This is where the vast majority of Sarah Palin’s "executive experience" took place. This looks like friggin’ laundry mat. I guess a picture speaks a thousand words.
Regarding Palin’s mayoral race and her time as mayor of the small town, Time Magazine has a story up now demonstrating how Sarah Palin injected religious issues into the race:
In [former mayor John] Stein’s view, Palin’s main transgression was injecting big-time politics into a small-town local race. "It was always a nonpartisan job," he says. "But with her, the state GOP came in and started affecting the race." While Palin often describes that race as having been a fight against the old boys’ club, Stein says she made sure the campaign hinged on issues like gun owners’ rights and her opposition to abortion (Stein is pro-choice). "It got to the extent that — I don’t remember who it was now — but some national antiabortion outfit sent little pink cards to voters in Wasilla endorsing her," he says.
Vicki Naegele was the managing editor of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman at the time. "[Stein] figured he was just going to run your average, friendly small-town race," she recalls, "but it turned into something much different than that." Naegele held the same conservative Christian beliefs as Palin but didn’t think they had any place in local politics.
"I just thought, That’s ridiculous, she should concentrate on roads, not abortion," says Naegele.
Why would a race for mayor ever center on gun rights and abortion? These are far outside the reach of a mayor’s power. So either Sarah Palin didn’t understand what a mayor did, or she didn’t care about running a campaign that had nothing to do with actual issues. Either way, it doesn’t speak well of her.
In more bad news for the McCain campaign, Gallup shows the Barack Obama holding a steady lead following the Democratic convention. More importantly, he has the crucial 50 pecert threshold. He leads 50-42 in the Gallup poll ending on September 1st.
September 02 2008 11:18 pm | American Politics