Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Vetting: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Drawing posted originally by Joseph Marhee

To Vet/ Vetting; to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, validity, etc.

It is becoming clear to people all along the political spectrum and across party lines, Sarah Palin was not been properly vetted for the position of VP. And so John McCain and his campaign have just failed the first test of the general election campaign and an early test of McCain’s readiness to lead..

This is not just bad politics. It is bad for our country. Bad for the world. Gov. Palin may very well be a nice person (though I am not convinced) but she is not qualified to be a 72-year-old-heartbeat away from the oval office. And John McCain has failed in a basic job requirement of anyone standing up to run for the highest office in our government.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday.

Palin was one of two finalists in the vice presidential sweepstakes who were interviewed last week by former White House counsel Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., just days before McCain introduced her to the nation as his choice. The other finalist was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. One of the officials said Culvahouse was chasing down last-minute information about Pawlenty at the request of the campaign as late as last Thursday, the day McCain offered the job to Palin and she accepted.- Washingon Post
This is a train wreck, pure and simple. And it is disrespectful and dangerous. He has no legitimate process for making decisions and can only see his quest for power with no consideration for the responsibility of wielding that power. He reminds me of a lap dog chasing cars-- with the same potential outcome for our country. Splat.