Sarah and the secessionists

Question: Did McCain do any vetting at all before nominating Sarah Palin for the Veep slot? Or was it just that nobody else wanted the job?

Yes, questions are flying around thick and fast about America’s Hottest Governor and her suitability to be a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency. The ethics investigation into Troopergate may end up having the most impact, but this story in particular caught my eye, about Sarah’s apparently cordial relations with the Alaskan Independence Party. Tell you the truth, I’d forgotten the AIP were still around. I know they’ve held the gubernatorial position before, but if Sarah was a closet AIP sympathiser (no doubt there’s more to be heard on this), running for vice-president of the United States would be a rather eccentric step, wouldn’t you say? I mean, since these guys don’t even believe Alaska should be in the United States in the first place?


  1. weserei said,

    September 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    “As for that VP talk all the time, I tell you I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me: what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in administration. We wanna make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the kinds of things we’re trying to accomplish up here …”

  2. Simple Simon said,

    September 1, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    You’re getting very excited about all this.

    Still better than forgetting oneself with Kirsty.

  3. Mike said,

    September 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Praps Putin will reclaim Alaska. I wish him luck.

  4. September 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    […] how about her youthful indiscretion, also noted by Splintered Sunrise, in being a member, apparently, of the conservative Alaskan Independence Party from 1992 to 1996? […]

  5. Pete Baker said,

    September 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm


    “Asked how Palin could have been a member, when state records did not indicate Palin ever registered as an AIP member, Chyrson, in an interview with Mother Jones, backed off his account. “What could have been the confusion—her husband was a member of the party. He was at the convention. She could have been considered—it might have been thought she was a member then.” Talking Points Memo has reported that Todd Palin was a member of the AIP from 1995 to 2002, with the exception of a short period in 2000 when he was undeclared.”

  6. splinteredsunrise said,

    September 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Well, looks like it’s difficult getting hard facts out of Alaska, so let’s see how things turn out. Even the suggestion of an AIP link could be damaging. Then again, like that state trooper thing, maybe it’s one of those things Todd and Sarah never discussed.

  7. WorldbyStorm said,

    September 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I’m not entirely convinced by the very rapid turnaround on this. At the very least she’s been comfortable in her dealings with the AIP… and while I dislike guilt by association it’s hard to see why she would be so… er… generous to them to the point of video messages. BTW, anyone know if she has done the same for the Democrats in Alaska?

  8. Marc Mulholland said,

    September 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Still, from a revolutionary point of view, how can one not support the sleeper secessionist veep candidate? Victory to the mental party of the American bourgeoisie I say!

  9. skidmarx said,

    September 4, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Webb Watch: Last night at about 6.15 Justin told BBC News viewers that Sarah Palin was “under investigation over the sacking of a public official with links to her family”. Presumably that’s the state trooper every other media outlet in the known universe has identified as her ex-brother in law. Weasel.

    My personal hate figure on team BBC is Philippa Thomas, who in the 2000 US election reported every Republican statement as fact/news and every Democrat one as comment/rumour. Arbeit Matt Frei anyone?

    Interesting reports that Murdoch has had a rapprochement with Obama.

  10. splinteredsunrise said,

    September 4, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Arbeit Matt Frei… I like that one. Charles Wheeler, you should be alive at this hour.

  11. ejh said,

    September 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Ah, bugger, I’ve been making that joke for years. I’d have cracked it here myself if I’d thought someone else would get there first.

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