POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Who is Sarah Palin?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 30, 2008

This comes from an email from moveon.org (http://moveon.org/).

All of the sources are listed below ….

Who is Sarah Palin?

She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience. (1)

Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest. (2)

She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. (3)

Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools. (4)

She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change. (5)

She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska. (6)

How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position. (7)


1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008

2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008

3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008

4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006

5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008

6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008

7 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008


11 Responses to “* Who is Sarah Palin?”

  1. Kevin "The other son of liberal" said

    Generalizations show ignorance, are all gun owners uneducations rednecks, no! Who was in power when this country was attacked, Bush! Who has not caught the guy who masterminded the attack, Bush! Who got us bogged down in Iraq, Bush! The Democrats have had a slim majority in the house and senate for 2 years, they do not have enough votes to overide the presidents veto. It’s clearly spelled out in the constitution how the government is to work, read it. Nixon was against having the federal government get involved with schools, I believe he wanted to leave it up to the states. Not all states have the same resources. It’s is vital to the countries interest to have its citizens educated. What is wrong with having health care, should we just let American citizens become increasingly ill and die because it may cramp our way of life. What about humanity for our fellow man. I believe a culture is judged by how it cares for those less fortunate.

  2. Kevin "The other son of liberal" said

    How about solar panels in the desert! How about on buildings with flat roofs. No one sees them and they get all the sun, as long as the panels are not obstructed by trees. There are 4 huge wind mills in Atlantic City.

  3. Jon said


    You can’t have it both ways. As a wise man recently said, “the Republican Party [and those who voted for its candidates] must own its failures.” Under President Clinton, the United States had a balanced budget. The current profligate spending spree occured under George Bush and a Republican Congress willing to cut taxes even when it has meant spending more money than it had.

    The real issue for me is that the Republican Party has demonstrated its willingness to provide free government giveaways to corporate interests and the wealthy (many of which directly benefit the elected Republican officials themselves) and uneducated lawyers who happened to agree with the Bush Administration on Roe v Wade (see everything the U.S. Justice Department has done under Bush).

    The Republican convention demonstrated the mean-spiritedness, willful hypocrisy and willingness to ignore real needs in this country in an effort to maintain power that is characteristic of the GOP. Your criticism of the Democratic convention and candidate appears to be that the party has nominated a smart man dedicated to helping those in greatest need and being a responsible steward of the public trust and our national heritage of freedom (see the Bill of Rights – only one of which includes the right to bear arms).

    Anything you criticize the Democratic Party for, the Republicans have done worse, particularly in terms of our American freedoms – except regarding your view on gun control, I guess. The key difference between the parties is their views on who needs the help of government. When McCain and Palin spoke of middle-class Americans, they were clearly speaking to the overwhelmingly white crowd at the convention, most of whom would not benefit from the proposed policies, but for some reason still support them.

    Like you indicated regarding gun control, it seems to be based on a single issue or two, regardless of how every other policy the Republican Party has implemented has been bad for them. I believe you are smarter than that, though obviously there are enough Republicans with a confused sense of self-interest to have given us two Bush terms during which they have all suffered. My hope is that having been fooled by the Republic Party in the last two presidential elections they will no longer willingly play the fool again.

  4. Chris "son of a liberal" said

    Change in the way of lots of free government giveaways for everyone that wants them. This country needs to straighten its fiscal house NOW! To continue to spend more than we bring will destroy us not a drill bit in Alaska. On the topic of oil how many on this blog do not drive or use petroleum products?

  5. Chris "son of a liberal" said

    Solar panels and wind mills sound great where you think you going to put them. The Kennedy’s don’t want them off Cape Cod and I am sure the People of Key West don’t want to look at them? And you can’t run transmission lines through parks to transport the power from the windmills. In my experience I have found that hunters are the true conservationists and have been for a long time. Ducks Unlimited has done more and spent more to protect the environment than any of the liberal groups. Hunters understand about balance in nature you guys are too concerned about protecting this and that you miss the big picture. Democrats control the house and what have they done? They said election time how they were going to be out of Iraq and do this and that what happened. What amazes me about you die hard liberals is you think the trouble we face in this country started with Bush and he alone is the cause. More amazing are you really thought that a politician with little experience in government and a couple books is going to fix it. Where does it say in the constitution that the government will supply my education and health care? Maybe you guys have so much extra money you don’t mind paying more taxes but I don’t. So if national health care is want you want you can buy mine, and buy my gas. You guys cry about protecting the rights of criminals but won’t defend the rights of honest people. I have found my issue to vote on and it guns guess who will not get my vote. The two most gun hating people on the ticket.

  6. Kevin said

    The Repbulicans have controlled the White House for the last 7+ years and the congress/senate of the last 12 of 14 years, they are the ones who have been in control. It is now time for real change.

  7. Kevin said

    Additionally, there should be solar panels in the desert and wind mills throughout the bible belt. Alaska is part of America, as is the coast, and as an American, I have a vested interest and concern about all of the United States and its citizens.

  8. Kevin "The other son of liberal" said

    The Dems had not been in power for the last eight years in the White House or the congress/senate of the last 12 of 14 years. Don’t forget, Alaska is part of America, contray to the “first dude” wanting to seced from the union. How the earth is treated is my business. Remember the indian crying because of the waste?

  9. Kerry said

    I agree with you Chris. Well on the first part anyway 😉 Our nation’s dependency on oil has got to stop. To me, however, that does not include continuing to drill and explore especially what little we have left of our protected national parks. I am saddened every day as I walk and ride my bike through my neighborhood and see the continued development in every little crevice available. Soon there will be no more green space to enjoy and frankly that is not a world that I want to live in. We must protect it and protect it now. America is the home of the free which means the people who live in Alaska don’t own it. They live there and they should do everything they can to fight for its protection. If they can’t, or won’t, then someone else needs to. I would never stand by and willingly watch someone abuse a child or pet, nor will I stand by quietly and watch the country I love be abused whether that is globally or locally.

  10. Chris "son of a liberal" said

    If you dont live in alaska you should not tell them how to treat the land they already care for.

  11. Chris "son of a liberal" said

    Oil independence is of national interest for our own safety and security. We need to address these issues now not later. Drill, Explore, build, coal, solar, wind, Stop burning money on ethanol and change direction now before it is too late. Rich hypocrites that live on the coast who don’t want to look at wind farms do not come first. You guys had your chance look at what you did.

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