Well, the Republicans sure have gotten themselves into a pickle, haven't they? To recap:
1. John McCain wins the nomination for President, but he doesn't have enough street cred with the Fundies to get their vote.
2. So he taps Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his VP, presumably after seeing a picture of her in a tight skirt.
3. Sarah's only been Governor for less than 2 years, and was helped win office in 2006 by some 11th hour endorsements by U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.
4. Ted Stevens was under indictment on 7 counts of failure to report gifts on financial disclosure forms.
5. The gifts were from Bill Allen and VECO, an oil-services company.
UPDATE: Check out Mudflats post on the Ted Stevens "Welcome Home" shindig last night. Honestly, I didn't have the nerve to go there. Not after Super Sarah Sunday.
And here's where it all goes ker-blooey:
Bill Allen gets caught committing extortion, bribery, and fraud. He cooperates with the FBI and the DOJ who proceed to line up Republican Legislators in Alaska and knock them down like dominos. Then they get to the big fish: Senator Stevens. In what can only be described now as the most bone-headed decision of his career, he demands a speedy trial with a verdict before November 4. He's found guilty on all counts, prompting John McCain to call for his resignation from the Senate. Even a 4-year old can connect the dots from McCain to Palin to Stevens, so Palin is forced to call for Stevens to step down, also. But Stevens is IMMENSELY popular in Alaska, mostly due to his length of service to our state. So that move isn't likely to help her already-declining approval rate back home.
On the national scene, you've got Republicans like Chris Shays publicly saying that McCain can't win and that he's run a dishonorable campaign. Palin is positioning herself for a national run in 2012. Hard to tell what Romney is doing, but I'm sure he's stocking up on hairspray somewhere.
Seriously, there aren't enough buses to go around, and I'm running low on popcorn.
Added Bonus: Here's an open letter from the Chairman of the Alaska Independence Party to Governor Palin, asking her to put the thing in reverse and back up over Uncle Ted one more time.
October 28, 2008What's a gal to do?
Open Letter to Governor Palin:
We admire your ability to galvanize the conservative movement in America with such conviction, clarity, and grace. Your message of small government, social conservatism, and reform has endured the attacks of your detractors, re-energized a presidential campaign and, God willing, will soon bring you into the vice presidency.
You have taken a stand against corruption in Alaska, and your demand that Senator Stevens, regrettably now a convicted felon, step down from his position has shown you true to your convictions and that you can be relied upon to reform government at the highest levels.
However, Governor, you have many supporters in Alaska that wonder who you are supporting in the U.S. Senate election. Allow us to suggest a solution.
Bob Bird is the AIP candidate for U.S. Senate. He is a hockey coach and father of three who has introduced thousands of Alaska's high school students to the truth of our nation's Constitution in more than 30 years of service as a public educator in Alaska's schools. He is an avid sportsman, a devout Christian, and former President of Alaska Right to Life. Bob was a lifelong Republican until faced with the same corruption which you recognized and now casts a shadow over our great state. In 1996, he left the party and joined more than 14,000 other Alaskans, including myself in the AIP—not a radical group as painted by an unjust media, but Alaska's most respected and established third party, a socially and fiscally conservative party. You remember that in 1990 Wally Hickel, former U.S. Interior Secretary under Ronald Reagan, was elected on the AIP ticket to the same gubernatorial position you now hold.
Senator Stevens' betrayal of his constituents is unfortunate, but as a conservative coalition we cannot let it result in the election of another liberal democrat to Congress. Bob Bird is a conservative, and he will caucus with Republicans at a time America can't afford to let Harry Reid get a 60-person majority in the Senate. Bob will join your movement to bring Constitutional conservatism, transparency, and simple Alaskan common sense to Washington.
Please, when asked by the next "gotcha" reporter who thinks they can stump you with a question about who you will support in the race for U.S. Senate in Alaska, simply respond, "Bob Bird, a fellow conservative and Washington outsider who I know will bring honor and integrity back to that seat in the U.S. Senate."
Good luck, God bless you, and may God bless the America people in this most crucial of times.
Lynette Clark, Chairman
Alaskan Independence Party