gbruce, I jumped mostly because you singled out that group when the substance/alcohol issue, at least in Alaska, is across the board. Also the policies, ( Dawes, etc), that made many of the tribes dependent on handouts were strikingly similar to the lies and dishonest snatch-and-grab tactics that we see so regularly in the neo-con right wing arena, i.e. the S&L failure (now echoed by Fannie and Freddie), Enron, the Enron law(supported by McCain) that made the California blackouts and the current oil price spike possible.
88% may be a decent deal, depending on the hours, condition and maintenance. but what she stated was misleading, as were many of the things she said, that show up as at least questionable under scrutiny,(to be fair, HRC’s claim of being ‘under fire’ in Bosnia was at least as egregious). The reason we’re all so vocal at the moment isn’t just anger, it’s shock, and outrage at the insult to our collective intellegence. First the R’s go harping on ‘experience’ for a year or so, and then the total about face, on a dime, is a painfully obvious pander and I think a sign of political panic. Palin has no significant experience, definitely none at the national level, has already shown, in her ‘executive experience’ that she is perfectly willing to abuse power in much the same way that the Bushies have and would be a heartbeat away from PODUS behind an aged cancer survivor who’s showing his senior moments more frequently. It’s not anger, it’s outrage and righteous indignation.
I’m absolutely with you on Powell and I would have voted for Ann Richards in a heartbeat, we lost her way too soon. Powell’s family requested he not run and I understand their reasoning; he was effective, honest and knew where an awful lot of bodies were buried. He would have been a major threat to many vested interests and assassination was a significant risk.
We should look at any candidate thoroughly, and the R’s keeping Palin under wraps until, ‘proper deference’ is shown is another insultingly obvious tactic to keep her from sticking her foot in anything they can’t spin, much like Quayle was ‘handled’ when he showed his talents for same.