As a dyed in the wool New Englander (until I learned to see the light out here) I understand how crusty folks "back home" can be. New Englanders are no nonsense patriots. And rightly so, otherwise they'd freeze to death in the winter and fall for flaky political candidates who just want to litter the land with sloppy slogans and used running shoes.
So, it was with great delight that I read THIS ARTICLE that displayed evidence of mounting frustration at Mrs. Todd Palin for waltzing into town to shriek a whole lot of nothin':
"Once again it is time to determine-- are you here to sell books or are you here to run for president of the United States?" asked Corey Lewandowski, state director for Americans for Prosperity, a tea party ally. "The people of New Hampshire deserve to know, are you serious? And if you are serious, then welcome to the race. And if you're not serious, get out of the way because we're going to elect a new president."
Thank you, Mr. Lewandowski for that heart-felt smack upside the head (she is there to sell books, BTW.) It is sooooo refreshing to finally see someone stand up to this shrill shill.
Problem is, not everyone in New Hampshire is as fed up as Mr. Lewandowski. Take these folks taking part in a bit of online sparring at the Manchester Union Leader:
DUNCAN LEARY said:
If Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann faced off in a brain teaser contest which one would you bet the farm on to win?
August 31, 2011 2:31 pmAllan Trombley said:
Gee Duncan that would be a tough one, They both graduated very high in their class from very good colleges with very good degrees? I would definitely bet the farm on them against you, and both are more qualified and intelligent than the present inhabitant of the White House.
August 31, 2011 2:45 pm
I suppose one could always argue that the folks reading the UL are local yokels who might not be quite as in tune to Mrs. Palin's politics in Alaska. Or the difference between her alleged academic credentials and those of President Obama. Except, further down in the comments, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this, ah, essay. It's worth reading because it shows how differently someone from Alaska can view Mrs. Palin, compared to me who is from Massachusetts via New York City via San Francisco with stops in London and Leningrad (and the Kangamangus Highway) in between. Perhaps we could make the argument that the commenter knows a lot more than I do about his former half-term governor. Or we could argue that no matter what we investigate or turn up or decide about the mysterious runner in Iowa, some folks from Alaska to Manchest-ah will always believe in Mrs. Todd Palin. Take a look and let's discuss:
Bob Paulding said:
You know its kinda funny. Everytime I see something about Sarah Palin in the UL, all these critics come out of the woodwork. I never see any substance to there criticism. The closest thing I ever see is the remark about quitting. Never why? I generally identify with ones accomplishments. Before moving back to my native NH 3 years ago, my wife and I had lived in Alaska for 12.5 years. There we saw a younger and energetic mayor of a small AK town. She helped to transform that town into a bustling little community. Yes the town with her approval hired a government lobbied who in turn steered a lot of grant money for use on road improvements and infrastructure. After creating a busisness friendly environment, many business from Anchorage expanded to Wasilla. Business tax revenue started to flood into the town treasury. What she did next puzzled many. Instead of spending the new revenue, she and the town council cut the individual property tax rate by 3/4. The only tax that I know of that was imposed or raised was a .5 percent sales tax on the already existing 2% sales tax. Go figure, a politician who wasn't anxious about spending others money.
Quitting could be referred to her governors position or when she was the oil and gas commissioner. After serving her terms as mayor, then governor Murkowski appointed her as oil and gas commissioner. The same governor also appointed the state's republican party head (Randy Reudrich), to also serve on the same commission. While serving in her new position, she witnessed Mr Reudrich on occasion doing party business on state property and using state resources. I can't tell you how much a big no-no that is. After multiple complaints to the attorney general then gov Murkowski himself, no one did anything. The gov was buddies with Reudrich. Feeling frustrated, she resigned. (High Ethics) http://juneauempire.com/stories/011804/sta_palin.shtml
As governor she was frequently sued by virtual nobody's. Many of these suits were dismissed as frivilous and baseless. A large part of these were later discovered to be partisanship driven. She had to frequently leave the state capital to address these issues. About the time she had decided to resign as governor, she and her family had paid almost $500,000 in legal fees. Also state resources had to be constantly used for retrieving documents, giving statements, etc. Alaska state law doesn't protect certain elected officials from being sued and no state monies can be used for defense purposes. So many there were rather upset that she resigned but these largely democrat driven lawsuits were causing her to become an inefficient governor. That said, what many there won't say is they're glad she did as these suits were delaying various government actions in the capital and tying up some of the state's resources. This whole thing was no fault of hers and I don't know many if any politicians that would fall on their swords and give up the state benefits from that position in order to better serve the people of Alaska.
So after reading so many strange, sometimes weird and uninformed comments about the former governor, I thought maybe, just maybe, a former Alaskan should inform some of you as many seems to be getting their information by watching either Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz or Cris Mathews. I can't tell you how wrong that is!!! Hope this helps some.