Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah's Weaknesses and Threats

Weaknesses

Many of Palin's claims to fame that she has trumpeted over the last few years that we have already begun to hear parroted on the national media have been over blown and her lack of experience has already become target number one for Democrats.

These weaknesses will be exposed by Democrats, who, flush with cash this election cycle will have ample resources to do opposition research on Palin's real record.

A reformer? While Palin was out spoken against the likes of Randy Ruedrich, Greg Renkes and Frank Murkowksi, as were others, her role was more of a whistle blower than a reformer.

Ethics legislation that was passed in 2007 was two years overdue and supported by the same legislators who looked the other way during the events of the previous administration that pointed out th existing loopholes in the state's ethics laws.

It took the FBI raids in August of 2006 and the indictment of former lawmaker Tom Anderson months later to force lawmakers to finally close the loopholes they had ignored for years.

Cleaning up the Republican Party? Even after her much publicized battle with GOP party chairman Randy Ruedrich over ethics, she remained silent at the 2004 Republican State Convention while Ruedrich was re-nominated unanimously.

This past spring at the 2008 Republican State Convention, Palin in her speech to delegates pushed for replacing Ruedrich but her calls were unanswered. Palin supporters who wanted Ruedrich out simply couldn't attract enough Ron Paul supporters who seemed more concerned with revoking the Patriot Act and legalizing Marijuana.

Another weakness is Palin's habit of tailoring the facts of a situation to meet her political needs.

Yesterday in her Dayton acceptance speech, Palin stated, "...I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress -- I told Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that bridge to nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, I said we'd build it ourselves."

This was not true.

Not only did the state keep the money that was earmarked for the bridge to be used on other transportation projects, but Palin had been a strong supporter of the bridge during her gubernatorial run in 2006, claiming Alaska needed to seize upon the seniority of its congressional delegation.

According to the Ketchikan Daily News on August 8, 2006, 'People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,' said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth.

Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a package deal and that she 'would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.'”

And again on September 29, 2006, she told the Ketchikan Daily News, "Part of my agenda is making sure that Southeast is heard. That your projects are important. That we go to bat for Southeast when we’re up against federal influences that aren’t in the best interest of Southeast.'

She cited the widespread negative attention focused on the Gravina Island crossing project. 'We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,' Palin said.

Yesterday, it took bloggers less than a few hours after her acceptance speech in Dayton to call her on the claim that she turned back the federal earmark for the bridge to nowhere.

Palin will need to learn that reporters are hanging on her every word and that the level of scrutiny from the press will be relentless.

The lack of domestic and foreign policy knowledge will become problematic if Palin doesn't become a fast learner. During her twenty months in office as governor she has introduced no major policy issues dealing with health care, education or public safety.

With Americans worried about mortgage payments, health care and the cost of energy, Palin will need to offer them more than just glittering generalities.

As a close observer of her administration, Palin has had a habit of holding press conferences surrounded by the crutch of her staff.

When questions get too detailed, she anxiously looks around the room for someone to save her. This won't be possible when she is standing on her own.

And foreign policy will be one of her biggest challenges, especially standing toe to toe against Sen. Joe Biden who is considered by many as an expert on foreign affairs. With geo-political events just one match away from becoming a raging bonfire, Palin needs to be able to articulate an understanding of the global conflicts and possible solutions.

Palin's lack of foreign policy is already becoming foder for late night comedians. Friday night Jay Leno poked at Palin's lack of foreign experience.

"Tonight on the show we have Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson who just got back from Beijing. You know what that means don't you? It means she has more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin," Leno joked.

But jokes aside, with McCain's age being a factor, the phrase being a heartbeat away from the presidency takes on new meaning. Palin will need to get up to speed on a tremendous amount of issues fast.


Threats

The most obvious threat is that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be the President of the United States. With John McCain at age 72, he would be the oldest President ever elected. This means the Vice President slot will be watched extremely close.

There are a number of other threats as well that Palin faces if she doesn't realize the rules have changed and the stakes are high. The scrutiny she is under will be unlike anything she has ever been through before.

During the gubernatorial campaign throughout Alaska, if a reporter showed up to cover an event, that was a coup. Today she won't be able to go to the grocery store without press following her and noting what she is buying.

Palin won't be able to say one thing one week and another thing another week. As soon as she does it will be a bit on The Daily Show with John Stewart.

Palin has had the comfort of being treated very respectfully by the Alaska media and some might argue with kid gloves. No more. She will have a pack of two dozen reporters following her every move and hanging on her every word. With the concern about her inexperience already coming into play, the press will be listening and waiting for any slip up to pounce on.

She has also exhibited a quick temper with those who question her. Time to grow a really, really thick skin. Every one of these reporters is looking for a better story than their colleague, which means nothing is off limits.

Finally, she needs to learn and learn fast. During the campaign in 2006 my biggest surprise was that Palin's message on issues never matured between January and November.

In April of 2006, Palin and I shared a cup of coffee together in the Captain Cook coffee shop. We had just been at a debate up at the University of Fairbanks the night before and she said although the was impressed with my ability to state policies and figures, when looking out over the audience, she wondered to herself if having a grasp of that really mattered.

In October of 2006, at a health care debate at UAA late in the campaign, while Tony Knowles and I waited backstage to go on, Palin sat in the corner with two of her aides trying to force feed her health care information. She ended up walking on stage with an arm load of health care reports.

The fact was that having a grasp of policies and figures didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, policies and figures didn't win the election; Palin won the election by being the candidate that people liked the most, not the candidate that knew the most.

The threat is that she will try and apply that same recipe to running on a nationwide platform and I don't think that will help her and will be highlighted by the press and in the media.

But the biggest unknown threat remains the ongoing investigation regarding the firing of former Public safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

The fact that McCain selected Palin even though this investigation has just begun, shows that either Palin has convinced them that this is much to do about nothing, or the McCain camp feels they can spin the outcome if it's bad.

According to Lisa Demer at the Anchorage Daily News, the McCain campaign says Palin “was never directly involved” and blamed the controversy on the campaign of the Democratic nominee, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

“The Governor did nothing wrong and has nothing to hide. It’s outrageous that the Obama campaign is trying to attack her over a family issue. As a reformer and a leader on ethics reform, she has been happy to help out in the investigation of this matter, because she was never directly involved,” the campaign said in a statement.

However, for the first time on Friday, Monegan offered confirmation that he felt he was fired by Palin due to his refusal to fire her ex brother in law, State Trooper Mike Wooten.

“It was a significant factor if not the factor,” Monegan said.

In addition, Monegan confirmed publicly what we reported on this blog yesterday about the existence of emails he received directly from Palin regarding Wooten.

This of course contradicts Palin's claim that she was never directly involved.

"Monegan also disclosed for the first time Friday that Palin sent him two or three e-mails that referenced her ex-brother-in-law and his status with troopers but he wouldn’t provide them because of the ongoing investigation," reported the ADN's Demer.

The investigation will take even more turns as there are reports now that the Palin administration has ceased cooperating with special investigator Branchflower and some Palin staffers are talking about jumping ship before it starts to sink.

This remains a constant threat and one that will not go away anytime soon.

They say a week is a lifetime in politics; what happens the next nine weeks will make Alaskan history for a lifetime.

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11 Comments:

At August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

bitter

 
At August 30, 2008 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Maggie S. said...

Hm. Good to know some of these things...

I think there is more than is being told by Wooten in that whole scandal, if that's what you think it is.

Other than that, very interesting and informative read! Thanks!

 
At August 31, 2008 at 7:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything I have read about Palin I like. Syrin, your comments contradict most of what I have read. There has to be more on why you are bashing her. Care to disclose why you are REALLY bashing Sarah Palin?

Let everyone know the truth.

 
At August 31, 2008 at 1:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

more about palin:
http://bloggersforjohnmccain08.blogspot.com/2008/08/wacky-brilliance-behind-palin-pick.html

AND this is a good one too:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/defending_against_the_first_at.html

read these and see what you think about palin.

 
At August 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Syrin said...

You people don't have a clue what you're talking about.
OMG- What a crock....."What I've been told is Syrin had some arguement with Sarah Palin's sister and didn't like the fact that Sarah stepped in."

You are perpetuating a lie.....

Syrin has no vendetta, just the truth and the credibility to get it out to my nation.

See what I mean? Sarah Palin empowers Liars, Tramps and Theives like yourself. May I mention that 35 complaints were filed against Trooper Wooton, all but 2 were UNSUBSTIANTED. Threatening Sarah's Daddy was unsubstianted, you liar. You shoul've know that. Where do you live? None of you know anything about these people or Alaska government. Those charges were dealt with 3 years ago by the authority of the public safty committee and the courts. However, that wasn't good enough for Sarah, Sarah Daddy and Molly. She was now in a position to CHANGE the outcome
by Practicing Retribution(Not allowing a private person to have the due process that is guaranteed by the Constitution of these United States). But with Commissionor Monegan, who had NOTHING to do with previous events 3 years ago it was the wrong move to make by Palin. He told her and Todd and Frank they should not be talking to him about these matters. He can't do anything or would he. So the intimidation carries on until Commissioner Monogan finilly is fired. NO freaks, he didn't get the opportunity to resign, sure he was offered a demotion to be essentially a subordiante. This man Walt Monogan is a GOOD man, Alsakn, Public Servant. Sarah's replacement(I'm not a SEX HARRASSER)Kopp a feel recieved $10,000.00 for his 9 days of ethically challanged service.

This is about the fact that Sarah has used the position of Governor in the most despicable ways. Could it be that Sarah Palin is an incompetent, vindictive and unethical individual? Could it be that Sarah Palin with these attributes couldn't help herself in ABUSING that POWER? Could it be that Sarah Palin if not stopped now will continue this evil, vindictive pattern as she gains more Power to ABUSE it?

Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy! Sarah Palin is the one that is currently under investigation, 0-12 for "ABUSE OF POWER" Unethical conduct in office.

Do you understand that this is much more than Trooper Wooton.

 
At August 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

syrin,

but you keep bringing up wooten. so, if you keep bringing it up, i'll keep showing how you make up stories...to get even with Sarah.

So, you're telling me you've never spoken with Sarah's sister? never had an arguement with her? even when you were Sarah's "youth counselor"?

 
At August 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

siren,

could it be you have a vendetta?

 
At August 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM , Blogger Syrin said...

I can see why most posts here are anonymous. Because you have nothing. You people are attacking the messanger instead of listening to the message. The garbage and conjecture that you're posting is ignorant drivel. You are nothing more but a sycophant demonize and minimize, it's all good. Cause I got the TRUTH... All you got is Sarah.

 
At August 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

so everyone is lying but you?

 
At August 31, 2008 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are the sole proprietor of truth? anyone who believes other than what you say...is either lying or "sycophant demonize and minimize"? Siren is all knowing...bow to her.

nice to see you have an open mind to things. actually, it goes to make you even more unbelievable.

The more you spout off these lies, the more you keep babbling the non-sense that you do, the more people will read and find out the truth. AND that it doesn't come from you.

Please Siren, keep it up!!! you actually help our cause.

 
At September 4, 2008 at 9:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an Alaskan and I have questions!

The Legislature authorized the spending of $100K for a special investigator into possible wrongs of the Governor. Now, the state Dept. of Law hired a high class attorney with up to $95K to protect the govenor. This is all the peoples moneys. What the hell is going on here? The Govenor got caught in more of her own lies, and we pay to protect her.? Did any of of these recent legislator that were recently convicted or under suspect receive any state legal financial assistance? Of course not. I would insist that the legislature not fund any of these monies for Gov Palin, her husband or any one else involved in this case for her defense. This must be causing night mares for Sen McCain and the GOP leadership. This will end up being a horrible embarrassment for the people of the state of Alaska. Sarah Palin has asked others to resign, and she should do so immediately. She will not of course, and continue this charade for all of the world to watch. I am a 66 year old GOP voter that has never missed a national election. I would not consider under any circumstances vote for McCain -Sarah Palin

 

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