Strong opinions, weakly held

An innocent question

Here’s a quote from today’s Wall Street Journal:

There is nothing more dangerous to entrenched Washington power than a populist conservative who looks unlikely to buy into Washington’s creature comforts. Take a close look at Governor Palin’s record on ethics and energy in Alaska, and it becomes clear what this Beltway outburst is actually about. The irony is that while Senator Obama is running on change, his acceptance speech made explicit that he’s promising only more power and money for Washington. Sarah Palin’s history of taking on the career politicians of a corrupt Alaskan GOP machine — her own party — shows that she’s the more authentic change agent.

Does anyone really believe that the agents of entrenched Washington power and the corrupt GOP machine would be so ardently defending Sarah Palin if they believed what they were saying to be true?


  1. Yes, I believe they would because Palin isn’t running for President. McCain is. If they have to defend Palin to win power, that’s what they’ll do.

    Do the VP picks really matter? Obviously both candidates picked individuals that would attempt to cover a weakness in their own abilities while glaringly ignoring the message they are putting out. McCain says Obama lacks experience and picks a VP with as little experience as Obama. Obama talks about how he wants change in Washington and picks a six term senator (that’s longer than I’ve been alive and he will win a 7th if Obama loses). It just goes to show that McCain and Obama have more in common than not. They’ll do or say anything to try and get elected.

  2. Clearly McCain didn’t picking her freely–his hand was forced, and that’s real bad because his actions as president would similarly be manipulated. We can all see the wires being used to make grandpa dance now–and who is pulling them.

    When Palin proponents say that she “took on” big oil, do they mean that she took big oil on as a PARTNER? Clearly a staunch supporter of oil and gas drilling, she bought off the Alaskan electorate for $1000 each and now she’s GIVING TransCanada half a billion dollar$ to build that pipeline she’s crowing about. With adversaries like that, big oil is drilling all the way to the bank (and gasoline is not getting any cheaper.)

    Didn’t we just go through the trauma of having an oil state governor in the whitehouse?

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