“Before her meteoric rise to political success as governor, just two short years ago Sarah Palin was the mayor of Wasilla. I had a good chuckle at’s claim that she had been the mayor of ‘Wasilla City’. It is not a city — just Wasilla. Wasilla is the heart of the Alaska Bible belt, and Sarah was raised amongst the tribe that believes creationism should be taught in our public schools, homosexuality is a sin, and life begins at conception. She’s a gun-toting, hang ’em high conservative. Remember — this is where her approval ratings come from.

Don’t tread on us!

“There is no doubt that McCain again is making a strategic choice to appeal to a particular demographic — fundamentalist right-wing, gun-owning Christians. And Republican bloggers are already gushing about how she has ‘more executive experience’ than Obama does!
“Above is a picture of lovely downtown Wasilla, for those of you unfamiliar with the area. Behind the Mug-Shot Saloon (the first bar I visited when I moved to Alaska long ago) is a little strip mall. There are street signs in Wasilla with bullet holes in them. Wasilla has a population of about 5500 people, and 1979 occupied housing units. This is where your potential Vice President was two short years ago. Can you imagine her negotiating a nuclear non-proliferation treaty? Discussing foreign policy? Understanding non-Alaskan issues?
“Frankly, I don’t even know if she’s ever been out of the country. She may ‘get’ Alaska, but there are only a half a million people here. Don’t get me wrong. I love Alaska with all my heart. I’m just saying.” — from “What Is McCain Thinking?,” a piece by “AKMuckraker,” the author–proprietor of Mudflats, an Alaskan-perspective blog written by a semi-native (i.e., a guy who’s lived there since ’91).
Sidenote: Former porn star April Flowers (retired since ’05) grew up in Wasillia.

  • George Prager

    So it’s like being the mayor of a city of all the people who saw CHILDREN OF MEN in a Manhattan theater the first weekend.

  • broadstreetbully

    Nonsense. The reason Palin would not be qualified nor able to deal with those issues is not because she’s from a small-town, it’s because she’s not intellectually curious.
    You don’t need to have traveled to Russia to be educated about Russia. You don’t need to have actually dealt with nuclear-proliferation treaties to understand them and be educated on them. All you have to be is open-minded, intellectually curious, and well-read. That’s the problem with Palin and many of her right-wing ilk; they are so very often intellectually un-curious.
    There are just as many intellectual deadweights in big cities as in small towns (I’d argue that class is often the dividing marker, not region). Abraham Lincoln was an auto-didact from a log cabin; Henry Kissinger was from Germany and New York. Who would most people argue was wiser and smarter?
    Putting region or population-size into this is meaningless and biased. It’s one thing if you’ve never LEFT Wasilla, Alaska; that would be more of a problem. But simply being from there? That’s not a problem. The problem is the general sense of ant-intellectualism that comes from the right-wing, and that comes just as much from city-dwellers like Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter, and Kissinger as anyone else.

  • Geoff

    Wow. If the swing voters fall for this chick I’m leaving this country…when I can afford it.

  • Lumiere

    5500 people saw Children of Men? Suckers.

  • Chicago48

    Hmmm….breaking on the internet. Is her youngest child HER child or her daughter’s child? You better believe the National Enquirer is all over this internet rumor. Also, Pallin just stated that she was glad to be another part of the country — Philadelphia! They better prep this woman really quick, because so far she’s coming off as too too small minded and unsophistocated.

  • Chicago48

    Broadstreet: She was glad to be in Philadelphia!
    Yup, she needs to be rehearsed really really fast.

  • broadstreetbully

    I don’t understand why that’s really such a bad thing to say, it’s just honest. If you’re the Governor of a state, I think it’s pretty much your life and job to stay there all the time. I doubt you’d have much time or need to travel all that much – I think that’s what she’s referring to, it being nice that she’s ABLE to get to another part of the country.
    Now, it might be that she really is a provincial individual who never travels and has no interest in other cultures (I suspect she exactly like that, frankly) but her quote in Philly isn’t about that. It’s just about being tied to your job and suddenly being freed.

  • NotImpressedYet

    April Flowers, yum. I wonder how many guys here have enjoyed her work…

  • Lumiere

    A lot more than enjoyed Children of Men, NotImpressed

  • arteye

    broadstreetbully: The point isn’t so much where she’s from but that where she’s from is where much of her so-called “executive experience” was gained‚Äîa small Alaskan town of 5500 plus assorted wildlife. As someone looking in from outside your borders, America, I ask “how much weirder can this election get?”

  • dangovich

    Exactly, broadstreetbully. It is a matter of intellectual curiosity. Once you close your mind, it’s over. People who bring “because the bible says so” into debates make my blood boil.

  • buster

    excellent commentary, broadstreet.
    Unfortunately, as astute as your reasoning is, it appeals only to like-minded liberals. We need to find ways to discredit her and McCain on terms important to Republicans and Independents, not liberals.

  • SaveFarris

    I don’t find broadstreetbully’s line of reasoning very compelling. Your proof that Sarah Palin is an “intellecutal deadweight” is … that Ann Coulter is an intellectual deadweight?
    I get the feeling that claiming Barack Obama isn’t ready to be President because Cynthia McKinney isn’t ready to be President would end up in a banning.
    You may or may not be right, BSB. Outside of Alaska residents and RNC party officials, noone really knows who Sarah Palin is. And that includes most, if not all, of the Righties that are currently going gaga. But you’re gonna have to come up with better proof than that.

  • Richardson

    “Your proof that Sarah Palin is an “intellecutal deadweight” is … that Ann Coulter is an intellectual deadweight? ”
    You’re probably confused because he was trying to have a logical conversation. For instance, some people go after Palin for being from a small-small-small town. He’s saying, no, the problem is not that she’s from a small-small-small town because it’s the same problem that Coulter has, and she’s from a city. It’s a right-wing thing that has nothing to do with where she’s from.
    He wasn’t offering proof; Palin offers her own proof.

  • NotImpressedYet

    SaveFarris, the fact that she believes in creationism is at the very least some indication of what broadstreetbully’s talking about.
    And thank God for movies like Children of Men and porn stars like April Flowers…

  • broadstreetbully

    Richardson said it, yes. My proof that Sarah Palin is an intellectual deadweight, in my mind, is that she believes in Creationism, for one, and that she strikes me as an intellectually un-curious person from all the interviews I’ve read with her.
    My point was that I DON’T think she’s an intellectual deadweight, or unworthy of governing, simply because she’s from a small town, that’s all, which is what Wells believes. If you’re not able to follow that logic, you must be from Alaska.
    I kid.

  • a couple of quick thoughts about McCain’s pick – my first thought when I saw this was the scene in O Brother Where Art Thou? “Hey daddy, maybe we should get us some of that reform?” That’s what this feels like to me, a bit of mccain pulling a johnny come lately.
    Secondly, and most importantly, this doesn’t seem like Maverick McCain at all. This seems like the Republican party forcing one of the “youngest, brightest” on him. Are you really going to believe that McCain, a man who is famous for trusting a select few, is going to pick someone he’s met once? I don’t think so. If you needed to look any further for proof that McCain will be a W part 2 then think about this. He’s most likely allowed his advisors, his party’s people dictate to him who he should run with. I wonder who the next Donald Rumsfeld will be?

  • broadstreetbully

    I think bdboudreaux is quite right. My first thought was that this VP pick was all about trying to appeal to independent female voters (those for whom issues like abortion aren’t end-all, be-all) and pissed-off Clinton supports who are looking to kneejerk-vote for a woman. I just don’t think it’s going to be a successful ploy, though.
    However, to get that in a package that ALSO stimulates and energizes evangelical voters (pro-life, creationist, etc) might make it a wiser pick than many might think right now. I hope not. Time will tell.

  • Richardson

    Here’s a theory — they’re doing this not because they think they’ll win, but to put her into the national spotlight, so that, in four years, she might be a viable candidate.
    Dems do that a lot with the speech at the convention, the one Clinton gave in ’88 and Obama gave in ’04.

  • bmcintire

    Speaking of April Flowers, am I alone in thinking that (aside from Tina Fey, Megan Mullally and Peggy Hill) Sarah Palin looks like just about every office administrator/scientist/lawyer MILF in porn? I’m dying to see footage of her slowly taking off those glasses.

  • Lumiere

    How come male presidential and VP candidates never get compared to porn stars, for fuck’s sake?

  • Richardson

    Lumiere – who do you think the original “Slick Willie” was before the nickname was handed off to Clinton?

  • Edward

    bmcintire, thanks for the laugh. McCain needs to fire all of his advisors, the guy has become more wooden then W and I thought W was a poor speaker.

  • arturobandini2

    What about Constance “Misty Beethoven” Money? Didn’t she retire to Alaska? I recall a barmaid layout from Playboy c. ’78.
    I just can’t envision Karl Rove conducting this Palin trainwreck. I wonder how many advisors tried to talk McCain out of this choice before he blew his top?
    As POTUS, how will she handle Putin? Poison his mooseburger?

  • nemo
    “John McCain has just done something that Obama has not been able to do yet – prove to the world unequivocally that McCain doesn‚Äôt have the judgment to be President. He will never ever be able to hold his head up and say that Obama isn‚Äôt ‚Äúready to lead‚Äù. ”

  • Lumiere
  • nemo
    “Just kidding about that whole experience thing . . .”
    “BIGGEST QUESTION ABOUT PALIN: If it said something admirable about President Bush that he chose a running mate who would be more helpful in governing than in campaigning, what does it say about Senator McCain that he did the opposite? One of the most loyal Bushies calls the selection ‚Äúdisrespectful to the office of the presidency.‚Äù”

  • broadstreetbully

    Yeah, Dick Cheney’s been a REAL help in governing.
    I think this whole experience thing is vastly overblown; first the righties did it with Obama, and now it’s the left’s turn with Palin. Personally, after seeing what the eons of experience accumulated by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Powell before 2000 actually meant in governing, it seems obvious that “experience” is a very relative and oft-meaningless thing.
    I find it disingenuous on the part of both sides to assert that because someone doesn’t have foreign policy experience, they won’t be able to handle foreign policy. Was this true of Bill Clinton? He was the governor of a largely rural state, had zero foreign policy experience, and a VP pick without any either, and he did just fine (still one of the most popular Americans internationally).
    If you’re smart, you’re smart; if you’re not, you’re not. Experience can be of the wrong kind too, after all. I personally love that Obama is “inexperienced” in the ways of Washington and foreign-policy diplomacy (or lack thereof) as usual. I don’t hold it against Palin that she’s not experienced in this (especially since she’s not even the Presidential nominee). I hold it against her that she doesn’t seem particularly bright.

  • arturobandini2

    One very big stumbling block for Palin will be that she’s a total Washington outsider. God forbid, if she were to succeed as POTUS as early as next Groundhog’s Day, who would be her mentor in DC? I wouldn’t count on any woman from either side of the aisle sticking their neck out on her behalf. The Hillary Clan already despises her simply by comparison, and the conservative women in DC are offended that McCain didn’t pick a qualified insider like Rice. She would be totally vulnerable to the whims of the neo-cons. Unless one of them broke up with her sister.
    I’m glad all those shills doing cartwheels for her yesterday are on public record. At some point, it’s gonna be hilarious to go back and read their orgasmic gushing about this candidate.

  • Movie Watcher

    arturo…Condi Rice? You have got to be kidding!. Never ran for office, just a diplomat, and not a very good one.

  • Sorry to hog the oxygen on this thread, but Mudflat’s blog got a bookmark from me. A recent comment from one of Palin’s Alaskan neighbors pretty much sums up the governor as Harriet Miers meets Katherine Harris:
    “Here is my analysis of how differently the two genders react to Sarah. First, to both men and women she makes a ‚Äúwow!‚Äù first impression. She is beautiful – and she, more than anyone else, knows this is her foundational appeal – that‚Äôs why she spends a tremendous amount of time getting her pedicures and manicures and hair extensions and shopping for the latest, greatest clothes and shoes … If she‚Äôs working from a mostly memorized script or telepromptors she can come off sounding articulate … But here‚Äôs what happens – she‚Äôll be asked a question that she clearly doesn‚Äôt know any specifics about and you can watch her pull out a 2-3 second delay wherein she is working feverishly to figure out what she is going to say. But during that little momentary delay she‚Äôll sigh, or cock her head, or bat her eyes, or twist her lips, or some other kind of delay tactic. Men and women respond very differently to this. Women see right away that she simply doesn‚Äôt know what she‚Äôs talking about. Men, on the other hand, watch this, and it has enough of a feeling of mild flirtation – that they just eat it up …
    But. But eventually the guys wake up.”

  • arturobandini2

    Movie Watcher, no way would I want Condi as C-in-C. But you have to admit, she’s more qualified than Palin.

  • brownshuggah

    not a big Maher fan, but he did have a good line last night:
    “The Maverick and the MILF”. I also second bmcitires comment about Palins “pron character” resemblence.

  • Chicago48

    Does anybody remember Gena Davis and the Commander-in-chief TV show? The President died and the younger Davis took over as President. This is what the whole McCain/Palin scene reminds me of.

  • Chicago48

    Arturo: Believe when I write that Condi and Colin Powell were highly considered by the McCain camp to counter the “black” vote for Obama. They both turned it down, trust me.

  • D.Z.

    arturo: If she’s that shallow, then McCain can’t win on that Paris Hilton argument, either.

  • arturobandini2

    Chi48, I wouldn’t be surprised if Patricia Fucking Heaton was considered before they scraped the barrel bottom and came up with Sarah Palin. D.Z., I’ll bet Sarah isn’t too shallow to have a good time getting stoned with (away from the firing range, that is). But that’s the very premise that got W. elected.
    Not to harp on about Mudflat’s blog, but it’s gotten funnier by the hour, as Wasilla locals register a mixture of pride and sheer terror. One “Sue Williams,” who claims to be both Palin’s neighbor and a Republican, is spilling the Palin family saga, chapter by sordid chapter. I’ll leave you with one of the many “Palin Haikus” that they’ve posted tonight:
    Lots of gossip re
    Palin and “babygate.” Who’s
    baby Trig’s mother?

  • BurmaShave

    Greg Stillson in a skirt. We’re all doomed.

  • Josh

    And she still has more experience than the Dem’s choice.

  • arturobandini2

    “And she still has more experience than the Dem’s choice.”
    Uh, that meme has been debunked repeatedly. Look above to see where she got all that “executive experience.” Repeating it over and over doesn’t make it true, it just makes you sound like a pea-brained parrot.
    Step up your game, Josh.

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