Alaskans Debate Sarah Palin (Updated)
[Guest post by DRJ]
Recent commenters have linked or reprinted a letter from Wasilla, Alaska, resident Anne Kilkenny criticizing Governor Sarah Palin. Reprinted below is a response from Wasilla-area neighbor and Palin supporter Deb Frost.
I rarely post on this kind of anecdotal tit-for-tat but, in light of Palin’s 80%+ approval ratings in her home state, I think it’s fair to say there are 8 Debs for every 2 Annes in Alaska.
UPDATE 9/8/2008: FactCheck.org labels several claims in Anne Kilkenny’s letter as FALSE. End of UPDATE.
Deb Frost’s letter:
“Written by Deb in AK, Friday, 8/29/2008:
One Alaskans opinion about our new Republican VP candidate…
Feel free to agree or disagree, but here is an Alaskan’s viewpoint on our new VP candidate (and it is an opinion shared by the vast majority of Alaskan residents).
Sarah Palin is the US’s answer to Margaret Thatcher!
Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments … well, they haven’t met our Sarah
. She is not “just a woman”, she is not “just a way to get votes” and if anyone expects her to smile, simper and be sweet – they don’t know Sarah. She is *more than* qualified for the job and the best possible choice McCain could have made.
As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, AK, where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor … I can speak with confidence. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction this morning and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo and as smart and determined a PERSON (gender really isn’t an issue here as far as I’m concerned) as anyone could ask for at the head of government.
Sarah is no naïve “small town mayor” – she just *started out* there. Btw, as Mayor of Wasilla, she brought this “small town” through a lot of GOOD changes and left it at the end of her term having grown to the 4th largest CITY in Alaska – a lot of growth and a stronger economic base than ever before.
She has EXECUTIVE experience *running a government* (something NONE of the other candidates can actually boast, even John McCain
) as Governor of Alaska and got there by defeating the *incumbent* Republican Governor, who was definitely part of the “old school” and who WAS very much in the pocket of the big oil companies. We in Alaska wanted change -and we got it in the person of Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin is everything she looks to be and more. Her approval rating as Governor of Alaska has been as high as 95% and is currently leveled out consistently in the upper 80 percentile throughout the state (and in both parties) – the HIGHEST approval rating of ANY sitting Governor.
Sarah has been turning around corruption in the Legislature of Alaska – turning things on their ear for that matter; cutting spending in spite of the increased income the state is currently receiving due to the high oil prices – she has insisted on putting a huge amount of the “windfall” into savings for the future rather than spending, spending, spending – and has insisted from the get-go on what she refers to as “honest, ethical and transparent governing” – no more closed door meetings and dealings – the big oil companies thought she would be a pushover and have learned better to their chagrin.
She understands the “real people” and the economic issues we all face (Alaskans along with the rest of the country) – she was one of “us” not long ago. Rather than passing useless “laws” or throwing money at pet projects, she (most recently) temporarily suspended the state gas tax (on gasoline at the pumps, fuel oil and natural gas for homes, etc.) and has ordered checks issued to ALL residents of Alaska this fall in an attempt to assist with the burden of high fuel costs for the upcoming winter. I could go on and on, but that’s enough for now
. She isn’t doing these things to be popular – she is doing it because her constituents are HURTING financially and she is in a position to help.
She became Governor of Alaska by defeating the Incumbent Republican Governor and doing it *without* the money or the support of the Republican Party, which was amazing in itself – and she won by a landslide. The “powers that be” at that time totally underestimated Sarah and learned better the hard way. Let’s hope Obama does the same. Sarah has done exactly what she claimed she was going to do when elected and is just as popular today as the day she was elected – perhaps more so since even the Democrats up here seem to like her – she works well with both sides in the Legislature here.
Sarah “belongs” to us (Alaskans) … and although we are going to be terribly sorry to see her leave before she finishes the job she started here (two years ago) straightening out OUR State
… we understand she is needed for a bigger purpose and hopefully her Lt. Governor will be able to fill her shoes here and continue the job.
As for worrying about what would happen if McCain were to die or step down or whatever … here in AK we’ve only been wondering how long we would be able to KEEP Sarah in Alaska and have seen her as our first woman President of the USA from the start. It’s always been a matter of whether she would wait until the end of her TWO terms as Governor (no doubt at ALL that she would be re-elected if she ran for a second term at the end of her current term) … or end up in Washington sooner. She could do the job TODAY.
Personally, I feel a lot better about McCain now that I know he has someone as savvy, as strong, as ethical and as steady as Sarah at his back. She will be an excellent Vice President … and my guess is she will be our US Republican Presidential candidate in four years – AND by then the country will KNOW her – will love and respect her as we do here – and she’ll win by as much of a landslide as she did here in Alaska. I only wonder if McCain has a clue what he is unleashing on the US of A
. She is going to be a fresh wind, but also a strong wind.
Is that enough of an endorsement? If not, I’ll add this … my husband and I have for many years felt the best “vote” was to vote for the lesser of two “evils” and hope they didn’t do too much damage. Two years ago during our State Governor’s race was the first time EVER that we actually asked for not just a little sign to put in our yard showing our support of our candidate (something we’ve never felt the desire to do at all before) – we asked for a full 4′ x 8′ “SARAH PALIN FOR GOVERNOR!” sign and were proud to display it. She hasn’t let us or Alaska down. She will do the same for the USA if given the opportunity.
Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested (and spam those who aren’t!).
-Deb in Alaska”
Anne Kilkenny writes:
Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks. )
I question Anne’s judgment.Perfect Sense (9d1b08) — 9/6/2008 @ 10:18 pm
On both counts.Jim Treacher (592cb4) — 9/6/2008 @ 10:47 pm
She is *more than* qualified for the job and the best possible choice McCain could have made.
What does Deb in AK have against Bobby Jindal?D. Aristophanes (18e167) — 9/6/2008 @ 11:16 pm
ha ha Jim cuts me up everytimepapertiger (0b0c9a) — 9/6/2008 @ 11:19 pm
#2 Jim: I was too “fragile” to make your point.Perfect Sense (9d1b08) — 9/6/2008 @ 11:24 pm
What does Deb in AK have against Bobby Jindal?
What’s a-matter, D. Aristophane–out of ammo?Paul (ac3cf3) — 9/6/2008 @ 11:34 pm
I’m scared, seriously. Something is happening here, and I’m being drawn in. Listening to, and reading about, Palin is like waking from a dream. I haven’t voted, or even registered to do same, since G.H.W. Bush raised taxes.
Dammit, here comes jury duty.Born Free (6d00ac) — 9/6/2008 @ 11:51 pm
Born Free – The solution to the Jury Duty problem is if you are ever empanelled, during voir dire, when the judge and attorneys are asking you questions, answer like an Obamaton. Then nobody would think you were sane enough to serve as a juror and the judge would likely be the one to send your ass home. Simple.daleyrocks (d9ec17) — 9/7/2008 @ 12:40 am
I think you’re exactly right, DRJ. The proof is that in her first run for mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin beat the incumbent by a vote of 651 to 440.
The fellow she beat ran against her again at the next election. She beat him 826 to 255.
The origins of all the attempted smears have been available to Alaskans, including Gov. Palin’s many opponents in the 2006 gubernatorial primary and general election. And yet she was elected by a substantial margin, and her approval ratings have stayed north of 75% ever since.Beldar (8a23eb) — 9/7/2008 @ 5:07 am
The Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson of ABC is set up for next week. I thought they would wait until the week before the debate with Biden but she must really be a quick study. ABC was excluded from the debates, no doubt because of Gibson and Stephanopolis’ good questions for Obama. With Russert gone, This Week is the best Sunday show and I thought they would have her there.Mike K (155601) — 9/7/2008 @ 12:11 pm
Thanks daleyrocks, though other than donning a pink smock and leotard, I’m not sure how I’d impersonate an Obamaton. Instead, I’d probably have to go with the “I believe in Jury Nullification” gambit, which wouldn’t be a deception. From what I’ve learned reading several items on this blog, it would probably get me thrown off faster than you can say “Hope and Change”.
But by then, it will have been necessary to appear.Born Free (6d00ac) — 9/7/2008 @ 12:14 pm
“when the judge and attorneys are asking you questions, answer like an Obamaton. Then nobody would think you were sane enough to serve as a juror and the judge would likely be the one to send your ass home. Simple.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Yer a funny guy! Keep up the biting satire, dalyrocks!Leviticus (41975c) — 9/7/2008 @ 1:13 pm
Not satire at all, but very accurate advice.Another Drew (b60e19) — 9/7/2008 @ 1:31 pm
I used a variation of that, though it did still cost me two days of time in the jury pool (stayed civil, no contempt).
I objected to the item in the questionaire asserting that the Judge was the absolute authority on matters of Law. Brought up The Crown v Peter Zenger (1735) – the judge didn’t like that and I was excused by the State.
Assertion of Jury Nulification does work, at least in the New People’s Republik of Kallifornia.
I was called twice to jury duty, and both were personal injury/liability cases, and also were on their third go – around in the court system. When I first heard the details of the cases, I immediately thought BS – trolling for dollars by indigent defendants. And I told the defense attorney just that – excused.Dmac (e639cc) — 9/7/2008 @ 3:05 pm
I’ve updated the post to reflect that FactCheck.org labels as FALSE several claims in Anne Kilkenny’s letter.DRJ (7568a2) — 9/8/2008 @ 5:59 pm
Well, when you’re on trial for lurking with intent to skulk, just hope that your jurors take their duty more seriously than you do.nk (21731d) — 9/8/2008 @ 6:03 pm
DRJ: UPDATE 9/8/2008: FactCheck.org labels several claims in Anne Kilkenny’s letter as FALSE. End of UPDATE.
Just to be accurate (and not taking sides on the tit-for-tat), FactCheck is NOW saying: “Correction: In our original story, we incorrectly said that a few of the claims we examine here were included in the e-mail by Kilkenny. Only one of the claims – about the librarian’s firing – was similar to an item in that e-mail. We regret the error.”Peccator Dubius (0a6237) — 9/11/2008 @ 11:15 am
Sarah Palin is an experienced executive with an excellent comprehensive energy plan that will not only benefit all Alaskans, but also benefit everyone in the United States. She has shown she can and will work on important issues and work with both Democrats and Republicans. Mr. Obama, who she is not running against, could learn a lot from this wonderful lady. She knows education having been a PTA leader. She knows American citizens. Mr. Obama on the other hand only knows how to slime her without even trying to be nice. Sarah is fantastic.Happy Women Voter (e80c70) — 9/20/2008 @ 1:06 am
The person who complained about Sarah Palin did not even check her facts. Sarah Palin never banned any books.
In fact, the author had not even written the books yet.
In general, Nancy Pelosi has a 11% approval rating and went on a 4 week vacation without addressing a comprehensive energy plan, shows to me.
We need Sarah Palin in Washington to stop such abusive practices by these types of people.
One thing Nancy Pelosi shares in common with Sarah is that they are both mothers of 5 children. The Democrats have not slimed Nancy Pelosi even though she has 5 children.
I have watched happily the interviews on Fox News and feel that the entire Sarah Palin family is absolutely wonderful and fabulous. She is such a pleasant person and one truly worthy of becoming the next Vice President of these United States.
Alaskans – Thanks for sharing her with us.Happy Women Voter (e80c70) — 9/20/2008 @ 1:14 am
Alaska is an absolutely beautiful state. I find the people there to be so wonderful. I think Sarah Palin will make a wonderful Vice President and we appreciate Alaska sharing her with us.
Too bad the media has smeared her so much. She has handled it with grace and laughter – again showing that she has the class act unlike her opponents to be a true leader and visionary for these Great United States.Contented with Alaska (e80c70) — 9/20/2008 @ 1:17 am
You do know that you’re pretty much preaching to the choir here, right?Icy Truth (f6198c) — 9/20/2008 @ 1:59 am
I was wondering why Alaska is thinking that Palin won by such a big amount when only 826 people voted for her as govenor. There are 627,000 people in Alaska. How is that the majority or a popular vote? That seems pretty pathetic to me. Why didn’t anyone else vote? How is he popular then? That appears to be one hundred seventy-two hundred-thousandth (0.00172) of the population of Alaska. Can someone please explain your voting rights compared to the popluation is you think she is popular?Dedee (175006) — 10/5/2008 @ 3:14 pm