CPC Report; An unabashedly liberal perspective

8 August 2010

Sarah Palin's Brain

The utterances that ultimately spring forth from Sarah Palin's Brain are, at first, like gotcha moments. When one is there to witness her opening her mouth and sharing her Palinistic view of the world with a wink, a smile and a you betcha, she's gotcha attention. But after so much exposure of her, she begins coming across as one of those dreary sitcom reruns of the 1960's, with hillbillies taking up residence in Beverly Hills  and a talking horse by the name of Mr. Ed. Those willing to pay to hear her speak are her fans. As for the rest of us, she is as irritating as the sound of fingernails clawing a chalkboard.

When she was first introduced at the Republican National Convention as Senator John McCain's running mate, she seemed refreshing as far as politicians are concerned. However prolonged exposure to her has revealed her to be, as Chris Mathews described her, an empty vessel. Within the confines of her mind there is simply nothing there there. 

Tina Fey's caricature of her is not far off the mark. Playing on Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin declaring that she can see Russia from her house is as nonsensical as Sarah Palin in reality saying that she can see Russia from Alaska and as Alaska's governor, passing off this fact as foreign policy experience. In response to the query by Charlie Gibson, which was the basis of Tina Fey's satire, the truth is she had no response to the question and thus she ended up grasping at whatever words that might give her some credibility. She was bluffing and did not possess the ability to get away with it. This is clearly illustrated in a interview of Governor Sarah Palin by Charlie Gibson.

SP We have to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.

CG What insight into Russian actions does the proximity of the state give you?

SP They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.

By the same logic, one could very claim to be an astronaut based upon the fact that one can see the Moon from ones back yard.

When Charlie Gibson asked her about the Bush Doctrine, instead of asking for clarification of a term she clearly was not familiar with, the 2008 GOP VP Sarah Palin candidate chose instead to bluff again. Instead of coming across as merely ignorant, she came across as an idiot. The exchange between the two are as following;

CG-What do you think about the Bush doctrine?


SP- In what respect, Charlie?

CGWell, what do you interpret it to be?

SP- I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell-bent in destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made, and with new leadership, and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Although Charlie Gibson was clearly testing her knowledge on the place of preemptive wars in American foreign policy, nowhere in her answer did she ever use the word preemption. On this one question, she clearly failed. Only with prompting from the interviewer, did he manage to elicit an opinion from the Governor.

CG-The Bush Doctrine is we have the right to self-defense, preemptive strike against any country we think is going to attack us, Do you agree with it?

SP- Charlie, if there is enough intelligent and legitimate evidence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country.

She even seemed unable to even asked such an easy question from Katie Couric, such as What magazines and newspapers do you read? (See postscripts) From this exchange, one can easily conclude that she does not read any publications. Even after some time to think about the question, when she was asked the second time, she still could not answer. Later on she portrayed the question as insulting and a gotcha moment. But just the same, why did she not answer the question.

Her performance in her interview with Charlie Gibson exposes her as being lazy insofar as she had not adequately prepared for the interview. One can even argue that she lacks the trait of curiosity which would help tremendously in the preparation for this interview. She often displays her ignorance for the world to see and speaks out on subjects on which she knows nothing. In regards to this, there are many examples and what follows is one.

In her first "policy address" as the GOP VP on the campaign trail, she spoke out in favor of the federal government fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Within the the same speech she derided "fruit fly research". While holding up up her Down's syndrome son, she criticized  Congressional earmarks for diverting federal funds from projects more worthy such as IDEA.

"You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France." 

If that GOP VP candidate had done her research, she would have discovered that the studies she ridiculed might hold the key to understanding the afflictions of special needs children such as her own. Since flies have a extremely short life span, they reproduce at a very rapid pace. This allows scientists to study genetic traits passed from one generation to the next and the mutations that take place over those many generations in a relative short period of time. Downs syndrome is caused by a genetic defect. Ideally, this is research she should support. Yes Sarah, this research does make sense.

That covered so far were some of the highlights of 2008 Presidential contest. Since then, what we get are reruns of the same Sarah Palin, except that the then governor is now the ex-governor. Having resigned in midterm because of those pesky questions from reporters, the self proclaimed reformer in 2008, is now out hustling her fan base for money on the speaking circuit, paling around with teabaggers and endorsing conservative candidates for Congress. Supposedly she is considering running for President, yet she has not made any commitment to do so. Her support from the Tea Party crowd and the capital gained from supporting conservatives from the far right would be the base of her campaign, if she chose to run. The problem is that her support is mostly from the conservatives. The swing voters are represented by the independents, a majority of whom are dead set against her election to the Presidency.

Her failure to complete her term as the Alaskan Governor raises doubt if she has the ability to withstand the intense pressure of the job of the Presidency. Her executive experience as Governor is hardly comparable to what she would confront as the nations chief executive. However, it is doubtful if any other political position would be adequate for preparing one for the Presidency. 

In her mind, with her executive experience as Governor and before that as the mayor of Wassail, Alaska, she is more qualified to be President than the current occupant, who incidentally had as much political experience before taking the job as another politician from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, had. Often the person in that office has to grow into the job and learn how to perform in that role of the President of the United States, as Lincoln did. Basically what it comes down to is character. Does Sarah Palin have the right character for the job? The answer is an emphatic no. In an interview with Chris Wallace on the friendly FOX cable "news" station in which follows, she cites her reasons for quitting being the governor of Alaska and her remarks are quite enlightening on this point.

CW The second thing is your decision to resign as governor of Alaska...

SP Yes.

CW ... with 17 months left in your term. You said, "I wasn't going to run for reelection. So I was going to be a lame duck." You said that the state was being paralyzed, because all of your opponents were filing these lawsuits." Didn't you let your enemies -- your opponents drive you from office?

SP Hell, no. Thankfully I didn't. What's -- what we did was we won, because the state today -- it's not spending millions of dollars to -- to fight these frivolous lawsuits, and -- and frivolous ethics charges. Ethics charges like me wearing a jacket with a snow machine logo on it. And getting charged for an unethical act for doing such a thing.

Little piddly, petty things like that that were costing our state millions of dollars. And costing me and my administration -- my staff members -- about 80 percent of our time fighting those things. "No," we said, "We're not going to play this game."

We picked our battle. And we said, "We're going to get out there, and we're going to fight for Alaska's issues," which usually involve energy independence. We're going to fight for these issues on a different plane. And we're not going to let you guys win.

Very few, if any, of the ethics complaints would have been filed if Governor Palin had not been ethically challenged during her short reign as governor. Violating a state law for billing the state of Alaska for the expenses of her children whenever she flew away from the state on official business and took them with her, was a clear violation of state law. Charging the state for travel expense per diem from Juneau to Wassail was at best questionable; after all the official Governors mansion is in Juneau, not Wassail. And the charge that she misused her office to have her ex-brother-in-law to be fired from his job as a state trooper is hardly a pesky matter.

Governor Palin's claims that that she did not quit in spite of the fact that is precisely what she did. Claiming victory by resigning is quite disingenuous. How Orwellian of her to say otherwise. And her comment about fighting for Alaska's energy independence is nothing more than a diversion from the truth insomuch as she is nothing more than a cheerleader for the oil industry. In regards to this, one only need to hear her defending BP.

Insofar as those piddly, petty, little ethics complaints against her, some were determined to be without any merit, by a personnel board which serves at her pleasure; in other words, as governor, she is the one who appoints individuals to serve on the board that will decide if she, the one who had hired them, is ethical. There seemed to be an incentive in place which was predetermined to resolve these matters of ethics in a certain way. This would certainly insure a quick and simple disposition of those pesky little ethic complaints brought forth to the board. The very simplicity of this process would had been rather inexpensive, thus costing the Alaskan taxpayer only a minuscule fraction of those millions of dollars the half term ex-governor had spoken of.

The most significant of complaints filed was ironically done by herself. The Branchflower Report*  of the  state legislature was about to be released and it is said that the complaint filed was an attempt to lessen its impact. The report was bipartisan and the legislature had a Republican majority. The conclusion of the report was that she exercised her authority unethically. No "millions" had been spent. Finally the law providefor the quick disposition of all meritless complaints, therefore  any time consumed on any costly complaints filed should not have been without merit.

According to the ex half-term governor of Alaska, her staff was spending too much time dealing with ethical problems concerning her ethics which would not be a problem if she had been ethical in her conduct as the governor of the state in the first place. Perhaps the problem was that she was incompetent and dishonest in her stewardship of executive branch of the state government. Nevertheless, her excuse about saving the taxpayer "millions" is a blatant lie. This raises the question- is she fit to hold any office whatsoever of public trust? The answer is a resounding no. She cannot be trusted. Furthermore, she lacks the curiosity needed to grow and adapt to the office and therefore lacks the capacity to be president.

*The Branchflower Report's Findings

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

Finding Number Two

I find that, although Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Trooper Michael Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin's firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.

Finding Number Three

Harbor Adjustment Service of Anchorage, and its owner Ms. Murleen Wilkes, handled Trooper Michael Wooten's workers' compensation claim property and in the normal course of business like any other claim processed by Harbor Adjustment Service and Ms. Wilkes. Further, Trooper Wooten received all the workers' compensation benefits to which he was entitled.

Finding Number Four
The Attorney General's office has failed to substantially comply with my August 6, 2008 written request to Governor Sarah Palin for info
rmation about the case in the form of emails.

For the Times They are a-Changin' ;
Music & lyrics by Bob Dylan

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.


To the ex-half Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska,
I heard about you whining that your approval ratings in the polls is the media's fault. Sarah, are you ever at fault for anything to you do? Why is it always the fault of someone else when anything in life bites you in the derriere? Only you could think that Katie Couric asking you a softball question, such as what newspapers and magazines do you read, is a gotcha question. Your inability to answer such an easy question isn't Katie's fault. Perhaps the problem is within yourself and you are just a friggin idiot. Hey Sarah. Refutiate this. FU!

To Sharron Angle GOP candidate for US Senate from Nevada,  So, it is your wish that reporters employed by the three major broadcasting station and also the cable news stations, should only ask you easy questions that would help your campaign get out your message, as if these organizations are on your payroll. You said this to Chris Cameron of Fox News, who seems to be one of the few real reporters at Fox. He had the audacity to say that you were naive. Ironically, most of the on air Fox personalities do exactly as you wish. They even will allow you to make pitches for campaign donations to the public on the air, which Face the Nation will not do as you had noted to Chris. Fox reports the news about your campaign exactly the way  you wish. You want them to be your friends, and so they are. In other words, you want news interviews of you to be info-commercials and that is what they provide- you know, from such people as Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Michael Kinsley, a prominent political pundit, once said that a “ gaffe is when a politician (accidentally) tells the truth.” In other words, it is the opposite of a lie. This is known as the Kinsley Gaffe. The truth you told is truly revealing insofar as that you fail to understand that the press does not work for you. Ideally, it is their job to keep those who run the country honest and accountable for both their words and deeds. Naturally, you have a home at Fox. As the most biased news channel, Fox is the home of the yellow journalism of our time, spewing forth right wing propaganda which is the stuff of your rhetoric. For being so egocentrically arrogant, you leave me no choice but to say FU!

To Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck,

There's only so many lies and smears I can cite that you two  broadcast regularly through the public airwaves that I do not have the room to cite here. These appeal to the worst instincts in human nature and the irrational fears that feed on the prejudges of people. Some of these have already been written about and many more will be written about in the future. For now, in the name of gender fairness- in other words I do not want to perceived to be picking on female conservatives, I shall conclude this little note with this- FU to you both!

To Fox News,

Do you really believe that Mexican drug gangsters have taken over a cattle ranch in Southern Texas and are living the lives of cowboys? It's kind of strange that the local law enforcement are unaware of this situation. They even checked out the report and not surprisingly found nothing. I just got a brilliant idea. Why don't you all act like real reporters and actually check out the truth of your stories before reporting on them- on the air. Just one more thing- FU!




Make a Free Website with Yola.