When Goopers Gather
I'm always a little baffled that the Republicans bother to hold conventions. Who would want to willingly reveal so much embarrassing ignorance and extremism to the general public? Of course, the corporate media just ride right along, acting as if this is all normal and reasonable and sane. But you have to hand it to St. John Maverick for demonstrating his saintly maverickness. No matter how ignorant and extreme you think the Republicans have become, he's the right man in the right place at the right time to push it even farther.
Here are some disparate views from disparate people with disparate ideologies...
The McCain campaign doesn't really want independent suburban women and crossover Democrats to know that Palin is a creationist, is almost completely pro-life, sees God's hand in the Iraq war, and is generally beloved by social conservatives.
With his choice of Sarah Palin — the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change — for vice president, John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.
Given the fact that Senator McCain deliberately avoided voting on all eight attempts to pass a bill extending the vital tax credits and production subsidies to expand our wind and solar industries, and given his support for lowering the gasoline tax in a reckless giveaway that would only promote more gasoline consumption and intensify our addiction to oil, and given his desire to make more oil-drilling, not innovation around renewable energy, the centerpiece of his energy policy — in an effort to mislead voters that support for drilling today would translate into lower prices at the pump today — McCain has forfeited any claim to be a green candidate.
So please, students, when McCain comes to your campus and flashes a few posters of wind turbines and solar panels, ask him why he has been AWOL when it came to Congress supporting these new technologies.
A snarky Jack Balkin:
Does membership in the Alaska Independence Party tell us anything about Sarah Palin's patriotism or her fidelity to American values? Or, to the contrary, does the fact that she once flirted with the Alaskan independence movement suggest that she is now the most patriotic American we might find? (Because, after all, there is no one more zealous than a recent convert.)
Perhaps this is the long sought proof of Sarah Palin's foreign policy expertise: She must know something about foreign affairs because she belonged to a party that wants to become a foreign country!
tristero: Holy Joe is simply a bald-faced liar, and the corporate media won't call him on it.
Some are speculating that Republican elders will end up forcing McCain to withdraw Palin's nomination. In a less surreal world, they would end up forcing McCain to withdraw his own nomination. Neither will happen.