POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Executive abilities? She doesn’t have any.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 17, 2008

former Wasilla City Council member Nick Carney, who selected and groomed Palin for her first political race in 1992 and served with her after her election to the City Council, is quoted in Salon regarding Ms. Palin …

  • Executive abilities? She doesn’t have any.
  • after her 1996 election, the newly elected mayor spent more than $50,000 in city funds to redecorate her office, without the council’s authorization. “I thought it was an outrageous expense, especially for someone who had run as a budget cutter,” said Carney. “It was also illegal, because Sarah had not received the council’s approval.”
  • Carney confronted Mayor Palin at a City Council hearing, and was shocked by her response. “I braced her about it,” he said. “I told her it was against the law to make such a large expenditure without the council taking a vote. She said, ‘I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.'” That’s Sarah. She just has no respect for rules and regulations.”
  • Other officials in the borough government — the equivalent of county government in other states — point out that Palin actually had very little executive responsibility, since the borough oversees many of Wasilla’s vital functions. And on top of that she brought in a city manager to actually run the city day to day. So what executive experience did she have as mayor?”  

LMW COMMENT:

There is nothing in the Sarah Palin fairy tale created by John McCain that suggests she has any preparation whatever to be a 72 year old heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Fortunately, conservative columnists are beginning to add their own doubting voices, and Palin’s poll numbers have dropped dramatically in the past several days, perhaps reflecting the vast gap between her capabilities and the serious problems America faces.

The real issue, as it has always been, is John McCain’s impetuous, ignorant, and unvetted decision to choose her.

Or did he? What we are coming to understand now is that John McCain didn’t want Palin at all, but was forced to take her by the Christian right in the Republican party who threatened to boycott the election if he didn’t.

McCain, who couldn’t stand up to his own part, can stand up to Putin?

John McCain is being increasingly seen as the tired old man he is, confused by the issues, who can’t think clearly beyond his talking points.

America deserves better that McCain-Palin. America deserves Obama-Biden, and it is beginning to look like the tide is turning in their favor.

 

Read the entire article at … http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/17/palin_mayor/

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