The Muddy Branchflower Report

Soon after John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate, we learned of the “Troopergate” scandal. Sarah Palin’s sister went through a messy divorce, and her ex-husband had threatened to kill Palin’s father, drank alcohol in his patrol car, and tasered their 10-year-old son. There is no doubt that he should have been removed from his job, but apparently people were questioning whether or not Sarah Palin, as governor of Alaska, should have been pushing for his removal.

Sarah Palin, herself, asked for a full investigation into the matter, and I am glad she did. In doing so, she brought to light the facts about her former brother-in-law, she brought to light the partisan nature of witch-hunts in Alaska, and most of all she brought to light the fact that she did nothing improper or unlawful when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Stephen Branchflower was contracted by the Alaska Legislative Council to investigate the matter and issue a report, including recommendations, for action by the Legislature. He released his report on Friday. The full report is available here on 101 Dead Armadillos.

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Seriously Thinking About Pigs

I just got done listening to Barack Obama make remarks about this whole ‘lipstick on a pig’ fiasco. He started his remarks by implying that the McCain campaign has taken this and twisted it.

Sorry Barry O, this had nothing to do with the McCain campaign. It had nothing to do with any political organization. It has to do with you and you alone. This is no made-up controversy orchestrated by your opponent. Oh sure, you dropped the ball and they are running with it now, but the fumble was yours, and you need to deal with it.

Stop boo-hooing about being “swift-boated” on this, because you weren’t. If anyone “swift-boated” you, you did it yourself when thousands of people actually heard the words come out of your own mouth. They heard your tone, they heard your inflection and they took your comment as it sounded. You just didn’t expect the backlash to be so strong.

Am I wrong?

When you made the pig comment the crowd listening to you (your own supporters) erupted in laughter. They knew what you meant, I think we all did. Are you saying your own supporters are stupid? Did they all take what you said the wrong way?

My mother, a lifelong Democrat, heard your remarks and thought they were “very crude and rude”. My wife, also a lifelong Democrat, heard your remarks and thought “that was very rude and uncalled for”. Were they wrong? I don’t think so.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Thousands of people around the nation took offense to your comment. This was apparent by the sudden blogstorm that hit the internet. Conservatives, Independents, and Liberals all knew what you meant. Now you say you didn’t mean it that way?

Maybe that is true. If it is, people need to do some serious thinking.

Should we trust you to be President when your words might not mean what you say?

Can we afford to take a chance on you saying something that might get lost in translation when addressing something that’s really important?

How can we be sure that everything else you have said over the course of this campaign wasn’t misconstrued or taken the wrong way?

Your comment was rude, it was crude, it was uncalled for, and you knew better. As a Harvard graduate I think you know how to speak, and I’m pretty sure you know what those words mean when they leave your lips. Unless of course you’re denying that now too.

Hate Is Hate, No Matter How You Spell It

Barack Obama said something today that his spokesman now says was just “an old expression”. In a speech to his supporters in Lebanon, Virginia, he was referencing the McCain/Palin campaign when he said,

“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

No matter how you try to spin it, he called Sarah Palin a pig. There is no doubt about it. Last week during the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin asked,

“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Are we supposed to believe that he was simply using “an old expression”? That’s bullshit, let’s get real. We’re all adults here and we all know what he meant when he said it.

The Obama campaign is still fixated on Sarah Palin. While introducing Joe Biden at a campaign event in St. Louis, Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan said,

“There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick.”

Now, are we seriously supposed to believe the lipstick line was just a coincidence? Give me a break. Barack Obama was clearly calling Sarah Palin a pig and there ain’t no sugar coating that one. If the “lipstick on a pig” comment wasn’t completely rude and uncalled for, I have no idea what is.

The media has given this guy a pass on everything has said and done since day one and it’s time it stopped. His comment was hateful, rude and demeaning toward Sarah Palin and he should apologize. With her track record of reform, I am sure she has been called much worse, and it’s pretty clear she can handle her own, but he should still apologize.

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a second. If someone had made a disparaging remark about Barack Obama or used an “old expression” when referring to him, the media would be all over it and people everywhere would be demanding an apology. So what’s the difference here?

Isn’t it funny how some people can point out the hate they see outside their window, but they are blind to it when it faces them in their own mirror?

The Delusional Barack Obama

Barack Obama is delusional and he thinks you are stupid.

When faced with a question about his experience compared to the experience of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, rather than focusing on reality and moving forward from there, he would rather cloud the issue and avoid reality all-together.

My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

Our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the past couple of years and certainly in terms of the legislation I’ve passed in the past couple of years, post-Katrina.”

I am not doubting any of the facts stated above, but he’s hoping you are so tired of listening to reality that you are forgetting one thing. Sarah Palin was not only the mayor of the small town of Wasilla (CNN doesn’t use spellcheck apparently). She is the current Governor of Alaska.

That’s right. In case you missed it in all of the news reports over the past few days or in my lead up to the quote, she is the current governor of Alaska and has been responsible for the entire state of Alaska since she was elected in 2006. Now that you know the reality of the situation, let’s compare the two again.

As an Illinois state Senator, Barack Obama had a small staff, probably less than 25 people. As a U.S. Senator he has about 40 people working for him. As a candidate for President he says (as you can read above) he has 2,500 employees. That puts his total at 2,565 employees.

As the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Mayor Palin had a staff of 50 employees (according to ‘The One’). As Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin is responsible for the jobs of 15,000 people. Her total? 15,050. By Barry O’s own comparison, Governor Palin has 486% more experience in managing employees and staff.

Let’s continue.

As an Illinois state Senator, Barack Obama managed a budget of… hmm. wow. State Senators don’t manage budgets, do they? As a U.S. Senator he manages a budget of… hmm. wow. U.S. Senators don’t manage budgets, do they? As a candidate for President he says (as you can read above) he has a budget of $36 million per month. For comparison, let’s use a 12 month period, or a budget of $432 million for the past year. Barack Obama’s budget experience is $432,000,000 over the span of his entire career since he was an Illinois State Senator. That’s not too shabby is it?

As the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Mayor Palin managed a budget of $12 million per year. She was mayor for 8 years. As the Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin manages a budget of $12 billion. That’s a ‘B’ people. Sarah Palin’s budget experience is $12,096,000,000. Governor Palin has 2700% more experience in managing budgets.

Should I delve into the fact that she, as Governor, has a cabinet and departments much like the President of the United States does? She runs the state with the harshest weather in the nation. I think it’s safe to say she is far more qualified than Barack Obama when it comes to doing the job as President of the United States, let alone dealing with natural disasters.

Should I mention that every day mayors and governors across our country (including Sarah Palin) must make yes or no decisions that affect people immediately?

Should I reference the fact that while mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin was taking charge, reforming her small town government and making it a better place to live, while Barack Obama was voting ‘present’ in the state Senate in Illinois?

Senators don’t make executive decisions. They are members of a large body that sits in committee meetings, listen to special interests, and vote according to their party’s official line. Governors however, must make executive decisions. They are ‘one person’ responsible for the lives of the people in their state. And for the record, Sarah Palin was not listening to special interests or making her decisions in accordance to her party’s official line.

When it comes to experience, there is no comparison. Sarah Palin, while new on the national scene, is far more qualified to be President (let alone Vice President) than Barack Obama. To think otherwise is just delusional.

I Finally Get It!

For months I have said that this presidential election would come down to the candidates’ choice for vice-president. I know, it’s crazy isn’t it? Who bases their choice for President of the United States on that person’s choice in a running mate? I’m not sure if anyone else does, but this year, I do.

I do not like Barack Obama. I never have. With all his talk of hope, change, and inspiration, I have yet to hear him state a single thing he will do that fills me with hope. I have yet to hear him tell me what he is going to change that will actually make things different. I have yet to hear him say anything that inspires me to vote for him. Don’t get mad, I am just being honest.

Now, here’s another tidbit you will love.

I do not like John McCain either. I never have. He has worked hard on the opposite side of many issues that are important to me. For years he has been known as a RINO in Washington. A Republican In Name Only. While it’s true that he has an exemplary record when it comes to some conservative issues, I have a hard time reconciling that record with his record on many issues like illegal immigration and energy.

Both candidates have now chosen their vice-presidential running mates.

Barack Obama chose Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware. I found nothing hopeful in that decision. Joe Biden has been in Washington since 1972, where is the change? Truth be told, I do not find the Obama-Biden ticket to be inspiring at all.

John McCain chose Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska. And now, I finally get it.

For the past year I have heard Barack Obama talk about hope. I saw that hope today when Sarah Palin walked out and greeted the crowd in Dayton, Ohio. For the first time since this election cycle started I have hope that America might not be going to hell in a hand-basket.

In addition to hope, Barack Obama has spoken of change. Nothing embodies the word change more than Sarah Palin. She is known as a barracuda on the basketball court, and as governor she spent her time cleaning up corruption in the state of Alaska. If any of the candidates, for president or vice-president, represent the true possibility that things can change, it’s her.

It’s an understatement to say that I haven’t been inspired much this election cycle. I threw my support behind Fred Thompson when he announced his candidacy only to find that Fred really didn’t want the job. Since then, I haven’t endorsed a single candidate on the national level, and I had no intention to do so. Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain have inspired me in the slightest, and truth be told, until today I was planning to vote for a third-party candidate. But John McCain chose Sarah Palin and inspired me.

Barack Obama was right. We can have hope for the future. We can change things. We can be inspired. Thank you Senator McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as your running mate.

John McCain Picks Sarah Palin

Today, John McCain announces Sarah Palin as his running mate for vice-president.

Sarah Palin is an excellent choice, and honestly, one of my two preferences for the job. Mrs. Palin has served as Governor of Alaska since 2006, giving her executive experience, even if only two years worth.

Before serving as Governor, Mrs. Palin ws appointed Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, by then Governor Frank Murkowski. She served in that position from 2003-2004, when she resigned because of the ‘lack of ethics’ of her fellow Alaskan Republican leaders. She has proven she is a woman of ethics, that’s for sure.

Sarah Palin is educated and she in not a lawyer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in politics.

When she was pregnant with her son Trig, she and her husband, Todd, were informed the baby possessed an extra chromosome and would have Down’s Syndrome. Rather than choosing to end Trig’s life at that early stage of the pregnancy, she chose to welcome him into the world with open arms.

Sarah Palin is an educated, proven leader with executive experience and an honest and ethical core. She hunts, fishes, and eats mooseburger. I wonder if that tastes like buffaloburger?

Congratulations Mrs. Palin. Good luck in November!