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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah Palin - What I have Been Waiting For

BB, I tried for some time yesterday to post but for some reason I couldn't get signed in, so here goes:

Let me get this out of the way first: Sarah Palin is HOT...

I awoke yesterday with the rumors that Palin was going to be the GOP ticket for VP. A few hours later it was confirmed, and I was amazed and just outright giddy with the choice. Everyone has heard of her background, and I won't rehash it here except to say that this is the kind of person who was intended to lead our nation. Someone with conviction and purpose. Someone who understands the real world. Someone who has worked and toiled and prefers to serve the country over her personal gain.

As I watched and listened to her acceptance speech, it was the first time in my life, other than Ronald Reagan's speeches, that I felt a politician was being completely sincere and honest. I think with Palin we get what we see - a mother and someone who didn't set out to be a career politician, but someone who has become a leader at various levels and now is prepared to be a maverick like McCain.

I think Palin is a breath of fresh air into a party that has become stagnant and weak. I think she can provide some energy, and perhaps change the paradigm of elected politics and make us all look to new faces and new ideas and stop sending people to Washington for 30 years like Joe Biden.

I cant wait to see her in office. Won't it be something for it to be the GOP that provides the first woman in the White House?

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The Beltway B@stard said...

OK, she is hot. But Letterman and Leno are going to have a field day.

You took to long bro. Though I know it was bloggers fault. I've calmed down now, so it will have to be amicable disagreement.

Have a great Labor Day weekend.

ECOPHOTOS said...

Before you go gaga over the Trilla from Masilla, your favorite palindrome is not free of scandal and may be forced to withdraw before election day. Details:

Sarah Palin is currently under an ethics investigation by the Alaska state legislature. The details of this investigation read like a trashy novel, and I suspect that the players will soon have newfound celebrity on the national stage. I’ll try to explain for all you non-Alaskans who suddenly have good reason to want to know more about Sarah Palin. For those of you not interested in trashy novels, feel free to skip ahead. Here it is…what we in Alaska call “TrooperGate”.

Sarah Palin’s sister Molly married a guy named Mike Wooten who is an Alaska State Trooper. Mike and Molly had a rocky marriage. When the marriage broke up, there was a bitter custody fight that is still ongoing. During the custody investigation, all sorts of things were brought up about Wooten including the fact that he had illegally shot a moose (yes folks this is Alaska), driven drunk, and used a taser (on the test setting, he reminds us) on his 11-year old stepson, who supposedly had asked to see what it felt like. While Wooten has turned out to be a less than stellar figure, the fact that Palin’s father accompanied him on the infamous moose hunt, and that many of the dozens of charges brought up by the Palin family happened long before they were ever reported smacked of desperate custody fight. Wooten’s story is that he was basically stalked by the family.

After all this, Wooten was investigated and disciplined on two counts and allowed to kept his position with the troopers. Enter Walt Monegan, Palin’s appointed new chief of the Department of Public Safety and head of the troopers. Monegan was beloved by the troopers, did a bang-up job with minimal funding and suddenly got axed. Palin was out of town and Monegan got “offered another job” (aka fired) with no explanation to Alaskans. Pressure was put on the governor to give details, because rumors started to swirl around the fact that the highly respected Monegan was fired because he refused to fire the aforementioned Mike Wooten. Palin vehemently denied ever talking to Monegan or pressuring Monegan in any way to fire Wooten, or that anyone on her staff did. Over the weeks it has come out that not only was pressure applied, there were literally dozens of conversations in which pressure was applied to fire him. Monegan has testified to this fact, spurring an ongoing investigation by the Alaska state legislature. But, before this investigation got underway, Palin sent the Alaska State Attorney General out to do some investigative work of his own so she could find out in advance what the real investigation was going to find. (No, I’m not making this up). The AG interviewed several people, unbeknownst to the actual appointed investigator or the Legislature! Palin’s investigation of herself uncovered a recorded phone call retained by the Alaska State Troopers from Frank Bailey, a Palin underling, putting pressure on a trooper about the Wooten non-firing. Todd Palin (governor’s husband) even talked to Monegan himself in Palin’s office while she was away. Bailey is now on paid administrative leave.

As if this weren’t enough, Monegan’s appointed replacement Chuck Kopp, turns out to have been the center of his own little scandal. He received a letter of reprimand and was reassigned after sexual harrassment allegations by a former coworker who didn’t like all the unwanted kissing and hugging in the office. Was he vetted? Obviously not. When he was questioned about all this, his comment was that no one had asked him and he thought they all knew. Kopp, defiant, still claimed to have done nothing wrong and said to the press that there was no way he was stepping down from his new position. Twenty four hours later, he stepped down. Later it was uncovered that he received a $10,000 severance package for his two weeks on the job from Palin. Monegan got nothing.


Link: http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/what-is-mccain-thinking-one-alaskans-perspective/

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

Eco, I am beside myself that you think this warrants a withdrawal from the race. There isn't a public official in the world who isn't embroiled in some manner of "scandal".

I will say this once more - The GOP was wrong to pursue Clinton for Lewinsky and all of that, BUT despite the direction of that nonsense, the President of the United States committed a crime when he lied under oath to the American people.

If that is ok, then this will go away before the print dries.

BB, sorry I took so long. I am sure over the next 60-some days we will disagree yet come to some manner of agreement as we always do...And she is really hot.

TrekMedic251 said...

Robert, cross-posting this to the RNI 2008 blog! Good work!

ECOPHOTOS said...

We rely on elected officials not to use the power of their office to pursue personal agendas or vendettas. It's called an abuse of power.

There is ample evidence that Palin used her power as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired. When his boss refused to fire him, she fired his boss. She first denied Monegan's claims of pressure to fire Wooten and then had to amend her story when evidence proved otherwise. The available evidence now suggests that she:

1) tried to have an ex-relative fired from his job for personal reasons, something that was clearly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal, though possibly understandable in human terms,

2) fired a state official for not himself acting inappropriately by firing the relative,

3) lied to the public about what happened and

4) continues to lie about what happened.

These are NOT, to put it mildly, the traits or temperament you want in someone who could hold the executive power of the federal government.

Over all, this is not just a cynical nomination, but a nihilistic one. I am totally fed up with this kind of politics and will be supporting Obama with all my energy.

ECOPHOTOS said...

More grist:

Apparently Sarah Palin also has ties to the Alaska Independence Party, a group that wants to separate Alaska from the 50 states and make it fully independent. So don't lecture me about patriotism and preserving the union. This is a Junk nomination, and I am truly offended by it.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/1/4231/18477/878/581881

Jennifer said...

I was quite pleased with the choice. I think the strategy was actually quite brilliant! As I said on Otto's blog....

The dems cannot attack on the issue of experience considering Obama has none!

They are trying to attack on the fact that she chose to have her baby in Alaska. And this that have no problem in destroying babies whatsoever? Can you say Hypocrite????

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

Speaking of hotties, Jenn is here!

Jenn, I am impressed with the nomination for many reasons. I said some time ago that it would be Lieberman, and even commented about Palin on someone's blog and I wish I could remember which one because when she was nominated I told my wife I called her name about six months ago. She doesn't believe me and I have no idea where that was written...maybe I did dream it...

Anyway, she is blue collar, far from DC politics, a woman, a real conseravtive in a party that has forgotten what that means, and is convincing in her honesty and sincerity. Too early to call it, but if she doesn't fall into the Oval Office during the next eight years, could be the first woman president which would send Hillary into insanity....not that we could tell the diff.

I would make a personal note here, but watch your email the next couple of days. Will save my comments for your eyes only.

TrekMedic251 said...

Jenn, where did your blog go?? :(

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

Jenn has moved on from the political commentaries and I am saddened by that fact. Jenn has a real life take on issues of the day and I will miss her perspective,. Hopefully she will continue to drop by here, as she is always welcome in my house.

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