McCain Hearts the Unitary Executive and Sarah Palin

Laura Rozen writing at MJ might be a good read for those that think there isn’t much difference between McCain and Senator Obama when it comes to privacy issues and civil liberties, Why CIA Veterans Are Scared of McCain

These critics point especially to the McCain campaign’s top national security adviser Randy Scheunemann—who ran a front group promoting war with Iraq and the fabrications of controversial Iraqi exile politician Ahmad Chalabi, the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, and who has lobbied for aggressive NATO expansion. Scheunemann’s record, they argue, encapsulates everything wrong with the past eight years of Bush leadership on intelligence issues, from a penchant for foreign policy freelancing and secret contacts with unreliable fabricators, to neoconservatives’ disdain for the perceived bureaucratic timidity of the CIA and State Department, to their avowed hostility for diplomacy with adversaries. If McCain wins, “the military has won,” says one former senior CIA officer. “We will no longer have a civilian intelligence arm. Yes, we will have analysts. But we won’t have any real civilian intelligence capability.”

One of Rozen’s sources say that while there are neocons advising Johnny, there are also some traditional Conservative pragmatists. Which way is the so-called maverick leaning. We’re reminded that McCain wanted to kick Russia out of the group of 8 well before the Georgia upheaval. If you couldn’t imagine the 4th Amendment being further eroded imagine most of the intelligence community being run with even less Congressional oversight. This has been a large facet of the Bushies, putting as much of the government’s intelligence operations under the president through the military – the unitary executive theory of misgovernance. Much easier to yell national security to cover any wrong doing. This is one of those absurd ironies as one looks through comments on political stories about Senator Obama on the net where right-wing trolls claim that an Obama presidency would be “fascist”. Bush and the neocons theory of the “unitary executive” has already pushed us to what some observers have called soft fascism.

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Barack Obama Campaign Spokesman Bill Burton responds to John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.”

While McCain did graduate from the bottom of his class at Annapolis he is not so dumb that there hasn’t been some reasoning behind his selection. It generates buzz. I thought about not posting about Palin at all since she is all over the news and blogs. The Democratic Convention was a huge success. The Palin selection moved the national conversation on to a new topic with Republicans at the front. Whether that turns out to be a good thing for Johnny is another matter. To be obvious she’s a woman. McCain’s thinking is clear enough. he has tried to pass himself off as a moderate to women voters and Clinton supporters in particular. Fact is that while the visitors here and at other blogs probably keep up with he news and issues more then the average person, many voters will base their vote on sound bites from the evening news. McCain takes the stage with a woman and presto, he seems moderate enough for swing voters. Unfornate, but true. The last three presidential elections have been about peeling off that thin margin of swing and independent voters. The tide has certainly turned pro Democrat,but McCain and company seem to be betting that the basic game hasn’t changed. They’re going after the murky middle. Thy really don’t have much choice as the Democratic base is obviously pretty fired up with their ticket. McCain is selling her as a reformer. If you’re a voter that doesn’t do their homework you might buy that since she is an unknown. She appears to be up to her neck in scandals, Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out

Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post’s James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state’s commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin’s husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.

Palin initially denied that she or anyone in her administration had ever pressured Monegan to fire the trooper, but this summer acknowledged more than a half a dozen contacts over the matter, including one phone call from a Palin administration official to a state police lieutenant.

So much for her ethics. In an MTV interview she called Republican anti-war candidate Ron Paul “cool”. She also seems to think that Alaska has so much oil that drilling in Alaska alone could free the U.S. from reliance on imports. She is pro forced motherhood even in the case of rape or incest and for some odd reason seems to hate wolfs, bears and the Alaska salmon industry. She has also been a hard Right supporter of cultural neandethal Pat Buchanan. She seems to have a groupie mentality when it comes to politics, mostly hard Right, but of the personality cult of school of politics. Given McCain’s age (72) and the statistical fact that the average life expectancy of a white male in the U.S. is 75, Palin could be the next president. Yet she didn’t know what the duties of a vice-president were. She also appears to have been a last minute choice, as the McCain camp had her on its vep list, but they didn’t seriously vet her until this past week.

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Conservative Mona Charen at the National Review and her e-mail pals like Palin,

She’s a hit, Friday, August 29, 2008

I’m getting tons of mail like this:

Sarah is real!!! What a fabulous contrast with Obama, who is not real. Sarah is from America. Obama is not.

Sarah gives me hope for America, because of who she is, not because of any group she “represents.”

More valuable than pearls is a woman who likes to fish and hunt.

So her readers don’t think Hawaii is part of the U.S. The Republican embrace of eliminationism covers all, but four or five states at this point. Please don’t tell them Johnny was born in Panama it would just break their tiny hearts.