Talk about shocking. Sarah Palin is resigning from her position as governor of Alaska in a few weeks. Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in on July 26. Governor Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate during the 2008 election.
I’m not a Sarah Palin supporter but there is something odd about this move. Why would she leave in the middle of her term instead of completing her term? You have folks demanding that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resign from office and he ain’t going nowhere. Yet you have Governor Sarah Palin stepping down from office and no one really knows why. Could the recent Vanity Fair article have something to do with it? Then you have her feud with David Letterman, her issues with her grandson’s father Levi Johnston and backing out of promised commitments.
Anchorage Daily News
Gov. Sarah Palin announced today that she will resign in a few weeks. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will take over at the Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.
“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” Palin said.
“Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.”
Palin made the announcement at a news conference at her home in Wasilla.
“I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” Palin said.
“Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘Lame Duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.”
As for her future, Palin said: “I look forward to helping others — to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence.”
The Vanity Fair story is really stirring up a storm amongst the GOP. Check out the story at Politico.com.
1984’s Miss Alaska contestants. Maryline Blackburn in back row, third from left and Sarah Palin in front row, second from left.
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, September 8, 2008
Oh, yes, indeed, Maryline Blackburn remembers Sarah Palin. From the time she first met her fellow contenders for the title of Miss Alaska 1984, the flute player from Wasilla was one who stood out from the crowd.
“You can feel who your competition is going to be, and she was in my top five,” Blackburn told us. “She had that look in her eye that we saw the other night when she gave her speech — that ‘I’m in it because I really want to win.’ ”
Back in 1984, it was Blackburn who won the crown and advanced to Atlantic City as Alaska’s first African American delegate to the Miss America pageant. Palin — then Sarah Heath– was second runner-up. Today, of course, Palin is John McCain ‘s running mate. Blackburn, not quite as famous, is an Atlanta gospel and R&B singer with three CDs to her name who sees their shared past on the tiara circuit as genesis for the different dreams they’re each chasing today.
“It’s been a wonderful whirlwind affair for me, and I owe this to my participation in the Miss America organization,” she said. “I’m sure if people sat down with Governor Palin, she would say the same thing.”
Blackburn grew up in Fairbanks, one of seven kids in an Army family. Like Palin, she was drawn to pageants for the scholarship money but got hooked on the spotlight. “I was like, ‘Hey, I really like this. I get to stand in front of people and speak and share my opinions.’ “
I’m so glad Ms. Blackburn pointed out that she grew up in Fairbanks. I get so sick and tired of some black folks saying that there are no black people in Alaska.
After Atlantic City, Blackburn went home for a while, but her career dreams led her away from Alaska. She had no idea that a former competitor had gone on to become governor — different names, remember — until her brother called last week and spelled out the connection.
“I was like, ‘Get out!’ ” she said. “And then I was like, ‘Wow, you go, girl.’ ”
Blackburn told us that, contrary to some reports, Palin was second runner-up, not the second-place finisher, and that Palin competed again in ’85 but didn’t place. Everyone of course now wants to hear the nasty, catty, behind-the-scenes stories; Blackburn says there aren’t any. Palin signed Blackburn’s pageant program like this: “Maryline, I do love you. You are more admired than you ever know. Please keep God Number One, he’s got great things for you, baby.”
How will she vote? “I’m on the Obama train,” Blackburn said. She was impressed by her former competitor’s speech (“the sarcastic lines, that’s Sarah”) but wonders if it’s enough.
“Most girls that are in pageants, we know how to turn it on,” she said. “There’s a lot more to it than that.”
I swear this McCain/Palin ticket is looking more and more like a reality show. With a new story out each day who can get any work done? Everyone’s too busy reading about the latest Sarah Palin stories coming out of Alaska (please check out Mudflats). Well the latest drama involves GOP pundits Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter for the late President Ronald Reagan and a WSJ columnist and former Senator John McCain aide Mike Murphy. Noonan and Murphy were being interviewed on MSNBC and apparently their mics were still on when they both went off on the selection of Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Makes you wonder if more conservatives really feel this way but they’re afraid to openly admit it.
WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan is now trying to explain her outburst on MSNBC.
This weekend I was reading all sorts of rumors about Governor Sarah Palin. There were rumors that she’s really the grandmother of Trig Palin, not the mother. And I was reading rumors of her daughter Bristol either being the mother of Trig or that’s she currently pregnant. The picture below is of Bristol holding Trig.
It’s been officially announced today that Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol is indeed five months pregnant.
Palin says 17-year-old daughter is pregnant
By LIZ SIDOTI
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin said Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant, an announcement aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s.
A statement released by the campaign said that Bristol Palin will keep her baby and marry the child’s father. Bristol Palin is five months pregnant, and the baby is due in late December.
“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in the brief statement.
“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family,” they added.
Sarah Palin’s son Trig was born in April with Down syndrome. Internet bloggers have been suggesting that the child was actually born to Bristol Palin but that her mother, the Alaska governor, claimed to be the mother.
McCain adviser Mark Salter said the campaign announced the daughter’s pregnancy to rebut those rumors.
Senior McCain advisers said the Arizona senator and his top aides had known about Bristol’s pregnancy before offering Palin the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.
“Senator McCain’s view is this is a private family matter. As parents, (the Palins) love their daughter unconditionally and are going to support their daughter,” said McCain spokesman Steve Schmidt.
Said Schmidt: “Life happens.”
I wish Bristol, her future husband Levi and their baby the best. I have always believed that all women should have a choice when it comes to pregnancy. And Bristol has made her decision. I’ve always had problems with the Christian Right wanting to make the decision to own the wombs of every woman in this country, yet not giving a damn about those children after they’re born.
Anyway I have been reading comments all over the net about Democrats, liberals, progressives, etc. making comments about Bristol’s pregnancy. The more conservative commenters have criticized their more liberal counterparts for making a big deal about the Palin pregnancy. And that they should leave Bristol Palin alone. You know damn well if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pregnant while still a teenager, conservatives would have put her and the Clinton family on blast. And we would still be hearing about it this year, especially during the Democratic primary. Have we forgotten the nasty comments coming from conservatives, including Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, about Chelsea’s looks while her dad was in the White House?
The joke did appear in McCain’s hometown paper, the Arizona Republic, and the Associated Press did report the joke in full, so everyone in the press had access to McCain’s words. But by censoring themselves, the Post, the Times and others helped McCain deflect flak and preserved his status as a Republican presidential contender.
Salon feels its readers deserve the unadulterated truth. Though no tape of McCain’s quip has yet emerged, this is what he reportedly said:
“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno.”
The joke may be crude, but it pales in comparison with the published details surrounding the presidential sex scandal. McCain’s two-liner conveys some interesting insights into what he considers humorous (lesbianism, a young woman’s physical appearance), particularly since it was delivered to a Republican crowd. Remember, this is the party that champions pro-family values.
And god forbid if Sasha and Malia Obama, if older, were pregnant, conservatives and the corporate owned mainstream media would be spinning it 24/7, citing how typical this is in the black community and what kind of parents are Michelle and Barack to let their daughters run wild and loose.
It’s not Bristol’s fault that she’s been dragged into the limelight cause her mom has been chosen as the Republican VP nominee. But I don’t want to hear the hypocrisy coming from the right about how cruel and mean Democrats and liberals are while Republicans, especially right wing conservatives, have shown their ugly side plenty of times. As we have seen ugly comments about someone’s children can come from both sides of the political fence.