After announcing Sarah Palin as his choice for vice president, and after revelations that Palin is under investigation by Alaska's legislature for an ethics breach, John McCain has rushed a special team of vetters to Alaska to try and head off any further scandals. Will Sarah Palin survive the increased level of scrutiny, or will she be dropped from the ticket before she has a chance to accept?
The campaign of John McCain has sent a staff of eight people into Alaska to conduct background checks and vetting on Governor Sarah Palin.Be sure to read the horrified comments on this blog post and remember: it's a Republican blog.
Word is they have have eight rooms reserved at a Wasilla hotel.["Vetting the Veep...post announcement"]
As long as we have the barnyard metaphors started, how about this one: an unguarded chicken coop in Wasilla, Alaska:
The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process. But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.John McCain never bothered to do even the most basic background research on Sarah Palin before he named her to be his successor if he should win the presidential election and then meet with an untimely end. Prior to McCain's decision he had met Palin in person once, and then had spoken with her by telephone once on another occasion. John McCain doesn't have the foggiest idea of who this woman is. Still believe John McCain has the necessary judgment to be commander-in-chief?
On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin's hometown newspaper.
How does he know? The paper's (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.
"No one else had requested access before," said the source. "It's unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn't."["McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives"]
Something tells me that there are a lot more revelations to come, some of them very, very surprising indeed. I think we are in for a wild ride on this story my friends.
A very, very big hat tip to Turneresq at DailyKos for this story.