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From Wasilla to the White House? [BBC On Sarah Palin]
BBC ^ | 08/30/08 | Alli Reed

Posted on 08/30/2008 2:07:43 AM PDT by BunnySlippers

Mr McCain's nomination of Mrs Palin, currently governor of Alaska, sent shockwaves through the US electorate.

For a moment on Friday morning US media pundits seemed stunned, scrambling to paint a picture of this virtually unknown newcomer to the national scene.

The governor of the largest and least densely-populated US state became the focus of the nation.

Even the Alaskan media was caught off-guard.

"I was in the middle of our morning newscast when the producers said in my ear that it was going to be her," said Matthew Simon, senior reporter at the CBS News affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska.

"I just said 'hold on to your seat folks, John McCain has chosen Governor Palin as his running mate.' Nobody seriously thought it would happen.

"It's just taken all of us in the state aback."

Whistleblower

Mrs Palin's meteoric rise has taken her from the city council of Wasilla, a commuter city outside of Anchorage, to mayor of the city, through the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation commission to the state governorship.

Along the way there was controversy, not least when in 2004 she resigned and subsequently filed formal ethical complaints against her former Republican commission colleagues on the oil and gas commission.

She was an effective whistleblower, bringing down Alaska Republican chairman Randy Ruedrich before defeating the governor who had appointed her, ousting Mr Murkowski on a platform of reform.

In Alaska's general election, she overcame initial public scepticism about her youth and relative inexperience to defeat Tony Knowles, who had previously served as Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002.

At CBS, Matthew Simon covered Mrs Palin's inauguration and first legislative session.

"Palin seems to have grown into the role [of governor]. In her first speech to the legislature, we all remarked at how nervous she seemed.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: airspace; alaska; artic; britain; canada; palin; wasilla

1 posted on 08/30/2008 2:07:43 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

Pretty good and fair article on Palin by none other than the BBC. LOL


2 posted on 08/30/2008 2:11:55 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: BunnySlippers

MSM needs to pay attenion to FR...
Palin has been mentioned here for months!


3 posted on 08/30/2008 2:15:53 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Sarah Palin's parents watching TV yesterday morning:

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4 posted on 08/30/2008 2:16:41 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
IBD had an interesting take concerning sparsly populated with immense natural resources. Ala Alaska, which as a state negotiated corporate dividends straight to state residences, thus circumventing the federal government, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana need to use their, ahem, collective clout to force utilization of their gas, oil, oil shale and coal deposits. They are all rather conservative states.

yitbos

5 posted on 08/30/2008 2:20:11 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." - Ayn Rand)
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6 posted on 08/30/2008 2:28:50 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

Nice shot! I love it!


7 posted on 08/30/2008 2:38:40 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: BunnySlippers

Great pic!


8 posted on 08/30/2008 2:39:53 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: BunnySlippers

As commander of the National Guard of Alaska, Palin must be well aware of the Russian incursions into our airspace, a story largely unnoticed in the MSM. And the threat is real and growing.


9 posted on 08/30/2008 2:40:08 AM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil......" Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google)
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To: BunnySlippers

needless to say they are not members of PETA.


10 posted on 08/30/2008 2:40:48 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: GOP Poet

No, that would be PETAA. People Eating Tasty Alaskan Animals.


11 posted on 08/30/2008 2:49:52 AM PDT by diverteach (http://foolishpleasurestudio.com/eyewool/slap_hillary.html)
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To: diverteach

lol.


12 posted on 08/30/2008 2:59:54 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: BunnySlippers

LOL, that one will drive the PETA folks crazy. How many animals are on that wall? I count two bear, a long horned sheep, I think (on the left)...and several other skulls.


13 posted on 08/30/2008 3:08:34 AM PDT by Dawn531
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To: GOP Poet
needless to say they are not members of PETA.

PETA is a communist organization that wants to control every aspect of our lives and what we think. The rightful owner of the responsible treatment of animals is the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The SPCA is doing the real work of caring for and protecting the rights of animals. PETA funding sources should be investigated.

14 posted on 08/30/2008 3:33:00 AM PDT by olezip
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To: at bay
You are right; it is a story the MSM is not paying attention to. Canada is quite upset and angry over this too.

Additionally, Norway and Sweden are also seeing Russians invading their airspace.

I couldn't find the article buttressing your assertion; but I know it's here at FR.

Britain intercepts Russian Bombers Every Week, April 5, 2008

Russian Bear bombers fly along Alaskan, Canadian coastline, September 30, 2007

15 posted on 08/30/2008 3:39:17 AM PDT by Alia
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To: at bay
Here's a goody: US Artic Oil May be LOST to the UN
16 posted on 08/30/2008 3:43:26 AM PDT by Alia
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To: rrrod
MSM needs to pay attenion to FR...
Palin has been mentioned here for months!


True! I'm sure lot of freepers will confirm that!

I was looking for one of my earliest Palin posts and found this one from April 22, 2008.
"From what I've read about her, she might make a great vp.
Good conservative principles.
And a good Mom to boot!"

Later in the thread, I note that she's "Republican.
She’s also anti gay marriage, a lifetime member of the NRA, and pro life."

McCain will not only get my vote now, but for having the political savvy to pick Palin, I will contribute to his campaign, something I could not bring myself to do before this.
17 posted on 08/30/2008 4:56:29 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: BunnySlippers

The Mooses are smiling!


18 posted on 08/30/2008 5:15:35 AM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: rrrod

I’ve been hooting for her for a while, thanks to you guys. Someone here told me about her and I checked her out. I was really hoping he’d pick her.


19 posted on 08/30/2008 5:15:39 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: BunnySlippers
Even the Alaskan media was caught off-guard.

Guess they don't monitor FR yet.

20 posted on 08/30/2008 5:33:09 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: BunnySlippers
"She was a very strong administrator for the city of Wasilla. During her time she reduced property tax by 75%."

Daaaang! We need more Barracudas.

21 posted on 08/30/2008 5:45:37 AM PDT by itsthejourney
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To: BunnySlippers

Quick, someone send that picture of her parents’ livingroom with all the dead animals to PETA.


22 posted on 08/30/2008 5:49:23 AM PDT by itsthejourney
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To: BunnySlippers
"Yet Alaskans...are still in shock."

I'll tell you who's in shock: The decadent, degenerate, confused, pessimistic Marxists who run the BBC and the rest of the Left.

"Wasilla, farther from Washington than Washington is from London"

Yes! Geographically and culturally--and that is a BIG, BIG, PLUS!!!!!

23 posted on 08/30/2008 6:38:21 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The ruling Chinese oligarchy is the envy of the American Left.)
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