The Vetting Zoo

From The New York Times:

ST. PAUL — A series of disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain’s choice as running mate, called into question on Monday how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.

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On Monday morning, Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant and that she intended to marry the father.

Among other less attention-grabbing news of the day: it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner; that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede; and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge.

Aides to Mr. McCain said they had a team on the ground in Alaska now to look more thoroughly into Ms. Palin’s background. A Republican with ties to the campaign said the team assigned to vet Ms. Palin in Alaska had not arrived there until Thursday, a day before Mr. McCain stunned the political world with his vice-presidential choice.


With time running out — and as Mr. McCain discarded two safer choices, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, as too predictable — he turned to Ms. Palin. He had his first face-to-face interview with her on Thursday and offered her the job moments later. Advisers to Mr. Pawlenty and another of the finalists on Mr. McCain’s list described an intensive vetting process for those candidates that lasted one to two months.

“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked, before she was asked, maybe the Thursday or Friday before,” said a Republican close to the campaign. “This was really kind of rushed at the end, because John didn’t get what he wanted. He wanted to do Joe [Lieberman] or [Tom] Ridge.”

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Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) […] The campaign also denied a story in the New York Times today that Palin was for two years a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which states its goal is to have a vote on whether Alaska should be a state within the U.S., an independent nation, a commonwealth or a territory.

A statement posted on the campaign’s Web site says the report is “not true.”

Election Records

Alaska election records show that Palin has been a registered Republican since she first registered to vote in 1982, according to Gail Enumiai, the director of the Alaska State Division of Elections.

Her husband, Todd Palin, was a registered member of the Alaskan Independence Party from 1995 until 2002, except for two months in 2000 when he switched to undeclared, the records show. In 2002 he changed his registration back to undeclared, which is his current status, according to Enumiai.


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18 responses to “The Vetting Zoo

  1. You’re not only a good photoshopper, your sense of humor is beyond funny!

  2. nightowl724

    nonnie, nonnie, nonnie…

    Another candidate for The Best of HR collection.

    The facial expressions are priceless! I can almost hear Palin shouting yee-haw, while CU wet-dreams of how he’d like to ride ’em moosegal. And, could CU look any stupider than in the second poster? The sinking ship. The “from the” line. You lose some. You lose some.


  3. awww, thanks karen! 😀
    (insert something hilariously funny here, because i can’t think of anything)

  4. nightowl724

    ps AND, the title!!!

  5. hey nightowl! 😀
    i forgot to mention that the pic of sarah in the bikini was sent to me (thanks kevin of american street!). i didn’t photoshop it other than to remove the background. the original pic can be found here.

  6. nightowl724

    Oh my, that makes it even funnier!!!!!

    I just discovered that taking a few days off from HR is actually dangerous to my health. I’ve been working my way backwards through your posts. I suddenly realized that my cheeks and jaws were smarting like crazy. My first thought was that it was my fibro and/or my TMJ and/or the arthritis in my jaws. I instinctively reached up to touch my face and realized what was wrong. I had been smiling so much and laughing so hard at your snark that I had literally hurt myself!

    Dang, nonnie… I needed that, too – so, thanks!

  7. laughing might hurt a little, but it’s good for the soul.

  8. nightowl724


  9. nightowl724

    nonnie, I just nominated Hysterical Raisins for a Bloggers Choice Award in the categories of Best Political Blog


    Best Humor Blog.

    Now, everyone spread the word (you, too, nons – especially at Daily Kos) and get on over there to vote for this site in both categories and leave comments!

    Also, nonnie, don’t forget to pick up the “brag badge codes” while you are there to add to your page.

  10. jlms qkw - jenn

    oh nonnie, you rocks. laughing late at night makes for better sleep!

    i cannot believe the pic is real. zomg – the bikini one.

    did you notice my snarky diary descriptions in rescue tonight? 😉

  11. awwww, that’s really sweet of you, nightowl. 🙂 thank you for the nomination and for the very nice things you said over there. i don’t know how to add buttons, so i will have to ask mikk0.

  12. you rocks, too, jenn! it is always a good thing to laugh right before you go to sleep. you have happy dreams that way.
    and yes i did notice the blurbs in dr! 🙂

    as it turns out, the bikini photo was photoshopped. damn good job, too! here’s the original.

  14. nightowl724

    nonnie – geez, woman, go back over there and vote for yourself! You silly creature…

  15. Friend of the court

    I tried to vote for nonnie. The page wouldn’t let me sign up, said my name was an error. Must be a dibold ballot system. 9999 is number 1 with me.

  16. jeb

    Oh barf! I just turned on CNN and saw a clip of Droop Doggy Dog telling Dems to vote for the most qualified (McBu$h) person for president. What a scumbag. What a sellout. I wonder if McCU is offering him SecDef or SecState since those meano-cons wouldn’t let him have him as the VP.

    That led to this impetious affair with the bookish looking Ms. Palin and we know how those always turn out.

  17. nightowl,
    i can’t vote for myself. i’d feel weird. i will go over and claim the blog though.

    thank you for trying to vote for the raisin. i have no delusions of winning, so the fact that you wanted to vote is good enough for me.

    by the way, how do you like the little aliens? i can change them if you want, but i think they’re cute.

  18. jeb,
    i saw only excerpts of the speeches. i really, really tried to watch the convention, and it honestly made me physically ill. i couldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, if that long.
    of course, capt u is going to offer his loving little posse–joe mcliebercain and lindseypoo–cabinet posts if he–g-d forbid–wins. lindseypoo is too fey to go any further in politics if he has to be elected, and joe mcliebercain is a has-been. he is hated by so many people that he had to run to the other side to get some love. it doesn’t matter to him that he is just useful at the moment. he will delude himself into thinking that they really like him. i would feel sorry for him, if i didn’t despise the fu¢king asswipe down to my very core.