Palin email

September 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm 2 comments

I dare ya to fwd this one around the office, Justin. 🙂

I don’t normally get too many “politcal” emails and I’m fine with that. I wouldn’t forward this sort of thing, but I think it’s a well written email and doesn’t at all sound like the type of silly ones that have gone around in the past (John McCain has a black baby, etc) or currently (Obama is a practicing Muslim and he and his family despise America, blah blah blah). This one is about Palin and it’s from someone who knows her. So, I’m just gonna blog it. 

On a completely surface level, I think that the Palin pick was an awesome one for the McCain campaign. It’s evident in how it’s energized them. But, on the same argument that the Republicans have been making about Obama (lack of real political experience, foreign policy, etc), you can pretty much say the same about her. Although, I firmly believe he’s more qualified than she is.

I don’t know if anyone saw the forum on National Service last night, but THAT’S the sort of thing our candidates SHOULD be talking about. It was nice to see both of them discussing the issues of Americans being more involved in their communities and doing things for the greater good and actually participating in their country by being a real citizen and not just a consumer and tax payer. Both candidates did a great job of discussing this. I advise you You Tube it. I’m not going to post those particular links here because I have too much to do today to go and watch them first.

I found this email to be kind of enlightening. Yes, there are some personal issues mentioned here and every candidate has their faults, but we’re looking at a VP candidate who’s never met a foreign Head of State and just got her passport less than two years ago. I’ll give the campaign credit for their attention-grabbing pick. I’m a sucker for good marketing moves. But, when it comes right down to it, I don’t think she’s right for it. If you caught her first interview since her selection (it was last night on ABC’s World News Tonight with Charles Gibson), you could easily tell she was prepped to answer questions pretty straight forward, but unfortunately for her, with very little nuance. It was queue-card type answers and one of them she literally repeated, pretty much verbatim, FOUR times!

So, I’m done and off my soapbox. Here’s the email….


I checked Urban Legends, the letter from Anne Kilkenny is legit:


From: Anne Kilkenny “< <> >
Date: September 1, 2008 12:20:01 AM PDT
Subject: re: SARAH PALIN

Dear friends,

So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the
last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in
common:  their gender and their good looks.  🙂

You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts
with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on
any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . .



I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska.  I have known Sarah since 1992.
Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a
first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools.   Her
father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher.   I also am on a
first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law.  I attended more
City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the
residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular
girl in middle school.  Even men who think she is a poor choice and
won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because
she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret.  She
kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents
for seven months.

She is “pro-life”.  She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby.
There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking.  She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy.  She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out
there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a
champion snowmobile racer.  Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly
sought-after because of the schedule and high pay.  He arranges his
work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or
so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their
major source of income.   Nor has her life-style ever been anything
like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000
(at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about
670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator.   She had been
pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had
gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had
given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002).    She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food.  The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage
the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said
she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked?  or a
new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a

       multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece
       of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was
       still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers
       involved!  The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the
       community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it
       would be.  She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that
       could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

       While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
       redecorated more than once.

       These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

       As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus
       in Alaska.  Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will
       make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she
       proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

       In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she
       recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while
       she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s
       surplus, borrow for needs.

       She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas
       or compromise.  As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by
       her or her staff.  Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the
       basis of who proposed them.

       While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
       City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
       the library some books that Sarah wanted removed.  City residents
       rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s
       attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
       her termination letter.  People who fought her attempt to oust the
       Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

       Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for
       Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”.   Palin
       fired most of the experienced staff she inherited.  At the City and as
       Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
       creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
       grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power
       to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
       case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see  below).

       As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated”
       her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top
       cop has the ring of familiarity about it.  He served at her pleasure
       and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that
       an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t
       fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper.   Under investigation
       for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen
       contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she
       later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to
       replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded
       for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew
       her support.

       She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
       help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
       introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
       became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor.  She
       abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t
       like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

       Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything
       publicly about her.

       When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got
       the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one
       of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid.   She had no
       background in oil & gas issues.  Within months of scoring this great
       job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the
       high salary. I was told that she hated that job:  the commute, the
       structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this

       Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party)
       engaged in unethical behavior on the job.    In a gutsy move which some
       undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all
       her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and
       garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a
       gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit,
       exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

       As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from
       Senator Ted Stevens.   Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel
       politics and publicly humiliated him.  She only opposed the “bridge to
       nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

       As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget
       guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing
       projects, calling them pork.  Public outcry and further legislative
       action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply
       because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant
       she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

       She is solidly Republican:  no political maverick. The State party
       leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated
       them.  Other members of the party object to her self-description as a
       fiscal conservative.

       Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.
       They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and
       predatory ruthlessness.  Before she became so powerful, very ugly
       stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made
       point guard on the high school basketball team.  When Sarah’s
       mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and
       experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

       As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package
       of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march
       to the beat of her drum.

       Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
       Refuge.    She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to
       global warming.  She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state
       initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from
       pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the
       state (depending on who you listen to).  She has pushed the State’s
       lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar
       bears as threatened species.

       McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a
       heartbeat away from being President.

       There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more
       knowledgeable and experienced than she.

       However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are
       regretting it.

       *”Hockey mom”:  true for a few years
       *”PTA mom”:  true years ago when her first-born was in elementary
       school, not since
       *”NRA supporter”:  absolutely true
       *social conservative:  mixed.  Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill
       that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships
       (said she did this because it was unconstitutional).
       *pro-creationism:  mixed.  Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to
       promote it.
       *”Pro-life”:  mixed.  Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby
       BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life
       *”Experienced”:  Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has
       residents.  Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska.
       No legislative experience other than City Council.  Little hands-on
       supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city
       administrator to run town of about 5,000.
       *political maverick: not at all
       *gutsy:  absolutely!
       *open & transparent:  ???  Good at keeping secrets.  Not good at
       explaining actions.
       *has a developed philosophy of public policy:  no
       *”a Greenie”:  no.  Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores
       and disconnected parking lots.  Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
       *fiscal conservative:  not by my definition!
       *pro-infrastructure:  No.  Promoted a sports complex and park in a city

       without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system.  Built
       streets to early 20th century standards.
       *pro-tax relief:  Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on
       *pro-small government:  No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city
       government in Wasilla’s history.
       *pro-labor/pro-union.  No.  Just because her husband works union
       doesn’t make her pro-labor.  I have seen nothing to support any claim
       that she is pro-labor/pro-union.


       First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed
       voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting
       programs in the schools. If you Google my name (Anne Kilkenny +
       Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local
       government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

       Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen
       when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because
       few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

       Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out
       of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt.  But, I am no
       fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will
       cost me somehow in the future:  that’s life.

       Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100
       or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s
       attempt at censorship.

       Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to
       say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

       I am not a statistician.  I developed the numbers for the increase in
       spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor)
       from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of
       Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for:  did I adjust
       for inflation?  for population increases?   Right now, it is impossible
       for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are
       swamped.   So I can’t verify my numbers.

       You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the
       population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000”, up to 9,000.  The
       day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the
       current population is about 7,000.  The official 2000 census count was
       5,460.  I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to
       2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

       Anne Kilkenny <>
      August 31, 2008

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kate  |  September 12, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I’m really happy to know that when she is pregnant with John McCain’s baby…she will be able to keep it secret!!

  • 2. jeffreysnodgrass  |  September 12, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Ha ha!


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