Much has been made recently by various media sources about the vetting (or lack thereof) of Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Many sources are saying that the McCain camp did not properly investigate her background, and is now being surprised by sudden revelations by the media. Elizabeth Bumiller of the NY Times, as reported by MSNBC writes,
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.
Let’s take a look at the media’s attempt to vet the candidate for McCain.
- Abuse of Power related to the dismissal of the state public safety commissioner.
- Member of Alaska Independence Party
- Supporter and campaign member for Pat Buchanan
- Husband convicted of drunk driving 22 years ago.
- Daughter five months pregnant.
The problem here isn’t that McCain’s camp didn’t properly vet Sarah Palin. There’s plenty of evidence that investigations took place. From the article,
Mr. McCain’s advisers said repeatedly on Monday that Ms. Palin was “thoroughly vetted,” a process that would have included a review of all financial and legal records as well as a criminal background check. A McCain aide said that the campaign was well aware of the ethics investigation and that it had looked into it.
The issue for these people isn’t that McCain didn’t do his homework. They’re upset that they didn’t do theirs. Sarah Palin has been listed as a potential running mate in several locations, including online and MSM polls. Either they didn’t take her inclusion seriously, or they already had it in their mind who McCain would choose (my money is on both).
The MSM really preferred Joe Lieberman, someone with whom they are much more comfortable, and also because of the ramifications of that choice with the conservative Republican base. They were certain the Maverick McCain, who had shoved sharp sticks into the eyes of conservatives in recent years, would do it one more time.
What really disturbs the media is that they were caught completely off-guard. In their own bloated self-worth, they believed that nothing would slip by them of this magnitude. Even the powers that be in Alaska were licking their wounds, because apparently they thought themselves more important than they were. Lyda Green, the State Senate president, who lives in Wasilla, where Ms. Palin served as mayor said,
They didn’t speak to anyone in the Legislature, they didn’t speak to anyone in the business community.
Representative Gail Phillips, a Republican and former speaker of the State House, said the widespread surprise in Alaska when Ms. Palin was named to the ticket made her wonder how intensively the McCain campaign had vetted her.
I started calling around and asking, and I have not been able to find one person that was called. I called 30 to 40 people, political leaders, business leaders, community leaders. Not one of them had heard. Alaska is a very small community, we know people all over, but I haven’t found anybody who was asked anything.
The MSM, liberal blogosphere, and Alaska Republican leaders were caught completely off-guard by McCain’s selection. They’re scrambling like crazy right now trying to find out anything and everything that they can about Palin, and digging up whatever dirt they can find. So intent to find something, they resort to lies, half-truths and innuendo. So sure they’re as important as they think they are, they think surely McCain must really be out of his mind.
McCain knew what he was getting, because he did his homework. Maybe they should have spent more time doing their job of investigative reporting, instead of worshiping at the altar of The One.