14 September 2008

More on VP nominee

I've been thinking about your requests to share my knowledge of Palin. Despite my inclination to stay away from politics on this blog, I am strongly tempted, but I also feel like much of what I could say is being said better elsewhere. If you haven't found it already you should definitely visit the Mudflats: Tip toeing Through the Muck of Alaskan Politics which is posted by the AKMuckraker. It's one of those blogs that once would have primarily interested Alaskans - but now one of our small fish has jumped into the big frying pan. I am heartened to see the turnout of the "Alaskan Women Reject Palin" rally and was absolutely mortified the other day when, showing my Alaskan ID in Colorado for a purchase, the woman behind the counter exclaimed "You would look just like Sarah Palin if you put your hair up!". I was tempted to explain that just because we're from the same state doesn't mean we are related.

I will say this: I do not agree with Palin's politics and I do not believe she is qualified for the position of vice-president of the United States. Quite frankly, her politics scare me. This is true of most Alaskan politicians but luckily their power has been limited to the state of Alaska. It dismays me that this political race seems to have become Obama vs. Palin. Isn't it McCain who is supposed to be running against Obama?

That said I am seriously considering your request to post my experience with Palin as governor of Alaska. I'm just trying to figure out how to do so without attracting total furor and in a way that is most beneficial. So I'm thinking on it...please post any specific questions you might have in the comment section and I will try to address them!


  1. my questions, I guess, would be in what I know to be your area - science. Protection of animals. Protection of the land. What has she done, or not done, in these areas?

  2. Thanks, you have pretty much answered my question,which was basically -are we seeing another "emperor's new clothes"?
    For past year I have been reading your blog and have pretty good idea regarding your values and ethics and you are, therefore, someone whose opinions I value. My gut reaction to the SP nomination was a red flag and after watching her interview I was convinced that we do not share any of the same values.
    I agree with others who feel that it would be dangerous to have this individual a heartbeat away from the presidency. And I appreciate your thoughts.

  3. I was mainly wondering if the Alaskans supported Palin; it was a relief to read about the rally.

  4. maypole, she's terrible...she's against protection of any land, and any species, if it gets in the way of her oil and she doesn't believe much in science so she'd rather not fund it.

    doris rose, I am honored that you value my opinion.

    sciencegirl, yes, many of us do not, but of course, we somehow didn't make the news (frustrated).


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