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« Dear Democrats... (Joe) | Main | Dirty Laundry - The Great Equalizer »

September 19, 2008


I can't help but wonder if it's that Palin isn't trusted to campaign by herself, or if it's that McCain needs her there so there will be people at his events!

I think it may be a bit of both. But that the McCainites are afraid to let Palin loose "unescorted" is clearly evident from the attitude of Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager.

Pretty soon, the McCainites will have to be afraid of deploying McCain himself. Another big boo-boo that went relatively unnoticed is highlighted here
But did anyone else notice this, from Wednesday's much-covered McCain-Palin Town Hall event in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Palin answered questions from people in the audience? McCain said this near the end of the clip below, as he's talking up Palin's foreign policy/national security credentials:

"I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges..."

The ceremony Palin attended at Fort Wainwright last week didn't involve the Alaska National Guard. Palin's son is in the Army, and his unit - 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division - deployed to Iraq.

I don't understand why McCain thinks Palin understands America's national security challenges just because her son is in the military. It's as if her son's new proximity to danger means that a detailed set of propositions concerning national security magically finds its way into her consciousness. I thought you had to be tortured by the Vietnamese for that to happen.

Also Phil, don't forget that she can see Russia from her window. That has been touted as sufficient expertise in foreign policy matters (apart from the refueling stop in Ireland).

With McCain, "the deregulator" and Palin, "the security mom" in charge, our money and our physical safety will be in expert hands. As Obama likes to say, "I have a bridge in Alaska I would like to sell you."

Actually, McCain doesn't think that Palin's experience in either national security or foreign affairs is adequate- look at his shifty body language when he is asked in interviews or at podiums about the issue. He knows very well that he is spouting canned campaign soundbites and has trained himself well enough to deliver those lines without gagging, I suspect.
He might have liked to jettison Palin, but now can't, because he will straight lose the 29 percenters who are relishing the prospect of a possible Palin presidency to preside over the aftermath of the Rapture.

Speaking of seeing Russia from her house in Alaska, we've all seen that brilliant SNL skit, right?

I can't see Russia from my house, but I've read several really long Russian novels. In the 1980s, I also spent a lot of time contemplating Paulina Porizkova, who was born a Soviet citizen. Can I be a heartbeat away from the presidency too?

Today Palin made a whirlwind acquaintance of several foreign leaders and political heavy weights like Henry Kissinger at the UN via short meetings and photo-ops. Now we will hear that she has acquired foreign policy creds through handshakes, like the common cold.

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