Palin Teaches McCain that Truthfulness is Overrated.

From the moment when Sarah Palin was first introduced at the Republican Convention, we learned that truthfulness was not a virtue she considered to be important.  She had no compunction about reporting that she said “thanks but No Thanks to the Bridge to Nowhere”, even though she originally favored it.  She said that she had sold the Governor’s private plane on eBay, when in fact she had not. Later she said that she opposed earmarks, but in fact Palin had requested, and obtained, millions of dollars of federal tax dollars for Alaska while acting as the Governor.  Some might find the mating habits of crabs or the DNA of harbor seals to be less than an urgent national concern, but obviously Palin must have had a different perspective, about their importance, and/or the characterization of those dollars as “earmarks”.   While the mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist for the very purpose of obtaining earmarks for the tiny town of Wasilla, which boasts a population of less than 7000 people.  For a mere $38,000.00 Wasilla was able to hire a powerful lobbyist who obtained $27,000,000.00 for this previously unknown village in Alaska (Litman 24). Sarah told us that she was a feminist, so of course why wouldn’t we believe her?  The fact that she opposed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, requiring fair pay for women doing the same job as a man, or that she made rape victims pay for their own rape examination kits in Wasilla, were obviously not relevant to the issue of Palin’s attitudes regarding the feminist agenda.  McCain’s own campaign manager Steve Schmidt explained that Palin wanted to lie about the fact that her husband had for 6 years been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. Schmidt also disclosed that Palin advocated telling the American people that she had been completely exonerated by the ethics commission, when in fact the bipartisan Alaskan commission determined that Palin had abused her power and acted unethically.  Thus it is crystal clear that Palin has learned that it doesn’t seem to matter what you have done or said in the past, the important thing is what you say to people today.  Palin has learned that most people have a very poor memory.  Palin has capitalized on the failing memories of her supporters, and now she is teaching that same valuable lesson to John McCain.

In the election of 2008, the sales-pitch of John McCain, that seemed to be a part of virtually every speech and commercial, was that John was a “maverick”.  As the Republican candidate, trying to overcome the frustrations of the American people caused by George W. Bush, McCain had to distance himself from that image and comparison.  Calling himself a “maverick” was a logical and brilliant solution.  A “maverick” is a person who takes a position or independent stand from a party or group as defined by Webster’s Dictionary. In the election of 2008, McCain and Palin became known as the “mavericks”.  It wasn’t that they relied upon the media to reach that conclusion on its own, but McCain and Palin actively worked to establish themselves as the “mavericks”.  People who knew nothing about the policies for which McCain stood, knew he was a “maverick”.

It’s only been a year-and-a-half since the November election of 2008.  For the first Seventy-two years of life, McCain flaunted himself as a “maverick”.  Yet in the space of 18 short months, he has either metamorphosed into a Senator who has “consistently” sided with conservatives, or his memory has simply failed (which may be more likely given his age). Now, as of, April 3, 2010, McCain has relinquished his image as a “maverick”.   I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!  Certainly if your teacher is a much younger, attractive, “perky”, pit bull wearing lipstick, there is no end to the things that might be accomplished.  Truthfulness seems to be unimportant to those who support Palin, and now those who support Senator McCain.

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  1. I never did understand why McCain has been painted as a maverick, his voting record is as conservative as they come in-lock-step with the party. McCain’s “straight” talk is a false narrative. He lies as easily as Sarah Palin does.

    Notably McCain’s colleague (I do not recall the senator’s name) had this to say: ‘if I had to describe John McCain in one word, it would be “deceitful.”‘

    For decades McCain has made claims things that are just not true — such as telling the press he voted for every investigation into Katrina; he voted against it twice. A reporter asked him about it, McCain answered, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

    But I’m not for, quote, “privatizing” Social Security. I never have been, I never will be.

    And back in the day when, side by side with George Bush, John McCain fought to privatize Social Security.

    * 2004: “Without privatization, I don’t see how you can possibly, over time, make sure that young Americans are able to receive Social Security benefits. [C-Span Road to the White House, 11/18/2004]
    * 2005: “McCain has been especially supportive of his onetime rival, appearing with Bush at three events over the past two days in trying to prod Democrats into negotiations to include private accounts in a plan to revamp Social Security.” [Washington Post, 3/23/05]
    2008: “As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it – along the lines of what President Bush proposed. I campaigned in support of President Bush’s proposal and I campaigned with him, and I did town hall meetings with him.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]

    When McCain reverses positions on issues, both large and small, and/or contradicts himself it mostly goes unreported in the traditional media which is unfortunate. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has made his “principled” opposition to earmarks, pork, and federal subsidies well known. Based on those principles, he has:

    – Opposed subsidies for alternative fuels like ethanol.

    – Blocked tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    – Opposed legislation to protect the Everglades.

    – Mocked funding for research on threatened species.”

    On every issue, from health care to tax-cuts to Social Security, et al McCain takes positions that are based on political ideology rather than what works. He sails whichever way the political winds are blowing.

    On the rare occasion when he is confronted by the media on changing positions, even fully quoted, McCain will complain his statements were taken out of context. When called to task McCain accuses his critics of using ageism. Playing victim is a tactic to put the focus elsewhere to avoid answering the charges. Sound familiar?

    McCain and Palin are two-peas in a pod. Thankfully they lost.


  2. Great post Malia. Very thoughtful and correct. McCain is an old has-been who more than likely, will not see another term. I’m not so sure AZ was real pleased when he brought Palin in to pitch hit for him. She’s absolutely poison to Repub’s. Rightly so…she is nothing close to CONSERVATIVE. Her Alaska record shows that.

    btw – just requested a purchase of your book at my library. Can’t wait…!
    Thanks for all you do!


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