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Friday, October 03, 2008

The integrity gap between Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin

My latest guest-post on HughHewitt.com is a plug for Dan McLaughlin's first in a three-part series on the Integrity Gap between the two parties' tickets, and it focuses on Gov. Palin. Dan marshals the evidence in meticulous detail, always with supporting links. It's a genuinely impressive piece of work.


[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]

(Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar)

"Baseball Crank" Dan McLaughlin has posted the first of an anticipated three-part series on "The Integrity Gap" between the Democratic and GOP tickets. Dan's ultimate conclusion — that the Democratic ticket suffers from an "Integrity Gap that Obama simply can't surmount and can only hope to obscure" — is a sweeping one, but it's backed up by an impressive assembly of meticulously organized supporting details, all hyperlinked back to a huge array of sources. The first part focuses on nitty-gritty details of Gov. Palin's political history in Alaska, and it demonstrates how her reputation as a reformer isn't based just on occasional or random events, but rather on a consistent history. I commend it to you as a genuinely impressive piece of scholarly blogging.

— Beldar

Posted by Beldar at 05:28 AM in 2008 Election, McCain, Obama, Palin, Politics (2008) | Permalink


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(1) Howard made the following comment | Oct 3, 2008 12:00:48 PM | Permalink

Biden's gaff on the Constitution has so far gone totally unnoticed. Perhaps it's of no consequence to anyone except me but I do cherish the Constitution. Read the transcript below from the CNN website and then read your copy of the Constitution. Biden has no idea what he's taking about. Article II of the Constitution (not Article I as Biden said) clearly defines the role of Vice President as President of the Senate. The tie breaking vote is secondary to that role. Other than this, there is virtually nothing else in the entire document that describes the duties of Vice President. I think most scholars will agree that it's implicate that the VP would serve as an important advisor of the President and serve in any capacity as the President might require.


IFILL: Vice President Cheney's interpretation of the vice presidency?

BIDEN: Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.

The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.

(2) Crank made the following comment | Oct 3, 2008 1:13:59 PM | Permalink

Thanks for the link, Beldar. Of course, as your readers will see, huge chunks of that post are efforts to summarize your prior work on this.

(3) Dai Alanye made the following comment | Oct 3, 2008 1:23:33 PM | Permalink

I can't comment on Townhall because they recognize neither my old password nor a new one they've sent me. Well, their loss is your gain.

One of the comments there from one >fbear< is:
"Cronyism is not reform
Sarah Palin's history is not one of reform, it's one of cronyism and abuse of power, using her position to settle personal scores."

What brand of koolade are some of these people drinking? Palin's integrity is such that she resigned a position paying (I believe) $118,000 to more effectively battle over ethical issues. Even in Alaska that is big money.

How many people do we know who would not simply protest but *quit their job* over a matter of governmental ethics? John McCain probably would--he's proven the value of his personal honor under different circumstances. Joe Biden? To ask the question is to answer it. Obama, the crony of Tony Rezko and certain other people of highly questionable reputation?

Yet we have nitwits like this fbear who accuse this woman of being dishonorable. There are people sitting in prison today who can offer proof to the contrary.

(4) Carol Herman made the following comment | Oct 3, 2008 2:06:18 PM | Permalink

Sarah Palin was spot-on PERFECT!

That it's possible Ifill was "leaning Obama?" And, Biden got away with lies? SO WHAT? You can probably tick off anywhere from 10 to 22 WHOPPERS Biden told last night! Just go look at Glenn Reyolds' site. MICHAEL TOTTEN points out that the USA and France "never, ever, got Hezbollah out of Lebanon."

And, Totten shows that either Ifill "really didn't know crap about the Mideast; or she could have been shilling for Obama. But she didn't ask the follow up question: "Mr. Biden, exactly WHEN did the USA and France "get rid of Hezbollah from Lebanon?"

Now, with the bail out passing, it will be in American voters' hands how they intend to vote on 11/4.

Can McCain have a TIN EAR? Well, then, so, too, the same fault goes to Biden. And, Obama. All 3 or them are "perk oriented." And, McCain? Well just like John Kerry, he too came out of Vietnam, and married UP. So that he never had to run a business!

This is our current "mix."

Part of the reason? The democrats were unfortunate enough, in their primaries, to elect Obama. And, the press ate this up. (If they weren't all so enamored? Maybe, they would have noticed all the republican cross-over votes Obama picked up. That did bounce Hillary away "from the ball.")

I think "faith in Palin" will work wonders on republicans, at the polls. As to Independents? I think for lots of them, Biden & Obama get to look more dishonest every day.

Perhaps, Lincoln's lesson is in order? And, worth repeating. You just can't fool all the Americans. While, sure. You can always fool a small portion of gullible people all of the time. (Currently lots of those are holding mortgages they can't pay. Because the banks profited. No, I don't believe the "average jerk" will get bailed out.)

As to a McCain presidency? Tin-eared wonders are going to be learning lessons, across the board. Someday, ahead? We'll see a president DEMANDING CLEAN BILLS! Issue by issue. And, pork will become UNKOSHER. (Actually, that's always been true.)

(5) Peggy McGilligan made the following comment | Oct 22, 2008 4:38:46 PM | Permalink

The Catholic Church is to be commended for trying to reign in Joe Biden. Maybe people like Joe, and there are more than a few of them in politics, will reform their lives before poisoning the lot of us with more inane and downright dangerous ideas. One can only hope. No sooner had I got Joe (I’m still working on Al Gore, and Barack Obama certainly hasn’t got the message) to stop dressing up like George W. Bush, every time he felt the need to denounce George W., and now this. Ever since George Carlin departed the scene, Joe has felt that he’s had to work overtime. Finally, the strain proved too much. Now Joe’s on a tear about a “major international challenge,” a “generated crisis,” “steel in his spine.” Such “rhetorical flourishes;” what does it all mean? Lumbar surgery? Hair transplants? War? Far be it from the Democrats to ever contrive intense difficulties. Democrats, integrity; please: http://theseedsof9-11.com

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