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Posted by PrestoPundit on 08/29/2008
From Palin’s Wikipedia entry:
Details of Palin’s personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane. Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.
Palin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho
where she also minored in politics. She briefly worked as a sports
reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as
a commercial fisherman with her husband, Todd, her high school sweetheart.
One summer when she was working on Todd’s fishing boat, the boat
collided with a tender while she was holding onto the railing; Palin
broke several fingers. Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP at an oil field on the North Slope and is a champion snowmobiler, winning the 2000-mile “Iron Dog” race four times.
The two eloped shortly after Palin graduated college; when they learned
they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two
residents from the old-age home down the street. Todd is a Native Yup’ik Eskimo. The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage.
On September 11, 2007, the Palins’ son Track joined the Army. Eighteen years old at the time, he is the eldest of Palin’s five children. Track now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September ..
Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes. The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed. Palin kept her campaign promises, reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes 60%. She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin. Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.
In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate
seat in mid-term to become governor, Palin interviewed to be his
possible successor. Instead, Murkowski appointed his daughter,
then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.
Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.
After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican party’s chairman,
Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was
accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a
lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.
In 2006, Palin, running on a clean-government campaign, executed an
upset victory over then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Despite the lack of support from party leaders and being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles.
Highlights of Governor Palin’s tenure include a successful push for an
ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow
Republicans. Palin successfully killed the Bridge to Nowhere project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending.
This is a home run folks.
Talking point #1: Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain combined.
Talking point #2: Sarah Palin is honest and real in every way that Barack Obama is a lying phony.
point #3: Sarah Palin has changed Alaska and fought corruption in a
way that Barack Obama has never done in Chicago and Illinois.
Talking point #4: Next to Sarah Palin, Barack Obama looks like a metrosexual wimp.
Watch the video:
Jonah Goldberg: “The base will love her. She’s a true outsider and the only person in the race with serious executive experience.”
David Freddoso: “She is everything Obama is not. A real reformer who took on her own party’s corrupt establishment and won, defeating an incumbent governor, 80-20 .. If this is the future of the GOP, they’re in good shape.”
Nanette Everson: “Sarah Palin .. will connect with voters as an authentic American folk hero. First, as
a governor she passes the competence test. American voters have shown
again and again they will vote governors into the White House .. Palin is the perfect complement for McCain and the perfect antidote to Obama.”