Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

LAT: vetting raises “serious questions” about McCain

The LA Times this morning is describing a vetting process for Sarah Palin that should raise serious questions about John McCain’s ability to uncover the facts about anything. This story is not about Sarah Palin’s suitability to hold the vice presidency – it’s about John McCain’s unwillingness to do his due diligence. In other words – it’s about 8 more years of the same stubborn unwillingness to confront hard truths.

And the story goes there, immediately:

The way McCain weighed and discarded vice presidential prospects over that time has come under scrutiny as the choice of Palin turns politically perilous. The question is whether McCain carefully vetted his selection and, if he did not, what that says about the judgment and decision-making the presumed Republican nominee would bring to the White House.


For one, the camp didn’t speak to people on the ground. You know, the type of people who might actually know what they’re talking about.

I would definitely have talked to people in the [Republican] party,” said [Lyda Green, president of the Republican-run Alaska State Senate], a onetime ally of Palin whose relationship soured when she became governor. “I would have gone to the business community…major political folks around the state. I’ve not heard of anybody who’s been talked to or interviewed or questioned.”

How could the Republican leader of the State Senate not have talked to anyone involved in the vetting process? How could none of her contacts have been in touch with the party?

Probably because it was, despite what the McCain camp is saying, a hasty decision:

A Republican strategist with close ties to the McCain camp, however, said Palin was a last-minute choice after McCain had given up on his preferred pick, Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who addressed the convention Tuesday night. “He did so with such speed that they weren’t able to do the full vet,” said the GOP source, who did not want to be identified discussing the campaign’s internal machinations.

Regardless of the truth, the headlines are not kind to John McCain this morning. Take the Chicago Tribune: McCain judgment called into question.

People are (finally) starting to ask about John McCain’s readiness to lead and ability to make critical decisions. So, John, mad about the reaction to your pick? Well, take this to heart: it’s not about her. It’s about you.


September 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Of course he’s mad about the reaction – he believes he’s entitled to the benefit of the doubt always because he was a P.O.W.

    Comment by dansac | September 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. McSurge is a liar and he didn’t vet this woman enough. Every website is uncovering lots of mess about Palin. Kinda feel bad for her but the Surge deserves it.

    Comment by trellskig | September 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. Here are the serious questions U.S. Citizens should be asking ——————


    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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