Sarah Palin equals Spiro Agnew

Dateline: Fri 05 Sep 2008

My Hillary friends are starting to speak out.

If anything, the selection of Sarah Palin as Pops' veep (to quote Christopher Buckley) is sending the Hillary women to Obama's side in a flash.

Here is what my buddy Annie said: "Sarah Palin reminds me of Spiro Agnew playing 'pit bull' and attacking the press. I guess if we live long enough everything comes around again."

Friend Barb in Charlotte said she found Palin's convention speech smug and sarcastic, and she wonders if "they have birth control in Alaska." She is now squarely for Obama.

The best analysis comes from the always thoughtful Ken Bode, whose column is in today's Star. I've watched Ken move from Hillary last year over to Obama. His take, if you have not yet read him, is that Palin is a big-time gamble for McCain. After explaining that McCain's pick has brought the McCain-doubting Christian evangelicals into the GOP fold, Bode makes his case:

"On the surface, Palin's political credentials are an appealing and unconventional mix: from union member to PTA volunteer to small-town mayor to reformist governor of a state whose politics are dominated by oil interests and awash in Republican Party corruption.

"What we're just finding out, and what we don't know about Palin, may take some gloss off that image. For example, she supported the infamous 'Bridge to Nowhere' before she opposed it, and contrary to McCain's posture on congressional earmarks, as mayor she hired Washington lobbyists to win $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla. Though McCain operatives won't own up to it, it's pretty clear that the vetting of Sarah Palin was hasty and incomplete. That's a mistake they may pay for later. Ask George McGovern."

Thanks to readers, including sauron21, who already had the goods on Spiro, I mean Sarah, Palin.


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