OK, so now we know that Sarah Palin is clearly in line with the Bush Doctrine, even if she doesn't have a clue what it is.
Welcome to the newest episode in presidential politics, troopergate!
The Republican party is so good at Bush Doctrine tactics that they even use them in the campaign itself. Yesterday, the McCain campaign released their own report on the topic, clearly saying--and thereby proving--that the investigation had been tainted by partisan politics. (The "proof" was pretty much self creating because they never said which party infused the situation with partisan politics.) Score one for pre-emptive diplomacy.
This whole situation has me disappointed with the McCain/Palin ticket, though. Not because Sarah Palin let her redneck, stalker husband use her power to settle his personal vendetta. Not because she's an amoral, self-serving nitwit. Not because McCain picked her on a whim, which is presumably how he'll handle every major decision (remember he canceled half the Republican convention when the hurricanes hit a different part of the country, and he canceled his entire campaign when the totally unforeseen financial crisis hit). After all, he's a maverick, and mavericks shoot first and ask later. Boom! The Bush Doctrine at its finest.
No, I am disappointed for two reasons.
First, if McCain had any balls at all, he'd declare everyone involved in investigating Palin "enemy combatants" and disappear them to Guantanamo Bay. Why not? It's not that big a step from firing someone you don't like to entirely destroying them.
Second, the whole Alaska thing is bush league. (Not Bush league. Bush is a real pro at this stuff.) McCain could take some lessons from guys like Somoza, Pinochet, and others. Todd Palin is a small time thug in a small time town in a B movie. By picking Palin, McCain shows that he has no imagination. That's not kicking ass. That's playground bully.
I find it distressing that our top candidates are nothing better than what you might find in Empire Falls. The whole world is paying attention to four people, and one of them is nothing more than a caricature, a punchline. I'm beginning to think McCain picked her not because she's a woman but because he knew that he needed something--anything--that he could look better than.