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Friday, August 29, 2008

Mayor Sam Classic: More on Sarah Palin

Originally published October 5, 2007

Usually Republicans are wizzened old white guys with the charisma of a wet blanket. But perhaps not for much longer as young, talented, strong, intelligent Republican hotties are coming on the scene.

We've talked before about Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Enormously popular, the 43 year old Republican has fought back against dinosaur, tax and spend Republicans in her home state and there's no doubt she could do the same at the national level. Many speculate that Palin could easily challenge bridge to nowhere builder Republican Senator Ted Stevens but a grassroots movement is growing to encourage consideration of Palin as a potential GOP Vice Presidential candidate.

Palin who has what is probably the highest approval rating of any politician in America at 84% has shaken up the GOP old boys club in Alaska, putting a stop to pork barrel politics and ending old sweetheart deals. She even put an end to the bridge to nowhere; killing what some considered to be the poster child for Congressional pork.

Some pundits who like Palin think she needs more experience. However some of her supporters posit that were Palin a male and a Democrat, she'd be considered the next JFK. Indeed, she has more executive experience and is of the same generation as Barack Obama.

Another young, female GOP power player of late is Jeri Kehn Thomspon, 41. The former media consultant and Republican National Committee staffer is considered to be the svengali behind her Presidential candidate husband, Fred Dalton Thompson. As the Thompson campaign kicks into high gear, Mrs. Thompson has become more prominent.

The Republican Party could be revived by turning leadership over to youngsters such as Palin and Thompson. Sure, Thompson's husband is the candidate and yet another wizzened old white guy, but should he be elected there certainly is a model for a first lady to follow to a political career of her own. Given that both Palin and Thompson are of my generation I agree its high time to turn things over to their peers.

By the way before any of you go nuts, when I refer to Palin and Mrs. Thompson being hotties, its the whole package, not just their looks. It refers more to a state of mind, intelligence and ability. Indeed, if Palin or Thompson were just clerks at the Piggly Wiggly, they'd probably just be considered of average attractiveness. Indeed, Henry Kissinger may have been correct when he said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anything to report on Palin?

August 30, 2008 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gregg Erickson, a columnist and reporter for the Anchorage Daily News was part of a online chat sponsored by www.WashingtonPost.com.

A couple of excerpts:

Eagle River, Ak.: Morning, Gregg! I've suddenly being hearing a number of pundits credit Gov. Palin with stopping the "bridge to nowhere." This isn't how I remember it, though -- in fact, I seem to recall that she was initially in favor of the bridge. Could you clarify? Thanks!

Gregg Erickson: She did curtail state support of the "bridge to nowhere" connecting Ketchikan with its island airport. But contrary to her statement today in Dayton, OH, she didn't send the federal money back. It's available for use in other projects elsewhere.


Los Angeles, Calif.: It's clear from your responses that you don't particularly like her (I'm not speaking personally, but politically.) How do you explain her high approval ratings?

Gregg Erickson: I think she did a great job in taking on the oil industry, that has had a lock on Alaska politics since 1981 She is also stood up against the corruption in Alaska politics long before it was fashionable to do so. I think those things resonate with many Alaskans beside myself.

Her approval ratings are high--65 percent, or so--but down from 80 percent earlier in her term. Most Alaskan's haven't watched her as closely as most reporters or legislators. If you took a poll of reporters and legislators I expect her approval rating would be down in the teens or twenties.


Washington, D.C.: Why don't reporters and legislators have a high opinion of the governor?

Gregg Erickson: It is clear that she has not paid much attention to the nitty-gritty unglamorous work of government, of gaining consensus, and making difficult compromises. She seems to be of the view that politics should be all rather simple. That often appeals to the wider public, but frustrates those who see themselves as laboring in the less glamorous parts of the vineyard.

Washington, D.C.;: You wrote: "If you took a poll of reporters and legislators I expect her approval rating would be down in the teens or twenties." What do they know about her that the general population does not?

Gregg Erickson: One example: The Republican chair of the Alaska State House Finance budget subcommittee on Heath and Medicaid says he can't find anyone in Palin's executive office who cares about helping bring that budget under control. He is furious with her about that.


Wheaton, Md.: Why is she experienced enough to lead our nation as president if McCain were unable to do so?

Gregg Erickson: I have a hard time seeing how her qualifications stack up against the duties and responsibilities of being president.

August 30, 2008 4:26 PM  

Blogger don quixote said:

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August 30, 2008 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How long is Mike Highy going to be a cheeleader for McCain on this blog which is the "Home of Los Angeles Politics"?

Most of us come here to read about local politics, there are hundreds of blogs and talking heads boring us and over analyzing every detail of the presidential elections.

We don't need one more talking head giving his 1/2 cent on McCain and Palin.

August 30, 2008 5:41 PM  

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August 30, 2008 5:57 PM  

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August 30, 2008 6:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Power is only attractive when it comes to Britney Spears and Sarah Palin, not Mrs. Thatcher and Madonna.

August 30, 2008 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have to love this video from a month ago when Palin was asked about the VP rumors and she explained that she has no idea what the VP does everyday. It was aired yesterday on the Daily Show.


August 30, 2008 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FOX 11 News reported tonight that GOP VP nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin, has improved McCain’s’ fund raising as he raised 4 million dollars in one day through the internet.

August 30, 2008 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It goes to the heart of her character or lack thereof when Palin has a 4 month old, a 3 year old and two older children yet her priority is staying away from home to campaign to become VP. Once she had her down syndrome baby after 3 days she went back to work instead of being a mother who a child that young needs. She's proving to many women that ambition mean more then motherhood. She is sacrificing her family for fame. And don't give me the bullshit side that if she were a man she wouldn't be criticized. A Man doesn't have the bond a mother does with her children, its an instinct and this Palin woman seems not to have it.

August 31, 2008 8:47 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

You go Girl!!!!

August 31, 2008 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor in Alaska is that it's not her baby, but her teenage daughter's. It would make sense to be hers, since older women are more likely to have Downs' babies, though usually they'd abort after the amnio is in, which is early in the first trimester. If she went back to work so early, that's why. But it's a good question, who's raising those kids while she's away; probably a babysitter/nanny like most working women. Even JFK had the kids into his office now and then to play under the desk -- wonder if that would seem too "female" for Palin.

Funny how the left utterly hates her for her hunting and guns, and anti-choice, while the conservative, evangelical right loves her for all that.

What a choice we have this year:

Fools to the left of me, clowns to the right.

August 31, 2008 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
How long is Mike Highy going to be a cheeleader for McCain on this blog which is the "Home of Los Angeles Politics"?

Most of us come here to read about local politics, there are hundreds of blogs and talking heads boring us and over analyzing every detail of the presidential elections.

We don't need one more talking head giving his 1/2 cent on McCain and Palin.

August 30, 2008 5:41 PM



September 01, 2008 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Palin's husband quit his job in January, and became a 'stay-at-home' Mr. Mom.....

September 01, 2008 10:50 AM  

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