Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"Sarah Palin's central claim to political fame is a fraud"

Sarah Palin began her campaign for the vice presidency with a lie.
Has anyone noticed that Sarah Palin's central claim to political fame is a fraud? She represents herself as a fiscal conservative who abhors pork-barrel projects and said no thanks to the "Bridge to Nowhere" -- a $398 million span that would have linked Ketchikan, Alaska, to its airport across the Tongass Narrows. But as mayor of Wasilla (pop. 9,780), she hired a Washington lobbyist to bring home the bacon. And as a candidate for governor just two years ago, she supported both the Ketchikan bridge and the congressional earmark that would have paid most of its cost. ["The Cynicism Express"]
I can't remember when I've read an opinion piece that was so damning (and yet so accurate). Robinson gets to the very heart, the essence of what the Palin choice means: it means that John McCain really isn't qualified to be President of the United States:
We learned last week that John McCain is not who he is -- not, at least, who he claims to be. The steady, straight-talking, country-first statesman his campaign has been selling is a fictional character. The real McCain is either alarmingly cynical or dangerously reckless.
If you are in any way interested in the presidential race, you MUST read Eugene Robinson's "The Cynicism Express" in The Washinton Post. Pay special attention to the last two paragraphs.


Alter of Freedom said...

In the mood of the "fairness doctrine" so endorsed by the left; exactly what is Barack Obama "earmark" or "pork" record for those appropriation broght back to IL while Senator since 2005.
I would be interested in learning that number or are we just shilling against Palin nowadays?

You are from Richmond I think. What is Mayor Wilder relationship with the State funding as well given his role as Mayor?

The Richmond Democrat said...

I don't know if you are simply trying to deflect or if you don't understand the full import of what Governor Palin said.

It's not a question of whether Palin is in favor of earmarks of if she isn't (clearly she was in favor of earmarks).

It's a question of honesty. Within minutes of beginning her run for the vice presidency Palin was caught lying about the bridge to nowhere and her relationship to Senator Stevens.

Palin is not a reformer, she's simply the leader of a pack of Republican cronies trying to displace a different pack of Republican cronies. Palin obviously has no problem with pork or earmarks or cronyism: she simply wants to the benefits to accrue to herself and to her friends.

The Richmond Democrat said...

Again, just to re-emphasize: Palin kicked off her campaign with a lie, and that is why Robinson is calling it a fraud.