It still amazes me that the McCain Campaign continues to insist that the “Troopergate” investigation was politically motivated even though it was in the works and well-under way LONG before Sarah Palin was picked as John McCain’s running mate. Regardless of how many times this is publicly pointed out, McCain’s campaign continues to utter the same mantra. McCain campaign spokesman Taylor Griffin said today regarding the inquiry findings that Sarah Palin was guilty of abusing her power as Governor:
“I think the American people can tell the difference between the results of a politically motivated investigation and a legitimate finding of fact.”
Now I think the only people who are buying that line of recycled dreck are those hard-core McCain/Palin fanatics who we’ve seen foaming at the mouth at recent rallies and who still believe Barack Obama is an Arab and a terrorist. These are the people who terrify the populations of other countries into believing that we are a nation of under-educated crazies wearing blinders and capable of mass destruction. And those “crazies” are far more visible to the world at large than those who are quietly supporting their preferred candidates and ideologies, regardless of party affiliation. For better or worse (and I say worse for him), John McCain has irreversibly connected himself to this fanatical, maniacal lot through his invitation to Sarah Palin to join his ticket. She is the spokeswoman for these rabid extremists. And they are now John McCain’s people. Or more precisely, he is now one of them.
Luckily, there is a large portion of the nation who recognize Palin, McCain and their fan base for what they are. Lynn Zinser at her New York Times hockey “Slapshot” blog reports on the crowd response at a Flyers’ hockey game in Philadelphia this evening:
When Palin came out onto the Wachovia Center ice Saturday night [she was] greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos from the Flyers crowd.
According to the Wilmington paper Delaware Online:
Watching on Comcast, it seemed like there was an avalanche of boos when she walked out — boos that were almost immediately drowned out by blaring, bombastic music. There is no doubt in my mind that the music was ordered up to help tamp down what could have been an even more embarrassing moment.
Now granted, hockey fans are their own breed of fanatic, and many suggest they would have booed anyone. Maybe so. But they booed Sarah Palin at a time when she and John McCain are losing their supporters left and right (or should that be right and right?). Real or not, they mirrored the feelings of many an American today who have been pushed too far through eight disastrous, embarrasing, and painful years of the Bush Administration and are now being sold, not only more of the same, but an even more extreme version of the same.
Let’s join those nations of the world who want to move forward, not backward. Maybe the reason Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in evolution, is because she hasn’t evolved yet.