McCain’s Campaign on Palin’s National Security Experience

Tucker Bounds squirms and tries to change the subject when asked why McCain picked someone with no national security experience when his strategy so far has been to accuse Obama of having no national security experience.

We’re starting to get deep in Harriet Myers territory and it’s only been a few days since he made the pick.

Oh, and she was allegedly a member of an Alaskan secessionist party.

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.


Palin Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens’s 527 Group

ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state’s political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Palin’s name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

Palin’s relationship with Alaska’s senior senator may be one of the more complicated aspects of her new position as Sen. John McCain’s running mate; Stevens was indicted in July 2008 on seven counts of corruption.