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.