Testing Alaskan support for Sarah Palin as US president

Should Sarah Palin run for the American presidency? Newsnight has been to Alaska, Ms Palin’s home state, to find out whether people there think she should run and why.

In the order of appearance they are: Ivan Moore, a pollster who has worked with both Democrats and Republicans; Tracey Porreca, who founded Alaskans4Palin.com; Bob Lester, a friend of Ms Palin who regularly has her on his radio show; and Dave Stieren, a conservative talk show host and Palin critic.

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41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SarahHalfTime
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:03:30

    “The woman who once enjoyed 90% approval ratings as governor of Alaska has now become one of the most polarising figures in American politics. …”

    This 90% has always struck me as weird. Sure Sowah beat her oppoents in 06, but how much of that was honest? Considering recent revelations with Bailey’s yet to be published manuscript?

    How much did the Palin campaign feed the media with false letters, op eds, fake people and fake polling?

    And the whole LameStream Media spew from the quitters mouth, is just a diversion from focusing on her inability to think, normally. However, ya got to wonder if the Alaska media caught on, at some point, to the Palin campaign self imposed fake bravada.

    I can name a dozen Mat Su area families who have spent at least two decades avoiding the Heaths. Way too creepy. I wonder if anyone has told them, over all these years, that they are just off kilter from the normal Mat Su weirdo resident.


    • Syrin
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:07:40

      You are right on about considering recent revelations with Bailey’s yet to be published manuscript! There is, from what I’ve seen documented evidence.

      The Palin campaign indeed fed the media with false letters, op eds, fake people and fake polling? Using patsies from both sides…


  2. Syrin
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:06:21

    FYI.. Don’t have a clue who Tracey Porreca is! I do know that alaskans4palin just started a few months ago. Just like a second Republican Womans club was formed in the Mat-Su Valley (like we need another one!!)JUST to support the town idiot. Why? Because she was NEVER part of the party or political dynamics of the state. In other words these people are complete frauds, uninformed, idiots and liars, having no real connection to the issues and given a platform to play politics!


  3. Syrin
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:08:53

    Dave Stieren is a smart and handsome guy! I’m his favorite ‘hater’
    LOvE! Him….I tell him we would be soooo good together on-air, in hopes that he’d let me co-host with him.


  4. Dorian M
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:15:58

    SP is like a bad smell that just refuses to come out of the carpet.


  5. suz1941
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:27:11

    Now that most informed people are beginning to know SP and most of us do not like her. I am proud to say that my dislike for her was the first time I laid eyes on her giving her acceptance snark at the RNC. My opinion has not wavered and I love all the blogs.

    I think SarahHalfTime makes an interesting point. Did she ever really have a 90% favorability with the Alaskans? Sarah Palin is so dishonest and misleading, she is perfectly capable of manufacturing or manipulating numbers. Right Lou Sarah!

    If there is anyone out there that believes her cock and bull story about the
    “Wild Ride” from Texas, then she has you in her hip pocket and I have some swamp land in Florida I want to sell you.

    Love SarahHalfTime’s last paragraph. Although I wish those families would step up and add more fuel to the fire that all Alaskan bloggers have started. It’s a good thing since the MSM is a little timid about their research or lack thereof.


    • AFM
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:34:19

      I agree with you totally on the wild ride. Any woman and I mean any woman who has had a baby knows the pain once the water breaks. Palin is a liar.


    • HudsonElizabeth
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:01:04

      I assume that the approval rating came from actual polling of Alaskans, maybe even voters. So, it isn’t something she could manipulate with faux letters, etc. But, as I recall she saw to it that every person in Alaska got a huge check from funded by oil companies. I seem to recall it was well over $1,000 per person, so in a family of 5 that would mean well over $5,000. That could certainly “buy” a favorable review and I think I have read in the past that this pay-out was a major contributor to her high positive ratings. (Maybe someone else has addressed that and I just jumped in too soon — before reading all the comments. If so, I apologize.)


      • suz1941
        Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:32:06

        I think you are absolutely right. I had forgotten about that. It would very definitely buy a lot of popularity votes for the grifter. She has done so much it is hard to keep up. Thanks for the reminder.

      • Syrin
        Mar 08, 2011 @ 20:20:06

        You’re correct about some people in Alaska. Populism and Pandering WORKS UP HERE! Yes, she tacked on $1200 to our PFD in 08. FYI, had to pay taxes on this ‘windfall tax’!

  6. akbatwoman
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:57:45

    Mudflats, Shannyn Moore, Immoral Minority, Syrin, and Celtic Diva. I count FIVE Alaskan bloggers that Sarah Palin couldn’t handle, but maybe only three of you really got under her skin bad?

    Andree McLeod and others also deserve some credit.

    Palin was the Queen of the “Clear and Transparent” STONEWALL.


  7. honeybabe
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 11:51:01

    palin is the queen of those angry, fearful, hateful souls who is all about “against” and nothing useful or helpful. oh actually, she is good for comedy and satire.


  8. SarahHalfTime
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 11:54:30

    Sarah Palin’s skin was so thick that even frivilious ethics complaints made her quit.

    Me thinks some of those no name, actual frivilous ethics complaints were filed because they knew Sowah had thin skin. They knew she could rise above the fray. No matter how stupid the fray was.


  9. SarahHalfTime
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 11:56:25

    “They knew she could rise above the fray… “…
    This should read:
    They knew she could NOT rise above the fray…”.


  10. Millie
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:28:57

    Palin has proven to be such an untruthful person in Alaska – the majority of which is documented – that she’d flunk big time in her homestate as to a run for our top national office. President Obama would make mincemeat out of her and he’d do it with a big smile and respect as to her ignorance. God, but it would be fun to watch!

    I truly wish the entire Palin family would leave Alaska – they’ve brought such disgrace to all of us that have lived here for years. Sarah doesn’t begin to compare to ‘real’ Alaskan women that I’ve known here – and, I’ve been a resident since 1950.


  11. AFM
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:31:55

    Sarah Palin is batshit crazy, period.


  12. Alaskan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:50:59

    Okay, why is anyone testing “Alaska support”? Does it matter? Will we have any impact on anything, anywhere? Or is this just popularity contest and gratuitous stroking for the Palins?

    The “90% approval rating” was complete crap and everyone knows it. The pollsters made methodology, sample, raw data and results publicly available each time. No mystery. Blown far out of proportion. Misrepresented across the board and without context and qualification, by everyone who cited it.

    Each sample comprised roughly 500 people. Criteria was:
    > Voted in 1 or 2 of the past 3 general elections.
    > Must own a land-line and survey responses taken on that land-line.
    > Sample size/response proportionate and weighted by state demographics and population representation. So, rural village populations virtually eliminated from the survey. Just one.

    So who did they survey? It turned out that the largest representative responses came from older married urban and suburban non-Native individuals that live on the road system. People that were home answering the telephone in July and August in Alaska, prime time for seasonal employment, outdoor recreation and hunting and subsistence activities. White older couples in the greater Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai areas, Matsu, Valdez, Glenallen. Think about that.

    Whose opinions did that eliminate?
    > Village residents.
    > Seasonal workers that would be engaged during the summer and away from a landline. Commercial fishermen, fishing guides, tourism activity workers (rafting, kayaking, transportation and tour operators and , lodges, Denali Park staff), road construction crews, oil field workers, Forest Service/BLM crews, fire fighters, heavy equipment operators, imported workers to special projects in villages, etc.
    > ANYONE that depends on a cell phone as primary communication.
    > Specifically excluded anyone under the age of 22 and many other younger adults. The last three elections spans 12 years. If you were 18 AND voted in the last general election, by definition you could not be younger than 22 years old at the time of the survey.


    • Syrin
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:01:59

      Alaskan, thanks for the information. I agree with your perspective on those who were essentially disinfranchised from the polling process! And, at the same time real numbers as a whole here is Alaska, they are so small, low population, and on top of that knowing Alaska is a transient state with military in and out, college students, in and out, snow birds, in and out.. This story is also applied to actual voting!


  13. Angiemomma
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:54:39

    Hear Karl’s in possession of the deleted e-mails from Sarah’s term as governor. I suppose not everyone in the Governor’s office is loyal/terrified anymore. They need to silence her soon, and it’ll be SO fun to watch the takedown!


  14. Kalena
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:59:44

    First time poster here! I’ve read your blog for a long time though. LOVE your take on Sarah especially since you actually know her.

    Tracey Porreca has her own personal blog. She is a major Palin family lover and has many personal pics of Sarah and the Heath family on her blog: Finding Myself in Alaska. She’s also a huge Joe Miller fan.

    I think this new Alaskans4Palin blog and probably the new Republican Woman’s Club was started so Sarah and her advisers can get quotes from legit “looking” sources in AK…ones that they know are going to be favorable.


  15. Alaskan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:03:17

    I almost forgot, survey criteria also eliminated anyone who lived in Alaska less than four years. Who would that be?
    Alaska students attending school out of state who failed to register to vote and/or vote absentee while they were out of Alaska.
    Everyone who came to Alaska for a job between the years 2004 and 2008.
    All teachers and educators from anywhere and any age who were hired from out of the state to staff village schools, during that time period.
    All doctors, nurses and other medical service providers from anywhere and any age who were hired from out of state to any Alaska medical facility, urban and rural, during that time period.


  16. Alaskan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:18:00

    It just occurred to me that I might not be right about the time period. I’m unsure on what constitutes a “general election”; if a local municipal election might count for the poll’s parameters. It needs to be double-checked.


  17. AnnieAK
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:26:43

    That photo of Chuck with his hand lightly on his wife’s while she is being asked questions by the interviewer is kind of creepy in a psychological way, especially with that look in his eyes.


  18. Syrin
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:50:25

    Great comments!

    The 90% appoval for Palin was weird! Remember Sarah was under investigation for ‘ABUSE OF POWER’ Listen to this rally held in the midst of her 90% appoval….
    It’s was an awesome event!

    Palin had a weird dynamic here in Alaska. She had the republican pollster Dave Ditman and progressive pollster Ivan Moore in her pocket, feeding false stats nationally through liberal newspaper Anchorage Daily News. (Baileys book talks a bit about the falsifying of poll numbers.)


  19. WakeUpAmerica
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:24:24

    Exactly when and where did President Obama say he was raising and spending one billion dollars on the next election? I call bullshit. That’s a crazy amount of money. Sarah sweetie? Wipe the corner of your mouth. There’s still some bullshit there. (H/T to Maxine)


    • Alaskan
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 16:16:57

      Ha! And so what if it was true…I hope he does! More power to him.

      Sarah Palin continues to forget about that $18 million-dollar check from the Federal Treasury to the McCain/Palin campaign.

      All true. See for yourself. The letter of request for funds, signed by Sarah Palin (in what looks exactly like Sarah’s handwriting, but maybe John McCain forged her signature and she doesn’t know a thing about it, right?) and the approval, available as a public document on the FEC website.

      So, yeah, Palin fans, our tax dollars DID pay for Todd’s silk panties, Bristol’s birthday outfit with “really great shoes”, and the children’s underwear that Chuck Heath couldn’t find.

      Here’s why: our county’s organizers wanted to ensure that holding office wouldn’t be exclusive to the wealthy that could afford to. Oversimplified – presidential campaigns can choose to either use public money with capped expenditures or their own. McCain opted for public money. His campaign expenses were reimbursed.

      ALL of the wardrobe shenanigans, the hair and makeup contract, the $300,000 – $500,000 spent on grooming and accommodating the Palins was on campaign expense reports.
      They totally got away with it.


    • Alaskan
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:21:42

      WakeUp, as usual she’s spouting off and trying to bring criticism on the president again, with no understanding of what she’s talking about. Yes, the campaigns are spending these unbelievable sums of money.
      The GOP is cringing again, wishing she’d just shut up. I don’t think she can conceptualize what “a billion” is, mathematically. She’s a frickin’ Dr. Evil.

      As John McCain’s running mate, her share of 2008 public funding was just about 1/5 of a billion dollars.

      I found a Politico article.

      Barack Obama’s 2012 cash challenge
      “Bracing for a half-billion-dollar onslaught of outside GOP cash in 2012, President Barack Obama’s advisers are quietly working to bring back together the major donor base that produced a record-breaking fundraising haul in his first run for president.”

      “And some donors are worried that the party has been slow off the mark in responding to the latest onslaught of GOP fundraising, millions of dollars raised from secret donors by a variety of Republican outside groups, including two associated with former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.”

      “In 2008, the president raised $745 million and became the first nominee in modern history to decline public funding and finance his campaign entirely with private money.”



  20. ml
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:13:00

    Can someone tell me why Sarah Palin quit as the Governor of Alaska?


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:42:25

      Well, which story do you want, hers or the truth?


    • Syrin
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:57:36

      Welcome ml

      The short version is Palin had some indictments coming down because of the continued gathering of personal wealth for her legal defense fund with outside money. She was given the opportunity IMHO to avoid further investigation as a public official so she quit, yay!, retreated, yay! ran away from her position as the most unethical and incompetent governor of the state. Yay! But, she said it was because the media, alaska bloggers were lying about her life and family and tormenting her with their nasty opinions of her. According to Bailey’s book, (a blogger from Wasilla) caused the Palin’s to have a ‘mental burnout’. That’s what I heard! If it happened once, it could happen again!


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Mar 08, 2011 @ 20:33:14

        OOOOh please don’t blow sunshine up my shorts unless you feel fairly certain that it can happen again.

  21. Alaskan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 20:53:12

    Sorry to dominate your comment section, Syrin. Just can’t help myself.

    “For the last 20 years in political office our family has put up with a lot of flak.” BBC Newsnight, Jackie Long article.

    “The last 20 years in political office?”
    First of all, that sentence is structured to suggest holding political office for _longer_ than 20 years. “For the last 20…” means the most _recent_ 20 years.
    She might more accurately say “In the 20 years that I’ve held political office…” No “last.”
    However. There’s no “20 years” either way. She’s pullin’ a Palin, again. Exaggerating the extent of her career and misrepresenting herself as being “in office.”
    She resigned from the most recent political office in 2009. That would mean that she’s been in political office since 1989. Pretending she holds office right now, that means she’s been in political office since 1991? What is she now – a veteran Senator? Sarah, I think you missed your shot at that. And I personally think that would’ve been quite successful for ya.

    Okay, wait. Time for a Sarah Palin resume refresher.
    Political offices held: Mayor of Wasilla, Governor.
    Time in office: two terms as mayor (Oct. 1996 to Oct. 2002) totaling 72 months; 30 months as governor. So that’s 102 months or _8.5 years_.

    I don’t consider Wasilla City Council to be “political office,” although technically it is an elected official. Oh what the hell, we’ll give her credit for it. So another four years of ‘presidential apprenticeship credential’ for showing up to monthly city council meetings in a town of 5,000. Gosh, that’s as many as 96 meetings. But no meetings May through August, right, Sarah? ‘Cause you were 500 miles away running a commercial fishing operation, right? Aw, we’re gonna have to dock you 32 meetings.
    Wow, Sarah, your experience was about the same amount of time invested to get through Freshman English.

    By the way, how did “running the boat” work out when you were the mayor? Did they just, like, wait for you to get back? Did you really still draw a paycheck from the City of Wasilla when you were gone for the summer?

    Being veerrry generous, that’s 12.5 years. Sarah. Well shucks, let’s call it 13 years then. But _not_ 20.

    Dear Sarah, you are not the governor. You hold no office. You haven’t since July 2009. Thanks.


    • Syrin
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:30:34

      Alaskan.. Say what’s on your mind! Thanks for pointing out this absurdity and continued obsession to lie! 20 years in political office? BWHAHAWAHA!!
      I appreciate your input, I could use the help as an Alaskan. I truly enjoy it!


  22. Teal
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:04:41

    Mental ‘burn out’ means that there had to be something mental to burn-in the 1st place.

    I remember reading (I think) last year – some web site – about all the lies she said against POTUS – and each lie was turned inside out and the truth reveled. She is a trip! Worst than acid!


  23. Kevin
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 23:09:09

    As to why Sarah quit — Syrin, do you have any evidence — even confidential info you can’t share — that it was a response to a threatened indictment? I have no evidence myself, it just sounds wrong for a couple of reasons. A prosecutor has discretion not to present evidence to a grand jury and seek an indictment, but it would be at the least ethically questionable for a prosecutor to approach a public official and tell her, “I won’t seek an indictment if you resign.” It looks too much like blackmail, particularly if the potential charge was federal, since the U.S. Attorney reports to President Obama’s Attorney General.

    But putting that aside, any deal like that would have been negotiated over at least a few days, and she could have staged a face-saving exit. But that wasn’t what happened. She handled her resignation as if somebody had called her up and given her 24 hours or less to get out, or else. As I recall it, the press conference was called with only a couple of hours notice, and it appeared that even Todd had been taken by surprise, since he left his fishing and flew in hastily. Palin’s speech was incoherent even by her standards and made no sense at all. She obviously had written it without help or advice. Either she had no time to get help, or was too upset to work with anyone. One thing that stuck with me was her saying she had consulted all the children — presumably including retarded toddler Trig — but didn’t mention consulting her husband. She gave the impression of being highly agitated, even distraught. Some people suggested an overdose of medication, but if so, what induced her to over-medicate herself?

    Everybody has said that she quit so that she could enjoy being a celebrity and make money speaking without the responsibilities of governing Alaska, but while it turned out that way, that sure wasn’t the story that her words and body language were suggesting. I don’t know anything, but I feel very strongly there’s a story here.


    • Syrin
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 23:54:23

      Well, I wish I did have proof, evidence. I agree with you, the body language said more than her ridiculous words. However, those were an example of a very deceptive person. It just makes me sick to read the news accounts. They never are willing to go deeper, go further into her alledged?? abuse of power and illegal maneuvering!

      From a TIME Article:
      Is there a more nefarious reason for her resignation after only 2½ years in office — yet another GOP scandal in the offing? Or is the woman who tops most GOP 2012 short lists to challenge Barack Obama stepping down to get a head start on her next presidential campaign? Palin took no questions after her unscripted, rambling address, and her comments seemed to hint both ways: that she’s “passing the ball” of elected office and that she plans to work for all Americans, not just Alaskans. “Some are going to question the timing of this, and let me just say that this decision has been in the works for a while. In fact, this decision comes after much consideration,” Palin said, holding up her left index finger as she amended her thought. “Much prayer and consideration. And finally, I polled the most important people in my life, my kids. And the count was unanimous. While in response to asking, ‘Hey, do you want me to be a positive influence and fight for all our children’s futures from outside the governor’s office?’ it was four yeses and one ‘Hell, yeah.’ The ‘Hell, yeah’ sold it.”

      Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1908669,00.html#ixzz1G5gADEhL


  24. Kevin
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 21:20:36

    Thanks for refreshing my memory, Syrin. I presume Trig was the “Hell, yeah!” The older children would have known not to use even mild profanity. 🙂


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