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Meet Sarah Palin in People Magazine

Sarah Palin: The Woman's Everywhere From People to the Post

Now that the McCain/Palin '08 stationery has been ordered and we've had a day to process the news the media has been working overtime to answer the question, "who is Sarah Palin." Here's what they've come up with:

People magazine whipped up an interview with both families, a stunning feat given that most of the Palin family didn't know until right before the announcement. Here's a taste:

Given her young age and relatively short resume, why is she any more ready to be president than Sen. Barack Obama?
JOHN: I don't think it's a short resume. She first ran for office back in 1992. I don't know what Senator Obama was doing then, but the first time she ran was 1992. That's 16 years. I think that's a pretty, pretty event-filled and record-filled resume.
SARAH: And I haven't had too many years other than that to fill up yet.
JOHN: There you go.

A woman on the ticket is what a lot of Hillary Clinton voters wanted to see. What's your message to women who might see a second shot at shattering the glass ceiling?
SARAH: Certainly in this election cycle, women aren't finished yet. And women can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
JOHN: I think that Sarah appeals to a lot of voters – I think because of her independence, because of her reform agenda and her record of balancing both family and service. It is motivation to not just Clinton voters but to lots of voters.

This just made me snort in my coffee:

Mrs. McCain, do you even remember the last time he changed a diaper?
CINDY: No. And I'm not sure he does.
JOHN: Heh-heh. I remember. There's some experiences you never forget.

There's much more! To see how others are playing the "Meet Sarah Palin" game,


In next week's The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol calls Palin a spectre haunting liberal elites:

There she is: a working woman who's a proud wife and mother; a traditionalist in important matters who's broken through all kinds of barriers; a reformer who's a Republican; a challenger of a corrupt good-old-boy establishment who's a conservative; a successful woman whose life is unapologetically grounded in religious belief; a lady who's a leader.

Gregg Erickson, reporter for the Anchorage Daily News did an online chat for the Washington Post where he answered the question:

What are Governor Palin's three greatest strengths? What are her three greatest weaknesses?
"She is smart, vivacious and energetic; she tends to oversimplify complex issues, has had difficulty delegating authority, and clearly has some difficulty distinguishing the line between her public responsibilities and private wishes. She is under legislative investigation regarding the last issue, the so-called "troopergate," in which she is said to have used improper influence to try to get her sister's ex-husband fired from the state troopers."

Politico has "Six Things the Palin Pick Says About McCain," the New York Times takes a hard look at the woman issue, while the New York Post calls the choice "a brilliant trap." Finally, Time magazine has a pretty even-handed look at the choice.


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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Ya, I was disgusted when I heard her laughing at her opponent being called a bitch and a cancer (an actual cancer survivor). That was tasteless and proved to me she isn't all that.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Save the Polar Bears
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 8 years
Yeah Cheytown! You only confirm the feeling that I got about that Palin woman. Thanks for your first hand insight! Also, I noticed that some are being very passionate about defending Palin even though she has done things that incriminate herself. Why in the world did she laugh when Lester called Lyda Green cancerous and a b!tch? Just because it made her feel better because he was dogging her opponent? Honestly? I know that I do not know this woman and she may be the sweetest woman on Earth, but based off of her speech and the things that she's being accused of, I think that we need to open our eyes to what is REALLY happening here. She seems to have some moral issues going on! All of that "How sexist" B.S. is out the door. People say that we black people are to sensitive when there's something that has been done or said about one of us, but I believe that women holler that Sexist stuff just as fast regardless of if it was intended to be or not. If she was a man I would feel the same way. The way I feel about McCain actually. I have to live in this country and If McCain happens to die if he is elected who will be president??? PALIN!! And if she hasn't educated herself on what's going on IN THE WORLD, why on God's green Earth would I want her in charge of the COUNTRY?!
stephley stephley 8 years
Cheytown, it really is great to hear your perspective.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
By the way GS, I don't think "earmarks" are always a bad thing. But Palin claimed to be against "the bridge to no where," but she was activly pursuing the funds. She claims to be a reformer but ran a 527 group to raise funds from corporate donors. We can go back and forth with posts about Obama and McCain. I have a lot articles about his questionable dealings, a lot. Or we could stop deflecting and stick to the topic of Palin. " Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings." "Board members of Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service were legally allowed to raise as much money as they wanted from corporations or unions or unlimited donations from individuals -- all of which would have been illegal for Stevens to do himself."
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Thanks! I will check it out. :ponder:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I've never claimed to be a big mccain fan. I just would vote, like I've said before, for my third grade gym teacher over Obama.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
You know G.S. all I hear from you is why Obama shouldn't be president in a thread about Palin, I don't hear any words why McCain/Palin should win the white house. And lets be real I didnt say that every woman is in city council, etc.. But there are many woman in our councils/boards/governement who posess more experience than Palin. But none of them are qualified and neither is she, if they were going to pick someone from the state of Alaska that was a woman why not go with more qualified women, the backlash might not have been so bad
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
if you check out some of my earliest blogs i think the links are in there. if not, I will pm them to you.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Hey, I know there's bias on both sides. That's why it's so frustrating to have to rely on media outlets for information.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I agree Vespa. Then we could have stories about McCain's "flip-flops" and questionable ties, as well. Did you know that when the Washington Post and other news organizations first published reports about McCain's joke about Chelsea, they never printed the actual joke? They just said it was an inappropriate joke. Followed quickly by McCain appologized to Bill Clinton.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Oops, that was supposed to say GS, do you have links or anything? I'd love to read more.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Chicago Sun-Times New York Times The Chicago Tribune Fox News
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
My question is, Why do people believe everything they read?
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I was posting articles about Palin because this is a Palin thread. She's under investigation not Obama. I presented an article that shows this is not the first time she's she's been involved in a firing scandal. She was almost recalled over the matter. We debated Obama, Clinton, and McCain for months. Why is Palin immune?
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Oh, how I wish the media wasn't such a gatekeeper of info. GS< do you have links to article or anything? I'd love to read more!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
What organizations or newspapers are your sources GS? If they had real merit the national press would be all over them. Obama may get a lot of press but most of it is negative or questioning. McCain is politician with the free pass. I know we will agree to disagree though.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
According to the Sun-Times, Barack Obama, “allegedly decent guy and agent of change” in Washington, requested an earmark in 2006 for $1 million taxpayer dollars for the University of Chicago Hospitals, where is wife, Michelle Obama, was a vice president. Said hospital, by the way, gave Michelle Obama a huge raise (nearly $200,000, more than doubling her salary) in 2005 after Barack was elected to the United States Senate. According to The Chicago Tribune, “Obama had a special connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, one of the company’s directors and biggest investors whose family, records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama’s campaigns since 2003.” Maytag closed its refrigerator plant in Galesburg, Ill during Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, but Crown says Obama never raised the fate of the Galesburg plant with him. Obama’s campaign responded “that the senator did not know Crown sat on Maytag’s board until the Tribune noted it last September in a story about the closing of the Maytag headquarters in Newton, Iowa.” Obama took donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees for his House and Senate races and his own Hopefund political action committee. He only stopped taking this political money — and began speaking out against it — when he launched his presidential campaign in February 2007. However, he still takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from their high level employees.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Senator Obama came into politics through the famously corrupt Chicago political machine, with the help of some of the slimiest characters imaginable. (Several major players who helped him are have been indicted for graft, fraud, etc. Obama now keeps a rep at Rezko’s trial every day to monitor testimony.) Obama has had to donate to charity much of the money they gave him to get his start, though the admitted dollar amount keeps increasing as time goes on. It’s now up over $250,000. Tony Rezko, currently at trial on federal charges of attempted extortion, money laundering, and fraud, was also involved in the purchase of Obama’s home at well below market value. Not so well publicized is the fact that Obama wrote letters to the Illinois Dept of Housing, recommending Rezco’s company, North Kenwood, LLC, for the housing projects that soon became slums, causing inhumane hardship for their residents. These slums, later repossessed, were in Obama’s district while he was an Illinois senator. In fact, some are about a mile from his home, and several are still boarded up. Obama professed to be unaware of any problems. During the Democratic debate on January 21, 2008, Obama, in fact, gave the impression that he had merely done about 5 hours of legal work for “this individual.”
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Just not reported widely. What a surprise, huh? :oy: And lil, you want to keep going, ok!
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Whoa, GS! I didn't hear about that! Has it been swept under the rug by the media or did I just miss it?
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"The presentation of Palin as an anti-earmark, fiscally conscious pol is challenged by a review of recent political records. As mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she hired the firm of Hoffman Silver Gilman & Blasco to help secure spending projects for her town. The expenditure apparently paid off. From 2000 through 2002, Wasilla received more than $5.5 million in federal cash for transportation and social service projects. According to the group Citizens Against Government Waste, the city received $1 million for a bus facility in 2000. In 2001, the Wasilla Health Center was granted a half million dollars for a community mental health center. That same year the city's emergency shelter also was granted $500,000 for a transitional living program for homeless youth. A year later, the Wasilla regional dispatch center received $1 million in pork, the city was granted $1.5 million for water and sewer improvements, and received an additional $600,000 for a bus facility. The use of the earmark system that -- as a vice presidential candidate -- Palin now criticizes continued into her tenure as governor. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the state of Alaska requested 31 earmarks worth $197.8 million for next year's federal budget. And according to Citizens Against Government Waste, Alaska received $379,669,715 in pork during fiscal year 2008, nearly $100 million more than any other state."
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You want scandal? Here is just one. Senator Obama bought stock in two companies whose investors included his 2004 campaign political donors. One, in fact, was developing medicine to treat avian flu — with the stock purchase coming right before Obama introduced legislation to increase funding to combat the virus. The other company, SkyTerra, received government permission to build a national wireless network on the day Obama purchased his shares. Among the principal owners of this business were four people who had raised more than $150,000 for Obama. Attorney Obama claimed later that they were in a semi-blind trust, that just didn’t legally work out. When this became public, Obama sold the stock.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Cheytown - thanks for providing some hometown perspective.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"Palin, a lifelong member of the National Rifle Assn., started her career as a member of her local city council in Wasilla, Alaska, a town about 45 miles outside of Anchorage, in 1992. She was elected Wasilla’s mayor in 1996, when the city’s population was about 4,600, according to a 1997 press report (via nexis). In this role, Palin acted in a way that eerily foreshadows her recent actions while governor. Early in her tenure as mayor, the city council threatened to recall her over accusations that she fired the city’s police chief, Irl Stambaugh, and the library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, without warning. She accused them in a letter saying: “I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla. Therefore I intend to terminate your employment …” (The Anchorage Daily News, via nexis) Ultimately, Palin let the library director have her job back; though Stambaugh’s position was not returned. The police chief took the matter to court, where a judge sided with Palin, saying city law allows the mayor to fire the police chief without cause. When questioned by the Anchorage Daily News at the time, Palin refused to give details on how Stambaugh had not supported her, saying only: ”You know in your heart when someone is supportive of you.”
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