Who is Sarah Palin?

It’s the question nearly all of America has been asking since Friday morning, when U.S. Sen. John McCain announced our governor would be his vice presidential running mate on the Republican ticket in November’s general election.

Google searches for “Sarah Palin,” “Palin” and even “Palin Vogue magazine” have exploded as the nation clamors for information on a relative political newcomer suddenly poised to possibly be second in line to be president of the United States.

Who is Sarah Palin?

For most in the Lower 48, they know what McCain and Palin herself told them during her acceptance speech from a rally in Dayton, Ohio. She’s a mother of five, a self-proclaimed “hockey mom” and her oldest son is less than a year removed from enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces and days away from a deployment to Iraq.

This is the Sarah Palin the nation knows today and it is exciting to realize the rest of the United States will get to know the Sarah Palin the Mat-Su Valley has known for her lifetime. Politically, she’s tough on corruption and isn’t afraid of alienating those in her own party if she believes doing so is the right thing to do. We also know her — then as Sarah Heath — as a Wasilla High School student and standout player on the school’s 1982 state championship basketball team. We know her as a fresh, eager reporter covering sports for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman after graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in communications/journalism.

We know her as a former Wasilla city councilwoman and mayor. And, of course, for the past 20 months, we’ve known her as a governor tough enough to successfully take on the Last Frontier’s good old boy network.

It’s not hyperbole to say the naming of Governor Palin to the vice presidential slot on the 2008 GOP ticket was an epic event for the Mat-Su Valley.

Friday morning’s announcement stunned everyone, but here in Alaska, and particularly in the Valley, the stunned silence was quickly followed by, as Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell put it, a whoop of excitement.

And whether you are backing the newly revitalized GOP ticket of McCain-Palin, or not to be swayed by having Alaska’s female top executive “a heartbeat from the presidency,” the Palin pick is giving Alaska a positive spotlight like nothing else could.

It hasn’t been a good year or so for politics in Alaska. Convictions, allegations, investigations, scandals and indictments — from the former governor’s office, to some in our congressional delegation, to seated and former state legislators — the list of those tainted by scandal is not only long, but represents some of the mighty in Alaska politics. On a news report on Friday, one analyst called Alaska’s scandals “worse than Washington’s [D.C.].”

With the spotlight on Palin, who has a reputation as a fighter and a reformer, the spin on Alaska has gone from the “bridge to nowhere” to the road to the future.

Not only could Alaska’s reputation see some redemption, the state, the Mat-Su Valley and Wasilla in particular has become the center of the political universe — if for a moment. As media worldwide try to answer the question “Who is Sarah Palin?,” their readers, viewers and listeners will learn some of those well-kept secrets about the 49th state. There are no igloos. We don’t call our Indigenous Peoples by the generic “Eskimos” anymore. Alaska is not a small island off the coast of California, just north of Hawaii.

Anyone who has lived here for any time knows that as silly as those sound, you’re liable to run into someone who doesn’t know those truths. Truth and transparency have been bywords for Palin. As she enters the national arena where she’ll be tugged and tormented, vilified and denigrated, we hope she sticks to her guns — metaphorically and literally.

Because no matter the politics, for Wasilla, Alaska, to send its commercial-fishing, gun-toting, hockey-mom former mayor toward the White House, that’s history. And we’re proud of it.

(124) comments

nevaco
nevaco

There was a movie, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Alison." Meaning that He was aware of sin . And He still is. Oh, yes---Heaven knows, Mrs. Palin..

anonymous
anonymous

She loves the media spotlight.The only trouble is,once she's got it,she has nothing to say!

anonymous
anonymous

Just a comment for all of the ignorance of the world that makes common intelligent people fail to see what is in front of them in clear sight, that continue to let ignorance instead of reality run their common sense, McCain and palin are a far sight better with their thoughts, minds and hearts in favor of the american people what you have to worry about is a Muslim running our country if you care to look at all of the facts instead of coming to all of your false facted information that you think that you posess.

anonymous
anonymous

I have never felt there was anyone so inappropriate to run for VP! Despite her degree in Communications, she sounds more like a country hick than a state govenor. I say, I "Shame, shame, shame" to all the people, from her home state and the Republican party, who think that this woman is ready to represent the U.S. in these tough economic and international times.

anonymous
anonymous

I'm sure Palin is an excellent mother, then thats what she needs to continue doing! The media is just doing their job, the facts that are put out there are just that. Everyone has the right to know who she is and what she is about.She is not ready for VP thats for sure. She may have done a few good things in Alaska but not enough to convince people that she is ready to run the country if she had to.

anonymous
anonymous

If you want the war to continue, higher tax's for the middle class, future Social Security in jeopardy, have our tax money pay for foreign students attend US college and forget about helping our own students with high cost of college, and the list goes on. Then vote Republican , before you head for the polls, please do your homework and don't vote just because a women is on the ticket.

anonymous
anonymous

Palin was just here in Florida and I'm glad that I was in Daytona to see Obama ! I feel sorry for her kids, regardless that she has a supportive husband, children need their mothers, especially young girls.I'm sure she is a wonderful, caring person but by no means is she ready to be a VP. McCain needed a boost for Republican votes, so he picked a women. Guess age is catching up !

anonymous
anonymous

My,My...all those comments of fear coming from those liberal commie pinkos. They will all be the first to cry out in pain when Obama and his cronies drive this this beautiful country of ours into depths of despair.

anonymous
anonymous

What a difference a week makes...A week ago I was writing snarky comments, full of fear that Palin might push McCain to victory. Today I am confident that you will get to keep your Sarah and that she will be disgraced and all those people that know her will be spilling the beans. Amarica will find out more than it wants to know about your Sarah and that river of lies she spewed. It will be very amusing because she brought it on herself.To bad she ruined Alaska for me

anonymous
anonymous

I am looking at this from a distance ( The Netherlands ) and I see a nice lady. But when she opens her mouth you notice that she is an awful person. She is totally BAD

anonymous
anonymous

It's nice to know that while Palin was going for her beauty talent phase that Barack was actually working to make things better for the communities around him. It is nice to know that Palin has a degree from the Univ. of Idaho in journalism while Barack only has degrees from Columbian University and Harvard Law School. It is nice to know she had Executive Leadership for a town of 9,000 and less than two years in a State which has less people than most of the major US cities. Please, Paris is more qualified, McCain.

anonymous
anonymous

To the people of Wasilla...I know your town must be turned upside down now but hang in there. Please try to ignore the awful comments posted here, it's nothing more than Obama's people doing their job. I know most of you will not be happy about losing Sarah as your Governor but I sure will be happy to gain her as our VP. I think she is fantastic and your State should be very proud of her.

anonymous
anonymous

God is no longer in control - Sarah took control away from him years ago and we're getting ready to feel her wrath - be afraid - be very afraid

anonymous
anonymous

After reading the national news and just a few local articles about Sarah Palin, it seems to me she'll fit right in with the bullying good ol' boy system the now sits in Washington. As a registered non-partisan voter, I'm going to have to go with Obama, because it really scares me to have someone like her as a sitting president, which is a very real possibility given John McCain's health. I mean really...she would consider war with Russia?!

anonymous
anonymous

are you anti Sarah folks so afraid of change. Thought that's what you were looking for. Someone not tainted already. Don't let your fear and rudeness grow the closer the vote gets. Good character will prevail in the end.Why do you comment in the paper here? John and Sarah are busy, out capturing the hearts of America. Open your mind, there is so much for you to learn grasshopper.

anonymous
anonymous

Alaska is a state that relies on oil and federal spending to maintain its infrastructure. It is in no way like the rest of America and although I am not trying to diss Alaska, I believe she should spend some time in Washington as a senator or something before she becomes a step away from being leader of the free world. And judging McCain's age, this is very possible. Your politics are very different from ours. Our newspapers don't rant about the liberal media, and it's only liberal because WE ARE LIBERAL COMPARED TO YOU.

anonymous
anonymous

Please, Wasilla. We don't need her. Keep her. We're sure there are more books to ban, and more Wasillans who need jobs in the governor's office... besides, you wouldn't like Washington, we get no snow, and you can't hunt anything. Keep her around...give her a tiara...make her Governor for life...anything to keep her from coming to Washington, puhlease!

anonymous
anonymous

Oddly enough, I know Anne. Not well, not as well as my wife, who is int he PTA with her and has worked on Association activities with her.All I will say, in her infamous letter she slams Sarah Palin for the sales tax, yet MatSu Borough Assembly minutes show she also supported a borough-wide sales tax ? I would love to see the contents of the emails she barrages the assembly with for that matter, but she doesn't post those nationally.

anonymous
anonymous

To send your hockey-mon, commercial fishing, gun toting, mayor to Washington DC, and say that she is qualified to be Vice President (and possibly President) because of her executive experince is like saying the manager of the local Dunkin Dounuts shop is qualified to CEO of General Electric. This whole thing is a bad joke. She has a marginal education, and comes from a state that signifcantly out of touch with the rest of America. The issues of the lower 48 are quite different than life on the frontier. She should stay where she belongs.

anonymous
anonymous

If you want to get an inside into why Lyda Green and Hollis French are attacking Sarah Palin; check out www.palinfightscorruption.com

anonymous
anonymous

palin is out of touch with the rest of the country when she says there shouldnt be a ban on semi auto guns because of where she lives and what they use the guns for. maybe if she lived in places in NY or LA and those guns were routinly being used in her neighborhood to mow people of all ages down she may look at it a little different.

anonymous
anonymous

I just want to let Alaskans know that Sarah Palin is presenting a really wonderful vision of Alaska. I never thought seriously about visiting it but now that I've heard about it through her loving words, it sounds like Heaven on earth.

anonymous
anonymous

palins thing is starting to unravel, she made a great splash but now the facts are coming out. there will allways be those who will still want some palin glasses and go with the fad. im thinking even her biggest supporters are becoming concerned. she keeps embelishing the truth and her credibility is heading for a landslide into the tank. the more she gets in front of the camera the higher obamas ratings will get.

anonymous
anonymous

To B Close: You evidently don't know Anne Kilkenny any better than you know Sarah Palin. Perhaps you should do some of your own research on her before taking her word as gospel on the subject of Sarah Palin. She has not only been an open and vocal critic of Sarah Palin, she has been an open and vocal critic of EVERY administration. Toss in the sour grapes she surely tastes because she was soundly defeated in our own attempt to run for a city office, makes her a less than credible source of information.

anonymous
anonymous

Whoever wrote "We Know Sarah Palin" evidently doesn't know her as well as Anne Kilkenny does. If you haven't done so yet, I urge you to read Anne's "Note to all". Just google Anne's name and you can read what she wrote.

anonymous
anonymous

If people don't want family questions they shouldn't issue publicity releases about a 17yr old's pregnancy status/and parade the entire family out at every event. Sarah can be charming but she is no way qualified for the position of VP.Will someone please talk about the issues like- our over eagerness for war/talk about how this is the worst economic times since the 30's great depression and it may get worse-banks are failing/institutions are failing/ i can't put enough money into my 401 k to balance the amount im losing each quarter-/ food costs are rising as high as25%

anonymous
anonymous

What is wrong with some of you people in Alaska? Sarah Palin is an excellentchoice for VP. I have read both the pros and cons, I can say she represents not only your beautiful state, but she is certainly more qualified to be VP, than Obama being our President, with his 142 days as a Senator. I will certainly vote republican now that she is on the GOP ticket. GO SARAHShe has our SOUTHERN VOTES MCCAIN/PALIN AWESOME

anonymous
anonymous

"There are ISSUES out there that the public has interests in." Yes, I wish Palin would speak about them rather than simply read from the same script over and over again. When will she? When will John give her permission to speak?

anonymous
anonymous

Sarah Palin spoke about 'small town values' and reading the posts from small town citizens is pretty frightening. There seems to be little appreciation for differing opinions and a lack of respect for others. I found the same attitudes and beliefs while living in Idaho. I also found a greater amount of teenage pregnancies and divorce in Idaho then in my home state of New Jersey. After reading the majority of these posts, I'm scared for our country. Your governor seems to share your negative views of differences and suburbia/urban US.

anonymous
anonymous

Alaska Trade & Tourism Development offices were established in overseas cities for more than 25 years to promote exports and tourism, at considerable expense to Alaskan taxpayers. Simultaneously, cultural Sister City(3)/State(3 links between Alaska and overseas communities were forged by a formal exchange of protocol,including Wasilla & Mirniy,Russia. Unlike her predecessors who tookactive roles and added clout to trademission teams & exchanges of Alaskan municipal leaders and local businessmen, Gov. Palin's leadership priorities were obviously elswhere....moose-hunting, snowmobile racing, PTA meetings andfishing, Without a passport,limitedextent of her global reach is obvious to American voters!

anonymous
anonymous

No one says anything about Obama bringing his wife along while campaigning. What is the matter with Sarah and Todd sharing their family with the American people? We thought that you wanted to know "who is Sarah Palin?" They are proud of their family and want you to know them. You should always be proud of your family.By the way! There are ISSUES out there that the public has interests in. Not just gossip for the beauty parlor.

anonymous
anonymous

A career is good for all women and if someone chooses to juggle family and running the country, so fine. So what?However, what I find annoying is Sarah, toting around her family, and bringing the baby around on her politicial stops to drum up voters. Come on, it's true. She's playing the sympathy card and appealing the needs to women voters. I'm a woman, and I have a busy career, but I don't drag my five month old baby around my politically stomping grounds.Saftey comes first.

anonymous
anonymous

Choice is up to a woman and God. Palin made a choice to keep her down syndrome baby, and bring it to full term. That was her that's call freedom of choice. The goverment didn't get involved, neither should the goverment get involved with a woman's ovaries.If this e-mail doesn't get published, than I know this alaskan newspaper is against freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. Is basically against the Constitution of America.

anonymous
anonymous

Native America wrote on Sep 7, 2008 2:39 PM:" PAILIN'S GOTTEM WAILIN' What are you referring to? Palins gottem wailin?Are you referring to the cries of the wolves she hunts down and shoots from a plane? The motherless cubs that are shot in the dens?Is it the name of a song about how she has repeatedly ignored the cries and outrage of so many Alaskans to end this?

anonymous
anonymous

Yep, the CLOSET'S SKELETONS are really rattling, telling on their owners.Just a few rattles: "Palin is in no way qualified to be VP; She is a bottom feeding Carp; Like shooting fish in a barrel...; Have you know (sic) shame; JUDGEMENT WE CAN COUNT ON? HARDLY!; He's using her to get votes; She is a traitor; Family values my arse."Hugo Chavez, whom some of you have embraced, could not have uttered any worse epithets. It does not matter one whit. Mrs. Palin will be our next VP.

anonymous
anonymous

What a sad town and state your comments reflect.

anonymous
anonymous

The frontiersman staff has lost it....I mean completely! I used to enjoy reading these posts however Ive seen many of them recently that are way over the top. Most are filled with "I know everything about everybody and heres the facts" which is garbage.... Or even worse containing harmful, racist, sexist or some kind of ignorant prejiduce or even anonomously threatening commments. I ask you...the EDITOR...What does this mean? "Your thoughtful contribution to the online discussion is appreciated." OH REALLY?!Why bother "reviewing" comments? You are only promoting tabloid style journalism here...

anonymous
anonymous

Palin is in no way qualified to be VP. I am shocked at how ignorant about the state of our country some of you are. What are the real issues here? Palin gave us no info on her positions in terms of the economy, healthcare or how she would deal with foreign affairs. I am Republican and pro life, but I do believe women have the freedom of choice. My religious beliefs are mine alone and I do not think the government should have a say. What happened to separation of church andstate?

anonymous
anonymous

PAILIN'S GOTTEM WAILIN'God Bless Wasilla

anonymous
anonymous

John wrote on Sep 1, 2008 10:45 PM: "Boy the left-tards are really freaked".By "left-tards" I assume you are making a play on the word "retard"? And you are calling people immature cowards? I guess it takes a brave person like you to use a word that insults disabled people. I wonder what Palin, whom you seem to support, would think of the use of the word "retard" considering her child has Down's Syndrome. You are a clueless fool.

anonymous
anonymous

Palin the barracuda? I don't think so. She is a bottom feeding Carp!

anonymous
anonymous

"The pick of Palin to be McCain's running mate sure has stirred a lot of controversy and shown people's true colors when it comes to hatred/scare tactics/ignorance/judgment!" We have a RIGHT to question this persons past and present, it would be IGNORANT not to.My guess is you are 50ish, evangelical, from the south, upper middle income...and YOU my dear, their TARGET audiance. Like shooting fish in a barrel you might say.You want RED MEAT! And they HAVE lots of it, but it's SP-Oil-ED! Tina Fay/ Clint Eastwood 2008

anonymous
anonymous

Who wrote this piece???....The McCain Campaign???? Go ahead Frontiersman...keep lying as McCain/Palin are and you, too, will lose ALL CREDIBILITY. Have you know shame?? All of the "outsiders" who come to this site who already are finding out the TRUTH about Ms. Palin will see right through your BS propoganda. The Frontiersman will turn into the laughingstock of the whole country, just as Palin/McCain are.

anonymous
anonymous

Wow. The pick of Palin to be McCain's running mate sure has stirred a lot of controversy and shown people's true colors when it comes to hatred/scare tactics/ignorance/judgment! I have read a lot of the posts on here, and can see that many people are "scared" because there is actually a woman who stands for something, is articulate, has leadership, and yes,is a mother. I am a McCain/Palin supporter because I am educated on the politicians, care for our country, care for life, and respect two people with backbones who will stand up for the people!

anonymous
anonymous

You may think this is a hard hearted question, but it BEGS to be answered! And no where near as hard as what her actions convey to me!I want to know why ANYONE would think she has their best interest at heart in Wasilla, Alaska (not to mention the ENTIRE NATION) when she KNOWINGLY endangered HER UNBORN CHILDS LIFE by flying halfway across the country after going into labor? Seems to me if she would KNOWINGLY RISK HER OWN CHILDS LIFE, we can kiss ours goodbye!JUDGEMENT WE CAN COUNT ON? HARDLY!!

anonymous
anonymous

Cong to your Governor Sarah.I would like to know what has she done for 'special needs' children in your State being that she has a beautiful special baby boy

anonymous
anonymous

You're 44 years old, eight months pregnant when your water breaks HALFWAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY!! AND IT"S PREMATURE!Do you immediatelyA. Go to the nearest hospital. Taking EVERY PRECAUTION to insure this babies life?OrB. Get on a plane, KNOWING you shouldn't fly, but do it anyway and jeprodize the babies life, not to mention your own?PRO LIFE? This is recklessly endangering life! But is so telling of her "Hey (yuck yuck) look at me everybody, I'm a pitbull. with lipstick" mentallity.Judgement We Can Count On? HARDLY!

anonymous
anonymous

Oh and Sarah, religion does not ever convert gay men and women to straight men and women. Gayness is not a choice....it is both physiological and psychological and it is the way some men and women are born. Go to your church and thump your bible and promote hatred and intolerance of gays, but gay men and women will always be in our lives and are deserving of the same rights, respect and love that everybody else is entitled to.

anonymous
anonymous

Sarah Palin in NO WAY represents me,nor will she ever represent me. I am FOR CHOICE........for all women to do what they choose with the private counsel of their doctors, about an unwanted pregnancy........and for all people to read the books they want. I am a firm believer in SCIENCE...that humans are causing global warming and melting Alaskas glaciers. I DO believe in evolution....as science proves. I don't believe that every American should have the right to bear arms. NO...Sarah Palin does NOT REPRESENT ME!

anonymous
anonymous

"Ladies and gentleman, The President of The United States Of America, President Sarah Palin.."

anonymous
anonymous

I live in NY and my daughter just came back from a trip to your beautiful state and raved about the people and the sites. She also got engaged on a Glacier while there. The conversation here should be about who is most qualified to lead our great country. Governor Palin is not running for President, John McCain is! I disagree with his choice of Palin, and I am a republican. If he needed a woman on his team, there are many more qualified females he could have chosen. He's using her to get votes.

anonymous
anonymous

May I remind you hate-mongering Republicans(who probably voted for Bush both times) that a.) George Bush went to Yale, and b.) George Bush and his cronies(including McCain) got us in the nightmaresituation we ALL find ourselves today.If you don't know when you're being played, I feel very sorry for you. By the way several of you could use a little more education. You must have been out when they taught Grammar. I have an education and 3 kids, none of whom are pregnant or got someone else pregnant.

anonymous
anonymous

I realize many of you who are saying that she should stay at home and take care of the kids are probably putting your kids in day care for 10 hours a day! Liberal Hypocrites!

anonymous
anonymous

Can any of you who know Sarah Palin comment with authority on the current smear alleging that as Mayor she wanted to ban books at the local library? I've been able to find good debunking sources for all the other stuff...still looking for the library information. It sounds ridiculous to me...or at the most completely out of context. Comments?

anonymous
anonymous

Thank you Wasilla, Mat-Su Valley and residents of Alaska for bringing Sarah Palin to the attention of us in the lower 48 states. Without your wisdom at the polls the US would never have had the opportunity to know there is a person somewhere in our 50 states with the heart, soul, and spirit to help rebuild America's dignity and strength in the world. Sarah Palin has renewed my sense of pride in America and an inspiration of excellence to all Americans regardless of political affiliation.

anonymous
anonymous

She is a traitor. Watch her address to Alaska Independence Party which wants independence from USA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

anonymous
anonymous

I agree with, and appreciate, the editorial, "We know Sarah Palin". Yet, I am amazed and disappointed at the numbers of people who will gleefully rip others to shreds for their own perverted pleasure. Make your statements at the ballot boxes. Leave your malicious, hurtful, irrelevant opinions where they belong...in the closet with all of your own skeletons. The civil among us have tired of hearing you cretins vomit every time you think you swallowed something distasteful. Just shut up, and go vote.

anonymous
anonymous

Are you serious about the American middle names comment? If you forgot, America was founded by immigrants (Theres no such thing as an American name)...you know after they killed off all the natives. And if you haven't noticed...America in 2008 is a diverse country. Just admit it...you don't want to vote for Obama because hes black. its okay. If I was afraid to put a half black man in office who had a non-"American" last name I would vote for McCain too.

anonymous
anonymous

First of all I am a democrat from NY.Govenor Palin seems to be a likeable person and competent. I guess all of you critics forget what it was like when you were a teenager in love, which is the most passionate time in a persons life. This should not be the publics business, this is a family matter. Your Governor should be commended on brining a special need child into this world. Her son joined the Army before she was asked to be VP, which shows she instilled honor of country in him. I'm voting for her.

anonymous
anonymous

Wow Sarah Palin has some power..look at all the people squirming over her.... I cant beleive the critics of the Palins...now look at Hilary....she stayed with GOOD OLE BILL, THAT IS ONE WOMEN I WOULD NEVER LOOK UP TOO..WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE WAS THAT...FOR YOUNG WOMEN..OH YEA..STAY WITH YOUR CHEATER... I LOVE ALL THE TALK...EVERYONE THINKS THEY HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS...ATLEAST WITH PALIN YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTING ..THAT OTHER MESS...NO WAY!!! NEVER!!! eeeegads..Rev. Wright...I gring to think about him ...NO BODIES PERFECT PEOPLE!!!

anonymous
anonymous

I am outraged at all of you who sit there all so perfect and bad mouth Sarah like you know her. Well I have known her a long time and she is the most honest and trustable person I know. She loves her family and is an excellent mother. Don't judge her motherhood skills by listening to random media rummers, they don't know her either. She has the ability to juggle both work and family with no harm to the kids. Her extended family is there for her 24-7 with help. Her husband Todd is a devoted a dad.

anonymous
anonymous

Thank goodness her childrens father is around, she has put them on the back burner. What will she do with America if it has a problem like her son! Let someone elese take it as she moves on!GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Alaska is a beautiful, unique state and I am sad that Sarah Palin is making a fool out of its residents and embarrassing us all. We are the laughing stock of the country.

anonymous
anonymous

I'm sure she'll do an excellent job considering all of her vast experience governing a state with a smaller population than my city. She's in WAY over her head. Mark my words, she'll be off the ticket before election day.

anonymous
anonymous

why are people saying " she needs to take care of her kids" her kids will be well taken care of her husband is there for the familly she will still be there u people who think she needs to worry about her kids first need to go tell hookers and strippers and crackhos to do that not the next VP!! GO PALIN!!!! im sick of hearing all the bad things this is whats wrong with america we go straight for the dirt and not the good things she can bring to this countRY

anonymous
anonymous

I don't know much about her but I do like her so far. Can she lead the country if need be? The juries still out. Good luck to her and the GOP.Daniel ......... Toronto, Canada

nevaco
nevaco

Mommy dearest?Confronted with the truth of her unmarried daughter's pregancy and knowing that she was going to have to make it public, Sarah Palin did what any loving mother would do...she used her daughter's plight to shore-up her own political stand on the ANTI-ABORTION issue---and an opportunity to pull in the VOTERS who think as she does. John McCain says he was aware of Palin's 'teenage' daughter's pregancy when he asked Palin to be his running mate. I wouldn't be surprised if it was planned campaign strategy all along.Claudine Willis

anonymous
anonymous

What I don't get is why the media completely ignores the fact that Obama's Mama had a shotgun wedding herself. That's right folks, Obama doesn't want to discuss the pregnancy issue because he is the result of the same type of mischievousness. Just check the date of Obama's birth vs. Obama’s Mama's wedding date. Barack was a full-term baby in just six months. Praise the Lord!RSF, San Dimas, California

anonymous
anonymous

I hear lots of whining from Sarah supporters about how mean the press in the lower 48 is being to their governor. Guys, if she can't take a little criticism from friendly Americans what is going to happen if she has to deal with Putin. She seems a little thin-skinned when confronted about some fibbing. Why did she lie and say she was against the "bridge to nowhere." She campaigned for it. Why isn't she proud of it?

anonymous
anonymous

Palin sealed the deal!!Go Obama!

anonymous
anonymous

This woman needs to be a mother to the infant she just bore and an involved mother in her other children's lives.The job of vice-president involves traveling all over the world and is definately not a family friendly job. What is she thinking?

anonymous
anonymous

I'am Happy For your Mayor and your town...But what I am not happy about is the facts...We are in 2 wars, we have Russia at the front door, Al-Qada at the back door, again in case you missed it, and Iran and North Korea bringing up the rear.So I ask who thought about us (the troops)and her son with this pick?Since you know her maybe you can shed some light on how she will do as COMMANDER IN CHIEF

anonymous
anonymous

Well, well, well. Palin has now taken 4 troopers away from their duties at Palmer to be her family’s own personal bodyguards. Already low on troopers to cover the Mat-Su, now there are even less. Palmer AST (and all of AST for that matter) is understaffed. She gets secret service protection now, and instead uses AST while the rest of the Mat-Su Valley suffers. She used to get AST protection from people who were hired specifically to protect her, but she fired them. Good Job Palin!

anonymous
anonymous

I, and most of my friends have grandchildren from unmarried children. As do some 45% of Alaskans and some 30 something % of the country. Why is the media fostering so much attention on an issue that would seem more likely to be found in a tabloid? Sarah is an incredible woman who has a great as yet unwritten place in history. If McCain is elected, I haven't a doubt that Sarah will be the most productive VP in history. Our loss will be the nation's gain: of her amazing grace, common sense, energy, intelligence, and good judgement.

anonymous
anonymous

Always surprised @ how ignorant people are. We are a tiny state government, there is non smaller. sara was elected to serve us and she has jumped ship, not because of her experience but because of her ego. McCain is just trying to be a footnote in history, and I bet that is all he will be. I would have respected Palin if she realized her lack of knowledge & experience. Being a mayor of a town the sice of most urban high schools, w/a paid administrator, & 19 mo. of gov?

anonymous
anonymous

I know Alaska's indigenous people are not called Eskimos and that there aren't any igloos in Alaska. Do female moose hunters up there know that Catholic women down here have two kids on average and that most american women are Pro Choice? He really thought Hillary supporters would vote for Palin? Seriously? I mean, seriously?

anonymous
anonymous

Wow. What an editorial. Turns out Alaskan journalists are as lousy at the rest of the country. She headed up Stevens' 527 that got into so much trouble. Stevens endorsed her for Governor. She didn't turn down that bridge to nowhere. Our country is at stake, enough of the lies. The director of our local pound is more qualified than she is.

anonymous
anonymous

I am from Texas and have been researching all night your Palin as I had never heard of her before. I just had a baby myself and think she is needed at home at this time in her life. She has many family issues to deal with and her resume does not seem to indicate she has any expereince to deal with the Bin Ladens of the world. I also am concerned with her accepting the VP offer knowing her daughter's situation would get WORLDWIDE attention.

anonymous
anonymous

I was a Hillary supporter and I am totally insulted that McCain would think that an unknown with a resume as thin as mayor of Wasilla and 20 months as governor would get my vote. I will be taking another good, long look at Obama because I have zero faith in McCain after offering this gimmick. Hillary is a true supporter of women and families. What does SP know about universal health care? Does she even support the idea? Basically, yuk.

anonymous
anonymous

its BECUASE OF ALL THIS what makes her a good choice! we need somebody high up that UNDERSTANDS what us normal citizins with normal lives need! she understands what its like living in this world being normal those other people have HAD money there whole lives they dont understand what the people need becuase they have never needed it! GO PALIN!!!

anonymous
anonymous

McCain and Palin have earned the jobs they are being nominated for. And what do you want to bet...they have American middle names. Good ol American families too. My family and friends will be the first in our community to be voting for them. Thank you so much for being there for us. May God Bless the McCain and Palin families for standing tall. Keep the faith!

anonymous
anonymous

Sara is a great example for absentee moms everywhere. Can't kids take care of themselves? And will that shotgun wedding being forced on the daughter be formal, with white shotguns? Palin shows just how out of touch Mccain and the Republican party are for choosing such a hypocrite.

anonymous
anonymous

I'm from Massachusetts. We wanted to see Mitt Romney get this position. But after seeing Sarah nominated as McCain's VP choice, we couldn't be happier. What a wonderful American Girl and Family this is. She would be an excellent VP and if God wills, a wonderful President if that should happen. She has our backing and our vote in this household. And this is a Democratic state. She's wonderful.

anonymous
anonymous

She has a jounalism degree from the University of Idaho. She has five children. The last, a risky pregnancy in her early forties, left her with a Downs Syndrome child. Her teenage daughter is five months pregnant. She has twenty (20) months experience as the governor of Alaska. Her prior experience was as the Mayor of Wasilla, a city of 6,700, and experience as a Wasilla councilwoman. Don't Special Needs Children have special needs? Don't pregnant teenage daughters need maybe a little more counseling and a little more attention?I mean,

anonymous
anonymous

She needs to stay home and take care of that daughter she's obviously been neglecting. She needs to be with her daughter to teach her how to be a good mother. She obviously failed and better take some responsibility. I don't want my daughters looking up to her. What kind of message does that send?

anonymous
anonymous

Reminds me of Dan Quayle.

anonymous
anonymous

I am very proud that Gov. Palin ,a self-made legend, no elite Harvard and Yale Education, and she can be the VP of GOP! This is common good, American story! She is bigger than Sen Hillary!

anonymous
anonymous

I wish the rest of the continent could understand the great opportunity we have to elect Sarah Palin as VP.She is an inspiration to me and millions of other women and men.She makes me want to invest every dollar I have in your great state of Alaska.Michell from Los Angeles, CA

anonymous
anonymous

I sincerely hope those politicians, businesses, and citizens who are profiting from and enjoying Palin's VP nominee status will remember the rest of the who live in the other 49 states. I know it's a thrill for you to have a "native daughter" in the limelight, but do you really believe that she is even remotely capable of fulfilling the huge responsibility of what lies ahead? I think we should all be very afraid. I certainly am.

anonymous
anonymous

In the paper was a picture of the Heath's house with all of the dead amimals on the wall. Why didn't you post that picture? It's the only one from the article you didn't post? Are you embarrassed? Are you a shill for the party in power?

anonymous
anonymous

I live in Indianapolis, a city with apx the population of Alaska. I've been to Alaska twice for several months vacation and saw Wasilla. I can see that you are proud of your local gal. Our Mayor is also a first term republican elected official. He's a nice guy but he's not qualified for VP. In fact a man with palin's resume would not be considered. But that's politics, right? Good luck cleaning up the Republican Corruption in your state, try and keep it from spreading!

anonymous
anonymous

A VP nomination is an honor. I congratulate Gov. Palin. It brings attention to the state and locality - a good thing.Friday, Palin accepted the honor just up the road from me and proudly told the story of saying, no, to Congress on that bridge to nowhere.Turns out she didn't say, no, to the federal money, earlier as Mayor of Wasilla she happily accepted almost $27 million in federal earmarks.It is not unreasonable to question whether her stance on pork barrel spending is real or merely the latest opportunity to promote herself.

anonymous
anonymous

What a nothing-but-net three pointer for McCain. Before Sarah was named, I was confident that Obama was going lose this election probably in a landslide. Now, as he stares at his cooling, soggy waffle, realizing the governor of Alaska is everything he isn't, even Obama has to know it's over. Sarah Palin is the authentic American woman, the real article...smart, principled, georgous, athletic, loving, and tough. Saracuda!!

anonymous
anonymous

Thank God for Alaska and thank God for Sarah Palin. The excitement and relief garnered by this nomination is astounding. Her accomplishments thus far are fantastic and only a person of strong character, integrity, high energy and determination can make this happen. I have no doubt after reviewing her experience and get the job done attitude that she will make a great Vice President.

anonymous
anonymous

Gov. Palin is an inspired choice by John McCain. She also helped further reveal the hate that is in the heart of every leftist when they attacked her daughter and her Down Syndrome child. These people are sick. But, Palin will make a wonderful VP!

anonymous
anonymous

I feel embarrassed being from the lower 48 at the idiots taking cheap shots at Govenor Palin. They are just angry that John McCain out-foxed them and their whole party and taken over the news cycle. No one is talking about the Deocratic convention or the speach by Obama they are talking about Sarah and have resurected Hillary. She has more qualifications to be president than Obama and that is obvious to everyone. They are scared and they don't know what to do so they are lashing out. Pathetic. Sarah...you go girl.

anonymous
anonymous

Hmmm...seems a lot of folks from outside AK, in the "bottom 48" appear to have VERY negative thoughts about our guv. maybe that if they took timeto get a life and do some basic research before running their mean mouths, and judging people they do not know, they MIGHT be able to hold valid opinions. Nah! that would require a bit of humanity they have not yet achieved.We have enuf nay sayers "right here in wasilla city". If yoou don't know what you're talking about why not shut the _--- up! just a thought.

anonymous
anonymous

She makes me a lot prouder to vote Republican.She seems to be an admirable person, her and her family sound like the kind of people I would like as neighbors.I wish her and her family the best and I think she will be good for our country.Hang tough Governor.

anonymous
anonymous

Boy the left-tards are really freaked.McCain picked an ordinary human being, an adult to be his VP. All their arguments are being pushed right back in their faces showing the world what a bunch of immature cowards they really are. A strong woman shows up and they're terrified.

anonymous
anonymous

I am from Alaska and Governor Palin inherited a corruption filled State and has done wonders. Should she be a "stay at home mom" or a "careerist"? Is that what bugs you? She has a supportive husband and they try their best to raise their kids with good values. That's all anyone can do. The governor is a fighter, a capable woman, a quick learner and has handled tough opposition here (yes, corruption does that) but still managed to get things done. Take off the blinders and look around. A community organizer. PLEASE. A blowhard? OR McCain/Palin!

anonymous
anonymous

I can't believe the sexism and hatred in these comments! Daughters of stay-at-home mom's get pregant, too. Governor Palin was a terrific choice for VP. Go McCain/Palin.

anonymous
anonymous

See all the hate! Stop the hate .Vote McCain/Palin in 08

anonymous
anonymous

Love to watch Lefties froth at the mouth...

anonymous
anonymous

The vitriol in some of these comments is breathtaking. They're not constructive criticism. It's laced with hatred of the worst order. And it has been revealed that some anti palin websites have been traced right back to the Obama no smear website. For one person new to the story of Sarah Palin, I know in my gut that she can do it, stand up to Biden in the debates, and make a difference now and in the future.

anonymous
anonymous

I see Obama's getting his money's worth out of his paid staff of trolling dullards up there. I can't imagine how much money his campaign will have wasted come November, though.I'll be having a good, long chuckle in Gov. Palin's honor.

anonymous
anonymous

Gov. Palin and her splendid family are a breadth of fresh air on the national scene. We in "fly-over country" know what ground truth is and what strong family values are. Gov. Palin, Todd and family stand for something uncommon to the mainstream media and Democratic party. They think that someone who believes in the worth of every life and love of country and service are alien. They are not, they are bedrock American values.

anonymous
anonymous

Governor Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined. She is more qualifed than Obama and she is only running for Vice-President. Being pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-drilling demonstrate her support of liberty and opportunity. She is a true American patriot.

anonymous
anonymous

No Joan I don't remember. Reagan was never diagnosed as having Alzheimer's during his presidency.

anonymous
anonymous

we're happy to meet her and hope to meet some of y'all at the inauguration.

anonymous
anonymous

Mc Cain and The RNC, think we as woman are dummies, they are attempting to throw this woman at us, she is no Hillary. How can she run this country when, she can`t run her own household and another thing she has 5 child one is mentally retarded, why is`nt she taking care of her children no wander her teenage daughter is pregnant. Her daughter apparently have been left at home without parental supervison. I am a parent and I would never leave my teenage children home.Gov Palin is under investigation for using her powers inappropriately. Wake Up America

anonymous
anonymous

HOW PATHETIC IS MCCAIN. I THINK HE MIGHT BE STARTING TO GET ALZHEIMERS. IF YOU REMEMBER REAGAN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH IT DURING HIS PRESIDENCY

anonymous
anonymous

Family values my arse. She should be tending to her children, not trying to drill for oil in our national wildlife preserves. One daughter pregnant and one 4 -month old with Down syndrome, she wants to go to Washington, and make abortion illegal, and AK-47's. Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy?

anonymous
anonymous

Please, no matter how proud your state is of Mrs. Palin, think for a moment she represents American women. This is quite far from the truth. I don't know much about her but as I'm learning I'm very nervous. OK so she's against abortion, is gun toting but yet hates war, has been on the side of shooting wolves from airplanes, has a pregnant daughter (who's child can grow up with her youngest in fact) and this is the best female rold model the GOP can fill the ticket with??? Can you say "trophy" veep to match the "trophy" wife???

anonymous
anonymous

Sarah Palin is obviously a favorite daughter of Wasilla, but the editorial neglects to mention the major problem with her selection as vice president -- her utter lack of RELEVANT experience to be president.That's right, president, because RELEVANT experience to be president should be the No. 1 qualification for a nominee choosing a vice president.It was for Obama, but clearly wasn't for McCain -- Palin's gender and far-right political views were enough for him.

anonymous
anonymous

I think Sarah should stay home and take care of the kids she has. A Downs child needs constant care. I've know lots of families with Downs children and they would never think of running for anything. They choose to keep them and take care of them. A teen age pregnancy means someone was not 'minding the store'.At least Hillary's daughter is a tribute to her mother.

anonymous
anonymous

No.. Thank you,Her policies on Wildlife, Oil & The enviornment are horrible.She won't get far.Shooting Wolves from Airplanes?There was a reason that was illegal..IT'S WRONG

anonymous
anonymous

One quick clarification about Sen. mcCain's VP pick of Sarah Palin: Her teenage daughter being 5-month pregnant: Isn't the individual responsible should be charged with statutory rape? There have been several instances when immigrants to the USA have been charged with statutory rape when the families married their off under age daughters following their customs.

anonymous
anonymous

looks to me like she should have been paying more attention to her daughter than playng in politics.

anonymous
anonymous

Sarah Palin is a woman of great strength and good character, a woman like the Great American Women in our history books. Pioneer women who fought for justice and equality to help keep the freedom won by our men who are still fighting and dying in wars. As the Vice President she will represent women who hate war and she will bring the female need for peace, harmony, and comfort while having the strength to fight when necessary to defend our way of life. A strong man and a strong woman will make a strong America!

anonymous
anonymous

You hope and pray they prevail??? Good Grief... You should hope and pray for whoever wins to be given guidance...These arent fishing license renewals and iditarod races we will be facing. N. Korea, Iran, Global Warming these types of things are serious issues that should make you nervous...

anonymous
anonymous

Don't worry she will Obama

anonymous
anonymous

until she's indicted....

anonymous
anonymous

Flip thew ticket to Palin/McFormalighyde and Im down, I think. I've took a objective look at this person and she is the better of them all. I like her stance on reform and the fact she seems to get it done. Strong on unions and family values that are action and not talk. I respect that. Time will tell if she stands or folds.

anonymous
anonymous

I am so proud to say that I am from alaska because we now have this awesome woman representing not only alaska, but republicans and women. I hope and Pray that the McCain-Palin Campaign prevails.......*woooohoo!*

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