Who IS Sarah Palin?

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An Alaskan Celebrity

An Alaskan Celebrity

What do we know about Sarah Palin, the presumptive Republican Vice Presidential nominee?

Palin is vehemently anti-abortion (including cases of rape and incest). She thinks the earth is 6000 years old and is all for Intelligent Design education. She doesn’t believe in modern science.

She believes that man-made global warming is a hoax; polar bears are on their own. She believes in wildlife population control, including shooting wolves from the air.

Palin was an ardent supporter of Pat Buchanan in 2000.

She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Idaho, was a member of the Wasilla, AK (population ~9000) City Council before becoming their two-term Mayor. Palin has been the Governor of Alaska (population ~670,000) for just over a year and a half. She was also commissioner of a state oil and gas commission and is a stalwart supporter of drilling in ANWR.

Her only business experience was running a fishing boat with her husband. And she was a television sports reporter. Oh, wait…she was a runner-up for Miss Alaska.

Not too long ago, she said that she didn’t know what the vice president does. (Note to the Obama campaign: Video loop of that statement, please!) And her foreign policy experience consists of her proximity to Russia. (Yes, Fox actually said that!) National Security experience? Non-existent.

Palin has five children, including a near five-month old with Down-Syndrome.

And the oddest part of it all? It’s been reported that McCain has met with Palin, exactly: once before yesterday.

Grand resume for the next Veep, don’t you think? Why do I feel she will be all the Cheney without the dick, Harriet Miers with an updo, and the first trophy Vice President?

Aside from the email problem Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has, ThinkProgress reports that she is already under an ethics investigation for influence peddling in the firing of her ex-brother-in-law (heavy emphasis on the ex part). Talking Points Memo is also on the story, and it appears there is a tape of the pressure her office put on those who be to fire the ex-brother-in-law state trooper. Worse yet, she appointed a man who had a bit of a sexual harassment problem, who had to resign a in short order after being appointed by Palin. And then there was the possibly illegal activity by her office to interfere with a clean water bill. It seems she is already on the right track for Republican more-of-the-same, ethically challenged politics. She’s a maverick alright;is there an industry she doesn’t love?

Apparently, she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it – but she wasn’t against keeping those funds. And Alaska receives more earmarks than any other state.

Arizona, the second fastest growing state in the nation, will receive just $18.70 per capita in federal earmarks this fiscal year. By comparison, Alaska — with roughly a tenth of Arizona’s population — is set to receive $506.34 per capita, the highest in the nation, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group which tracks earmarks.

The state of Alaska receives about three times as much as Arizona receives in actual dollars, $346 million to $119 million.

Steve Benen at Washington Monthly was confounded by her selection as Veep.

Can anyone, anywhere, explain why Sarah Palin would make a good president? Given that McCain is a 72-year-old man with a history of health trouble, isn’t this a rather important question right now?

Damned good question.

Mark Kleiman has several good articles about Palin, go read them (and don’t forget Digby. She has some doozies, too!) But this one, from Kleiman, struck me the most regarding her stances on issues – they are almost non-existent (information below the fold). Be sure to watch the bonus video below the fold, as well.

On the issues:

OnTheIssues.org is a website that catalogues politicians’ issue stances.

Here’s the complete listing for Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin on Budget & Economy
Aim to reduce general fund spending by $150 million. (Jan 2007)

Sarah Palin on Civil Rights
Marriage only be between and man and a woman. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Corporations
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Crime
If legislature passed death penalty law, I would sign it. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Drugs
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Education
Fully fund K-12 and support early funding of education. (Jan 2007)

Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil
Stranded Gas Development Act no longer applies. (Nov 2006)
Get ANWR open. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Environment
Provide stability in regulations for developers. (Jan 2007)
Convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR. (Jan 2007)

Sarah Palin on Families & Children
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Foreign Policy
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Free Trade
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Government Reform
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Gun Control
Supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Health Care
Flexibility in government regulations to allow competition. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Homeland Security
Promote from within, in Alaska’s National Guard. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Immigration
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Jobs
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Local Issues
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Principles & Values
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Social Security
Fund the Seniors Longevity Bonus Program. (Nov 2006)

Sarah Palin on Tax Reform
Repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax. (Jan 2007)

Sarah Palin on Technology
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on War & Peace
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

John McCain is 72 years old. Should he be elected, he will be the oldest first time president in history, which makes the very real possibility that Ms. Palin could very well become the President of the United States of America. I am glad to see that McCain is taking this whole POTUS thing seriously.

As an added bonus:

Why do I feel that this is some grand joke? Only, the joke is on US.

More on Palin:

From Time.
From Yahoo News.
From HuffPo.
From UsMagazine.
And don’t you know, it’s already here? The VPILTF.

Cross posted at TheZoo.



  1. Abe Bird said,

    September 12, 2008 at 4:01 am

    We all love Sarah!
    We vote for Sarah to the white House!

  2. MsJoanne said,

    September 12, 2008 at 4:08 am

    You may love Sarah, I think she’s a daft, slick speaking empty head.

    One of the worst things to hit our country, aside from Bush himself, is his outrageous doctrine, which she got wrong.

    We’re talking about the freaking VPOTUS here. She’s not qualified to be mayor of Chicago, LA or NYC let alone VPOTUS.

    War with Russia? You’ve got to be fucking kidding!!

  3. culturepress said,

    September 15, 2008 at 1:35 am

    This is a great breakdown. Thanks!
    In case anyone’s curious, I’ve got my thoughts on Palin:

  4. Snave said,

    September 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    She got the Bush Doctrine wrong, but we can be pretty sure that after Charlie Gibson explained it to her she agreed with its premise. What an awful choice by McCain for a running mate… just imagine what it might be like if McCain died or had to leave office a year or so into his term? This doofus could be RUNNING THE COUNTRY for two or three years!!!

    If there is any silver lining in all the bad economic news, it might be that things like Hockey Moms, First Dude, Trig, Track, etc. won’t be front page news for a while. The media will have more important things to report on than what it has been lately, which is basically to fawn over Sarah Palin and her family.

  5. Snave said,

    September 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    And if she is qualified to be Vice President, I am qualified to be the next Secretary of State.

  6. Frank Dio said,

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

    After reading your UN-Biased comments I believe you would fit right in as THE NEXT SECRETARY of State.
    Obama cabinet is FULL of Communists, Anarchists, Tax Cheats, jail birds, Black Panthers, Weather men, and the rest of the Intellectually Malnourished liars and cheats.

    Yes you are right…You fit right in. tell me, When you wake up every morning do you still slap the mirror?

  7. edwin said,

    January 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

    While not remotely a supporter of Palin, this article has got to be the most biased and slanted drivel I’ve ever read. All credibility… poof! Gone.

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