Update 20081221: Various Palin related material at http://www.teamsarah.org/
Update 20081122: At American Thinker, Bob Weir writes:
The other day, as I was watching one of the news channels I had to quickly check my calendar because I had the feeling that I may have only dreamt that the election was over.
The reason for my confusion was that several commentators were still taking shots at Sarah Palin. Here it was, weeks after the woman had left the campaign trail, and the abuse was as strident as it had been throughout her months-long quest for the second spot on the ticket. The man who ran for the first spot on the ticket had shed his bulletproof armor; yet, the woman still needed Secret Service protection.
The continuous assault on Sarah Palin is not so difficult to understand. In fact, it can be summed up thusly: she’s a woman opposed to abortion. You see, when a man says he’s opposed to abortion, women who disagree can accuse him of trying to control a woman’s body and/or simply not understanding how a woman feels about dealing with pregnancy, career achievement and defeating the “good ole boy” network. But, how are they going to justify that to a Sarah Palin, who has raised a family, been elected to the highest office in her state and has gained a reputation as a corruption fighter? And a woman who decided to keep, raise, and love a Down syndrome child, her son Trig….
Recent remarks: Sarah Palin’s Hopeful Culture
NOTE: more recent posting at On Sarah Palin
[Update: There’s a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit with Tina Fey as Palin. Nice to be confident enough for humor …and a more recent skit on NY Times reporting. Well, that got pulled but here’s Sarah Palin live on Saturday Night Live (Oct 18). [Update: John McCain on Saturday Night Live Nov 1]
And a useful article on The Palin Effect at The Weekly Standard (Noemie Emery, September 29, 2008 edition)
From the New York Times:
Her father shot the grizzly bear whose hide is now draped over the sofa in her office. She, too, hunts and fishes. She runs marathons. She delivered her fifth child during her first term as governor. They call her husband, the reigning champion in the annual Iron Dog snowmachine race, First Dude.
There’s a great collage of Sarah Palin related still photos on youtube called America’s Future, with a polar bear subplot: cute but ferocious (you’d think the opposition would have sense enough not to attack the cubs)!
And there’s an article with more pictures at the UK’s Daily Mail
‘Sarah wanted to be a journalist. She wanted to go to university but knew the family budget was slim. So she went in for a beauty contest because it offered money.’
Sarah entered the Miss Wasilla pageant in 1984, which she won wearing a red Crimplene dress she made herself.
The following spring she came second in Miss Alaska, winning a £5,000 scholarship to Idaho University, where she studied journalism.
Sarah eloped with Todd, her childhood sweetheart, in 1988. Her mother said: ‘It was a shock but she did it because she knew we couldn’t afford a big white wedding….
And from an editorial at the Wall Street Journal:
For starters, we’d say Governor Palin’s credentials as an agent of reform exceed Barack Obama’s. Mr. Obama rose through the Chicago Democratic machine without a peep of push-back. Alaska’s politics are deeply inbred and backed by energy-industry money. Mr. Obama slid past the kind of forces that Mrs. Palin took head on.
For biographical facts, the best source is the biograhy at the gov.state.ak.us:
|Since taking office, her top priorities have been resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.|
|Under her leadership, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska. During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed two major pieces of legislation – an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.
Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management. Prior to being named to this position, she served as co-chair of this committee.
Prior to her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.
|She has served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska’s communities.|
and, regarding her personal life, that site continues:
|She is married to Todd Palin, who is a lifelong Alaskan, a production operator on the North Slope [and member of the Steelworkers Union, District 12] and a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest snowmachine race.|
|Todd and Sarah fish [both for fun and commercially] in Bristol Bay with their children – Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. Through Todd’s Yup’ik grandmother, Alaska’s Native heritage plays an important role in their family. Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007. Prior to taking office, Palin served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state. She was active in her family’s pursuits – including serving as a sports team mom and school volunteer. She also runs marathons.
Palin is a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoys hunting, fishing, Alaska history, and all that Alaska’s great outdoors has to offer.
On conservative reaction to McCain’s choosing of Sarah Palin, Nina May
But the coup de grace, the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon, Olympic Gold for John McCain was his selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
I just happened to be in the Petri dish of political experimentation with almost 300 conservative leaders from around the country who were gathered for a meeting. The speaker was interrupted to pipe in the live feed of the announcement. The discussion in the group for three days before the announcement concerned who the pick would be and what the response would be if it was x, y or z. The responses varied depending upon the possible choice from, “I refuse to vote for that ticket,” to “Is it too late to form a third party?” to, my own which was, “Let’s select a write-in candidate and do a protest vote.” If you have been reading my columns, you know that is what I have been saying.
So, imagine our surprise when not only Sarah Palin was announced as McCain’s VP candidate, but that the whole room erupted in thunderous, standing ovation support. It was as though everyone in the room had a horse in the race and that collective horse made it over the finish line as the clear winner. Women were crying, men were high-fiving, everyone was hugging and celebrating because now . . . they had a ticket they could get behind, they could believe in, and they could enthusiastically support.
Those leaders represent millions of people around the country and several, including me, have since made public announcements that they have switched from an adamant position of not supporting McCain to being excited about the race.
No wonder the trash machines were in the streets within minutes to dump on Governor Palin and declare she was not experienced enough to be Vice President, but they still can’t explain why Barack is experienced enough to be President when his resume totally pales in comparison to hers. Even though she is not running against him, they seem more concerned about her than they are about McCain and for good reason. She is young, dynamic, effective, principled and tough. Several in that group of leaders likened her to Maggie Thatcher, which of course means the liberals, the feminists, the good ol’ boys, will do everything they can to destroy her, but the harder they try, the more entrenched her base will become because we will all see this as a unified attack on us. We will take those attacks personally and fight back in a phalanx of solidarity with a woman who could be destroyed by a hypocritical machine that pretends to want women and blacks to rise to levels of leadership . . . but only if they can be manipulated and exploited by that machine.
google has a 83 minute video at:
of a tightly structured 2006 debate between three candidates for governor of Alaska, focusing on health care issues. There’s also a link so it can be downloaded to ipod.
Speaking of comparisons to past political leaders, Teddy Roosevelt was 42 and had only served two years as governor of New York when he became McKinley’s vice-president. Edmund Morris’ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is well worth reading. Of course, Palin does not have the advantage of birth that Teddy had; however, there’s a definite political affinity between them.
Finally, while not about Palin directly, Melanie Phillips’ article in the Spectator is certainly relevant to this contest.