Considering that John McCain, at 72, would be the oldest person in history to be president, has had two episodes of melanoma cancer, was a two-pack a day smoker for many years, and has suffered physically and psychologically as a POW, the disclosure of Sarah Palin’s medical records becomes all the more urgent.
WITH THREE DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE ELECTION, WHY HASN’T SARAH PALIN RELEASED HER MEDICAL RECORDS?
Two weeks ago, Palin gave NBC’s Brian Williams this evasive nonanswer:
"The medical records, so be it. If that will allow some curiosity seekers perhaps to have one more thing that they either check the box off that they can find something to criticize or to rest them assured over. I'm healthy, happy, I've had five kids, that's going to be in the medical records. Never seriously ill or hurt, you'll see that in the medical records if they're released."
Note the "if". Two weeks later, with three days to go, still no records.
What does Palin have to hide? If she’s “healthy” and “happy” and never “seriously ill or hurt,” why not release the records? And where’s the media scrutiny in all this?
Incidentally, being “happy” isn’t a medical condition, unless Palin has a history of depression, in which case it would be very relevant. In 1972, when it was disclosed that George McGovern’s vice presidential choice, Thomas Eagleton, had undergone electric shock therapy, he was forced out of the ticket even after McGovern said he was “1,000 percent” behind Eagleton.
It was this episode, and other later revealed facts about presidential candidates’ medical issues, which prompted a greater scrutiny and a bipartisan agreement to make such information public. Barracuda Barbie should not be held to a different standard. The public has a right to know. Especially this year, with a 72 year-old candidate whose health is a real concern.