‘Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:”

  • 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

Alaskan where asked their opinion on McCain VP

 The response was striking. Here’s a sample:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK

She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK

I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK

Republicans in Alaska DETEST Palin:

The legislative leadership of the Alaska Republican Party isn’t enamored with Palin’s selection, either, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to tell her the news.

“She”s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican from Palin”s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she”s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”

Green, who has feuded with Palin, brought up the big oil tax increase Palin pushed through last year. She also pointed to the award of a $500 million state subsidy to a Canadian firm to pursue a natural gas pipeline that”s far from guaranteed.

Her nomination is an insult to the intelligence of every American voter – particularly women.”

“The willingness of so many to accept or defend this ridiculous selection just goes to show how low the standards have been reduced. Bush set the bar so low that horribly inexperienced hockey moms are given the vp candidacy. I would have liked to have seen him select someone that was actually qualified or has actually earned and deserves the nomination – not someone that possesses the right body parts. What a sham mccain has become.”

“McCainiacs – you get a “A” for optomism and an “F” for substance. You”ve been watching Hannity again, who is an idiot, and his audience has proven to be among TV”s most ignorant. This woman – a governor of a state with a wopping 600K citizens that is floating on oil has – in her barely 2 years in office – had to deal with only one crisis…Getting an honest state employee to fire a state trooper who happened to be divorcing the Governor”s sister – now that”s great Republican experience – worthy of Monica Goodling – though at least she had a phony law degree! “
 “Worst case of affirmative action in US history. It”s time to amend the Constitution and make the selection of VP an electable position as well. The people should choose the VP on each side. This choice is totally unacceptable and makes little sense. The person who is a heartbeat away from the presidency should be chosen by the people since we obviously cannot trust the presidential candidate to make the right decision. This election has been decided with this blunder. “
“If you want answers google both Phil and Wendy Gramm. Wendy Gramm is directly responsible for Enron. Phil Gramm is directly responsible for the Subprime meltdown. “
 “Undecided081:-Please do some research. The Dems inherited the recession of the early 90s after 12 years of Republicans in the White House.

By the end of the 90s the Dems had created over 22 million new jobs and left a $5.5 trillion dollar budget surplus. And oil cost about $38 dollars per barrel.Then the Repubs. took over and our debt is approaching $10 trillion dollars.The Repubs have sold our country”s future to communist China (3/4 of a trillion dollars in T-bill.) Oil cost over $100 per barrel. The dollar has been devalued. Home foreclosers are up more than 150%. ”

“McCain voted against equal pay for women! “
” Undecided081:- Republicans normally “fix” recession by borrowing more money from the future. When Democrats attempt to balance the budget, the bills catch up. W is the champion of borrowing, putting his Dad and Reagan to shame with the debt he has run up in Iraq. The Republican solution to terrorism is to start wars. This is like pouring gasoline on an ant bed. It makes the problem worse, but at least you have a big brown patch on your lawn as a testament to your frustration.
 “Democrats beware of fake Dems claiming that they support McCain.

It”s another Repub. electoral scam.”

” In 2000, Palin endorsed Pat Buchanan for President.”
Independent:  “She has been called Saint Sarah” NO that is not a joke.
The 44-year-old Gov. Palin is a mother of five. She served as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, (pop. 8,500) and was winner of the Miss Wasilla pageant. ( A beauty pageant in a town 8500? Competing against who ? ) She was a MAYOR of a Village of 8500, whoop To do.
Give me a break ! This woman who is being investigated for “Troopergate” in Alaska by the Legislature, is seemingly fit to be PRESIDENT if McSame flakes out? Talk about lack of experience!
She also pushed for TransCanada Corp., a Calgary-based energy company,to be given the primary contract to lead the $30 billion Natural Gas Pipeline along with $500 million in matching grants from the Northern Slope.
This woman is NO SAINT. Good Job McCain now we are certain you are senile.”

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.

“In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.”