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Meet Sarah Palin

Posted by iusbvision on August 29, 2008

Perhaps the best way to get to know Sarah Palin is through the eyes or ordinary citizens who have admired her and through some who have been running “Draft Palin for VP” sites on the internet.

CNN’s Glenn Beck on Sarah Palin

UPDATE: Governor Palin’s pre-gubernatorial experience (wiki):

Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, she challenged and defeated the incumbent mayor, criticizing wasteful spending and high taxes.[5] The ex-mayor and sheriff tried to organize a recall campaign, but failed.[5] Palin followed through on her campaign promises to reduce her own salary, and to reduce property taxes by 60%.[5] She ran for reelection against the former mayor in 1999, winning by an even larger margin.[5][9] Palin was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[10]

In 2002, Palin made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a four-way race. After Frank Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in mid-term to become governor, Palin interviewed to be his possible successor. Instead, Murkowski appointed his daughter, then-Alaska State Representative Lisa Murkowski.[5]

Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,[11] where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.[12][5] After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican Party’s chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.[13] Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned; Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[5]

The experience card that Obama’s campaign has the audacity to throw at Palin has little merit. Palin held elected office for 5 years before Obama ran for any office and has held elected office for 13 years. They are now saying that Palin lacks foreign policy experience. Alaska borders Russia and Canada. Japan is to the southwest of the Alaskan Aleutian Island chain and the waters there are shared for fishing rights. Palin has exposed and put an end to corruption rings, faced adversity from the former “good ole boy network” that she brought down. She took the entire old Republican machine out of power in Alaska, and she did so as a Republican. Obama talks about reform and change, Palin did it with results. She knows how to deal with energy companies in a tough manner.

Executive experience is much more intensive and valuable than legislative experience. Former Arkansas Mike Huckabee in reference to Palin’s nomination said that being a governor is like running a microcosm of the federal government and executive experience from a state’s perspective is something that no one on either ticket had a clue about until now.

This is important, not just to Alaskans and not just to women. The effort is already underway to distort and lie about Palin’s record. The severity of the Obama campaign attacks on Palin so early indicates that they are worried about her nomination, in fairness, they should be.

UPDATE II: Palin on Biden, Energy and National Security (hat tip hotair.com):

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