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Years Ago, Sarah Palin Was Recruited As A Moderate (So was Ronald Reagan)
National Public Radio ^ | May 1, 2011 | Martin Kaste

Posted on 05/01/2011 1:21:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.

Whether Sarah Palin will enter the 2012 presidential race is the political junkie's favorite guessing game — and Palin hasn't said much to end the speculation.

But how Palin entered politics in the first place may surprise you. It turns out, Palin was recruited into politics to help the cause of bigger government.

"We were looking for a moderate who was interested in community development, basically," says John Stein, one of those who recruited her.

In 1992, Stein was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. The city was growing fast, and he'd promoted new taxes to pay for big-city amenities like police and paved roads. As Stein recalls it, those taxes sparked a backlash — he calls it a "Libertarian revolution."

"We had experiences at the City Council table where the Libertarian activists would march around the room, passing out copies of the Constitution, singing, 'They'll remember in November' — I think that was the song," Stein recalls.

Mark Chryson — who at the time belonged to a group called SAGE or Standing Against Government Excess — says he remembers marching and singing.

"We didn't want to control the growth [of government]; we didn't want it to grow, period," Chryson says.

Palin's Ideology Shifted

Chryson is a fiscal conservative who also once chaired the Alaska Independence Party, so there's precious little he and Stein agree on.

But they do tell roughly the same story about what happened two decades ago, when the mayor was looking for new allies on the City Council.

"What we were after was to get people on the council who could make sensible decisions about roads, water, sewer, and those kinds of things," Stein says. "So Sarah came along — she was bright, energetic, attractive — she had all the attributes of really an excellent candidate."

Stein says it didn't take much to convince Palin to run, and she won, handily. And when she took her seat on the council, she seemed to be on the mayor's side. Chryson says Palin joined in the criticism of the anti-tax group — he says she went on local TV and said SAGE really stood for "Standing Against Government Everything." But after a couple of years on the council, Stein recalls, Palin's ideology shifted.

"Lo and behold, she really embraced a lot of the conservative, right-wing thinking," he says.

And, lo and behold, in 1996, Palin challenged Stein in the race for mayor. What turned her against him? In her memoir, Palin talks about policy differences. But Chryson thinks there was also a personal motive; he says the mayor and his allies sometimes condescended to Palin.

"That, I could see, torqued her," he says.

'Don't Piss The Lady Off'

Chryson says Stein's big mistake was taking Palin for granted.

"He thought that Sarah was going to be their rubber stamp. And he wound up getting snake-bit," he says.

Fifteen years later, Stein still seems shell-shocked by the intensity of the ensuing mayoral campaign. In Alaska, city races are officially nonpartisan, but Palin came after him on big ideological issues like abortion and gun rights.

"And there was such enthusiasm from the — I'm laughing now, [but] I'm crying on the inside — there was such enthusiasm in the community for this, you know — 'Yes, we're talking philosophy here now.' And here I am, down there, going, 'But I can fill potholes,' and, 'I understand how sewage treatment plants work.' But that really wasn't the point, anymore," Stein says.

She beat him — and then, in a rematch three years later, she clobbered him, 3-to-1. Chryson sees a clear lesson in Stein's experience.

"The one thing I can say about that is: Don't piss the lady off," he says.

Stein eventually moved back to southeast Alaska and used his degree in public management to get a job as a municipal administrator. During those same years, Palin kept climbing the political ladder to become governor, a vice-presidential candidate and a star commentator on Fox News.


TOPICS: Alaska; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; abortion; biggovernment; palin; reaganwasntamod; sarahpalin
'Don't Piss The Lady Off'

Here endeth the lesson.

1 posted on 05/01/2011 1:21:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There's a line up on Drudge where Palin said to Rachel Maddow at a recent bash, "Can you get me a Diet Coke?".
An instant classic, if true.
2 posted on 05/01/2011 1:27:35 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin ideology did not change. She was fighting establishment gop throughout her career, who practice crony capitalism.


3 posted on 05/01/2011 1:30:06 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reagan or bust!

The Jews wait for the messiah and true conservatives™ wait for Reagan to rise.


5 posted on 05/01/2011 1:33:06 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Race? Obama is only 1/16th Black. He is 1/2 Caucasion, 7/16 Arab. He has an Arab name not African.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a new tagline


6 posted on 05/01/2011 1:36:13 PM PDT by GQuagmire ('Don't Piss The Lady Off')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a conservative with some libertarian tendancies...

...but those Libertarians who start marching around and pamphleteering over things like government-funded paved roads, water, and sewage services crack me up!


7 posted on 05/01/2011 1:45:31 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Currently the only real Presidential candidate.
8 posted on 05/01/2011 1:56:23 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin has always been for the roads and sewage. What turned Palin off was the new toys the local gov wanted to build. Like a new city hall etc. Palin believes that gov should stick to the fundementals of what it needs to do.


9 posted on 05/01/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT by unseen1
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To: 4rcane

If running with Juan was fighting the establishment and was against crony capitalism even after Juan and she endorsed green renewable energy . I have a question for you, how do you get out of one of those straight jackets, you seem to have experience with them.


10 posted on 05/01/2011 2:11:18 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: ComputerGuy
It's true. Madcow fancies herself as a mixologist and volunteered to tend the bar.
11 posted on 05/01/2011 2:11:47 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin talks and people listen.)
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To: JPG

Was it spiked?


12 posted on 05/01/2011 2:17:50 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: ComputerGuy
I'm sure that Sarah eagle eyed the pour.
13 posted on 05/01/2011 2:28:27 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin talks and people listen.)
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To: org.whodat; 4rcane

Please deign to tell us your perfect presidential candidate. We’re all ears.


14 posted on 05/01/2011 2:34:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. TR)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
deign, I would not descend to that level.

However, the person with the best chance to win, at the moment, with the lowest negatives. Is Bachmann, the biggest lead in the polls is your friend Mr Trump.

15 posted on 05/01/2011 2:44:05 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: ComputerGuy

Palin to Maddow: "Can you get me a Diet Coke?" Andrea Mitchell looks on.

16 posted on 05/01/2011 2:48:56 PM PDT by aphid (Pay attention or you will lose the country you love.)
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To: org.whodat
How is Donald Trump my friend? I am one of the biggest Sarah Palin supporters you'll ever meet. I have already committed to raising $2 million dollars for her campaign if she decides to run. That's no idle boast, either. I've raised money for the Polk County GOP, Haig for president and over $40,000 for Fred Thompson in the short time he was in the race. As for Rep. Bachmann’s chances, we don't elect House members to the presidency that have no other government experience. It has only happened once, in 1860, in a freakish four-way race where the Democrats were split three ways and the nascent Republican party was able to squeak in.
17 posted on 05/01/2011 2:51:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. TR)
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To: aphid

Andrea Mitchell is a seriously unsympathetic character. She’s clearly obsessed and very bitter.

Rachel Maddow is apparently the victim of gender reassignment at birth due to a botched circumcision. She has an Adam’s Apple. I’d be somewhat sympathetic to her plight if she weren’t such a spiteful leftist nutbag.


18 posted on 05/01/2011 2:56:15 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: org.whodat

Nothing wrong with renewable energy. I had a neighbor once who asked me what I would think if it turned out his then company, Amoco, came up with an energy source that every citizen could own and operate out of their home, with no utility distribution system. I said I thought that would be great. I never heard anything ever come of it, though, and that’s the point. Palin takes an all-of-the-above position. Anywhere we can get energy we ought to be considering, and energy with a small environmental footprint is great, if you can get it. Meanwhile, we have an energy-hungry economy, and Palin knows that and would aggressively pursue policy that would enhance our economy’s ability to grow by supplying cheap energy through an abundance of sources, whatever works.

Thus, to infer that just because she thinks renewable energy is worthy of exploration she is therefore a warm-earther is an unwarranted leap to a false conclusion, as it is an unsupportable conflation of two very different things. Eco-nazism uses greenism as a path to statism. That does not describe Palin’s position at all. Whereas a comprehensive energy policy that looks at everything, whether fossil, nuclear, renewable, or otherwise, but is focused on lifting the American economy on free-market principles, is a validly conservative position because it is a path to greater private-sector prosperity and liberty. And as I know from listening that latter view is Palin’s position, I therefore find her to be consistent in her conservatism even in this.


19 posted on 05/01/2011 3:05:07 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Toshiba Builds Ultra-Small Nuclear Reactor
“Toshiba has developed a new class of micro size Nuclear Reactors that is designed to power individual apartment buildings or city blocks. The new reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet, could change everything for small remote communities, small businesses or even a group of neighbors who are fed up with the power companies and want more control over their energy needs.”

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/07/12/20/0429200/Toshiba-Builds-Ultra-Small-Nuclear-Reactor


20 posted on 05/01/2011 3:10:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. TR)
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To: org.whodat
TGBLT meeting over already?

;-\

21 posted on 05/01/2011 3:25:32 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, yes, I’ve heard that song before, John.

“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I found you...”

You guys weren’t looking for a moderate. What you guys were looking for a cute young thing you could use as a puppet. You guys got the first part and kidded yourself for a while that you also got the second. Heh. Oops.


22 posted on 05/01/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Your joking right? Maybe in some other country but not here, any advantage size and ease of construction will be offset but having to deal with the nut jobs in and out of government. They were talking about one of these for Galina Alaska but as usual it will be bogged down in regulation to the point of a economic disaster. The only criteria it fits is that it would be in the middle of nowhere.
23 posted on 05/01/2011 3:37:16 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: aphid

LOL she didnt say that huh?


24 posted on 05/01/2011 4:05:07 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: chicken head

Yes, she did.


25 posted on 05/01/2011 4:18:15 PM PDT by aphid (Pay attention or you will lose the country you love.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Palin challenged Stein in the race for mayor.

And right here is the core of this little propaganda piece. This is SOUR GRAPES from the man Palin trounced to become mayor of Wasilla.

As she gets closer to her presidential run, we can expect more and more of the losers she defeated coming out of the woodwork to besmirch her name.

And the public will buy it.

26 posted on 05/01/2011 4:33:03 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: unseen1
Palin believes that gov should stick to the fundementals of what it needs to do.

Exactly so, but you have to read between the lines of this propaganda piece to get that.

And you point out a new lie that is gaining traction on the Left: conservatives want no government at all, and this makes us hypocrites. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some government is necessary, as the Founders also declared. But, as Washington said, government "is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master," we should at every turn oppose any increase in its power. Palin believes the same way.

27 posted on 05/01/2011 4:37:59 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Have never elected anyone not running. But you can try to be the first.


28 posted on 05/01/2011 8:01:02 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: backwoods-engineer
Thomas Paine said it best. government is a necessary evil. To often conservatives forget the necessary part and liberals forget the evil part.
29 posted on 05/02/2011 5:52:06 AM PDT by unseen1
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