What We Know About Sarah Palin

A lot of attention has been focused on the “media vetting” of Sarah Palin since she was announced as McCain’s running mate last Friday, and with her acceptance speech roughly 3 hours away, I thought it might be a good time to size up what we’ve found out. The one thing I’ve taken away thus far is that she Sarah Palin is an extremely cynical, very treacherous person.

At the least of being deemed part of “the anfry left,” let me just say that I do think the Bristol Palin drama is rather disgusting, but that without a doubt the most disgusting individual in the mix is…Sarah Palin. In all honesty, what kind of person puts their teenage daughter in that situation? And even if you’re fine with that, who lets said daughter, and the father of her baby, be so crassly used for staged photo ops at airport tarmacs? Obviously the answer is someone who is literally willing to do anything, and use anyone, to further their own personal ambition, and Palin pretty clearly fits that bill.

The other thing we’ve learned very quickly is that Sarah Palin has absolutely no problem tell complete falsehoods. It might have been one thing for the McCain campaign to tout her “opposition” to the bridge to nowhere, after all, given their light vetting of her they may well have thought that was true, but Sarah Palin knew that the idea that she “told Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,'”¬†was completely and totally untrue. And yet she stood on stage and delivered it full throatedly nevertheless. The McCain has thus far spent a lot of time lying about a lot of things, and it looks like Sarah Palin is the perfect addition to the ticket in that respect.

There are a lot of reasons to oppose Sarah Palin the candidate, starting with the fact that she is obviously a token pick who is simply not cut out for the job. But given what we’ve learned about Palin’s character in just 5 days, it’s also worth worrying what a Vice-President Palin, to say nothing of a President McCain, would say about the nature of politics in this country, and the limits of democracy itself.