Election Promises or The Real Deal: Sarah Palin Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

Governor Palin announced her health priorities for Alaska and is continuing to work on them…seems her focus on special needs children was not a campaign stunt after all. (Note the sarcasm: I never believed it was a campaign stunt unlike my colleagues)  Her ability to work with foreign companies and knowledge of energy is evidenced by her most recent funding of a natural gas pipeline.  Governor Palin remains popular to the media’s extreme frustration and confusion.  The people overwhelmingly believe that John McCain made the RIGHT CHOICE in Sarah Palin.

America has let the media pundits spin the truth for far too long.  Has anyone actually asked Sarah Palin why she went to multiple schools before finishing her degree?  Maybe she simply wanted the *best* education for her major and kept switching because she was dissatisfied with the lack of difficulty.  At least she finished her degree, which is more than I can say for millions of Americans.  Of all Americans who enter college, only about 53% graduated (2000 statistics from The Educational Trust).

In many cases, experience trumps education.  Governor Palin makes decisions everyday that affect millions of Alaskans.  Her real world experience far outweighs her lack of a Harvard degree.  In fact, her lack of a Harvard degree makes it easier to relate to her as wanting to serve the people rather than just seeking power.

Caroline Kennedy has power and name recognition and a Harvard degree, but minimal experience as an elected official.  Thus, there are many more qualified women available to fill a high level New York Senate position.    Once she gains some of that experience, maybe I would consider voting for her–but I would never vote for someone just because I recognized his/her name.

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Sarah Palin is NO Anita Bryant Saturday, Nov 29 2008 

It’s clearly the media stupid.

I am all about seeing Milk, but the idea that this will somehow connect Anita Bryant to Sarah Palin in any way mind boggles me.

“I had a few friends call me up and say, ‘Wow, it’s so amazing to see Palin running as vice president because she’s beautiful, an ex-beauty queen, a mother, well-spoken and there something about her that is so reminiscent of Anita Bryant exactly 30 years ago,'” he says. “I think some people will pick up on that.”

Sarah Palin has most definitely not made anti-GLBT rights her main focus in her administration, even though in a questionnaire when she was running for Governor she placed “traditional” marriage as her 2nd highest priority.  Her main focus has been on energy and the economy.  She may have some questionable religious beliefs (her church holds “ex-gay” events–or so the left wing claims), but she isn’t going out of her way to hurt the GLBT community.  In fact, I found this comment written by a blogger on a GLBT online publication:

Chris In Alaska says:

I am a gay Alaskan who knows Sarah Palin personally. I can attest that she is pragmatic in her public administration and isn’t as black and white as she is being portrayed. I support her.

Sarah has been criticized by the left because she “didn’t really support GLBT rights” when she vetoed a bill that would have banned domestic partner benefits because it was unconstitutional.  After vetoing the bill, she put it up to a vote for Alaska.  Alaska of course voted to ban domestic partner benefits, although the legislature decided not to go any further with it.  What if the vote had gone the other way?  I believe that the biggest clue is how she reacted when it appeared that Ted Stevens had won the re-election–“I’m not a dictator.  The people of Alaska have spoken.”

In summary, while Sarah Palin is not a proponent of GLBT rights, to compare her to someone like Anita Bryant is TOTALLY uncalled for.

PUMASphere Saturday, Nov 22 2008 

The PUMASphere topic of the week is Newt Gingrich.  First of all, who is Newt Gingrich and why would anyone care that he believes that Sarah Palin will not be the future GOP leader?  Obviously, she is a major celebrity, and to deny that is pure lunacy.  Right?!  Or maybe, he simply views her as a threat for his own candidacy in 2012.

What possible scandals could the DNC bring out against a former Republican Speaker of the House?  A half-sister who is an GLBT activist (Candace Gingrich)?  His first marriage was to his *former teacher*?  (ethics? judgment anyone?)  Eighty-four ethics violation charges filed while he was in office?  Divorced his second wife who had multiple sclerosis because of an affair he was having during the Clinton administration?

Is Newt Gingrich the person we want to go up against Nobama in 2012?  Or is it Sarah Palin, a person with star quality, the victim of many vicious sexist attacks in the media?

My vote is for Sarah Palin.  If you would like to tell Mr. Gingrich how you feel about him adding to the sexist attacks on Sarah, you can contact him here.