Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Palin on the Edge

Have you ever watched a movie where there was a person standing on the ledge of a very tall building, moments from death, and someone from below screams, “JUMP!”? That’s kind of how I feel about Sarah Palin right now. From the looks of her last meeting with Alaska State Senators, she is a wee bit jumpy.

A couple of weeks before the Alaska legislature began this year’s session, a bipartisan group of state senators on a retreat a few hours from here invited Gov. Sarah Palin to join them. Accompanied by a retinue of advisers, she took a seat at one end of a conference table and listened passively as Gary Stevens, the president of the Alaska Senate, a former college history professor and a low-key Republican with a reputation for congeniality, expressed delight at her presence.

Would the governor, a smiling Stevens asked, like to share some of her plans and proposals for the coming legislative session?

Palin looked around the room and paused, according to several senators present. “I feel like you guys are always trying to put me on the spot,” she said finally, as the room became silent.

Even when dealing with members of her own party, she seems to be on the defensive. She had some words to say about fellow Republican, Jay Ramras-R, recently when he dared call her out for her lack of leadership regarding the crisis in Western Alaska.

“I am disappointed that Representative Ramras failed to express his concerns to my office before issuing a press release with incomplete and misleading information. This is particularly concerning since he knew I would be attending a meeting with his entire caucus that evening. Representative Ramras did not mention the specific issue of using state assets to me personally at the meeting. Instead, I read about it later in the press release. Truly Alaskans deserve better than that kind of ‘politics as usual’. It is unfortunate that the representative sees this as an opportunity to play politics rather than help in the response.”

One fellow Republican has even called her “Quayle with a ponytail.” Ouch.

I imagine Palin standing out there on that ledge, teetering perilously on her high heels, clingly tenuously to the brick behind her. She is smiling, of course, because that’s what beauty queens do. Eventually, if we keep expecting her to do her job, to understand what’s going on around her, maybe she’ll finally realize that she doesn’t belong out there on the ledge and she’ll jump. Hopefully, all the way back to Wasilla.

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Doogan the Downer

I first knew that Mike Doogan was headed for my “Bad Guys” list when he started sending nasty emails to his constituents.

An excerpt, in case you missed it:

“Are you people nuts? You send me — and everybody else in the legislature, from the looks of things — Spam and then lecture me on email etiquette — as if there were such a thing? Here’s an etiquette suggestion: Abandon your phony names, do your own thinking and don’t expect everybody to share your obsessions.”


Now Representative Mike Doogan has become, to me, the Alaskan equivalent of Debbie Downer. On the radio this afternoon, Mike proceeded to explain why Alaskans will probably not be getting their dividend this year. It is directly related to the downturn in the stock market, but that’s about all I could follow. For some reason, he seemed quite jovial as he described how the legislators were cowering behind their desks in order to hide from questions about the PFD.

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. Stay tuned.

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Monegan for Mayor

There have been many firsts for me in the past six months. It was the first time I’ve ever truly cared about politics. The first time I’ve attended a political rally (actually, four!). The first time I’ve donated to a candidate. And now, the first time I’ve gotten a hand-signed thank you note from a politician. On Monday, I received a thank you note from none other than Walt Monegan himself. I decided to donate to his cause as soon as I found out that he had a PayPal account. Coincidentally, I wound up meeting him only days after that, at my friend SMR’s house. She held an open house for him, and I decided to go, even though I was very nervous. Truth be told, I got lost on the way over there, and Walt himself had to “talk me in” (those were his words, not mine) over the cell phone. That’s right, he gave me his personal cell phone number.

Walt Monegan is a kind-hearted, gentle soul who sincerely cares about his fellow human beings. I think he would make a great mayor or even a great Governor (wink wink, nudge nudge). If you are interested in donating to the Walt Monegan for Mayor fund, click here. If not, that’s okay too.

And for those of you interested in what the note said, here ya go:

Dear Erin,
Thank you for your contribution. I must confess that I felt more than a little self-conscious in asking anyone for money until someone wiser than I sat down to explain what it really means.

Money isn’t an end, but a means; it buys commodities, provides some sense of security, and is the vehicle used to reach dreams.

Your contribution will buy signs and ads, help me speak to a safer community, and move us all toward a brighter future.

Thank you!

Walt Monegan

(This is the handwritten part.)
Erin- a helping hand along an uncertain journey is always appreciated…
Thank you!

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After watching the development of the Georgia Senate race, I’ve come to a conclusion. It was never about Saxby Chambliss. It was also never about Jim Martin. As Sarah Palin and countless other Republicans have made clear, this was about left vs. right. About keeping power away from Democrats. It was never about what Saxby Chambliss stood for, what the issues were, or even who Jim Martin is. Don’t believe me? Consider this:

Murray Gottlieb, 54, a caterer in Savannah, said he voted for Chambliss because he doesn’t want complete Democratic control of the Senate.

“I support Barack Obama now. I hope he’s the best president we’ve ever had and we get out of the funk we’re in, but I don’t want to give him that much power,” Gottlieb said after casting his ballot at a church in Savannah.

This race was not about Saxby, it was about the number 60. Republicans didn’t want Democrats to have 60 seats in the Senate. It didn’t matter who was running with the R next to his name. It could have been the devil himself, and he still would’ve gotten elected.

Changing the subject, here’s a little something I found while doing research for this article from the Miami Herald:

Pam Sena drove her 7-year-old granddaughter from Locust Grove to see the young girl’s role model. Morgan Sena took it hard when McCain-Palin lost the election, Pam Sena said. Her granddaughter thought Palin should have been at the top of the ticket.

When asked why the youngster thought Palin should be president, Morgan turned her eyes to the ceiling as she considered her response. Her shoes wobbled as she perched on the metal railing of the barrier behind the press platform while she thought.

“She’s good,” Morgan said softly and then added, “Cause she’s pretty.”

And this one:

Red, white and blue painted signs on the stage drew applause with their printed punchlines: “Read my lipstick – vote for Sax”, “Keep your Change” and “Palin-Chambliss 2012“.

Sorry, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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Thank You, Sarah Palin

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I just wanted to express my own thanks to the woman who has made the past few months exciting. Here is why I’m thanking Sarah Palin this year:

Thank you for bringing attention to our state.

(Too bad it is mostly negative.)

Thank you for keeping us laughing.

(I hope you realize that people are laughing AT you, not with you.)

Thank you for running for vice-president.

(Now we know just what kind of person you are.)

Thank you for never shutting up.

(Your logorrhoea is showing.)

Thank you for continuing to show up in the news.

(Even the Republicans will be sick of you soon.)

Thank you for causing people all over the world to detest you so much that they were driven to the wonderful community called Mudflats.

Thank you for showing us what a true American family looks like.

(or rather a dysfunctional American Family)


Thank you for driving the McCain campaign off of a cliff.


Please feel free to add your own in the comments. If they are good, I’ll add them to the post.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Oh, and Sarah:


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No Longer a You Tube V!rg!n

Well, I did it. I took the plunge. Here’s my very first You Tube video, for your viewing pleasure:

This video is obviously from the Alaska Obama event where we made an American flag and then the Obama logo out of people. I know it’s a bit late, but that’s okay.


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A Letter from Sarah


Click here for more letters.

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First, the good stuff:


And then the embarrassing stuff (for her, at least):

“An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.” Read the full article at Mudflats for more.

Oh, Sarah. Notsomuch a fiscal conservative, now are we?

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Here’s a photo of my absentee ballot before I mailed it in:

(Click for full size.)

It’s weird, but I felt almost giddy while filling it in. I just had to take a picture of it, for posterity. I know, I’m a dork, but there it is.

Oh, and Poor Joe. Always in the crease.

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1,000 Words

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is my picture for today:


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