Sarah Palin: ‘Not The People’s Choice’ award winner 2008


All the newspaper articles reporting Trig’s birth say the bub was born a full month early. Sharon Leighbow, Sarah Palin’s official spokeswoman, on April 18, 2008 told Anchorage Daily News and Channel ktuu news here  that Trig was one month early ‘”to the day”.

This puts Sarah Palin, a 44 year old woman and mother of four at 36 weeks pregnant on two 8-hour commercial flights, four days apart, with the second flight occuring after she’s leaked amniotic fluid, and no one on either flight crew can recall a pregnant and or stressed woman on their manifest.

My Irish mother, at age 24 went to her dentist to have a tooth extracted without telling anyone her water had broken and she was having contractions. She was determined to not go into labour with the added pain of a bad toothache. So, she bravely mopped up the amniotic fluid, took a bus downtown, and when she cried out in pain the dentist assumed he’d hit a nerve – not that she’d had a contraction. Two hours later she took a taxi to hospital where she delivered my older brother.

I get that anomalies happen. But that can’t be the case with Sarah Palin, not in the way she describes, and I can tell you why I believe this in just one word:

Physics.

The following illustrations and fetal information, (obtained from West Virginia Women’s Human Health & Resources) represent the normal growth of a baby which will have a full-term birth weight of between 6 and 10 lbs. Sharon Leighbow set the timeline don’t forget. This means Trig was born exactly 4 weeks premature. That put Sarah at 35-36 weeks pregnant at the time of her trip to and from a forum held in Texas for the Republican Governor’s Association. The same ADN article puts Trig’s birth weight at 6.2 lbs.

This is a normal pregnancy at 30 weeks – If Sarah gave birth at exactly 4 weeks early, this is how pregnant she would have been when this photo was taken:

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This is a normal pregnancy at 33 weeks. This is how pregnant Sarah would have been when this photo was taken:

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And finally, this is a normal pregnancy at 36 weeks – the exact time Sarah would be getting on and off airplanes, walking to and from airport gates, getting in and out of public transportation, using public toilets and being seated in public restaurants. This is the bulk Sarah would have dealt with on her flight back to Alaska and yet not one of the flight crew realized she was pregnant – at all:

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Sarah Palin asks us to believe outrageous things at face value. She asks us to believe without offering a thread of evidence to help us believe her. 

Sarah Palin asks us to believe that a woman whose amniotic fluid has leaked just hours before, and is now on an airplane ride home, in a cabin with changing atmospheric pressure, was not noticed waddling to and from the loo. Her bulbous belly never once bumped into another seated passenger. Her frame fit neatly into her airplane seat, the tray fit perfectly atop her belly and the bub never kicked, jostling her glass of juice or plate of food.

Sarah Palin asks us to believe she never had a moment of discomfort in the twenty-some hours it took for her and Todd to travel over 2,000 miles to get home. Her ankles weren’t swollen, she didn’t have indigestion or gas and she didn’t need to run to the loo every half hour even though there was this 6 lb baby pressing her bladder into a squashed pancake.

Sarah Palin asks us to believe a fully-licensed medical doctor, over the phone, told a 44 year-old pregnant patient in her third trimester, carrying a baby known to have Down’s Syndrome,  whose water just broke, to remain in Texas, deliver a 30 minute speech and then fly 2000 miles back to Alaska rather than check into the nearest hospital, because ‘it would be okay’.

Sarah Palin needs us to believe she never had one contraction either during or before the eight hour flight or the four hour car ride home,  but then went immediately into hard labour upon reaching the sanctity of Mat-Su Hospital.

She needs us to take her at her word blindly and without question because if we don’t, there’s a chance we won’t believe the porkies she has yet to tell. And I’m guessing the really fat, juicy porkies are right around the corner.

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All the Palins ever had to do was just produce little Trig’s birth certificate. Let a local television station run a feel-good piece with hospital staffers and the nurses who took care of Gov. Sarah and newborn Trig during the labour and after the delivery, and let the media do their job.

 

It didn’t have to be an intrusive piece. It just had to give the normal details one expects to read about any woman of note bringing a new life into the world. Only one other female Governor in the US had given birth during her term of office – and there were good-natured jokes about how Ms. Swift ran the state from her hospital bed for ten days prior to delivery:

 

New York Times in May 18 2001:

Acting Gov. Jane M. Swift of Massachusetts, who has been running the state’s government from her hospital bed since May 8, gave birth tonight to twin girls, an aide said.

 

Ms. Swift, 36, delivered by Caesarean section at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, her spokesman said. Lauren Alma Hunt, weighing 6 pounds, was born at 9:11 p.m. Sarah Jane Hunt, 5 pounds, 4 ounces, was delivered a minute later. Both babies were 17 1/2 inches long.

Their immediate conditions were not known, but Ms. Swift gave the O.K. sign as she was wheeled out of the operating room, her spokesman said.

 

Ms. Swift is the first woman in the nation to give birth while serving as governor. She and her husband, Charles Hunt, 47, have one other child, 2-year-old Elizabeth. Mr. Hunt has one grown son from a previous marriage.

 

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There were photos available of Ms. Swift in her hospital bed ‘being Governor’.

Reporters who waited in the halls for the babies to be born continue to mention this experience in other articles. Hospital officials continue to congratulate themselves for the good job their hospital and staff did in delivering Gov. Swift’s twin daughters:

 

September 03, 2008 4:36 PM

Rick Klein, from ABC News’ The Note, Reports: Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, earlier this year became the second sitting governor in US history to have given birth while in office.

 

Former Gov. Jane Swift, R-Mass., was the first. In 2001, after ascending from the office of lieutenant governor when Paul Cellucci became ambassador to Canada, Swift gave birth to twin girls, her second and third daughters.

 

(As a reporter for The Boston Globe, I was at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston waiting for those bundles to be delivered.)

 

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By contrast, the stories released about Trig’s birth all looked like this:

 

Reuters

Fri April 18 2008

Yereth Rosen reporting:

 

ANCHORAGE, Alabama (Reuters) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth to a baby boy early on Friday, becoming the second U.S. governor to have a baby while serving in office.

Palin’s labor began on Thursday, about a month early, while she was attending a Republican Governors’ Association meeting in Grapevine, Texas, said spokeswoman Sharon Leighow.

Palin, the first woman to serve as Alaska governor, was able to deliver a keynote luncheon address on Alaska energy issues on Thursday before flying back to Anchorage and delivering the baby on Friday morning, exactly a month before her due date, Leighow said.

The baby, named Trig Paxson Van Palin, is the fifth child for Palin and her husband, Todd.

The Palins knew through prenatal testing that “he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives,” the Republican governor said in a statement.

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 “Unspeakable joy” What is this exactly? Code for “shh – it’s a secret!” ?
On April 18, 2008 The Anchorage Daily News ran the same story, featuring a photo of the new bub and adding a scant few more details. He was born at 6:30am at Mat-Su Regional Hospital. His birth weight was 6 lbs 2 oz. A quote from Sarah explained Trig’s name and that they had been prepared for their son having Down’s Syndrome.

 

And then the strangest thing… the Governor’s spokeswoman, Sharon Leighbow, launched an accounting of Sarah’s travel plans, including the unsolicited, qualifying statement that Sarah would never have boarded a plane if she’d thought it would endanger her child.

 

I suppose the implication here is for the reader to work out that since she did board a plane, she was, therefore, in control and knew ahead of time that nothing could possibly go wrong. But would any reporter ask a woman who has just gone through childbirth such a question? Really? This came up during an interview on the morning of Trig’s birth?

 

What an odd thing to focus on in the midst of this historic event! Then you notice that no one from the maternity ward commented on their role in caring for Gov. Sarah and newborn Trig. No one from the delivery room commented on their role in caring for Gov. Sarah and newborn Trig. Not one hospital attendant, administrator, board member, Chairperson or CEO commented on the role their hospital played in caring for Gov. Sarah and newborn Trig on this rather historic event in US and Alaskan history.

I could not find a single photo of a proud Todd (The First Dude) holding his newborn son. No photos of either big sister holding their newborn brother. No proud as punch grandparents.

There were no photo layouts of the family gathered around the new bub in a Sunday newspaper or woman’s magazine, not directly after the birth or in the ensuing months.

So forget the mind-boggling, bizarre report on the flight from Texas back to Alaska and just tell me, please – when Trig was born, where the Hell was everybody else?

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We’ve all had a go at Sarah’s poor speech patterns. But what if the lady is actually doing the best she can with what she’s got to work with? The excerpt above is from a .pdf file that’s surfaced in the blogosphere. (Thanks DarleenMB for the link.) It purports to be an actual Sarah Palin background check albeit there’s no documentation supporting its authenticity. The hand-written date in the ‘Received’ stamp at the top of the first page reads 2003, but does not say by whom, for what purpose or for whom the vetting was performed. I did not find anyone claiming authorship, and the only other post I was able to access on the site was a well-orchestrated bit of flash humour.

Knowing how easy it is for Joe-the-average-guy to photoshop erroneous information into genuine documents, I am more than skeptical of this .pdf file. That said, I’m going to indulge in a small game of what if based solely on the premise that the intelligence quotient portion of this report is accurate, and Sarah Palin’s IQ is indeed a below-average 83.

What if Sarah’s IQ is 83? How much of her behaviour would this explain? A tonne! One informal definition of intelligence quotient, simply put, is the ability to focus. Another is the ability to solve problems. Both of these tasks seem difficult for Sarah in practice, as witnessed by anyone who has watched any of her television interviews.

I’ve pinched the following from www.wilderdom.com (and of course it must be accurate because there’s a picture of Einstein on the front page!):

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Kidding aside, I studied this subject a bit in college and again many years later when I had a child born with cerebral palsy. This information agrees with what I remember from my psych 101 classes and medical discussions concerning my son, so even if it’s not the latest information, it appears to represent the testing Sarah would have encountered in the 1980’s.

There was even a small chart representing population norms. However, there’s no year of publication with which to link this information. It simply appears (to me) to be reasonable:

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This single blip on the radar would explain:

  • why she needs to have so many (loyal) people by her side.
  • her need to hire people with whom she has history, regardless of their abilities to fill the positions.
  • why she hired a formal administrator (at $50k a year) to do a job she’d been elected to do.
  • why she could not follow her RNC handlers advice on the campaign trail.
  • why she created her Maverick image.
  • her ease in telling one reporter one thing, and a second the exact opposite.
  • her expectation the other Republican Govs would blindly fall into step behind her in Florida.
  • her predisposition to string several words together without forming one complete sentence.

 I’m not sure where to stop. My brain is jammed and the orange [information overload] button is flashing. But seriously, so much of her behaviour just makes sense when it’s put into the context of She’s just not that smart, folks.

Take a step back and a good look: If Sarah has a low IQ, chances are she also has low self-esteem. She would need to be cocooned by people she trusts to feel safe. Like having a living security blanket. Even though she can bravely march onto a stage in the midst of thousands of fans, and confidently read from a prepared speech, when it comes to her own inadequacies, she would need the security of knowing that her staff’s first priority would be to protect her image – to shield her true nature from the public. Any other job description would be incidental.

She would be an on the surface people pleaser, telling her immediate audience what she thinks they would want to hear. And the next day with a new audience she would do it again, disregarding any contradictions she might make as inconsequential. And once any of her statements produced a reaction she liked, she would hammer that soundbite into speech after speech and interview after interview.

When she lost track of a correct answer she could always double back and play the Maverick card. It’s not that I don’t know the answer… it’s that I’m a Maverick and don’t have to give you the answer!

The best description I could ever give Sarah’s patter when giving an interview is that it’s very much like listening to someone stutter. The jerky half-sentences separated by and also, well there’s and, also too, remember, and if, if is stuttering, in my book.

The mumbo-jumbo cadence also buys her time to work out what to say. People who lie (or exaggerate) often, usually require more time than others to form thoughts as they need to run a story-check much the same way writers take a moment to use spell-check.

One thing which continues to irritate me about Ms. Palin’s fast-track to political fame is the over-the-top exaggeration process the RNC used to promote her qualifications. First because it’s just not necessary any more to grossly exaggerate a candidate’s virtues. The public, in general, is smarter these days. We can google. Second, because it empowered Sarah to think she was allowed to rewrite her own biography, and take out anything she thought unpleasant. And here’s a thought – people who can lie the way Sarah can, shouldn’t be encouraged to do more.

Right from the start she was introduced to the public as a woman who’d stood up to the big boys in oil and won. She did? I’m wondering if the big boys, you know, the ones who got a promise of $500 mil from Sarah know she filleted them like a salmon? And I can’t help wonder, now that she’s had to go back to being just a Governor, how statements like that are going to affect her ability to successfully negotiate with the boys in the future.

So yes, RNC, we acknowledge Sarah was indeed the Mayor of Wasilla.Thing is, at the time of her election, Wasilla’s population was roughly 5,000. Less than 700 people voted for her, approximately 200 more than voted for her opponent. Not exactly a landslide in a big city.

And yes, she in fact won the elected position of Alaska State Governor. But at the time of her win, there were less than 800,000 people living in Alaska, not all were registered voters, and her opponent was vastly disliked by an unprecedented majority of those who were registered voters. For you, the responsible folks in the Republican National Committee to tout her as someone who had the trust and respect of millions of voters in Alaska, well, it just makes me angry.

And quite frankly, Sarah should be angry too. You placed her high on a public pedastal and then walked away, leaving her to think that’s where she belonged. I’m not at all confused as to why Sarah is still campaigning for herself. You dropped tent and drove off without helping her down.

I’m tired of politicians treating all of us as if we’re idiots, that we’re disposable, and that people don’t matter, only winning matters..

Nobody in a position to speak on a national level told how Sarah left Wasilla $20 mil in debt, or that the reason she’s called hockey mom has nothing to do with a Stepford Wife image of mom driving a carload of kids back and forth to hockey practice, but because she used $15 mil of Wasilla’s money to build a hockey rink-slash-community centre – and then authorized it’s construction prior to a proper title search on the land,- leaving the citizens of Wasilla to this day – to pay for lawyers to deal with the mess.

Nobody in the lower 48 took the story of the road to nowhere seriously. Nobody took it as a sign there was more to come. Alaskan newspapers and reporters hung their citizens out to dry under a hot, summer sun while taking the be nice she’s our governor tack and tucking all Sarah’s dirt neatly away from national scrutiny.

If this report of Sarah’s IQ score is even remotely accurate, if there’s even one chance that Sarah Palin had the unmitigated gall to nationally portray her first grandchild as her own son, (see upcoming post) then we need to get behind the people in Alaska. We need to support the newly formed Alaskans for Truth and help them make their legislators do their job.

And we need to do it before Sarah finds a way into the Senate.

I’m off to make my donation to Alaskans for Truth all the way from Australia – have you made yours?

One of my chat-thread contributions during the first week of October, just after the VP Debate: 

 

I’ve been listening to Sarah Palin’s interviews and speeches for almost 5 weeks now and I’ve just noticed my left eye has begun twitching. I’m certain there’s a correlation between the two.If she is elected I may need surgery. Or just go blissfully blind.

 

It’s inconceivable to me that the interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric were ‘prepared for’ as Sarah’s speech patterns tend to give her quite ‘unpreparedness’ away. When caught with a question she either is not prepared to answer or does not want to answer, she seems to rabbit on making little or no sense. I have two schools of thought on this. It’s possible Sarah thinks if she uses enough words the answer is bound to show up.It’s also possible Sarah thinks by using lots and lots of words, she can derail the question altogether. Regardless, her sentence structure.for a college graduate holding a four-year degree in journalism is deplorable. I think she may surpass GWB in the verbal gaffe, talent portion of this competition.

 

In the interview with Katie Couric:

 

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience.What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–  

COURIC: Mock?  

PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries.They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?  

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

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Sarah-Speak reminds me of an episode on The Gilmore Girls where Lorelai was struggling to write a character reference for her ex-boyfriend:

 

RORY: … Maybe if you just put pen to paper… 

LORELAI: I tried that…ooh, was that a bad idea. 

RORY: Really why? 

LORELAI: Because my brain is a wild jungle full of scary gibberish…I’m writing a letter…I can’t write a letter…why can’t I write a letter?…I’m wearing a green dress…I wish I was wearing my blue dress…my blue dress is at the cleaners…the Germans wore grey…you wore blue… Casablanca, Casablanca…such a good movie…Casablanca…the White House…Bush…why don’t I drive a hybrid car? I should really drive a hybrid car…I should really take my bicycle
to work…bicycle, unicycle, unitard…hockey puck, rattle snake, monkey, monkey, underpants. 

RORY: Hockey puck, rattle snake, monkey, monkey, underpants? 

LORELAI: Exactly! That’s what I’m saying. It’s a big bag of weird in there

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 My thoughts exactly Governor. It’s a big bag of weird in there.

The VP debate left me with a really good feeling and a headache. The really good feeling came from watching and listening to Joe Biden. This was my first introduction to the man and after watching him handle Sarah Palin I felt much better about no longer backing John McCain.

 

My initial impression was “Ok, why isn’t he the lead on the Dem ticket?. I called one of my friends in the US who was having a really hard time voting for either party. A lot of women in the US were literally ‘distraught’ over Hillary’s loss and still waffling. But John McCain’s attempt at sweeping these women off their feet with his choice of Sarah Palin wasn’t going to get him votes from any women I knew. My friend and I chatted a good, long time and at the end I said to her “Don’t think of it as voting for Barack Obama. Think of it as voting for Joe Biden!”

 

The news hype leading up to the VP Debate was all about cutting Sarah slack because her two previous news interviews showed her to be an incompetent public speaker. She’d been secreted off to some special debate-training camp for a crash course in how to use talking points and we weren’t to expect too much.

 

Joe Biden, a seasoned public speaker and long-term senator who could easily rip Sarah a new one, was being publicly and repeatedly warned to ‘tone it down – give the lady a break” until I wanted to gag. If Sarah couldn’t handle a one-on-one debate with a peer, what on earth was she doing on the Rep ticket in the first place? You think some leader in a corrupt country in the middle east is going to “tone it down” because they’re negotiating with Sarah? pfft

 

The media kept explaining to us, ad nauseam, that all Sarah had to do to win this debate was to just not screw up really badly. Huh? This is the bar we set now for VP candidates?  They’re all attending the Bush Academy of Clown Politics? What have they done to my country since I left? I thought public debates between candidates were all about strutting your stuff; About how well you composed yourself while in the line of fire; How well you could answer tough questions off the top of your head without having a prepared, scripted answer rolling off the teleprompter, making you look like you knew more than you actually did.

 

Today, it appears, a national debate is about talking points and how often you can defer the actual question to one of your talking points if you don’t like the actual question posed. The singular answer heard round the world is found in this bit of transcript:

 

IFILL: Senator?

BIDEN: The charge is absolutely not true. Barack Obama did not vote to raise taxes. The vote she’s referring to, John McCain voted the exact same way. It was a budget procedural vote. John McCain voted the same way. It did not raise taxes. Number two, using the standard that the governor uses, John McCain voted 477 times to raise taxes. It’s a bogus standard it but if you notice, Gwen, the governor did not answer the question about deregulation, did not answer the question of defending John McCain about not going along with the deregulation, letting Wall Street run wild. He did support deregulation almost across the board. That’s why we got into so much trouble.

IFILL: Would you like to have an opportunity to answer that before we move on?

PALIN: I’m still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again. And I want to let you know what I did as a mayor and as a governor. And I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also. As mayor, every year I was in office I did reduce taxes. I eliminated personal property taxes and eliminated small business inventory taxes and as governor we suspended our state fuel tax. We did all of those things knowing that that is how our economy would be heated up. Now, as for John McCain’s adherence to rules and regulations and pushing for even harder and tougher regulations, that is another thing that he is known for though. Look at the tobacco industry. Look at campaign finance reform.

IFILL: OK, our time is up here. We’ve got to move to the next question.

“Ok our time is up here?” That’s the moderator’s response to ‘I don’t want to answer the question I want to talk about what I want to talk about instead…’ ? Wow. Debate rules sure have changed.

Her answer though, led me to research her stint as mayor of Wasilla, a town, it turns out, which was debt-free until Ms. Palin took office. She left at the end of a 6-year term, in a blazing trail of financial debacles which the citizens of Wasilla are still paying off, today. The figure I found was $20,000. For a small town of 5,000 that’s a hefty debt. Add that to the million dollar hockey rink she built on land without performing a title search, which is now costing the citizen’s of Wasilla substantial legal fees to negotiate their way through and you have a not-so-fiscally-responsible record for Ms. Palin.

Does anyone ever make her accountable? Or does everyone just buy into her Fargo accent and cut her slack?

I watched the entire debate live, from my sofa in Australia. Watching Joe Biden handle himself and Sarah Palin reinforced my faith in the Democratic Party. I could get behind this ticket. Maybe I could even start cutting this Barack Obama guy some slack.

There’s buzz about (of all things) Sarah’s glasses.  I’m catching up on the rumour she doesn’t actually need to wear glasses, that they are a prop to make her appear less high school prom queen and more educated political authority.

Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and say she needs them. She is, after all, in her forties. I began wearing reading glasses in my early forties, just a couple of years after I started staring at computer screens on a daily basis. So let’s just say she needs them.

Sarah’s glasses have become famous. Women all across the globe are after a pair. Where is Sarah’s optician? You know, the one who wrote the prescription? My daughter’s mother-in-law works for a company that sells glasses and nothing else. It’s part of a pretty popular chain of eyeglass franchise stores.

She manages one of these franchises in a rather busy shopping mall in a large California city. Part of her income is based on commission. According to her, any style of eyewear which becomes popular overnight (as Sarah’s glasses have), is a coup for the store/doctor who originally made them. It’s instant success for the store and all the employees.

One would think this person/people would have come out of the woodwork by now to grab their share of pie and the notariety it would bring their shop/store/private practice.

That got me thinking. That’s a pretty valid human trait. Hollywood stars make brands famous by wearing them. Clothing, jewelry, cosmetic companies clamour for famous people to wear their items. Even plastic surgeons make a name for themselves by being able to say they worked on – oh wait – maybe not so much the plastic surgeons, but I’m sure you’re following the groove I’m tracking through this particular puddle of political mud.

It’s the kind of status-advertising that takes an unknown and makes them rich and famous overnight. So then – where are the people responsible for Sarah’s glasses? Why aren’t they coming forward to grab their share of the goodies?

While we’re at it, where is the nurse who took care of Trig? Surely she’s got a paid interview in the offing? Or the doctor who managed to deliver a premature baby with DS who is so healthy that four months on he can accompany his mom on a busy, national campaign tour? Couldn’t this doctor’s practice use a shot of good publicity?  One would think the hospital in charge of Sarah and Trig’s care would be singing their own praises from rooftops to secure funds for their (obviously) excellent maternity ward. Are Alaskan hospitals so well-endowed they don’t need any private donations?

Where are the builders and roofers who built the now nationally recognizable Palin House? Talk about free advertising… News crews have been inside and outside filming every inch of the Wasilla home. Even Matt Lauer was there. Some poor construction guy in Snowblow Alaska is turning down an awful lot of free publicity. Why?

I’m from the old school where to catch the crook one follows the money. Only problem here is, there’s a total lack of normal money trail. Nobody seems to be profitting from Sarah’s sudden rise to fame. Not the doctor who wrote her eyeglass script, not the shop that made the much-in-demand frames. Not the wonderful folks who built her house. Not the amazing doctors, staff and hospital who delivered her baby. Not the shoe-store where she buys her snow boots.

You know the one person who did step forward? The owner of the second-hand clothing store in Wasilla where Sarah claimed to have bought all her clothes once her RNC shopping spree was disclosed. That’s it! One shop owner from Wasilla who came to Sarah’s rescue in response to Clothes Gate. No small business in Anchorage. No outfit in Juneau. No contractor’s company. No doctor whose private practice could use a boost. No DS support group to say what a comfort it is to have the Palins as members.

Nothing.

In an era where millionaires are made by one national figure backing their product/service on television, one would think a throng of business people would be hitching their wagons to Sarah’s coattails. So where are these people? Anyone? Anybody?

What, exactly, are we hiding Sarah – and why?

Someone’s asked about Sarah’s glasses (if she needs to wear them) on Celtic Diva’s blog. I’ll link any info she may get for us.

POST HOC OBSERVATION: I feel so silly even mentioning this but… did anyone else notice that when Sarah was pardoning the turkey at Triple D she had to lower the script to arm’s length in order to read it? Wouldn’t the whole point of wearing glasses be to not need to alter the distance of what you’re reading? I know, I know, I think too much 🙂

By the time the VP debate came around, the Palin buzz was all about her flubbed interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. The international punchline for any joke told was “I can see Russia from my house!” followed by “Newsapers? What newspapers?”

What disturbed me was not so much that this woman (claiming to have the knowledge and integrity to hold the second highest office in my homeland) was lacking in political expertise, it was the small statements she made which demonstrated how easily she could look straight into a camera and – lie. Full stop.

From Huffington Post
Politico 29 August 2008

In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn’t seem “productive.”
In fact, she said she didn’t know what the vice president does.

Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain’s ticket mate.

Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

In subsequent interviews she told her audience “Oh that was just a joke! Of course I know what a Vice President does! The Vice President runs the Senate which is good because we can just get right in there and get things done and policies made… and then literally dismissed the subject by waving her hand and talking about something else.

To Katie Couric’s question about which newspapers she might be reading, Sarah Palin hesitated for a moment, then came back with the retort “Well I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I’ll find some and get back to ya!”

In several subsequent interviews she told her audience how unfair it had been of Ms. Couric to throw her that question (Oh I know she’s just out there doing her job but…) quoting the reporter as having said “What do you read up there in Alaska?” Palin explained her momentary confusion was because the question had …made it seem like people in Alaska don’t have the same newspapers the rest of the states do – and how typical it was for people to judge Alaskans in that way – different from the lower 48. It wasn’t enough to misquote Katie Couric, she was compelled to misdirect the entire original question completely.

So people like me started paying attention. Really close attention. And at the end of the day no one with whom I was conversing could understand why the press was treating her with such soft kid gloves. This was the woman about to inherit the nuclear launch codes meant to keep the country safe and she couldn’t even pronounce nuclear.

Some of us speculated that had Sarah’s name been Ralph, no one would have let her (or him) get away with one single inconsistency, much less the blatant lies that issued from this woman’s lips. Here’s a quite disturbing reality – there are so many ‘white lies’ told when Sarah Palin steps in front of a camera that I’ve been researching a list and don’t expect to have it ready until the Christmas Holidays. Maybe the inauguration.

But put the porkies aside. It is the ease with which she spouts them that has my hackles up. It is the ease with which she puts another person’s ethics, integrity and job on the line just to save face which disturbs me the most. I was married to someone who could never be wrong. I know from personal experience how dangerous that outlook on life can be to the people around you.

Look – we get it – anyone can get caught off-guard in an interview, and certainly anyone not accustomed to having their life slid under a microscopic lens for all the world to see, examine and pull apart. But to casually toss a fellow human under the proverbial bus without hesitation, just to cover your own soundbyte gaffes – that’s not the person I want with a hand on the red button.

We all thought she was someone who would say “Oh gosh, you know, I don’t know the answer to that – but I’m learning all the time and I promise to keep learning from and listening to the people who do have the answers so I can catch up and be the Vice President you people need me to be.”

I would have backed that Sarah Palin even if we didn’t agree on abortion rights because at that point in time, I still didn’t trust this fella called ‘Barack Obama’.

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