Sunday, September 07, 2008

Time on Palin

As a subscriber to Time, I received their latest Issue with a Sarah Palin cover story. Gov. Sarah continues to be a mystery. Although I believe she is dead wrong on most every ideological issue, it is important for me to get to know her, to understand her, to relate to her. Reality is, she may be our next Vice President, so I am making a reasonable effort to learn as much as I can.

The Time article is a great mini bio. It humanizes her. I encourage anyone else who is as intrigued as I am about this candidate to take a moment and educate yourself. This article is a good place to start.

It begins:

They called themselves the elite six — and the name was meant to be ironic. This was Wasilla, Alaska, 30 miles (about 50 km) north of Anchorage, in the early 1990s — when the sagging economy meant, as a local recalls, "everyone had dust on their ass." There was nothing √©lite about this little town on the stretch of highway along the railroad. And there was nothing √©lite about the group either — six stay-at-home moms who sought one another out to escape the house and get some exercise in the long northern winter. They would do their step aerobics, then drive to a local diner for coffee and dessert. It was a lifeline in lean times.

The women are still friends 15 years later, still living in the same valley, still meeting up, though less often than before. They make time for their annual Christmas-ornament exchange the first week of December, just the six of them. They used to make the ornaments by hand, but who has the time now? This year they exchanged store-bought pieces.

All of the Elite Six gathered at a bridal shower in Wasilla on Sunday, Aug. 24. But one of them was in a rush. She showed up to say hi and drop off a present. She talked about her plans to take the kids that Friday to the state fair, a once-a-year festival of giant cabbages, salmon quesadillas, hippie jewelry and gun-rights information booths. "That was just her doing her Sarah thing," says Amy Hansen, 45, with a laugh. "Showing up in sweats, saying 'Oh, I can't stay long.' But can you believe she came by at all?"

It turns out Sarah Heath Palin wasn't actually going to the state fair. Three days later, she was secreted to a waiting plane that took her to Flagstaff, Ariz., and then driven to John McCain's ranch near Sedona.
Now, go read the rest!


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