Sarah Palin by Anne KilKenny

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I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe.”

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome . There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her six years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

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Comments

  1. admin says

    I don’t know Sarah Palin, and I don’t know Anne Kilkenny, but I know a hit-piece when I read it.

    The writer lulls the reader with niceties that suggest that she not only has a long-time personal relationship with Palin but that the relationship is a friendly one. Kilkenny compliments Palin in various ways, and the unsuspecting reader is led to believe that, even if criticisms follow, they will be measured and legitimate.

    Then, suddenly, Kilkenny goes for the jugular, and she doesn’t stop biting for the rest of the piece.

    I don’t doubt that Ms. Kilkenny knows Governor Palin, but we readers have been misled. As Kilkenny writes near the end of the essay, as the fourth reason under the heading Why Am I Writing This?: “[Palin] has hated me since back in 1996 . . .” These are not friends.

    She is writing this because Palin hates her? This essay is not a selfless act of courage. It’s a vendetta.

    As to the various accusations, there is no way for one to judge whether they are fact or fiction. Why? Because the accuser includes no sources. Where are the all the newspaper articles that document the claims she makes? Ms. Kilkenny humbly notes that “[f]ew people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.” Great, the minutes of such meetings are in the public domain. Where’s your documentation, Ms. Kilkenny? Since you do not provide sources, open-minded readers cannot examine them and judge for themselves.

    “Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of city Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.” How convenient. You can’t verify your numbers, and we can’t verify your accusations.

    Governor Palin has approval ratings that are the highest in the nation. (Different sources give percentages ranging from 80 to the 90s, a remarkably high level of approval even if one uses the most modest figure.) Somehow that doesn’t seem consistent with a person who has bullied her away across the state, leaving countless enemies in her wake. Kilkenny claims that “[f]ear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.” Is Palin so fearsome a presence that “all these people” were afraid to express their true opinions . . . in anonymous polls? Sorry, this doesn’t come close to passing the smell test.

    I was amused by the following paragraph:
    “As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.”

    After reading the start of that second sentence (“Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she . . .”); I was eager to learn what reprehensible thing Palin had done with the surplus. Did she embezzle it? Did she divide it among her cronies? What terrible thing did she do?

    Governor Palin “proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.” The horror. The horror. I finally know the awful truth. She gave it back to the citizens of Alaska!

    Ms. Kilkenny obviously doesn’t agree with Governor Palin’s policies. She makes unsubstantiated accusation after accusation and even has the nerve to pass along rumors she’s heard about what Sarah Palin did in high school. Rumors. From high school.

    Kilkenny fancies herself quite the hero:
    “Bad things happen when good people stay silent.”
    “. . . it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future.”
    “I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything . . .”

    Making unsubstantiated claims, spinning stories, and peddling rumors. You’re a hero, Ms. Kilkenny, a hero in your own mind.
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    Sincerely,

    Ron Weiner

  2. kjp says

    echoing the thanks for illumination… Frankly, Palin may parallel Bush
    regarding experience and intelligence… and if she were to become president
    we would again be in the receivership of those with more power… I don’t believe
    she would truly be the first woman president though; hers would more reflect a monarchy
    (again parallels with Bush’s annointment/selection) When you consider the melding of church
    and state that Bush and she represent it seems clear we’ve come full circle–back to what many of the founders had fled from; we are becoming what we as a country formed in opposition to….

  3. Patti Alexakis says

    Thank you, Anne. Very much appreciated. I’ve tried to insert a link to an Anchorage Daily News article regarding Mary Ellen Emmons, now Baker, the Wasilla librarian.

  4. terry Kirkman says

    Whether completely true or not I have no way of knowing, BUT, what it does confirm for me is that my gut reaction to Palin is shared by others in a big and meaningful way. Just seeing the faces of folks cheering her in MN made me queasy. What a mean looking bunch of piggishly affected people. Like pitbulls at an illegal dogfight
    drooling over the little warmup dogs.

    Palin and McCain remind me of everything cheap and contemptable in shuckster advertising. Used (very…long past any warranty coverage) car salesmen of the worst kind. Hustling needy, desperate buyers with hastily painted over promises of dependability.
    Like those boxes of toxic sugar coated cereal with the cartoons aimed at your uninformed children…Joe Camel with his hip-slick comeon.

    We who so desperatly long for real change in this country have a really hard battle ahead of us. Convincing those who don’t agree that Palin is evil incarnate and the last ditch choice of a very self promoting do anything/say anything out of tune narcissistic guy will be a very difficult task. Let us not forget what a break from our racist dumbed down past Obama is. Those cigarettes and boxes of cereal are still on the shelves and doing just fine. You need to be an Alaskan to know which way the wind blows.

    Terry, Los Angeles

  5. Kathleen Tangorra says

    I have no way of checking out all the “facts” presented by Anne. However, my impression of Sarah Palin is based on her presentation of herself in the words of her own choosing. She compares her “hockey mom” status to that of a pit bull. That is exactly what this country does not need We have seen how damaging that can be. We need less polarization and more compromise in the world. Bullying never works. She may think she is a maverick but her tone and tactics sound exactly like the “cowboy” who is currently in the White House wreaking havoc on this country, its constitution and its image abroad.

  6. Bruno says

    People, this is really pretty simple: if you want four or eight more years like the last eight, vote for McCain. If that’s what you want, you deserve it.

  7. Mary says

    I emailed a copy of Anne Kilkenny’s article to someone in South Dakota. His response “Anne Kilkenny is a dangerous baby killer”. Is everyone who disagrees with the Republican stance named “a dangerous baby killer?” What about the thousands of innocent people killed by Bush and the next 100 years of innocent people to be killed by McCain, aren’t they killers too? Thank you Anne, this Palin “feline” is scary!! Keep writting, let us know you are doing ok!

  8. Kat says

    Thank you Anne, for your willingness to come forward and speak out. I can only hope that other Alaskans will follow your lead and come forward, during these very dangerous times. If some of you were able to stop her bullying, rail-road tactics of firing the Librarian and almost forcing a recall, you all should find the strength to pull together now and unite in strength; your country, and the rest of us, need you all now. The rest of us will pull together to do our part. We cannot sit idle or complacent waiting for someone else to do it. WE must do it. There is no way we can allow these people to takeover the Country – again, and trample over the lives and values of hardworking, ordinary people. Our Country is in tatters after 8 years of these people, and there is NO WAY that “VP Barbie” should be able to waltz into the job, based on the window dressing ethics and smoke-and-mirror LIES of McCain, Bush, Karl Rove, et al. We need to get some courage and unite, people, because it is going to get ugly. We have to fight back.

    Thank you Anne. You are an example for us all.

  9. Jamie says

    The politicians in Alaska are ruthless. I have lived in Alaska and everything in this article is true. I am glad the truth is finally coming out.

  10. Denise Payne says

    May God help us all…..this is really getting scary and it would seem as if the media is “afraid” to go after the McCain camp to make them put this woman out there so that we can get some answers to some very serious questions…all the Republicans need to do is keep saying the election will be close…if the polls continue to say that Obama and McShame is only several points apart they will be able to steal this election by saying that the voting machines were faulty, or that not enough people came out to vote or that there was a “bradley effect” against Obama. People we have to get Obama’s polling numbers up by November 4 or we all will be sorry…..

  11. Joe says

    Hey Jan,
    IQ doesn’t equal wisdom. Apparently you’re not wise enough to realize what a joke/Bush poodle Howard was/is. Best to you in the future

  12. Kelly Rivas says

    ANNE and EVERYONE who has shown THANKS and SUPPORT for Anne, thank you and KEEP TALKING!
    It is true that history must admit the greatest failures and atrocities are credited to the silence of good people. Remember everything Hitler did in Germany was LEGAL. Sarah Palin is exactly that dangerous.

    The viscousness with which Palin criticized community organizing is extremely disturbing. We cannot expect the Republicans under her influence to create anything beneficial or sustainable for, let alone in our country. She has already missed the first action of leadership. For her to actively criticize community organizing as vehemently as she did, we can only expect the same ignorance and fear of rejection at the national level.

    Isn’t it obvious how incredibly scared Palin is? Her cowardice is so transparent in each of her ‘gutsty’ aggressive actions. She cannot operate in an arena where someone dislikes her, she must have the support and admiration of everyone. That is a severely limiting emotional complex that frankly inhibits her from providing any community with real leadership.

    Sarah I am sorry that you were runner up in a beauty pageant, but you will always be at most second-best in every arena you enter with such deeply hidden fear. People will never accept and love you until you confront that. Stay home with you family and new baby, they need and love you for who you are. The Nation is never going to deem you ‘enough’ in any category. Certainly not experience and certainly not looks.

    Oh and Jan and whoever else, I am a jealous woman. But not of Sarah Palin. Michelle Obama is the one worthy of jealousy here.

  13. MelissaTX says

    Let me straighten this out for the men who are reading, when a woman is jealous or has sour-grape-syndrome she calls the object of her hatred a bitch, and demeans her character. It is what the female of the species does, and this letter is no different. As a female, reading between the lines, she is furious about Palins “b abe” status, success, large family, cute hubby, position of power, and commendable actions in the face of having a special needs child. In other words, if she was a man she would be Keith Olberman.

  14. Bob says

    Does anyone know why she kept her daughter home from school for 4-5 months concurrent to the 4-5 months prior to the birth of Tryg? Does her daughter really look pregnant now or does she look like she is still fat after having given birth? Is there a way to get a look at the birth certificate for Tryg?

  15. Denise Breslin says

    If Sarah Palin were a “he” instead of a “she” this idiotic nomination would NEVER EVER have occurred — can you say reverse sexism.

    Haven’t we had enough? 8 years of Bush the mean spirited, illiterate mispronouncer — now we face the prospect of this unprincipled, brash, insensitive, loutish creature as VP of the United States. NOOOO!

    What is wrong with America???

  16. Open says

    Thank you for your courage, God bless you.

    A blogger wrote a couple of days ago that Sarah Palin reminds them of a girl you find in an office: little skill to speak of,lazy, mouthy, rude, bitchy,gossipy, vindicative, argumentative and a bully who is then handed the top because she is sleeping with the boss.

    Some of those adjectives I have added, but you get the picture.

    Anne you need to make sure for the sake of this country that the mainstream media get to know what this low life of a woman is…she is a disgrace to hard working woman everywhere

  17. says

    Thank you for your courageous letter, Anne. I am sure, if your name was heard on NPR, the mainstream media has also read it and used it as a kickoff for doing more research on this potentially dangerous woman. Dangerous because she could well become President without actually doing almost anything to earn it (contrast this with the brave professional and heartfelt campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama). Read Margaret Attwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a fictional glimpse of what America would become under a Palin evangelical-based government. In the LA Times this morning, Saturday, September 6, columnist Meghan Daum talked about a good insurance agent friend of hers who, by her own admission, is an evangelical “as far right in the Christian right as you can go,” who when Meghan asked if the woman was afraid if Palin were to inherit the Presidency replied, “it would concern me, but less than if Obama were president.”

    It’s hard to understand the disconnect between these “true believers” and ordinary, rational people who surely will realize this decision of me me me mine McCain is one of the most dishonest, cynical and profoundly irresponsible decisions any of us have surely ever witnessed

  18. margaret daniello says

    I’ve been watching for my comments to be printed, but alas, they’re not. the writer sounds so logical, and her depiction of Mr. Palin is so typical of people we all have met in the academic, corporate, and political arenas. It really was a duty for her to write what she did. But what will happen will be much like what happened to Anita Hill. Only in her case, she didn’t come forward, she just told the truth to the questions asked of her. Anne Kilkenny warned us, and it’s up to us to vote against this ticket, McCain/Palin.

  19. Barbara Learmonth says

    As a long-time Alaska state employee, I know that much of what Anne says about Palin is true, and I find the rest credible. I would add that salaries for rank and file state employees in Alaska are so low that many workers rely on 2nd jobs and/or federally funded assistance (food stamps, Medicaid, public housing) to support their families. My friend quit the state after 14 years and went to work for WalMart because they pay her better and treat her better. Staff morale is disintegrating. Many state jobs go unfilled for months or years because of poor pay. Some retirees are hired back into their old positions because the state cannot attract qualified younger candidates. But this spring, despite huge state surpluses due to rising oil prices, Palin opposed efforts to bring state salaries in line with cost of living increases.

  20. Tony gaetano says

    Another thanks for a straightforward, dispassionate account of living with Sarah Palin in Wasilla. What is striking is how there is a common thread among the people adored by the right-wing: the desire to hate an enemy, smear them with contempt, and eviscerate them. Thus all the glee and satisfaction with the line-up of speakers at their convention who reveled in throwing raw meat out on the floor (and all the references to butchering).

    Thank God, my daughter is not known as the “barracuda.” She’d rather be a veterinarian than VP.

  21. Pearl Rapley Lawrence says

    Thank you Anne for telling me all that I thought I knew about this woman just from gut instinct. The McCain people are still hiding a lot because they are so defensive about her. I find it horrible that she parades her pregnant daughter in front of the public and for her benefit (to make her anti-abortion stand). Sarah Palin is what we need to make everyone work harder to get Obama/Biden elected.

  22. denise says

    Anne: Thank you for stating the truth. It’s a shame people in Alaska are intimidated by this woman or worse yet agree with her extremist and vengeful ways. How she rationalizes being “Christian” is beyond me. I pray McCain and Palin lose the election – otherwise our nation is doomed.

  23. gigiismi says

    Great to hear a clear voice on Palin. It is easy to be swayed by the statements Palin puts out but the record speaks for itself!
    Anyone who thinks she has the capacity to run the country or to even understand the issues to begin with is sadly mistaken.
    Worst of all, and many don’t want to think this way, is that there is a very strong possibility she could be taking the President’s seat within four years.
    It is dangerous for us to consider this ticket as the best choice for our country.

  24. Francie says

    Thank goodness someone has spoken up and told us about Palin. I think having one liar in the White House has been enough, and we don’t need another. Besides, I don’t want a woman who has so little respect for animals to lead our country.

  25. Westron Scruggs says

    I don’t get where the idea of this Palin beast being attractive came from.

    I mean come on!

    She is so incredibly ugly.

    Looks like a suburban soccer Mom.

    Ugh.

    Well, I suppose the people pushing this opinion are the SAME people who voted in Bush.

    And we all know what excellent taste they have.

    BTW – I am neither Democrat or Republican – both parties suck.

  26. Catherine says

    Anne, you need to get other people to go on the record or this won’t be believed. You and others should also confirm (if you know the truth about this)whether Sarah Palin is a racist as another article is suggesting without any real verification, which will only backfire if it is put out there and turns out to be false.

    If the people who have dealt with her don’t speak up I think she will be able to win over many voters.

  27. ann lockeley says

    Thanks for telling the world who sarah palin is. It sounds like John McCain is in for a shock! God bless you and watch your back!

  28. ann lockeley says

    Thanks for telling the world who sarah palin is. It sounds like Tom McCain is in for a shock! God bless you and watch your back!

  29. John Crandell says

    All of the Jan Lloyd’s of the world: so ready to be commander of the local concentration camp, on day one, and make Roo Burgers.

  30. Jan Lloyd says

    Denise Breslin.
    Sorry to disappoint, but I have made no errors at all. What I have discovered however, is that the writer of the character assassination on Sarah Palin(Anne Kilkenny) is actually a paid up member of the Democrats. That informations is most illuminating, don’t you agree? I suggest also, that this blog is a predominantly leftist one, but do feel free to correct me if I happen to be mistaken.
    As for your ‘teensy intellect’ barb, read on.
    I’ll give you a 139 (IQ) and perhaps you can raise me?
    BTW – there’s a name for you, but I am too well-mannered to use it.
    On second thought, I feel that your ultimate sentence will suffice – thanks very much for your self-assessment dearie.
    Do have a nice day

    • Linda C says

      Jan -

      Regarding your comment that the writer of this article is a paid-up Democrat…

      I don’t know what things are like in Australia, but here we don’t have to pay to belong to a political party, nor are we obligated to vote along party lines. I’m a Democrat, but if I thought a Republican was a better candidate than the Democrat, I’d have no problem voting for that one.

      I, for one, appreciate the take of someone with direct experience of this candidate to add to what we know about her.

      Of course she has a bias, everyone does.

      If you have direct experience of your own that contradicts the author’s, I’d love to hear it.

      If you don’t, then please remember that your comments are filtered by opinions from far, far away, and further filtered by whatever slanted media you read Down Under. If you have some real information to add, please do so.

  31. pat says

    Anne,
    Congratulations on an extremely well-written and informative article. You’ve done us a huge favor making this public and available. All the best to you.

  32. Denise Breslin says

    Jan Lloyd — No my dear you have it backward — you were a laughing stock with that red faced right wing nut, Howard. And there must be a rock somewhere in the outback with your home address on it. You obviously are not part of civilized society. There must be some medical term for what ails you other than stupidity, vindictiveness and a teensy intellect.

  33. Denise Breslin says

    Thank you so very very much Anne. Gut instinct told me much the same story that you have outlined so marvelously here. I will say a few nondenominatinal prayers for you and I hope that she will not dare to act against you either directly or indirectly.

    I want a President and Veep who are competent and honest, who have the future in mind — OUR future not theirs.

    Anne, you did a great great job with this and I am in awe of your even handedness and courage. What is wrong with our country — it seems that hate sells and common sense is very uncommon.

    denise

  34. annieR says

    I took one good look at Sarah Palin and my stomach sank. What I saw was naked ambition, coldness, and vindictiveness. The sarcasm, which she so openly relished, in her acceptance speech was chilling to me because it was on the meanness level of girls I knew in high school who would have scratched competitors’ eyes out to become a cheerleader. John McCain should watch his back.

  35. Jan Lloyd says

    There’s nothing more bitchy or vindictive than a jealous woman, and this one sure is jealous of Sarah Palin.
    I wish we had a woman of her ilk in Australian politics.
    Instead, we have a redheaded, vindictive harridan with years of communist membership in her past, who is now 2 I.C. in our totally inept government. After almost 12 years of good leadership, fiscal competence and great prosperity under the Coalition government and its leader John Winston Howard, we now have an “empty vessel’ egomaniac named Kevin Rudd strutting the world stage and making Australia a bloody laughing stock around the world.
    You folk should consider yourselves lucky to have the McCain/Palin team; otherwise you too will have a clown like Rudd in the top job. There is no substance to Barack Obama – he’s just a flim flam man.

    • terri says

      Don’t give up hope Jan Lloyd, when Barack Obama & Joe Biden win in November, Maybe Sarah Palin will move to Australia, But you know what they say, be carefull what you wish for, It sounds like Sara Palin has the same ambition as your new leader!

  36. Madalyn says

    Anne, I respect your integrity and courage to write this and make non-Alaskan residents aware of some of Sarah Palin’s flaws. (Although none of what you have written is a surprise.)
    I am extremely disenchanted by her and continue to be so with each passing day. I honor the idea of a woman President or V.P. but so deeply feel that she is not THE woman to represent us at this time. I would have a lot of respect for this woman as a future candidate, if at this time, she would have declined the nomination because of family obligations. She comes across (to me) as an EXTREMELY selfish person.

  37. Greggory Gannon says

    I heard your name on NPR…let’s hope your excellent letter makes it to the major networks for distribution. Thanks for your work in your state and community, you set a great example. Your comments on being a person that Palin cannot “get to” because you don’t have a private or state job were very sad. I would have expected to hear such comments in a story by Solzhenitsyn…but I guess Alaska is close to the Gulag!

  38. Steve Gray says

    Anne,

    Thank you very much; Sarah Palin is a scary choice for VP. Hopefully increasing numbers of voters will look beyond the hype to see what kind of leader Palin would be.

  39. Allyn Spence says

    I am from Arizona and I became very concerned with my lack of information about Sarah Palin. Thank you so much for informing me. I have heard from friends in Alaska who have told me some of what you have written herein. Thank you so much.

  40. Steve B says

    Thank you for taking the time to share an inside view… One we may never get any other way. There are too many quirky aspects to Sarah’s story to trust her at the level of national leadership.

  41. Linda Gibson says

    I hope every voter in America read this! Bravo, Anne! It’s about time they found out exactly what kind of evil wench this woman is. The stakes are high.

  42. tracy perez says

    Thank you for your honesty. As a” yellow dog democrat”, your comments have in no way influenced my future vote in November, but my visceral response has been, sadly confirmed by your information. I hope, along with Ms. Whitmer, that the negative repercussions are minimal and I add my thanks. As an educator, all I needed to hear was about the city librarian….. Many thanks form Texas.

  43. Othello Bach says

    Thank you, Anne. I hope others have the good sense and courage to step forward with this kind of information. Prior to reading this, I’ve seen no information written by those who actually know and have interacted with Sarah Palin. All I hear are the approved statements of the RNC. Obviously, they can keep secrets. Again, many thanks.
    Othello Bach

  44. R. J. Fields says

    Anne,

    Thanks for the courage it took to give us these (not unexpected) insights into Palin. To anyone with any degree of skepticism or the ability to listen and think critically and analytically, it was obvious that this woman is unjustifiably self-assured, prone to self-serving exaggeration, half-thruths and vindictiveness, even viciously so. There is a very clear and real difference between being creative, innovative, and steadfastly open-minded, which she is not, and being petty, manipulative and sarcastic, which she is. It is now clear to the rest of us that her past actions betray the facade she would now have us believe. Simply put, she is not VP material. Thanks, Anne. No thanks, Sarah.

  45. Steve says

    Thank you. It comfirmed my vote for Obama and Biden. If she calls herself, “Hockey mom”, then I tell her to stay home and be that and don’t ruin this country.

  46. Lori in Texas says

    Thank you Anne for your insight! It is greatly appreciated. I agree that it took a great amount of courage to write this. This insightful information will allow the citizens of this country to make an informed decision. Thanks again. We should all be eternally grateful.

    • Pat Grassick says

      Thank you for speaking up. I am a former federal employee who, with 21 years of service, was fired by US Attorney Robert Corrente in Providence, RI because I have a disability. I’m tired of this government thinking they have an “inherent” right to violate the law and ignore regulations and getting away with it. I respect change, but this administration needs to go about it the old fashioned way — legally. But, that’s something they’re not familiar with. Hope this was emailed to Joe Biden. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke”

  47. Alison Galway says

    Thank you for your comments. They are thoughtful and detailed and don’t include mindless wails like the above comments by danielle (no last name?) and dennis (also no last name and probably related by IQ if not by actual identical DNA).
    I am astonished by the ability of the Sarah Palins and Karl Roves of the world (this country, mostly) to get media coverage (with odor of factual basis) of lies and misleading statements as if they were true, while smearing characters and reputations, if not actually doing harm to, of people who try to be good citizens and contribute to a community.
    I believe they think everyone else is as ruthless and immune to guilt as they are. Or maybe they know no one is ….
    This country has a lot to lose if the economic thugs win again. Nice guy or not, McCain will be as ineffective as Bush.
    Citizens – Please use the 4 lb organ in your skull that God gave you!

  48. Lori in Texas says

    Thank you Anne for your insight!!! It is greatly appreciated. I agree that it took a great amount of courage to write this. This insightful information will allow the citizens of this country to make an informed decision. Thanks again. We should all be eternally grateful.

  49. Mary Smith says

    You are true patriot Ann! When people do not speak up, something bad usually happens.
    Let’s hope less people are interested in watching a train wreck a la soap opera VP who could too easily be our President!
    Thank you for sharing your insight now and for standing up for your Liberian, too! When people try to hide knowledge and information with loud bullt talk, they are usually hiding who they really are.
    I would hope that most of the people in your town are smart enough to see thru all the loudness and realize that the jewel of that town is YOU!
    THANK YOU!

    • Nancy says

      Librarian. Please don’t allow your message to be criticized because you can’t spell. LIBRARIAN

  50. Ginny says

    Whether you agree with Anne or not (I do), it took courage to write this letter. Best wishes to Anne. If Sarah comes after you, be sure to let the world know so we can help you out!

  51. Frank says

    Re: Comment by Monica Whitmer

    Thank You Anne
    It took courage to write make this up…

    There, I fixed it for you.

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    Global warming doesn’t kill polar bears, Sarah Palin does! With her bare hands!

    • Mike Xenbaba says

      Unfortuntely, as evidenced by Frank, the Sarah Palin Rock Star aura will prevent the right wing and fundies from believing any truthful accounts of the life of Ms. Palin. It’s still early; give it another month and many people will see how unfit she is for national office. If not, and they are elected, be prepared for four more years of war (including Iran), more failed foreign policy, more failed domestic policy, and more record deficits. Their claim of change is absurd – it’s their own party in the White House now.

  52. Monica Whitmer says

    Thank You Anne
    It took courage to write this up, and I appreciate having first hand information. I hope the reprecussions are minimal, and the thanks many.

    • Nancy C-NYState says

      Ditto Monica Whitmer’s comment. Thank you, Anne, also for writing in such a clear manner. You didn’t rant, but stated your opinions and experiences. I do hope for you, as stated above, that the “thanks” are many!

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