McCain didn’t research Palin

Obsidian Winds is reporting that before John McCain offered the VP slot to Sarah Palin, he and his staff didn’t research her to see if she had any skeletons in the closet:

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.”

The more I learn about this choice, the more it reminds me of Bush’s choice of Harriet Miers. […] it is similar in the manner in which each was chosen. In each case, the person who made the choice had wanted to pick someone else, someone he regarded as a close friend., In each case, he was told that he couldn’t choose that person because it would be politically disastrous. In each case, the person who made the choice responded not by sitting down and thinking about who might fill the role s/he was to be nominated for with distinction, but by making a quick and ill-considered choice of a plainly unqualified person, a choice that seemed like an insult to the office that person was nominated to fill.

Moreover, in each case that choice reflected the fact that the person making it was chafing at the discipline required of him. As far as I can tell, Bush reacts very badly to the idea that his powers as President are limited in any way, or that he owes anything whatsoever to his party or his allies. McCain is similarly undisciplined: he has been willing to do what his party requires of him, up to and including sacrificing his honor and his principles, but he visibly bridles at it, and he seems to be thrilled at the chance to be a maverick again.

I suspect that before the week is out, Palin will seem like a very bad choice for McCain to have made.

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6 Responses to McCain didn’t research Palin

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  2. SIENNA HOLMES says:

    GOOD POINT. RESEARCH, WHAT RESEARCH? : )
    THE ANTI-INTELLECTUAL GOP MUCKS UP AGAIN. BUT THINK OF THE VAST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PALIN BRINGS TO THE TICKET, JUST BY LIVING NEAR RUSSIA. THANKS, CINDY MCCAIN! LOL. :) :) :)

  3. cabalamat says:

    Sienna Holmes: BUT THINK OF THE VAST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PALIN BRINGS TO THE TICKET, JUST BY LIVING NEAR RUSSIA.

    I live near to the North Sea; I guess that makes me an expert on North Sea Oil.

  4. mylifeasabillionaire says:

    Yeah, that’s probably because he didn’t really care about any “skeletons” in her closet. The only thing that really matters is whether or not she’ll be a good VP. People like you are just upset because Sarah Palin is a successful career woman who has five adorable children and pretty much the whole world loves her right now.

    Why would he want to go through an old newspaper to see about Sarah Palin? That isn’t really how you find out about a person. If you’re politician you probably run in the same circles anyway, and you know things about each other regardless of rather you’ve researched them out or not. McCain shouldn’t have really cared about Palin; all that should have mattered is her positions on different issues.

    “BUT THINK OF THE VAST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PALIN BRINGS TO THE TICKET, JUST BY LIVING NEAR RUSSIA.”

    Well, vast international experience, yeah I don’t know about that. But, you have to understand that Russia has a very strong interest in Alaska (we brought it from them, remember) and I’m sure Palin has probably had to deal with international dealings in that respect. The point is, no democrat should be pointing out our VP’s inexperience. You have nominated Barack Obama whose experience lies in pretty speeches and “Hope” and “Change.” And he is running for PRESIDENT. It’s a bit more important than Vice President. There is a difference between the two, believe it or not.

  5. cabalamat says:

    mylifeasabillionaire: Yeah, that’s probably because he didn’t really care about any “skeletons” in her closet.

    Then he’s a fool, because skeletons in closets mean he’s less likely to become president.

    The only thing that really matters is whether or not she’ll be a good VP.

    The thing that most matters to McCain is whether she’ll help him become president, not whether she’ll make a good VP.

    People like you are just upset because Sarah Palin is a successful career woman

    Nope. I’m not upset. (Though I do confess to being amused. And cynical.)

    pretty much the whole world loves her right now.

    I disagree with the accuracy of that statement.

  6. Ray says:

    I don’t believe for a minute that McCain chose this woman. He’d only met her once before, and his campaign didn’t do a background check? If you do some checking you’ll find she’s involved in the Cheney/dirty energy wing of the repubs, so this is clearly the right wing of the party calling the shots. Strange McCain would use his power of veto to nix his own right to choose a. My guess is that she will drop off the ticket before two more weeks go by. Someone should start up some kind of deathwatch/countdown to see how long it takes fo rher to pull a Harriet Myers.

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