(Only a month left, then I can lay-off the politics for a while.)
RollingStone has a new article about John McCain. In short: a child of privilege who’s parents sheltered him from consequences, a poor student and soldier (graduating fifth from the bottom at the Naval Academy — 894th out of a class of 899), a woman-chaser (even after he was married), flip-flopper, and fame-seeker with a bad temper – getting in fights and lashing out at family members.
And Palin just keeps getting scarier. Salon has an article about her conflict with a Baptist minister in Wasilla Alaska. And the NY Times also has a long article about her. In short: she attempted to ban the Baptist minister’s book from the local library, was an anti-abortion activist, believes in six-day/young earth creationism [1, 2], pushed six-day creationists into the school-board, hired school friends, members of her church, and family while claiming to break-up the “Old Boys” network, was elusive and chronically unavailable to mayors in Alaska, drove her town into debt as mayor, sided with rich donors to make life difficult for their opponents (including firing people), rewarded loyalty and secrecy, believes Jesus will return in her lifetime, deeply interested in political power and pursuing vendettas against “haters”. She campaigns on transparent government, but records show that she did what she could to avoid oversight – including pushing government business to personal email accounts to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records. She flip-flopped on the “bridge to nowhere”, falsely claiming that she always opposed it. Even the “anti-corruption” platform is overblown: she turned in an Republican leader for doing party business on state time, but then did the same thing by running her election campaign from her mayor’s office.
If that wasn’t scary enough, she desperately wants to be president:
Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin’s first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.
“I said, ‘You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,’ ” Ms. Chase recalled. “She replied, ‘I want to be president.’ ” (Source)
She reiterated that sentiment more recently when she said that she admired George Bush Sr for being a Vice-President who became a President:
Katie Couric: What previous vice president impresses you the most and why?
Sarah Palin: Oh my goodness. It would have to be, vice presidents, uh, just a candidate, and that would have to have been Geraldine Ferraro, of course. That’s an easy one for me because she’s, she’s the one who first shattered part of that glass ceiling anyway in American politics. So it would be she as a candidate.
Couric: What about as an actual vice president if you had to name one?
Palin: My goodness. I think those who have gone on to the presidency, George Bush Sr., having, kind of learned the ropes in his position as VP and then movin’ on up. (Source)
Ugh. Scary. I hate the fame-seeking politicians who just want to be president to stroke their own ego.