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Sarah Palin and One Thing That Excites Me About This Race

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No matter who wins, history will be made. If Barack Obama is elected we have our first African American President. If John McCain prevails we have our first female Vice President. Despite the differences in policy, when either of these two scenarios is made a reality our country wins. For some reason the thought of this really excites me.

As for Sarah Palin: who can’t help liking a person who practices what they preach? How often does that actually happen in politics? As I mentioned in a comment on my last post, my very good friend David Harter made me aware of this tidbit of information:

Palin’s strong pro-life views were highlighted earlier this year when she and her husband Todd were informed she was carrying a Down syndrome child but chose to carry through with the pregnancy.

“We’ve both been very vocal about being pro-life,” Palin told the Associated Press. “We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential.”

The day after the birth, the Palins said in a statement: “We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”

The child mentioned in that quote, by the way, was just born this past April. She has a newborn and is now running for Vice President? Can you say “wonder woman”?  Another of her children is in the Army, heading for Iraq.

Even though she’s caught up in the middle of an ethics investigation, I think Sarah Palin will bring over a lot of the Christian vote that otherwise wasn’t all that excited about John McCain. He made a pretty wise decision to ask her to run with him. Did she win me over? Oh man… dare I say it? No.  Guys, I still really like Obama. But there is plenty of time left for McCain and Palin to convince me to vote for them, and I fully intend to keep my mind open.

I will not be too disappointed if either candidate is elected. If I vote for one, and the other wins, I’ll still be proud to call the winner my President. What a great race, and what a great year!

62 thoughts on “Sarah Palin and One Thing That Excites Me About This Race

  1. Donny,

    I gotta agree with you. I think she is a good choice for McCain. From what I have read of her, I like her too. Like the Obama camp though, I would question her experience. Lets face it, McCain is no spring chicken anymore. If something were to happen to him, she would be our leader. Though she does have experience on a state level, which would equal a little bit, and I mean little, on the national level, it isn’t much. Would she be ready for the presidency? I don’t know. Only time will tell I guess.

    I also like to read your blog because you do take such a hopeful view on things. So many people no a days talk about how the election is just a lesser of two evils. This is depressing to me because I think that either would be a good pick and, and like you, I would be happy with both. I like that you’re keeping positive too.

    Can’t wait to see how things turn out.

  2. Donny,

    I gotta agree with you. I think she is a good choice for McCain. From what I have read of her, I like her too. Like the Obama camp though, I would question her experience. Lets face it, McCain is no spring chicken anymore. If something were to happen to him, she would be our leader. Though she does have experience on a state level, which would equal a little bit, and I mean little, on the national level, it isn’t much. Would she be ready for the presidency? I don’t know. Only time will tell I guess.

    I also like to read your blog because you do take such a hopeful view on things. So many people no a days talk about how the election is just a lesser of two evils. This is depressing to me because I think that either would be a good pick and, and like you, I would be happy with both. I like that you’re keeping positive too.

    Can’t wait to see how things turn out.

  3. hey donny, love your life story…truly incredible…i stopped by your blog to read this post cuz ur one of my buddies on myspace…( i heard about u through xxx church) but anyways, on the politics tip, if you haven’t read norman l. geisler’s book on “christian ethics” it is truly incredible….changed my life…. anyways… grace and peace bro… – MARK

  4. hey donny, love your life story…truly incredible…i stopped by your blog to read this post cuz ur one of my buddies on myspace…( i heard about u through xxx church) but anyways, on the politics tip, if you haven’t read norman l. geisler’s book on “christian ethics” it is truly incredible….changed my life…. anyways… grace and peace bro… – MARK

  5. Her experience concerns me as well. She’s only got a little more than Obama…

  6. Her experience concerns me as well. She’s only got a little more than Obama…

  7. hi donny,
    I stumbled across your blog one day and have been reading it ever since. YOu have a truly amazing story illuminating God’s love and grace.

    I am also encouraged that you as a Christian are struggling about who to vote for. I too am a Christian and have been getting a lot of heat for leaning towards a pro-choice candidate. However, with McCains choice for vp, I dont know now! So far, I love this woman!! however, i resent how sneaky john mccain is to think that hillary voters will just vote for ANY woman. And, he voted AGAINST equal pay for women many times, so I dont think he has much respect for, nor heed to the opinions of the woman he chose to run with, even though I agree with her on everything she stands for. But, if something happens to McCain, is less than 2 years experience running one of the least populated states of the US enough to run the country? Im not sure, although God has done more amazing things than that. Im still leaning towards Barack. We need someone who is open to change, and McCain just doesnt seem open.

    However, I have vowed to keep an open mind, and will sit through the republican convention just as i sat through the DNC.

    Obama’s speech really impacted me though.

    Keep us all updated on your thoughts! I love to hear em!

    God Bless you,
    -Jessica

  8. hi donny,
    I stumbled across your blog one day and have been reading it ever since. YOu have a truly amazing story illuminating God’s love and grace.

    I am also encouraged that you as a Christian are struggling about who to vote for. I too am a Christian and have been getting a lot of heat for leaning towards a pro-choice candidate. However, with McCains choice for vp, I dont know now! So far, I love this woman!! however, i resent how sneaky john mccain is to think that hillary voters will just vote for ANY woman. And, he voted AGAINST equal pay for women many times, so I dont think he has much respect for, nor heed to the opinions of the woman he chose to run with, even though I agree with her on everything she stands for. But, if something happens to McCain, is less than 2 years experience running one of the least populated states of the US enough to run the country? Im not sure, although God has done more amazing things than that. Im still leaning towards Barack. We need someone who is open to change, and McCain just doesnt seem open.

    However, I have vowed to keep an open mind, and will sit through the republican convention just as i sat through the DNC.

    Obama’s speech really impacted me though.

    Keep us all updated on your thoughts! I love to hear em!

    God Bless you,
    -Jessica

  9. I am thrilled with the choice McCain made! I first learned about her through a headline on my yahoo homepage yesterday morning, so immediately looked her up. When I learned of her very strong and very personal stand for the sanctity of life, and of her accomplishments and character, I became very excited! I turned on the tv to find John McCain introducing her, so watched her acceptance speech, and boy did she impress me. This is an amazing woman! Yes, I agree that McCain made an excellent and very smart choice!

  10. I am thrilled with the choice McCain made! I first learned about her through a headline on my yahoo homepage yesterday morning, so immediately looked her up. When I learned of her very strong and very personal stand for the sanctity of life, and of her accomplishments and character, I became very excited! I turned on the tv to find John McCain introducing her, so watched her acceptance speech, and boy did she impress me. This is an amazing woman! Yes, I agree that McCain made an excellent and very smart choice!

  11. Tracy,

    There is only one negative about her, which is this ongoing investigation I linked to above. The allegations are that her sister is married to a trooper. The two of them are getting divorced, so the Governor (Palin) asked that he be fired. The man she asked to fire her brother-in-law refused, so she fired him. It’s been alleged that she and her sister are trying to do whatever they can to ensure the sister gets custody of their children.

    Those are the basic allegations, as I’ve heard them. If true, it indicates an abuse of power and isn’t really a very good quality for a potential Vice President.

    It shouldn’t take long before the investigation is wrapped up. I’d hope, for her sake, that she is not found to have abused her power as Governor.

  12. Tracy,

    There is only one negative about her, which is this ongoing investigation I linked to above. The allegations are that her sister is married to a trooper. The two of them are getting divorced, so the Governor (Palin) asked that he be fired. The man she asked to fire her brother-in-law refused, so she fired him. It’s been alleged that she and her sister are trying to do whatever they can to ensure the sister gets custody of their children.

    Those are the basic allegations, as I’ve heard them. If true, it indicates an abuse of power and isn’t really a very good quality for a potential Vice President.

    It shouldn’t take long before the investigation is wrapped up. I’d hope, for her sake, that she is not found to have abused her power as Governor.

  13. I, too, think it’s wonderful that a racial or gender bias/glass ceiling will be shattered either way this November. I’m expecially excited about it because my daughter will be turning two in two weeks and this means she will never know what it’s like to actually wonder when a person other than an older white man will be president or VP. How great is that?!

  14. I, too, think it’s wonderful that a racial or gender bias/glass ceiling will be shattered either way this November. I’m expecially excited about it because my daughter will be turning two in two weeks and this means she will never know what it’s like to actually wonder when a person other than an older white man will be president or VP. How great is that?!

  15. Neat blog by Meghan McCain, with lots of pics….

    http://mccainblogette.com/

  16. Neat blog by Meghan McCain, with lots of pics….

    http://mccainblogette.com/

  17. Tracy, thanks for the link. That’s a really neat blog for sure!

  18. Tracy, thanks for the link. That’s a really neat blog for sure!

  19. It’s a win, win election, is it? I guess you can only feel this way if you don’t care which side of critical issues you are on. The fact that this is a historical election doesn’t imply that either way, America wins. I don’t mean to demonize either candidate when I say this, but it’s one or the other with regard to national security, health care, tax, or education reform, etc. If I were lazefaire on these issues, I guess it wouldn’t matter which candidate takes the cake.

    I don’t even have kids, but if I were a parent who planned on private education for them, an issue such as vouchers is a win or lose situation. Your optimism and idealism leads me to believe that you are seeing the world through your Obama-colored glasses.

  20. It’s a win, win election, is it? I guess you can only feel this way if you don’t care which side of critical issues you are on. The fact that this is a historical election doesn’t imply that either way, America wins. I don’t mean to demonize either candidate when I say this, but it’s one or the other with regard to national security, health care, tax, or education reform, etc. If I were lazefaire on these issues, I guess it wouldn’t matter which candidate takes the cake.

    I don’t even have kids, but if I were a parent who planned on private education for them, an issue such as vouchers is a win or lose situation. Your optimism and idealism leads me to believe that you are seeing the world through your Obama-colored glasses.

  21. This could be just a really nasty rumor, just as bad as the people who tried to say Barack is a muslim terrorist, but if this is true about Sara Palin it would sink the McCain ship:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

    Daily Kos is a pretty popular blog, or I wouldn’t bother posting that link. It’s a pretty long post so keep scrolling down…

    The rumor has even made its way onto the Drudge Retort:

    http://www.drudge.com/news/111694/baby-may-belong-daughter-bristol

    Ah, politics… so much mud slinging…

  22. This could be just a really nasty rumor, just as bad as the people who tried to say Barack is a muslim terrorist, but if this is true about Sara Palin it would sink the McCain ship:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

    Daily Kos is a pretty popular blog, or I wouldn’t bother posting that link. It’s a pretty long post so keep scrolling down…

    The rumor has even made its way onto the Drudge Retort:

    http://www.drudge.com/news/111694/baby-may-belong-daughter-bristol

    Ah, politics… so much mud slinging…

  23. Drudge RePort and Drudge ReTort are not the same (okay, they pretty much are, but it’s important to distinguish between the two and I assume it was just a type-o).

    As a practicing EMT, I’ve had several patients who were ~7 months pregnant and hardly showed it. To boot, older moms are far more likely to have Down’s babies than younger moms. It doesn’t prove anything, but it increases the chances from what little we do know that Palin is being honest about this.

    For info on Down’s and maternal age, there’s well-cited info on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome#Incidence

  24. Drudge RePort and Drudge ReTort are not the same (okay, they pretty much are, but it’s important to distinguish between the two and I assume it was just a type-o).

    As a practicing EMT, I’ve had several patients who were ~7 months pregnant and hardly showed it. To boot, older moms are far more likely to have Down’s babies than younger moms. It doesn’t prove anything, but it increases the chances from what little we do know that Palin is being honest about this.

    For info on Down’s and maternal age, there’s well-cited info on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome#Incidence

  25. Bottom line for me is this:

    Our Senate right now sucks. I don’t think that being a current senator is in any way preferential, and I don’t believe that being a senator somehow equates to having more “presidential experience.” People are critical of Palin because she’s been a mayor and a governor but not a senator? Doesn’t fly with me. I don’t want any of our senators for president. Not McCain, not Clinton, not Obama, and not Biden.

    Palin has already demonstrated that she can take office, clean house, and expose and dispatch corrupt officials, even when they’re in her own party. She seems to practice what she preaches, which I find admirable even if I disagree with her on various items of policy. She’s resourceful enough to find capable advisers and then determine for herself the best political course of action. She doesn’t strike me as an egotistical know-it-all, which I feel like I get from McCain, Obama and Biden alike, but she’s certainly no indecisive wallflower, either. All that I’ve seen of her so far, despite the negativity of the pundits, is really impressive to me.

    If we’re really looking for change, why have we given ourselves, as our only two choices, either an old, Washington-tainted senator or a young, Washington-tainted senator?

    I think something like Sarah Palin is the best thing that could happen to Washington. Maybe we’ve been given a loophole here in this lose-lose choice of McCain or Obama. If Obama wins, he’s not going anywhere, and if he does, we’re stuck with Biden. McCain is at least old, and might die while in office, giving Palin an opening.

    I’ll give Palin my vote and gamble that McCain will die before messing things up too much, and in enough time to give Palin a shot at shaking up our government the way it needs to be shaken.

  26. Bottom line for me is this:

    Our Senate right now sucks. I don’t think that being a current senator is in any way preferential, and I don’t believe that being a senator somehow equates to having more “presidential experience.” People are critical of Palin because she’s been a mayor and a governor but not a senator? Doesn’t fly with me. I don’t want any of our senators for president. Not McCain, not Clinton, not Obama, and not Biden.

    Palin has already demonstrated that she can take office, clean house, and expose and dispatch corrupt officials, even when they’re in her own party. She seems to practice what she preaches, which I find admirable even if I disagree with her on various items of policy. She’s resourceful enough to find capable advisers and then determine for herself the best political course of action. She doesn’t strike me as an egotistical know-it-all, which I feel like I get from McCain, Obama and Biden alike, but she’s certainly no indecisive wallflower, either. All that I’ve seen of her so far, despite the negativity of the pundits, is really impressive to me.

    If we’re really looking for change, why have we given ourselves, as our only two choices, either an old, Washington-tainted senator or a young, Washington-tainted senator?

    I think something like Sarah Palin is the best thing that could happen to Washington. Maybe we’ve been given a loophole here in this lose-lose choice of McCain or Obama. If Obama wins, he’s not going anywhere, and if he does, we’re stuck with Biden. McCain is at least old, and might die while in office, giving Palin an opening.

    I’ll give Palin my vote and gamble that McCain will die before messing things up too much, and in enough time to give Palin a shot at shaking up our government the way it needs to be shaken.

  27. According to the Anchorage Daily News, this picture (below) is from 2006. It’s the same one used to make the case that Bristol was pregnant. Daily Kos vs. Anchorage Daily News?! This speaks very poorly of the credibility and character for Daily Kos and those responsible for its content. It’s especially bad that they’re going so ruthlessly after the kids, and it’s even worse when they’re reckless (at best) with their “evidence.”

    http://www.adn.com/photos/v-gallery/story/509850.html?/1521/gallery/509852-a509987-t3.html

  28. According to the Anchorage Daily News, this picture (below) is from 2006. It’s the same one used to make the case that Bristol was pregnant. Daily Kos vs. Anchorage Daily News?! This speaks very poorly of the credibility and character for Daily Kos and those responsible for its content. It’s especially bad that they’re going so ruthlessly after the kids, and it’s even worse when they’re reckless (at best) with their “evidence.”

    http://www.adn.com/photos/v-gallery/story/509850.html?/1521/gallery/509852-a509987-t3.html

  29. Also, Sara’s baby was small and born premature. Many woman don’t show much during a pregnancy. Donny, when my sister Barb was 8 months pregnant with Wendy, she had only gained 12 pounds!

  30. Also, Sara’s baby was small and born premature. Many woman don’t show much during a pregnancy. Donny, when my sister Barb was 8 months pregnant with Wendy, she had only gained 12 pounds!

  31. It would be a terrible shame to put Donny’s Ramblings on the level of the National Inquirer…..

    This is getting REALLY close!

  32. It would be a terrible shame to put Donny’s Ramblings on the level of the National Inquirer…..

    This is getting REALLY close!

  33. To rebut the rumors that she faked her pregnancy to cover for her daughter, Palin lets everyone know the 17 year old is pregnant right now:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080901/pl_nm/usa_politics_palin_dc

    The story is also on CNN’s website:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/01/palin.daughter/index.html

  34. To rebut the rumors that she faked her pregnancy to cover for her daughter, Palin lets everyone know the 17 year old is pregnant right now:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080901/pl_nm/usa_politics_palin_dc

    The story is also on CNN’s website:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/01/palin.daughter/index.html

  35. Jean,

    To even say such a thing indicates that you’re not really paying much attention to the news. Donny’s Ramblings isn’t the only place talking about these rumors, as evidenced by the Yahoo and CNN news articles I just posted. The story has been all over the Internet.

  36. Jean,

    To even say such a thing indicates that you’re not really paying much attention to the news. Donny’s Ramblings isn’t the only place talking about these rumors, as evidenced by the Yahoo and CNN news articles I just posted. The story has been all over the Internet.

  37. Yeah I just saw on the news that the daughter is pregnant, and planning to marry the father of her baby.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26496189/
    (McCain apparently already knew this when he chose Sara as his running mate.)

  38. Yeah I just saw on the news that the daughter is pregnant, and planning to marry the father of her baby.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26496189/
    (McCain apparently already knew this when he chose Sara as his running mate.)

  39. I saw this blog mentioned on one newscast:

    http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/

    Apparently, they’ve been blogging about Sara since February of 2007, asserting their claims on why she’d make a good VP candidate.

    In an interview with one of the blog writers, he was talking about all of the enormous changes she made even in the first few months of her governorship.

    The President of the US has to spread out his time to many areas of government. The Vice President, it seems, can focus on fewer goals or “causes”.

    Do you think Sara Palin could do something about abortion? Could it be possible? If what people are saying about her is true, she just might have the drive to do what it takes to make some serious changes on the issue.

    Who knows…

    Could this woman help restore a bit of my faith in the Republican Party? ‘Cause y’all know I don’t have much at the moment.

    Just a thought on a Monday morning…

  40. I saw this blog mentioned on one newscast:

    http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/

    Apparently, they’ve been blogging about Sara since February of 2007, asserting their claims on why she’d make a good VP candidate.

    In an interview with one of the blog writers, he was talking about all of the enormous changes she made even in the first few months of her governorship.

    The President of the US has to spread out his time to many areas of government. The Vice President, it seems, can focus on fewer goals or “causes”.

    Do you think Sara Palin could do something about abortion? Could it be possible? If what people are saying about her is true, she just might have the drive to do what it takes to make some serious changes on the issue.

    Who knows…

    Could this woman help restore a bit of my faith in the Republican Party? ‘Cause y’all know I don’t have much at the moment.

    Just a thought on a Monday morning…

  41. Jean just sent me this article via email:

    http://www.gopusa.com/news/2008/september/0901_evangelicals1.shtml

    I thought I’d post the link for others to read, as I think several different perspectives should be included in the conversation.

  42. Jean just sent me this article via email:

    http://www.gopusa.com/news/2008/september/0901_evangelicals1.shtml

    I thought I’d post the link for others to read, as I think several different perspectives should be included in the conversation.

  43. Oh man, what a mess. The Internet is buzzing with so much “Palin” gossip today it’s not even funny. One site just posted Sara’s husband’s record of DUI, and another is saying that her daughter’s pregnancy doesn’t rule out that she could still be that last child’s real mom, because it would be 5 weeks after the birth that she conceived again.

    Too much for me to handle right now. Makes me feel dirty just reading it all.

    Time to take a break from reading this stuff….

  44. Oh man, what a mess. The Internet is buzzing with so much “Palin” gossip today it’s not even funny. One site just posted Sara’s husband’s record of DUI, and another is saying that her daughter’s pregnancy doesn’t rule out that she could still be that last child’s real mom, because it would be 5 weeks after the birth that she conceived again.

    Too much for me to handle right now. Makes me feel dirty just reading it all.

    Time to take a break from reading this stuff….

  45. It’s the “rumors” part that makes me cringe! There are plenty rumor mills out there; I just don’t want to participate with them on Donny’s Ramblings, OK? I know you are way above the rumor mills, Donny!

    Thanks for posting the news I sent you. That’s so nice of you to offer another perspective. Should I say, you’re fair and balanced? Or would you cringe at that?? (Sorry, I’m just kidding!)

  46. It’s the “rumors” part that makes me cringe! There are plenty rumor mills out there; I just don’t want to participate with them on Donny’s Ramblings, OK? I know you are way above the rumor mills, Donny!

    Thanks for posting the news I sent you. That’s so nice of you to offer another perspective. Should I say, you’re fair and balanced? Or would you cringe at that?? (Sorry, I’m just kidding!)

  47. let me ask you, do you think mcain is just using sarah palin to get the swing votes that HE needs to get in office?

    just a thought…im not saying that is what is happening but you know darn well that it was a very strategic move to grab a woman candidate because of obama.
    how much do you think it was sarah being a woman that played into her getting picked?

    i do really like her though. i saw some of her video clips before getting picked and EVEN she was concerned of what the VP actually did because she stated that she is actively involved in the process. she didnt want to do a job that accomplished nothing.

    do you think her views will have that outlet that voters elect her and mcain for?

  48. let me ask you, do you think mcain is just using sarah palin to get the swing votes that HE needs to get in office?

    just a thought…im not saying that is what is happening but you know darn well that it was a very strategic move to grab a woman candidate because of obama.
    how much do you think it was sarah being a woman that played into her getting picked?

    i do really like her though. i saw some of her video clips before getting picked and EVEN she was concerned of what the VP actually did because she stated that she is actively involved in the process. she didnt want to do a job that accomplished nothing.

    do you think her views will have that outlet that voters elect her and mcain for?

  49. Of course, he picked her because she’s a woman! Very strategic move, I’d say.

    I’ve always told my husband, we citizens don’t know half what’s going on, even though the news people think they’re doing a great job.

  50. Of course, he picked her because she’s a woman! Very strategic move, I’d say.

    I’ve always told my husband, we citizens don’t know half what’s going on, even though the news people think they’re doing a great job.

  51. yes, but strategic for what…just to get into office or that he actually cares for her views to be enacted?

  52. yes, but strategic for what…just to get into office or that he actually cares for her views to be enacted?

  53. They seem to go pretty hand in hand on issues, so maybe it is both. To get votes, because that is a huge part of picking a VP, as well as furthering his own ideas.

  54. They seem to go pretty hand in hand on issues, so maybe it is both. To get votes, because that is a huge part of picking a VP, as well as furthering his own ideas.

  55. There is a nice picture of downtown Wasilla, Alaska (the town Palin was mayor of) on this blog post:

    http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/what-is-mccain-thinking-one-alaskans-perspective/

    The Alaskan who wrote that post also answers the question you asked, John. In his opinion, at least.

  56. There is a nice picture of downtown Wasilla, Alaska (the town Palin was mayor of) on this blog post:

    http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/what-is-mccain-thinking-one-alaskans-perspective/

    The Alaskan who wrote that post also answers the question you asked, John. In his opinion, at least.

  57. Such interesting comments. They made me smile as I read through them. In my mind eye, I can see and hear everyone who commented sitting around a Barnes and Noble Starbucks coffee table, talking and enjoying the evening away. It’s a good blog when that happens.

    I think we all knew the media would pull up every tiny bit of dirt on Palin from the second she was introduced as McCain’s running mate. They wouldn’t be the–often sneaky and always biased–media if they didn’t. As voters, we do deserve to know this stuff though–just because it’s such a high-stakes job we’re voting this person into. But…can’t trust every word the media lets out!

  58. Such interesting comments. They made me smile as I read through them. In my mind eye, I can see and hear everyone who commented sitting around a Barnes and Noble Starbucks coffee table, talking and enjoying the evening away. It’s a good blog when that happens.

    I think we all knew the media would pull up every tiny bit of dirt on Palin from the second she was introduced as McCain’s running mate. They wouldn’t be the–often sneaky and always biased–media if they didn’t. As voters, we do deserve to know this stuff though–just because it’s such a high-stakes job we’re voting this person into. But…can’t trust every word the media lets out!

  59. Dear friends,

    So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

    ABOUT SARAH PALIN

    I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

    She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

    It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

    She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

    She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

    She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

    Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

    Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

    She’s smart.

    Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

    During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

    Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

    The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

    While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

    These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

    As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

    In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

    She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

    While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

    Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

    As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

    She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

    Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

    When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

    As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

    As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

    She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

    Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

    As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

    Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

    McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.

    There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.

    However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

    CLAIM VS FACT
    •“Hockey mom”: true for a few years

    •“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since

    •“NRA supporter”: absolutely true

    •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).

    •pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.

    •“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation

    •“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.

    •political maverick: not at all

    •gutsy: absolutely!

    •open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.

    •has a developed philosophy of public policy: no

    •”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.

    •fiscal conservative: not by my definition!

    •pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.

    •pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents

    •pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.

    •pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

    WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

    First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

    Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

    Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

    Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

    Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

    CAVEATS
    I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

    You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000”, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

    Anne Kilkenny
    August 31, 2008

  60. Dear friends,

    So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

    ABOUT SARAH PALIN

    I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

    She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

    It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

    She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

    She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

    She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

    Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

    Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

    She’s smart.

    Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

    During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

    Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

    The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

    While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

    These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

    As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

    In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

    She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

    While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

    Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

    As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

    She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

    Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

    When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

    As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

    As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

    She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

    Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

    As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

    Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

    McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.

    There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.

    However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

    CLAIM VS FACT
    •“Hockey mom”: true for a few years\

    •“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since

    •“NRA supporter”: absolutely true

    •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).

    •pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.

    •“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation

    •“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.

    •political maverick: not at all

    •gutsy: absolutely!

    •open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.

    •has a developed philosophy of public policy: no

    •”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.

    •fiscal conservative: not by my definition!

    •pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.

    •pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents

    •pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.

    •pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

    WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

    First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

    Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

    Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

    Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

    Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

    CAVEATS
    I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

    You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000”, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

    Anne Kilkenny
    August 31, 2008

  61. Donny,

    I definitely agree with you on the point that I’d be OK, even happy, with either candidate being elected. Some people are suprised when I tell them that, but despite their differences, I find common ground with each of them….as for history, it’s wonderful for our country. We’ll see how everything goes down these next couple of months.

  62. Donny,

    I definitely agree with you on the point that I’d be OK, even happy, with either candidate being elected. Some people are suprised when I tell them that, but despite their differences, I find common ground with each of them….as for history, it’s wonderful for our country. We’ll see how everything goes down these next couple of months.

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