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Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/9/2008 | James Bennett

Posted on 09/08/2008 5:16:07 PM PDT by 1066AD

Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all By James Bennett Last Updated: 12:01am BST 09/09/2008

It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin. The Republicans' vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don't understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska.

Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica - the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband - combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a few years.

But, having worked with Alaskans, I know something of the challenge she has faced, and why - contrary to what Democrats think - it could make her a powerful figure in the White House.

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Focusing on the exotic trappings of Alaskan culture may make Palin seem a quaint and inexplicable choice. But understanding the real background of her steady rise in politics suggests that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are underestimating her badly. In this, they join two former Alaskan governors, a large number of cronies, and a trail of enemies extending back over a decade.

James Bennett is the author of 'The Anglosphere Challenge'

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; election; mccainpalin; palin; smalltown; wasilla
Someone over there gets it, most don't.
1 posted on 09/08/2008 5:16:07 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

I’ve noticed quite a bit of sanity coming from the British press over Palin...of course that’s not saying much when compared to the MSM’s coverage.


2 posted on 09/08/2008 5:19:37 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: 1066AD

Good read. Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 09/08/2008 5:25:00 PM PDT by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Ahhh . . old Joe can handle her with one hand tied behind his back. He ain’t worried. ;O)


4 posted on 09/08/2008 5:25:29 PM PDT by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DO MAKE A DEMOCRAT TICKET !!!)
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To: 1066AD

the majority of the UK gets it when it comes to Palin.

Shame the American MSM don’t


5 posted on 09/08/2008 5:29:26 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick Ma sham marriage - -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: 1066AD
But Wasilla is the fifth-largest city in Alaska, which meant that Palin was an important player in state politics.

I did't know that

6 posted on 09/08/2008 5:30:01 PM PDT by badpacifist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42b1_rrehJc ......McCain /Palin close 9-08-08)
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To: 1066AD
Excellent story. She is destined for greatness.

-ccm

7 posted on 09/08/2008 5:31:56 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: manc

Perhaps it’s just they’re farther down the path we’ve been on.


8 posted on 09/08/2008 5:34:01 PM PDT by kallisti ("Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.")
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To: 1066AD; Fudd Fan

Excellent read and a different, very positive, view of her capabilities.


9 posted on 09/08/2008 5:36:11 PM PDT by CedarDave (Sign at Albuquerque rally: "Sarah, you had us at 'Hello'")
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To: 1066AD

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The surprise is not that she has been in office for such a short time but that she has succeeded in each of her objectives. She has exposed corruption; given the state a bigger share in Alaska’s energy wealth; and negotiated a deal involving big corporate players, the US and Canadian governments, Canadian provincial governments, and native tribes - the result of which was a £13 billion deal to launch the pipeline and increase the amount of domestic energy available to consumers. This deal makes the charge of having “no international experience” particularly absurd.

In short, far from being a small-town mayor concerned with little more than traffic signs, she has been a major player in state politics for a decade, one who formulated an ambitious agenda and deftly implemented it against great odds
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And O man thinks he can take in a game of horse!


10 posted on 09/08/2008 5:38:44 PM PDT by Covenantor (With Gov. Palin on board, the fish fry has commenced.)
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To: 1066AD

The last sentence says it all. I just got back from Scotland and the news shifted noticeably over the two weeks I was there. When she was first announced there was incredulity but after her speech there was a marked change in the opinions. The brits are really warming to McCain and Palin. The left isn’t so popular now in the UK either. They have nearly ruined the economy. The NHS is getting beat up because it won’t offer cancer fighting drugs that are available in the US and almost every other free nation because they aren’t “cost effective”.
Liberalism dies, if not because it is defeated outright, but from the extreme weight of its delusions.


11 posted on 09/08/2008 5:42:57 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: 1066AD

Good article. I hope they all keep on underestimating her.


12 posted on 09/08/2008 5:43:50 PM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: 1066AD
She has exposed corruption; given the state a bigger share in Alaska's energy wealth; and negotiated a deal involving big corporate players, the US and Canadian governments, Canadian provincial governments, and native tribes - the result of which was a £13 billion deal to launch the pipeline and increase the amount of domestic energy available to consumers. This deal makes the charge of having "no international experience" particularly absurd.

Enough said.

13 posted on 09/08/2008 5:44:02 PM PDT by CedarDave (Sign at Albuquerque rally: "Sarah, you had us at 'Hello'")
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To: 1066AD

I have many UK friends........the British press is being nice to Palin for a reason. :) Watch for the UK to go hard for Palin.....


14 posted on 09/08/2008 5:46:29 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: 1066AD

Campbell Brown on CNN right now is trying to DESTROY Palin by focusing attention on her religion!


15 posted on 09/08/2008 5:51:37 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 1066AD
Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica - the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband - combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a few years.

Well, in my old Big Eight/Big Six/Big Five Accounting Firm, you could go from Administrative Asst to Project Leader to Partner in a few years. It was called Fast Tracking under the Get More Women in the Partnership Real Fast So We Can Avoid More Lawsuits Initiative.

16 posted on 09/08/2008 6:18:58 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
WHOOOOAAAA!

Clicked too soon!

The point was that rising so far so fast is nothing new for the Dem side of the aisle, so why are they so surprised when someone of the GOP side manages to do it ON MERIT.

Oh, right, they have a problem with MERIT.

17 posted on 09/08/2008 6:21:43 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: 1066AD
Take that Barack.
18 posted on 09/08/2008 6:47:53 PM PDT by vrwc54
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To: CedarDave

Hope you’re feeling better about Sarah, Dave. She really is an awesome person.


19 posted on 09/08/2008 6:51:13 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (There's a new political superstar and SHE'S A LADY!)
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To: 1066AD
It's funny how the mediot elites sniff at a city council appointment. City council is a great indicator of how a person can function in a political environment. Competence at that level indicates an ability to move up.

They ought to look at my Democrat city council. They have spent $70 Million on the downtown revitalization project. I see nowhere near $70 Million in value.

They spend 80 grand or more for engineering study this or feasibility study that, and none of these "studies" ever seem to pan out.

Now they've gotten their hands on a bond approval for over $400 Million, and they are all giddy about that. One of them called that "magical".

Magical? BS. The taxpayers are going to pay that back plus interest. There's nothing "magical" about it. It shows you the ignorance and the contempt the leftist politicians, Democrat or Republican, have for the taxpayer.

20 posted on 09/08/2008 7:57:21 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: mainepatsfan

For some reason they have fallen in love with her, the BBC 24 news channel put clips of her on whenever they can and Obama is no longer their shining star.


21 posted on 09/09/2008 2:59:46 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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