Views from Alaska

It seems that not all Republicans in Alaska approve of the McCain-Palin ticket.

The reaction wasn't so rosy elsewhere. State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to tell her the news.

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"


House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was also astonished at the news. He didn't want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

"She's old enough," Harris said. "She's a U.S. citizen." 10249.html

To be fair, in the article a former Republican opponent does offer praise and suggests that she should not be underestimated.  However, these reactions from her own colleagues are somewhat shocking and underscore various criticisms of the pick that have been discussed today.

Tags: Palin, VP (all tags)



Re: Views from Alaska

Well, let's just enjoy the public vetting.  We don't have to say word one, (although I really, really want to).

This is a freakin' disaster for McCain.

by Stipes 2008-08-29 08:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

By all means, let the Republican Party of Alaska air all of its dirty laundry.

by rfahey22 2008-08-29 08:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

Well, those Alaskans can be pretty independent folks, regardless of the party affiliation.

They tend to call things like they see them...damn the consequences.  I like those kind of people, actually.

by Stipes 2008-08-29 08:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

So do I, especially when they help us!

by rfahey22 2008-08-29 08:41PM | 0 recs
When a level-headed pundit... David Gergen all but says McCain's out of his mind, you know this is, perhaps, just about the dumbest freakin' political move of all time.

Begala's pretty much saying McCain's toast.

I don't think I've ever seen either of them react so extremely to a political move like this in the many years I've been watching them.

Sorry, but this os up there with every cliche' Hollywood ever produced about the Presidency.

Art doesn't have anything over real life.

Personally, I just think the situation's outright surreal...but, in a wonderful, schaedenfreude-ish kind of way.

by bobswern 2008-08-29 11:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

Lyda Green and Sarah Palin are not exactly buddies. They are adversaries. I'm not sure about John Harris.

by RJEvans 2008-08-29 08:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

That is pretty harsh, though - wouldn't you expect in-state rivals to bite their tongues at moments like this?

by rfahey22 2008-08-29 08:51PM | 0 recs
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Yeah, burnin' bridges with someone who could be VP someday, is usually a bad political move.

Unless the assessment is made that Palin has no chance...

by Stipes 2008-08-29 08:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

That's a pretty damning quote from Green. It's never a good thing when the State Senate President of your openly bashes you like that. It reminds me of the fights between Blagoevich and House Speaker Madigan here in Illinois.

by JENKINS 2008-08-29 09:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

Gee it might have something to do with the fact that Palin was involved in cutting off the gravy train for these people. That does not tend to make you many friends especially when you blow the whistle on your own party. I guess none of you have been to a real political event and seen the fighting that goes on there. Sorry to say most people are not able to get beyond the grade school stage and usually do say nasty things about each other. This would be particularly true in a state where people aren't used to the attention and haven't learned to hold their tongue for the good of the party yet.

by Bornagaindem 2008-08-29 10:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

Cool.  She's against corruption.

But she thinks that shotting polar bears from helicopters is fun, and that global warming isn't real, and that we should teach creationism in school.


Who gives a shit if she's against corruption!  

She's batshit crazy!

by Stipes 2008-08-29 10:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Views from Alaska

I believe that was wolves that she wants to shoot from planes and lots of people years ago (when she made that statement)  and plenty now don't "believe" in global warming. I believe she said in a conservative state that "all theories of evolution should be taught" but we shall see how she defines herself

by Bornagaindem 2008-08-30 10:07AM | 0 recs
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There's only one "theory" of evolution that should be taught in a public school.

by rfahey22 2008-08-30 01:19PM | 0 recs


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