Well, did he? Let's get this right out in the open, shall we? All across the media spectrum the current criticism aimed at Republican Presidential candidate John McCain is in the form of questioning his "vetting" process prior to selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
To Vet is a transitive verb meaning stabbing someone in the back and twisting the knife slowly right between two vertebrae where there are lots of nerve endings so the pain is excruciating. From this process you find out everything about a person.
Gov. Palin is an accomplished person in her own right which makes it very difficult to rip her apart on anything of substance. So the latest version of "incisive reporting" is to question how thorough the McCain camp was in delving into her background before making the VP selection.
Of course, this makes the point in a not-so-subtle way that the interrogator - posing as a journalist - thinks Gov. Palin is a flawed selection, or at least one that the interrogator - posing as a journalist - sees as a threat to the Barack Obama campaign.
I was thinking about this early this morning after hearing repeatedly that the McCain campaign had in fact asked the difficult questions, had "vetted" Palin and her family. McCain said he was well aware that she had children, and was notified prior to the VP selection that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant.
The left, at least the left that has quaffed the Obama kool-aid immediately went ballistic attacking the Governor and the Palin family, as well as McCain and his staff.
It turns our McCain had hired a Washington D.C. firm that specializes in vetting candidates to do the questioning, but that didn't stop the nutcases on the left. Instead of focusing on the questions that were asked, they started digging up people who weren't interviewed and the questions that they claim weren't asked.
I imagine that a proper vetting, according to McCain's whacko critics, would be done by a guy who looks like that Nazi SS freak in Harrison Ford's first Indiana Jones movie. It probably would go something like this:
Interrogator: "Mrs. Palin, we don't want to intrude, heh, heh - heh, heh, but we must ask you, Do you enjoy sex?"
Palin: "Look around you man, what do you see? Scads of children and an extended family, lots of joyous laughter to accompany the pitter-patter of little feet. What do you think?"
Interrogator: "Again Mrs. Palin, it is not what I think but what you say. So I must ask again, do you enjoy sex?"
Palin: "Look buddy, that's enough. How about moving on to my beliefs, my ethics, my political accomplishments?"
Interrogator: "Mrs. Palin, if you don't answer our questions, you must understand, ve haf ways to make you talk. But I am a reasonable man, I haf a way to resolve this. I haf brought with me a copy of the Kama Sutra. Are you familiar with this publication?"
Palin: "Not especially."
Interrogator: "Heh, heh. Well, Mrs. Palin, (drool, drool) I won't make this more difficult than it has to be. Instead of speaking about it, perhaps you could just go through the book and point to the positions you like best. Take your time, there are lots of pictures. Heh, heh."
Palin: "How about I turn you into skunk stew? Now get out!"
You know, as I go back over the preceding conversation for editing purposes it strikes me as incredibly close to what we could really expect from the MainStream Media. Sheesh.
Here's the deal. The two most powerful driving human forces are survival and procreation, and they are inextricably entwined. If humans don't get enough of the right kind of food, with sufficient cholesterol, then both testosterone, the male sexual hormone, and estrogen, the female sexual hormone, drop to levels that physically don't allow the body to engage in sex. Thus if there is insufficient food, there are less people coming into the world to eat it.
But if there is enough food, then there is procreation. Based on that concept, well, all I can say is the Palin family obviously eats healthy. And it looks as though Mom and Dad's genes relating to procreation have been passed to their offspring. I see that as a good thing within certain societal limits.
Did you notice that Sarah Palin smiles a lot?
Did you ever notice how liberal female faux-journalists have really, really tight pinched looks around their faces? Males too, actually. You know why don't you? Uh-huh. It's true.
So what do we do about this? Obama and his running mate Joe Biden are trying to be all noble and proper, saying they believe children should be off limits in political campaigns, while their minions go for Palin's throat.
Of course, there is more than a little chatter on the Internet that Biden has a daughter who was involved in a drunken brawl outside a bar and got arrested for attacking a police officer, so I can see why he wouldn't want anyone else's children - like his - under too much scrutiny.
As for Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, the one who is pregnant, I have a feeling the young lady may have experienced a bit of teenage anger when her Mom got pregnant again, especially at a time when as the oldest daughter, Bristol was just coming into her own. I realize this is just amateur psychology but it wouldn't be the first time a teen who is on the verge of adulthood did something out of character to get some attention. We don't know of course and that is just speculation on my part, but it is certainly possible.
So what do we do about this? Well, it certainly doesn't alter Sarah Palin's capabilities one bit. She absolutely can handle the job. But the real issue is to convince the voters of this, or at least enough of them to overcome the hatchet job that the American Terrorist Media is doing on the Palin family.
I suggest the GOP sponsor a Bristol Palin Fan Club, run it on Face Book, and have a chapter in every state and territory where people vote for president. I would target 18 years old and upwards, and I would be very careful not to glorify the concept of unwed, teenage pregnancy.
But there is so much talk about the youth vote this year, I see no reason why the GOP should concede this segment of the battlefield. Bristol can do regular updates on her condition, talk about nutrition, pre-natal care, exercise, skin care, and the rigors of pregnancy. She also should be upfront on her fears and disappointments about the things she will be missing out on in life, since her job from now on will be rewarding, but difficult.
She can talk at length about what will be required of her when she delivers and point out that it isn't a picnic.
This really can become a lemonade issue for the GOP and we shouldn't allow this opportunity to pass us by. Bristol Palin can become one of the biggest draws to the GOP of anyone involved in the race.
It also would be good for her. This young lady is in a tough situation and she is getting hammered by the pond scum in the media and the Democratic Party. She needs our help, as much as we need hers.
I say we show Bristol Palin and the entire world, what we really are all about. This is no time to be judgmental, this is a time for us to step up as Republicans, and as Americans. In the short run, and the long run, we will all benefit.
So, let's get started on that Face Book project, shall we? One chapter in every state and territory where there is voting for president. Regular updates from Bristol, and a real, truthful inside look at the rigors of teenage pregnancy. She can do untold good if this is handled right.
As for me, I'm off to the library to check out the Kama Sutra.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008