Despite press reports, Alaskans not so sold on Palin

Carla Axtman

Despite a collective pressgasm on Alaskan's love of Palin at last night's debate, at least one Alaska blogger provides strong evidence to the contrary.

Over at Blue Oasis, Celtic Diva has a YouTube video shot last night at the Bear Tooth Theater Pub in Anchorage Alaska. Apparently, Mrs. Palin doesn't play in Alaska (or at least in this part of it) as well as the McCain campaign would have us believe:

  • Jiang (unverified)

    As opposed to more serious news outlets that have been discussing her grammar. Let's face it, anything less than "Sarah Palin is the venal face of evil" is trivializing the issue.

    Shrub revoked the mid-70s protection against the executive invoking habeas corpus without the consent of Congress, in a May executive order. McCain's melanoma was probably not a IIa, based on eyewitness reports, it may have metastasized from another tumor- not a new growth, and it was on his temple. Very competent oncologists and neurologists have said that it would be no surprise at all for McCain to keel over at the inauguration, with the entire brain area heavily metastasized. Maybe 50% chance of that in the next 4 years anyway.

    The point is, if the Republicans win, the only thing that stands between an evangelical LEGALLY suspending all your liberties and today is John McCain's health and whether she wants to or not. Period. Not one thing else. Now, you tell me, just what is relevant about Sarah Palin!

  • Gene Nelson (unverified)

    If the Republicans win, we will hear non-stop about voter fraud, and how the election was rigged and stolen.

    Of course the loss could never be attributed to the fact that Obama's own VP doesn't even think he's qualified for the job.

  • Neal Skorpen (unverified)

    The Democratic Presidential candidate is effectively running against the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate.

    Why are we still having this discussion?

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    Gene...IF the Republicans win and there is evidence of voter fraud (like the previous 2 Presidential cycles), then yes--you will hear about it.

    McCain lost the "qualifications" debate the moment he chose Palin. Her shallowness is painful to watch--as is in evidenced her blathering performance last evening. Given McCain's less-than-robust health, its a grave thing to consider--President Palin.

    And while we're on that subject...I find the whole "Joe-Six-Pack" and "Hockey-Mom" stuff insulting as hell. I'm not interested in having the vice-leader of the free world be someone who lives next door to me. I want EXCEPTIONAL people at the helm of government..not some guy who hangs out at the 7-11 parking lot after work drinking Pabst. Its insulting to me that Palin articulates the idea that our leaders should be average, every day people. Our founders sure weren't. Our best Presidents and other leaders aren't.

    They were/are exceptional. I refuse to settle for anything less. Why does she keep asking that of us?

  • RichW (unverified)


    That makes you an elitist! How dare you suggest that a leader should be smart and show good judgement!

  • YoungOregonMoonbat (unverified)


    I agree. Leaders going point-for-point on policy and speaking decisively is indeed elitist. We want our leaders to have these:

    1. A BS from a state university AFTER transferring 4 times from other state universities.

    2. 2+ kids. One of which is 15 years or older and bearing an illegitimate child from a self-described "Fucking Redneck."

    3. A penchant for employing the phrases "You betcha" and "I gotcha" when you are asked a question that you cannot answer at the moment.

    4. Low expectations in debates that a retard with an IQ below 40 could jump over.

    5. Hail from a border state (Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona) or Alaska so that they can use their proximity to another nation as "foreign policy experience."

  • Joel H (unverified)

    YOMB: I think there is yet a third country on the U.S.'s borders. Starts with a "C"... Oh, yeah. Cuba. When Jeb Bush runs in 2012, is he going to have foreign policy expertise too?

  • rjr (unverified)

    The kids in my neighborhood were complaining about some guy, said his name was Jean, Geen, Gene, somthin', stealin' Obama signs. They described him as a little paunchy in the gut, glasses, thining hair...I'm just sayin'

  • Gene Nelson (unverified)

    "I want EXCEPTIONAL people at the helm of government.."

    What's EXCEPTIONAL about Obama - the fact he's black? He's a lawyer that's maybe tried 10 cases. That's EXCEPTIONAL? As opposed to Hillary Clinton, who has been referred to as the smartest woman in the world, with much more experience than Obama. Comeon, you don't have EXCEPTIONAL with Obama.

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    What's EXCEPTIONAL about Obama - the fact he's black?

    Not that the troll doesn't already know that Obama is exceptional...but just for kicks....

    That he's the first black man to be nominated by a major political party for President IS exceptional. But that isn't why Obama is exceptional.

    He's overcome an absentee father and the death of his beloved mother. He used his intellect and his other gifts to learn and to better himself. He's a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991.

    Between Columbia and Harvard, Obama moved to Chicago and became a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER for a (Catholic) religious-based organization. He helped set up a job training program, a college prep tutoring program and a tenants rights organizing program.

    After Harvard, Obama was given a fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he wrote a book called Dreams From My Father. He led a massive voter registration drive in 1992. That year he also began teaching Constitutional Law at University of Chicago.

    In 1993, he joined a Chicago law firm that emphasized civil rights litigation and tenant rights law, where he practiced for several years.

    He was elected to the Illinois legislature in 1997, gaining bipartisan support for health care and ethics laws. He also worked with Republican Governor Ryan to regulate the payday loan and predatory lending industry in an effort to curb mortgage foreclosures.

    He sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained and legislation making Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations. During his 2004 general election campaign for U.S. Senate, police representatives credited Obama for his active engagement with police organizations in enacting death penalty reforms.

    As US Senator from Illinois, Obama cosponsored 136 bills since January 2005. This does not include bills to which Obama contributed very substantially as cosponsor, such as the Coburn-Obama Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 or the Lugar-Nunn Cooperative Proliferation Detection, Interdiction Assistance, and Conventional Threat Reduction Act of 2006.

    Obama sponsored legislation requiring nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks. In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act, marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor.In January 2007, Obama and Senator Feingold introduced a corporate jet provision to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007.He introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections. Obama also introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007.

    Later in 2007, Obama sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges. He sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran's oil and gas industry, and co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.

    So thanks for getting me to expound on this, Gene. I suppose you might see Obama as exceptional because he's black. But perhaps you might consider the real and substantive reasons for it--rather than running to the color of his skin.

    Oh..and you're welcome.

  • RW (unverified)
    <h2>Thanks Carla - nice reminder of why we are all here. And a return to the positive. NOBODY who knows me will EVER accuse ME of being Polly Anna Poz. I have appreciated that this is a man who came from many familiar vicissitudes. My hope is that he will withstand his own inevitable human frailties in coming years.</h2>

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