Sunday, September 14, 2008

How Little We Know ...

Boy, that Palin Truth Squad, as we alluded to last evening, sure has its' creepy, spidery fingers, and hands, full today.

Since the Stumblin' Bumblin' McCain Campaign has left it up to the media to vet Mommy Mayor Moose, Vice President, Sarah "I'm not really a Vice-Presidential candidate, I just play one on the campaign trail" Palin, vet, indeed is what is being done.

Along with the NYT, The Washington Post rings in today with "As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood", and we get more of the fractured picture of the Wasilla Whiz Kid;

But a visit to this former mining supply post 40 miles north of Anchorage shows the extent to which Palin's mayoralty was also defined by what it did not include. The universe of the mayor of Wasilla is sharply circumscribed even by the standards of small towns, which limited Palin's exposure to issues such as health care, social services, the environment and education.

Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town's day-to-day management. Her top achievement as mayor was the construction of an ice rink, a project that landed in the courts and cost the city more than expected.

Arriving in office, Palin herself played down the demands of the job in response to residents who worried that her move to oust veteran officials would leave the town in the lurch. "It's not rocket science," Palin said, according to the town newspaper, the Frontiersman. "It's $6 million and 53 employees."

Along with this, Maureen Dowd weighs in, with her excursion to Alaska, with "Bering Straight Talk", offering "I’ve been in Alaska only a week, but I’m already feeling ever so much smarter about Russia", putting her, nearly on par with the former Mayor, who, when asked by Charlie Gibson the other evening, about her insight to Russian Foreign Policy, with great perk, shot back instantly “They’re our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”


And, with a little icing, Frank Rich comes running in with his "The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket".
It’s an urgent matter, because if we’ve learned anything from the G.O.P. convention and its aftermath, it’s that the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive. This unmentionable truth, more than race, is now the real elephant in the room of this election.

No longer able to remember his principles any better than he can distinguish between Sunnis and Shia, McCain stands revealed as a guy who can be easily rolled by anyone who sells him a plan for “victory,” whether in Iraq or in Michigan. A McCain victory on Election Day will usher in a Palin presidency, with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney.

So, as the Stumblin' Bumblin McCain Campaign sifts through the damage, maybe they will be singing, or humming, this tune.

Lauren Bacall: To Have and Have Not "How Little We Know"

Bonus Moose Droppings

Taegan Goddard: Palin's Limited Duties as Mayor

Sadly No: An absolute menace

Marty Lederman: Angler and Barracuda

Brilliant at Breakfast: New York Times to America: Wake the hell up!

Steve Benen: WORSE THAN BUSH...

Well, I Guess It Rules Out On-Line Gambling Too ...

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