Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Analysis: Palin Strong VP Choice Despite Ethics Probe

St. Paul, Minn.-- (TYDN) That Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is undergoing an ethics inquiry in her home state makes her well qualified as the running mate to Republican presidential candidate John McCain, according to an exhaustive analysis by TheYellowDailyNews unveiled early Wednesday.

Palin, the 44-year-old mother of five whose 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, is likely to be well prepared to defend herself in any ethics inquiry at the White House, where dozens of Bush administration figures have been prosecuted or resigned in disgrace, TheYellowDailyNews' analysis has concluded.

"That she is already battling an ethics inquiry means she would bring with her the experience needed in the White House to battle other scandals against her," said Republican strategist Jordan Lamey. "This is experience that is usually learned in the White House, not brought there."

By bringing to Washington her own scandal, Palin would likely one-up her predecessor, Vice President Dick Cheney. His chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted last year of corruption charges including perjury and obstruction of justice for outing CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.

The Palin probe concerns whether she or others in her administration abused their power or improperly pressured an Alaskan state official to fire a state trooper who is Palin's ex-brother-in-law. Palin and her father have said Trooper Mike Wooten was a "loose cannon" who made threats against them.

The investigation received national attention Tuesday after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, announced Palin as his running mate last Friday.

Still, Democratic strategists point out that Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrats' nomination for president, has tapped Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential candidate. Biden, a Delaware Democrat, underwent a plagiarism scandal in 1987, which forced him to drop out of that year's presidential race.

But independent analysts were unsure who was more qualified for the White House: a plagiarizer or a backstabber.

"I think somebody who can pilfer the words of others without flinching is more suited for the job," said Democratic strategist Jason Vetter, in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "What better orator can there be?"

Republican strategists suggested somebody like Palin, who would hire and fire government officials based on family ties, is more suited to win the War on Terror.

"Girly men like Biden just talk, but Palin takes action," strategist Irvin Spewlosa said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "