[Photo of Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson in her Wasilla office]
John McCain has released some of his medical records...more or less, to some reporters.. Not enough, and not for long enough. In other words, the release was something of a joke to satisfy the hoi polloi, but ended up with no one being confident as to what ol' John's medical condition is currently or his future prognosis. Which, of course, raises the question as to whether or not he has much of a future.
Palin, unlike John, won't release any of her medical records. Although she hinted to Brian Williams she might, possibly, in the future, release some.
What the hell's the problem here?
From Andrew Sullivan:
"When medical information related to Governor Palin's health is ready to be released we will make that information available."
Sullivan asks, rhetorically: "'Related' to her health?"
He also says: "The records were part of the vetting process. There is absolutely no reason why they couldn't be released immediately of why Palin's obstetrician, Catherine Baldwin-Jones, could not be allowed to talk to reporters about the evidentiary facts of Palin's controversial story of her last pregnancy. And yet we get this crap:
"'Comella declined to give any more information about when the records might be released or whether there were any particular issues holding up their release.'"
Sullivan, unfortunately, makes a boo-boo here. The pediatrician's name is Catherine Baldwin-Johnson.
But he's absolutely right that the "medical" records of Sarah Palin should be opened to the public now; not just those "related to her health." And Baldwin-Johnson should be allowed to speak to the press.
If all is as Palin claims, what the hell's the problem?
And why do they need more time? To alter the records?
The whole business stinks. It reeks of the kind of government in the shadows, a government predicated on lies and diversions, that has characterized the Bush/Cheney administration the past eight years.