Running a Nobody
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
The problem with Sarah Palin, argues speechwriter Dan Conley on the Political Wire, isn’t that she’s inexperienced—it’s that she’s a total unknown. Where does she really stand on anything? Either John McCain doesn’t know, or he doesn’t want the American people to know before they have to make a decision about her.
According to Conley, it’s a “well-developed GOP strategy for Supreme Court justices.” Look how that turned out.
Dan Conley in the Political Wire:
Now that she’s the VP nominee, Palin will just assume all of John McCain’s positions on foreign and domestic policies. It’s what a VP candidate always does. But in this case, when she has never been asked to express her opinions or her thinking behind those views, we’re left with a terrifying national scenario—if John McCain were to die shortly after taking office, we would elevate someone to the Presidency who could be in support of anything ... fill in the blank.
If the McCain campaign is being truthful and did in fact vet Palin fully, then they are guilty of hiding Palin. Unlike other longshot candidates like Bobby Jindal, she was kept off the campaign trail and away from the Sunday talk circuit. What they’ve done is taken the well-developed GOP strategy for Supreme Court justices ... drop them into Circuit Court slots shortly before tapping them for the top job ... to avoid a paper trail which could cause a public backlash.
This strategy is cynical, undemocratic and frankly, unpatriotic. Americans have a right to know who they are elevating to the Presidency. The McCain campaign is using Gov. Palin for tactical political gain with no regard for the voters’ right to select a candidate who they know and trust.
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