Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah W. Palin

If you haven't yet gotten a chance, you should check out the Sarah Palin article in today's New York Times.  It's pretty discomforting, though I have to say that nothing shocks me about this woman anymore.

I already felt like our little moose-hunting gal was just George W. Bush in Kawasaki glasses and a skirt - religious fanatic, fake conservative, no concept of foreign policy, basically ignorant, yet wrapped up in an appealing (to some) folksy package.  But this article increased that perception tenfold.  It's not just her beliefs that echo Bush, it's her borderline-fascist behavior, as well, and that's more bone-chilling:
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy.  The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears.  (Ms. Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the federal government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.)  An administration official told Mr. Steiner that his request would cost $468,784 to process.

When Mr. Steiner finally obtained the e-mail messages - through a federal records request - he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger, records show.

"Their secrecy is off the charts," Mr. Steiner said.
First of all, why would a request by a university professor to look through some e-mails cost almost half a million dollars?!?  Is this some kind of joke?  Seriously.  I'm wondering if there actually is some crazy-yet-logical explanation behind what seems to be a total crock.  If there is, then I'll breathe a sigh of relief.  Otherwise, it seems like they just made that number up out of thin air.
Second of all, how about all this secrecy shit?  Who does it remind you of?  Hmmm....

The similarities between the fake reformer currently in the White House and the fake reformer from Wasilla are breathtaking.  First it was the policies, now we find out it's the behavior - secrecy, obsessive cronyism, disdain toward progressives and severe isolation.

What's next?

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