Just as McCain’s comments about the “victory” in Iraq seem to confilict with Petraeus’ assessment, McCain’s earlier endorsement of the health of the economy seem to ring hollow these days. This seems to have given the offensive to the Democrats.
General Petraeus has a sharply different view from McCain and Palin on the status of the Iraq war. He is not talking at all in terms of victory and seemed to mock McCain’s statements when he said
“this is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade… it’s not a war with a simple slogan.”
As Patrick Cockburn points out in the linked article, if McCain believes what he is telling the American people, he is dangerously out of touch.
The Pew Center published in March the results of an extensive survey ranking of the governance of each of the states. Palin’s administration got a “C,” below the national average of “C+.” Christine Gregoire in Washington, Alaska’s nearest neighboring state, received highest marks.
Given McCain’s earlier criticism of Palin for excessive requests for earmarks, her low evalutaion as a governor, and the fact that she has less experience than any candidate for her office in modern history, one must conjecture about the choice of her as a running mate. Clearing she got the pick for personality and to solidify the base: beauty contest criteria, not on merit.
The New York Times has now published a lengthy review of Palin’s governorship and its conclusions are far from flattering. She seems to have actively supressed rational discourse by lying about scientific data, hired cronies, and punished people who differed with her. That doesn’t sound like much of a change.
The blog “Mudflats” has become a kind of link between Alaska and the lower 48. Most recently
it reports and provides a video and photographs of a wild anti-Palin rally in Anchorage. Seems that a lot of people up there don’t support McCain’s choice to say the least.
The Anchorage Daily News suggests that this rally against Palin was the biggest rally in recent Alaska history.
The ethics investigation brought more bad news as the legislature voted to subpoena the governor’s husband despite the ardent efforts of the attorney hired by the State to represent her. A Republican from Wasilla voted to put the facts on the table in rejecting her plea to obfuscate issues.
Here’s another little factoid. Palin has been talking a lot about ear marks and how Obama exploits them while she avoids them. The truth is not remotely like that. She sought 33 times the amount in earmarks for Alaska as Obama did for Illinois on a per capita basis. McCain had actually singled her out earlier for excessive earmark requests.