How Sarah Palin came from out of nowhere…

October 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm (Why was Palin chosen?) (, , , , , )

I just read this very interesting bit of information on a blog and thought I would share it because most people don’t know how Sarah Palin managed to come from out of the blue when McCain chose her as his running-mate. A recent article in The New Yorker revealed how Palin was sold to the Republican National Committee by contributors to The Weekley Standard and National Review. Neocon ideologues William Kristol and Fred Barnes were guests of Governor Palin at her “mansion” during an Alaskan cruise, i.e. junket, back in 2007. Subsequently, a group from The National Review including John Bolton, Robert Bjork and Dick Morris made a similar trip to Palin’s mansion. Basically, these men loved Palin and concluded that she should be on the ticket because her ideology was so strikingly similar to George W. Bush. These are the people who then wielded influence with John McCain and the heads of the RNC, and they are the ones who convinced the Republican nominee that Sarah Palin would bring the base of the party onboard. McCain, being the cynical and easily manipulated political creature that he is, bought their argument and, to this day, defends his indefensible and totally blind choice of a running-mate. This bit of background explains why he never vetted Palin and that it didn’t matter whether she was qualified to be President or not. Country first? Not even close. It also provides the context for Chris Buckley’s decision to resign from The National Review, a magazine which was started by his father.

What is most interesting about all this is that this presidential candidate played no role in the selection of his running-mate, beyond saying “OK”. Sarah Palin was basically foisted upon John McCain, who accepted her without any vetting at all on his part. The notion that political operatives can subvert the system and impose such an overtly unqualified running-mate on a candidate in a presidential election is downright frightening. Especially when you consider that the candidate was the oldest to ever be nominated.

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4 Comments

  1. Buck said,

    Thank you. I have been wondering how and why Palin came about, but just haven’t taken the time to research it.

    🙂

  2. johnrj08 said,

    I think the point here is that Sarah Palin was not the “Maverick’s” choice. McCain caved to pressure from the RNC and agreed to a running-mate whom he knew absolutely nothing about. On November 4th, he will pay the price for that lapse in judgment.

  3. Buck said,

    You’re absolutely right. She was pushed onto him. Like a lot of things in his campaign, McCain has no choice or say in it.

    He really is a much better man than this. Whoever took control of his campaign can be blamed for having wrecked it.

  4. johnrj08 said,

    McCain agreed to Palin because he was convinced that having her onboard was the only way he could win the election. It was still his ultimate decision. It all boils down to not being very bright and being easily manipulated by people who aren’t putting the “Country First”. We’ve had that for the last 8 years.

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