Do you ever get the feeling that Tea Party Republicans see the phrase “Ignorance Is Bliss” as a Mission Statement?


Isn't it time the media starts giving equal time to Palin's buddy list of anti-American bombers and other radical associates?

I think since Sarah Palin is still on the road questioning the President and the first ladies love for this Country, it is time the Country takes a long hard look at the Palin's love for the AIP who hated America! (Especially since Sarah Palin keeps hinting that she will run in 2012)  If the media won't do their jobs then the people need to.  I hope all viewers will share and make this topic go viral!-Mem

Article from the elections in 2008:

Sarah Palin's Alaskan independence (party) raises questions about vetting process
Posted: September 02, 2008, 12:56 PM by Shane Dingman

ABC news was the first to report on this latest angle of Republican presidential nominee's John McCain's vice-presidential running mate, and maybe because we Canadians have our own contentious history with separatists maybe it strikes home harder up here, but this latest charge is certainly a talker. From ABC's Jake Tapper:
An intense "she said"/"she said" has emerged over whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ever a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, the third-largest political party in the 49th state. The AIP wants Alaskans to get an opportunity to vote on whether or not they will remain a state, or become a commonwealth, or split off as an independent nation.
Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."

After refraining from commenting on the charge for a day, the McCain campaign on Tuesday asserted that Palin was never a member of the AIP.

But Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.

"We are a state's rights party," says Clark, a self-employed goldminer. The AIP has "a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law."

A day after ABC News requested a response from Palin as to whether she was ever a member of the AIP, McCain campain spox Brian Rogers told ABC News that Clark's "allegations are false."

"Governor Palin has been a registered Republican since 1982," Rogers says, providing some voter registration documentation showing her to be a Republican. "As you know, if she changed her registration, there would have been some record of it. There isn’t."
The American Prospect gleefully speculates that this could be McCain's own "God Damn America" problem, and here's the video shoutout she did to the AIP convention, but let's just say she's no Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The big story of course remains the pregnancy of the Governor's teenaged daughter Bristol, but as Marc Ambinder posts on his Atlantic Monthly blog, the GOP has a plan and talking points to deal with that. The more ticklish questions of exactly who did the vetting of Palin and whether they are worth their political salt continues.

As the New York Times reports,

In Alaska, several state leaders and local officials said they knew of no efforts by the McCain campaign to find out more information about Ms. Palin before the announcement of her selection, Although campaigns are typically discreet when they make inquiries into potential running mates, officials in Alaska said Monday they thought it was peculiar that no one in the state had the slightest hint that Ms. Palin might be under consideration.
"They didn't speak to anyone in the Legislature, they didn't speak to anyone in the business community," said Lyda Green, the State Senate president, who lives in Wasilla, where Ms. Palin served as mayor.
The New Yorker has collected a few of Palin's thoughts, from just two weeks ago, when she was widely ruled out as a contender in the veepstakes. Perhaps refreshingly, she was open enough on the subject of Obama's change agenda:
“The theme of our campaign was ‘new energy,’ ” she said recently. “It was no more status quo, no more politics as usual, it was all about change. So then to see that Obama—literally, part of his campaign uses those themes, even, new energy, change, all that, I think, O.K., well, we were a little bit ahead on that.” She also noted, “Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”
 Nobody in Alaska seemed to take her seriously as a national prospect, and she had shrugged the whole thing off on television, telling CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that, before considering the job, she would want to know “what is it, exactly, that the V.P. does every day.”
On McCain’s signature issue—the prosecution of the war in Iraq—she did not sound so gung-ho. Her son is a soldier, and she said, “I’m a mom, and my son is going to get deployed in September, and we better have a real clear plan for this war. And it better not have to do with oil and dependence on foreign energy.” 
The Palin pick was wildly ambitious, as Kelly McParland discusses on Full Comment it could be a home run or a complete disaster when this thing finally shakes out.
But aside from the tactical political genius of the move, it's raising worries about John McCain's temperment:

It is basic, basic politics that before you ask someone to become your running mate, you vet them thoroughly. You want to know what you're getting into, and you don't want any unfortunate surprises. Apparently, McCain didn't bother to do this. That's astonishing. It's like starting surgery before you do an initial medical workup and diagnosis, or handing all your money over to a financial advisor before you find out whether she's legitimate. In this particular case, there are two huge problems with what McCain did.

Meanwhile, Palin's own troopergate scandal may be getting serious, with Palin "lawyering up." The Washington Monthly bloggers are wondering:

To be sure, when politicians secure private counsel to help address an ongoing investigation, it's not necessarily indicative of guilt, but it does reflect the seriousness of the probe. (And just as an aside, when was the last time a candidate for national office had to hire a lawyer, during the campaign, to deal with an ongoing scandal?)

More and more it looks like the gun-toting hockey mom is Looking like an ordinary politician?
On Monday, the papers were full of stories about how Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. Also yesterday, we found out that Palin worked for a 527 group organized by Ted Stevens, who is now facing trial on corruption charges.
Photo: Supporters of Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin display their support at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St Paul, Minnesota September 1, 2008.  Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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