We'll be live blogging Sarah Palin's speech to the Republican National Convention, which is set around 8:20 Mountain tonight. Mitt Romney is on now, followed by Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee before Palin. Feel free to start posting comments anytime, while I put up a few links of interest about Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.
As mayor of Wasilla, she apparently tried to ban a bunch of books.
Sarah Pallin, corruption fighter? Then what was she doing running Ted Stevens' PAC?
But these are the two most disturbing stories of all:
Remember when we thought the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was a loose cannon? Get a load of this Huffington Post story by Nico Pitney and Sam Stein, detailing how Palin's worldview was shaped at the Wasilla Assembly of God. Ed Kalnins, the minister there, told parishioners in 2004 they might be damned to hell if they voted for John Kerry, and this past June he said (with Palin as a co-speaker), "I believe Alaska is one of the refuge states in the last days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them."
Sarah and Todd Palin have longtime ties to and sympathy for the Alaska Independence Party. Todd, now "undeclared," was a member until 2002. In 1994, its founder's remains were found wrapped in a blue tarp and duct tape after a plastics-explosives sale went bad. As Kagro X wrote at Daily Kos today, "Nobody has more questions about this? About the Palins' having been fellow travelers with separatist party types who get killed in plastic explosives deals right in the militia movement/Waco/Ruby Ridge/Oklahoma City historical sweet spot? It's not like Republican militia-phile ciphers haven't made it as far as DC before, you know. Steve Stockman, anyone? Helen Chenoweth?"
Of course, Sarah Palin won't mention any of this tonight. She'll hit a home run with the GOP faithful in the convention hall, and she'll endear herself to the "security moms" who helped re-elect George W. Bush. We must let everyone know: The Sarah Palin we see tonight is not the full story. The Sarah Palin we see tonight does not represent mainstream America. Not even close. And John McCain didn't know it.
Update: Here's a speech postmortem from Bill Burton of the Obama campaign ... "The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush's speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we've heard from George Bush for the last eight years. If Governor Palin and John McCain want to define 'change' as voting with George Bush 90% of the time, that's their choice, but we don't think the American people are ready to take a 10% chance on change."
Also, here's an even more exhaustive list detailing McCain's Palin Problem.