The McCain/Palin ticket have been chest thumpiing the 9/11 deployment of her son Track to Iraq, 9/11 being a Republican National Holiday to remind Americans that only the GOP can keep America safe.Â What a perfect way to show their party’s love of motherhood, God, country and the Military than by sending her oldest off to Iraq?Â (we pause to remind everyone that Beau Biden, Joe’s son, is also being deployed to Iraq as a military lawyer, so that love of the troops is hardly a one-sided partisan affair).
The Blogsphere is buzzing with a story that Track Palin was a minor allegedly involved in a serious vandalism incident involving multiple school buses and a stolen bottle of vodka.Â The stories claim Track was given a choice — jail time and a record, or join the military.Â Of course, there are reports this story is false.
This story ran in SarahPalinexposed.com:
There are now allegations that her son Track was involved in a vandalism rampage a couple of years earlier and that his run-in with the law contributed to his decision to enlist in the Army.
On December 5, 2005, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reported that Alaska State Troopers had arrested four teenage boys for the previous weekâ€™s vandalism of school buses. The boys deflated the tires of 44 buses, broke mirrors and unplugged 110 buses from their engine-block heaters, which caused the buses not to start in subzero weather. The incident was serious enough to force the school district to close schools for a day on November 29.
One of the boys was identified as 18-year-old Deryck Harris. State troopers refused to release the names of the 3 other boys, ages 16, 17, and 17, because they were juveniles. However, the mother of one of the juvenile suspects confirmed her son David Coon was involved in the incident. Two of the boys, including Coon, attended Burchell High School. The other two were students at Wasilla High School.
The boys were each charged with third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. In addition, the 16-year-old was also charged with fourth-degree theft and furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was alleged to have stolen a bottle of vodka from a local liquor store.
A progressive Alaska radio station (Newstalk 1080 Kudo) reported on September 2, 2008 that the 16-year-old boy in the story was actually Track Palin. The station cited an unnamed judicial source. A recording of the radio broadcast is not yet available.
However, the story has been picked up by a local Anchorage public television station.Â Nellie Moore and Steve MacDonald on KAKM Channel 7, Anchorage Edition (September 5, 2008):
MacDonald is quick to note that the local radio station may be biased given its liberal stance; however, he was not previously familiar with the story and could not comment on its authenticity. The host Nellie Moore, who is familiar with the report, did seem very much convinced.
Curiously, Track Palin spent six months of his senior year with a host family in Portage, Michigan. His mother took him out of Wasilla High School and sent him to Michigan for the 2006/2007 school year. The Kalamazoo Gazette is reporting that Track came to the Midwest hoping he would be picked up by college hockey recruiters in the area, this despite the fact that he was already a star hockey player for the competitive Alaska All-Stars team.
Shortly after Palin was selected and it was revealed that her 17 year old unmarried daughter was pregnant, we posted a link to Perez Hilton’s blog that featured photos of Bristol Palin partying with her friends unaccompanied by full and empty bottles of beer and liquor.Â Now this happens in high schools all over America.Â But combine this behavior with the vandalism story, and frankly it makes me wonder how Palin can govern Alaska if she can’t manage her kids.Â When one parent has a high profile job, the other parent typically steps up responsibility to the family but it appears her husband is MIA in this regard.
Barack Obama’s kids, in constrast, have a lot of attention from mom, Michelle, and several aunts and uncludes and Michelle’s folks.
This well said comment was was posted on the Progressive Alaska blog:
Using your son to prove your fitness as a vice presidential candidate, by boasting of his enlistment in the army and impending trip to Iraq, knowing he chose the army as his alternative to jail, is both hypocritical and stupid. Hypocritical because you know that the only reason he’s headed to Iraq is that he had no choice. Stupid because it’s going to come out.
What kind of mother risks the emotional stability of her kids by exposing them to national and international ridicule to further her career? What kind of candidate thinks it is ok for her to tout her children’s positive achievements, but off limits for the opponents to discuss their more problematic behaviors? You can’t have it both ways.
And what does this all tell us about the presidential candidate who makes impulsive decisions based on his gut feelings? I think McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin has done us all a giant favor. He’s shown us that he’s willing to take risky decisions, risky important decisions, with shoddy data gathering and analysis. It’s better we know that and see it clearly before November.
A final note, concerning Palin’s deer in the headlights moment of being unable to describe the Bush Doctrine to ABC.Â My son is enrolled in the model UN program at Irvine’s Northwood High.Â The teacher asked if anyone knew what the Bush Doctrine was.Â My kids shot up his hand and gave a comprehensive complete answer.Â If a 17 year old knows it, the conservatives feigning ignorance what the Bush Doctrine is are full of moose-$h!t.