This just in - Palin was a member of the pro-secession Alaska Independence Party, which challenges the legality of statehood and favors becoming a sovereign nation. Further, they advocate taking Federal lands and returning them to the state and residents. Here's the link to ABC news, who broke the story (even Salon has not caught up yet).
I can't WAIT to hear how they spin this one! Watch McCain turn on a spit and sweat!
The McCain campaign is just denying it and using Palin's voter registration as proof that she has been a Republican all along. (see ABC updated article here) And, more than one executive member or AIP has now confirmed that she attended meetings and in fact spoke at an AIP event earlier this year. Personally, I don't think a voter reg card proves anything.
But, whatever, the GOP seems to be covering it up, in spite of the fact that McCain didn't know and now is stuck with a self-involved, small-town machiavelli with deep closets full of inconvenient truths of the backcountry kind. You have to read Andrew Sullivan's reprint of comments by a Wasilla native very well acquainted with Palin, if you haven't already.
I will be totally surprised if McCain sticks with her, and I think even Rove would have lost control of this "bad-news buffet." But if they stay with Palin, it will just prove to me, yet again, that hypocrisy is the only thing Republicans do well, besides stealing and lying.