State Champion Point Guard; Miss Wasilla, Alaska; Fisherman - er, woman; Elk Hunter; TV Sports Reporter; Hot Librarian; Mother of 5; Pro Life Star; Lifetime NRA Member; Crusader Against Corruption*; Expert on Energy Issues; Crusader for Low Taxes; Thrower of Right Crosses Directly at Chins of Alaskan Government Good Ol' Boys Network.
I might've made up that hot librarian thing, but the rest is true. She is the hot librarian of my dreams...
Stolen from Confederate Yankee: Unlike Dick Cheney and his 28 gauge shotgun: when Sarah Palin shoots a lawyer with her hunting rifle, the lawyer stays down.
This part is true: her nickname on her high school basketball team: "Sarah Barracuda." She played part of the championship season on a stress fractured foot.
Palinfacts.com: The Northern Lights are really just the reflection from Sarah Palin’s eyes.
My reaction to Palin is the same as when I first saw Barack: Superstar.
Political reaction: McCain is obviously going hard for Hillary voters. However, what McCain has really done is energize Catholics and Evangelicals into November polling booths. He needs energized Evangelicals more than he needs moderates and PUMAs. David Brody, at CBSNews.com:
"Also, let me just say that while Palin may not be known much nationally, conservative Evangelical leaders know all about her and think the World of her. They like her. She has been involved and active with many Christian organizations. They like what she stands for ...."~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hillarity: Multiple Dems are rushing onto CNN to denounce Palin as unqualified. I can't stop giggling at that.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton released this statement:
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency."Once Dems have a chance to reflect, I think they will decide "lack of qualifications" is not a fight they want to have - and partially because the former Mayor of Wasilla is solidly more qualified to hold office than Barack.
Therefore, I predict this is coming to a media outlet near you:
Sarah Palin: Superstar and Unconscious Racist!Yep: that's the fight Dems want to have; that's the ground they will choose. That's how they will try and get her: dumb, corrupt, and - especially - unconscious racist. They will pore over her every utterance; they will find what they need to spark an MSM tsunami of Sarah Palin Unconscious Racist ... because, doncha know: Alaska is awfully white ....
Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest. After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Governor Palin's Alaskan opponents have attempted what seems like a clear political hit job. This is unsurprising, given that she has thrown hard political elbows at some powerful Alaskans. This morning, I've already heard Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-FL, go on CNN and flatly allege that Governor Palin is corrupt. The seeming hit job - which the McCain Campaign had to have investigated before selecting her:
Commissioner dismissal controversy
On July 11, 2008, Governor Palin dismissed Walter Monegan as Commissioner of Public Safety and instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he subsequently turned down. Monegan alleged shortly after his dismissal that it may have been partly due to his reluctance to fire an Alaska State Trooper, Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly McCann. In 2006, before Palin was governor, Wooten was briefly suspended for ten days for threatening to kill McCann's (and Palin's) father, tasering his 11-year-old stepson (at the stepson's request), and violating game laws. After a union protest, the suspension was reduced to five days.
Governor Palin asserts that her dismissal of Monegan was unrelated to the fact that he had not fired Wooten, and asserts that Monegan was instead dismissed for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he "did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues." Palin acknowledges that a member of her administration, Frank Bailey, did contact the Department of Public Safety regarding Wooten, but both Palin and Bailey say that happened without her knowledge and was unrelated to her dismissal of Monegan. Bailey was put on leave for two months for acting outside the scope of his authority as the Director of Boards and Commissions. At least one news report (Alaska's KVTA Channel 11) noted that Commissioner Monegan received no severance pay, though oddly another dismissed Commissioner, Charles Kopp, who served only 11 days received $10,000, implying some animus on Palin's part toward Monegan (http://www.ktva.com/ci_10195264).
In response to Palin's statement that she had nothing to hide, in August 2008 the Alaska Legislature hired Steve Branchflower to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal, though lawmakers acknowledge that "Monegan and other commissioners serve at will, meaning they can be fired by Palin at any time." The investigation is being overseen by Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who says that the Palin administration has been cooperating and thus subpoenas are unnecessary. The Palin administration itself was the first to release an audiotape of Bailey making inquiries about the status of the Wooten investigation.