Have Sarah Palin and John McCain ever spoken to one another? We’re beginning to have our doubts.
McCain may not be the best choice for gay Americans, but the Arizona Senator has repeatedly come out against a federal marriage amendment, a small, yet respectable, move against many of his Republican counterparts, many of whom wrote the party’s ultra-conservative platform.
Considering McCain’s history on this subject, one would expect his running mate to know where the Senator stands. Well, she doesn’t. Like, really doesn’t.
During an appearance on conservative leader James Dobson’s radio show yesterday, Palin claimed that she and McCain are in complete agreement on hot button issues like abortion and a federal ban on gay marriage, which she supports. What’s more, she insisted McCain would follow the party’s right-loving platform to the letter.
Said Palin to Dobson, “I am such a strong believer that McCain believes in those strong planks and we do have good conversations about some of the details too, about the different planks and what they represent.â€ These “conversations” must be pretty one-sided, because McCain disagrees with many of the platform’s positions, not least of all a gay marriage amendment.
MSNBC’s Matthew Berger elaborates:
Dobson began the conversation by calling the platform the â€œstrongest pro-life, pro-family document to come out of a political party.â€ More conservative than in previous elections, the Republican platform this year advocates for a constitutional amendments to ban abortion and define marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as ban on embryonic stem cell research.
But McCain doesnâ€™t share his platformâ€™s views on these controversial issues. While he opposes abortion rights, McCain does not favor a constitutional amendment to ban it. He also opposes the gay marriage ban. On stem cells, McCain actually supports relaxing federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, implemented by President Bush.
Berger contacted the McCain camp to clear up these apparent misunderstandings, but received a lackluster – and also potentially wrong – reply: “John McCain and Gov. Palin both strongly support the fundamental principles of the GOP platform.” Sheesh, does anyone in that campaign know what’s going on?
Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd notices that McCain and Palin have pretty cold body language, which leads him to wonder,
When you see the two of them together, the chemistry is just not there. You do wonder, is John McCain starting to blame her for things? Blaming himself? Is she blaming him? And maybe they don’t feel they can win right now, so they are missing that intensity. That was the thing that struck me more than anything. You almost wonder why they wanted the two of them sitting next to each other.
Like perfect strangers, no?