Back to what she does best

Back to what she does best

During the 2008 Iditarod, I had the fortune of being able to interview Sarah Palin at the starting line. She had just signed into law the bill commemorating the first Saturday of March as Susan Butcher Day. I asked her how she felt about being referred to as “America’s Hottest Governor,” then touched on more serious issues, such as the rumors around the blogosphere at the time that she would be John McCain’s running mate for the GOP presidential ticket. Yes, back in early March of this year the rumors were out. She responded that while it was flattering to think that others in the party would think of her, she really wanted to focus on Alaska’s many important issues.

Well, now that her ticket lost the election, she will have a chance to do that. Unfortunately for her, the tone and actions she took during the campaign may make it a bit difficult to resolve important issues. It will be hard for her to work with the opposing party when she constantly referred to that party’s new President-elect as a terrorist, allowing fanatics at her rallies to say things like “Kill him” without so much as a response.

At least there are those other things that she can still do that may not be so difficult, like ribbon cutting ceremonies, dropping out the puck for a state hockey tournament, or tossing the coin for an Alaska Wild game. I have seen and photographed our Governor as she performs these functions, and found her to be gracious, friendly and welcoming. Perhaps she should limit her calling to those sorts of activities, as it seems to be where she really excels. It’s also really hard to do any damage to your country or state while performing such simple tasks.

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