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Sarah Palin, The Right To Choose, And The Rotten State Of American Politics

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In a stunning twist of logic that has breathed new life into the once moribund TV series John McCain For President, Republican Presidential Candidate and POW-Tourrette's sufferer John McCain has selected Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate. During weeks of intense media speculation that can only be described as "compulsory", "not as relevant as the interest in Obama's decision", or "barely interesting", McCain played coy, leading on a number of would-be veeps, apparently even seriously considered choosing his BFF, Droopy Dog Palpatine himself, before waiting literally until the last minute to choose a 1 term governor he’d met exactly twice before, and about whom next to nothing was known.

"Was." Funny word that. McCain timed the announcement, made early last Friday, to take the thunder away from Obama's magnificent acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention and congratulations are in order because, let's face it, Mission Accomplished. The news that the World's POWest Grandpa had finally stopped his senile dithering and selected Tina Fey's Fascist twin sister pushed what might be the finest political speech of our lifetime right off the front page of CNN.

Unfortunately for the Maverick, the announcement went over something like an echo in a Swiss mountain valley - In the less than 1 week since his out-of-the-blue-but-totally-not-insane-and-petulant-we-promise decision was revealed to a disinterested world, an avalanche of interesting information has poured down Mt. St. Maverick and now threatens to wipe out the entire village. Palin, poor thing, went from being a virtual unknown to having all of her laundry, the majority of which apparently hasn't been washed in 10 years, flung out for all the world to see.

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********So what have we come to learn about the titular* Governor in the last 5 days?