I just finished reading Gov. Palin's book " Going Rogue " . which I enjoyed.... The best part, however, was a reprint of an e-mail, of the perspective of an average Alaskan on the Governorship of Ms. Palin...Written by Dewey Whetsell (deweywhetsell.com) a retired fire chief.
1..Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the governor's office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republicans " Corrupt Bastards Club " (CBC) and sent it packing. Many of its members are now residing in state housing and wearing orange jumpsuits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti, and singing " La la la la" (well you know how they are). Name another governor in this country who has done anything similar. But while you're thinking, I'll continue.
2. Now, with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaska politicians to protect the giant oil companies here. So Palin constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called "ACES.". ExxonMobil ( The biggest corporation in the world) protested, and Sarah told it, " Don't let the door hit you in the stern on your way out." It stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies fell meekly into line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country who has done anything similar.
3. The other thing she did when she walked into the governor's office is that she got the list of state requests for federal funding for projects known as "pork". She went through the list, took 85% of them out, and placed them in the 'when-hell-freezes-over" stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we'll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor"s jet because it was extravagant.
Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor's cook ( remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the state vehicle issued to her (maintaining that she already had a car), and dismissing her state-provided security force (never mentioning - I imagine - that she was packing heat herself). I'm still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
4. Even with her much-ridiculed "gosh and golly" mannerisms, she managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built that will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it even if they tried. If that doesn't impress you, you're trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do thing like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.