We know a bit more than we did on Friday about Governor Sarah Palin, the presumptive VP nominee for the Republican party. What we are finding out isn't pretty and I have to wonder what kind of Rovian joke this is.
The rumors and rants are flying and who knows what will turn out to be fact or fiction? The corporate media is going to do what they do best by covering the lurid stories that may or may not amount to anything, but what about the facts? What matters about the person who could be one heartbeat away from the presidency? What matters to me is good judgement, common sense, intelligence, compassion, character and where they stand on the issues. What doesn't matter to me is how "hot" the candidate is or isn't, how many houses they have- unless they don't know the answer to that question, how much they pay for their shoes, if they are a maverick- or not, whether a VP's candidate's spouse got a DUI 20 years ago, what their parenting skills; all subjects that have come up in the past day or so.
* We know that Palin was not vetted properly by the McCain campaign. Don't we want to know what skeletons are hiding in what closets before make makes their national debut as a major political player? It's not that there are skeletons that may be worrisome, it's what kind of skeletons. With access to the internet, no one should be surprised at the casual vetting taking place by bloggers, pundits and reporters. If the party hasn't done an adequate job, it becomes our responsibility.
*We know that Palin was speaking in Texas when she was 34 weeks pregnant in April 08. KTUU reports:
The governor's water broke during the energy conference but she stayed and gave a 30-minute speech before boarding an Alaska Airlines plane home to deliver the baby.
Airlines rules vary; Alaska Airlines has no restrictions for pregnant travelers, although many other airlines require a medical certificate stating the woman is fit to travel. Once Palin's water broke, flying put the flight crew in a potentially difficult situation, a risk that doesn't show much common sense or good judgement to me. Additionally, the 8 hour flight plus trip to the hospital would seem to put the baby at risk, as well.
*We know that Palin, appeared on a radio talk show in Alaska back in January of this year that a writer to the Alaska Daily News described The governor's appearance on KWHL's "The Bob and Mark Show" last week is plain and simple one of the most unprofessional, childish and inexcusable performances I've ever seen from a politician. The DJ unleashed a vicious, mean-spirited, poisonous attack on Senate President Lyda Green all the while Palin laughed and joined in the fun as the *b* word was thrown around. As a state executive, we expect better. Do we need a Mean Girl to be our Vice President?
More will come out about Palin; the good and the bad. I hope that many people who thought Palin was a valuable addition to the Republican ticket, and the answer to the disaffected Hillary supporters, will consider the facts as they become available. Sarah Palin is not ready to be the Vice President; her nomination is an insult to those of either gender who are much more qualified. I can only hope that potential supporter's who might have voted for McCain, will not in good faith, do so with Palin's name on the ticket.
Politics is not for the faint of heart. Palin has been thrown into the big leagues with little league experience. It remains to be seen how she will do on the campaign trail. Will she hold her own when the questions start getting tough? Does she have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Joe Biden in the October VP debate? How will she handle meetings with heads of state?
We know one thing for sure, this VP candidate is not in Wasilla anymore although she may wish she was.