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Palin, Banner of Books and a Channeler of Rick Santorum

In 2008 Presidential Elections, Chattering classes/punditry, politics on September 3, 2008 by Editor Z

There has been much conversation in the media these past few days about the pregnancy of 17 year old Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). This is a subject that shouldn’t even be a real news story. After all, it was young Bristol who got herself pregnant. The Governor didn’t get her daughter pregnant and this sort of situations happens in families all over the country.

Along with that, truly legitimate subjects that paint Governor Palin’s tenure as Mayor and Governor are also lost in the noise of this tabloid talk. Stories that are related to her manner of governing and policy. For example Palin, who is running as a conservative reformer and voice of political ethics, once ran a 527 backed by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the pork barrel loving senator now facing criminal charges for illegally taking gifts without documenting them. She also seems to be so socially reactionary that at least according to one source in a New York Times story, as Mayor of Wisilla she even once called for a ban on books that she found offensive to her personal values.

New York Times:

Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.

In 1996, Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.”

Silly, you are supposed to read books, not ban them or burn them. Also she allegedly fired a rash of town employees who disagreed with her, and forbid any town workers to associate with the media without her permission. Based on these parts of her governing, she sounds like a mix between Rick Santorum and someone who worked in the Bush Justice Department. Exactly what this country doesn’t need.

Related items:

> About those Palin backed earmarks.

> McCain’s Palin Vetting (or lackthere of).

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