The campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite — “Alaska First — Alaska Always.”

Here’s the video of an address she gave (taped) for the AIP convention this year.

While I’m sure our friends over at The Ohio Republic undoubtedly find this interesting, I’m not sure this is the kind of association that plays well when you’re running for national office.

McCain really stepped in it on this one. There was obviously zero vetting done before announcing this pick. If McCain is this reckless when it comes to perhaps the single most important hiring decision he’ll ever make, why would anyone ever feel comfortable with him as CiC?

  • I’ve been writing over and over about how Alaska-centric she is – including wording from the item in which she says she’s not sure what a VP does – she specifically says she’d only be interested in the VP if it was fruitful for Alaskans. She says this kind of thing regularly – she talks about how what’s good for Alaska is good for the rest of the country too. This isn’t just a state elected person concerned for her job’s focus, this is someone who truly never has thought about or shown any desire to govern anything bigger or with other interests – including and maybe esp those that would conflict with the state of Alaska.

  • This woman is dangerous…and surely objectively unfit to be Vice President of these United States!

    Vet away!

  • Brian, I would ask you to change the title from “segregationist” which is blatantly false to “seperatist” which would atleast mean you had a 12th grade grasp of the English language.

  • I heard not a word in that 1 minute and 20 seconds in which I would object. Which part was bad: limited government, hard work, opportunity, or liberty, or obeying the laws of the state aka the Constitution?

  • Brian, I would ask you to change the title from “segregationist” which is blatantly false to “seperatist” which would atleast mean you had a 12th grade grasp of the English language.

    No need to be snarky. It was just a short circuit between my brain and fingers – I honestly thought I had written “separatist”. Too much sun this weekend at the football game and farm, I think. Fixed.

  • J-Dog

    Be a little easy on “Brian” there, Mr. McNally. This whole “Brian” thing is just a rouse to cover up the fact that “Brian” is really Todd Palin. And, you know how Todd, uh, I mean “Brian” likes to drink. Thank God he didn’t get busted for yet another DWI today!

  • Brian, it’s all he had really. Arguing typos is a clear indication you’ve already lost the argument. Don’t misspell a word…McNally will get ya!

  • J-Dog

    Actually, Eric, Mr. McNally can’t spell “separatist” either @3! Shows about a 7th grade grasp of spelling, doesn’t it?

  • You obviously lost this debate before it started J-Dog! LOL.

  • I was offline all weekend, so I just learned this morning about Gov. Palin’s ties to the AIP.

    The Ohio Republic finds it interesting, all right. Gov. Palin’s politics make no sense at all, except in terms of personal opportunism. It is impossible to be both a secessionist and Vice President of the United States!

    Further ranting to come at my place.

  • Brian,

    Thanks for fixing your title.

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