What we will learn about Sarah Palin.

My source owns property near Wasilla, Alaska, and has family that lives in Wasilla. I considered my Q&A with that person a little preview of what’s to come.

Palin is liked in Alaska, but I’m told the things that got her elected there – oil checks and guns – may not get her elected in the lower 48. This person said Palin is openly ambitious and has so far been in the right place at the right time to catapult her career. Finally, the Palin family life has not always been blissful, the son now serving in the Army ended up in a military school because of the trouble he had in adolescence.

There. That’s all the bad stuff. It will be tough hearing it blabbed from coast to coast, but at least you know it first.

Frankly, I’m on my third teenager; I don’t judge anyone’s parenting. It’s tough stuff. The idea that Palin is openly ambitious reads differently since she’s a woman. Obama’s openly ambitious and people think that’s wonderful. Guns sell well to the Republican base. The only thing I think will take a little explaining is the oil checks. From what I understand, those checks are basically a tax on the oil companies to do business in Alaska then redistributed to voters. They’ve been around for a long time. It sounds a lot like a windfall profits deal Obama proposed, but it is specifically for the benefit of Alaska. It also means Palin is NOT a sockpuppet of big oil.

A little more than 60 days remain. It will be interesting to see if the public gets to know her well enough, but not too well, until the election November 4th. I’m thinking the timing will be just about right. It could be quite a courtship with the American public.


  1. You forgot the abuse of power and the ties to Stevens.

  2. capper, those things are easily forgotten.

  3. I don’t think your “abuse of power” accusation will hold. I can’t imagine any party vetting a candidate and not thoroughly checking into an accusation like that.

    Go ahead Capper. Embarrass yourself and make a case for the tie to Stevens.

  4. I think this will be an exciting two months, much better than ’04 when you had three boring speakers and a lawyer.

    You don’t know what McCain will do/say next. Obama can wow a crowd. You don’t know what Biden will say next. And Palin.

    YouTube better have the bandwidth.

  5. Honestly, I think the thing that will (or at least should) make Americans rethink Palin as a VP choice is the sole fact that she was Mayor of a rather tiny community only 3 years ago at this time. According to Wasilla’s city website, the community only had 6,715 residents as of 2003. I can’t imagine that number skyrocketing over the past 5 years.

    So Republicans are trying to convince me that a former Mayor of a community smaller than Greendale just 3 years ago can handle the big, complex issues of foreign policy, the American military complex, and other crucial global decisions?

    Yes, Mrs. Palin has been a governor for less than 2 years – – for Alaska! I’m sorry, but you gotta put some priorities in this. I mean, if it was the Governor of Texas you might have me (and even being Governor of Texas doesn’t mean you know how to run things right!).

    With all of that said, I do think it’s a great feelgood moment for women and potentially the Republican Party. However, I think that could be as short-lived as those fireworks at the DNC last night.

  6. Greg, you sound really wimpy when you spout the party line.

    By the way – Biden is a Senator of Delaware! That state has the same number of electoral votes as Alaska, and they get TWO people to do Biden’s job. She’s spent some time making decisions every minute of every day. She has the only executive experience on the ballot. McCain served as a commander in the Navy. Hands down, McCain/Palin is a better pair when measuring experience.

  7. Wow, that was all you could say, Cindy?

    And actually, I didn’t even realize that was the Party line. In reading several blogs, I haven’t seen those points truly headlined. I also thought throwing in a comparable community, like Greendale, would help people out with the point.

    Do you seriously think the Greendale Village President would make a good VP choice for the United States? Heck, I don’t even think my Mayor, Tom Taylor, would be a good choice – – and he represents 33,500 people!

    And you can’t tell me that you’re not thinking about the whole Alaska governorship. Alaska doesn’t have truly big issues like…well…bigger states like New York or Texas have. Heck, even being governor of our state would hold more credibility.

    I’m not going to be like Capper and Zach and toss out one-liners. I think what has been said above are true strong points that should be considered. I know if the Democrats did this, Cindy, you’d be all over it like flies on, umm, *you know what*.

  8. What? So let’s discount Biden’s foreign policy experience and leadership on the US Senate for the past 25 years?? If Palin was a US Senator for that long, I don’t think this conversation would be happening!

    I didn’t forget to note Palin’s “executive experience.” I did note that she has been the Governor of Alaska for less than two years. Heck, even Obama has been on the US Senate for roughly four!

    If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to know where you received information that Palin “spent some time making decisions every minute of every day.” It’d be much appreciated and I would like that for future reference.

  9. Your youth is hampering you here. This is a really unusual election where 3 of the 4 on the tickets are NOT governors. The participation in the executive branch of government is usually a very important part of America’s decision in choosing a candidate. In fact, in 43 different presidents, TWO have been elected president as a sitting Senator – Harding in 1920 and Kennedy in 1960.

    Being a governor at ALL counts big time. Being a governor of the state that holds the key to transitioning to energy independence counts even more.

  10. If I’m not mistaken, Mrs. Palin wants to drill in ANWR, and has focused on building a natural gas pipeline in the state.

    While natural gas could be considered something different for energy usage, drilling in ANWR has become a very old argument and the debating points from Democrats hold solid ground.

    I’m assuming by your statement that you believe with Palin as VP, Alaskans will be more inclined to focus on alternative energies than with a Democratic leadership. I guess that has its good and bad points.

    And perhaps I’m going out on a limb here, but since we’re all thinking “change,” why not have this election be an abnormal one – – where being a governor of a state doesn’t add extra political “brownie” points? You see, I don’t think Americans are going to hold Alaska to the same seriousness as a state in the Lower 48.

  11. Listen, let’s be realistic here. Executive experience in a state with 600,000 people isn’t exactly the same as being governor of a state like California or New York.

    But hey, if you’re comfortable with someone who’s got a resume thinner than Obama’s being a heartbeat away from the presidency with a 72 year-old cancer survivor as president, then more power to ya!

  12. Let me help you out here, Greg. Sarah Palin *does* have Foreign Policy cred:

    “Alaska Business Monthly: We’ve lost a lot of Alaska’s military members to the war in Iraq. How do you feel about sending more troops into battle, as President Bush is suggesting?

    Palin: I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe.”


    Now that’s what I call putting country first!

  13. Greg Kowalski’s comments show the inherent problem the Democrats will have with Palin. If they try to make an issue about her inexperience, it automatically brings up Obama’s inexperience, with is a much bigger deal. Puts them in a real bind.

  14. Not really, Obama was a constitutional law professor, a state legislator, and U.S. Senator for 4 years.

    Sarah Palin has a bachelor’s in journalism (her dream was to be an ESPN reporter!), mayor of a cows-come-home town, and governor of a state with a population roughly equal to Milwaukee.

    Palin doesn’t even know what the Vice President does.

  15. As I had said before, I do not automatically support McCain.

    But I will give a great big WhoHaaa to this one. Today as this was being announced I had 3 of my employees criticizing her lack of experience. I pointed out the parallels to BO as the first choice. They were not happy to see the flaw that they wanted to expose is so close to their candidate.

  16. The difference between an inexperienced presidential candidate and an inexperienced vp candidate is that the public selects the former, but is asked to kindly accept the latter.

  17. Oh, Kathryn, thanks. Kudos.

    Tom, it is an itty-bitty problem they haven’t quickly resolved.

    Stimpy, WhoHaaa right back atcha!

  18. Greg, “Do you seriously think the Greendale Village President would make a good VP choice for the United States? ”

    The village president of Greendale might be a great choice if he’d been elected the governor of Wisconsin in the last few years. Why can’t you admit that Palin is one of 50 people in all of the United States serving as a governor and that experience COUNTS?

  19. Cindy, I HAVE admitted that she is, indeed, the Governor of Alaska! I have said it multiple times on this very entry’s comments section for Pete’s sake!!

    My point is more focused, I guess, on the state in which she served as governor, rather than just the title itself. I mean, one could be the CEO of Tom’s Trucking Company and one could be the CEO of eBay, Inc. Which one has more experience and credibility? The same goes for governors, in my opinion. A governor representing Wisconsin has far more knowledge on multiple issues than one from Alaska. The issues we face here in Wisconsin and the issues they face in Alaska are apples and oranges when put next to each other. I’m sure Doyle would love to hear how he can get Wisconsinites money from new technologies and in-state commodities.

    THAT’s where her inexperience is, and that’s a vast difference from the inexperience Obama had.

  20. Oh, so that’s what you meant by comparing Palin to the village president of Greendale.

    Well, using your comparison, Palin is a governor (president of e-bay) while the other three are senators (presidents of Tom’s trucking.)

    Honestly, Greg, you don’t have a CLUE what it takes to be the governor of either Alaska or Wisconsin. Your opinion is formed only by what you read on the liberal blogs.

    Will you concede that Palin has had to negotiate fishing waters issues with Russia? That she’s visited Iraq as many times as Obama? That she commands the Alaska National Guard? That she’s negotiated pipelines with Canada?

    Obama’s experience? Speech. Fundraiser, fundraiser, buy a house through a federally indicted crook, speech, trip to Europe for rock festivals and free food, speech.

    You’re view is severely blunted. I guess it’s blunted by choice. You certainly don’t seem willing to take on new ideas on this topic.

  21. I hope she’s a Margaret Thatcher clone and kicks some serious liberal-male butt!

  22. Me, too, Grant.

  23. Ah, Cindy. It’s so painful to listen to you. If there’s a way to do it, please look at all the facts in an objective a way as possible. The fact that Obama excites people is a bad thing? The fact that he had 200,000 Europeans waving American flags is a bad thing? In just two days, we had more questions about Sarah Palin than answers. Some believe the media is too hard on her, but consider the possibility that they, too, are sick of what the Republican’s have done to this country. And don’t forget how many months (and it continues) of media questioning the experience of Obama. He’s been through the fire, half-truths flying about him. To say he’s an elitist, for example, is ludicrous. Palin owns three home, McCain who knows how many, and Obama has one nice home, for which he worked very hard. Elitist? What’s elitist about the south side of Chicago? Have you been there? I think at the end of the day, what really matters? For me, the pride I have as an American is very important, along with the economy. Sorry, but McCain/Palin won’t salvage our poor reputation in the world – Obama can. Anyway…the list goes on.

  24. Julian Leyva says:

    I once had a high school report that was due and had waited until the last minute to prepare it. I made an oral presentation of it. The class bought the presentation mainly because of the skillful way I spoke and the entertaining manner in which I gave it. All except for one girl. She did a close critique of the essay…and ripped it apart for what it was.
    Palin does not impress me as a anything more than a polished politician and I would not be voting for Obama or McCain if there experience was limited to what her experience is. Her supporters keep stating that her proximity to Russia and Canada make her a qualified source on international issues. Puh-leeease!
    I am not a party guy, I vote for who I feel is best. I did vote for Bush, but I am not willing to vote for Bush again, and that is exactly what I would be doing if I voted for McSame and Caribou Barbie.