I've really got to believe that the McCain people DID NOT do their homework on Palin. The Palin Poo Pile just keeps getting deeper and deeper the more digging that's done.
First -- Palin and the McCain campaign have flat-out denied that Palin had any involvement with the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) - a bona-fide political party formed in Alaska for the expressed purpose of having Alaska secede from the union.
Kinda throws a wrench in the whole "Country First" banner/meme running across the Republican National Convention stage -- when the VP is supporting a movement that puts Alaska first, and the U.S. second...
Of course John McCain and Sarah Palin denied Palin was involved in the AIP.
Of course there is plenty of evidence that they are lying:
Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.
And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."
After refraining from commenting on the charge for a day, the McCain campaign on Tuesday asserted that Palin was never a member of the AIP.
But Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.
[Update: The Associated Press has now confirmed that Palin's husband Todd twice registered as a member of the AIP.]
and now this:
An intense "she said"/"she said" has emerged over whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ever a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, the third-largest political party in the 49th state. The AIP wants Alaskans to get an opportunity to vote on whether or not they will remain a state, or become a commonwealth, or split off as an independent nation.
Officials of the AIP say Palin was once a member, but the McCain campaign -- providing what it says is complete voter registration documentation -- says Palin has been according to official records a lifelong Republican.
(Which to be honest seems more in keeping with the ambitious pol. Republicans have a much better track record than the AIP. And Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections, tells ABC News that regardless of the impression given to members of the Alaskan Independence Party, "Gov. Sarah Palin first registered to vote in the state in May 1982 as a Republican, and she has not changed her party affiliate with the Division of Elections since that time.")
As part of their pushback against the charges of Lynette and Dexter Clark of the AIP, the McCain campaign says that Palin did not even attend the AIP convention in Wasilla in 1994.
But another former AIP official -- Mark Chryson, chairman of the AIP from 1995 to 2002 -- tells ABC News that "Palin was at the convention in 1994. She was there."
So she attended the convention but didn't inhale? She attended the convention but wasn't a member?
Second: Just when you thought it couldn't get any uglier - it's time to cue conservative icon Pat Buchannan:
The evidence is the following, as first noticed by "The Nation": in an Associated Press story from July 17, 1999, titled, "Buchanan takes conservative message to Fairbanks."
"Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska....In Wasilla, Buchanan took some shots at the "Republican establishment," saying it was willing to cast aside conservative ideals in a zeal to ensure the nomination for Bush. 'I'm hoping the people of Alaska will disagree that we need a candidate anointed by Washington, D.C.,' he said to a group of three dozen supporters. Among those sporting Buchanan buttons were Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin and state Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage."
Palin wrote to the AP that her presence at the rally and her wearing a Buchanan button were merely ways to welcome Buchanan to Wasilla, not endorsements of his candidacy.
But that's not quite how Buchanan remembers it.
Buchanan told Chris Matthews yesterday that Palin "was a brigader in 1996 as was her husband, Chris, they were at a fundraiser for me, she's a terrific gal, she's a rebel reformer."
Palin doesn't lie as well as the other Republicans, and should have been disqualified from the VP position on that basis alone.
They are imploding - the GOP is in a full-force meltdown.
The decision to select Palin was 100% John McCain.
If McCain knew about this crap and selected her anyway, it's the equivalent of political Hari-Kari - if they didn't know, why the hell not?
These are the clowns that want to run this country into the ground for another four years?
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