The Alabama Moderate

Painting the Red State Purple.

The U.S. v. Alaska

Posted by ALmod on September 10, 2008

Let’s get back to Gov. Sarah Palin again.  Again, this is the woman John McCain believes is the best person to lead our country if he cannot.  Everyone probably remembers this video:

The line that everyone was so hung up on was her question about what the VP does every day.  I want to focus for a second on what she says after that.

“We want to make sure that that vp slot would be a fruitful type of position especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S.”

Well, it didn’t strike me as an odd quote at first, but then I hadn’t yet had to go to FactCheck.org to check up on some of what her supporters were saying.  As it turns out, if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon this article, which debunks some of the rumors surrounding Sarah Palin.  I have to admit that I hadn’t even heard most of them.  This one in particular caught my attention.

“She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.”

Well, Joe Lieberman is not a Republican, but he’s sure been involved with them.  I was intrigued, so I read further.

“Palin was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party – which calls for a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the union or remain a state despite mistaken reports to the contrary. But her husband was a member for years, and she attended at least one party convention, as mayor of the town in which it was held.

“The party’s chair originally told reporters that Palin had been a member, but the official later retracted that statement. Chairwoman Lynette Clark told the New York Times that false information had been given to her by another member of the party after she first told the Times and others that Palin joined the AIP in 1994. Clark issued an apology on the AIP Web site.

“The director of Alaska’s Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai, confirms that Palin registered to vote in the state for the first time in May 1982 as a Republican and hasn’t changed her party affiliation since. She also told FactCheck.org that Palin’s husband, Todd, was registered with AIP from October 1995 to July 2000, and again from September 2000 until July 2002. (He has since been registered as undeclared.) However, the AIP says Todd Palin ‘never participated in any party activities aside from attending a convention in Wasilla at one time.’

“There is still some dispute as to whether Sarah Palin also attended the AIP’s 1994 convention, held in Wasilla. Clark and another AIP official told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that both Palins were there. Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla two years later. The McCain campaign says Sarah Palin went to the 2000 AIP convention, also held in Wasilla, ‘as a courtesy since she was mayor.’ As governor, Palin sent a video message to the 2008 convention, which is available on YouTube, and the AIP says she attended in 2006 when she was campaigning.”

Here’s that 2008 message, by the way:

So let me get this straight…  Members of the ADP themselves were confused over whether or not Gov. Palin was ever actually a member.  This includes the party’s chair.  How could that oversight be made, when the person in question is the governor?  And as the McCain/Palin campaign tells us, she is a popular governor– not exactly low-profile.  Even Republicans didn’t make that same mistake about Joe Lieberman.  If that tells me anything, it tells me that while she may not have been a card carrying member she was still pretty well involved with this group.

So tell me…  Exactly how can John McCain believe that this is the best person to lead our country in his absence when she is so involved with a group that doesn’t even want to be a part of this country?

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