1. Sarah Palin cut her political teeth working as a director for a pro-Ted Stevens 527. Yes, indicted and disgraced Ted Stevens.
2. Hat Thief wonders about Palin’s tie — however tenuous it might look now — to Victor Kohring, an Alaska state representative who accepted bribes from VECO Corp. VECO Corp. donated “at least $4,500” to Palin’s campaign for lieutenant governor in 2002.
3. Avedon has a few thoughts on Palin’s “experience:”
Michael Kinsley doesn’t think much of the “experience” argument – and says that the Palin choice proves the Republicans hypocrisy and dishonestly. But, c’mon, it was always pretty rich coming from the party that happily picked George Walker Bush for its nominee eight years ago, despite the fact that his entire experience in government involved a job that apparently only occurred a day or three a year and had – as they often told us whenever we pointed out what a mess Texas was in – very little power. The rest of his experience involved a lot of drunkenness and business failure. Experience is not what they’ve ever been interested in…
4. Dday has a few links detailing Palin’s American Taliban ideology and her vetting by the extremist cabal known as the Council for National Policy, and makes a legitimate point regarding Bristol Palin’s pregnancy which I think is in-bounds:
Interesting that the McCain campaign felt the need to mention that the kid made her own decision to keep the baby, since McCain and Palin want to take that choice away from all women). The fact that she thinks the Founding Fathers wrote the Pledge of Allegiance means that she believes this is a Judeo-Christian nation. The fact that she’s appeared at a secessionist movement meeting in Alaska means simply that she is appalled by the cultural decline of America.