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It will come out that the guy she fired didn't do his job. Rumor has it that he shirked many duties, only one of which was firing the guy whom he didn't fire, who, by all accounts, was threatening and deserved to be fired.

Before she was governor, Palin pushed fo...opers.\' "

Right after Monegan was fired in July, he was quoted to say that he knew he was serving Alaska at the will of the governor. She could fire him because she didn't like how he parted his hair. Based on his comments, I expect the investigation will find that Sarah did not order the firing or abuse her power. It could also develop enough ammunition in favor of the State to prevent Wooten from suing for unlawful dismissal.

I doubt Walt is crying too much. I talked to him about six months before he retired from being Chief of Police for the Anchorage Police Department. He was looking forward to spending most of his summers fishing and wanted to do volunteer work in the native Alaskan villages in the winter to help reduce substance abuse and domestic violence. He was honored to be tapped for the Commissioner position. It was kind of out of left field. It wasn't the end all and be all for him.

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Oh..by the way...I'd say Obama's ethics are much more in question than squeaky clean Palin in regards to his shady real estate transactions with convicted felon and Obama contributer Tony Rezko. Heh. It's never hard to find a Dem presidential candidate trying to enrich themselves thru shady real estate deals [see Whitewater].

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I'll preface this by saying that I'm not a fan of the Republicans and an extremely harsh critic of Bush and his 'policies': the appointment of Palin smells of nothing more than a counter-strike against the Democrats having an African-American candidate and their failure to appoint a woman. I wonder if John McCain knew Sarah Palin before his advisers pointed him toward Alaska?

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The choice of Sarah Palin IMHO is a desperate attempt to try to sway the election for John McCain. He realized from sources that trashing Barak Obama on lack of experience was not going to win the election for the GOP. (Just as all of the contentions about his pastor, his birth certificate, his friendship with the sixties radical, his being a closet Muslim etc. would not do it either.) So the thought process is that this is a good way to win back the Evangelical vote and the women's vote. There is a problem with that thought process. First of all, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are at polar opposites of the political spectrum and share nothing more than the fact they are females. Secondly, the Evangelical vote for the most part is not going to go to Sen. Obama. It is either going to sit at home or vote for the Republicans. So there really is nothing to gain here. Gov. Palin's response to a reporter a month ago regarding the job duties of the VP ("I don't know what a VP does) sounds to me like it was a way of setting low expectations in a possible debate with Sen. Joe Biden. She had to have known a month ago that she might and I repeat might be tapped by McCain later to be VP. Its the same game George W. Bush has done trying to look and act and speak like he is unintelligent to set up low expectatioins. I really do not see this selection helping or hurting the entire process for Sen. McCain. He has voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time. He graduated 894 out of 897 at the U.S. Naval Academy. Yes, he served our country bravely and is to be commended for that. But our country is in desperate need for a lot of change. Team Bush has messed it up more than any administration in my memory and that goes back to Eisenhower. The people who approve of Bush now are part of the "concrete 30". That is the 30% approval rating that would never change their minds no matter what happened. They will say all kinds of negative things about Sen. Obama and would never have vaguely considered voting for him in the first place. They are not the people the Democrats need to be concerned with. It is the independents and moderate Republicans that will detemine this election. The Republicans have won elections too many times by "scaring the hell out of people" since they know these tactics work. Karl Rove and company are pretty good at that whole industry. Its going to take far more than that to win this election in 2008. People are mad and fed up. Just look at the results of the 2006 midterm election. A lot of the blame for where are country is right now can be placed on those people who voted for George W. Bush in 2004. They knew what he was like. Anyone can make a mistake the first time by voting for Bush. But to then vote for him again is very hard to understand. McCain offers nothing of any substance apart from George W. Bush.

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Heh...Obama should be WAY ahead at this point. I have a feeling there are going to be alot of sad Obama supporters come Nov.Who cares where McCain finished in his Naval class? Change. Talkin loud and saying nothing.I'd worry more about Obama in a debate...he seems to lose his "magic" when there is no teleprompter.[see Saddleback, Dem debates].

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I voted for McCain in 2000 in the primary. I did not want George Bush to win. I guess we are going to have to agree to disagree about "poor student in the Oval Office" for the last 8 years and it has been a total bust. It is a small but important aspect of what kind of person you are. George W. Bush has put in about as much effort into the presidency as he did in college and unfortunately our country has paid dearly for it.(take a look at the number of vacation days he has taken.) McCain as a 72 year old has a lot less energy than Bush on a good day.

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Good Point Sterling. But McCain hasn't agreed with how Bush has been running alot of things in Iraq and domestically in the last 5 years. But the other side of cut and run, more taxes and bigger government as an alternative is even worse for the country than Blundering Bush!

So, I hope to God, that McCain is not afraid to point out the MISTAKES Bush has made in the last several years, how he would have, and is GOING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY than Bush! If he is afraid to do that because it might offend the idiot die-hard Bush supporters...It's "Obama-Nation" time, baby, and the fast-track to wonderful socialism, where people like Obama and Pelosi will legislate (through taxation and judicial appointees) what they "know" is better for us, and we better fall in line or else!...

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The few things that Bush has fixed or tried to fix were done so by throwing insane amounts of tax dollars/future debt dollars (And in the case of Iraq, more lives) at the problem. A real leader would have done more RIGHT before the problem got worse.

Examples: Homeland Security, Katrina, The Rumsfeld Strategy, The Presciption Drug Plan, The Surge, The Oil Markets, The Mortgage and Bank Markets...

However, except for Iraq, The idiot Democrat leaders were always there to protest every Bush decision saying, "Whaaaaaaaa, he didn't do or spend enough, Whaaaaaaaa!"

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Excellent point Tony. McCain is lucky George Bush will not be at the convention. It would have given the Democrats a lot of photo ops of Bush and McCain together (as if there aren't alot of them now). That is going to be the real challenge for McCain....distance myself as far as I can from this totally inept President but do not offend the faithful....Time will tell.

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It's truly amazing that Palin has been a bit of an "overnight success" in the past few days....

from virtual unknown to all over the papers. But will it help McCain enough?

But the one problem with McCain is that it appears that he isn't the same guy in the 2004 election. At least then, he showed he had some substance. Now, all I hear about is his war record, and the campaign attacks on Obama....

but little else....

McCain looks more like Dole II than McCain 2004.

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This has been making the rounds on Myspace about Sarah Palin.

Who is Sarah Palin, McCains VP choice? Here's some basic background:

* She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

1* Palin is strongly anti-choice(pro-life), opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

2* She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

3* Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

4* She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

5* She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.

6* How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

7*This is information the American people need to see.

We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking.

Here's a sample:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M.

, Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B.

, Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L.

, Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C.

, Anchorage, AK

She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L.

, Juneau, AK

I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M.

, Anchorage, AK

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means.

Please pass this information along to your friends and family..

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