The Myth of Sarah Palin the Reformer

ImageThe presidential campaign of John McCain put out an ad today that sought to redefine his running mate Sarah Palin as more of a reformer than Barack Obama. The problem is that this so called reformer is governor of a state that depends on royalties from the oil and gas companies for 80% of its revenues.

Here is the ad:

Sarah Palin: A High Risk/Reward Pick for McCain

ImageContrary to cable news network reports, Sarah Palin's name has been floating around for weeks as a dark horse running mate possibility. The upside is that she brings youth, gender, and conservative credentials to the ticket. The downside is that this pick was based on a political calculation that if it backfires will doom his campaign.

Mike Gravel Leaves the Democratic Party

ImageToday on his website former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party for the Libertarian Party. Gravel, who was the best thing about those early Democratic primary debates said, "Today, I am announcing my plan to join the Libertarian Party, because the Democratic Party no longer represents my vision for our great country.