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Hometown Backs Sarah Palin, But Her Mother-in-Law Backs Obama? (MSM Swarms Wasilla)
New York Daily News ^ | Saturday, August 30, 2008 | Nancy Dillon

Posted on 08/30/2008 8:10:05 PM PDT by kristinn

WASILLA, ALASKA - Sarah Palin's hometown rallied around her as mayor - now Republicans wonder if the rest of America will warm up to the surprise pick from cold country.

Though her mother-in-law has doubts.

Faye Palin admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak, and still hasn't decided which way she'll vote.

"We don't agree on everything. But I respect her passion," she said. "Being pro-life is who Sarah is."

Faye Palin said the governor never considered ending her recent pregnancy when genetic testing showed her son Trig, born in April, would have Down syndrome.

"There was no question," she said. "She was going to have that baby."

With a population of just 6,715, Wasilla is a fast-growing railroad town that got its start as a mail and supply hub linking the coastal towns of Seward and Knik to Alaska's interior mining camps along the Iditarod dog sled trail.

Scores of reporters descended Saturday on the A-frame wood hunting lodge where Sarah Palin's parents live amid hundreds of sets of trophy antlers and a taxidermy collection that includes a giant moose head and a full-grown mountain lion.

Faye Palin said the entire family was shocked by the news on Friday.

"I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative. Well, she's a better speaker than McCain," Faye Palin said with a laugh. "People will say she hasn't been on the national scene long enough. But I believe she's a quick study."

She said people doubted Sarah Palin when she ran for City Council, but that her daughter-in-law had a "singular focus."

"She was out there with [then-young son] Track, pulling him around from house to house in a wagon," she said.

Sarah Palin is well known as a former high school basketball star, cross-country runner, beauty queen, hockey mom, city council member and Wasilla's mayor from 1996 to 2007.

"I think it's great. She's a hometown girl from Smallville, USA," said Felix Bruno, 43, a masonry contractor who plowed her driveway. "She's not afraid to speak her mind. She really dropped the hammer on the politicians fleecing Alaska."

At the local Mat-Su Family Restaurant in downtown Wasilla, a Bible-study group that includes two ex-mayors from neighboring cities cheered her pick as McCain's running mate.

"She's an excellent social conservative, fiscal conservative and political conservative," said Tom Baird, 68, a Vietnam veteran who sat with his Gideon Bible opened to 1Corinthians. "If she can energize the conservative base, it won't matter if she gets the women's vote."

"This is a really nice person, and she's disarming in that way," said George Carte, 67, a retired geophysicist who was mayor of neighboring Palmer when Palin was mayor of Wasilla.

"I was very impressed with her as mayor," said Carte. "She did some housecleaning with her department heads. She had to learn about the sewers, the libraries, public safety."

But even with her impressive approval rating, Palin still has work to do even in her own hometown.

"I'm still leaning toward Obama. I think Sarah has been really good for our state, and it would be wonderful to see her in the White House, but she's on the ticket with McCain, and I can't vote for McCain," said Eileen Moe, 33, a second grade teacher at Iditarod Elementary, which Palin's kids attended.

"If it was her running for president, there'd be no question in my mind," Moe said. "The Republicans right now are about big business and big oil. I don't see Sarah as a staunch Republican in that way."

Not everyone is convinced her experience as mayor and governor are enough for a vice president who would be next in line to the presidency.

"I wouldn't say she's qualified," said Bill Gleason, 60, a contractor from nearby Big Lake. "I want someone with a little more experience. "


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ak2008; palin; palinattacks; palinfamily; wasilla
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It's always fun when the MSM has to get out of its bubble and venture forth to the real America.

So far they haven't had much luck digging up Palin-haters in Alaska, but give them time.

1 posted on 08/30/2008 8:10:07 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
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Cheers!

2 posted on 08/30/2008 8:11:26 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: kristinn

When did the MSM go to Obama’s hometown and found someone who wouldn’t vote for him? You can ALWAYS find someone who opposes a politician. This is shameless.


3 posted on 08/30/2008 8:12:09 PM PDT by Hildy ("We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.")
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To: kristinn

Gee, I wonder why mothers-in-law get such a bad rap?


4 posted on 08/30/2008 8:13:00 PM PDT by Conservateacher
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To: kristinn

Most of the MSM is still busy trying to find Alaska on a map of the Earth.


5 posted on 08/30/2008 8:13:23 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: kristinn

Palin walks the walk on pro-life issues and pro-America. Between this pregancy and her son heading to war, she is truly person of high integrity


6 posted on 08/30/2008 8:13:25 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: kristinn
I'll say this again, so what.


7 posted on 08/30/2008 8:13:39 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: kristinn

You know the difference between in-laws and outlaws??

Outlaws are WANTED.


8 posted on 08/30/2008 8:14:11 PM PDT by XEHRpa
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To: Hildy

Yes , but to be expected. What else can they do .They are screwed and they know it .


9 posted on 08/30/2008 8:14:13 PM PDT by fantom
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To: grey_whiskers

I like that, but you ought to put some teeth on that fish so it resembles a barracuda a bit


10 posted on 08/30/2008 8:14:39 PM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: kristinn
So The Daily News just found all half dozen Alaskans that are not going to vote for Vice President Palin.
11 posted on 08/30/2008 8:15:08 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland (jackmartins08.com NY 4th Congressional)
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To: Conservateacher

Don’t worry, my mom is so pro democrat and anti McCain, if I were McCain’s veep choice, she still wouldn’t vote for McCain.
lol
She doesn’t like BHO though, and she will sit out this election.


12 posted on 08/30/2008 8:15:12 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Hildy
When did the MSM go to Obama’s hometown and found someone who wouldn’t vote for him?

Africans and/or Indonesians can't vote in the American presidential election.

13 posted on 08/30/2008 8:15:27 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: kristinn
Dang. So the maverick veep of the maverick presidential candidate has a mother-in-law who's a maverick?

That's very interesting. Now they can compare and contrast that with Obama's friends and relatives. For example, on which points does he agree with or disagree with Bill Ayers? Reverend Wright? His half-brother in Africa? His grandmother in the attic?
14 posted on 08/30/2008 8:16:15 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (DRILL HERE. DRILL NOW. PAY LESS!)
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To: kristinn
Though her mother-in-law has doubts.

Just goes to prove that some (not most) mother-in-laws have no decorum. I would in no way be surprised if Sarah personally highlighted her mother-in-law's liberal hypocrisy on a variety of issues and this influx of MSM gave her a chance to even some score.

15 posted on 08/30/2008 8:17:22 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Bill & Hillary Are Now Worth 5% Pts. For McCain & That's Not Counting The PUMAs)
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To: kristinn

I’m sure they will find someone upset that they will not get to sleep under the bridge to nowhere. ;-)


16 posted on 08/30/2008 8:18:40 PM PDT by doc1019 (Palin '12)
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To: kristinn
Obama supporter, Sarah Palin's mother in law just said that Trig is Sarah's baby and therefore, cannot belong to Sarah's daughter. KMA Kos! Go back to Ecuador or whatever Central American sewer you crawled out of you scumbag!
17 posted on 08/30/2008 8:18:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DemocRATS are a visible reminder of what it was like before people became civilized.)
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To: kristinn; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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18 posted on 08/30/2008 8:19:41 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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19 posted on 08/30/2008 8:20:46 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: kristinn
"I wouldn't say she's qualified," said Bill Gleason, 60, a contractor from nearby Big Lake. "I want someone with a little more experience. "

Then may I suggest you vote for Sen. John McCain, Mr. Gleason.

20 posted on 08/30/2008 8:20:47 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (All hail the empty toga!)
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To: kristinn
"I'm still leaning toward Obama. I think Sarah has been really good for our state, and it would be wonderful to see her in the White House, but she's on the ticket with McCain, and I can't vote for McCain,"

this is one very illogical statement... she could vote for Sarah Palin and Obama, but not McCain... i guess this lady votes for extremes--no matter which end they are on... weird...

21 posted on 08/30/2008 8:21:51 PM PDT by latina4dubya (self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Conservateacher

Geez, my mother-in-law wouldn’t vote for me either!I’m a CONSERVATIVE! (I may have done well by her over the years....but democrats are for the ‘working man’) Yeah...she’s 90 years old.


22 posted on 08/30/2008 8:22:07 PM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: kristinn
a second grade teacher at Iditarod Elementary, which Palin's kids attended.

Idtirod Elementary! HaHa! What a great name! It sounds so made up.

23 posted on 08/30/2008 8:23:57 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: Conservateacher

My mother-in-law is also voting Obama!


24 posted on 08/30/2008 8:23:58 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: kristinn

Hey, I’m still waiting for the media to swarm over BO’s grandma in Hawaii. Yeah..sure they will. /sarc


25 posted on 08/30/2008 8:24:06 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: kristinn

They can get on a plane and go to Wasilla, but they have yet to get on a flight to Kenya, Indonesia and Hawaii (there are daily flights to these places taking off from U.S. airports!) and solve for once and for all the issue of Obama’s real birth place, real birth certificate and real life story! Any childhood friends that can vouch for him? Any law school friends that can vouch for him? Anyone?

Do we even know if his grandma in Honolulu has a pulse or not? Ever since he paid her a “visit” 3 weeks ago (in order to clear up “issues” related to his birth certificate, for sure), we haven’t heard a word about granny. No mention of granny in his address on Thursday, either.


26 posted on 08/30/2008 8:24:15 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: Conservateacher

“Gee, I wonder why mothers-in-law get such a bad rap?”

She didn’t sound too happy about baby Trig; apparently didn’t approve.


27 posted on 08/30/2008 8:25:38 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: Hildy
You can ALWAYS find someone who opposes a politician.

Even within that politician's own family.

The MSM will naturally exploit that as an indicator that the politician should not be elected into office. Shameless, indeed.

28 posted on 08/30/2008 8:26:00 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (Finally! Someone to vote for,...not against.)
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To: kristinn

“I wouldn’t say she’s qualified,” said Bill Gleason, 60, a contractor from nearby Big Lake. “I want someone with a little more experience. “

guess that means he won’t be voting for OBAMA


29 posted on 08/30/2008 8:26:45 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: Conservateacher

I never knew until I had one.


30 posted on 08/30/2008 8:26:46 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: kristinn

The libs tracked down Cindy McCain’s half sister and got her to say she’s a big Obammie supporter but that has something to do with Cindy and their father’s will. LOL!!!!


31 posted on 08/30/2008 8:26:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DemocRATS are a visible reminder of what it was like before people became civilized.)
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To: kristinn

Did I miss something? Where in the article does it say her MIL backed Obama?

From the article...
“Faye Palin admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak, and still hasn’t decided which way she’ll vote.”

If that is backing Obama...he should be worried about his support.


32 posted on 08/30/2008 8:27:44 PM PDT by donnab (don't blame me ...I supported Fred.)
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To: kristinn

A prophet (prophetess) in his own home gets no respect. The Mother-in-law might be careful next Thanksgiving Day about asking Sarah to pass the giblet gravey.


33 posted on 08/30/2008 8:28:45 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: kristinn

You know that they are working overtime this weekend on the opposition research.

The character assassination will begin soon enough.


34 posted on 08/30/2008 8:28:52 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Some of the MSM complained that Alaska isn’t connected to the contiguous 48 states. Somehow it marginalizes Sarah to say she’s from a disconnected state.

But the same logic doesn’t apply to Obama being from Hawaii. Go figure.


35 posted on 08/30/2008 8:30:09 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: kristinn

Just wait until something comes out in the NY Times that makes fun of their family or embarrasses them. I’d say this mother in law would circle the wagons.


36 posted on 08/30/2008 8:30:32 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: donnab

I guess that’s why the oh so clever journalist put a question mark at the end of the headline.


37 posted on 08/30/2008 8:30:59 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: donnab

I guess that’s why the oh so clever journalist put a question mark at the end of the headline.


38 posted on 08/30/2008 8:30:59 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: kristinn

bump for later


39 posted on 08/30/2008 8:31:10 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: tsmith130

Ooops...not sure how that happened.


40 posted on 08/30/2008 8:32:08 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: kristinn
So far they haven't had much luck digging up Palin-haters in Alaska, but give them time.

Looks like they found more than enough for this article. It's pathetic really. In a state where Palin's approval rating is 80-90%, the MSM manages to find the 10-20% that will criticize her.

They are truly, truly pathetic.
41 posted on 08/30/2008 8:33:01 PM PDT by Antoninus (McCain/Palin -- The winning ticket!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’m very sure of that. Sounds as though Governor Palin might have made an enemy or two in her reform efforts while in office. The MSM will find them.


42 posted on 08/30/2008 8:33:10 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (Finally! Someone to vote for,...not against.)
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To: doc1019
Bill Gleason, 60, a contractor from nearby Big Lake

Probably not too happy he didn't get to bid on the bridge to nowhere.

43 posted on 08/30/2008 8:35:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: GoldwaterChick
“She didn’t sound too happy about baby Trig; apparently didn’t approve.”

Yup. The media will go to her often until she says something embarrassing like with Newt Gingrich's mother.

44 posted on 08/30/2008 8:36:25 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: kristinn
She was out there with [then-young son] Track, pulling him around from house to house in a wagon," she said.

My family (7 siblings) came from the AK bush country. Mom went to Anchorage by rail twice a year to get dry goods. If the MSM attacks that ethic they will be the next DODO bird.

45 posted on 08/30/2008 8:36:55 PM PDT by eyedigress
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Idtirod Elementary! HaHa! What a great name! It sounds so made up.

Iditarod. It's from the trail by the same name, which hosts the world-famous Iditarod Race for sled dogs.

The trail passes thru Wasilla.

Iditarod

46 posted on 08/30/2008 8:38:03 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: kristinn
"She's an excellent social conservative, fiscal conservative and political conservative," said Tom Baird, 68, a Vietnam veteran who sat with his Gideon Bible opened to 1Corinthians. "If she can energize the conservative base, it won't matter if she gets the women's vote."

This guy gets it.

47 posted on 08/30/2008 8:43:13 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: DouglasKC
When did the MSM go to Obama’s hometown and found someone who wouldn’t vote for him?
Africans and/or Indonesians can't vote in the American presidential election

I think ACORN has a different opinion.

48 posted on 08/30/2008 8:43:49 PM PDT by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: kristinn

Nancy Dillon’s Education
UC Berkeley Masters, Journalism


49 posted on 08/30/2008 8:44:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kristinn
""I'm still leaning toward Obama. I think Sarah has been really good for our state, and it would be wonderful to see her in the White House, but she's on the ticket with McCain, and I can't vote for McCain," said Eileen Moe, 33, a second grade teacher at Iditarod Elementary, which Palin's kids attended."

At my grandsons' elementary school in Wasilla, all the teachers' cars carry Obama stickers. It gives them fits when we drive in with our "Liberalism Is A Curable Condition" sticker.

50 posted on 08/30/2008 8:50:03 PM PDT by redhead (That sucking sound? It's Sarah Palin, sucking the air out of Obama's campaign)
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