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McCain to go on offense, with FOX snarling and setting the tone

Reported by Chrish - September 3, 2008 -

The tone today on FOX is outraged, and the mainstream media's and bloggers' critical scrutiny of Sarah Palin is the cause of it. Megyn Kelly was in high dudgeon this morning as she angrily read the list of grievances the McCain camp is going to address today and the tactics they will employ to put the media and the Obama camp on defense.
With video

The McCain campaign is defending their vetting of Palin as "thorough" and will let the American people vet her in November - in other words, show their approval of the apparently reactionary and politically motivated choice.

The New York Times reported that

"A Republican with ties to the campaign said the team assigned to vet Ms. Palin in Alaska had not arrived there until Thursday, a day before Mr. McCain stunned the political world with his vice-presidential choice. [snip] At the least, Republicans close to the campaign said it was increasingly apparent that Ms. Palin had been selected as Mr. McCain’s running mate with more haste than McCain advisers initially described." [snip]

"With time running out — and as Mr. McCain discarded two safer choices, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, as too predictable — he turned to Ms. Palin. He had his first face-to-face interview with her on Thursday and offered her the job moments later. Advisers to Mr. Pawlenty and another of the finalists on Mr. McCain’s list described an intensive vetting process for those candidates that lasted one to two months.

“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked, before she was asked, maybe the Thursday or Friday before,” said a Republican close to the campaign. “This was really kind of rushed at the end, because John didn’t get what he wanted. He wanted to do Joe or Ridge.” [snip]

"Although The Washington Post quoted advisers to Mr. McCain on Sunday as saying Ms. Palin had been subjected to an F.B.I. background check, an F.B.I. official said Monday the bureau did not vet potential candidates and had not known of her selection until it was made public."

Even Karl Rove, who dismissed Tom Kaine, another Governor as possible VP nominee, has admitted that the McCain camp's choice of Sarah Palin was for political reasons and not for her governing qualifications: "This is a positive thing for McCain. It's a bold move, but it's also a smart political move. Now, it's a different kind of decision. ... Both candidates this year, ironically enough made not a governing decision but a campaign decision." Of course he has to bring Obama down with McCain because although he is presenting himself as an objective political analyst these days, everybody knows he is still the same Republican machinator he's always been.

The New York Times article continues to detail that virtually no one in Alaska even knew Ms. Palin was under consideration, let alone been asked any relevant questions about her. The Huffington Post reportes that

"On Saturday (8/31, the day after the Palin announcement) , a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin's hometown newspaper.

How does he know? The paper's (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.

"No one else had requested access before," said the source. "It's unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn't."

Note Megyn Kelly's trademark disgusted tone, and don't miss that she calls Joe Lieberman, "of all people" to come to McCain's defense as if he's not joined at the hip, a "Democrat - an independent Democrat."