- Back in the late 90’s when she was elected Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she was almost recalled because shortly after entering office, she fired the Police Chief and Library Director for not supporting her in her 1996 race for Mayor. She didn’t even have the Republican courtesy to deny and lie: Her official reason for the firings was that they were “not fully supporting her efforts to govern”. (source)
- She got away with the above tactic as Mayor, so why not try it again as Governor? Once she got the state’s top job, she promptly fired public safety commissioner Walt Monegan. This time, however, it wasn’t because he hadn’t supported her in her run for Governor. He had the gaul to not follow her administration’s pressure to fire a state trooper – who had divorced her sister. (source)
- She actually had the chutzpah to go on some joke of a radio show and heartily laugh at accusations by the hosts that her apparent arch nemesis, State Senate President Lyda Green (a cancer survivor) is a “cancer” to the state of Alaska and a “bitch”. This wasn’t when she was just Mayor, either. This was in 2008, while she was Governor. An op-ed in the Anchorage Daily News referred to her appearance on the show as “plain and simple one of the most unprofessional, childish and inexcusable performances I’ve ever seen from a politician.” (source)
- Everyone already knows that Iraq was a war for oil, but any republican running for any big office, especially that of the vice president, should probably know not to admit that. That memo, however, apparently skipped over Sarah Palin. In her words, “We are a nation at war and in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources, which is nonsensical when you consider that domestically we have the supplies ready to go.” Where exactly does she want to get those domestic oil supplies? The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (source)
- If you’re think Sarah Palin lacks national security experience, Cindy McCain says you’re wrong. Why? Because Alaska is close to Russia. Yes, you read that correctly, Cindy McCain actually thinks that proximity to Russia makes the governor of Alaska qualified with national security experience. I don’t even know how to react to this, but I guess they’re taking the whole “throw shit against the wall and see what sticks” approach to campaign strategy. (source)
Are there more reasons than these five that make Sarah Palin a crappy choice for McCain’s veep? Of course there are, but these are the 5 that I think will cause the Republicans the most grief. I’ve got no complains whatsoever about John McCain going about his campaigning in a half-assed way without thinking things through or thoroughly vetting important people like, say, his running mate, but he may just want to save the taxpayers money and just call Barack Obama to concede defeat now.