Sunday Roast: Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice, all y’all?  Heh, all I know is that it’s supposed to be the day of the year with the longest daylight hours.  I won’t say it’s the longest day of the year, because, as we all know, that is a rather subjective concept.

Anyhoo, enjoy this lovely video of Alaska during summer solstice.

This is our daily open thread — Brace yourselves for summer…

Guest Blogging: Bridges to Nowhere and Beyond

By Pachydiplax

On November 17, 2005, Congress defeated two earmark bills fromAlaska’s sole Congressman, Don Young and the late Senator Ted Stevens, for bridges in Alaska. The first bill earmarked $231 million for what became known as the “Bridge to Nowhere”, a bridge to provide a connection between the port city of Ketchikan and Gravina Island, the location of Ketchikan’s airport. The second bill earmarked $223 million for a bridge connecting Anchorage with Point MacKenzie across the Knik Arm. Both bridges were touted as being important for economic development in Alaska. The 2005 legislation prevented Alaska from spending any federal funds for planning, design or construction of either of these two bridges. The legislation did not eliminate the bridge projects nor did it eliminate the $454 million fromAlaska’s federal transportation funding that year.

The bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina would eliminate the need for the ferryboat that currently serves the 13 families that live on the island and the 200,000 passengers that use the airport each year. The bridge would have to be taller than the Brooklyn Bridge to allow passage for large cargo and passenger ships. The ferry makes its crossing at a narrow location while the bridge would have to be longer than the Golden Gate Bridge, crossing at a wide point, 6 miles south of the ferry crossing, so not to interfere with airport operations. Even thought the bridge hasn’t been built, Alaska did spend our tax dollars to build a road on Gravina Island. It runs for 6 miles south from the airport… to nowhere.

The envisioned 2.6 mile, 4-lane crossing over the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet would consist of causeways built out from each shore connected by a 1.5-mile long bridge. The cost of the bridge and several miles of roadway and interchanges could reach $1.5 billion. The 81-mile drive from Anchorage to the new Goose Creek Correctional facility at Point MacKenzie would only be 12 miles via the bridge. The deepwater port at Point MacKenzie would also benefit from a water crossing to Anchorage. Construction has begun on a 30-mile spur line from the Alaska Railroad at Houston to Port MacKenzie and work is underway reducing road grades and widening roads for expected increases in truck traffic to and from the port. Proponents of the bridge are currently seeking private investors and environmental studies have begun on the bridge project. Meanwhile, there is a need for a way to cross the Knik Arm

That need was closer to being filled in 2010 with the completion of a new ferryboat, the M/V Susitna. Thanks to Senator Stevens and the U.S. Navy, the Mat-Su Borough now owns a $78 million twin-hulled-ice breaking-catamaran ferryboat. It can operate at 17 knots in high seas drawing 12’ of water or reconfigure itself to operate at 4.5’ draft. Unlike any of the 17 ferryboats the State currently operates in the Alaskan Marine Highway system, the M/V Susitna requires more crewmembers than comparably sized ferryboats and crew members require special training. The vessel carries 120 passengers and 20 vehicles. A building housing a passenger terminal and offices for the ferry operators has opened at Port MacKenzie. Now all that is needed are specialized docking facilities at both Port MacKenzie and Anchorage and the ferry will have somewhere to go.

Former Senator Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

Former Alaskan Senator Ted Steven has died today in a plane crash in Alaska, has been confirmed.

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, 86, has died in a plane crash in Alaska, according to his former chief of staff Mitch Rose.

Former Nasa chief Sean O’Keefe was confirmed also to have been aboard the small plane, officials say.

The aircraft is believed to have been carrying nine people.

The National Transportation Safety Board says five people were killed and four survived, with two badly hurt. It remains unclear who the survivors are. (read all)

Also on board was the current director of EADS America O’Keefe. Allegedly Mr O’Keefe and his son have survived the accident. Former Senator Stevens leaves a wife and six children. I am truly sorry for his family as well as for the families of the passengers and crew on board of that plane, who all suffered a terrible loss.

Sarah’s Twitter – Todd’s Job

From Twitter:

From Wikipedia:

For eighteen years, he worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest relating to his wife’s position as governor, he took a leave[10] from his job as production supervisor when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife’s administration.[3] Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.[1][10] He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason of spending more time with his family.[11]

The family needed more income, that was before she got all those clothes?

BREAKING: Sarah Palin to resign as Alaska Governor

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According to MSNBC, Sarah Palin will not finish her first term as the Alaska Governor.  No news yet as to why.

Lt Gov Sean Parnell will be the new Governor.

Stay tuned…

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UPDATE:  I just watched Palin’s speech on the teevee machine.  Wow.  I wonder if she’s trying to give Mark Sanford a run for his money on rambling speeches.

Palin talked about not wanting to be a “lame duck” governor, because it would cost the state lots of money and waste time, and she was going to be effecting change in some other arena.  She said she loves her job, but she feels resigning is the best thing to do for the state (she’s probably more right than she knows).  She made a totally lame basketball analogy, and talked about the sacrifice of the troops in Kosovo.  She said people were mean to her baby, Trig, and that she asked her kids if she should resign.  WTF?

Basically, this was just a long, rambling, ridiculous, and illogical resignation speech.  If she has hopes of a presidential run in 2012, she’s just shot them down today.  If she’s hope ing to run for the AK senate seat in 2010, she’s just shot herself in the foot.  Politically, none of this makes sense.

Something else is going on, and I can’t wait to find out what it is.  Hopefully, if it involves any of her children, she has the grace to keep it out of the limelight.

Conclusions?  Well, without further information, I’d have to say that the Governor of Alaska just wasn’t having fun anymore — so she quit her job.

Stay classy, Palin!

UPDATE: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports:

Talking to people who are very close to Sarah Palin, I have been told that she has told her supporters that she is out of politics, period. She is fed up with politics. She doesn’t like her life. She feels like she has to raise her family. She’s sick of the commute from Wasilla to the capital and she really does not want to run for higher office. This is not the case where she is stepping down in order to figure the way for a presidential run. In fact, she has told some of her biggest backers in the national Republican Party that they are free to choose other candidates for 2012.” (Source, Think Progress)

No, that’s not it.  Whatever it is, IT’S BIG.

UPDATE:  Here’s the YouTube of Palin’s speech.  If your ears start to bleed, please stop the video and seek medical attention.  😉

UPDATE:  From The Brad Blog

[Shannyn Moore] says Palin is “resigning as part of damage control” due to a scandal this is “not of a family nature.”

“The governor would not be able to continue her job when it comes out,” she told me on the phone just now, before adding: “Why would Mark Sanford not resign, but Sarah Palin did? Her family didn’t even know about the resignation until they were standing with her by the lake” when she made her announcement.

Wow.

May 17th – Today in History

1954 -Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 “separate but equal” Plessy Vs Ferguson decision

1973 – Senate Watergate hearings begin.  The scandal forces Richard Nixon the following year to resign.

1792 – The Birth of the Stock Exchange.

1875 – The first Kentucky Derby held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Other interesting events on this day:

1884 – Alaska becomes a U.S. Territory.

1963 – U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site.

1970 – Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits.

1989 – Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa.

Don’t Hand Those Clothes To Me

So, will Sarah Palin really try to run for president in 2012? Did she learn anything from the last time she ran for national office? Let’s find out with some help from The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”.

Don’t Hand Those Clothes To Me
Original music and lyrics, Sting, 1981
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider 2009

Young gov’nor, the subject
Of blogger fantasy
She wants this so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside her there’s nothing
This girl’s a prop on stage
Veep-picking, she’s so close now
This girl is half his age

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Monumental brass balls

ThinkProgress

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday dropped all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, due to gross misconduct by the prosecutors.

Here’s where the big brass balls come in — the Alaska GOP has issued a press release calling for duly elected Sen Mark Begich (D-AK) to resign, so they can have a do-over special election.

The Alaska Republican Party further believes that current Senator Mark Begich should resign his position to allow for a new, special election, so Alaskans may have the chance to vote for a Senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice.

The only reason Mark Begich won the election in November is because a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Ted Stevens was guilty of seven felonies. Senator Stevens has maintained his innocence and now, even the Department of Justice acknowedges it’s [sic] wrong doing.

Yeah, I’m sure the Alaska GOP will be all about calling for a special election in Alabama when Don Siegelman is cleared.

Palin Turns Down Stimulus Money For Special Needs Students!

Governor Sarah Palin is turning down 31% of the stimulus money for the state of Alaska.  The $288 million of the $930.7 million that Alaska would receive from the federal stimulus is targeted for education, social services, and schools.  This is the portion Palin is refusing. She only wants money for construction projects.

“We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government,” Palin said. “In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government.”

Her decision has brought her wrath from school officials that need those funds for eduction.

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it.

“After soliciting and accepting more federal dollars per capita than any other governor in the union, Sarah Palin’s decision today to deny the state of Alaska over half a billion dollars in recovery and reinvestment funds – including millions for schools, energy and public safety – appears to be nothing more than political posturing,” communications director Brad Woodhouse said. “At a time when her state is suffering, Alaska’s working families cannot afford a governor that puts her political future ahead of the needs of the state and its families.”

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Kofinis compares Palin to American Idol contestant – “She’s like Sanjaya!”

Sanjaya was a very bad contestant on American Idol that wouldn’t go away, it is a great comparison.  Here is the Link.  They both were a disaster, Palin was a drag on the Republican ticket and Sanjaya almost ruined the reputation of American Idol.  They both claimed to have experience that they didn’t have.   Everyone watched both and cringed to see how much worse it could possibly get.  Kofinis’s comparison is right on the money.

Ron Christie is the Republican Strategist giving opposing view points.  Once again he turns to Republican talking points about Palin having more executive experience than Barack Obama.  We have all watched her for nine very long weeks.  What good is executive experience if you haven’t learned anything from it?  Palin was Mayor and Governor of Alaska, yet she still doesn’t have a clue about Domestic and Foreign Policy.  Could be the reason she hired a manager to take care of all the tough issues..like learning and reading up on important policies.  She is also the first one to call foul against the media for treating her unfairly – actually they have been more than fair.  Palin was running for the second highest position in our country, I think basic geography, policy knowledge, and understanding the Constitution should be a mandate.

Palin: Bush Administration to blame for failure of McCain/Palin ticket

Governor Palin doesn’t want anybody to worry about “Troopergate” anymore, nothing to see here folks!  When she protests as much as she has on this subject, you know it should be investigated further.  Oh, and by the way, it’s business as usual again.  Palin is still going to be charging the government of Alaska a per diem to work out of her house and the state is still going to be picking up the tab for her children to fly everywhere with her.

The really bad news, we are going to be hearing more about Sarah Palin.  She refuses to fade from the limelight.

McClatchy

Palin also said she loved her time in the national spotlight and won’t rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.

Those were some of Palin’s responses to questions posed Sunday afternoon in a wide-ranging interview with the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2 at the governor’s Wasilla home.

Greta Von Susteren of Fox News had just finished an interview with her and was chatting with the governor and her husband in the kitchen. Moose chili cooked in the crock pot and moose hot dogs lay on the table. Palin insisted they weren’t a prop for the national media but just how the family likes to dine.

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Palin Got Her Revenge Against Wooten

Palin has persued this vendetta for a long time.  She even made national comments about her ex-brother-in-law.  Well it appears her efforts have paid off with serious consequences.  Citizens are now calling and making threats to Wooten.

The Alaska state trooper who was the subject of harsh allegations by Gov. Sarah Palin was taken off patrols recently for his own safety, after her comments allegedly prompted a series of threatening phone calls, KIMO-TV in Anchorage reported Friday.

“The trooper in question here did conduct dangerous and illegal activities, “Palin told ABC News’ Charlie Gibson Sept. 12, in her first nationally-televised interview after joining the GOP ticket as its vice presidential candidate. Wooten “threatened to kill my dad and. . . his threats were he was going to bring down the governor and the governor’s family,” she said.

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Alaska’s Results Raise Questions

The media can not seem to explain what the problem is in Alaska, but they can find out how much she spent on clothes and how many times she used the quote “Bridge to Nowhere.”   I think voting irregularities should rank higher than the previous two issues.  The Washington Post has the update on the ongoing questions that don’t seem to add up.

Alaskans are different. Very different.

Elections officials, party leaders and voters are wondering what happened this Tuesday in the Last Frontier, where turnout was surprisingly low and two lawmakers who have been the focus of FBI corruption investigations appear to have been reelected despite polling suggesting they would be ousted.

The final voter turnout numbers won’t be available until absentee ballots are counted, which could take at least another week. But this year’s total is not expected to eclipse Alaska’s 66 percent turnout in 2004 or its 60 percent clip in 2000. (This is especially odd given that Alaska’s Board of Elections saw a 12.4 percent hike in turnout for the August primaries, before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was selected as the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee.)

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Olbermann & Hayes: Palin / McCain War Heats Up

Nov. 6: The Nations Chris Hayes talks about recent allegations by some GOP insiders about the rift between the McCain camp and the Palin camp.   Keith is calling them the Republicannibals.

As this war heats up, Palin who has not been home even a full day, is getting requests from Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and others, that want to do post-election interviews. 

Palin had been expected at her office in Anchorage but later notified her staff that she wouldn’t be showing up after all. She stayed at her home in Wasilla, located 40 miles to the north, but was expected in her office on Friday, spokesman Bill McAllister said.

“The intensity of all the interest is amazing. Everyone wants to talk to her,” he said.

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Reid Says Stevens Will Not Serve In Senate

Convicted felons are not allowed to serve in the Senate.  Harry Reid is asking Ted Stevens to step down in the middle of his re-election.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was forced into the middle of Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-Alaska) re-election bid late Saturday night after a senior Senate Democrat endorsed Stevens and called on voters to disregard his seven-count felony conviction.

In a bluntly worded release from his office, Reid warned that Stevens would not only face an ethics investigation but also expulsion proceedings regardless of his efforts to appeal the convictions.

Reid’s decision to jump into the Alaska Senate race with both feet marks the first time a leading national Democrat has explicitly warned that Stevens’ ouster from the Senate would be sought. GOP leaders including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) have already called for him to step down or face expulsion.

Stevens is arguing he can serve Alaskans effectively while the court appeals are being heard.  “I have not been convicted of anything,” he told the cameras.  He made that statement during a live debate on Thursday.

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McCain Campaign’s Advice In “Troopergate” To Palin – Not A Smart Move

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According to Alaska Rep. Les Gara, Palin could face another possible setback.  But the new finding is not expected before next Tuesday’s presidential election.  Her hopes were that the state personnel board investigation would clear her and that any would stop any legislative inquiry.

“I think in the end the McCain campaign brought Gov. Palin a little more trouble than she bargained for by convincing her to have the personnel board investigate this,” Gara said in an interview with The Public Record. “Probably in retrospect, wasn’t a smart move.”

On Sept. 2, just a day before she accepted the GOP nomination, Palin took the unusual step of filing an ethics complaint with the state personnel board against herself regarading her firing of Monegan.

The McCain-Palin campaign apparently was betting that the personnel board, two of whose members were appointed by former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, another Republican, would clear Palin of wrongdoing.

What everyone didn’t count on was that an independent investigator would be hired, who happens to be a Democrat.

Palin’s maneuver also failed to head off the legislative inquiry, which concluded on Oct. 10 that the governor had abused her power and violated state ethics law in her vendetta against her ex-brother-in-law.

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Palin Faces Another Ethics Complaint, You Betcha!

Looks like Sarah Palin will be seeing the Personnel Board members sooner than she expected again.  Except, this time on a new ethics complaint.  The latest complaint was not filed by CREW, who also lodged a complaint recently against Palin for spending $150,000 on designer clothes.  This complaint was filed by Frank Gwartney.

The vetting of Sarah Palin continues with the help of CBS investigative team of Producer Yvonne Miller-Halee and Kim Lengle.  It looks like everyone has been checking out every single facet of her life and times as Governor, to be sure that there is no stone left unturned.  This is what their thorough search uncovered.

CBS News has obtained a copy of the complaint that Frank Gwartney, a retired lineman in Anchorage filed last Friday, with Alaska’s Attorney General, Talis Colber in Juneau. “Palin ran on the platform of ethics, transparency and anti-corruption. I’m tired of the hypocrisy that exists in Government and people need to know the truth,” said Gwartney.

The complaint against Governor Palin, alleges Misuse of Official Position: “Gov. Palin attempted to and in fact did use her official position for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits for her daughters…” All the allegations contained in the complaint are related to state reimbursed travel.

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Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama For President

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In Palin’s own state, where she still has a favorable rating, they are not blinded to the facts of who would be the best choice for President.  I have to say when I read this, I was a little surprised.  I figured they would not endorse either candidate.  Here is an excerpt of their endorsement for Barack Obama as President.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.

Since his early acknowledgement that economic policy is not his strong suit, Sen. McCain has stumbled and fumbled badly in dealing with the accelerating crisis as it emerged. He declared that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” at 9 a.m. one day and by 11 a.m. was describing an economy in crisis. He is both a longtime advocate of less market regulation and a supporter of the huge taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout. His behavior in this crisis — erratic is a kind description — shows him to be ill-equipped to lead the essential effort of reining in a runaway financial system and setting an anxious nation on course to economic recovery.

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Palin Testified Today in Troopergate Investigation

According to Palin’s attorney Van Flein, Sarah Palin would like to release a transcript of her deposition.  If they do, we may not see it for days if at all, no one is sure if independent investigator Timothy Petumenos will allow it.  Anchorage Daily News notes that personnel investigations are normally secret.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin met with an independent investigator today to testify about allegations she abused her powers during a long-running personnel controversy that has now distracted from her Republican vice presidential campaign.

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Palin To Give Deposition In Troopergate Scandal Friday

In the first investigation, Branchflower found that Sarah Palin had abused her power and violated ethics laws. On Friday, she will give her first deposition in this second inquiry, into the Troopergate affair. Of course, to hear Sarah Palin tell it, she has been completely clear. She had an interview with CNN:

“I don’t think that it was an abuse of power of my office at all,” Palin told CNN in an interview Tuesday. “And I was very thankful that that report cleared me of any illegal dealings or anything else. I replaced the commissioner because he was not doing the job that I expect of my Cabinet members.”

Talk about being in denial. Maybe this second inquiry will give her a reality check. Here are the details from the Anchorage Daily News on what will transpire on Friday.

The Palins’ attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said Tuesday that the governor and her husband will both give depositions Friday afternoon outside of Alaska, but declined to say where. She is on the campaign trail as Republican John McCain’s running mate. McCain-Palin campaign spokesman Taylor Griffin said Palin’s Friday schedule has not been released.

These depositions are part of an investigation by the Alaska Personnel Board, which has hired independent counsel Timothy Petumenos, who did not return a telephone call to his Anchorage office. Van Flein said he expects each interview to take up to three hours.

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Dir. Alaska Troopers: Possible Witness Tampering by McCain Campaign “Serious”

Alaska Report

A new chapter in the Troopergate scandal; it seems that Alaska. Rep. Gara’s, is calling on the State’s Attorney General to appoint an independent investigator to look into possible criminal witness tampering by McCain-Palin campaign staff. Prompted by the Director of the State Troopers, Colonel Audie Holloway; who feels that there was potential witness tampering, he warrants the matter to be “serious.” Alaska Report has the full details.

Over the past two months McCain-Palin campaign staff tried to stop the Alaska legislature’s bi-partisan Troopergate investigation, which recently concluded with a report that that state’s ethics law was broken. See Michael Isakoff, Newsweek, “Can He Stop Troopergate?” (Sept. 16, 2008). “Until Senator McCain sent campaign staff up here on August 29, everyone, including the Governor, agreed the Legislature’s investigation was proper. After the McCain staffers arrived, people who were willing to testify starting violating their subpoenas. It’s not rocket science that someone worked to change their minds, and that’s a crime under Alaska law,” said Rep. Gara.

The legislative investigation was initiated by a bi-partisan committee of 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats in July, before Governor Palin was named to the McCain ticket. On October 10 that committee voted unanimously to release the independent investigator’s report finding one ethics violation, and finding that the Attorney General had improperly withheld documents.

Alaska’s witness tampering law makes it a crime to “attempt” to “induce” a person not to show up for a legislative subpoena. See statutes below. Approximately 10 witnesses failed to show for subpoenas during the Legislature’s investigation into whether Governor Palin or her staff acted improperly in seeking the firing of her former brother-in-law, a State Trooper. After failing to cooperate with subpoenas, these witnesses have since provided written statements.

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Conservatives: “Sarah Palin as president gives me acid reflux”

Jake Tapper, over at Political Punch, notes that many conservatives are continutally embarrassed by Gov. Sarah Palin.  They are speaking out about her inability to understand the talking points she throws out to crowds.

“The thought of Sarah Palin as president gives me acid reflux,” Chris Buckley tells the New York Times. He said his father, the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, “would have been appalled.”

Writes Peggy Noonan, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for?…She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things….She does not speak seriously but attempts to excite sensation…

“In the past two weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower, and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine. She could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite. She doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts…

Peggy Noonan wrote a critical op-ed entitled Palin’s Failin that Jake Tapper took a few excerpts from, here are more of Noonan’s observations.

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Joe the Plumber Admits The Truth

UpDate III:  Joe the Plumber thinks Social Security is a joke.

It seems that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a registered Republican.  Surprise!  He voted in his first primary on March 4, 2008, registering as a Republican.  In fact, the gang at DailyKos found that every single Wurzelbacher in the Milford and Cincinnati area contributes to the Republican Party.

UpDate IV:  Joe “the Plumber” is no relation to Robert Wurzelbacher.  No connection to the Keating 5 Scandal.  Marty thought he might have had a connection there, but even Keith Olbermann on MSNBC said they were not related.

Update V:  “Joe The Plumber” Part II – The Vetting Of Joe.  Link to my new post.  With all the latest updates.  Including John McCain’s new Campaign Ad featuring “Joe the Plumber.”  Latest Update about “Joe the Plumber” – from Bloomberg and more.  (use my new post link)

This is what Marty Eisenstadt uncovered yesterday on his blog:

John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.

Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

Over at The Jed Report, he feels the same way I do about “Joe the Plumber”, but he found some interesting facts out also.

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