Vetting Sarah Palin

Cross-posted at Chris of Rights

The mainstream media has been telling us that Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) was not vetted properly by Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign. There's a term in psychology for this. It's called projection.

the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety

Make no mistake, the mainstream media (I prefer "old media" actually) was snookered by John McCain and even though Palin's name has been mentioned several times during the VP search, they didn't do their homework on her. Now they see that this pick may turn the election around and they're feeling guilty about it and in a state of panic.

As I write this, it's been about 144 hours since we first learned that Palin was McCain's choice.  And in those 144 hours every lefty in America with an internet connection or a phone has been trying to get the dirt on Palin. Let's see how they've done.

  • She lied about the “bridge to nowhere”. FALSE. The worst you can say is that she was for it before she was against it.

    She changed her mind, he said, when "she saw that Alaska was being perceived as taking from the country and not giving, and that impression bothered her and she wants to change it. … I think that Sarah Palin is someone who has the courage to reevaluate situations as they developed."

  • She lied about Trig. He isn’t really her baby! FALSE
  • She was a member of a secessionist party. FALSE.  And unsourced. Good job here, old media. And now retracted.
  • Troopergate. DEAD END. To be fair here, this is only news to mainstream America. Most bloggers and the media, left and right, knew about this "mini-scandal".
  • She hired a lawyer to help her with Troopergate. FALSE.  This is a legal proceeding, and typically the Governor would be represented by the Attorney General. He felt he had a conflict of interest, so directed the state to hire a lawyer for her.  All perfectly reasonable and above board.

    The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the Legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the inquiry.

    The state Department of Law hired Thomas Van Flein, an Anchorage attorney with expertise in employment law and professional liability, because Attorney General Talis Colberg has a potential conflict of interest and shouldn't represent the governor, Van Flein said Monday.

  • She has refused to testify in Troopergate and is blocking the investigation. FALSE. The only investigation she has refused to cooperate with is the one that has no legal jurisdiction. She has made it quite plain that she is more than willing to follow AK's laws in this matter. So, the left is criticizing her for obeying the law. This whole "investigation" is a witch hunt and is based upon a crime without a victim. The supposed victim is required by law to file a formal complaint if he feels he has been the victim of of an ethics violation. He has not done so. In fact, he has repeatedly stated that no one pressured him to fire the trooper. This really should be the end of the story. The fact that it isn't shows that this is all about politics and not about reality.
  • Archives of her newspaper aren’t available online and haven’t been accessed by anyone locally. FALSE.
  • She is a supporter of "Nazi Sympathizer" Buchanan and anti-Israel. FALSE. And FALSE.  It's worth pointing out that this smear comes directly from the organization of Mr. FightTheSmears himself.  Classy.
  • She is tight with corrupt and indicted Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). FALSE. And FALSE. Yes, I know she directed a 527 for him in 2003. But that was before she got fed up with corruption and ran for Governor against Stevens' pal Frank Murkowski. Stevens has never forgiven her for that. He endorsed her a mere 3 weeks before the general election, long after Murkowski had been defeated in the primaries, and frankly, when it was obvious she was going to win.
  • She's in the pocket of "Big Oil". FALSE.
  • She wasn’t vetted. PROJECTION, and FALSE. Old media has an ego problem. They honestly believe that if they didn't report on it, it didn't happen.
  • She cut funding for teen mothers. FALSE.
  • She pushed to have creationism taught in schools. FALSE.
  • Peggy Noonan said that the campaign is over and that McCain has lost. FALSE.

    But, I argued, that's over, those assumptions are yesterday, the party can no longer assume that its base is utterly in line with the thinking of the American people. And when I said, "It's over!" — and I said it more than once — that is what I was referring to.

    Now, it's true that Noonan thinks that Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) would be a better choice, and she's entitled to her opinion. But, as she has said already about Palin:

    [H]er candidacy will be either dramatically successful or a dramatically not; it won't be something in between.

  • She claimed that the Iraq war is 'a task that is from God'. FALSE
  • She cut the budget for Alaska's special needs children by 62%. FALSE
  • As Mayor of Wasilla, she tried to get this list of books banned, and then attempted to fire the librarian for not doing so. FALSE. It's TRUE that she did ask the librarian about censoring some books, and I admit that's not one of Palin's better moments, but it's not the list shown, as some of those weren't even published at the time. I'm unable to find a real list.  Some time later she did ask the librarian to resign, along with other holdovers from the previous administration, so it's hard to the "censorship question" as the cause here. She later relented and no books were ever banned. As I said, this is not one of Palin's better moments, but it's not nearly as bad as the left makes it out to be.
  • Sarah Palin is being hidden from the media. FALSE.
  • She's Pentecostal! MAYBE. But, so what? Is there something wrong with that, particularly when compared to the Trinity United Church?  The New York Times says she's definitely NOT a religious extremist. (Pentecostals aren't, anyway, just in case you were wondering).
  • She should stay home with her family in this time of need. SEXIST.
  • Her daughter getting pregnant reflects poorly on her. Oh God…if this is what you have to settle for, then you’re in deep trouble. There’s not a family in America that hasn’t had similar issues. Somehow I don’t remember Gore’s son being treated this way when it was discovered he had some drug issues. What the H***, I’ll go with SEXIST.
  • The mayor of a town with only 9,000 people doesn't have the experience for the Presidency. Somehow forgetting that she is currently the Governor of AK. Even Community Organizer Barack Obama (D-IL) has gotten into the act:

    Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.

    If that’s your tactic, I’m going to call Obama a “community organizer” from now on and forget all about his Senate job that he doesn’t do anyway. It's worth mentioning here that there was a lot of talk about Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA) as Obama's running-mate. He has no more experience than Palin, and yet I don't recall hearing these kinds of complaints about him. I'm going to have to go with SEXIST again.

    BTW, someone please remind Obama that he's not running against Palin. He's running against McCain. And while you're at it, let him know that when he compares her experience to his all that does is remind us that he doesn't have any.

  • Her husband got a DUI 20 years ago. TRUE. SO?  If we're going to start eliminating politicians because of substance abuse problems with them and their families, the halls of Congress would be empty. I checked for similar things in the past of some prominent Democrats, but Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
  • She got federal money for her city as a mayor. TRUE, but isn’t that what mayors are supposed to do?
  • She laughed on a radio show when another woman, a cancer survivor, was called a bitch. TRUE. But there's much more to the story than just that, and in fact, she does appear to be a bitch.

    A radio interview with Palin surfaced in which she discussed a petty, last-minute attempt by Lyda Green — the Republican state Senate leader and Palin’s political enemy — to change the time of this year’s state of the state address. The schedule had been set well in advance, but Green cited a transparently bogus scheduling conflict in an attempt to force the speech to a time that would have prevented Palin from attending her son’s graduation. In that context, Palin let loose a small giggle when the radio host called Green a “bitch.”

  • Her daughter is pregnant. TRUE. Oh, but the media didn't find that one, the Palins released that information in response to the trash I've noted above. It's worth noting that Palin apparently feels that the child is a "blessed event" and doesn't feel that her daughter is being "punished with a baby".
  • She should drop out, or McCain should kick her out.  This one has been really picking up steam the last couple of days.  My question: WHY?  The implicit answer is "because we're going to keep making up stuff about her for as long as it takes." Certainly there's no other reason.  Nothing that's TRUE that's been brought up so far even rises to the level of a gnat bite. I'm not sure if this is SEXIST or just SLEAZY, but it's certainly BIASED.
  • The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is reporting that she had an affair with a businessman in AK. The status of this is UNKNOWN. I don't discount it automatically because it came from the ENQUIRER.  Sometimes they get things right.  John Edwards is a recent example.  On the other hand, how many times have they reported that Dr. Phil's marriage is on the rocks?  The Bush's marriage is on the rocks?  Here's what the story says:

    Another incredible allegation emerging from the family war is that Palin, a mother of five, had an affair with a former business associate of her fisherman husband, Todd.
    “Todd discovered the affair and quickly dissolved his friendship and his business associations with the guy,” charges an enemy. “Many people in Alaska are talking about the rumor and say Todd swept it under the rug.”

    Seems pretty thin, even by ENQUIRER standards. But, it is possible that this is the only TRUE and relevant story out there. We'll see. The Smoking Gun has more info on this, and at least the main reason behind this speculation is FALSE. The status of the entire story is still UNKNOWN.

Ok, so after probably tens of thousands of man-hours of research what have our best and brightest on the left come up with that's relevant and TRUE?

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. Also, this seems to belie the statement that she wasn't vetted properly.

Now, if only the press was so interested in vetting Obama. But I’ve given up on that.


This post will continue to be updated as long as more "vetting" occurs.

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Wolf hunting

I didn't see the Wolf Hunting from Helicopters one. 

Excellent job. . .

. . .of dispelling all the crap.  I trust this will be continually updated as events warrant.


Great post.

Very informative too. However, I wonder if there aren't better sources out there than those cited to refute the inventive allegations against Palin.

Is it worth noting...

 ...that in Obama's comparison between Gov. Palin's experience as Mayor of Wasilla, and his campaign organization, that Obama doesn't run the campaign? I think he missed the point here, unless he intended to compare her capabilities with those of his campaign manager.