The woman has an 80 percent approval rating in Alaska. She left her town with a crushing debt as mayor, and hasn’t done much good as governor, yet she’s wildly popular. Never discount the combination of looks and self-assurance in American politics.

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