By now, most political junkies have viewed CNN's Campbell Brown humiliating McCain Campaign Hack Tucker Bounds, when Bounds claimed Sarah Palin's official role as head of the Alaska National Guard was proof enough of her national security credentials. Brown, who is married to former Bush Administration Coalition Provisional Authority Hack Dan Senor, cannot be dismissed as some liberal hit woman, and the most devastating aspect of her takedown was its simplicity- all she wanted was for Bounds to provide a single example of so much as a decision Palin had made, as head of the Alaska Guard. Just one. Example. Which Bounds could not provide.
Well, George Bryson of the Anchorage Daily News has stepped up and done the job Bounds couldn't. The woman who could be but a heartbeat away from the presidency does, indeed, have national security credentials that should reassure even the most skeptical. Bounds couldn't answer Brown's cruel, mean, heartless media elite question because of a very good and easily understandable reason:
Bounds couldn't, because Palin has never personally ordered the state guard to do anything.
But we can all rest assured that Palin has shown great leadership in never personally ordering the Guard to do anything. We can say with certainty that she has never personally given the Guard a bad order. She has never personally ordered them to do something that turned out to be a mistake!
Bounds tried to claim Palin has authority over Alaska Guard members who are deployed overseas...
However, the governor has no command authority overseas or anywhere in the United States other than Alaska, said Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, the service commander of the Alaska National Guard.
Okay. But certainly the Guard has been needed to protect Alaska itself from something dangerous and international and conspiratorial or something, right? After all, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia!
Occasions in which Palin retains command authority over the 4,200-member Alaska National Guard are whenever the Guard responds to in-state natural disasters and civic emergencies, said Campbell, who also serves as the commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Well, there must be great domestic dangers which have required decisive demonstrations of Palin's leadership, right?
"We've deployed individuals in state service all over the state under Sarah Palin," he said. “We had defense men down in Seward for the (Mount) Marathon run doing security.
"Out west and northwest we had erosion problems, and the National Guard was involved in some of the protection out there. About three days ago, the Army National Guard picked up a lady from Little Diomede (Island) . . . at the request of state troopers."
Well, at least that's something. When necessary, Palin has proved capable of bold leadership, right?
No, Campbell said. The governor has granted him the authority to act on his own in most cases, including life-or-death emergencies — when a quick response is required — and minor day-to-day operations.
The governor, did, however, travel to Kuwait to visit the 500 Alaska Guard members stationed there, and she did visit the wounded Alaska Guard members at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Which marked the first time she had ever traveled overseas. Which shows that she knows how to make good use of her office!
As expected, corporate media hairdos are all atwitter over Palin's ability to successfully read off a teleprompter, last night. To them, she has proved herself. She's ready. Because, to them, the presidency is not a serious job. To those who think it is, John McCain's selection of Palin remains one of the most rash and reckless decisions ever made by a major party presidential nominee.
John McCain has so lowered the bar on a vice president's qualifications that the office has become, as digby and Nomi Prins put it, but a game show prize. To those who take seriously the concepts of government and national security, John McCain simply isn't fit to be president.