Things are heating up with the former Republican presidential nominees. Palin, while on vacation in Hawaii, caused a big stir by wearing a sun visor with the McCain/Palin campaign logo on it that had been scratched out with a black marker. Beneath the visor, Palin wore large sunglasses. When questioned about the visor, Palin stated she was attempting to be “incognito.” After much attention and many photos, Palin did what she does best, quit. She stopped her vacation and went home.
Quitting for Palin seems to come easy and something that she has obviously become accustomed to. Before quitting the office of Governor of Alaska when the job became too difficult, and quitting signing her books on her book tour when she tired of doing same, Palin has quit college five times, including Hawaii Pacific college. “Hawaii was a little too perfect. Perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics for 18-year-old Alaska girls.” [Going Rogue]
Palin’s father recalls her quitting Hawaii Pacific a little differently. “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home,” he told Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, authors of “Sarah From Alaska,” which was released in November 2009. Whatever Palin is up to, one thing we all can be sure of, it will not last — she will quit before she reaches the finish line.
As for McCain, he’s trash talking President Obama on every issue that the President contends with. In March, McCain lashed out about the omnibus bill, claiming that it was filled with earmarks. In May, he criticized the President for readying Guantanamo Bay detention center for closing.
Lately, McCain’s attacks are becoming more vicious and frequent and he is beginning to look and sound a lot like Dick Cheney. On December 7th, he held a press conference at the same time the President was visiting the Democratic Caucus, claiming the health care debate was one-sided.
Yesterday, on ABC’s Good Morning America, McCain lashed out at the President on the health care Senate victory, vowing to travel the country to host town hall meetings, visit senior centers and Rotary Clubs to rally opposition to the health care reform bill stating that, “We have just begun to fight.”
McCain cited “the Cornhusker kickback, the Louisiana purchase, the Florida flim-flam” — Republican names for various deals the Democratic leadership made with senators to win their backing.
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the Cornhusker state, won a deal providing extra Medicaid funds for his state and ensuring federal funds would not be used for abortions.
Senator Mary Landrieu got a $300 million increase in Medicaid for her state of Louisiana in exchange for her backing.
And Florida Senator Bill Nelson got a deal that to protect Medicare Advantage benefits for voters in his state.[Reuters]
Also on Sunday, McCain criticized President Obama on Faux News for giving himself a first year grade last week, stating that, “I don’t — presidents I know usually don’t grade themselves. Usually they let the people grade them.”[PoliticusUSA] One has to wonder why the campaign-style rhetoric. One thing we can count on with McCain, nothing he does or says lasts for long, it will change.
What a pair McCain and Palin make; one quits and one constantly changes.