One of the things I respected about Gov. Sarah Palin was that she dispensed with the partisan acrimony that had plagued us in Alaska for many years.
After seeing her read the lines her handlers prepared for her at the Republican National Convention, I was stunned. She lied repeatedly about her record and she spewed the usual deception and contempt we've come to expect from George Bush's speechwriters, who authored her monologue. Far from being an independent, she's proven that she will say and do whatever she's told.
My overwhelming feeling while watching Palin was wonder and disgust.
Her speech, where it had any content other than lies and insults, was mostly about character. But what does it say about her own character when she gives up her role as leader of Alaska to make her whole family a sales prop, spewing words that crafty, ruthless men put in her mouth?
The speech she read was a throwback to the eternal idea that there is something redeeming about ignorance, that details don't matter, and that if you just roll up your sleeves, salute the flag and have "character," everything will magically work out. No Republican I know would run a business like that. Why do they think it's a good way to run the country?
It should be clear now to anyone who looks beyond the fake smile and the pre-written lines: A McCain-Palin administration would continue the willful stupidity that has led to our country's downhill slide. To think that McCain is any sort of reformer, you would have to ignore the fact that he voted with Bush 90 percent of the time, that he was an early cheerleader for the Iraq war and that all his stated policies are carbon copies of Bush's.
But as Abraham Lincoln said, you can fool some of the people all of the time. Those people will be voting for John McCain.