McCain has touted Sarah Palin as a reformer and maverickette  who has stood against her party in the name of righteousness. McCain’s own website touts her as someone who “challenged a corrupt system.”

Hat tip to Truth Serum Blog. When asked by Wolf Blitzer if Palin had foreign policy experience, Lindsey Graham responded, “Sarah Palin took on Ted Stevens. If she can take on Ted Stevens, she can take on the Russians.”

See for yourself

Let’s set aside Graham’s equating Republicans with Russians for a minute. The point is Sarah Palin stood up to Ted Stevens! Except for those times when she stood right beside him.

According to the Washington Post

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state’s political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. 

Palin’s name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings. 

Very mavericky indeed. Unlimited funds from corporate donors. Are those the proven results McCain had in mind when he selected Palin? Ted Stevens has become emblematic of Republican corruption. But Sarah Palin is a bold and independent reform-minded governor, so she wouldn’t have anything to do with a man like Stevens right?

Well, ok, maybe she cut a commercial with him during her run for governor. But that’s what mavericks do!


John McCain had six months to choose a vice president. That’s more time than any nominee in history. He decided that Sarah Palin was the best America had to offer. Will he use the same thought process to appoint his cabinet and federal judges? Is he ready to lead?

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