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America soon may just forget about Sarah Palin

Out of My Head

Posted: September 27, 2008 8:34 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

In the romantic comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Peter, a down-on-his-self-esteem, in-need-of-better-direction musical composer is struggling to get over Sarah, the sexy and exciting actress-girlfriend who dumped him for another guy.

To Peter — who was second fiddle to spotlight-hungry Sarah — she was his everything.
Well, at least the first 45 minutes of the movie.

This brings me to John McCain’s VP running mate — the moose-hunting, pit bull/hockey mom of five, and wife of First Dude Todd — Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.

Admittedly, Palin’s done an amazing job of elevating McCain’s otherwise flaccid campaign — like Viagra and Ecstasy combined.

But several weeks into her momentous debut, I’m wondering ... is America beginning to forget Sarah Palin?

The polls seem to indicate that phenomenon, but I’m not sure.

Unlike some of my dearest and more conservative local pals who adore her — and think she’ll bring salvation to our country’s ills — I’m hoping her popularity will peter out.

The woman scares me.

Sure, she’s a stylish, easy-on-the-eye tough-talker; a perceived “woman’s woman” in some circles.

And she rallies crowds like a hotter incarnation of Aimee Semple McPherson — and certainly more so than John McCain ever has.

But the prospect of her ever living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gives me the shivers.

As Palin’s blatant pandering becomes more evident, I am betting that the “reality” of her true platform will set in.
Verified information is steadily surfacing that invalidates Palin’s claims of transparency, being a reformer, and being ready for national leadership and global prowess. Consider, for instance, her now infamous words: “I told the Congress ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ for that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, we’d build it ourselves.”

Actually, she fully supported the $398-million bridge until Congress pronounced it one huge waste of taxpayer money, a classic example of pork barrel spending.

Subsequently, Palin, who was then running for governor, decided she’d better switch her position. (Is there an Alaskan expression for “flip-flopper?”).

The mother of an infant with Down syndrome, Palin has seemingly become the newly minted activist for families with special needs children. Yet prior to that pregnancy, she slashed Alaska’s school funding for special needs kids by 62 percent.

Rep. Sara Gelser, Corvallis, Ore., a champion for the disability rights movement, said Palin “used her line-item veto in Alaska to cut programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. These included assistive technology programs, independent living programs, pediatric asthma control programs, and transportation for people with disabilities.

“She also opposes stem cell research to bring medical breakthroughs to help people with disabilities increase their independence and health, and live free of pain.”

Another subject of concern is “Troopergate,” which involves Palin firing Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July — a man she’d previously lauded for his outstanding work. Palin said his dismissal was for “performance-related issues,” but there’s a probable abuse-of-power backstory here.

Despite intense pressure from the Palin family, Monegan had been reluctant to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who was in a custody battle with Sarah Palin’s sister.
According to Palin’s campaign team, the investigation is a partisan witch hunt. Truth be told, the investigation was initiated by a unanimous vote of a bipartisan committee of the Alaska Legislature, with Republicans outnumbering Democrats. (Results of the investigation, for which Palin and her husband have refused to testify, are due in October.)

Since McCain tapped Palin for VP, she has avoided the media. Save for one interview with Charlie Gibson, there have been no interviews, no press conferences, no un-staged means of showing what she’s really made of beyond the scripted speeches, smiling photo ops, and partisan talking points.
Perhaps this doesn’t matter to some folks, but to me it’s a danger sign in itself.

So, will you be forgetting Sarah Palin?  I hope you’ll consider doing so.

For like Peter in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” our struggling nation cannot afford to squander any more precious time on “the wrong one.”

Diana Sevanian is a Santa Clarita resident. Her column reflects her own view and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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