A caller on Cara Live who identified himself as the ‘Black Conservative’ wanted to know sources regarding Sarah Palin’s vetting process.
As noted, most Presidential candidates have a committee that review potential VP candidates. In addition, the candidate usually decides on someone that they are familiar and comfortable with as their political partner. It has been of question whether Governor Palin was actually vetted, especially since it is a known fact that Senator John McCain only met Governor Sarah Palin once in January at a Governor’s Conference in Washington.
Reports during the RNC gave an indication that they were still scrambling in an attempt to vet her.
Although, Palin energized the base of the Republican Party at the convention, she lacked luster in coming weeks because of mainstream interviews which caused concern of her knowledge for the position. She was unable to answer questions such as publications that she reads, Supreme Court decisions that she’s in disagreement and stated that her foreign experience equates to her being able to see Russia from her home.
Marc Ambinder reported in The Atlantic a piece titled “What McCain Didn’t Know About Sarah Palin,” Below he states that the campaign didn’t know the following:
1. The campaign “bragged that Palin opposed the famous "Bridge to Nowhere," only to learn that Palin supported the project and even told residents of Ketchikan that they weren't "nowhere" to her. After the national outcry, she decided to spend the funds allocated to the bridge for something else. Actually, maybe it's more fair to say that coincident with the national outcry, she changed her mind. The story shows her political judgment, but it is not a reformer's credential.”
2. “Though she cut taxes as mayor of Wassila, she raised the sales tax, making her hardly a tax cutter.”
3. “She denied pressuring the state's chief of public safety to fire her sister-in-law's husband even though there's mounting evidence that the impetus did indeed come from her. Ostensibly to clear her name, Palin asked her attorney general to open an independent investigation—the legislature had already been investigating. (I am told that the campaign was aware of the ethics complaint filed against her but accepts Palin's account.)”
4. “McCain's campaign seemed unaware that she supported a windfalls profits tax on oil companies and that she is more skeptical about human contributions to global warming than McCain is.”
5. “They did not know that she took trips as the mayor of Wasilla to beg for earmarks.”
6. “They did not know that she told a television interviewer this summer that she did not fully understand what it is that a vice president does.”
With the above noted, it is hard to believe that Gov. Palin was vetted by the McCain campaign. Unfortunately for them, she was vetted by news outlets and the general public.
Because of her unplugged comments, it appears that with only a week until the election, the campaign is trying to use her as a scapegoat of a potential loss. Is this fair? Probably not, when the process started with them in vetting.