There's a very good article in the New York Times this morning, which delves into S. Palin's years as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. It seems that one of the talking points of S. Palin supporters was that S. Palin would be Wasilla's "first Christian mayor", which came as news to the last 7 mayors, all of whom had been Christian, but none of whom were born-again Christian. It also flabbergasted S. Palin's Lutheran opponent, whose name happened to be Stein.
Once elected, S. Palin approached the town's Library Director to discuss removing some books from the town library which S. Palin found morally objectionable. When the Library Director refused, she was fired, only to later be reinstated after a public outcry. Today Party spokesmen argue that the conversation about banning books was merely "rhetorical", but it does seem a bit unusual to bring up such a "rhetorical" discussion upon taking office, and to then fire the librarian who refused to have anything to do with your "rhetorical" suggestion.
The article then relates- "Once in office, Ms. Palin asked many of [the former mayor's] backers to resign — something virtually unheard of in Wasilla in past elections. The public works director, city planner, museum director and others were forced out. The police chief, Irl Stambaugh, was later fired outright."
"When Ms. Palin completed her second and final term, in 2002, her stepmother-in-law, Faye Palin, was running to succeed her. It seemed like a good idea, except that Faye Palin supported abortion rights and was registered as unaffiliated, not Republican, people who remember the race said. Sarah Palin sided instead with Dianne M. Keller, a religious conservative and an ally on the City Council. Ms. Keller won."
And there's a bit more on the Alaskan Independence Party- the Los Angeles Times reports this morning that although GOP officials continue to insist that S. Palin was never a member of the party (the AIP continues to disagree) S. Palin's spouse was a member for 7 years, from 1995-2002. It also reveals that S. Palin addressed the AIP Convention not only in 2008, but in 2006 as well. The article also contains what is sure to become a famous quote from the party's founder, Joe Volger- "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
This continues to be an interesting story -can you imagine the brouhaha that we would be hearing about this from the GOP if the tables were turned and we were talking about an affiliation concerning B. Obama's spouse? If B. Obama's spouse had been a member of a party like this from 1995 to 2002, and if B. Obama had addressed the party convention twice, and told party members to "keep up the good work", it would be all John McCain could talk about. I can't even imagine the vitriol, and partisan patriot-baiting that would be occurring.
Well, actually, yes, I can. remember, one GOP talking point is that B. Obama isn't a patriotic American because B. Obama doesn't like beer.
UPDATE: IRAQ WAR- A MISSION FROM GOD: Sometimes it's hard to keep up with this stuff. Huffington Post has unearthed a video of S. Palin speaking to the graduating class of commission students at her church, Wasilla Assembly of God three months ago. In it she said-
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God."