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Friday, August 29, 2008

Dreams of Alaska

Quoting from Insomnia:

There are two kinds of people in Alaska: those who were born here and those who come here to escape something. -- Rachel Clement (played by the same chick who played Abby on ER (is it still on?))

I've never been to Alaska, but that's kind of what I always thought. And "escape something" doesn't necessarily have to mean escaping the law, which is what I think the character Rachel meant in the movie.

Escape can mean a lot of things, obviously. Like escape pollution, crime, and the sometimes skull crushing restrictions that are placed on our so-called freedoms down here in the Lower 48. (If by chance they have restrictive gun laws in Alaska, please don't tell me; I prefer to go on thinking of folks there walking around with a shotgun slung over their arm, not that I would do that.) And, yeah, I'm sure they have more than their fair share of pollution and crime. But, neither can be as bad as we've got it down here, right?

Anyway, all my notions of Alaska aside -- whether correct or not -- I was intrigued to hear that John McCain had picked Alaska's governor, Sarah Pallin, as his running mate. My first thought was, who knew Alaska even had a female governor?

My second thought was, is this some clever stunt by McCain to win over the votes of that certain faction of Hillary Clinton supporters who can't accept the fact that Hillary wouldn't have a place on Barack Obama's ticket? Or people who refuse to vote for an all male ticket? Well, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who came up with those questions.

So, I decided to see what I could find out about her. And, I took the easy way out by reading her wiki page (duh). Linked from there were two news articles, which I also read: (1) Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski ousted in a humiliating defeat to Sarah Palin; and (2) Alaska's 'Frustrated' Governor Palin On Our 'Nonsensical' Energy Policy.

Quick summary of what I learned: She is a Republican governor who replaced another Republican governor, whom some might say was corrupt (or maybe he just didn't play by somebody's rules). She is conservative. And, she is seemingly desperate (perhaps too desperate) to sell out Alaska's oil and gas resources. She's possibly anti-labor, too. Or maybe just an amateur. How did I figure that out so fast? In her zeal to put forth her energy desires (see Frustrated Governor article), she never once mentioned jobs or employment. Bing! Usually, they at least pretend to care about jobs.

I'll leave it to the experts to provide the critical political analysis of Sarah Palin. But, for now, suffice it to say, she is no Hillary Clinton. If anything, her energy policy reeks of Dick Cheney. I hope the woman who John McCain is trying to sway by putting Palin on his ticket sees through it.

Posted by Marie at August 29, 2008 11:15 PM


they're fairly high in violent crime. particularly rape, where they're #1 in the nation and almost triple the national average (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States#States). and as for political corruption, they've got us beat there too. ted stevens?

Posted by: jason at August 30, 2008 1:05 AM

Wondering here why the parties became so concerned about "balancing" the ticket anyway. Old-young, black-white, male-female, conservative-moderate, liberal-moderate, etc...

My druthers would have the Vice-President, who would replace the President, be as near to the President in politics, as possible.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at August 30, 2008 6:47 AM

Palin is supposedly a reformer, but being a reform politician in Alaska is like being one in Chicago - you can be a reformer and still be pretty corrupt. Next to Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski she's practically a saint, but then again so is a significant portion of our prison population.

Well, at least McCain can't carp about Obama's so-called lack of experience any more, now that Obama has a 30+ year U.S. senator as VP and McCain has someone who just two years ago was the mayor of a town of 9,000 people. (What, Barney Fife wasn't available?) This is nothing more than a cynical ploy to lure disaffected Hillary supporters, though anyone who truly shares Hillary's beliefs would never vote McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Pete at August 30, 2008 7:57 AM

I'm starting to think something else is going on here. Things are not as they appear. Why didn't he ask Condoleezza Rice? Or, did he, and she said no? Plus, what about all the other *qualified* Republican women? Two days on and this thing is looking really fishy.

Posted by: Marie at August 31, 2008 1:35 PM

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