Sarah Palin

Cindy Mccain--fudging On Palin
September 02, 2008

At an appearance this morning at that joint New Hampshire-South Carolina breakfast (see below), Cindy managed to stretch the truth rather brazenly while discussing Sarah Palin: "She has no problem saying, 'No, we don't want that bridge to nowhere. If we want it, we'll pay for it...'" Er, not exactly. Palin was a big supporter of the "bridge to nowhere" both before and after her election as governor in 2006. She only changed her tune after the project had made Alaska a national laughing stock and it was clear Congress wasn't ponying up anyway. See here for details. --Noam Scheiber

Palin's Impressive Earmarking Skills
September 02, 2008

Dean Baker dusts off the calculator in response to reports that Sarah Palin hired a lobbying firm to secure millions in congressional earmarks for Wasilla during her final four years as mayor: As the Washington Post reports this morning, Governor Pallin managed to secure $27 million (as in 27 Woodstock museums) in earmarks for her little town of 6,700 back when she was mayor. That comes to more than $4000 per person.

Republicans Heading For An Iceberg
September 02, 2008

ST. PAUL, MN: As a rule, political candidates begin moving to the center on Labor Day, but John McCain has continued to focus on solidifying his rightwing base, particularly among social conservatives. The convention’s first two days have been a conservative love-fest for McCain’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. McCain’s handlers have also allowed social conservatives free reign in writing this year’s Republican platform.   McCain strategists have tried to explain Palin’s nomination as an attempt to secure discontented Democrats who backed Hillary Clinton.

Can We Tell Much From Palin's Environmental Record?
September 02, 2008

Over at the Plank, Cass Sunstein has already noted that Sarah Palin doesn't seem to understand that the current rise in global temperature is being caused by human activity. (After joining the GOP ticket, her spokesperson said that Palin "stands with John McCain in his belief that global warming is a critical issue that must be addressed"—but stayed mum on the whole what's-causing-it-question).

The Case Against The Case Against Palin
September 02, 2008

A very good friend, who is a lifelong Alaskan and one of the smartest people I know, offers this word of caution to those (yes, like me) inclined to take Sarah Palin lightly: At the end of 2005, a close friend called to say that he begun writing speeches and talking points for a certain gubernatorial candidate. "Remind me," I asked. "Who is Sarah Palin?" I was dismayed at my friend’s choice of political entree. Why was he wasting his time on a relative nobody, trying to beat an incumbent governor (and former three term senator) in the Republican primary? It was utter folly.

Bristol Palin And The Jamie Lynn Factor
September 01, 2008

I don't pretend to know how Bristol Palin's pregnancy "plays." I'd bet it causes a lot of sound and fury but has little effect on the election. Still, some variables to watch: Do evangelicals respect her decision to keep the baby more than they judge Sarah Palin's parenting?

Mulling Palin's Pregnant Daughter
September 01, 2008

I just got out of a lunch for the Michigan delegation, where the subject of Sarah Palin's future grandchild came up repeatedly. The gist: People were still pretty excited about Palin, but somewhat anxious about how the pregnancy would play. One group of Michigan men decided it would be a wash because while these sorts of revelations are never helpful, Democrats wouldn't be able to do anything with the story.

Sarah Palin's Lamest Line
September 01, 2008

In the past few days, the press has politely gone through the non-gender-related reasons McCain could have chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate: She's young; she's a reformer; she's country; she's pro-life; she fires up the base; she is--we've even been asked to believe--McCain's "soulmate." But Palin herself doesn't pull any punches on the substance of her selection.

A Boost For Downticket Republicans
September 01, 2008

Hurricane Gustav and the Sarah Palin surprise could boost a few downticket Republicans: 1.

Experience, Shmexperience
August 31, 2008

 I suppose there is not much left to say about Sarah Palin. Or maybe there is a world to say.But the first thought that comes to mind is how impoverished the Republican Party is. To have dug so hard and to have come up with such circumstantial assets as being a woman and an evangelical Christian is really not much. There are millions of them, even pretty ones, which speaks to another political asset.I can't quite say of Governor Palin that she is jejeune. But there is little public evidence yet available that forbids me.  So let me focus on her political experience.