Where’s Sarah? The Return of a Classic.

1 12 2008

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Back in 2006, the members of the Alaska State Legislature were doing their jobs in the place they were supposed to be doing their jobs, also known as the state capitol, Juneau. The governor, however, didn’t like Juneau much. She preferred to do her job from Wasilla and Anchorage, while collecting per diem payments and living in her own home. I know that the rest of the Legislature who live in the Anchorage area would probably love to do their jobs from home while collecting per diem payments. It’s hard to be away from your family for that long. Juneau can only be reached by plane. It can be difficult. But I’m guessing it would be frowned upon if they did it.

Double-standard aside, Sarah Palin was absent from her place of employment a lot. As a sign of protest, legislators from both sides of the aisle took to wearing a unique fashion accessory. They appeared at the Legislative session wearing buttons that said, “Where’s Sarah?” They realized that it was, in fact, impossible to be effective as a governor if you are not actually present.

This astute political observation couldn’t be more relevant today. Today, Sarah Palin is not in her office. She is not dealing with the affairs of state. She is not working on the gas pipeline, or the dropout rate, or trying to figure out why our gas prices are more expensive than anywhere else in the country. She’s not playing catch-up from all the work she missed while on the campaign trail, and she’s not trying to figure out what to do to keep Alaskans warm this winter. She’s not figuring out what to do about the budget which was finalized when oil was in the $60/barrel range, not the $45/barrel it is now.

So, where’s Sarah? She is on the stump for Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss. She flew out to a private fundraiser last night, and is making four campaign stops in Georgia today. This travel comes on the heels of two months of campaigning out of state, and a recent trip to Florida for the Republican Governors’ conference. Yes, this is only two days (plus travel prep, speech prep, flying time, jet lag, etc.), but once again the Governor has missed the point. It’s what got her in the turkey video. She was unable to step outside the situation and ask herself, “How will this look to OTHERS?” How will it look that after months away trying to run the state from my Blackberry, and a return to a politically divided Alaska with lots of domestic problems that have been on the back burner, that I’m heading off to do more partisan political grandstanding for a controversial Republican candidate on the other side of the continent?” Because, if she had asked the question, the answer would have been, “Bad.”

I was glad to see the Democratic Party in Alaska stand up and say something today. This came from the Alaska Democratic Party:

Anchorage – While Gov. Sarah Palin is out of state again, this time in Georgia campaigning for incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss on the eve of the runoff election, Alaska faces challenges including a lack of leadership from the Governor.

Palin will stump for Chambliss, the draft-evading incumbent Republican who waged a notoriously misleading campaign against a decorated war hero, at rallies Monday in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Perry, Georgia. Palin has been back in Alaska at work for only a few days since running for vice president. “Alaskans need our Governor here earning her salary and working on key problems facing Alaska families,” said Alaska Democratic Party Chair Patti Higgins. Alaska is facing significant challenges, Higgins said, including:

  • Oil prices have dropped dramatically to about $45/bbl from the peak of $144/bbl in July, which threatens the state budget.

  • Alaskans are paying some of the highest prices for gas in the nation, averaging $2.87 per gallon, while the national average is $1.91.

  • The state’s oil production continues to decline, due to falling prices and mature fields.

  • The global credit crunch and falling natural gas prices threaten the Alaska gas line.

  • The State is failing to meet its constitutional obligation to take care of public education as shown by the high drop out rates and the low graduation rates.

  • Many Medicare patients cannot find doctors.

  • There is continued flight from rural villages.

  • Alaska faces the prospect of reduced federal dollars from Washington, D.C.

“Alaska’s challenges are significant, and there is much that needs to be done right now. Our Governor should remember that her primary job is to work on behalf of the citizens of Alaska, not engage in partisan politics in other states,” Higgins said.”Governing is more than creating photo ops. We’d like a commitment that the Governor is working, not just scheduling media appearances.”

Why the press conference? Is this one-day stump that egregious? Isn’t she going to be on the east coast anyway to join other governors as they meet with President Elect Obama on Tuesday? What’s the big deal? I’ll answer that question as my mother would. “Sarah, you’re really pushing it.” And she is. And each time she pushes, more and more Alaskans will push back, and her popularity will continue to slide, and she will continue to play “gotcha” with herself. In honor of the governor’s flight to Georgia, I have resurrected the “Where’s Sarah?” button. I have tried in vain to find an image of the original button, but have hopefully captured the spirit in this new incarnation of an old favorite. To get one, or several dozen, click HERE. And don’t worry Legislators, my customer list is strictly confidential…your secret is safe with me!


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1 12 2008
InJuneau

I’m still going to work on tracking down an original for you!

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

You need to include the lack of leadership on the decline in the Permanent Fund;the managers are deer-in-the-headlights, and have done little to protect the principal- no direction from the Governor’s office (I guess this can’t be done by phone or her 1K a day aide).

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/606388.html

Perhaps I’m-The-Campaigner could sell on eBay the rest of her RNC clothes to prop up the reduced value…just a suggestion.

1 12 2008
PDX MB

I’m pretty sure that if our governor, here in Oregon, were to behave this way, Oregonians across the board would be up in arms. Go get ‘er, Alaskans! You deserve (and need) much better.

1 12 2008
NSWFM CA

The State is failing to meet its constitutional obligation to take care of public education as shown by the high drop out rates and the low graduation rates.

Many Medicare patients cannot find doctors.

There is continued flight from rural villages.

Alaska faces the prospect of reduced federal dollars from Washington, D.C.
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Where’s Sarah, indeed. If CA can recall Gray Davis, a Democrat, Alaska can do the same with Palin. She isn’t doing her job as governor, she’s ripping off the citizens with the PerDiemGate, there are so many other -gates and always MIA. AK, she needs to go, but don’t send her to the lower 48. Dump her as governor and keep her chained to Wasilla since they seem to like her so much. Find yourselves someone who can complete a sentence and do the job AK needs to be done.

1 12 2008
Annette, Missouri

Since she is going to Philly to meet with the other Govs and with PE Obama it on Tuesday that will mean flying back on Wed., so it will be Thursday at the earliest she will be in the office. After the holiday last week that means 10 days out of the office.

She is going to be really short of her time this month, might should look into docking her pay for time missed. I know when I worked I lost time after so many days off, I am sure most do too. It’s getting a little much with her missing so many days. Sure be interesting to see who is paying for her little jaunt to the lower 48 this time.

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

Slightly OT: You be the judge: did SP return everything to the RNC? Inquiring minds want to know (and maybe the IRS…heh heh)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/01/sarah-palin-still-wearing_n_147520.html

1 12 2008
0whole1

> she will continue to play “gotcha” with herself.

Ew.

I’m reminded of the Dick Cavat (sp?) clip where one guest uses the word “schmuck” and another (Jewish) guest starts, and says, “You can say that on TV? You can say ‘Mr. Happy’?”

I’ve always thought that Herself was just another Douglas MacArthur — wildly popular at the start, but given enough public exposure — not so much.

1 12 2008
Suzanne

Sorry all of you in Alaska have to “endure” Sarah, but I think for the rest of us she is the “gift that keeps on giving”…I love how she keeps “over saturating” herself with this endless need to campaign (a.k.a narcissism).. Even my very Republican sister, who initially “loved her”, came to hate Sarah, the more she was out in public view….Let her keep it up and by 2010 she will not even be able to be re-elected as Governor, which will end her chances to run for president in 2012….

1 12 2008
0whole1

You think she’s tryin’ to get canned so she can cash in on the book deals et al without worryin’ about pesky Alaskan ethics laws?

1 12 2008
ozmud

Has Sarah got her $1000-a-day-paid-by-the-state gopher with her? you know, the one who really runs the Gov’s office from afar so Sarah’s free to smile for the camera?

1 12 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

CO Almost Native (13:56:13) :
Slightly OT: You be the judge: did SP return everything to the RNC? Inquiring minds want to know (and maybe the IRS…heh heh)
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In the pic in the Huffpost item she is saying the jacket is her own.

1 12 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

I would think that “pushing it” is putting it delicately, AKM. Several other descriptions come to mind” phoning (blackberrying) it in”, “blowing it off”, “not taking care of business”, etc.

If SWWNBN is unable or unwilling to do her job—that of being governor—then Alaskans need to replace her with a governor who is willing to help solve mounting problems as noted by the Alaska Democratic Party.

Day to day activities to benefit Alaskans may not happen each day, but essentially a three month absence causes the cumulative effect to avalanche.

New button idea 🙂 Sarah the Avalanche.

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

Aussie Blue Sky (14:16:54) :

Hmmm…I still say she should sell the RNC clothes hidden in her closet (or First Dud’s, or Piper’s purse) to help restore the lost value in the Permanent Fund. If she’s not going to do her job, at least pay something toward helping the state.

1 12 2008
Moose Pucky

“Alaskans need our Governor here earning her salary and working on key problems facing Alaska families,” said Alaska Democratic Party Chair…

Moose pucky, I say. We obviously don’t need this particular governor…because she’s got little to offer. Not work on women’s rights. Not work on health care. Not practicing personal ethics. Not implementing reform in government. Not working toward a balanced budget. Just cronyism and partisanship and a turkey pardon.

Giblets is prattling on in Georgia today about how the country needs Saxby Chambliss to protect their second amendment rights. (Yawn…)

Go Georgia. Show the country you know how to recognize real integrity in a candidate. Jim Martin, you’re lookin’ real good.

1 12 2008
Sauerkraut

When the going gets tough

Sarah Palin gets going

to some other place.

ADHD

1 12 2008
trig

Umm, didn’t Alaskans elect her governor in the first place? Seems to me Alaskans are getting just what they voted for – and deserve.

If you don’t like it, DO SOMETHING about it. Government is for the people, by the people.

1 12 2008
Kate in Canada

Bangladesh is just about exactly the opposite side of the world from Georgia–(give or take a few degrees of latitude)–
that’s where John McCain seems headed today- he will arrive there tomorrow.
You can’t run far enough, John.

1 12 2008
A Fan From Chicago

Caught a little of her speech at the first rally this morning (I watch so you don’t have to) and she is such a one trick pony. Essentially a variation of her general election stump speech – “progressing our country forward” and the usual blather. God it almost makes my ears bleed.

But I loved that she referred to him as Saxby. Not sure why but that really sounded silly. And a little informal. I doubt she could have picked him out of a line up before this morning. And truthfully, not sure she could find Georgia on a map.

A fear is that if he wins, and I think that is more likely than not, she’s gonna take a lot of credit for it. And probably be given some from her adoring fans. It’s clear that she will not go away – quietly, under pressure to stay home, of her own volition, under subpoena, to be home for Bristol’s baby, whatever.

She’s The Thing That Wouldn’t Die.

1 12 2008
NSWFM CA

A Fan From Chicago (14:42:59) :

Caught a little of her speech at the first rally this morning (I watch so you don’t have to) and she is such a one trick pony.
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Thanks for protecting us from the Shrilla from Wasilla. I can’t listen to that screeching nut job. Maybe Saxby grabbed her chest, too. Just like that young granddaughter of his who was sitting on his lap.

1 12 2008
Marnie

I sent a small donation to Alaskans for Truth. http://alaskansfortruth.blogspot.com/

If all MudFlatters send a few bucks maybe they will buy AKM’s buttons for the legislature to wear.
Whouldn’t that be a hoot. Mud flats comes to the capitol by way of the truth.

1 12 2008
phoebe

@CO Almost Native
Oh dear, I thought that jacket looked familiar. Maybe that’s one of the “three” that Nicole Wallace & the RNC okayed. I forgot how distressing it is to see her on a daily basis… MSNBC is really covering her while Fox is not…”something rotten in Denmark?” ” How can I miss you if you won’t go away?”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/01/sarah-palin-still-wearing_n_147520.html

1 12 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

At some point she’ll have to come home and attempt to learn to govern and “progress” the state of AK…In the meantime….
Whats the difference between a small town mayor and a Chicago Community organizer?
Chicago Community organizers win elections! BIG ONES!

SP=Loser, LIAR, and Leech.

1 12 2008
Marnie

0whole1
You think she’s tryin’ to get canned so she can cash in on the book deals et al without worryin’ about pesky Alaskan ethics laws?

She’s worring about Alaskan ethics laws? (Spoken with Lahng Ahland accent.)

1 12 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

Thank God someone up there is standing up and taking notice (besides AKM)
IMPEACH-RECALLL
I don’t think that jacket is hers, well I guess NOW it is. She wore the same jacket, (the snazzy black one) that she wore for Joe Biden’s debate the day after she came back for the ADN interview.
I just wrote to RNC and CREW and demanded, they go tear the clothes off her back!!!
With all the issues going on in Alaska and she just LEAVES, is totally unfricken believable!!!
And she’s campaigning for a pedophile-racist-pig for christ’s sake. Well maybe THAT is familiar territory…

1 12 2008
phoebe

Where is Todd & the rest of the family? Home?

1 12 2008
ira2

Ok now, let’s see… she’s not in Alaska governing the state of which she is the executive, which means that she’s not doing her job as governor. She’s not at home being a hockey mom and making moose chili or tending to her pregnant teen daughter (whatever happened to Bristol? DID she give birth as advertised?) or to her special needs child or the one who was out of school for two months, which means that she’s not doing her job as a mother.

During the campaign, didn’t she sell herself to her adoring fans as a hard-working politician and a dedicated mother?

Failin’ on both fronts, there. Also too. We’ll call it “false advertising”, yes? And “fraud”?

1 12 2008
Mart

AND she is wearing the RNC clothes that she “didn’t have” , to stump for that horrible racist from S. Carolina. A racist and a liar while Alaska goes to hell in a handbasket. GO FIGURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 12 2008
NSWFM CA

Luckily, enough of the Americans figured out she’s a fraud and instead elected a team of adults. Has anyone else noticed that whenever Hank Paulson talks, the stock market drops, by A LOT?

1 12 2008
Cynthia, TX

somebody please take the batteries out of Palinbot so we can all rest our sights and brains! I am just sick of this woman. She needs to go back and govern Alaska.

1 12 2008
Trini

You would think that the RNC would send in the big guns to save the seat. But no, just SWWNBN. My guess is that they didn’t want to be affiliated with Chambliss, especially McCain. So, she’s just a sacrifice and she doesn’t even know it. The longer she’s out there, the worse 2012 will be for her and the better it will be for the other RNC survivors. She just can’t help but step in it. You can bet that when the 2012 debates roll around, the repug candidates will destroy her for neglecting Alaska for her own political “gain”.

1 12 2008
Wasilla women

I think she is testing the limits intentionally.. She is wishing to be canned.. But don’t count on the legislature to do it… their wussies..

1 12 2008
Marnie

For all the fun it is discussing Sarah – and it is fun-
(see UK lady’s ‘SPOT THE TURKEY COMPETITION’ quote in the other entry for today)

– Since her popularity in Alaska has fallen, I think, at least 30%, and probably is continuing downward as she turns her back on the States’s populace – when do the Alaskan Republican legislators, mayors etc. begin to worry that the Palin effect may hit them just like it did in the Presidential election – when do they begin to try to work around and or against her in order to save their own positions and their state party and maybe serve their state?

I am sure that all of the legislators are continuing to do what they can do, but the governor is a state’s decider guy, and in Alaska the decider is not deciding anything. It’s already been mentioned – that kind of neglect begins to add up.

1 12 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

Upcoming events in AK include, possible perjury charges, possible grand baby due, possible missing e-mail legal proceedings, possible housegate issues.

Sounds like fun!

1 12 2008
Sarah

What is her Alaskan approval rate as of today? I hope Alaska boots her out. She has no respect for the office or the people she serves.

1 12 2008
GJ in ID

I suppose if you give her enough rope she will hang herself palling around with the lower 48 wantabees, so that by 2010 she’ll have enough sound bites and stupid shots no one will want to see her again, ever. Hey it only took me 2 days to OD on her stupidness.

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Isn’t Bristol’s baby due December 18th according to Palin, why is she off campaigning, where is Todd on the North slope, and where is Trig are Willow & Piper taking care of him like they did on the campaign trail? You hardly ever saw Sarah or Todd holding Trig, it was Piper & Willow. AKM, sorry, I don’t want a pin that says wheres Sarah, I want her to get lost!!

1 12 2008
majii

I live in GA. She is here, and on the news. I don’t watch. It makes me sick to my stomach. She has her little girl, can’t remember her name, following her around.

This is the same child who said it was hard for her to catch up on her schoolwork because she’d missed so much while on the campaign trail.

1 12 2008
Angela

Hm… makes me wonder if the RNC or if Alaska is paying for her expenses (airfare, hotel, food) while she is out of the state. Knowing SP she will charge the state since she was performing her official duties remotely.

1 12 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

On this episode of “Slope”….

Sarah is progressing her tan , Bristol is in the bush working with Levi, Todd is home having a baby, and Piper is babysitting Willow to make sure she stays “pure”.

1 12 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Todd is actually running the state, such as he can also too

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Doesn’t Alaska have laws concerning absentee of children in school, Piper has missed how much? Is Alaska paying for Piper to tag along, she wasn’t on stage as a prop today, so who is paying?

1 12 2008
InJuneau

Oh, I’m sure SWWNBN is getting the state to pay for Piper somehow, although you would think that there would be truancy issues…

1 12 2008
Greytdog

Wonder if the Chambliss campaign is paying for the Palin Family WHITE Christmas?
And if Alaskans are concerned about what poor Sarah would do if she lost her job as Governor, please rest assured – WalMart is ALWAYS hiring!

1 12 2008
Greytdog

Piper is being homeschooled, isn’t she? Therefore campaigning for Skunky Chambliss could be seen as a “civics” lesson (and here, Piper dear, is where we used to keep them slaves before that Arab Terrorist Palling around with Ayers took over)

1 12 2008
NSWFM CA

mmboucher (Florida) (16:15:48) :

Doesn’t Alaska have laws concerning absentee of children in school, Piper has missed how much? Is Alaska paying for Piper to tag along, she wasn’t on stage as a prop today, so who is paying?

_________
The State is failing to meet its constitutional obligation to take care of public education as shown by the high drop out rates and the low graduation rates.
_________

Her kids have such a great track record in school. Daughter is “marrying” a HS dropout. What an example this “hockey mom” sets for all of them. Six years for a 4-year degree, and she can’t even speak English in a way a normal person can understand.

1 12 2008
WV Democrat

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Scarah meets with O. I can only imagine what he thinks of her.

1 12 2008
Moose Pucky

Some of them voted for her. Some of us didn’t. But we all got her. You betcha’. She’s ours. Now, what to do??

1 12 2008
Moose Pucky

One plus about incompetent public officials is that they tend to do less damage, because they don’t achieve too many of their goals. 🙂

1 12 2008
Moose Pucky

Okay, I just thought about George Bush and I retract that hoof out of my mouth.

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I e-mailed Obama camp when I heard they were having the Governers meeting, and pleaded with them to ignor her and no photo ops after what she did to Obama, and she didn’t need ay more feathers in her hat. Obama is doing a good job of ignoring Fox news at the press conferences, Five so far and no questions taken from fox.

1 12 2008
whichferret

So I just found the funniest thing. It is Yahoo’s top 10 searches for 2008! Guess who is NOT on the list! That is right. Queen Pain. But Barack Obama is!!!! Seriously just about fell out of my chair. No one knew who she was, but apparently no one really cared after they learned a little bit either.😉

http://buzz.yahoo.com/yearinreview2008/top10/

1 12 2008
Moose Pucky

Martin passed on Faux News also. He’s got class!!

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

One more thing, who do you contact in Pipers school district to complain about her absence. When I had children in school and they stayed home ill, we got a call to confirm the illness because of state aid. Each day the child is out of school I believe you loose federal ade.

1 12 2008
Lee323

Lassie Come Home!!

Glad the Democrats stood up today with their press release. However, I have one slight difference with Ms. Higgin’s statement that “Alaskans needs ‘our’ Governor…” This should really read “Alaskans need ‘a’ Governor…” I’m skeptical that Alaskans actually need Palin.

Egads! Don’t just stand there with your tongues hanging out, crying for “our” guv to come home! Impeach the twit! Or at least haul out the unfinished business of ethics violations, abuse of power, and perjury charges….and any other “bubbles” sure to float to the surface of the murky muck!

1 12 2008
Diane

Impeach or recall or whatever your state does.
Do it before your state is destroyed.
We have 8 years of Bush as an example of what happens when people are incompetent, hire incompetents and do not work( Texas vacations).
She is scary because so many Republicans adore her.
But, if it can be shown that she can’t do the job, maybe, just maybe, we can stop her before she runs for vP or President again.

1 12 2008
Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble

Saxby ceded the last word to Sarah. He had to. Those few hundred folks in Savannah
didn’t come to see him, they came to see her. She’s become the ‘bearded lady’ at the carnival. You don’t want anybody see you pay money to go in, but how can you resist the barker? Besides, maybe she really does have a beard.

1 12 2008
Mired...in the Pine Barrens

What difference does it make where Sarah is. Even if she nailed herself to her desk, is there anyone out there who actually believes that she is capable of solving any of the very serious problems facing AK right now? I’m not sure she even knows what it is exactly that the Governor of Alaska is supposed to be doing.

1 12 2008
whichferret

Wondering if my comment got eaten. Anyway, I found Yahoo’s top 10 searches for 2008 and Obama is number 3 and Queen Pain did not even make the list. Just about fell out of my chair. Guess she was less relevant than she thought huh?
http://buzz.yahoo.com/yearinreview2008/top10/

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Mired…in the Pine Barrens (16:56:08) :

You are right she didn’t have a clue about what a VP was to do, anymore than she knows what a mom is to do.

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Just wanted to stop by and say thank you to AKM and commenters here. On the topic, well, I just had the septic pipes in the house cleaned out from roots and sh*t. It is best to get them All clean out, IMO. Sarah ( and Dud behind the scenes) are roots that should be cleaned out of Alasakan politics. You are a beautiful state, and I love and appreciate you more than you know.

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

If she could have named ONE newspaper…just one..

1 12 2008
Lee323

The Anchorage Daily News is reporting “Palin Mania in Georgia.”

There she goes again…”energizing the base” down there, too, also, jobs are the, rearin’-head Putin, drill and energy experting, progressing Alaska and the country…

Probably not as fun this time since she’s only trying to shore up the prospects of lily-white good ole boy “Sexby Shambles” instead of fightin’ a Black Muslim terrorist-pallin’ dangerous socialism-luvin’ wealth-distributor. Gosh darn…doesn’t even need a photo-op with her over ‘n under this time.

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Lee, jus’ the troof, man.

1 12 2008
Quetzalcoatl

That button should read “Where’s Sarah?
In jail yet?”

That list reads like she’s neglecting her duty — can I have a Recall. Reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Sarah’s fiddling, with the books and laws.

1 12 2008
Grassroots New Mexico

As Heidi Klum would say, “oooh that’s bad …. but true.”

1 12 2008
Lee323

MinNJ Moose Roadster<<

I agree.

She could have at least mentioned “The Weekly Reader.” She has 5 kids, for cripe’s sake! I’m sure TWR was floating around their school backpacks all the time! She could have gleaned some pithy nuggets of information about civics, geography, and tolerance for other ethnic groups from that scholarly source. Maybe it was banned in her house.

1 12 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

Palin flack defends governor’s absence
December 01, 2008
By Tony Hopfinger

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1-talk-of-the-tundra/345-palin-flack-defends-governors-absence.html
“The Palin administration called a press conference Monday to defend criticism from Alaska Democrats who say it’s time for the governor to get back to work…”

I guess they’ve all learned to spin,spin,spin, being on the campaign trail and all….?
IMPEACH THEM ALL, AND i AM SHOUTING!!!!!

1 12 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

On this episode of “Slope”….

Sarah is on tour with the “Holy Stones”…Todd is at an undisclosed location with his contractor buddies, Willow is babysitting Bristol, and Piper is actually running AK via her Blackberry.

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Chrystal
Spin, spin, spin we all are spinning and don’t know the truth…NOT.

1 12 2008
Lee323

Mired…in the Pine Barrens<< “Even if she nailed herself to her desk….”

Ohh….. so that’s the script for “Nailin’ Palin.” Tryin’ to get Palin back to work at her desk!

Never saw it myself….but it all makes sense now.

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Lee, you are a writer, now give it up! We know now. Your angel spirit,

1 12 2008
Sauerkraut

CO Almost Native (13:56:13) :

You be the judge: did SP return everything to the RNC?
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Read an article somewhere where she was being interviewed by someone while inside, but then the interviewer wanted to talk to her outside. The problem? She was wearing a skirt. So the interviewer bought her some new woolens. And later, someone else spent another grand on her.

The FEC, meanwhile, issued an opinion about what she needs to declare on federal forms. Alaska’s requirements apparently are more stringent but she apparently controls that department. Also.

1 12 2008
Sauerkraut

Wasilla women (15:33:42) :

I think she is testing the limits intentionally.. She is wishing to be canned..
________________

She’s dumb but she’s not so stupid as to want to be impeached. A successful impeachment would absolutely kill her political aspirations. Her career, except perhaps locally in Alaska, would be dead in the water.

1 12 2008
Sauerkraut

Moose Pucky (16:36:56) :

Some of them voted for her. Some of us didn’t. But we all got her. You betcha’. She’s ours. Now, what to do??
__________________

Hope the state doesn’t end up in receivership due to poor fiscal management at the top?

1 12 2008
whichferret

I saw today where Queen Pain did not make Yahoo’s top searches of 2008. Obama did though. He was number 3. Guess she was not as relevant as she thought.

Hope the Legislature decides to stay tough and takes her to task on not only not being there now, but also not doing her job at all

1 12 2008
Sauerkraut

ferret? did you pass?

1 12 2008
1 12 2008
Lee323

Hahahahaha…..Palin is just good for so many laughs!! Can’t help myself.

Joking about Palin seems kind of cruel and cold-hearted until I remember images of her whipping up the frenzied mobs into a blood-haze of killing fever whilst wearing her bloody-red stilettos…..well, you get the point (or the points, if those stilettos are on your neck).

A real christian womanly role model…..loads of kids, red stilettos, unruly mobs, attempted unilateral derailment of this country’s struggle for ethnic equailty, and apparently no compunction in dabbling in the dark arts….. like Witch Doctors and exorcisms….yeppers, we may indeed be in “The End Times” if this gal makes it any further politically.

1 12 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

On this episode of “Slope”…,

Gov. Piper Palin grants amnesty to her parents….

1 12 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane (18:17:54) :

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That slopes epidode is really funny!

1 12 2008
MinNJ Moose Roadster

Cannot best anyone in any way, but appreciate you all in every one. Thanks.

1 12 2008
CRFlats

ALASKANS, our Executive Branch is MIA.!!!!

Write your legislator with words of encouragement. They are usually in a position of only hearing from constituents when they want something. Tell them they are doing a great job (they’ll eat it up), and that it will be up to them to show true leadership, as we no longer have an Executive Branch.

Hopefully, they will step up. They need some encouragement and the knowledge that they have support.

Those of you out of state, write them too. Let them know the WORLD is watching, and that you are not buying what SP is selling.

1 12 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire

WV Democrat (16:34:11) :

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Scarah meets with O. I can only imagine what he thinks of her.
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My bet is he will have to take several showers to feel clean again.🙂

1 12 2008
Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble

Debbie aka Commando Coalfire (18:54:17) :

WV Democrat (16:34:11) :

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Scarah meets with O. I can only imagine what he thinks of her.
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My bet is he will have to take several showers to feel clean again.
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He’ll be gracious and by 2012, she’ll be stumping for him. Plus, he’ll make her Secretary of the Extraneous so she can spend all her time on the North Slope documenting polar bear encounters with pipe lines for the Secretary of the Interior. She’ll love it. Neiman Marcus will outfit her, except for her boots. Manolo will take care of those.

1 12 2008
Bear Woman

I hope all of SP’s speeches at these campaign rallies are recorded so that her lies can be exposed. And when she lies about Obama, that she is made to eat her words when she wonders why Alaska is being ignored and gets very little funding!

1 12 2008
Canuck for Alaskan Truth

AKM, thanks, you have blogged what’s been on my mind all day: Sarah has taken a leave of absence from her job again, this time for a racist piece of sh*t, how can/does she get away with it? How can she be so above the law?

Some say she’s a puppet for the Repugs, positing that she’s in some way a victim. I disagree. She’s in it for all she can get, as a Republican politician and as Alaska’s governor. She is not a compassionate Christian, she’s a power hungry despot. She’s abused her political positions, lied, race-baited, charged women for rape kits, and costs Alaskan taxpayers and Republican party supporters far more than what she’s worth.

Alaskan politicians need to do their job NOW and take Sarah to task for a sizable number of “gates” clearly visible to the international public eye. They cannot wait until she falls under the wheels of the Repug bus, which is likely to happen sooner or later, because the Alaskan people can’t wait for their governor to do her job.

To quote the Rolling Stones, who’s driving their (Alaskan politicians) plane?

1 12 2008
PNW in Portland

The good people of Alaska should feel nausea at the sight of their governor collecting a paycheck (and a per diem, as well?) while continuing her self-aggrandizement tour that has absolutely nothing in it for the people she purports to represent.

And that voice…Didn’t the voters of Alaska care about having to listen to that voice for 4 years?

1 12 2008
Lori in Los Angeles

See the latest juicy tidbit re babygate:
http://www.palindeception.com/blog/

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

Sauerkraut (17:52:01) :

Thanks for the info; I appreciate it. Come on, IRS- do your job!
CRFlats-
This is from the Alaskan Dispatch; maybe they will help Alaskans demand accountability from your Governor-in-Name-Only:

Perhaps most interesting Monday was Alaska media’s new-found skepticism toward Palin. Alaska reporters largely gave Palin a pass during her first 18 months in office. After she joined John McCain on the presidential ticket, national media scoured her past and forced local reporters to reexamine how they’d been covering the governor.

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

CRFlats (18:50:03) :

Alaskan Dispatch says reporters are (finally!) starting to ask hard questions of SP and her Loyal Mouthpiece. Maybe that will help get the Alaskans’ attention.

sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane (18:17:54) :

On next week’s episode of “Slope”, Sarah Palin and First Dude move to Paris, so they can see Russia from their terrace…

1 12 2008
CO Almost Native

SP has such a command of the English language that she decided not to write a new speech, and just recycle the same-old stump speech that worked so well with McCain:

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/01/palin-chambliss-stump/

( what a moroone…)

1 12 2008
WeCan Hussein

New button:
Where’s Sarah?
The Sequel

And we all know sequels are far worse than the original, right? 🙂

1 12 2008
yukonbushgrma

All day today, watching her stumping in GA, that old song has been going through my head:

“How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Par-ee?”

Someone needs to write a parody of this for dear ol’ SWWNBN!

1 12 2008
Alaska Pi

CRFlats (18:50:03) :

“ALASKANS, our Executive Branch is MIA.!!!!

Write your legislator with words of encouragement. They are usually in a position of only hearing from constituents when they want something”
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I AM, Iam…
I’m proud of mine too. That’s the easy part.
The part I’m having trouble with is how to write a polite reminder that @%^$#$ Governor Palin doesn’t seem to 7%#%^* understand this was a@%&(**5576!@# four year contract she made with us and I’d sure like the Legs to have a chat with her about that.

1 12 2008
mysteri

Well, I am glad one democrat will stand up. As for impeachment, there are far too many republicans in the state of Alaska. It would be nice to get leaders in who are accountable though.

Some of the thoughts are so funny though. But check out this video < I kind of like the song. “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFJ0TC_ggZM”

1 12 2008
Lee323

One last thought….Every time I refresh the comments page, I see at the top, “Where’s Sarah? The Return of a Classic.” I realize the reference is to the button but the juxtaposition of “classic” and “Sarah” is mind-bending.

When I think of “classic”….I think of Pavarotti, Einstein, Plato, Jane Austen, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, Stonehenge, ’57 Chevy, LL Bean boots, my Father’s workbench etc…

I definitely don’t think of the low-brow, low-class, newly minted Guv. of Alaska.

Sorry if I sound snobbish….I think the boots and my Dad’s workbench bring the snob level down a bit, eh?

1 12 2008
GJ in ID

Sorry, I spent my Christmas money on an Obama ornament, from the last post, so will not be getting or wearing a “Where’s It” button. I also must have be doing to much bookkeeping lately, but I got to wondering just how or who is paying for SP’s running around down in the lower 48, so i took a look at the AK Check book online. You have to read through a long, long list of vendors, but you can find some very interesting expense for the Gov’s office. I haven’t had time to come up with any complete totals, but the numbers for travel, printing, ad Radio and ADN sure caught my eye. Oh, and it must pay to be an AK Baptist, as they got $409,798.00 for Family Services from 7/1-10/31/08. If you are totally bored and want to follow the money in AK, just google AK checkbook online. It might give you some interesting questions to ask the Gov. or those who pay her bills.

1 12 2008
SMR

Okay, this is going to be a long one, so brace yourself. Have sent off my weekly email asking our legislators to be accountable & grow a pair, I encourage all of you to make this a weekly to-do thing, cheaper than donating to her opponent in any future election! Let’s derail her here & now! Here’s my letter:

Dear Senator,

I am writing this email to encourage you to take action following the recommendations of the report compiled, at the request of yourselves, by Stephen Branchflower. I also request that you follow up on several much-needed actions in regard to the persons who flagrantly broke the law in the course of said report.

I am angered by the recent statement of Governor Palin’s spokesperson, Bill McAllister, who said that the only people interested in seeing these issues followed up are “ultra left wingers.” I must take issue with that, and further state that not only do I not have any idea who he is referring to by that phrase – it certainly could not be this particular Alaskan, but wholeheartedly repudiate the divisiveness and partisanship that the term implies. I am not, of course, surprised that he has imported the campaign trail hate-mongering of his boss to Alaska; that behavior was, and continues to be, a disgrace to Alaska and Alaskans, but is not the focus of this message to you.

I am a born & raised Alaskan who has spent the majority of her life in Alaska. Until this election, I have voted for the Republican presidential ticket since voting for George H.W. Bush, apart from voting George W. Bush in for a second term. My disgust with our governor far outweighed any that I may have, or formerly had, for John McCain, and was the reason that I changed my voter registration to Undeclared following her placement on the GOP presidential ticket. She does not represent my Republican values or beliefs, and certainly does not represent the best that the Republican Party has to offer in the way of politicians. Does that make me an “ultra left winger?” I rather think that that makes me a conservative voter that places ethical & prudent leadership before party line.

I was employed by the oil industry for ten years, and my husband remains employed by the oil industry. As such, I have had a front-row seat from which to view our governor’s ineptitude in managing our state’s symbiotic relationship with the oil industry. She has, since being placed in her appointed position at the AOGCC, been systematically undermining the State’s relationship with the oil producers. Do not imagine for a minute that there are not many other oil industry Republicans such as myself and my husband, moderate in our religious beliefs, that understand this and share our frustration and disgust. AIDEA is a farce, the TransCanada pipeline deal is a travesty that will bleed our state of hundreds of millions of dollars for naught, and the tax increases established to take advantage of the temporarily higher price per barrel leave the state incredibly vulnerable in the volatile energy market. It was less than ten years ago that the price of oil per barrel was at $10 and ARCO was “purchased” by BP – I know that many of you were legislators then and therefore should not have blindly followed her knee-jerk taxation policy. One of the “Big 3” oil companies in town is now force-ranking their employees, often a pre-cursor to layoffs, while our governor is on her Self Promotion Tour 2008 touting her success in, and knowledge of, the oil industry. Our state’s struggles with regard to the oil industry have only just begun.

There are many crises facing the state of Alaska right now, and you, as an elected official, are duty-bound to support Alaskans. First and foremost, in my mind, is your obligation to enforce the legal and ethical standards of our elected and appointed officials. If that is not done there can be no credibility within our government, and no assurance that any action taken is clearly in the best interests of Alaska or Alaskans. That being the case, I call upon you to do the following:

• Censure Governor Sarah Palin who, the Branchflower Report found to have “abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act” which provides “The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

• Seek contempt charges against the Governor’s husband, Todd Palin and the state officials who willingly ignored the Legislative Council’s subpoenas during the investigation.

• Hold hearings on whether Gov. Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, committed perjury in their sworn statements to Timothy Petumenos, in his function as independent counsel to the Alaska State Personnel Board.

• Call for an independent investigation to determine if Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg or others engaged in criminal witness tampering in advance of the Branchflower investigation.

1 12 2008
fifitrixiebelle
1 12 2008
Steve

Alaskans don’t like to be bothered by government, and Sarah is not bothering them with it. What’s the beef?

It will change only when “independent” Alaskans decide that freezing while their state’s economy dies and the educated population shrinks are not viable alternatives to competent, functional government. In the meantime, God help the rest of you.

1 12 2008
Curious

What’s up with the selling of “Palin 2012” shirts at this rally?

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/11/5/13585/8320/

2 12 2008
yukonbushgrma

GJ in ID said: “Oh, and it must pay to be an AK Baptist, as they got $409,798.00 for Family Services from 7/1-10/31/08.”

Now first, let me say that I have absolutely nothing against Baptists, or Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims or Atheists.

But I noticed that a few years back the State of Alaska got very friendly with faith-based initiatives. That’s fine, too – for the most part. Those folks usually are trustworthy and we hope they will do a good job with our state’s money (or money the state got from the feds).

I understand that this stemmed from a federal initiative, and the money flowed down to the states. OK, fine.

What bothers me is that a few years ago, I got the weekly email newsletter from the Lt. Gov. (can’t remember if it was Leman or Parnell) – mentioning the faith-based organizations that had received monies recently. One of the programs was something my non-profit organization might have taken advantage of, but we never heard boo about it.

So to me that said that non-profit organizations are lower on the pecking order.

Anyone want to talk about separation of church and state?

2 12 2008
tigerwine

Amen to all the above! I’m off to vote for Martin. As previous posters have pointed out, if Saxby (as she calls him) wins, she probably will get the credit. Can’t let that happen! It snowed here all day yesterday in the north GA mountains, so will have to see how the road conditions are, but I’ll get there!!

2 12 2008
yukonbushgrma

YAY! Go get ’em with that vote, Tiger!!!!!!

2 12 2008
austintx

………gone shopping…………

2 12 2008
sjk_from the belly of the plane

On this week’s episode of “Slope”, Sarah stares down Hugo Chavez….Todd takes Levi-Fredo “fishing”…..Bristol is at an undisclosed location…Willow takes her turn at the helm of the State with her new Blackberry and Piper starts her own campaign for prom queen.

2 12 2008
Grammy in PA

Just a pet peeve of mine, but I’ve seen this several times now – when you are speaking about the city that is the capital of a state, it is capitAl – the only time you use the spelling capitOl is when you are speaking about the building that houses the legislative body – so the Alaska State Capitol Bldg is in Juneau, the Capital of Alaska. Sorry, but it bugs me . . . . !!!!

2 12 2008
CO Almost Native

I don’t know if SMR, yukonbushgrma, and/or sjk are still on this thread, but:

clap clap clap clap clap clap bravo!

Eloquent posts, strong language that gets right to the heart of the matter.

2 12 2008
sjk_from the belly of the plane

Keep Sarah in the spotlight until she blinks!

2 12 2008
Lara

I was struck by a comment you made about SP – that she can’t see how things look to others. It hadn’t occurred to me until you said it, and then it hit a chord. But I wasn’t sure why the first time, except that it made so much sense. This time it hit me. I’ve seen it before.
I want to start by saying that I think there are many fine people who are religious, including Christians. And there are others for whom religion supports their weaknesses/pathology. For some people, when they believe that God is in control, and everything they get is a blessing, or lesson, from God, they start seeing people as tools instead of people. They quit worrying about learning about the human situation, because they are focused on God’s message for THEM. It can be very egocentric. I remember giving a very appropriate and thoughtful gift to a friend going through a tough time. Her response was that she felt cared for – by God! He brought her what she needed when she needed it. He gave her a virtual hug. It totally negated the thoughtful thing I did.
I know this isn’t all Christian/religious people. I know they too are on a journey and will learn and grow and change. I also don’t regret giving my friend the gift. She may not have seen the situation the same as me, but she is also very kind and thoughtful towards me. However, I don’t think I want someone with that attitude in the White HOuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’ve had other Christians in the White House, who took personal responsibility – and I’m not thinking of W.
You’re right. SP is too egocentric to be able to do the dutires of the White House – can you imagine her as a diplomat (and most VPs & Preses have diplomatic duties) – and interpreting everything as God’s blessing or lesson?
Perhaps I am being too harsh on her. I welcome comments, particularly from those with a deep faith, to show me the errors in my thinking.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@Greytdog (16:30:58) :

I don’t believe Piper is being homeschooled. I think she’s supposed to be attending school at her elementary school this year. That’s why she complained in the Matt Lauer interview that she was having so much trouble catching up on all her school work that she’d missed while out on the campaign trail. Besides, who do you propose would actually be homeschooling her?

@mmboucher (Florida) (16:47:20) :

If you’re still here, the MarSu School District site is: http://www.matsuk12.us/matsu/site/default.asp

I’m sure you could find someone on there to whom to report on Piper’s absence from school.

2 12 2008
sjk_from the belly of the plane

Piper is learning to babysit and wear high heels and will soon be Gov. of AK. School can wait.

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@sjk_from the belly of the plane (09:12:51) :

Yes, so true!

And the Slopes episodes are a riot!

2 12 2008
InJuneau

@sjk_from the belly of the plane (09:12:51) :

Because, clearly, a solid educational background is not necessary for governin’ and progressin’ the state and such, also.

2 12 2008
sjk_from the belly of the plane

More “Slopes” episodes to come as they oooze from my brain cell…And if no child is gonna be left behind, therefore such as, governin’ and progressin’ the state and all should be a piece of cake.

2 12 2008
sjk_from the belly of the plane

on this episode of “Slopes”….Sarah decides to reform and progress or slay everything in the state, Todd returns from fishing without Levi, Bristol announces that is trying out for Alaskan Idol, Willow and Piper are reading “The Communist Manifesto”and trying to figure out how to use Yahoo mail to cover their devious trail, and Trig is busy catching up on some well deserved naptime.

And now a word from our sponsor: Triple D Farm and Hatchery…..

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forkboy

I’m confused…..considering her lack of intelligence or any apparent ability to do anything other than wink and play at being charming, why the hell are Alaskans concerned that she’s gone? One would think that having her out of the state would make things a lot safer.

By the way…..when she is out of state and not performing duties that are part of her work as governor (like the offering of a helping hand to Chambliss) is she getting paid? Shouldn’t she be on vacation time or something like that?

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