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‘Hockey Mom’ Sarah Barracuda Slashes Her Detractors

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Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld


ST. PAUL, Minn.–The first woman on a Republican party presidential ticket scored a hat trick in her acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination.

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, delivered a stirring speech Wednesday night attacking her Democratic opponents and playing up her small-town biography.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said. “I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.”

Palin took the stage immediately following the convention’s keynote address delivered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, foregoing the traditional tribute video that precedes the night’s major speaker.

She framed her biography as that of an average mom from a small town, and in so doing, attacked Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle. “They [small town voters] love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America,” referring to a line from a stump speech from Michelle early on in the primary campaign.

Palin also hyped her maverick credentials, displaying her will to rid her state of wasteful spending. “I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for,” she said. “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay…I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.”

Her attacks on Obama were both substantive and personal. “But listening to him [Obama] speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform – not even in the state senate,” Palin said.

The Democrats issued an immediate response: “The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years,” Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman said in a statement.


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September 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

E-mail Investigation: The Alaska Troopergate Scandal Grows

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Washington Post reports on e-mails sent from Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo account indicating a much higher level of interest in her ex-brother in law’s discipline than she previously indicated.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: The Washington Independent reports that as mayor, Palin cheered when she received $1.2 million in earmarks.

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September 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Rep. Peter King Addresses Second GOP Breakfast

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MINNEAPOLIS–Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) chided Barack Obama for what he called a lack of patriotism during the New York Republican delegation breakfast Tuesday morning.

The former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Obama showed Russia “moral equivalency” in his response to the conflict between Russia and Georgia over the separatist province of South Ossetia. He also said Obama opposed the Patriot Act.

King also defended McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, who was the subject of negative news media reports Monday and Tuesday about her pregnant teenage daughter, her directing a fundraising group for indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and other scandals, calling Palin a “renaissance woman.”

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After the speech King answered questions from the news media, and he said “Barack Obama is not the most qualified man to be president,” adding that Palin is tough and has executive experience, and “she’s also going to be able to understand rank and file issues throughout the United States.”

Asked by The Chronicle about Palin’s judgment concerning her relationship with Stevens, King said: “She’s the one who took on the Republican establishment…so to me, her reform record speaks for itself.”

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 12:15 pm

GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin Faces Barrage Of Negative Media Reports

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By Samuel Rubenfeld


ST. PAUL, Minn.–In one day, the American people found out a lot about a person they barely heard of a few days ago.

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s 17-year old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant, keeping the baby and marrying the father. Her husband Todd was arrested for drunk driving in 1986. Palin herself retained a lawyer for the growing ethics scandal involving her ex-brother-in-law, the state trooper.  She was once a member of a group advocating Alaskan secession. As Governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes, even backing the infamous “bridge to nowhere” before opposing it. She once directed an independent political group for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) dedicated to raising money for the now-indicted U.S. Senator.

And 72 hours after revealing the shocking choice, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s aides now say they are vetting her.

Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, responded to the pregnancy reports at a media availability Monday by saying families are “off-limits.”

Politico’s Ben Smith hears echoes of another VP candidate meltdown: Thomas Eagleton, the running mate for Democratic nominee George McGovern in 1972 who got on the ticket with little vetting, later to reveal he received shock treatment for physical and mental exhaustion, and had to withdraw from the ticket 18 days later. McGovern lost to former President Richard Nixon in a landslide, with Nixon taking 49 states.

Update: The New York Times debunked the Alaska Independence Party membership, which belongs to Palin’s husband, Todd, in a report Thursday. Palin did speak to their convention once though, according to the story.

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September 2, 2008 at 1:50 am

In Shocking Move, McCain Picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin For VP

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By Samuel Rubenfeld


DENVER–The candidate running on experience and readiness to be president chose a running mate with the least amount of experience in recent history.

John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 44 and a mother of five, to be his running mate, making her the second woman on a ticket for a major party and the first for the GOP. The first was Geraldine Ferraro, then a three-term Democratic Congresswoman from Queens, who was chosen by Walter Mondale in 1984.

The choice defined the battle between the candidates as being over women voters, especially suburban women. “She will be familiar enough with biography and even looks, so that even if they disagree with her ideologically and question her experience, suburban woman will connect with her,” said Lawrence Levy, the executive director of the University’s Center for Suburban Studies. “She could have major impact, but it is a major gamble, too,” referring to what he saw as a large gulf between Palin and Long Island suburban women voters.

Palin is a first-term governor serving since 2006, and before that was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population: 8,471). She married her high school sweetheart Todd in 1988, and of her five kids, one is in the army and the youngest, 5-month-old Trig, suffers from Down’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder.

Palin played high school basketball and was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant in 1984, and a following developed as speculation of her vice president nomination increased, leading to Web sites such as Draft Palin For VP and, or Vice President I’d Like To F—. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications-journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Idaho, and she worked briefly as a sports reporter at local Anchorage TV stations.

She was announced Friday at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, that had more people attending than live in the town where she served as mayor.

“This is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line,” she said. Referring to McCain at her side, she added: “And this is a man who has always been there to serve his country, not just his party.”

McCain has long-had a history of outside-the-box thinking, and this choice, many see as risky. Palin has a limited resume, especially on foreign affairs, and that could hurt a McCain ticket selling itself as being ready to take on the many challenges facing U.S. foreign policy. has “6 things the pick says about McCain” story on its Web site, and “McCain is desperate” is the first on that list.

Scholars are already questioning her credentials for the job. And she said during a television interview she doesn’t know what the vice president does everyday.

She is a self-styled reformer in a state whose politics make cesspools seem clean. Its senior senator, Ted Stevens, who is both the longest-serving GOP senator and also the face of the “Bridge to Nowhere,” was recently indicted for taking gifts from a company who had business before his committee, and not disclosing those gifts on mandatory disclosure forms.

Palin became a champion of earmark reform when she nixed the idea of the bridge to nowhere even though the money was to come to her own state. “If our state wanted a bridge, I said, we’d build it ourselves,” she said at the rally in Dayton.

But Palin is herself in a bit of trouble within her own state. The Alaska legislature is investigating whether she used improper means to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from his job as a state trooper.

However, the pick has drawn great applause from the Republican grass-roots, and from some notable elites.

It’s unclear how the Democrats will be able to spar with the new running mate. The first response from the Obama campaign was swift and negative. “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” said Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman. But the candidates themselves, Obama and his running mate Joe Biden, later put out a softer statement, calling her “an admirable person who will add a compelling new voice to this campaign.”

At the rally in Dayton, she mentioned two other female political powerhouses, Ferraro and Hillary Clinton, and recognized their milestone campaigns as laying the groundwork for Palin to even be considered.

“It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America,” she said. “But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”

Clinton put out her own statement: “We should all be proud of Gov. Sarah Palin’s historic nomination and I congratulate her and Sen. McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Gov. Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.”

(This post has been updated)

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August 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm