"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Sunday, September 7, 2008

When It Comes To The Facts Concerning Sarah Palin The Right Has Decided That All Negatives Facts Are Lies, That Progressives And The Media Are “Sarah Swifting” And All The Lists Of Her Positions Showing Up Are “Mere Rumors”. Well Let’s Clear That Up…Where’s Sarah?

Bad Days For Pelosi And Palin. Nancy May Ultimately Have To Deal With The Pope. Maybe He’ll Excommunicate Her? Sarah Has To Come Clean With Voters Or Mccain Needs To Withdraw Her From The Ticket!

The Speaker's Archbishop Speaks

In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent statements on the church's teaching on abortion, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco -- the top Rep.'s hometown ordinary -- prepared the following column for tomorrow's edition of the archdiocesan weekly, Catholic San Francisco.

Last month, in two televised interviews and a subsequent statement released through her office, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Catholic residing in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, made remarks that are in serious conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church about abortion. It is my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to teach clearly what Christ in his Church teaches about faith and morals, and to oppose erroneous, misleading and confusing positions when they are advanced.

In his statement about Speaker Pelosi's remarks, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., expressed the response of many bishops when he said, "We respect the right of elected officials such as Speaker Pelosi to address matters of public policy that are before them, but the interpretation of Catholic faith has rightfully been entrusted to the Catholic bishops." In addition to Archbishop Wuerl, several other bishops have already appropriately and helpfully pointed out the errors in the Speaker's remarks.

Nevertheless, it is my particular duty to address them as well. Let me acknowledge even as I do so that Speaker Pelosi is a gifted, dedicated and accomplished public servant, and that she has stated often her love for her faith and for the Catholic Church. The Speaker has been supportive of legislation that helped to implement some of the social teachings of the Church. However, her recent remarks are opposed to Church teaching.

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8 More Shocking Revelations About Sarah PalinBy Isaac Fitzgerald, Tana Ganeva, AlterNetMore skeletons come out of Palin's closet. Read more »

Top Ten Most Disturbing Facts and Impressions of Sarah PalinBy AlterNet Staff, AlterNetIt's not hard to stir up negative publicity when you advocate gunning down wolves from airplanes and deny the human causes of climate change. Read more »

As Sarah Palin's Family Life Becomes Public, Will She Stay on the GOP Ticket?By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNetIn 1972, Tom Eagleton was the Democratic VP nominee for 18 days when another private drama became public. Read more »

Sarah Palin's Big, Sleazy SafariBy John Dolan, AlterNetFor most of us, zooming around in an airplane to shoot wolves sounds insane. For Sarah Palin, it's a "safari." Read more »

Palin Has Chosen to Exploit Her Own Daughter's PregnancyBy Bonnie Fuller, Huffington PostIf Palin succeeds in "normalizing" her daughter's pregnancy, will other teen girls look at this and say what is the problem with having a baby? Read more »

Lakoff: Palin Appeals to Voter Emotions -- Dems BewareBy George Lakoff, AlterNetThe initial Democratic response to Palin indicates that many Democrats have not learned the lessons of the Reagan and Bush years. Read more »

Abortion opponents give Palin high marksAnchorage Daily News (subscription) - Anchorage,AK,USABoth bills died in the Senate, bottled up in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Hollis French, a lawyer and Democrat from Anchorage. ...See all stories on this topic

"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." -- Obama campaign 8.29.08

"As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 8/29/08 VIDEO

"She does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska, right next to Russia.” -- Fox's Steve Doocy VIDEO

"A potential vice president with the ideology of Dick Cheney and fewer qualifications than Dan Quayle should send Arctic shivers up our spines." -- JOHN PODESTA 8.30.08
“I feel a tingle up my spine.” -- Republican strategist Mary Matalin praising the McCain’s selecton of Sarah Palin.8.29.08

"Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now -- while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." -- Then-gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin’s answer to the question "Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges (the “bridges to nowhere”)?" -- Sarah Palin a questionnaire published in the October 22, 2006, Anchorage Daily News
“Absolutely. Yup, yup.” -- Sarah Palin’s answer to People’s Magazine question “Do you feel ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?” 8.29.08

"Earmarks are not bad in themselves. In fact, they represent a legitimate exercise of Congress’ constitutional power to amend the budget proposed by the president." -- Governor Palin
"It's a wild gamble, undertaken by our oldest ever first-time candidate for president in hopes of changing the board of this election campaign. Maybe it will work. But maybe (and at least as likely) it will reinforce a theme that I'd be pounding home if I were the Obama campaign: that it's John McCain for all his white hair who represents the risky choice, while it is Barack Obama who offers cautious, steady, predictable governance." -- Former Bush speechwriter David Frum 8.29.08

“She was the only candidate who was saying, ‘We’re going to build that bridge.’ She’s taking a position now which certainly wasn’t what it was when she was campaigning.” -- Former Alaska governor Tony Knowles.

"I'm a f - - -in' redneck" who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.” -- On the MySpace page of Bristol Palin’s boy friend Levi Johnston. Before it was redacted his page said: "I'm a f**kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some sh*t and just f**kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f*ck with me I'll kick ass." It also mentioned that he was "in a relationship," but then states, "I don't want kids." 9.01.08

"If Pledge Of Allegiance Was Good Enough For Founding Fathers, It's Good Enough For Me" -- Sarah Palin on the pledge of the United States, which was not official until 1942 and words "Under God" did not appear until 1954. 9.01.08

"If it wasn't for Hillary’s long time support of loose morals and whipping up women to think they can make decisions about their own bodies, none of this would have happened." -- Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist and GOP leader who, along with others, blames the Clintons for Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter’s pregnancy. 8.03.08

I'll be bluntly honest. Sarah Palin is a lying, classless, two-bit inept hack, who isn't worthy of being in the same sentence. As Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sure, you'd never know this from the wonderful facade Sarah Palin has created for herself. But, then again, creating a facade comes natural to a former beauty queen who majored in communications in school. Much of her adult life has centered around hiding what's inside and behind closed doors, to create a persona that dazzled the pageant judges first, and the voters next.

Problem is, the persona doesn't match the record.

In her first speech to the world, Sarah Palin, the hard-core Christian promptly broke one of the commandments by lying.

To back up the perception that she's a maverick against government largess, she brought up the "Bridge to Nowhere," saying she boldly opposed the project that brought pork to her state.

But, lying isn't anything new to Sarah Palin. In Alaska, she used the power of her office to pressure the Public Safety Commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law. Questioned about it, she flat out denied it was true.

Problem is, it was true, and she was forced to admit to the lie.

Then, in what became known as Troopergate up there, she sacked the Public Safety Commissioner for not doing her bidding. She says she did so to go in another direction, because Walt Monegan, the guy she fired, wasn't doing his job well and wasn't the guy she thought should hold the job.

So who did she pick to hold this position, which would be akin to who she would appoint Secretary of Homeland Security, if she was President?

A guy who was forced to resign after two weeks because of sexual harassment issues.

It's not like the Governor didn't KNOW that this guy had issues. Her office was warned:

The complainant in the Kenai sexual harassment case, a former assistant to Kopp, e-mailed the governor's office on July 13 that:

"My employment at Kenai Police Department ended after my sexual harassment complaint against Chief Kopp was acknowledged, validated, but ultimately dealt with ineffectively by the City of Kenai."

She offered to show her files.

No one from the governor's office contacted the woman, though, and Palin announced Kopp got the job the next day. Several days later, the woman called the governor's office asking officials again to look into it, she said.

It's not just that behind Palin's facade of an effective reformer there's a dirty underbelly of complete and absolute ineptitude. It's also that behind the facade of the all-American hockey mom, there's a completely classless woman.

As detailed by a top diary on here, Palin sat and laughed as a radio host mocked a cancer survivor as a "cancer on the state" and a "bitch" and made fun of the survivor's weight.

Surely there is more there that hasn't come out. But based on just this, is America really comfortable putting such an inept lying hack one heart-beat away from taking over as leader of the free world from a 72 year old with a history of cancer?

Haven't we had enough of that already as President over the last eight years?

And what does it say about the "maverick" John McCain that he's comfortable handing the keys to the White House to someone who isn't just a Clarence Thomas/Harriet Miers pick, but someone who has only proven herself to be a lesser version of George W. Bush?

Seems that Palin honed her skill sback as Mayor of Wasilla, where she was nearly recalled, for firing the Police Chief and Library Director for not supporting her in her 1996 race for Mayor.

Some have said it's an exaggeration to say she was almost recalled. It is NOT. The very initial effort got 60 supporters. According to Alaska law, you only need 100 voter signatures to put a recall to a vote. This is in a town where only 1100 people voted in 1999, so I imagine getting petition signatures ain't easy. So they were 40 people from getting a recall on the ballot, and given the nature of the offense, the citizens may have voted to remove her. So, yes, Virginia, it was an "almost recall."

OK, so like every other major, minor, would-be and never was journalist in the world, I want to interview Sarah Palin. Yet when I called McCain’s campaign headquarters in McLean, Virginia, I was told “She’ll be made available for interviews when it is in the best interests of the campaign.”

Excuse me?

“She’ll be made available for interviews when it is in the best interests of the campaign.”
A woman no one outside of Alaska ever heard of before last week is running for Vice President of the United States of America, purportedly the second-most important job in the country if not the world, yet reporters are being told the overarching consideration of the McCain organization is “the best interests of the campaign.”

What happened to the best interests of the United States? Isn’t that what presidential elections are all about?
Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean” by Charley James –

“So Sambo beat the bitch!”

This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.

“It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.

Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”

Racial and ethnic slurs may be “just Alaska” and, clearly, they are common, everyday chatter for Palin.

Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs” – how efficient, lumping two apparently undesirable groups into one ugly description – as well as the more colourful “mukluks” along with the totally unimaginative “f**king Eskimo’s,” according to a number of Alaskans and Wasillians interviewed for this article.

But being openly racist is only the tip of the Palin iceberg. According to Alaskans interviewed for this article, she is also vindictive and mean. We’re talking Rove mean and Nixon vindictive.

No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the Republican Convention went wild for Sarah: They adore the type, it’s in their genetic code. So much for McCain’s pledge of a “high road” campaign; Palin is incapable of being part of one.

Tough Getting People Who Know Her to Talk

It’s not easy getting people in the 49th state to speak critically about Palin – especially people in Wasilla, where she was mayor. For one thing, with every journalist in the world calling, phone lines into Alaska have been mostly jammed since Friday; as often as not, a recording told me that “all circuits are busy” or numbers just wouldn’t ring. I should think a state that’s been made richer than God by oil could afford telephone lines and cell towers for everyone.

On a more practical level, many people in Alaska, and particularly Wasilla, are reluctant to speak or be quoted by name because they’re afraid of her as well as the state Republican Party machine. Apparently, the power elite are as mean as the winters.

“The GOP is kind of like organized crime up here,” an insurance agent in Anchorage who knows the Palin family, explained. “It’s corrupt and arrogant. They’re all rich because they do private sweetheart deals with the oil companies, and they can destroy anyone. And they will, if they have to.”

“Once Palin became mayor,” he continued, “She became part of that inner circle.”

Like most other people interviewed, he didn’t want his name used out of fear of retribution. Maybe it’s the long winter nights where you don’t see the sun for months that makes people feel as if they’re under constant danger from “the authorities.” As I interviewed residents it began sounding as if living in Alaska controlled by the state Republican Party is like living in the old Soviet Union: See nothing that’s happening, say nothing offensive, and the political commissars leave you alone. But speak out and you get disappeared into a gulag north of the Arctic Circle for who-knows-how-long.

Alright, that’s an exaggeration brought on by my getting too little sleep and building too much anger as I worked this article. But there’s ample evidence of Palin’s vindictive willingness to destroy people she sees as opponents. Just ask the Wasilla town administrator she hired before firing him because he rebelled against the way Palin demanded he do his job, or the town librarian who refused to hold the book burning Walpurgisnach Mayor Palin demanded.

Ironically, Palin was pushed into hiring the administrator by the party poobahs who helped get her elected after she got herself into trouble over a number of precipitous firings which gave rise to a recall campaign.

“People who fought her attempt to oust the librarian are on her enemies list to this day,” states Anne Kilkenny, a Wasilla resident and one of the few Alaskans willing to speak on-the-record, for attribution, about Palin. In fact, Kilkenny actually circulated an e-mail letter about Palin that was verified and printed by The Nation.

For good measure, Palin booted the Wasilla police chief from office because, she told a local newspaper, he “intimidated” her.

Running on Extreme Fringe Evangelical Views

Sarah Palin drew early attention from state GOP apparatchiks when, during her first mayoral campaign, she ran on an anti-abortion platform. Normally, political parties do not get involved in Alaskan municipal elections because they are nonpartisan. But once word of her extreme fringe evangelical views made its way to Juneau, the state capitol, state Republicans tossed some money behind her campaign.

Once in office, Palin set out to build a machine that chewed up anyone who got in her way. The good, Godly Christian turns out to be anything but.

“She’s doesn’t like different opinions and she refuses to compromise,” Kilkenny notes. “When she was mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t hers. Worse, ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits but on the basis of who proposed them.”

Sound familiar? Palin may well be Dick Cheney’s reincarnate.

Something else has a familiar Republican ring to it: Her tax policies, and a “refund surpluses but borrow for the future” attitude.

According to Kilkenny and others in Wasilla as well as Juneau, Palin reduced progressive property taxes for businesses while mayor and increased a regressive sales tax which even hits necessities such as food. The tax cuts she promoted in her St. Paul speech actually benefited large corporate property owners far more than they benefited residents. Indeed, Kilkenny insists that many Wasilla home owners actually saw their tax bill skyrocket to make up for the shortfall. Two other Wasillian’s with whom I spoke said property taxes on their modest, three bedroom homes rose during the Palin regime.

To an outsider, it would seem hard to do, but an oil-rich town with zero debt on the day she was inaugurated mayor was left saddled with $22 million of debt by the time she moved away to become governor – especially since nothing was spent on things such as improving the city’s infrastructure or building a much-needed sewage treatment plant. So what did Mayor Palin spend the taxpayer’s money on, if not fixing streets and scrubbing sewage?

For starters, she remodelled her office. Several times over, as a matter of fact.

Then Palin spent $1 million on an unnecessary, new park that no one other than the contractors and Palin seemed to want. Next, Sarah doled out more than $15 million of taxpayer money for a sports complex that she shoved through even though the city did not own clear title to the land; now, seven years later, the matter is still in litigation and lawyer fees are said to be close to at least half of the original estimated price of the facility.

She also worked hard to get voters approval of a $5.5 million bond proposal for roads that could have been built without borrowing. Anchorage may not be the center of the financial universe but, like good Republicans everywhere, Sarah Palin knows how to please Alaskan bankers and bond dealers.

For good measure, she turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots.

Sarah Barracuda

En route to the governor’s igloo, Palin managed to land what Anne Kilkenny says is the plumb political appointment in the state: Chair of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC), a $122,400 per year patronage slot with no real authority to do anything other than hold meetings. She took the job despite having no background in energy issues and, as it turned out, not liking the work.

“She hated the job,” an OGCC staff member who is not authorized to speak with the news media told me. “She hated the hours and she hated what little work there was to do. But she couldn’t figure out a way to get out of the thing without offending Gov. Murkowski” and the state Republican Party regulars, some of whom were pissed off they didn’t get appointed.

But ever the opportunist, Palin quickly concocted a way. First, she waged a campaign with the local news media claiming that the position was overpaid and should be abolished – despite the fact that she lobbied Murkowski hard to get it. Then, mounting what she saw as a white horse, Palin raised a cloud of dust by resigning from the OGCC and riding away with an undeserved reputation as a “reformer.”

But when a local reporter dared to suggest that the reformer Empress has no clothes, Palin tried to get her fired.

“She came at me like I was trying to steal her kids,” said the targeted reporter, who now works for an oil company in Anchorage. “I heard she had a wild temper and vicious mean streak but it’s nothing like you can imagine until she turns it on you.”

Not surprising since some of her high school classmates still openly call her “Sarah Barracuda,” Kilkenny insists.

Still, as a Republican Party hack Palin managed to get herself elected running under the false flag of a “reformer.”

And what did she bring to the job? No legislative experience other than a city council of a village of 5,000 people, which is smaller than some high schools in Chicago. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; after all, she needed to hire a city administrator to run Wasilla. No executive experience, except for almost being recalled as mayor. A philosophy of setting public policy based on one word: No.

And what has she done since winning the job?

According to Kilkenny, nothing. Well, nothing other than suggesting the state’s multi-multi-million dollar, oil-generated surplus be distributed to residents and finance future state needs by borrowing money. Gee, doesn’t that sound precisely what George Bush did with the surplus he inherited from Bill Clinton in 2001 and we all know in what great shape Bush’s economic policies left the nation.

It may explain why, when asked by reporters, including me, what she thought about Palin being picked to be McCain’s running mate, her mother-in-law replied with a sardonic, “What has Sarah done to qualify her to be vice president?” Of course, when the woman – said by many I spoke with to be well-respected in Wasilla – was running to succeed Palin as mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her, so that may explain the family tension.

As Governor, Palin gave the legislature no direction and budget guidelines, according to the chair of a legislative committee. But then she staged a huge grandstand play of line-item vetoing countless projects, calling them pork. “They were restored because of public outcry and legislative action,” the aide said. “She vetoed them mostly because she had no idea what they were or why they were important.”

But it was enough to get the McCain, who is mostly unobservant of the world around him anyway, to think Palin has a reputation as being “anti-pork”.

In fact, Juneau observers note that Palin kept her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork ladled out by indicted Sen. Ted Stevens. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be politically unwise to keep supporting it, these same insiders assert. Then, Palin fell back on her old habits and publicly humiliated him for pork-barrel politics.

As for being “ready on day one” to be commander in chief, despite the repeated public claims she’s made, the Alaska National Guard commander said that, “she has made no command decisions, other than sending some troops to help fight a few brush fires and march in parades at county fairs.”

A Wrap On: “Sambo Beat the Bitch”

“Palin is a conniving, manipulative, a**hole,” someone who thinks these are positive traits in a governor told me, summing up Palin’s tenure in Alaska state and local politics.

“She’s a bigot, a racist, and a liar,” is the more blunt assessment of Arnold Gerstheimer who lived in Alaska until two years ago and is now a businessman in Idaho.

“Juneau is a small town; everybody knows everyone else,” he adds. “These stories about what she calls blacks and Eskimos, well, anyone not white and good looking actually, were around long before she became a glint in John McCain’s rheumy eyes. Why do I know they’re true? Because everyone who isn’t aboriginal or Indian in Alaska talks that way.”

“Sambo beat the bitch” may be everyday language up in the bush. Whether it – and the outlook, politics and worldview Palin reflects when she says such things in public – should be part of a presidential campaign is another thing altogether. The comment says as much about McCain as it does about Palin, and it says a lot of things about Americans who overlook such statements (as well as her record) and vote anyway for McCain.

by Charley James

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A link to a 63-page vetting report on Palin he said was done up some time ago by Alaska Democrats.

Alaskans fed up as press floods area (Better Get Used It Boys and Girls)

Palin’s cold shoulder WASILLA, Alaska — While Sarah Palin’s supporters tout her personal warmth and openness, the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee can be brusque to allies, advisers and employees who fall from her favor.Palin has unceremoniously ended relationships with an aide who was dating a family friend’s soon-to-be ex-wife, a campaign adviser whose mother-in-law fought Palin’s legislative agenda, a local political mentor who she felt represented the “old boys' network,” a police chief who she said tried to intimidate her with “stern look[s]” and a state commissioner who refused to fire her sister’s ex-husband.

“When she decides you’re done, you’re done,” said John Bitney, who was a top aide to Palin’s gubernatorial campaign and administration.Bitney, a longtime state Capitol hand who grew up in this small town with Palin and her husband, Todd, said he was asked to leave his job as legislative director in the governor’s office last year after the Palins found out that he was dating the soon-to-be-ex-wife of one of Todd’s good friends.While Palin’s office framed the departure as an “amicable” mutual decision, Bitney told Politico that Sarah and Todd Palin “were upset with me about my divorce and who I was dating, and they didn’t want that in the governor’s office.

I wanted to stay with the governor and support the governor — we’re talking about someone who’s been a friend for 30 years — but I understood it, and I have no ax to grind over the whole thing.” Still, Bitney took a line from the "Seinfeld" character Elaine, deeming Palin “a bad breaker-upper.”

Sarah Palin's Media No-Show Three of the four big party nominees were slated for the Sunday talk shows, but not Sarah Palin, who refuses to submit to serious questioning from the political press corps, notes Mary MacElveen. September 7, 2008

By Steve YoungIT'S SUNDAY. SO WHERE'S SARAH?The RNC has gone into full Suppress-Sarah mode. No Sunday morning talk shows. No print interview with Time magazine. No talk to anyone who has an opportunity for a credible followup, like, "Governor, I know you're the one wearing lipstick, but that doesn't answer the question I asked."

McCain-Palin: 'Phonies Squared'The John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket is hailed as "Maverick Squared," but a closer look at their records suggests a more accurate nickname might be "Phonies Squared," writes Robert Parry. September 5, 2008

But the 44-year-old first-term Alaska governor is a favorite of right-wing Christian groups and was hailed Friday by one organization as “a true Christian” who is “pro-life and pro-marriage.” She also has favored the teaching of creationism in Alaska’s schools.

Palin's 'Reformer' MythSarah Palin built her short political career on an image as a "reformer," but some Alaskan journalists discovered she was committing the same abuses that she was decrying, writes Jason Leopold. September 3, 2008

Supposed Reformer Secured EarmarksMany U.S. reporters bought the myth of Sarah Palin as government reformer, but it turns out she played the traditional lobbying game to secure pork spending, as Brent Budowsky notes. September 3, 2008

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Final Score: Obama takes the lead By POLITICO STAFF 9/7/08 6:08 PM
Even with limited face-time from both candidates, Obama edges ahead.