Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Sarah Palin Files, Pt. 3

A profile of Alaska gubernatorial candidate, Sarah Palin in the Anchorage Daily News (from October 23, 2006). Quote:

Now, as the Republican nominee up against an "old guard" from both parties, Palin is once again pitching "fresh ideas." Her campaign has sometimes struggled this fall to get those ideas and positions into clear focus. But they seem almost secondary.

The main product Palin is selling this year, as in Wasilla 10 years ago, is Palin herself.

The Republicans are fond of saying that Barack Obama is nothing but empty rhetoric and pretty words - a criticism I think he amswered at the DNC. Funny how all of the grenades they've been lobbing at Obama all fit Palin like a glove.

And then there's Palin's firm position about Iraq, as stated to Alaska Business Monthly in December 2006:

Alaska Business Monthly: We've lost a lot of Alaska's military members to the war in Iraq. How do you feel about sending more troops into battle, as President Bush is suggesting?

Palin: I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe. Every life lost is such a tragedy. I am very, very proud of the troops we have in Alaska, those fighting overseas for our freedoms, and the families here who are making so many sacrifices.

...-er. Did John McCain know she was calling for an exit plan before naming her as his VP pick? And Republicans are excited about this?

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