Sarah Palin. I suspected it would be a woman. Meg Whitman, I thought, but this is the mystery choice of the election. McCain met her once in person, and once over the phone. Apparently, the third time was the charm because I highly doubt that she was even vetted.
This is what I know so far:
Just this month, she is being investigated by a bi-partisan committee for allegations of abuse of power in case involving the firing of her former brother-in-law.
McCain has said the the most important quality of a running mate is the ability to become commander-in-chief at a moments notice.
Gov. Palin, who has said herself that she is “not really interested in Iraq,” has no foreign policy experience whatsoever. With a 72 year old cancer survivor as our president, and such a complicated world, can we really take that chance?
Palin has served only 2 years as Governor and before that, she was council woman and mayor in a small town.
She has a modest 4 year bachelors degree in journalism with a minor in politics.
She is currently under investigation by an independent investigator hired by the state legislature for abuse of power. To put it simply, her sister went through a divorce (with a difficult custody battle) from a state trouper named Mike Wooten, so Palin allegedly fired his boss because he did not fire Wooton. This investigation has commenced this month, and a deposition is pending in August, 2008.
Last year, Palin disagreed with the Board of Agriculture and Conservation controlled Creamery Board who wanted to shut down a state funded dairy company, so she fired the entire board and replaced them with members that agreed with her. The Matanuska Maid Dairy went out of business anyway and the state could not even sell off their assets to pay of its debts.
She is adamantly pro-life with no exceptions and advocates that creationism should be taught in schools.
This choice has made quite a sparkle, but hot fire burns out quickly. Soon, the news will spread that she has no history of any kind in national, international and foreign policy issue. I wouldn’t trust her to be a heartbeat away from our commander-in-chief and there are very few that would.
Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a candidate must make. If this is McCain’s first judgement call as president, he stepped out of the gate and into the mud.