Did McCain Do His Homework?

Only a couple days removed from Republican presidential nominee John McCain chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his choice for running mate and vice president, we are hearing all sorts of skeletons and surprises to come out.  Some would say political attacks on behalf of the Obama campaign, but reports and accusations coming out centering around Palin do seem to be true.

Lets first talk about the most current news.  Its actually a two parter.  Various news agencies have been reporting all morning that the 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin is pregnant.  Spokesmen say that the Palin family is being supportive, saying Bristol will keep the child and eventually marry the father.  The McCain Campaign are acknowledging it and are saying they knew about it the whole time.  Not saying that this matters much in her ability to be Governor or her ability to be Vice-President, but it doesn’t help in the argument that McCain did a proper vetting process.  If he did, he’d known that this would have came out and reporters would jump all over it and criticize.  But speaking of stuff getting out we’re also learning that Palin’s husband Todd, has an arrest record for Driving While Intoxicated.  It happened 24 years ago, and apparently the McCain campaign doesn’t think it will be a problem.

New reports on Palin background
New reports on Palin background

Senior McCain campaign advisor Steve Schmidt has been busy all day answering to these two reports.  The campaign insist that McCain at least knew of the pregnancy of Bristol a while before the vp nominee told McCain in a private conversation last week.  Stated, “(McCain) found out earlier during the lengthy vetting process.

Well lets talk about this lengthy vetting process.  I’m also hearing reports that the first person to go through the achieves of Palin’s hometown newspaper on research on the candidate was a researcher for the Obama campaign, just this past weekend.  Looks like he beat out the McCain campaign who are now reportedly to just start sending staffers to Wasilla.  Anchorage Daily News has an article saying how state politicians are stunned at the choice.  Others are also questioning the vetting process saying that, Alaska isn’t a big state, essentially like a small town, if anyone came around asking questions, they would have known.

Not for nothin’, but this pick of Palin does seem a bit desperate.  I’m sure she’s a good politician, with a good record, but there are other people out there that likely would have worked out better.  With experience supposed to come good judgement.  For as experienced as McCain is, he’s not showing as good judgement.  It just doesn’t add up.

2 thoughts on “Did McCain Do His Homework?”

  1. Well now, lets remember that George W. was arrested for DUI at the age of 30 and he was elected twice! During the campaign it was labeled a “youthful indiscretion.” In fact Dick Cheney was arrested twice for driving under the influence at ages 21 and 22.

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