Palin’s Qualifications and Values

The evangelicals have got a lot to celebrate with Sarah Palin.  She chose to have a Down Syndrome child while she pursued her political career and didn’t even let it slow her down.  What a triumph of values.

She may have been governor for only 20 months but how many governors of 20 months can include in that time a pregnancy, the birth of a special needs baby and an ethics investigation.  She has been more occupied than you might ordinarily suppose and has still found time for the duties of office.

She obviously imbued her family with her values as well since her teenage daughter has chosen to become pregnant and plans to become married: two strikes for family values in one blow!  What greater proof of value laden leadership could our country want?  This augurs well for a possible career in politics for her daughter.  It looks like the beginnings of a value based dynasty.

Attention has been drawn to Palin’s life next to — virtually rubbing up against —  the iron curtain in Wasilla.  (Here’s a gallery of shots of Wasilla.  The rust must be from the iron curtain.)  Remember she won that beauty contest before the Berlin wall came down.  And she played on a team that won the state basketball championship on a court virtually in the shadow of the evil empire!  She is the poster child of poise under pressure.

What do you think it was like living in Wasilla after the U.S.S.R. collapsed?  So close to such instability and all those missiles.  Sure the missiles were pointed at the lower 48 but but any misfires were bound to land nearby.

I agree that her work with the Wasilla PTA gives her international experience and experience with national security.  Being so close to Russia, the children surely had come under alien influence.  Without the right guidance, who knows, these children could have become foreign agents or worse.

Living in Alaska you are almost close enough to look Russians in the eye, to see their soul.  Of course someone living in London is significantly closer to Moscow than Wasilla is to any town in Russia, but Limeys are notoriously insensitive to such things.  Actually the people in New York are closer to Moscow than Wasilla is to any city of any size — by several thousand miles. Siberia is actually rather large and sparsely populated.

That Sarah had a sense of the close proximity of the Ruskies is itself a tribute to her farsightedness.  I understand that, as governor of Alaska, she regularly consulted with the residents of Nome on international matters, as Nome is even closer to Russia than either Wasilla or Juneau.  I wonder if McCain considered the mayor of Nome at all?

But I think she a good running mate for McCain.  God knows he fudges on his record freely.  In just a couple of days she has already falsified hers or at least rendered it somewhat fanciful.  Her blithe fantasy flight through history strikes Alaskans as deceitful.  This seems to be leaking out of the state as the Associated Press has picked up the story.

The New York Times points out that this was not really a lie, more like an exaggeration.  She supported the bridge to nowhere, and ran for governor supporting the bridge. Then half way through her 20 month term as governor she reversed fields, after it was clear that the money from the federal government for the bridge would not be coming.

So let’s be clear about this she was all for the bridge to nowhere  until it became clear that the federal government would not give money for the project.  Then she, when she could not get federal money for the project, was against the project but not taking the money.

Saturday she bragged about telling Congress “thanks but no thanks” for the pork barrel project as if she had not been  trying to get federal money it.  She said “thanks but no thanks” only after she was told that her efforts were futile and she would not get the money for the bridge.

She switched her position after McCain began campaigning about this bridge being an example of pork barrel politics.  She could not very well continue her support of the bridge and have allegiance to the national party.  So she took all the money from the federal government that had been earmarked for the bridge and used it for other things.  So the literal truth is that she said “no thanks” for bridge funding after she was not going to get it and “thanks” for the money.

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