A BRIEF HISTORY OF PALIN SCANDALS.

It's getting hard for a political journalist to keep track of all the scandals surrounding Sarah Palin -- and she's only been John McCain's VP pick for six days! Here's a list, though I can't promise it'll still be accurate by the time you read it:

  • Palin, who based her political career on ethics and touted her opposition to earmarks in her first speech with McCain on Friday, presided, as mayor of Wasilla Alaska, over an aggressive attempt to attract earmarks -- including three that made it onto McCain's annual "pork list."
  • Palin falsely claimed to have opposed Alaska’s bridge to nowhere. Turns out at first she was for it before she was against it.
  • Palin bills herself as a reformer, but she was closely linked to now-indicted Sen. Ted Stevens who himself is embroiled in scandal -- including running his 527.
  • Not so long ago, Palin publicly stated, very clearly, that she had no idea what the vice president does.
  • Palin was also associated with a group that wants Alaska to secede from the United States.
  • Palin does not think global warming is man-made.
  • As mayor of Wasilla, Palin fired a police chief for antagonizing campaign contributors.
  • And as governor of Alaska, Palin fired Alaska’s public safety commissioner, allegedly because he had refused to fire Sarah’s brother-in-law who at the time was in a bitter divorce with Palin's sister.

John McCain revealed his vice president the day after Barack Obama’s speech to distract the public. That worked, but probably not in the way he hoped.

--Daniel Strauss

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