Sarah Palin

The Case Against The Case Against Biden
September 17, 2008

It's 48 days until the election. Do you know where your vice presidential candidate is? If you're a Democrat, you probably don't. Ever since John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, Joe Biden has been AWOL from the national consciousness. That hasn't necessarily been for a lack of effort on his part. In the 14 days following Palin's nomination, Biden gave 54 interviews or press conferences, but it was Palin's one interview during that time--with ABC's Charlie Gibson--that got its own primetime special.

Does She Walk The Walk On Energy And Transparency?
September 17, 2008

I know some of us have Sarah Palin fatigue, but look, she is on the GOP ticket, and not merely that -- her addition was intended to steal McCain's limelight, to revive a ticket that was flagging under McCain alone by adding novelty and energy expertise and bulking up his open-government, "politics of change" credentials. So it's worth taking a gander this morning at two little stories that puncture some of Palin's energy and open-government cred. Over at the Post, Michael Dobbs fact-checks Palin's boast that as governor of Alaska, she oversees "nearly 20 percent" of the U.S.

Running Against Sarah
September 16, 2008

Palin's former foes offer battle-worn advice.

Bush Doctrine Follies
September 13, 2008

Interesting WaPo piece on the meaning of the Bush doctrine. I think two things can be--and are--simultaneously true here: 1. The meaning of "Bush Doctrine" is subject to some legitimate debate. 2. Sarah Palin couldn't have outlined that debate for you 48 hours ago. By the way, her extended interview on 20/20 last night may have been the real low point of her ABC adventure.

The Phonetic Sarah Palin, Cont'd
September 12, 2008

I meant to mention this earlier, but on ABC last night Sarah Palin committed a Bush-like mispronunciation of the word nuclear as "nuculer." Guess she's adrift when the campaign-approved pronunciation isn't spelled out phonetically for her. Maybe it's time for a new flashcard. (Not to fear, though: I'm reliably told Palin knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America....) --Michael Crowley

Dee Dee Myers: What Obama Should Do Next
September 12, 2008

Barack Obama is slumping. Poll numbers are down. Enthusiasm is down. Democrats, once again, are freaking. So, we asked a few folks, from different walks of life, to offer their opinion on what Obama should do to improve his standing. Here's what former Bill Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers had to say: The first thing you have to do is stop running against Sarah Palin and start running against John McCain. She's sort of bullet-proof, so the best thing to do in my opinion is to use her enormous popularity to contrast with John McCain.

Palin Book-ban Update
September 12, 2008

  The McCain campaign now concedes to the Associated Press that Sarah Palin, as mayor, asked her town librarian about book-banning three times. That's quite a strong interest in a hypothetical action she had no intention of taking. The AP also has more context: According to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper, Emmons did not mince words when Palin asked her "how I would deal with her saying a book can't be in the library" on Oct.

Palin's Oil Tax Heresy?
September 12, 2008

The key to Sarah Palin's popularity in Alaska might have something to do with the fact that this Friday, her administration will give every man, woman, and child in Alaska a $3,269 check. What did Palin do to free up this kind of money? She increased the oil tax from a 10 percent gross revenue tax to a 25 percent profits tax. The result was a massive influx of cash to state coffers. BP, for example, saw its state taxes increase by 480 percent. All of this should be anathema to economic conservatives, who cry class warfare whenever Democrats broach the topic of windfall profits taxes.

September 12, 2008

Per the WashPost, McCain's top campaign guru, Steve Schmidt, accompanied Sarah Palin all the way to Alaska. More evidence of the obvious: This is not the McCain-Palin campaign anymore, but the Palin-McCain campaign. --Michael Crowley

Crashing Palinpalooza
September 11, 2008

Palin puts the "party" back in GOP.