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To the editor:
Staff writer Laura Lewis wrote an article in last week’s Beacon titled: “Seems like everybody doesn’t like Sarah P.”
I like Sarah Palin. Though I haven’t been given the opportunity to really get to know her, what I do know does not cause me to dislike her. Her popularity has plummeted not because of any public dislike but because of a real concern regarding what we do know as the election draws near.
Over the past eight weeks of grooming and careful training, Palin has still not faced one hard-hitting “Let’s really find out who the next possible Commander-in-Chief is all about” type interview.
What am I referring to? “Meet The Press”? No, Laura, you won’t see her on “Meet The Press.” You saw Joe Biden the first week he was selected and he was hit with hard questions.
With Alaskan footage and her home and environs in the background, Palin was given a soft interview with Charles Gibson. She (by “she” I mean her people) blundered thinking Katie Couric (a woman) would also be a soft sell.
After watching that interview, I was saddened this woman was selected and being placed in a role not suited for her and her limited abilities.
As you know she was, not even on one of the rare “being left to her own devices” occasions, able to correctly define the role of the vice president. On the other hand, I imagine she distinguished herself on “Saturday Night Live.”
Sen. John McCain continually refers to her as the most popular governor in America. I’m certain many of the 49 other governors might rightfully take a dim view of that. Governor? Two years? Many of our governors have served two terms to test their mettle. Governor of a big state? Absolutely; the biggest, with one of the smallest populations.
Be honest and objective, Laura. Does the governor of Alaska have to deal with the daily problems regularly faced by the governors of California, New York, Florida, etc.?
In her short tenure, she has been found guilty of abusing her power in office, of using state money for private travel trips for her family, allowing her husband access to state office business and favoring that bridge to nowhere until congress flatly rejected it. Laura, your high school buddy Joe, mentioned in your article, has it wrong. Palin is no bimbo. She is showing herself to be an average person with average abilities who is being manipulated for, hopefully, political gain.
I’m a registered Republican who cannot vote this ticket this time because of the decision made by McCain. This elderly man should have concerned himself more about the future of our country rather than making this foolish and dangerous selection.
Fortunately, the public seems wiser than McCain.
Bottom line: I like Palin.