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She may ‘get’ Alaska, but there are only a half a million people here

August 31st, 2008 | by Steve O |

A very straight forward Alaskan perspective of Sarah Palin.

Above is a picture of lovely downtown Wasilla, for those of you unfamiliar with the area. Behind the Mug-Shot Saloon (the first bar I visited when I moved to Alaska long ago) is a little strip mall. There are street signs in Wasilla with bullet holes in them. Wasilla has a population of about 5500 people, and 1979 occupied housing units. This is where your potential Vice President was two short years ago. Can you imagine her negotiating a nuclear non-proliferation treaty? Discussing foreign policy? Understanding non-Alaskan issues? Frankly, I don’t even know if she’s ever been out of the country. She may ‘get’ Alaska, but there are only a half a million people here. Don’t get me wrong….I love Alaska with all my heart. I’m just saying.

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  1. 6 Responses to “She may ‘get’ Alaska, but there are only a half a million people here”

  2. By rube cretin on Aug 31, 2008 | Reply

    steve o,
    thanks. nice to get the local flavor of things. We are indeed in deep shit if macsara are elected. My fear is that the right wing fundies are going to come out in great numbers to make it happen.

  3. By Liberal Jarhead on Aug 31, 2008 | Reply

    My first reaction was that choosing a female running mate would lose McCain some of the hard-core fundamentalist vote because of their views about subservience by women, and that would probably match or outweigh any chance that it would attract alienated Clinton supporters.

    Now that more information on Palin’s record and views is coming out, it looks different - the fundies will probably like this choice, but any feminist who looks beyond Palin’s gender will be appalled by her views. She’s a cultural Neanderthal (no, that’s not fair to the Neanderthals, they may have been more enlightened), and if she got into power would be an even worse enemy to women’s rights than Bush and Cheney have been. And this Troopergate scandal sounds like a miniature version of the Justice Department’s attorney-firing scandal.

    Most of the conservatives that will go for Palin would have voted for McCain anyway, so no big difference there, and most of the female voters the Republicans are hoping to win over are smarter than the McCain c晀ampaign is giving them credit for being. No doubt Clinton will weigh in on this soon, and Palin will probably end up being about as viable as Harriet Miers was.

    I don’t think the right wing fundamentalists have the numbers they say they have; in poll after poll, the majority of Americans are pro-choice, pro-environmentalism, pro-gay-rights, anti-creationism-in-schools, and sick of corruption. And those views are stronger the younger the people polled are, so with every passing day more far-right and fundamentalist voters die off than are replaced.

    We shall see. The Republicans have been working hard for some time at their usual election-stealing tactics, mainly illegally knocking Democratic voters off the rolls as fast as they can get registered. But if, after the last eight years, this election is close enough for them to be able to steal it the way they did the last two, maybe America deserves these turkeys.

  4. By rube cretin on Aug 31, 2008 | Reply

    yep, most of the black men have been felonized. my guess is that obama will get elected. but then i thought there was no chance for bush to get elected either time. we must not forget, these fundies are very serious. they believe in the rapture and the sooner the better.

  5. By Tom Harper on Aug 31, 2008 | Reply

    Alaskans refer to every place besides Alaska as “outside.” It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about Canada, the Lower 48, El Salvador, France — it’s all just “outside.” It’s one of those foreign places that’s not Alaska; they’re all the same.

    Palin will probably get more countries’ names and borders and leaders mixed up than McCain and Reagan and Dumbya put together.

  6. By steve on Sep 1, 2008 | Reply

    Wyoming has less people and Cheney (and Bush) didn’t really do shit so what is the point of this regarding Palin?

    The reality is she is a woman and that is why people scrutinize her experience.

  7. By Lisa on Sep 1, 2008 | Reply

    The funny thing is you are only appealing to people who are already voting for Obama as for me I am voting for McCain even if mr magoo was his running mate.
    By the way if you want more dirt her daughter is pregnant which you would have know if you went to that left wing site Drudge.

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