Alaskans Ready to Move On

Alaskans Ready to Move on From Palin Mania

WASILLA, Alaska — It is not exaggerating to say that these days you have a better chance of a moose sighting than seeing Sarah Palin here.

"She's been invisible," said Anchorage Daily News columnist Julia O'Malley. "Unless you count the book signings."

"There is a weariness. Why don't we just turn the page?" said Michael Carey, an Anchorage public television host. "There was a point where she was new, fresh, what's gonna happen next. She was about tomorrow. Now she's about yesterday."

Lynn Gattis, 53, a self-described and unabashed "tea bagger" — unlike most in the movement, she embraces that spin on its name — takes a different view of Palin's trajectory. "She's a small-town girl who made it big," said Gattis, who is proud of Palin's increasing role in rallying national conservatives. But she, too, could do without all the fuss.

"We have so much happening with our economy, jobs and whatever, she's not necessarily front and center," Gattis said. "And I don't mean that in a negative fashion. But holy smokes … Sarah probably isn't in our top 10 list."

A new poll of Alaskan voters found fewer than half now do so. If there's a central cause for her decreased home-state popularity, it's expressed by Mary Lowrey, 55, a nurse from Kotzebue, above the Arctic Circle: "She was a quitter."

In interviews with dozens of Alaskans, the quitter theme came up often.


Moments earlier, another woman, who called herself a conservative Republican, spoke incredulously about the "cynicism" of national Republicans in choosing someone clearly unqualified for the vice presidency. "How in the world could they?" she asked. "The phenomenon of Sarah Palin exists because people are uninformed politically." (Like several people interviewed, she refused to be identified for fear of "retribution" from Palin and her allies.)
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  1. ken
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 15:08:00

    ''tea bagger'' oh,your one of those people.sarah palin is here to stay,no matter how many times you click your heels


  2. sjohnson
    Feb 04, 2010 @ 20:30:00

    Liars and cheats are always found out eventually. You know what they say, Sarah-the-Weasel, karma's a bitch. It just baffles me that anyone can think this woman actually has Christian values. Show me one that she has.


  3. FlynnD
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 01:17:00

    It seems the Juneau Empire has Palin pegged correctly.Check out the freudian slip they printed about the location of her elitist getaway cabin — can she DENY anything now?!!


  4. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 10:04:00

    ……It's unclear how long ago the structures were built (AT LEAST 15 YEARS), but the local borough assessor says an aerial survey of the area was being conducted for the first time in five years on Thursday.

    Yep, freudian slip alright.. FYI…..Interestingly the largest 'cabin' is on Safari Lake. Have been there many times. The building has a name… "The Todd Mahal"


  5. FlynnD
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 12:48:00

    Ha! The Todd Mahal!Come to think of it, why not? He deserved a fitting getaway, recreational property what with being the shadow deputy governor and all… let the underlings take care of the niggling paperwork over property tax assessments.


  6. FlynnD
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 02:22:00

    I'd like to amend something I wrote the other day about Todd Palin being the deputy governor. After reading this, is clear to me that Todd Palin was, IN FACT, the real governor of your fair state. McCain and his minions shoulda vetted him, ferchrissakes!


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