About Sarah Palin: A Letter From Anne Kilkenny

What follows is an open letter written by a resident of Wasilla, Alaska named Anne Kilkenny.

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideasor compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job.

In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.

They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked toglobal warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

CLAIM VS FACT

•“Hockey mom”: true for a few years
•“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
•“NRA supporter”: absolutely true
•social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
•pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
•“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
•“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
•political maverick: not at all
•gutsy: absolutely!
•open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
•has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
•”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
•fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
•pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
•pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
•pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.
•pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS

I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000″, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

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1929 Comment(s)

  1. Wow! This is an excellent post and I’m thrilled I found it. I was searching for the job description of Wasilla because saying one has executive experience doesn’t tell me much.

    Can you tell me if she was paid when she was on the council or was it a non-paid, part-time type of position? Same goes for her position as Mayor. Was this a full-time, paid job?

    I live in a city of 60,000 and our mayor is nonpaid and part-time (he holds a full-time paid job) because our City Manager does all the day-to-day managing.

    And have the press talked to you yet? This is really important information and needs to be heard far and wide.

    You did a great job!!!

    gyma | Sep 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. This is scary stuff…

    Nick | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Commendable and brave. Thanks much for sharing your perspective.

    Hilary Baxter | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Anne, for speaking up. I really want our country to get back to being known as an example of integrity and compassion. We need leaders who truly embody this rather than simply say they do!

    Concerned Citizen | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. I wouldn’t want this person as a friend!

    Brenda | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. wow, good to know. what a snake.

    Max | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  7. Keep up the good work.. I was a register democrat for Hilary Clinton that change his party affiliation to independent. Thanks to you and the unfair media I will vote for McCain/Palin. Again thank you for making decision easier.

    Jose Rivera | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thank you for posting this. I am very wary of Palin – very. But you’ve given me a start – I’m going to check all this out.

    Elizabeth Kapoor | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  9. Nice Internet hoax..!!

    Cappy Farbstein | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  10. Bravo for putting this out there. As the microscope of national politics turns to Alaska, I salute anyone with knowledge and experience and perspective on Sarah Palin, pro or con, who speaks up. This Pennsylvanian is proud of you.

    Craig | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  11. as the cult of personality is rapidly forming around palin, and they are an evangelical and easily misled group, I don’t know how damning this can be, damning as though is. I sincerely doubt mccain’s vetting team knew this much going in. still, I hope enough people process this information, and act accordingly. thanks anne, for acting on your convictions…

    david | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  12. Wow… thank you so much for the truly inside scoop. When I see her on stage I can see how all of these things are true.
    God bless us people. The wool has been pulled over our eyes for so long with these pols and we often can’t find the truth even when we try.
    Wolves in sheep’s clothing is all we seem to get. Truth is so often now twisted with lies that to discern between the two gets complicated.
    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. True freedom comes from knowing, and not just believing.
    Thanks for Anne Kilkenney’s testimony!

    T Fiero | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  13. Please send this letter to every media outlet. This stuff really needs to be exposed. The hypocrisy floating around these days is painful. Good luck and cheers!!

    Lisa Seattle... | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  14. Excellent post–thank you for putting yourself “out there” to inform the public. I hope lots of people read this!

    Sheila Baston | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  15. From the letter: Right now, it is impossible
    for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are
    swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.
    ———————
    This letter was posted here on Sept. 3. McCain announced Palin as his running mate on Friday, Aug. 29. Anne Kilkenny said that City Hall was swamped so she couldn’t get any info. In our city, City Hall closed on Friday, Aug. 29 at 4:00 PM and re-opened Tues. Sept. 2. That was a long holiday weekend. Does anyone know if City Hall in Wasilla was open that weekend and was swamped?

    JasonP | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  16. Uuuurrrrghhh. Thanks for that post.

    alakazarm | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  17. What a candid, honest message. I appreciate your bravery and your opinions and your facts. What was McCain THINKING? I tell you what..It ALL boils down to oil….Seriously. Same as Bush starting the war in the MIddle East. OIL OIL OIL.
    I hope Sara reads this. And I hope she has the grace to accept it. Because if she becomes VP…It will get WAY worse than this and she can’t badger a country like she has one state.

    April - In Georgia | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  18. Thank you. Can you tell me if it’s true, that although she speaks of being an advocate for special needs children, that she actually cut the state budget in support of early interventions and special education for these same children? It bothers me that she would be misleading,so I would like to know if that is actually factual.

    Cheryl | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  19. I’m picking up on some small town jealousy here.

    Herald | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  20. Someone forwarded Anne’s letter to me this morning. Much of it may be true; maybe very little of it is true. I/we have no way of knowing. The mainstream media seems to be more focused on the uterus of Ms. Palin’s 17-year-old daughter.

    When Ms. McKinney uses the term ‘unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness’ to describe Ms. Palin, to me the motivation for her writing this letter is called into question. She appears to be very bitter and very vindictive.

    I’m glad I’m not one of Anne’s ‘friends’(!)

    John Cannon | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  21. After seeing Sarah Palin’s nasty vindictive speech last night I have no doubt that everything Anne says in this letter is true.

    Sarah Palin is not someone who can be trusted.

    admin | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  22. The female Dick Cheney, that ticket is really more of the same. Thank you,Anne, for your honest and accurate description of Caribou Barbie, it certainly is consistent with everything we have seen in public.

    Patrick | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  23. I am also from Alaska. Everything Ms. Kilkennny says is true. My uncle lived in Wasilla for thirty years and he always said “She was the worst mayor we ever had and we’ve had a lot of bad ones.” Her speech last night was filled with misleading statements about her record. She claims that under her leadership Alaska began building a forty billion dollar gas pipeline. No building has begun. At Palin’s request the legislature gave a CANADIAN company $500 million as an incentive to someday build a pipeline. There is no contract to build and other companies are also trying to build a pipeline on their own. She also claims she told the federal govt.thanks but not thanks on the brige to nowhere. Not true. She took the money from the feds but just didn’t use it for the bridge after the bridge became unpopular. Before it became unpopular she was for it.

    Concerned Alaskan | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  24. Before you dismiss this, check it out. Smart people know that if something is “too good to be true” it usually isn’t. Same goes for vice presidential candidates.

    P Irving | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  25. John McCain says, and every red neck knows, “A woman’s place is in the home, barefoot, pregnant and chained to a kitchen sink” – It’s the American way! let the ice caps melt, let Darfur starve, let the oil run out, let the yellow hordes have my job, let the wars rage on, let inflation starve me out, let deflation choke my wallet, let OPEC ream my ass, let Wall street steal my mortgage, let Bin Laden run free, let Iraq prosper while we go in debt, let gas go to $12.00 a gallon, let The Big Three build super cars, let the stock market fall, let the Euro soar, But don’t touch my ‘sacred cow’ let the American sexpots we love stay as they are, over-indulged, ignorant, large-breasted sex machines, at home at the sink, and ready to do service for me! Go! Palin Girls Go!

    Uncle B | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  26. Anne,

    What did this woman do to you? Talk about backstabbing. If this is true than I think you should reflect upon yourself…one of the most unethical posts I have ever read. Why do women treat each other like this? I commercial fished in Alaska for several years and cannot imagine a fellow Alaskan would stoop so low.

    Scott | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  27. Thank you so much for your informative perspective. Personally, after years of teaching children to read, selecting books for many new school libraries and fighting for Intellectual Freedom, I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO SPREAD THE TRUTH ABOUT SARAH PALIN. Alice Belous

    Allie Belous | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  28. As an Alaskan resident I can tell you this: Sarah did not become an enthusiastic advocate for high-needs and early intervention until she was given the news of her newest addition Trig (whom she conceived after the age of 40).

    Misty Nelson | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  29. So you are voting for McCain out of spite? That is extremely irresponsible of you. You should not vote unless you will base your vote on the issue as well as a candidates ability.

    MY1111 | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  30. As a lifelong Alaskan, I can say that the letter released by Anne Kilkenny is quite honest and factual. As would occur with any letter of this nature- people who do not know for a fact that this information is true will surely slam Anne for sounding bitter and vindictive. But guess what? Someone HAS to speak the truth and Alaska is a small, small state where we all know one another. It is also true that people do not want their boldness to come back around and bite them in the butt because this woman has got power and authority. Need I explain why I am not signing my name to this?

    Long-time Alaskan | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  31. Please note the previous comment was in response to: Jose Rivera | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

    MY1111 | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  32. I support this open letter. In fact, I approve it.

    sikanrong | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  33. Just because someone (we really don’t know who) posts something on a blog doesn’t mean it is true! look at the “stuff” published by US magazine and the National Enquirer. Don’t be easily taken in by “stuff” like this.

    Ron Wigton | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  34. The evil forces that underpin the right wing of the Republican party are trying to sell out the country in the name politics/greed. A Palin presidency would be the beginning of a national nightmare and a global disaster. Thanks, Anne, for the info.

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

    Darryl Warren | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  35. Mc’Goo found its Artic-frozen nemesis.
    Now he’ll need more than luck; after all, a plane, or two, or three lost, who knows in fact how many, is just a few million dollars worth local savings.
    However, finding a damsel-in-wait out of the dark stinking room of politics is something else. In time it may sink the Titanic.
    Oops…
    The question still is, how long can he fool people with his ethernal bush yo-yo militarist nonsense smoke-screeen jingo?

    JERY FRANCOLO | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  36. Suspicion confirmed, but still many times more intelligent than President Bush.

    Scott Mabusth Sr. | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  37. When push comes to shove, people will see McCain is an old man and realise that this moose-loving political novice is a heartbeat away from becoming President. It will play out in Obama’s favor.

    Phil | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  38. Sour grapes? Woman scorned? Green Monster? Hoax? whatever, the writer of this diatribe seems to be a very very narrow person (speaker for an attack-pack?) and has all the contempt from me she deserves.

    Shame on you!

    ruth klein | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  39. Everything this brave woman says rings true after hearing this person’s speech at the Republican convention. She’s a ruthless liar/oppertunist that has taken advantage of a small conservative isolated population of a state that has less people than most cities in the US and I might add nothing in common with mainstream America. Because she’s a heart beat away from the oval office we must do everything we can to prevent our country from falling into her grimy hands.

    chris Dugan | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  40. Sounds like you’ve watched and been jealous of Sarah for a while…probably from before you picketed against her. How she became point guard in high school? This is truly scandalous stuff

    mandy | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  41. Kilkenny or whatever your name is: Just because she is smarter, prettier and more competent than you doesn’t mean that she is not ready for the job. She was elected by the people. It is obviously that the people like her, but in every city there is a small bunch of idiots who are never satisfied with anything unless it is not their way. Usually such people sit in the Democratic Party. Just look at Do-Nothing Congress and Obama. Talk, talk, talk. Where is action???

    John Kreutzer | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  42. Thanks for the posting. The veiled theats are part of the Republican techniques. If her inexperience is tough to swallow, look at the present President and Vice President–no experience required. After eight yers of lies, refusal to allow public information to reach the public, “they” are yelling about the press corps behaviors regarding the Republican VP nominee.
    What Anne says is like nasty girls and guys the world over.

    P F Horn | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  43. Glad I am not a ‘friend’ of Anne’s!! I too smell the ugly green monster…JEALOUSY.

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    shannon | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  44. some one is obviously jellois…so she is a babe… smart… witty.. popular…. and you probably have hated her sense middle school… give it up.

    dee | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  45. I am mostly concerned about Palin’s antichoice record. She wants to outlaw abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. She would like to impose her evangelical views on the entire country, including teaching creationism (intelligent design) along with evolution. I don’t think this country needs to take any more steps backwards.

    jean | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  46. This is a sour grapes letter. I would love to know the real story about Anne Killkenny. Letters like this are written only to hurt or discredit someone. Carefully crafted senarios that describe her success but framed in a negative light. I read it in detail and I am sure every point mentioned could be presented very differently. I really do not know Sarah Palin but at this point she is demonstrating she has what it takes to fight through the crap and get the focus back on the country and the issues at hand. I do know more about Biden. 35 five years in Washington with no other experience to speak of and no significant accomplishments. Long winded and shallow. Sarah has had positions of accountability. Biden could not handle them and has never been in the position to demonstrate his ability in that situation. He did not want to be asked to be VP but said he would do it if asked. His quote. The Democrats spoke when he was not their candidate obviously they would not want to see him as President either. Ann Kilhenny needs to get on with her life. She is a loser. Biden expected a detailed analysis of “her” plan for the country in her speech. She is 5 days into this thing. If she did have some sort of detailed plan, it would be very suspect. Very typical from the left.

    A. M. Grotto | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  47. That really makes people think… hmm… you are a lying turd.

    bill | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  48. Thank you for your intelligent and insightful post. This woman is no more qualified to be vice president than my poodle. For the GOP to even insinuate that she will garner Hillary’s voters is just nonsensical. Women won’t vote for her just because she is a woman; she clearly doesn’t have women’s issues in mind (except for her own ambition). To compare her experience with either Joe Biden or Barack is really laughable.

    It seems like the entire republican party has a serious case of the “emperor’s new clothes” going on; they are so energetically finding ways to defend her that they haven’t realize all she has is her (to borrow from Maureen O Dowd) go go boots.

    Celia

    celia milton | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  49. My comment was about jose who says he will vote for mccain. he is a baiter. shouldnt have bothered. hes off making comments on hello kitty blogs about the gay agenda

    bill | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  50. john kreutzer, get a clue. first you have no idea what anne looks like so you are the worst kind of sexist. i don’t need a president to be pretty – i need them to be competent, fair and truthful. this woman palin openly misleads her own party faithful (‘obama will raise your taxes’) – unless that room was full of people who make over 250K a year, that is an outright LIE. she is dangerous and needs to be stopped. the new karl rove indeed. i wish they would make it an actual offence to deliberately mislead or misinform the public. people don’t have time to factcheck every statement and they shouldn’t have to.

    suzanne | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  51. ann you rock, love the article :D

    I hope you enoy reading this Sarah.

    Kelly | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  52. As usual, when someone dares to tell truths which contradict the storyline the GOP would have us believe, the right-wing hit squad turns out to try to shout the person down. You can identify them by their constant attacks on the messenger and their consistent lack of a rebuttal to the message.

    “Bitter” “Vindictive” “Backstabbing” “Sour Grapes” “Jealous” This from the people who call the media’s investigating a largely-unknown politician who has suddenly been thrust into the national stage “unfair” and “sexist”.

    Meanwhile none of these people, even the ones who claim to be Alaskan, offer a single word of dispute that isn’t petty name-calling. None of them offer a single contrary example or piece of evidence to bolster their attacks. These are exactly the people who need to be marginalized from American politics. We can’t let their kind of ‘debate’ continue to poison our national discource.

    Nathan Perry | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  53. Thanks so much for doing this! I love it when people care about things.

    Deana | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  54. Thank you for your careful documentation. This is all very interesting material and I appreciate the candor.

    And to those who doubt the authenticity of the letter—Palin is still a terrible potential president. She has little to no experience in national issues and little to no experience in international issues.

    Can anybody honestly tell me theny trust the future of our country to a woman most of us just heard about for the first time a week ago?

    Sam | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  55. Wow,

    I believe in freedom of speech, so cheers. Your letter would have had more inpact had you left out some of your personal feelings.

    “She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.”

    It reminds me of the nasty stuff that was going around about Obama not singing the national anthem.

    From a swimg voter.
    Cricket

    Cricket Kapp | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  56. Whoa! It sounds like a Democratic operative with quite an agenda here! If this woman is as evil as you way, why do Alaska citizens give her an 80% approval rating? (That’s the highest for any governor in the country and FAR higher than the do-nothing windbag Democratic Congress that currently enjoys the LOWEST approval rating in U.S. history.)

    Ms. Kilkenny, let’s hear what you have to say about the liars (Bill Clinton and John Kerry) who looked you and me in the eye and lied through their teeth to the entire country!!

    Mike | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  57. Dear Anne Kilkenny (if that IS your real name). I don’t agree with you, therefore, you must be a) ugly b) jealous c)a liar d) unethical e) a rotten human being and sell out to the beautiful state of Alaska (where you’ve probably never even been because you’re writing this from your lesbian apartment in San Francisco). Sorry, Anne, I don’t mean any of this, I just enjoy aspriing to be one of the deep and thoughtful commentators engaging in this discussion. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Hope Sarah doesn’t have you fed to a grizzly. Good luck!

    CR | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  58. Was this written by a jealous classmate? Is she is the only person that knows this stuff? Poorly written. Do you realy believe this? Point guard in HS? What does that have anything to do with the VP position?

    CLAIM VS FACT
    •“Hockey mom”: true for a few years so?
    •“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since So? Were you active in PTA when you had no children in school?
    •“NRA supporter”: absolutely true Great and correct.
    •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional). This does not deserved “mixed” Conservatives are against gay marriages
    •pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it. When did she have a chance?
    •“Pro-life”: mixed. ? Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some what? pro-life legislation Which ones were those? How much do want?
    “Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many don’t. many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. So? Should the size of a city where someone come from have any thing to do with thier competence? No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000. Good managers always look to people to help in any job, It shows good leadership.
    •political maverick: not at all. I beg to differ.
    •gutsy: absolutely!
    •open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions. Where do you get this? Document please.
    •has a developed philosophy of public policy: no Whose answer is this?
    •”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Like Illinois? Or Lima? Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR. Thank God!
    •fiscal conservative: not by my definition! I don’t care about your deffinition! She lowered taxes in AK!
    •pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards. Do you even know what “pro-infrastructure” means?
    •pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
    •pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history. If she did, don’t you think that it was because they were growing? from 5000 to 9000 as you have mentioned above?
    •pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union. Either have I. Thank you.

    Norman D Wick | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  59. Thanks Jose for your comment, I’m also undecided but after reading about Mrs Palin and her lack of ethics. I’m voting for Mr. Obama.

    Penny | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  60. If you read articles about palin yopu would realize these things are actually true.
    Ive read on many occasions about the attemt to fire or have someone fire the state trooper her ex-in law, why out of spite, her own husband dont know if you read about that but didnt want Alaska to be part of the USA, why power trip,Palin just want control and quite seriously I would be frightened to have her as VP or in control of anything.

    DB brown | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  61. Good heavens people! Are you seriously going to take one woman’s letter as truth because she simply said “this is so”. I have had so many jealous high school girls in my past who STILL, 21 years later, still have not gotten past their grudges for me because I was popular, athletic, or dated one of their boyfriends at one point in my high school career. It is so silly. You can’t make an important decision people just by reading some strangers letter once and assuming she is telling you the truth. Aren’t you people smarter than that? Do your own research folks before you make a decision so quickly. How would you like to be so quickly and easily judged so negatively like you are all doing to Sarah Palin right now. Rumors and hearsay people…..rumors and hearsay do not help the world a better place.

    Michigan Mom | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  62. Wow … what a jealous little housewife. Some people are working because of her actions … sorry if you didn’t get your way “back then”. People grow and evolve … jump on the train!

    Coe | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  63. Thanks for stepping up and setting the facts straight. Obviously, this information will never make it to our TV screens.

    Ms. Palin and her “family values” need to be sent packing, along with John McSame and the rest of the neo-cons.

    E Wilcox | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  64. This is letter is needed in that it helps for there to be transparency for both major party candidates.

    People have been attacking Barack Obama (“he’s an elitist, he’s a snob,” et cetera) and lauding him. People have done the same to John McCain.

    Let both the good and bad of both parties’ candidates and their vice presidential running mates be clearly communicated, and then we as a republic can decide who we want for President and VP.

    Mark Delgado | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  65. Bitter bitter woman you are anne.
    things didn’t quite go your way did they. typical bitchy,bitchy.
    you and your MoveOn talking points won’t work,and of course the NYTimes picks it up.
    you are a waste of good clean alaskan air.
    you believe V.P. Palin should have just killed the child because it wasn’t going to be perfect,like your disfunctional spawn.
    sad,cold,bitter,bag!

    ediemeout | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  66. No one knows if this person is who she says she is.

    Andrew | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  67. John Kreutzer,

    John McSame has been in congress for 25 years. If this guy was truly a leader, rather than a skirt chaser, maybe Washington would look different today.
    The RNC was 1. Reagan, 2.9/11 – be afraid, 3. POW, 4. Obama’s not qualified. Same mesage from every speaker. Funny how they failed to mention the last 8 years of the man McCain has voted with 90% of the time.

    jemandc | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  68. Absolutely amazing piece which falls apart with little to no research:
    1) Anne Kilkenny is a staunch Obama supporter and has a strong prejudice against the Republicans
    2) Sarah Palin’s popularity as governor of Alaska is amazingly high – something which would not be true if any of the comments by Anne Kilkenny were actually accurate.

    People need to research the truth to find it and not assume something. Perhaps that is the difference between someone who will vote for McCain (seek the truth) and someone who will vote for Obama (swallow whatever they are fed).

    Enough said…

    Jim | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  69. Can you tell me what “pin” that Palin and her husband wear on their lapels? It certainly is not the american flag.

    kay | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  70. I see nothing but demonization going on here. This post is rife with personal vendetta, and Anne has shown herself not to be brave, but to be vindictive. If Anne had been even a bit reasonable and self-restrained in her vitriol, I might have believed her, and this post would have been sent on to others, like myself, who are endeavoring to make an informed decision. This is so “off the charts” it would be irresponsible for me to share it.

    Sarah Palin is no more the Wicked Witch of the Northwest than O’bama is the New Messiah, and supporters of each would be wise to temper your tantrums. As an undecided voter I have watched both conventions. O’bama was just as cutting to McCain a week ago as Palin was to O’bama last night. That is how a political convention works. Get over yourselves, give us believable substance, and quit trying to whitewash a smear campaign.

    J K Huggins | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  71. While it is always good to hear another side, I will continue to research. For those who mention how easially republicans are mislead, I would ask you to recognize that this is one opinion. No one in the conservative base has ANY issues with her ethics, integrity or experience brought into question. But it makes you wonder, when the media and the opposing party has to resort to petty attacks and unsubstanciated claims, how with the resources they have, they miss somthing as significant as this? The more information the better, but an 80+ approval rating? Hmmm I appreciate the fact that you stay at home, but maybe you need another hobby?

    Amy | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  72. Since Anne Kilkenny is quoted in the New York Times article on Palin on Sept 2, I would say that it probably is not an internet hoax, although I admit it looked like one at first glance. It feels real — these are exactly the sorts of things that folks in small towns know about each other. Obviously she’s no great admirer of Palin, but it does seem to be an attempt to be fair and even-handed.

    tanya | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  73. This is a very well written article. That is all I can say about it. This lacks any evidence. You have failed to display any backing to verify what you have said. You can easily say, “Well, look it up if you don’t believe me.” You know very well people won’t look up all the stats you put up.

    I see especially notice the claims vs. fact section. To me, it looks like a claims vs. claims section. You need to back up what you are saying. In my book, this would get an F+, but an F+ is still failing.

    This article is strictly for the people who don’t want to believe what is right and want to hear what they want to hear.

    Some where | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  74. It’s pretty pathetic that this Anne Kilkenny thought she had to tell the world what a “bad person” Sarah Palin is, especially after Palin’s terrific speech. Kilkenny seems to be a true Democrat who wants to fall all over themselves trying to find fault with somebody who would be good for this country in order to make their useless candidate appear electable.

    Carolyn Bourdeau | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  75. The above comment was in response to the earlier accusation of ‘internet hoax’

    tanya | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  76. thank you so much for this information! thank you for not keeping silent about this!

    teri tomizawa | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  77. Thank you for writing this, and more importantly for taking a such a risk in sharing it.

    Cindy | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  78. The letter seems real enough, based on a bit of investigation, but only in the sense that Anne Kilkenny is really a Wasilla resident and really wrote it. The content of this letter is a bunch of disjointed irrelevance and bad-sounding assertions without meaningful context. Taxes went up by around a third, it seems, under her administration. Bad, right? Wrong. Population went up by a helluvalot more. So of course tax revenues went up, and that’s a good thing.

    The idea that it’s somehow revealing that a commercial fisherman on the bearing sea doesn’t fish full time is starkly absurd. It’s a damn near lethal occupation, very expensive to support (fishing vessels burn tens of thousands of gallons of gas on any given trip, to give one obvious example) so in many instances it only pays to go after high value catches, such as crab. Crab has a limited season, enforced by the feds.

    The fact that she fired a police chief for intimidation is another good thing. He tried to bully the mayor, and the mayor canned his ass, as she should.

    The stuff about firing the top trooper for failure to fire her ex-brother in law is a distortion of facts–mostly by leaving out most of them. The investigation confirmed that the guy should have been fired for among other things, using a Taser on his young son, hunting illegally despite being a police officer and drinking beer in his police cruiser.

    She fired a city administrator, after a counselman–evidently someone else–”showed her [Palin] around town.” That doesn’t even make any sense. A total non sequitur. And in any event, we are not given any hint of what the admisitrator did or failed to do.

    We do know the admitted fact that she’s enourmously popular. How could that be if she’s a backstabbing dirtbag, unless of course she’s stabbing people who desperately deserve it.

    Oh, now I see. This is a personal pissing match. “Sarah hates me,” she says. What bunch of drivel.

    Kim | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  79. The tactics she has used in the past are the same tactics used by the Rove machine—attack dog. I guess her descripion of herself in right on–a pitbull with lipstick. What the country needs now is a party and leaders that can go beyond the attacks and come together as a nation. The republicans only know one method and that is the selfish, greeding, lying, tactics that have been successful in the past. Attack the individuals with hate remarks and blame them for everything wrong in the country. The Nazi party did it in Germany with many cheering on the hate mongers with success. Let’s us learn from past history or even recent history of George W. Bush. Speak up before it is to late.

    Carlos Ramirez | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  80. You know it’s easy to tell one side of a story. There are people I went to High School with that carried grudges against the well liked people and would do or say anthing against them. Just because someone says something like the above doesn’t make it true.

    acs | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  81. Another lifelong Alaska here; this letter is completely true. Sarah Palin never thought she’d be in this position so she didn’t bury the bodies well.

    She has a lot of enemies in Alaska – not so much elsewhere – but the dirt on this woman is astounding.

    I am a woman, and I always promised myself i would vote for every woman candidate whenever I got the chance because i think our country just needs the perspective.

    But we do NOT need Sarah Palin.

    KP | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  82. Response to John Cannon’s charges of Anne’s “bitter and vindictive” motives.

    The tone of Anne’s post pales in comparison to Palin’s vicious September 3 assault. What is the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Oops, you forgot the lipstick Sarah! In her defense, this is the nature of American politics, and she is filling the traditional attack dog role of a VP candidate. But back to Anne’s post. Rather than expressing personal angst, I think that she has provided us with desperately needed information that has not been accessible thus far. Information has been sparse because Palin’s selection was a complete surprise (is it pronounced PAIL-IN or PAL-IN?), and the McCain campaign has publicly crucified anyone who attempts to obtain or disseminate anything about the governor. The information Anne provided at least allows us to look more closely at Sarah’s speech, even though it is not yet verified,…and raises serious concerns in my book.

    Beyond the vindictiveness toward the media, the Obamas and non-conservatives in general, the blatant double standard the governor demonstrated was quite disturbing. “Don’t talk about my family”, but let me unload my moose rifle at Michelle Obama. “Don’t talk about my daughter’s personal issues”, but let me plug my new son in an obvious appeal to a specific female demographic. Summary – don’t mention anything negative about my family, but let me use the positives to gain support. McCain, an undeniably brave and heroic man, vociferously defends Palin’s right to family privacy. Anyone remember McCain’s “why is a certain democratic president’s daughter so ugly” joke in the late 90‘s? Sure, it wasn’t expressed publicly, but…ouch, yikes, play nice, lay off those kids. Personally, at this level of politics, I think that every aspect of the candidates and their families‘, donkey or elephant, is relevant. Kind of like paps and celebs. It stinks, but it is part of the job. Get a new career if you don’t like it, but quit whining.

    Anne’s post and other online sources also help us to see Palin’s ability to speak different languages in “Scranton and San Francisco”, a key criticism of Obama. “Ban those books or you’re fired” quickly changed when there was a public response. (Banning books? You have got to be kidding, that is simply too good to be true for non-Republicans. It must be an internet rumor, right?) “Build that bridge to nowhere”, “earmarks are an important part of the system” and the “million we got from the feds to pave the airport”. Oops, McCain doesn’t like pork and earmarks. So “I said no thank you to the bridge to nowhere”. But, she spent every penny of the $220, 000,000 for the bridge project, allegedly including a road to where the bridge would cross. Perhaps the “Road to nowhere where the bridge to somewhere will probably be if Palin becomes vice president”?

    Fiscal conservative? It sounds really nice, particularly in a struggling national economy that has not been directly addressed as an issue during the RNC. Anne, and other sources are painting a different picture, though. It seems that Sarah may have sharpened those barracuda (or pit bull?) teeth on tasty federal pork during her substantive executive service as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska. It sounds like she also spent a pretty penny on a snappy new sports complex in Wasilla, expedited at a high cost while things like roads and sewage treatment were tabled. Hmmm, any chance that there are hockey facilities in that complex? Tax issues? It sounds like tax cuts for big box retail and new taxes on bread and milk (for all of those small town folks Palin relates to so well) worked alright in Wasilla.

    Anne, thank you for giving us SOME information, regardless of your motives. I think that you shared your knowledge very tastefully, and acknowledged possible sources of uncertainty in your data, giving you more credibility that your critics will admit. It is obvious that you were bitten by the barracuda (or pit bull), but I believe that you showed remarkable restraint in your article, and are probably aware of a great deal more “gossip and dirt” than your character permits you to share.

    I do have to ask though….did she through elbows and trips while she was a point guard? Just kidding, I really do not want to know. I have a growing fear that Sarah is the stereotype hometown darling who is really the “mean girl” behind closed doors.

    Jim | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  83. This is a very interesting letter. I really have no idea how much of this is true, but I’m willing to bet a good bit of it is. Sarah Palin strikes me almost as a middle aged high school beauty queen: she is a back stabbing woman who maybe doesn’t deserve to be where she is. Nontheless, I can’t inherently trust this blog as it is. I doubt anyone from Obamas campaign would write this, but lots of people would do anything to prevent the repuliblicans from getting in. I have two conclusions from the veep pick: one is the Mccain is senile. Or, more likely he is making fun of republicans by adopting the most extreme positions in years going from moderate to radical, and being ironic with this choice.

    Thomas Tarler | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  84. This post sounds pretty objective to me. Anne’s giving Palin her due. She is smart, and pretty, and Machiavellian. Expect to be trounced by Sarah’s acolytes. It’s the price you pay for providing the facts. One thing Palin did get right … she is a pit bull.

    And folks … this is no diatribe … ya have to go to the Right for that.

    Hannah | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  85. I am convinced this is legitimate, As for the question of why this was posted on the 3rd and why the place was packed with people; I was raised in a small community and you can open these offices any time. It is very likely that there were people there thru the weekend. Also if you type Anne Kilkenny + Alaska you will find a number of avenues to verify Anne Kilkenny and her position in Alaska

    Shunka | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  86. This letter sounds very fishy to me. The excuse for not being able to verify the numbers, the venom with which it was written sounds like someone with a jealous grudge, and finally it just doesn’t ring true that someone as HORRIBLE as anne makes Sarah Palin out to be could have such an enormous following and such a high approval rating.

    Nope. I don’t buy it. It sounds like someone with an old grudge. Probably jealousy harbored from way back in High School or something.

    caroline islands | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  87. Interesting. Being a political wonk I had already heard much of this from other sources. It has also come out just today that she changed colleges several times! Wow. Anyway, this just put quite a bit of what I’ve heard into one letter. Thank you Anne. The naysayers and attackers should check what you’ve said out before they just jump right in and attack. Look up her record. Look at how she’s voted on issues. She also belonged to AIP at one time. Alaska Independence Party. They’re an organization that wants to succeed from the union. She’s a genuine nutball.

    Delight Prescott-Spall | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  88. Jose, Don’t you get it? This woman is no Hillary. If Hillary can get behind Obama, then so should you.

    As a female liberal democrat, I have wanted a woman in the White House since way before Ferraro, and when Hillary was overtaken by Obama, I realized it may not happen in my lifetime. Not this way. Sarah Palin is the Republican marketing machine’s Plan B (Plan A having been McCain’s first choice, Lieberman).

    “Hey, fellers, let’s get us a woman running mate for McCain, then we could grab all the Hillary lovers…” As if we were so stupid we could not measure the quality and experience of one woman over another, any more than we would measure the same in a man.

    Jose, you mention the unfair media. The media was brutal on Hillary, and this was a clever ploy manipulated by the good ol’ boyz. The idea was to get rid of her first, because they thought she would be more difficult for McCain to beat, so they pitted her against Obama at every opportunity, and the media, eager for blood (regardless of whose it is–it’s hard to fill that many news shows), stepped lively. Once she was out of the way, they turned full force on Obama, who they had assumed would be the easier candidate to discredit near the finish line.

    This is the classic trick you can see in “Survivor” and that Donald Trump apprentice show. Get rid of the stronger contender first, then go for the jugular of the weaker one towards the end of the race when you don’t have as much energy to spare.

    They count on people like you to fall for it. But Obama has proven to be the worthiest of adversaries.

    Jose, DO THE RIGHT THING. If you think the Republican Party of 2008 has the best interest of someone named Jose Rivera, take a look at the sea of faces at the conference on your TV screen. How many do you think are named Jose, or Juan, Pedro, Caridad or Josefina? To the majority of those people, “Hispanic” is tantamount to “illegal alien”. Under their rule, we will never not be “alien,” even if we were born here. At best, it’s like when Bush senior patronizingly said he was proud of his little “brown” grandchildren. To them, we are all brown.

    So reach for Obama. You have more in common with him than you may know. And he and Biden will be there for your interests more than McCain, and what’s her name.

    Cuban-American Female Democrat | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  89. KP says “she has a lot of enemies in Alaska.” That’s odd, isn’t it – when her approval rating is over 80% – higher than any governor in the nation?

    Even Jesus couldn’t preach in his own home town. Probably because of petty jealousy just like this.

    caroline islands | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  90. What were the Republicans thinking? I guess they weren’t, and that’s the point.

    Neil D. | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  91. Palin has an 80% approval rating among approximately 680,000 people who have strongly unified politics focusing on resource issues. Alaska is a great state critical to the US economy and energy base, but cities like Baltimore, Memphis and Charlotte have larger populations, and more socio-economic diversity, Native Alaskan issues aside. Kudos to Palin’s 80%, but lets not inflate its value and tranferability to international politics.

    Jim | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  92. I saw through this whole con job too. It was easy to figure out this con job by left wing loons when it was published in a newspaper owned by the McClatchy Company. They are crapping blood over their worst nightmare: Sarah Palin

    Mike | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  93. Thank you Anne, this is important information. I share your belief that a responsible voter is an informed voter. Keep fighting the good fight – there are millions of us out here that want honesty and change.

    Debbie | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  94. We don’t need another person in the White House with ties to the Big Oil industry. The two current residents have already driven up the price of oil and gasoline more than working people can afford!

    I didn’t like the way Palin mocked Obama’s community service. I think helping people and small communities for far less money than one could earn elsewhere is a sign of great character. It suggests that the person cares about people–not just about money and big corporations.

    McCain’s dad died at 70 from a heart attack. His grandfather died at 60, also from a heart attack. McCain is 72 and has endured a rough life. We can’t risk letting someone with so little relevant experience (Palin) assume the most powerful office in the world.

    A heartbeat away from staring down Ahmadinejad or Putin with the entire nation at risk? I don’t think so!

    Turnaround | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  95. Heh, if this is true… Then the media will get a hold of every scrap eventually. Less than the most trivial of subjects here has been used as dirt in most campaigns…

    response to Neil D. :
    They were thinking: They don’t want to be in office this time around. If things go sour, it will be a democrat’s fault, what could they do? If Obama succeeds in turning the economy around, they get to live fight another day in a better country. Or hasn’t anyone noticed that the economy seems to improve during, or right after a democrat was in office?

    Chuck S | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  96. She tries to warn us about Palin being a liar and the worst kind of candidate, and you call it backstabbing? Wow… I’d call it Anne doing her civic duty, and doing it well, I might add

    Steve | Sep 4, 2008 | Reply

  97. Wow. I love how so many people defend this woman. I immediately dismissed her when I read about her telling a group of students at a christian school that the Iraq War was “God’s will”, and then proceeded to tell them to pray for an oil pipeline. I’m sure God (if he even exists) would want Palin telling people what his will was. I can’t stand these idiots. What the hell is wrong with you people? Just look at it logically. Is that even possible for you?

    It hasn’t even been a week, and so much stuff is coming out of the woodwork. I just can’t wait for the grand finale. I’m betting some sort of scandal will rear it’s ugly head, and the whole thing will go from being a circus to a complete failure. Whoever decided to go with Palin is my hero for ruining what chance McCain had for winning. Their pandering screwed up the whole ball of wax.

    This election is nonstop crazy. I love the PUMAs… with their closeted racism. Why would you shoot yourself in the foot politically?

    Shane | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  98. It’s time to address this “do nothing congress” line of attack. First of all the previous congress set the record for least work done, and fewest days worked. Some of the days they did work consisted of them gaveling in and gaveling our 5 minutes later. This congress has tried to pass legislation and has been fairly successful in the house. The problem is that in the evenly split senate the republicans have dug in on almost every bit of legislation. Within the first few months they set new records for calls to recommit, intent to filibuster, tabling of legislation when they could, any procedural tactic that would delay or totally stop legislation. Pretty far cry from the “Nuclear Option”. That’s why dems have been so adimit about the need to get to a 60 member filibuster proof majority.

    ryan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  99. Speaking up is never easy or popular, especially if you speak about or against people in positions of power. Anyone remember Anita Hill, Edward Murrow and Fred Friendly. Thanks, Anne, for your bravery and for giving us a starting place. I agree that checking information is important. Has anyone heard of Factcheck.org? If you’re looking for independent information try this on for size: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/gop_convention_spin_part_ii.html. The website also lists facts about Obama’s, McCain’s, Biden’s and Giuliano’s speeches. If you’re serious about wanting information, here is one source.

    Please understand that no one is all good or all evil which the variety of comments seem to indicate. One blog with only anecdotal information is insufficient to get a complete picture about a person or candidate; however, popularity in office in no way substantiates someone’s character or ability to lead a city, a state or a nation.

    “His most amazing achievement was his uniting the great mass of . . . people behind him. Throughout his career his popularity was larger and deeper than the popularity of the National Socialist Party.” Do you know who this statement refers to? Here’s the source. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/267992/

    Shirleen Kajiwara | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  100. Her approval rating of over 80% is a myth. It was never that high, but it was pretty close for awhile. It was only because she came in on the heels of the least popular governor in state history, this has been an extremely red state, and she walked into the biggest oil revenues we’ve ever had. A talking monkey would have a high approval rating the bar was set so low. She takes credit for reform when she had NOTHING to do with taking down the GOP. It was all done by Ray Metcalf. She just looked good in comparison to all the republicans going to jail. Again, the bar was set pretty low. Ever since her abuse of power scandal has come to light her approval ratings have “tanked” to about 65%, which admittedly is still enviable to most mayors. It will probally spike now that she’s a veep pick, but as she gets put under the national spotlight a lot of the ugliness will come out about her and it could whither again. The bottom line is that she is not what she seems or has taken credit for. I abhor the idea that she could be the face that America presents to the world as what we consider our best and brightest.

    ryan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  101. Everything that Anne said about Ms Palin I intuited from her speach and demeanor. I also turned to my mother and said that woman is a grasping clawing Barracuda, she doesn’t smile she bares her teeth! Mom said “you got that right”. For seven generations my family has voted Republican and in last one I did not and this one I will hold my nose and vote for the least dangerous, candidate Obama,…Yeeesh

    V Storm Walker | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  102. Thank you for this letter.

    Ryan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  103. Lie all you want. She will still be our next VP and she is just what this country needs. You are a jealous hag.

    T D | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  104. Anne’s observations are consistent with other sources from both supporters and detractors. Considered together, they create a familiar political persona: savvy, ambitious and self-promoting; self-certain to the point of excluding self doubt; and mocking one’s opponents rather than searching for the validity within their arguments. Voters are appreciating this cocky, fresh style. Unfortunately for Palin, that style plus her ultra-conservative credentials are all she’s got, and that combination will have no staying power among undecideds and independents.

    Mark | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  105. Well ultra libs will have something to cling to with this open letter, but I would imagine it’s probably 30% truthful with the rest distorted it to suit your agenda. Nobody writes with the venom you just wrote with out of the goodness of their heart. This confirmed my vote for McCain/Palin 2008

    JD | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  106. Speaking for those of us who do look up facts, let’s correct one in an above blog. The media did come out and say that Palin had been a member of the Alaska Independence Union at one time, but within hours, the head of the Alaska Independence Union apologized after checking the records, it had been Todd Palin, not Sarah Palin who had been a member at one time. At least she checked her records and felt compelled to set the record straight.

    People, remember that just because a blogger or a member of the media says something it does not make it true. Check the “facts” and more importantly check the “sources” of facts. I am an undecided independent voter who knows that I should particularly distrust certain outlets. The fact that the New York Times, an unabashedly liberal rag, has used this letter makes it more suspect than true.

    Since reading this, I have done a good bit of fact checking and what I am finding is that a great deal of this is pure fabrication. The distorted view of a disgruntled constituent. While some of the “facts” have elements of truth, they have been taken out of context, or given without the full story in order to distort the picture. I have people checking this out in Alaska and this becomes more suspect by the moment as primary documents are examined.

    In all fairness, I am checking a similar blog written about O’bama and finding the same degree of hate, fabrication and distortion clouding the judgement of the blogger who originated that post. And yes, that story has been picked up by a particular conservative magazine.

    I know it is terribly tempting when you don’t like someone to use the internet as an impersonal means of venting acid, but it is not responsible ,as anyone can note from the number of comments thanking the author without stopping to sort fact from fiction. It’s what they want to believe, it supports a position they have taken, but believing what we want to believe without vetting is irresponsible.

    Come on people, if you can use a computer, you are smarter than this.

    J K Huggins | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  107. A man found an injured snake in the road and had compassion on it. He took it in, nursed it back to health, and fed it well. One day as he fed the smnke, it turned and bit him. Astonished, the man asked the snake how it could be so ungrateful. To which the snake replied; “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up!” I didn’t need to read Ms. Kilkenny’s post to recognize a snake in the road. It is time for Americans to wake up to the truth instead of looking for someone else to hold the blame. What I have seen in McCin/Palin is the characteristic power trip, aggressive, war-mongering mentality that comes from America’s excessive pride and huge ego in the world. A snake should be called a snake.

    Jamie Terra Hawk | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  108. What did you want that she did not give you? I feel that you are a vindictive woman.

    Fred | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  109. What astonishes me is that so many of you think any of this makes a real difference.

    Both political parties are extensions of the same fascist cabal that took over the United States a long time ago. We need to face the fact that we are bad, bad monkeys who sold our souls for money and power when we let big business legislate our morality and direction as a people. Comfort and convenience turned to sloth, business became vanity, envy drove the economy, life became a contest and everyone will eventually lose.

    There is no such thing a “business ethics”, not if you want to be a member of the top 30%. As a prerequisite, you must be ambivalent to suffering and willing to look at human beings as a resource.

    Ike was right, and now it’s so much more than just the Military Industrial Complex. We need to completely “reboot” the government and blow the current power structure away or we will communally suffer the consequences of zealotry.

    This political theater you are watching and participating in makes no real difference. How did we ever get to a world where someone like Sarah Palin could even be considered as a Vice President? Enough from Senators talking about change, too.

    Maybe it’s time to acquiesce and announce our allegiance to where it really lay anyway, big military, big oil, big pharma, big agra, big media, big religion, and Coca-Cola. That’s your real legacy, America, all else is vanity.

    Sarah Palin has a vagina, a cute face and loyalty to the right money-sacks. That IS the vetting process.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled slumber.

    Timothy Walker | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  110. No one who heard Sarah Palin speak, could possibly doubt this letter. Not if you have any perception. The part of her speech that frightened me the most was the part about “I KNOW how to use a veto, and John McCain knows how to use a veto”. No one else seems to have even picked up on that!!

    What I read here about her abuse of power in public office is just the verbalisation of what came through to me from her speech.

    I am willing to bet that if the Reps win this election, Sarah Palin will be running the U.S. presidency. John Mc is tired, hasn’t shown up in the Senate in how long, and don’t think she hasn’t already recognised this, and seen her opportunity!

    One last point. Has anyone else noticed that the majority attacking Anne Kilkenny on this blog are men?? Hmmmm……… As usual, they think with something else beside their brains!

    Grenada | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  111. Anne,
    Thanks for taking the time/being brave enough to write this. I have been against Palin since McCain first announced her (although, I am and have been supporting Obama 100% since the beginning of the election). I am glad you wrote this, and I hope voters that are on the fence will get ahold of this and it will help them make up their minds.

    Down with Palin!

    -Jenn

    Jenn D, Gaithersburg Maryland | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  112. Thank you for posting this. It has the ring of truth.

    Roberta | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  113. great letter. the only thing missing is Palen’s religiosity. That’s the scariest stuff. Talking to God is one thing, when God talks back? To a world leader? It’s delusional. Danger, danger.

    david | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  114. This letter is very interesting. I’m sure it reveals some truth about Palin, but I’m also sure it has been “spun,” like all other information out there about the candidates. With the rise of the Internet as a tool to disperse information, we must all be wary of what we read and willing to do our homework to sort out the facts.

    That being said, speeches like Palin’s at the RNC do nothing to further our country’s progress. Whatever party wins this election, we all need to live and work together afterwards, and how can we when such disrespect for each other is fostered by our potential future leaders? Throwing around flippant, sarcastic jokes does not give the impression of someone who is ready and willing to take on the seriousness of such a high public office, no matter their experience, nor does it make it seem remotely possible to encourage unity.

    Fed Up With Divisiveness | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  115. To paraphrase my somewhat more long winded opinions: Part written by a half wit (oh wait, didn’t you guys elect one of those as president?), part by a kindergarten student (ie, under five – oh wait, president…? okay, maybe a bit cruel) and ripped from party propaganda… or just plain made up… do you (republicans) really wonder why the rest of the world has NO respect for you at all?? Seriously? Huggins, couldn’t agree with you more… unfortunately, just because they are capable of hitting a power button, doesn’t mean they are capable of rationalised, intelligent discourse.

    And before anyone cares to comment on Australian politics, I am left wing, proudly so.

    Sorting fact from fiction seems to be a particular challenge for US media. (Yes, I know who Murdoch is)

    I wish you well as a nation, as a society, and hope you have learned a valuable lesson regarding unvetted conservatism. Please be aware, though, you are not leaders of the free world. We all stand together. Or we should. It is beyond lamentable that America has chosen a government that has propagated the worst sins of communist/fascist nations pertaining to civil rights & freedom of speech. Sadly enough, New Zealand is a greater proponent of Human rights & free speech than the US. (I’d like to say Oz, but we are still shaking off john howard, Bush’s little toady, and the subsequent erosions of hard won civil liberties)

    There is much more to say, but time will tell the lay of the (political) land of the next few years. We ALL have much to prove, as individuals, as nations, and as societies. I wish us all well.

    splattermuster | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  116. Thanks Anne,

    Seems to fit in pretty well with general narrative.

    I developed a very strong dislike for Sarah during her speech at the GOP convention but it is possible that I am transferring some of my loathing for the machine onto one of it’s pawns.

    I do sense a level of blind ambition that could be truly dangerous if not checked soon.

    What I find confusing is why the people that own America are so bitter. Perplexing!

    Kurt Knutson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  117. Todd Palin was a member of the Alaska Independent Party? I can’t wait for the folks who were picking through Michelle Obama’s college thesis for signs that she was “anti-whitey” (Google Michelle Obama Princeton thesis, and you’ll get over 20,000 hits) to analyze a Republican spouse’s political affiliations. If it was “a smear” to have erroneously identified Gov. Palin as having been a member of the AIP, what does it say about Todd Palin that he was a member? It’s a strange defamation that’s only saying something negative about a person when it turns out not to apply to that individual.

    PG | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  118. This is very brave and I hope the writer will not be upset by the typically nasty personal attacks by the GOP operatives and fellow travelers. Attack (say anything true about) a right wing symbol? How dare you?

    Not a bit of substance in the criticisms of this article! Just like Palin! This was a fair and balanced article if there ever was one. Of course, more research could/should be done to see if it stands up, but the apparent honesty and specificity of the charges was greater to date than anything the Republicans have said about anything. I salute you, Anne.

    wk | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  119. Regarding all of the posters piling on this author with cries of “jealousy” and claiming they wouldn’t want her for a friend I say the following: Those who fire back before verifying information are probably already sold on the bill of goods and want Sarah Palin to be the gift from God they wish she was. Also, those who see hatefulness in others should look to the plank in their eyes, enough said on that since I am already feeling the plank heavy in my own just saying that much.

    I believe this author was as objective as it was possible to be while also openly acknowledging she is on Palin’s bad side and why. And if the reason is true, and I have no reason to believe it isn’t, then I would have been a lot less objective and polite. Sensorship shows a contempt for this country’s founding principles that I can’t possibly ignore.

    I will definitely be looking for verification of the library incident and these other nuggets of information, not that my vote is in question, anyway. I am already heartily sick of the duplicitous Republican agenda of “Make the masses happy with crumbs of talk about values so they will shut up and leave us alone to conduct business as usual whether it does anything to promote those values or not.” And now they can also say, “And look, isn’t she a sweetie? Now run along Sarah and cut the ribbon at the new 7-11 while we men do the real work. Don’t worry, we’ll give you credit for being your tough and take-no-prisoners self since it is good for our image and we would never want anyone to think we didn’t respect you – even though we don’t.”

    Why do you think McCain believes his VP was vetted enough? It’s because he doesn’t care if she is qualified or not. He wants her to deliver the vote of the social conservatives and then he’ll put her on a shelf. In his own words he has already admitted his contempt for the empty job of VP.

    Well I’ve got news for you McCain, we want a VP who can take over as President in an emergency, because that is their job. You may not care if she is qualified, but I certainly do and if you manage to sell your package to the masses, we may very well end up with this woman for President. One in three VP’s have become President in the past. I’d love a woman to be President, but not this one. She has many admirable qualities and she has my respect (even if she doesn’t have McCain’s), but she has many more question marks and many, many more negatives.

    Gina | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  120. Will all the folks quoting Palin’s 80% approval rating as the reason she MUST be the bee’s knees please note that she distributed something on the order of $3000 to everyone in the state from oil revenues? Uh, hello? Why do you think she did that? For that matter, why do you think Bush did that? Twice?

    This election would be decided today if people just stopped and thought for a single second about why these people do what they do, instead of simply parroting their chosen party’s talking points.

    Joe C | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  121. You…Who…She’s not running for President…VP…why are so many people assuming that because McCain is so old that something will happen to him while in office…if being a POW for 5 years didn’t kill him, why does everyone assume the presidency will?

    xxx | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  122. I think we all need to stop believing everything we read or hear from the media, and for that matter, from the candidates themselves. We need to take responsibility for determining what is important (how important is it that Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant, but “planning to marry” her boyfriend?)and what is true.

    I’m an independent voter with no ties to either party. I appreciate the blogs I’ve read, both negative and positive, for both sides because they give me something to think about. I’ve found that there’s usually a grain of truth in every positive and negative statement. But even when the same stories turn up time and time again, we need to do our own research.

    Personally, I think McCain waited till Obama chose his vp candidate and when it wasn’t Hillary (or another female), he chose Palin, hoping for the Hillary vote. It troubles me that people would vote based on that issue alone, just as it troubles me that people will vote on a candidate based on any one issue alone.

    I’m a woman and I would love to see a woman in office; I’m just not convinced Palin is the woman. And with McCain’s age, it’s a real possibility that Palin could end up President. I’m concerned with her lack of experience; had anyone ever heard of her before now? Say what you will about Obama, I’ll bet everyone in the country knew his name.

    We’ve got about 60 days to figure this out. That’s not a lot of time, which could definitely work to McCain’s & Palin’s advantage.

    We’ve got our work cut out for us.

    M. Menke | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  123. Regarding: “why do Alaska citizens give her an 80% approval rating?”

    Maybe her promising to send them money has something to do with it.

    Steve | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  124. Its not a matter of women treating each any way. She put this letter out there so we can evaluate every detail of a candidate not just what the campaign wants us to hear. Good for her for doing what she thinks is right.

    ajhne | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  125. Yep! It’s hoax alright…all of you pissed off Hillary voters that are crossing over and republicans… the hoax is 2 candidates trying to run on Obama’s ideas…CHANGE in Washington…Hasn’t McCain been in Washington for what 27 years? And now all of sudden he realizes CHANGE is needed? and this yahooo from Alaska? change? you betcha and its coming big time.

    rose | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  126. Sounds like the Repubicans want to keep the tradition of a fascist V.P. (read Dick Cheney)going. It seems that if we really want change, we should change the current Republican administration to a Democratic one. I use to think that having a woman in the White House would be a real change for this country, but now it is obvious that even some women can be as bad as some men.

    G Marcanio | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  127. to the female Cuban Americanin previous post…ABAJO CON LOS REPUBLICANOS! right on mi hermana!

    rose | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  128. If she is so EVIL why does she have an approval rating of over 80% as gov?
    As for the people who have decided to vote for Obama because of this article…you were always going to vote for him or you have very little thinking power.

    You guys that are drinking the Obama kool-aid, you are about to vote for a man who befriends and is mentored by terrorists and racists. Good luck with that.

    Flow | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  129. Cappy- typical Republican response. Republicans hate the truth.

    Ron | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  130. You Go Nathan Perry! I couldn’t agree with you more. Where are the grounded facts in these responses by the Palin supporters? Her track record of Pork Barrel spending, raising taxes to cover budgets while spending current surpluses is once again an echo of our current Administration. Let’s just pass on all the debt and environmental issues to our Great Grandchildren whom of course we’ll never have to meet or explain to…Yes she delivered a speach with personality – but where’s the substance?

    Karen Moore Josephson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  131. How was Palin’s approval rating determined? And how many people voted on the rating?

    Palin went to 6 colleges in 5 years. No one knows why except her, but my guess is that she couldn’t find a major she really was successful in and decided to major in journalism. Yes, journalism!!! Not law, not economics, not business administration – journalism! McCain – 3 years in a military academy (near bottom of class) Palin – 5 years-6 colleges -some two year vocational schools, and then on to big times.

    Yes, it does sound envious. And it raises red flags at the same time. I want intelligent, well educated people making decisions that affect the future of my children – not someone who is going with his/her gut instinct. Palin will be going to the school of politics for the next two months – learning about Medyev, Maliki, etc. People she had not before paid attention to. She will be told what she needs to say for the next 2 months.
    For the good speech people are praising – the country was taken off-guard by a new face and fell into the trap of WOW she gave a great speech. No one was expecting anything – so anything would have been good. If someone wrote my speech, I could give it convincingly also. And I am pretty, but was only a queen candidate!! But I am just short a few credits of having my doctorate.
    I appreciate’s Anne’s comments. She did attend many Council Meetings and probably knows the truth about a lot of things. It did have the flavor of some jealously there, but I am sure there is a lot of truth as well. It is food for thought and I will check some of this out.

    Patricia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  132. Obama may not specifically say he’s going to raise taxes, but how else will he be able to pay for the socialized medical care he’s planning?

    Regina Walker | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  133. A lot of extreme Left Liberals hate Sarah Palin. No matter what Anne Kilkenny has tried to trash Sarah Palin, no body cares.
    I used to support Hillary, now I will vote for McCain/Palin.
    Good time or bad time, I’m always so proud of my country, AMERICA.

    McCain WILL WIN the General Election.
    GOD BLESS McCain and stand before him fight against his enemy.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    Beatrice | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  134. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    Marco | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  135. are you kidding me? she obviously posted this for the good of our country.

    brett | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  136. (In response to “ruth klein” comment): Au contraire – seems very balanced to me. This woman identifies herself and takes care to mention Palin’s virtues as well as her flaws. In fact when I first begand reading this essay (it was sent to me by a friend without comment), I thought it was a Palin SUPPORTER.

    Anyway, I think the choice of her is classic Republicanism. She was picked not for her fitness in running the country, but for the chance she will help McCain win. The Republican party has put its own interests above those of the country. Dems do this too, but not in such an egregious manner, and not to as desvastating an effect.

    Denverite | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  137. wowww…..I believe McCain chose the wrong Alaskan woman..!! This is really scary chit…..Palin could become the president…the mayor (female) of my little town, Gardner, Ks. has more experience than Palin !!! Thanks Anne for your great letter…..all you can do is warn them….!!!

    Jim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  138. Thanks for this article. Stumbled it for you. It needs to be read more widely.

    CharlieHipHop | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  139. Sounds like petty jealousy and a vindictive heart to me. Anyone taking this letter as factual? How about this statement: “I was told that she hated the job…” Second-hand info as fact? Hmmm. That’s only one example.

    S. Van Zandt | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  140. You could have never been a true Hilary supporter if you will not vote for McCain/Palin

    Evelyn | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  141. Hitler was elected too! The masses are easily swayed. In light of McCain’s age, we have to look carefully at the vp candidate. Beware!

    Zoe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  142. I agree about the feel: authentic in every way.

    RKP | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  143. J.K. Huggins wrote:
    1. I am an undecided independent voter who knows that I should particularly distrust certain outlets.
    (And then)
    2. The fact that the New York Times, an unabashedly liberal rag, has used this letter makes it more suspect than true.

    “undecided INDEPENDENT VOTER”?
    “N.Y. Times, an unabashedly liberal RAG”?

    J.K., you’ve got to read and edit your posts several times before sending them. But in this case, thanks for the unintentional self-revelation of your bias.

    A. Pappidas | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  144. Lots of transparent partisanship in many of these posts. Like referring to the New York times as a “liberal rag.” Most people agree that among the best newspapers for good reporting and oustanding writing, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times likely top the list or at least share that distiction with a few others. And those are two papers with highly divergent views. So, where’s the tolerance for opinions and philosophies that differ from yours? And I wonder if the “rag-caller” has ever read The New York Times?

    In fact, some of the things Kilkenny said were complimentary to Palin, and many were not. But for those of you posting vitriol about Kilkenny, what do you really know about her? If you don’t know her, why judge her motives without being informed and why guess at her history?

    Instead, why not give her credit for taking the time to write a letter that was detailed, seemed to be honestly prompted, was forthright in admitting that some of her data might be out of date or surmised, and was unafraid of its repercussions?

    Maybe she’s got it wrong? So, get out there and prove it. Don’t be a knee-jerking pit bull attacker. Fight back with facts and with opinions from others that are fact-based, as were, in large par, Ms. Kilkenny’s.

    Let’s have dialogue, not diatribe.

    L Martin Bell

    L Martin Bell | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  145. Thank you for this letter. This needs to be more widely circulated and documented so that people will know the truth. This is what I hate about elections. All the lies and half truths from both sides. I am glad the Republicans have finally decided to look at women for top positions, but she is not the right one. It has nothing to do with her being a woman, a mom, an Alaskan or any of those things; it has to do with the fact that she is not experienced, untried, and scary! I cannot believe she tried to have books banned and the librarian fired. This is not Nazi Germany this is America!!! As a Republican she should know better than to have the government involved in policing peoples lives, but unfortunately, today’s Republicans have abandonded the ideas of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and personal freedom. Thank you for this and know that people are behind you when other try to slam you for this.

    Margaret Kidd | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  146. Sarah Palin would be a great VP… if we chose our presidential candidates like we chose American Idol winners. You know, on good lucks, charm, and shine.

    She just doesn’t have the experience to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. One thing that John McCain’s ads very firm on was that you can’t vote for someone based on Celebrity, but based on their ability. So why is he asking me to vote for their ticket and the possibility of her being President when she has only her charm to go on?

    I was popular in high school, and I know there are people who didn’t like me based on that. I don’t think this is a sour grapes letter, or that the writer is jealous. Did Governor Palin even pass civics class in High School? She doesn’t even know what a Vice President DOES, why should she get the job?

    Didn’t we do this once before?Voting for someone because they were personable and likable? Oh yes…that’s when we voted for G.W. Bush. And our country is in shambles.

    More of the same… Nothing changes.

    Why is it so hot in here, and why are we in this handbasket?

    MamaSoup | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  147. Like every political elections, the mud slinging goes on. Wether a supporter of McCain or Obama, It distrubs me that we, the people, have to wade through soooo much crap, in order to arrive at a decision that we are comfortable with. Our vision is so skewed by all of this, that, in the end, most of us, whether we admit it or not, are not sure what the truth really is.
    I only hope, that when the last ballot is counted, we have elected the right team.

    Dave | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  148. Anne –

    You have provided a great deal of backgrounder on Ms. Palin. Some of the more easily mislead have criticized you for your viewpoints. I will not critique the obvious conservative bias (misled, no doubt) of others commenting negatively to your missive. I will only offer the following FACTUAL analysis of her Republican Convention speech of the other evening: In full disclosure, I was not the author of this analysis. It appeared in most national newspapers the following day. Many of you have probably already seen the entire article. If not, I ask that you read it in its entirety. Unlike some of the viewpoints of the threads I have read here, it is factually honest and holds up under the most intense scrutiny.

    To those who have criticized Anne regarding her letter, how can you defend your position of support for Ms. Palin after reading the obvious misrepresentations Palin provided to the attendees and viewers the other evening?

    Take a look:

    PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

    PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.”

    THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

    PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

    THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

    These three examples are but just a sampling that have been analyzed and checked for accuracy. There is a preponderance of evidence coming to light almost hourly that overwhelmingly demonstrates a lack of ethics on Ms. Palin’s part.

    To those who have criticized Anne Kilkenny for her letter, I would ask that you stop your gross and inaccurate critiques of Ms.Kilkenny and come to realize that Sarah Palin is a dishonest, divisive, evangelical, hypocrite that will stop at nothing (Barracuda?) to accomplish her selfish and misguided goals.

    And to those of you that believe that the creation of Anne’s letter was driven by selfishness or jealousy, please open your eyes and minds (just once?) and let the facts guide you when November 4th rolls around.

    Joe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  149. Anne Kilkenny’s informative letter regarding
    the true character of Mrs. Palin rings
    true , especially when you consider the number of current Alaskan citizens who posted comments attesting to the truth of her allegations.
    The selection of Mrs. Palin to run as his vice presidential candidate by John McCain tells us much more about McCain than about Sarah Palin.
    A great number of Americans on both sides
    of the politcal spectrum have serious doubts about Mrs. Palin’s qualifications.
    Ms. Kilkenny sheds needed needed light on the subject of character and alleged experience.

    D GARCIA | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  150. YOUR CHOICE WILL ONLY DRAG YOUR COUNTRY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM.

    AMIE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  151. If Anne were an “Andy” instead, I wonder if epithets such as “jealous” would still be used. If what she said is true, I can understand how it would be hard to let go of the anger and ill feelings that have grown through the years toward the person she described.

    I am not a native Alaskan, but I have been there many times. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and I am always impressed by how friendly and genuine the residents seem to be. However, I am also appalled by the general disregard for the preservation of their wonderful natural resources that seems to be the pervasive attitude. This could explain the 80% approval rating for Ms. Palin.

    I agree with a previous posting. Trust no one at face value, and verify as much as you possibly can. This is the best way to make an informed decision.

    CHeri | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  152. WOOPS, I MEAN THOSE WHO SUPPORT PALIN MAKE A POOR CHOICE THAT WILL LEAD THE U.S. TO NOWHERE BUT BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.

    AMIE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  153. I am grateful to see someone with the guts to write this letter. Thank you Anne.

    I am disgusted by this “woman” who has the audacity to call herself a feminist! Any Hillary supporter who votes for this woman is a traitor in my opinion. She can’t come close to Hillary. Palin wants to take away a woman’s right to choose and she does not support equal pay for women. I’m ashamed of all those individuals out there that would even think of voting for 4 more years of the same – or worse!

    This election, like the last, is indeed about OIL.

    Thankfully, the polls are STILL in Obama’s favor and after the debates there will be no question who will CHANGE this country and protect our freedoms, boost the economy and BRING OUR BOYS HOME!!!

    Sheesh…the Repug’s can’t even find their own voice…they have to steal Obama’s “Change”.

    Judi | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  154. McCain could of chosen a horse as his running mate and republicans would still back the decision, citing it’s shimmering coat and full count of teeth.

    Daniel | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  155. Thank you, Anne Kilkenny, for having the courage to share your perspective with the nation.

    To those on this post who are making denigrating personal remarks about Ms. Kilkenny, it’s unnecessary. Sarah Palin is not running for PTA president or Mom of the Year, she is running for Vice-President of our country. It’s her stand on important political and economic issues that matter and Ms Kilkenny is sharing her perspective. The truth hurts.

    Concerned American | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  156. In response to, “One last point. Has anyone else noticed that the majority attacking Anne Kilkenny on this blog are men?? Hmmmm……… As usual, they think with something else beside their brains! Grenada | Sep 5, 2008″
    I would say the men are being more logical in promoting discovery of facts and ALL the facts versus emotional responses being put down on paper by one woman. Women need to stop being sexist by listening to, supporting or voicing against a person because she happens to be a woman – whether it is Anne, Clinton or Paulin.
    Do research from multiple sources, get facts versus emotional verbiage, think and stop promoting the stupid woman angle. I will vote for the best person for job REGARDLESS of sex or race. Much of the rhetoric of responses is emotional and very, very few factual.
    Debate issues people with facts and supporting sources, stop being lemmings.

    A woman's perpective | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  157. Anne, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the true Norma Rae, in my opinion.

    Pat G. | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  158. http://thethoughtthatcounts.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/sarah-palin-cries-sexism-jon-stewart-calls-bs/

    Just watch this and make up your mind.

    NONE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  159. I find it totally hilarious that all these people are leaving comments on here about Anne simply being an old, bitter “hag”! And they are the ones that think Sarah Palin is advancing the role of women in politics? What a bunch of losers.

    Anne’s letter does not sound one iota of bitter or angry, or jealous. It sounds like it’s based on 15 years of knowledge and experience about Ms. Palin, and that it reveals both the good and the bad.

    Well-written, honest, and insightful information about Sarah Palin’s time as Mayor of Wasilla.

    Thank you Anne Kilkenney for your service to this nation in providing the truth about Sarah Palin and her mixed record.

    Doug in Mount Vernon | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  160. How do they go about figuring the percentage for approval rating? Do they send out surveys, or call you over the phone and ask a few questions? If they do, when is the last time you actually sat there a filled one out, or stayed on the phone with that annoying person that calls right before dinner? That percentage is probably just showing a smaller sample of the population.

    NONE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  161. This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned:

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    Carrie by Stephen King
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Christine by Stephen King
    Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Cujo by Stephen King
    Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
    Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
    Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Decameron by Boccaccio
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
    Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
    Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Forever by Judy Blume
    Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
    Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    Have to Go by Robert Munsch
    Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
    How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
    Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Impressions edited by Jack Booth
    In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
    Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and
    Christopher Collier
    My House by Nikki Giovanni
    My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    Night Chills by Dean Koontz
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
    One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander
    Solzhenitsyn
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
    Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
    Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin
    Schwartz
    Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    The Bastard by John Jakes
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
    The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
    The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
    The Living Bible by William C. Bower
    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles
    Wibbelsman
    The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
    The Shining by Stephen King
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
    Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the
    Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
    Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the
    Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

    details | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  162. Hi, Ann,

    I appreciate the information and, even more, that you posted it. Whether or not you agree with Sarah Palin’s views, we all need to stop and think about what would happen if she needed to do her most important job – take over if something were to happen to McCain. Being a hockey mom is no substitute for the education, knowledge, and experience that a president must have to deal with the serious business of governing.

    Janis C. | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  163. I dont know Palin, or Obama. What I do know is that McCain is a US Hero, and that this country was founded and later ( by the PEOPLE of this country) elected its first Prsident. As a Iraqi Freedom Veteran I can say that i do not believe we should be there (not because of OIL, because of a Threat made on the life of his Father). I also know from personnal experience that there are only three ways that a Muslim gives up his he martyrs him/her self, he/she is killed by action, or he is caught and it is time to spill my guts because deep down inside i am a coward. Everyone knows that these statments are true, if there is question about them just look at how brave the 9-11 attackers acted untill they were caught. and we all know that Obama has admitted to being a muslim at ONE time. I admit Obama is a very powerfull speaker and sooner or later eveyone has to come to peace with the fact that not all muslims are bad, because a percentage are not. Contrary to what people believe we are not leaving Iraq any time in the near future NO MATTER WHAT THEY MAY CLAIM, so I am looking at my next trip to the desert. With that said i do not feel that Obama has the intestinal fortitude to lead this country in a war against this particular enemy. What a lot of people do not understand is that this type of enemy feels that our country does not have the stomach to lose a soldier and not pull out of conflict. I THINK IT IS TIME TO REALLY LOOK OR ASK A HONORABLE SOLDIER WHAT HE/SHE THINKS WHEN HE/SHE IS FACED WITH THESE SITUATIONS IN WHICH HE/SHE HAD A CHOICE ONCE TO ENTER A NEW FAMILY IN THE MILITARY, AND WETHER HE/SHE FEELS WE SHOULD JUST ABANDON A COUNTRY THAT HAS NO ONE TO PROTECT THEM. LIKE SO MANY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY HAVE ABANDONED US.

    SSG J. DELAWDER
    UNITED STATES ARMY INFANTRY
    OIF 07-09 VET

    SSG J. DELAWDER | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  164. Who isn’t?

    reba | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  165. We have a friend outside Ketchikan that told us about Palin a couple years ago. Same opinions exactly. Vindictive and nasty.

    Scott | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  166. What does Anne have to be ashamed about? She gave her full name, its not like she is hiding. She didn’t dish up any gossip, she dished up first hand experiences and facts that can be checked. If it makes Sarah Palin look bad that is Sarah Palin’s problem.

    Thank you Anne, the problem in our country today is that we forget that just because you care doesn’t mean you are qualified for ANYTHING.

    1r1shn0m4d | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  167. Yes, I agree this article would have been taken more seriously had Anne not played the “babe” card in her letter. However you feel about the contents, take the information and do your own research. It is important for us to have all of the information we can before election…

    After all, Cindy McCain can only spew so much about her being a “moose-hunting, pistol packing mama” before America realizes that they are trying to package and pander Palin themselves!

    and yes, I am a liberal, vegetarian, peace-loving American, but, I am open to listening to all points of view!

    Magenta | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  168. Misty,

    Just wondering from your comment…Do you think she DESERVED to conceive a child with Down Syndrome because she was over 40?? Or she should have just aborted IT, when she found out? Wow! Is that what you’d do?

    Susan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  169. Bravo

    Magenta | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  170. In response to your alleging the author of this article is ‘bitter’ and ‘vindictive,’ I read it and thought she was a very well informed citizen, she provided pros and cons of Palin as well as herself (how she couldn’t verify her population numbers because city hall is swamped) and she cited all her information and provided information via google to see her own background and the work she’s done in the past. But then you come along and make these allegations that clearly make me wonder if you even have a brain in your head, how you could have said something so stupid.

    Phil E. Drifter | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  171. Yeah, verily. The world is full of people lashing out…just because life is full of vicissitudes, almost too much to grasp in this day of widespread information….both valid and invalid. We’ve lost our ability to trust, because it’s been betrayed way too many times.

    I certainly don’t have the answer….just responding to an unhealthful atmosphere.

    Florene | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  172. To Mr Huggins, I agree. And we should be equally suspicious of your post.

    Since, as you know, fact checking is time-consuming and laborious, how about sharing pointers to the source material you are using as factual bases for your “pure fabrication” statement.

    If you don’t provide such data then I can assume yours is a fabrication and you also have an agenda.

    Or if you can, it’s much appreciated.

    As for me, I can ignore all second-hand information and judge Sarah Palin by watching her myself. When I do, I see someone I don’t want.

    Iraq war is “a task from God” – teaches an extreme view that God is behind the US war against Iraq. My view is that the Iraq war is a wrongheaded task from Bush and is about oil imperialism with an undertone of religious genocide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EgwoWVNoic&NR=1, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZihQ7X9rzlM

    “What is it that the VP does?” video – I expect all US Governors to know the answer to that question, especially one being considered for the job. I cringe at the “especially for the people of Alaska” statement. A failure of judgement and perspective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=006axc2aELE

    Wooten scandal – says that firing had nothing to do with brother-in-law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pak-rH0dCeA&NR=1; when evidence shows it did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdQWQzE-Mbs

    Not a protector of wildlife: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-palin31-2008aug31,0,2552610,full.story

    Steve | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  173. Every town has the person who “attends all of the City Council meetings”. Sort of a kook, if you ask me. Also, she had a big battle with Sarah over the library books, which no doubt engendered a lot of hostility. She tries to sound “fair” in her assessment, but she is clearly gunning for the vice presidential nominee.

    Gerald Fruzia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  174. Dear Anne – Thank you for your well written letter. It was very informative and backed up by facts. I want to you know that some of your fellow Americans appreciate your help in forming our opinion of this new comer on the political stage!

    Tammy in California | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  175. This letter is jealousy made over. Anne Kilkenny should be ashamed of trying to smear GOVERNOR Palin’s good name. Perhaps Anne Kilkenny has not had the success as Governor Palin has achieved and feels this is the only way to vent. Hillary Clinton has good looks??
    You have got to be kidding me?? Governor Palin is beautiful inside and out, nothing like Hillary Clinton.

    Suzanne | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  176. A.M. Grotto wrote:

    > Biden expected a detailed analysis of “her”
    > plan for the country in her speech. She is 5
    > days into this thing. If she did have some
    > sort of detailed plan, it would be very
    > suspect.

    Yes, it would be. She is being fed talking points from her Rovian handlers at this moment. Gov. Palin is being hidden from the press even though she is a VP candidate with an election in only 59 days. That is not good.

    As far as Biden asking her for plan, it is a reasonable request from the outside because so few people know anything about her. But of course, she has no plan, she did not even know what a vice-president does as recently as one or two months ago.

    Speaking of throwing a novice to the wolves, McCain has his own dirty history in this regard.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_08/014255.php

    Dave | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  177. Anyone who gets their info from Jon Stewart needs a mental evaluation.

    Suzanne | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  178. I’m a life-long resident of Alaska as well and, although the author’s “personal” notes about Palin may be true, the rest is not factual. There is a reason Palin has an 80+% approval rating in Alaska and that reason is because Palin is walking the walk. Sounds to me like this author has some left-over teen angst she needs to address.

    Heather | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  179. One thought on Palin’s Alaska approval rating. Two-thousand dollars sent to every citizen in the state can buy a lot of approval.

    Jay Fire Eagle | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  180. Wow! Everyday we hear something new about this Sarah Palin — is this what we want in OUR White House. More and more, the whole package
    sounds like “white trash”. What I’ve seen of her “mothering”, she reminds me of “mommy dearest” instead of a dear mother.
    Thankyou, Anne Kilkenny, for telling the truth. Hope this info gets out in the general media.

    Ged | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  181. Jean, there is no proof that we evolved from anything other than what we are. Darwin’s theory is exactly that – a theory. Until there is proof, frankly this theory should be taught along with creationism.

    Sammy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  182. hey “details” – where’d you get that list of books she wanted to ban? If you have proof for that, it would be an incredible story. nobody is going to stand for someone who wanted to have harry potter BANNED as our vice president.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  183. Sammy – you are very very ignorant about science. Please understand that the word “theory” does not mean what you think it means. Consider this: GRAVITY is also just a “theory” using your logic. We know evolution happens. It’s a scientific FACT. the only theory is on HOW it happens. Just like we know gravity is a FACT, the theory is on HOW it happens. Understand?

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  184. It makes me so sad that we have so many people in this country ignorant about basic scientific principles.

    We have to wrestle this country away from right wing religious nut bags. They are ruining everything great about America.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  185. Susan how about we abort you!

    NONE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  186. Suzanne – You can get more truth from 30 minutes of The Daily Show than you can get from 24 hours of the MSM. Sad but true. The MSM has long ago stopped doing their job. If they were doing their job, nobody would have the guts to even pretend like Sarah Palin is qualified to be VP.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  187. I’ll bet the city administrator they hired to help her cope is on a far away island enjoying full expense paid holiday courtesy of and the Grand Old Party (or Bill O’Reilly).

    The nerve of these guys:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM3oww9Vk-c
    They (try to) make that sound like a BAD thing ;)

    John McCain is an Old American hero, but Anne Kilkenny is an American hero today! Joe Biden will be serving fried barracuda on October 15, all you can eat!

    Richard (Toronto) | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  188. Suzanne,

    I dont gather my info from John Stewart, but after watching those clips maybe I should. What is it with these republicans and their hypocrosi? IDIOTS! and you, that’s just denial.

    http://thethoughtthatcounts.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/sarah-palin-cries-sexism-jon-stewart-calls-bs/

    NONEAGAIN | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  189. Sammy, I most emphatically agree… Creationism should be part of the school curriculum: the History curriculum. And it should be mentioned in the same paragraph as the Flat Earth and geocentric theories.

    Richard (Toronto) | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  190. Do you really think censorship is okay? Do you believe that the librarian should be fired for not removing books from circulation.
    This fact can be verified.
    There is no need to vilify Mrs. Kilhenny for speaking freely and intelligently. Something that you, however, have not learned to do.

    Rosalind Taylor | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  191. You failed to mention that Palin and her husband were part of the Alaskan Independence Party — a fringe group that has been pushing for a referendum on whether Alaskans can secede from the US. How would Russia react if Alaskan extremists pushed to break away from America? Just look at Georgia today…

    BlackRaiser | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  192. Some of the bigger points brought up by Anne have also been covered by the MSM…so I would tend to believe what she is saying.

    For those that don’t believe her, and say she is lying, provide a few facts that contradict her. Some should be easy to find: like when was she a “hockey mom” and for how long. When was she on the PTA, and for how long. Did she not really try to remove a book from the library? Was the town population only about 5k while she was mayor? These are easy things to research…do some…and those that doubt Anne will be very surprised.

    BTW, I played hockey growing up; so that makes my mom a “hockey mom” and I’m not sure how that would in any way make my mom more qualified for the position of VP. Is a hockey mom better than a baseball or soccer mom?

    Tom | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  193. Considering that Sarah Palin has an 80% approval rating in the state of Alaska, I would question the validity of the ‘statements of fact’ listed in Anne’s letter. Perhaps she takes serious issue with things that Sarah has accomplished because she has been on the opposite side on a few issues. If Anne’s comments are to be taken as gospel, I guess 4 out of 5 people in Alaska are quiet out of fear of retribution from Ms. Palin…quite damaging to the frontiersmen reputation that Alaskans. You generally cannot have those kinds of approval ratings by just being upbeat and having a pretty face, so there must be something else that makes Alaskans happy with her.
    For the many Obama supporters that have responed here (very obvious due to their total elation at finding someone that doesn’t like Sarah), please spend a little time to verify how much of this letter is true before you float off into the mist thinking that the McCain ticket has now been discredited.

    Bernard | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  194. Folks, you all need to wake up here. There is so much more going on than what you want to see. 1st those in the Presidency are merely pawns of The World Banks, Congress and the Senate.
    Next, we are in Biblical times coming to the end.
    There is NO Way I want someone at this time in History in the Presidential seat that is Muslim.
    At this time in History I would rather have an American Bull Dog wearing lipstick, and a former AMERICAN POW of war, a War Hero, fighting for us in the Presidency with all of their faults and failings, than someone that has professed through word and action that he has no loyalty to America or its people (regardless of political party or not). Not once but repeatedly! This same person is a Muslim, not just African American. The facts are on the internet and the Bible. GO DO YOUR RESEARCH. If I can find it, you can too! Pictures speak 1,000 words and the ones showing Obama with his Muslim relatives in Muslim dress speak way more. Obama is Muslim through a Blood Oath!! Plus, I know what an influence my father was in my life, and Obama has had two!
    Obama does not salute the flag, Obama has removed the flag from his plane, He refuses to wear the American flag pin, the flag wasn’t even used on his Podium? Why? And He does not support our Servicemen in the military. In addition, he has come out and said that his allegiance is NOT with the American People. Hmmm. And this is really who you want in office for change??? Oh I think we’ll get change, but change far worse than what McCain or Palin may dish out. Far worse.
    If something would happen to McCain, I would much rather have Sarah Palin, the Hockey Mom that’s a Bull Dog that Believes in the Same God I do, the Same God that this country was founded on, The same God that our Forefathers and our service men have fought and died for than someone who has No LOYALTY TO AMERICA, AND someone who has said the SAME!
    The Bible tells us that a Muslim in his 40′s, will be able to persuade many, thought to be the Messiah, and will then become Satan’s tool of destruction. Any of this ring a bell? Hmmm, and Obama is Muslim and in his 40′s? Hmm. Some think he’s the next Lincoln? Hmm
    And what was seen in the smoke on 9/11 coming from the twin towers? The image of Satan.
    Our country doesn’t need to be at odds now. We need to pray for direction, mercy, salvation from God’s hand, and to wake up!
    Oh, we’re in for change for sure if Obama gets in. And way more change than any of us can imagine or are ready for.
    My party affilitation means nothing compared to what is really going on here.
    It’s time to see the forest for the trees and wake up, as John McCain said, “Stand up for what is Right!”
    McCain was willing to Die for our country, and Obama has no loyalty to her or any of us. His background and his Lack of Loyalty to American and its people is way more scary than McCain and Palin any day.

    Someone in PA | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  195. If Anne wrote it, it must be true. (Sarcasm alert.) Even if it is true, that’s politics. Her supposed misgivings pale in comparison to others participating in this election process; primaries included.

    For those of you quick to dismiss Sarah over a neighbor’s comments, why are you not taking the Obama allegations seriously? Have you actually read about his dealings with William Ayers? Now that is scary stuff as an American. I think we all just like to see what we want to see…bottom line. As McCain said last night, we’re all Americans…we hold more in common than we do differences. God bless.

    Trevor | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  196. admin, Darwin was a Marxist who came up with the theory of man’s evolution to support his Marxist idealism. I am not a religious right nut – on the contrary, I believe in God, Jesus Christ and that man was created by God, not evolving from an ape. There is no scientific “proof” that man evolved from anything. I do realize that species evolve over time. While I am not a creationism fundamentalist who would believe that the world was created literally in 7 days, I do believe that God created our world, and man as he exists now. If you believe in God and Jesus Christ, you would also. And by the way, the Founding Fathers of this country were Christians. So were they responsible for “ruining” this country? By the way, I have a job, nice house, little debt. I don’t have any problem with the last 8 years economically. The President did not cause the “problems” we have. Those who believe that do not know basic macroeconomics.

    Sammy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  197. Sarah Palin and her husband have a close association to the AIP – this is a SECESSIONIST political party. Those who make false claims about Obama being Anti-American should be ashamed of themselves. Imagine for a second that Obama was closely associated to a secessionist political party? The double standard is insane. Sarah Palin is flat out SCARY to all thinking Americans.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  198. John Kreutzer – She was elected by the people? Oh yeah. She received 671 votes to become mayor of Wasilla and 114,000+ votes to become Governor of Alaska. I received more votes to make senior court in high school than she received to be mayor of a town!!

    Jennifer | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  199. Someone in PA is freaken hilarious!!!!

    NONEAGAIN | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  200. I value and appreicate not only Anne’s perspective and interpretation of the events that have effected her life, but also of the posters before me that recognize this posting as being just 1 voice.

    The truth, emotional injections and factuality of Anne’s Letter cannot be verified and should not be questioned. This was a heartfelt written intrepretation of how the world has evolved and events have transpired around Anne. I do not question that she believes every word to be truth.

    I have a philosophy that I follow that prevents me from getting too worked up over things of this nature. I would recommend that others adopt this prior to posting emotionally charged posts that merely serve to exercise the need to inflict their own opinion on others. It goes like this.. Please feel free to Quote me:

    “In order to be truely offended or emotionally damaged by what others say, it is foremost important that you value their opinion.” If their opinion means nothing then likewise their words should mean nothing.

    Mark | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  201. Someone in PA is too scared to reveal his/her true identity – IGNORANCE ALWAYS HIDES ITS FACE in HATE!

    Magenta | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  202. Very ignorant statement about denying some facts from Anne. Reminds me of the vetting process of Palin.

    Paul | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  203. Thanks Mark! That is a great philosophy to consider the next time I do find myself getting worked up over “words”. You reeled me back in and I am appreciative!

    Magenta | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  204. What kind of people was she elected by? Please, almost nobody knows this woman.

    Paul | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  205. Hello, someone is PA… You are dumb, Barak Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Get your facts straight.

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/invite/christian?source=SEM-google-facts-12&gclid=CP25me28xZUCFRJFxwod2Ckahw

    JC | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  206. sounds like you’re jealous and bitter to me! mccain – palin – ’08!!!

    Chris | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  207. Secretive Right-Wing Group Vetted Palin!!

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters/352178/ultra_secretive_right_wing_group_met_in_minn_to_vet_palin

    This is scary stuff folks. Investigating this it appears that the CNP had the say in who the next VP would be. These guys do not like McCain nor do they like Giuliani whom they sucessfully squeezed out of the race.
    These are the guys who want to run the country and intrude into our lives. Google the Council for National Policy and educate yourself. Mark Crispin Miller states that the CNP is a “highly secretive… theocratic organization — what they want is basically religious rule”.

    They are probably COUNTING on McCain not living long so we can have their very own puppet be President who hates liberals, gays, blacks, mexicans, jews, agnostics, educators, science, and reason!

    Scary, scary stuff.

    Go Obama!!

    Oh yeah, Todd Palin’s former business partner files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed. Gee, I wonder why??

    Judi | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  208. Judi, thanks for the information. The more I learn about Palin the scarier she gets. All true Americans need to stand up against this. Everyone needs to do everything they can to get Barack Obama elected.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  209. This woman is less qualified than George Bush to be in office… let alone to be VP. Mr Patriot McCain– the “I was a POW 40 years ago so I get a lifetime pass to be above reproach” (which is a good thing given his divorce and Keating scandals)… — is about to get his retribution on the world. He gets elected… croaks… then leaves behind Palin to ascend to Presidency. Sweeeeeeeet! She has not been elected… she has not even been vetted!!! Yet she could be President. Only in an America that has abandoned some of its most powerful principles of Democracy.

    Are you freakin’ serious? Are Americans really buying this!

    Kevin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  210. Reasons I’ve heard why some Alaskans think Palin is OK:
    1) She’s a babe
    2) She shook down the oil companies for more revenue
    3) She’s a babe
    4) She wants wolves shot from airplanes
    5) She’s such a babe
    6) Most of us are getting and extra $1200 as well as our Permanent Fund checks = $3,269 per person [one reason to have lots of kids, huh?]
    7) Wow, she’s a babe
    8) She’s against reproductive choice
    9) Ooo, wotta babe

    I’m voting for Obama.

    Alaskan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  211. Sorry “someone in PA” but your ignorance is just baffling! I just want to ask you one question. Do you really think Obama would go through the effort if he didn’t care about this country? Have you asked yourself who it is that has gotten this country in huge debt and into a useless war?

    Mari | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  212. she is a weasel & jus par for what the republicrat machine needs. if she wasn’t dirty, they wouldn’t even consider her. obama, mc cain & the clintons are all loyal members of the committee on foreign relations, a private elite corporate organization founded by jp morgan & rockefeller, who primary goal is to lie to the people, manipulate the media and enslave us all. they want to dissolve our national sovereignty, puch through the north american union.. that means hijacking your birthright. every politition for the last 30 years has lied to get into office and its not going to change. listen to your 3rd party options! nader addresses the real issues and so does cynthia mckinney. don’t be a sheep or a lemming. the 2 party system has failed us consistently. sarah palin is greedy as greedy comes and will sell us all out without a hitch. she didn’t get picked for all her accomplishments, she got picked for her sneaky mismanagement of public money. that’s just what the republicrats want. if the diebold voting machines don’t get ya, the phony electoral college will. ask yourself if your vote really count? who are the corporations going to install to put us all in detainment camps next? when you get so tired and so mad about the robbery of your civil rights and equity that you want to defend yourself and neighbors, that’s when they label you a homegrown terrorist and put you away. isay what’s good for the goose is good for the gander! right? lets waterboard rove & see what he’s hiding!!

    1 true patriot | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  213. Sarah Palin is just another Texas redneck wrapped in a beauty queen’s garb. Anyone remember what happened the last time we put a redneck in the Oval Office?

    Jay | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  214. Definition of “unfair”: truthful or not, I don’t like what I see.

    Frank Gonzales | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  215. I hope you get enough comments/publicity to get a DSL line instead of dial up! (Just heard you on NPR). Thanks for speaking up, and as a former librarian, thanks for spearheading the freedom to read.

    PainterWoman | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  216. Martin Luther King once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we cease to speak out about the things that matter.”

    Thank you Ann for speaking out and informing us what this woman is really like.

    I was tending toward McCain before he made this his first big decision. No more.

    Sandy Burns | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  217. Sounds like some bitter retribution about something. The facts are missing. So sorry you are such an angry person. You must be a Democrat!

    So Scared of Obama | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  218. That pin that Sarah Palin and her husband wear is a blue star, worn by parents who have children serving in the military. God bless ‘em.

    Ed | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  219. thanks for the post… it helped clarify in my mind why Carly Fiorina is associated with the Republican campaign, in a way….

    Palin and Fiorina are “birds of a feather. just about everything Palin did to her town reflect what Carly did to HP during her “tenure.”

    alan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  220. The way I look at this, if this Country is as DAFT and Mindless as to elect a Disaster (George Bush) for a President (2 terms mind you), it certainly can elect one for Vice President!!!!

    Concerned American | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  221. NPR just did a piece on Anne. She is for real!
    She is having calls from around the country and the world seeking interviews. Thank you to this brave woman who had the guts to speak up. This is a serious time,and we need serious leaders. Thanks Anne. I know it was difficult for you.

    Denson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  222. Ann, your letter is wonderful and I was saddened by the negative responses to such a good and sincere message.
    In response to M. Menke’s email – “how important is it that Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant?” — It is important to me. I know the number of unwed teenage mothers is horrific, but I think it is a problem our society should, and is trying to discourage — not add to — and to have a daughter in the White House with a bastard child is certainly not going to send the right message to anyone and certainly not to teenages who want an excuse to be promiscuous. As for “planning to marry her boyfriend?” yes, I imagine the Republican Party will insist on that! However, that will not erase the stigma.
    It is a fact that Palin is under two ethics investigations springing from accusations that she abused her office to pursue a personal grudge. This is no secret. If you need proof;
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26458400/ is the site — then type i; Palin Ethics Investigation.
    Now that she is McCain’s running mate, I am sure this will be swept under the table — i.e. “Since becoming the VP nominee, Palin has challenged jurisdiction of the ethics investigation” and “A key witness in the Alaska State Senate Ethics investigation of Gov. Palin has backed out of testifying today, the state senator in charge of the investigation tells NBC News.” I think we can all see what is happening here. Talk about Cover-ups!
    Sylvia I

    Sylvia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  223. she is only concerned for the world and our country. This is important info for us to know. We can easily check the facts of it. Remember, Palin is the backstabber. Kilkeny is being brave.

    veronica | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  224. It’s amazing how much we learn from the “neighbors” of the candidates; the real “behind the scenes” view. Scary, indeed. We can’t afford a mistake this huge. Thank you Anne, for your insight. You certainly didn’t hold back.

    Andrea | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  225. im offended that just b.c Palin can push out a baby or 2, im expected to vote for her.
    Just because we’re women doesnt make us pawns in the giant game of GOPpolitics……..

    and all u hilary supporters DO THE RIGHT THING!!

    OBAMA 08

    Avern88 | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  226. Unlike the positive spin on Palin that the RNC gave us, your points are detailed and easily researched for validity. A recording of Palin “blessing” a group of fellow pentacostals which I just heard on NPR where she is asking G-d to give them all the power of prophesy and determination to go out & act on their beliefs just reinforces the scariness of the thought of this person making it to the 2nd & possibly top political position in the world.
    Thanks for scaring the hell out of me, I guess!

    Shelly W | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  227. Having just heard this woman interviewed on the radio, I’d hardly call this a hoax.

    Here’s a hoax: McCain and Palin’s repeated claims that the Obama tax plan would result in higher taxes for middle-class families. One neutral source after another (e.g., factcheck.org) has proven this claim to be false…unless you consider families making more than $250,000 a year to be middle-class.

    Tom Wallis | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  228. Thank you Anne, for enlighting us down here in the lower 48!

    Horrified in Boston | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  229. This is not brave. This is a liberal voter with an agenda. It is fine to write this and to criticize Palin. However, to write comments about this being brave to create this letter is going a bit far. This person doesn’t really know Palin, just b/c they are in a small town. She has an opinion of Palin, but doesn’t know Palin. Just another liberal hack acting as if they are unbiased.

    Jeff | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  230. I find it interesting that Palin’s s new found supporters simply attack this woman without knowing anything about her- or about Palin for that matter.

    Typical Republican response: attack without facts or foundation which is exactly what Palin did in her speech wednesday.

    Peace on you

    juan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  231. I read Jose’s response/comment…really? Does this stuff not scare you? The reality is that she is only window dressing and a last minute hasty give the pollsters what they want choice. She was not measured and carefully selected. Like Ann says by these standards every school principal in the US can be added to the possible VP candidate list. Honestly there are many with much more integrity I am sure…enough said here…

    George | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  232. You are illiterate in more ways than one apparently.

    Eric | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  233. Regina, that is so irrelevant. Not even close to what is being discussed here.

    veronica | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  234. Thanks for the expose.

    Rudi | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  235. NPR did an interview with her today (Sept. 5). She’s a real person.

    Listener | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  236. Sir, with all due respect, I believe you need to get your facts straight. Obama is NOT a Muslim. Muslims don’t go to CHURCHES where there are PREACHERS.

    Why don’t you do some research instead of spreading already-debunked lies?

    Or perhaps you are just happier to sit back and believe the spam emails that pop up in your inbox?

    It’s funny that no one here offended by Ms. Kilkenny’s letter can dispute the facts in it, facts which are also supported by news organizations and non-partisan groups. I suggest you leave the name-calling aside and actually put some effort into knowing the candidate you support — including his/her record.

    If this letter encourages some of you to dig deeper and go beyond the lipstick, then bravo to you Anne!

    article19 | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  237. I mistakenly read a few comments and then chose to respond. I then went back and read more comments and I have to say that I really hope that we as voters take the time to make a measured and thoughtful selection when we all go to vote in Nov. After reading some of the knee-jerk responses by some of my (gulp) fellow-americans I am at times embarrassed by the simple-mindedness that is evident in so many perspectives. Why the hell would this woman put her ass on the line if there weren’t shreds of truth in this. Hell this is the internet , but to totally dismiss this as some jealous hate letter is ignorant and tantamount to voter fraud. I have no ability to state whether any of this is true or untrue as I do not have the facts at my fingertips, but when after reading this there are many other Wasilla residents echoing comments it starts to lend credence that some of the facts are plausible. If 30% of this letter by Anne K was true then it is a travesty. The bottom line is that the vote is for McCain and Obama and not for her or Joe Biden. So…now in my humble and personal opinion I would have to say I vote for the guy that has things to say about specifics and ideas and programs and not some guy that is jumping on the Change band wagon because others make it sound good…OH and also what does John McCain care when he is not going to be around here for more than a few years anyway and he is going to leave us with the ex mayor as the leader of the free world! Really? Believe me I could stand up in front of thousands of cheering fans and read a Karl Rove written speech and wave my fist and people would like me if I told what they wanted to hear! Anyway…enough of my rant here! Vote with your heart!

    George | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  238. 1. We all need to evaluate the people running.
    2. Palin is popular as Gov. for one big reason for sure: She is giving each Alaskan more money per capita. They all now receive money from the pipeline; it will surely increase–what’s not to like if you’re an Alaskan?
    3. Read and watch everything, then make up your own mind.

    Charley Smith | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  239. I heard your interview on NPR. Thanks so much for writing this! I am an Independent. I will no longer be voting for McCain after this terrible VP choice.

    Renee | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  240. Check out the facts: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Claire | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  241. Reading all of these comments is really funny to me, because I just listened to an interview with Ann on NPR. She sent this email to a group of out of state friends to share her insight as an Alaskan citizen and someone from the town in which Palin served as mayor. She told her friends they could forward the email but not to let it get out on the web. She doesn’t even know what a blog is, so this is not even her posting. Attacking her will get you nowhere, because chances are, she doesn’t even know this blog is here. Those of you attacking her and saying there is no reason to believe her should read all of the comments and see how many other Alaskan citizens have stepped up to say it’s true. I hope that as Ann’s letter continues to spread, more and more individual Alaskan citizens will step forward to speak out about this woman’s obvious lack of true leadership. I feel sorry for John McCain. He sold whatever credibility he used to have and his soul for this nomination, and the proof is in his selection of Palin as a running mate.

    eamullins | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  242. Thank you for all the information, and thank you to NPR for their interview. In listening to it on the way home tonight, I learned of your letter. We all as voters should be informed, listening and paying attention. Why do you think the RNC was so enthusiastic about her at their convention? Could it be that they are overcompensating? I’d be interested in opinions on that. Thank you Anne for not allowing the fear tactics to stop you from informing the public.

    Patty | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  243. It must have been a difficult decision to write this letter. I too live in a small community and know what happens if you criticise anyone in power. Truly nasty things can definitely happen to you as a result, and I think that you are very honorable for coming foward. When you thrust your pregnant 17 yr old daughter into the limelight and drag your 4 month old special needs child around the country at all hours (just how did they manage to keep this little fellow so quiet at all of his public appearances?) to satisfy the demands of right wing Republicans, you have reached a new low. Family first? I don’t think so.
    And for all of her snobbery towards Sen. Barak Obama and his “elite” education, she didn’t quite grasp the elitism of being a “hockey mom” herself. Too many mothers are working because they have to, not because they want to, and certainly don’t have the time or money involved to be a “hockey mom”. They just want to feed their children. She’s done well for herself but it is clear that others do not fit into her grand scheme of things unless it benefits her.
    In not one discussion have I heard any mention of Native Alaskans and what she has done for them. I did read in the BBC comments page something that I sensed may have been written by a Native Alaskan and they mentioned veteran’s services being absolutely deplorable in their area of Alaska. Shame on her thinking that she has anything to contribute as vice president.

    Kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  244. Thank you Anne!! Keep telling the truth, do not stop. Palin is not talking to the media,
    how are we going to really know what kind of person this woman is?

    oly | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  245. Thank you, Anne. I learned more about Sarah Palin from your letter than I have from all the “big time” reporters and pundits combined. Your are courageous and thoughtful and meaningfully addto the political debate. My best wishes to you,
    Donna

    Donna Crane | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  246. I heard the NPR interview. Not only is she a real person — now that I’ve heard her voice she sounds like a kind and responsible person.

    I quite believe it wasn’t jealousy that prompted this email, but rather a sense of responsibility.

    Joe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  247. Thanks for sharing.I am really torn between both McCain and Obama. They both have some good and some bad things going on. I know this my sound “corny”, but I’ve been praying for that the deception would be revealed. Not to say that what you have written is true. But then I heard about this on NRP.org and well the rest is history. To add to everything else, I remember reading about her awhile ago that she was back “at work” three days after having a baby. And that doesn’t seem what most women, especially Christain, women are/having been doing lately.
    Thanks again

    stacey | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  248. I wonder why 80% of Alaskans support her?

    mike hunt | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  249. I don’t think she meant right that second, Einstein. By “right now” she means “lately,” not on one or two specific days. Doy.

    Spaz | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  250. breathtaking.She is only after self interest instead of national interest

    lolo | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  251. Hey, if you just listened to the NPR report, Anne has a dial-up connection and doesn’t go around surfing the internet, she doesn’t even know what a blog is.

    So all of these personal attacks, calling her ugly and so forth, she’ll never read.

    I’m skeptical of one citizen’s comments about a public official, but she’s sparked my interest to learn more, that’s the whole point right. If you think she’s bitter, so be it, but maybe you should find out the information for yourselves then.

    Or, take the easy conservative way out and digest all the facts Fox News feeds you.

    I’ve researched my candidate, maybe you should do the same. Thanks anne!

    Obama-Biden 08!

    Anthony | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  252. At least in my mind the two most frightening things raised in this letter and fleshed out in other interviews/articles are the pursuit of the librarian with regard to her willingness to remove books from the library if so directed and the letters sent to Wasilla city officials allegedly to “determine loyalty.” If the latter is true, we haven’t had that type of paranoia in DC since Nixon resigned.

    Shannon | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  253. From what I had already heard initially, I realized Sarah’s was a very carefully crafted image, and usually these are incredibly misleading things. She’s a former beauty pagent contestant too and the stereotype here is definitly not someone who could easily be the president of the US. I completely believe you, Ms.Kilkenny, and applaud your TRUE sense of decency. I would also bet that she’s hypocritical, just as ‘w’ is, using her so-called Christianity when it suits her and her repug cronies. I can only say,’wow, what a BITCH’.

    Janine Sotomayor | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  254. I did not support Hilary Clinton. If I did, I would be highly offended that some think I could be pacified just because a woman was named for that second position. She is not 1/10th the woman OR candidate that Hilary was (and will continue to be). We have bee duped for eight years…WAKE UP,PEOPLE!! Aren’t you tired of Washington thinking we are that stupid?

    Mary Black | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  255. Quote: “some one is obviously jellois…so she is a babe… smart… witty.. popular…. and you probably have hated her sense middle school… give it up.”(sic)

    Please learn to spell your asinine comments correctly.

    orangecat | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  256. Fascinating article. I won’t be voting McCain. If he pops off to Peter Pan Land, then she’s the president. Not good.

    Tessa | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  257. I also heard you on NPR. It’s terrific that this information is getting out – now how do we make sure everyone knows? What a scary prospect that this woman would be a heartbeat away from the presidency!
    Please, everyone who reads this, send the link to everyone you know. We can’t let this happen!

    Bbeck | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  258. Ever since this book-banning thing came up I’ve been wondering what the books in question were. My son’s 8th grade required reading this summer was Flowers for Algernon and it’s on the list. Is the source for your information legitimate? I only ask because this is the kind of thing the media needs to inform the public about. Someone in the NYTimes comments page asked if anyone knew what the books were. Can you post this list there if you feel confident of your source? I thought it would be a list of maybe just 5 books (bad enough) but this is just horrifying.

    Kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  259. Palin reminds me of some of the ambitious people who I’ve seen who are more driven by their views of reality and not by what their constituents want or what is honest. She has so little experience governing that it is very scary that she could be one heartbeat from being the most powerful person in the world, terribly scary. McCain’s speech said he was representing the American People but my sense of Palin is that she is not that type of person. Her speech contained no attempt to represent, understand or legislate. She seems to have made it this far on her blind ambition which is attractive to some people.

    I prefer someone who does what is constitutional, what represents the American people and what is honest. This doesn’t seem to be Palin.

    Steve | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  260. Not surprised. Its the republicans at work again including SP.

    It is incredible how we seem to forget so quickly how the current folks in power DUPED us all in the last 2 elections to gain power. Here we are again with Sarah, a new tool for McCain to use to DUPE us all for another 4. Its simple, if Mc-Sarah wins the election, we better not complain about how our lives have gone to hell.

    Most of us just don’t get it… More of our kids will die in another bogus war, gas prices will rise, more homes will be lost, businesses will fail, there will be no work, hockey moms will have no hockey to take there kids and on and on and on…

    It’s the same republicans stupid! Sarah or not.

    K-Dem | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  261. This lady who wrote this article sounds like a bitter person, who sometime in the past had her butt handed to her (politically speaking). It must be tough being a liberal in a small town – she must be very lonely.

    How about Obama going to Wasilla and holding a rally??!!! Think of all the adoring crowds that would not be there, although I guess he could bus them in from Chicago.

    Joe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  262. Thank you Anne Kilkenny. We need more people like you. Thank you.

    Jennifer in Ohio | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  263. I wholeheartedly agree, Nathan! I am so sick of the bullying from the GOP. No facts, just childish name calling.
    I know this was not easy for you to write, Anne, and I appreciate the time and effort you took to get it out there. I just hope as many people as possible see it.

    Lyn Wedge | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  264. Nearly all the important things you’ve said are verifiable. Thank you for opening the door to some significant vetting that the McCain people did not feel was needed. I suspect we will find that most, if not all, of what you say is true. Why else would some mysterious individual have attempted to massively alter the content of Palin’s Wikipedia entry one day before the announcement of her selection. Thanks to NPR for bringing that attempted slight-of-hand out into the open. And thank you to Wikipedia for refusing to allow that.

    M Fox | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  265. Have you noticed that the vast majority of those trying to discredit Anne’s letter insist on calling her names as their proof (just like in elementary school). They don’t offer actual evidence to disprove what Anne says, they just call her names. That just seems to be the Republican way – let’s call names and hope (unfortunatley, successfully for the last 8 years) that the population doesn’t notice that we lack facts on our side.

    Anne’s letter does not stoop to the nasty name calling. It states observations and facts based on participating in the politics of the very very small town which Palin was mayor. There are more residents in my neighborhood than the town in which Palin was mayor and we don’t have our own mayor, much less town administrator.

    Much of what Anne states in her letter has been picked up by the media and vetted. Too bad McCain didn’t think to vet a candidate before putting them out there for 2nd in command.

    Thank you Anne for putting this out there.

    US Citizen | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  266. Ann:
    I heard your story on NPR this evening. I am so proud of you and I thank you. I know that Sarah Palin is not all bad, but I am not impressed by the hockey mom description – I am more interested in substantive content.
    It takes a brave person to be so forthright.
    At least now, we can judge for ourselves.
    I wouldn’t vote FOR a person because of their vp choice…but I WOULD vote AGAINST them because of it. This just substantiates my choice.

    Laura | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  267. Thanks for including all the details…now these are not just rumors or allegations. I can’t believe John McCain picked this inexperienced and ruthless lady as his running mate..God save America.

    Lara | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  268. Just heard about you, Anne, on NPR. They’ve done an excellent job of researching and confirming the information you supply here. This is 100% valid and important for us all to know. Thank you.

    Colorado Voter | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  269. Reply to NONE / Sept 5…
    Wonder why this video is “no longer available” as of 9/6/2008 6:00 p.m. central time?

    http://thethoughtthatcounts.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/sarah-palin-cries-sexism-jon-stewart-calls-bs/

    Does anyone have access to the clip? Please reply.

    Thanks.

    An Interested (African) American | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  270. Great job of bringing out the information that needs to be heard and would be hidden (and probably is as everone is typing). She’s just a Cheney with lip stick and probably a better shot!!!

    Kris | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  271. Nathan, well said. I was seeing the same thing: a lot of name calling but no denial of what Anne wrote.

    On another note, how can GOP diehards keep a straight face when they claim being mayor of a town of that size is “executive experience” worthy of this high office? I’m a totally independent voter; show me a better VP candidate and I could support McCain. But trust our country to an incompetent like Sarah Palin? No way.

    Jed | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  272. Thanks, Anne. My boyfriend heard you on NPR and we read the email together. Very interesting and well written.

    dontsendit | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  273. According to NPR, this woman is in the process of being vetted by the media. And when all is said done, the media is the institution we Americans trust the most. After the vetting is done, we’ll see just how truthful the woman is and wether she has ulterior motives.
    All I know is what I saw and heard at the GOP convention: a clever, political and well-spoken woman who is more than willing to reframe things from her perspective. However, in all fairness she’s not even in the same class as some of her colleagues, such as Rudi Gulliani.
    Is she qualified to be VP? Look at it this way: historically 22% of VPs have replaced fallen presidents, a probability that cannot be dismissed as remote. We must seriously try to imagine Sarah Palin as President and see just comfortable we feel.
    Jim in Mass

    James T Kirk | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  274. Thank you, Anne Kilkinney! I knew that McCain would not have chosen her unless she shared his values…. in more ways than one. Thank you for confirming that intuition.

    God Bless you!

    Patricia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  275. hey crappy…this is no ‘internet hoax’. Anne was interviewed by NPR today. They DO check their sources and don’t air partisan crap like FAUX News. You know, like when they said Michelle Obama was a ‘baby mama’. Who’s the baby mama now?

    matthew | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  276. Heard Anne interviewed on NPR this afternoon, so I known she is a real person and a resident of Wasilla. Thank you for this posting. When I first saw the nomination I thought she would be a female Dick Cheney. After seeing the speech I think Spiro Agnew is a better analogy.

    Jim in NC | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  277. Thank you for your willingness to share your experience of Sarah Palin. As a feminist, lesbian mom, there is no way that she’d be someone I could ever support. And I am so appreciative of your candor.

    Kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  278. Hoax?

    Hmm…..I heard a live interview with this woman today.

    You are an idiot.

    ArmedLeftist | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  279. Okay, I get the Bill Clinton lie, but when did John Kerry lie? If you are referring to the swiftboat issue, get a life.

    judy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  280. I don’t know how much of Anne Kilkenny’s letter is true, but I do know the truth about the bridge to nowhere. Ms. Palin promised the bridge would be built when she wanted to be govenor of Alaska and then after becoming govenor, decided not to build the bridge, but kept the federal money (why didn’t she return it to the government). And she out and out lied about her role in the bridge to nowhere.

    Sue Proctor | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  281. This is so unbelievable. I am extremely concerned over this poor choice in vice president candidate. GOD PLEASE HELP US HERE. If we thought the last 8 years were bad, I cannot gather words to describe what our nation would evolve into with a McCain Plain Administration….scary…truly scary…

    Marisela Mendoza, California | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  282. I FIND IT INTERESTING YOUR NEGATIVE OPINION OF HER YOU MUST HOLD SOME TYPE OF GRUDGE . YOU MENTIONED 3 TIMES OR SO ” BUT SHE IS VERY POPULAR HERE IN ALASKA ” WHY WOULD SOMEONE YOU CLAIM A RAT BE SO POPULAR THEN ? YOU CONTRADICT YOURSELF . A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT THE AXE BY HER BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION IN THE ALASKA GOVERMENT . ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE WHO LOST A JOB DUE TO CORRUPTION ?

    Pete | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  283. Someone had posted a list of the books. You just need to go back a little ways. If it is true, WOW! I would have been completely ticked off if my library was going to ban those books.

    Cara | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  284. you’re high Jose!

    LDL | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  285. SARAH: PALE IN COMPARISON!
    Sure, it sounds rough, but trust your instincts, check the record and read the signs. Nice Guy McCain needs a Doberman Pincer like Palin to keep us working class in the economic concentration camp gas tank. What about her kids that want her home for the holidays? Who’s she gonna fire when her flight’s delayed? Will she stay at work or be there for them? Sounds ominously like Hitler’s early days in Europe. Her promise is PALE IN comparison to the truth of ACTUAL change and intellegence that the Democratic ticket offers.

    jazzmaster | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  286. This is the first time I have ever written on a blog. I was glad to see most responses were thoughtful and intelligent. The thing that scares me is if the Republicans keep yelling loud enough that the media is picking on Sarah will we ever find out anything about her? or is this their plan?

    Michigan (horse, baseball, 4-H, school volunteer) Mom
    That must qualify me for something!

    Ginny Sullivan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  287. Whoops! Apparently I shouldn’t have put my whole name in the name slot.

    Ginny | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  288. in reply to Ron Wigton:

    Ann Kilgenny’s and her letter may not have had the week and a half of vetting that Ms.Palin got but Ann’s “stuff” will get its own vetting over the next few months as officials are forced, by our wonderful system, to present the truth about her record in the form of notes, votes and quotes. Then we’ll see who’s telling the truth…time will tell. We still have most of the constitution left, let’s try to get back what we’ve lost this last 8 years. Elect Obama.

    Greggory Gannon | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  289. What a ridiculous post. Was this really written by Joe Biden?
    Just curious,

    Oly | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  290. Not a hoax, NPR interviewed her. You’ll be seeing her on a lot of news shows probablly. She’s a stay at home mom in Wasilla.

    missywissy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  291. NPR has confirmed Ann Kilkenny’s identity and interviewed her. See their website today, Friday. Not a hoax, sorry to say to the Palin supporters.

    Maria | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  292. Anne, thanks for an inside view. Even before your letter, I thought this woman is tooooo good, toooooo much to be true. She is very scary and strange. She is not MY type of feminist. I’m thinking, this lady has major mental health issues lurking not too far under the veneer. It is democracy in action… let her rip!!! and may the best team win ( I hope )

    B, TURNER | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  293. I, too, appreciate that this was written. I, too, am very frightened by these developments. And I would like to ask those who support Sarah Palin whether they really, really do think that you only need listen to ONE SPEECH to know someone.

    I’m stunned by the way even highly visible, supposedly intelligent individuals are willing to risk their future credibility by jumping on this bandwaggon.

    It’s been one week. What will you people do if something really horrible comes out about her? How much stuff will it take for you to set aside your bias–or will is this how we truly will meet our demise?

    This whole dialog really scares me, but at least I’m old enough not to live terribly long under what all this could lead to.

    Philip | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  294. Wow Jose, did you read her letter?
    And where is the unfair media? We are lucky this got out quick before it could be suppressed or edited!!

    Lisa | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  295. Saw this biography from a website. Maybe she has her own agenda???

    Anne Kilkenny describes herself as a 22-year Mat-Su resident, middle-aged housewife and at-home mom with a child in middle school and a retired, disabled spouse. She comes from a long line of independent-minded, public-spirited people and has been involved in education advocacy and legislative analysis for local PTAs. Prior to parenthood, she worked in the Alaska’s seafood industry. She has a Social Science BA from the University of California, Berkeley

    Shelley | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  296. Who can verify the 80% approval rating? I read somewhere that this was in the spring. What is it now?

    Terri

    terri | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  297. Just another sore looser. Just a case of, “if I can’t have it, neither can you”. Instead of taking her down, you should be proud of her coming from Alaska.

    JC in California | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  298. I totally agree. I get the idea that she lived within eyesight of Sarah’s home. Have you ever heard about the old bag’s who are constantly looking over the back fence trying to catch their neighbor “up to ” something?
    I grew up in a small town and I know this jealous,hatefilled old woman by about half a dozen names!!
    Where’s the evidence? The small town I lived in the city hal was only open 3 days a week and on 3 day weekends you couldn’t even find any one in town!

    gregg | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  299. Dear Gerald,

    Because a citizen attends a majority of a small town’s council meetings (as has Anne) does not automatically deem that person a “kook” as you infer.

    American democracy started in that mode, when towns were small and everyone had a chance to express their opinion.

    This kind of person is known as a concerned citizen who cares about their society/town. The roots of our democracy (see Ancient Greek history) worked in a similar manner. Or are we too inconsequential as individuals to take a personal part in democracy?

    Should we just assume that the leaders are infallible and not ‘check up’ on them? Should we just defer to the most wealthy interests who support the elected? Please leave the fascist stuff where it belongs, in the dustbin of history. Please.

    matthew | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  300. You are the definition of a TRUE PATRIOT! Keep up the great work!!

    Eldersburg, MD

    Philip Kulp | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  301. Folks, NPR just did a story today (9/5) on this woman and her email. It is not fake. I wondered the same when someone first forwarded this to me, but the letter was written by a real person. I will be looking at the facts and opinions in the letter to figure out what I think, but the letter is not fake.

    Chris | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  302. One last time – the approval rating for this governor is not 80%. It’s 65% and falling. Check the Anchorage papers that have repeatedly reported this.

    Marissa | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  303. I also heard of this letter tonite on NPR, along with Anne’s interview. The story about the attempt to fire the City Librarian for refusing to remove some books that Palin wanted removed is the most disturbing I have heard. Blatant censorship. Totally unacceptable, particularly since it is such a small town. You would think the public library would be a place where ideas would be encouraged to flourish. Let the press check out the facts, if true, she is in trouble.

    Linda | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  304. Isn’t blogging about stating your opinions and experiences? Why does this article have to be considered demonizing? Did you fact check any of her statements? What if it is true? People have the right, just as you, to give voice to their experiences with potential political leaders.

    hart | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  305. This is the detail of information I’ve been waiting to hear, and unfortunately American syndicated news channels simply don’t provide quality reporting (with the exception of NPR, which is where I heard this story). Thank goodness for blogs and other web technologies because until today, I’ve felt extremely frustrated with the lack of information out there about this person who could potentially be our nation’s next VP. I could care less about her quirky character and good looks. I want to know who she is! Thank you Anne for your insights.

    Olivia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  306. I read the letter, then I read about 50 of the comments posted afterwards. I started to wonder if this was another Internet hoax, even though I heard an interview with the writer, Anne Kilkenny on the radio this evening.

    So I did a web search for Internet Hoaxes and found it on a Hoax site. It was AUTHENTICATED. I copied and posted their comments below. The website is http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/current_netlore.htm; I did a search of the website for Anne Kilkenny. Do I think she is jealous? I think she might have been in junior high school, but not now. I think Anne Kilkenny is exactly what she says she is. I think it was pretty well written for someone who is not a professional writer. Sure; if it was me, I might have edited it more, because if I’m writing something that might be read by millions of people, I would want it to look good. I don’t think this writer thought about how far it would really go.

    Here, then, is the text I copied from the Hoax website:
    Comments: Anne Kilkenny is a real person who lives in Wasilla, Alaska, the town in which Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin served as mayor for two terms before running for governor. Kilkenny has confirmed writing this partisan, mostly negative assessment of Palin’s style of governing and political views.

    As someone who was active in civic affairs and frequently attended city council meetings when Palin was mayor, Kilkenny is well-placed to make such an assessment. She also happens to be a Democrat, so it goes without saying that her opinions probably differ from those of Republicans who observed Palin’s activities during the same period. Partisanship aside, many of the factual statements in the letter have been confirmed elsewhere as true.

    Kilkenny has her share of detractors too, I should add — some of whom have speculated that she holds a grudge against Palin, or may be envious of the VP candidate’s success. Kilkenny denies it. “Everybody likes her because she’s a real nice person,” she told CNN.com in a story published September 5, 2008. “She’s always been nice to me and everyone in town. I wrote my message in the spirit of providing complete and accurate information. I’m not angry or jealous.”

    Instead of attempting to wade through this wordy document to fact-check every statement, I offer the following selection of links from a variety of sources and viewpoints evaluating Sarah Palin’s record and political stands.

    Sources confirming Anne Kilkenny as the author:

    Behind the Viral Email on Sarah Palin
    Examiner.com, 3 September 2008

    Alaska Resident Writes About VP Nominee Palin
    Daily Journal, 4 September 2008

    Palin’s Swift Rise Is the Talk of Her Alaskan Town
    CNN, 5 September 2008

    Sarah Palin’s record:

    Focus Turns to Palin Record
    Wall Street Journal, 4 September 2008

    Mayor Palin: A Rough Record
    Time magazine, 2 September 2008

    Palin’s Start in Alaska – Not Politics as Usual
    New York Times, 4 September 2008

    The Sarah Palin FAQ
    Slate, 4 September 2008

    Sarah Palin on the issues:

    Where Palin Stands
    Washington Post, 4 September 2008

    Sarah Palin on 10 Major Issues
    About.com: U.S. Conservatives

    Gov. Sarah Palin: On the Issues
    WSB-TV, 29 August 2008

    Sarah Palin on Energy and the Environment
    About.com: Environmental Issues

    Email This Article

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  307. The Republicans, as represented by Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, would have us believe that the job of President isn’t for “on the job training,” yet isn’t that precisely what the Republican President has been doing for the past eight years? I disagree that executive experience or indeed that any kind of experience can prepare one for the unique, stressful, and lonely job that must await anyone who gets elected to the White House. This is why every executive experience argument against Obama or even Sarah Palin is worthless. Give me a person who is intelligent but not impulsive and who is not hypocritiical even though he or she is a politician. None of the major party candidates fits that mold–nor do those for vice president. I am voting based upon my experience with the parties the candidates represent. In eight years the Republicans have increased the size of government more than any Democrat ever…including FDR. They have made the economy worse than any time since the great depression, and I believe that while all the news media are debating whether there is a recession going on we are actually on the verge of another depression. They have cheapened the reputation of our country in the court of world opinion. They have ignored the environment and started unnecessary wars. If the country actually picks another Republican administration after the kind of incompetence it will take two generations to repair, then we don’t need to worry about who Sarah Palin was or is–we need to worry about the collective intelligence of Americans–which I worried about much more in 2004 than in 2000.

    mike | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  308. The stuff that Palin admits to unabashedly scares the hell out of me. She is proud to be a gun-toting NRA member, anti-environment and anti-science book banner, an anti-choice and anti-birth control war monger. She has the self-righteousness of a religious fundamentalist and people don’t mess with her out of fear. She will abuse any power she has. I have not heard anyone mention the “R” word but I would not be a bit surprised if that does not peek out pretty soon. What a package.

    Martha | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  309. Huh! Maybe she put her a$$ on the line because she is a liberal democrat. Don’t you think the democrats are squirming to find someone like this to put trash out on Palin? Maybe she is a jealous disgruntled ex-friend, ex co-worker… looking for her 5 minutes of fame. Maybe they figure some will believe her because she claims she knew Palin years ealier. Even in a town of 5000 you can live among someone and never really know them.
    How stupid is the comment that we are expected to vote for Palin b/c she popped out a couple of kids. Wow, aren’t you politically savvy. If you think the republican party expects you to consider this when you vote, please do us all a favor and don’t vote. As for me and I hope all conservative I think this Anne Kilkenny letter is bull!#@$.

    Bre | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  310. The main things is that she was honest enough to say that she hadn’t been able to check the numbers and that her figures were two years old. E-mail Wasila if you’re so worried.
    Also, don’t you think that it is possible that they may have kept special hours over the Labor Day weekend precisely because so many people were after information?

    Flora | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  311. Anne, you poor misunderstood person, I hope you feel better spreading the good word. Obviously you have been done wrong. You will be judged in the end and I hope you have enough facts to sway that decision!

    Sue | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  312. Great to hear you on NPR today, Anne. You sound like an enjoyable person to talk to.

    I just didn’t like how she made fun of Barack being a community organizer when he was in his early 20′s. She just doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t take those Wall Street jobs available to a man of his abilities. It’s like Barack making fun of her because she was a PTA volunteer. Absolutely idiotic.

    I’m glad Heart has refused that the McCain campaign play their song. He’s been refused by several bands after he plays their songs without permission. You would think he would get the hint.

    Rob H | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  313. Jose,
    You are a moron. How could you go from supporting Hillary to supporting this monster?

    laura | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  314. Yes, you do have the right to cut off your nose to spite your face. You’ll show them! Who cares about the issues! Just vote for the woman or the black guy or the hot VP. Get revenge on those who were mean to Hillary. Yes, Hillary will be happy when you give your vote to McCain, someone who will push for the exact opposite of what she believed in and fought for. You wouldn’t want to vote for a candidate because his/her view reflects your own view, would you?

    An intelligent voter researches the critical issues and votes for the candidate whose beliefs and goals most closely match his own. It’s obvious that American voters don’t need to pass an intelligence test to be able to vote for president.

    Teresa | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  315. Don’t worry she won’t be your friend !! SHE WILL BE YOUR VP, GO SARAH

    Chunk | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  316. Sir,
    You are wrong. Obama has NEVER been a Muslim. Never admitted or ever suggested it. And if he were? I assume that’s a big issue for you. But that FACT is that he was raised a Christian. He seens to be walking the walk pretty well. Why don’t you try it.

    laura | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  317. Anne is real. I heard her interviewed on NPR today. Try doing some research.

    Notahoax | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  318. Dear someone in PA

    You write: “The Bible tells us that a Muslim in his 40’s, will be able to persuade many, thought to be the Messiah, and will then become Satan’s tool of destruction. Any of this ring a bell? Hmmm, and Obama is Muslim and in his 40’s? Hmm. Some think he’s the next Lincoln? Hmm”

    I find it difficult to beleive that the Bible has anything to say about Muslims as the Christian Bible as a collected and formalized text is considerably older than the religion of Islam.
    Second of all, one does not under any circumstances become or affirm one’s Muslim-ness by a blood oath. Not even in Wahabbi Islam.
    Third, aren’t the end times supposed to presaged by the return of all Jews to the promised land? Isn’t that part of why Americs consistently shores up the existence of Israel? (When our pastor told us about this I thought he surely must be joking or taken in by bad liberal propaganda but apparently there’s truth to it.)
    To various other posters:
    It’s okay for a pretty woman to hold office. Some off these comments about her looks just sound catty.
    It’s okay for a Pentacostal to hold office. The constitution says that there can be no test of religion for public office: this includes religions that (I, too) do not personally like every bit as much as it includes atheism, agnosticism and every other religion in the sublunary sphere, even Islam.
    Let’s just make sure that our reasons for objecting to her are rational and objective: this country and its democracy were founded on the philosophy of John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham and (to an extent) Thomas Hobbes. Each of these men was a rationalist and saw that the best government for all of the people would be achieved by the exercise of reason in government and in citizens. Kant would tell us that it is by practicing reason publicly that we truly become human and citizens. Let us try to remember that, though our emotions be stirred by soaring rhetoric or base fear of difference.

    Flora | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  319. I believe that the fringe Republicans, call it the 25% (who still think Bush is doing a good job) will never be swayed. They will double talk everything and deny anything. The other 25% that are or lean Republican I believe are quite scared and shocked by this pick – especially the more that we learn. As an independent who has voted for both parties I can see some appeal in both Presidential candidates but the one thing I cannot see is this country being snowed by Palin for the next 60 days. At least I hope not.

    The fact that the McCain campaign is now going to hide her for two weeks so she can “train” on the talking points, and learn foreign policy is terrifying. I believe what has happened here is the fringe of the Republicans are actually assuming McCain will not serve out his term – given his age and health and like a gift from heaven (so they will say) she will end up serving their agenda and locking up the White House again.

    The truth is coming out – this will ultimately be a disaster for McCain. Just you wait.

    MarkS | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  320. Great. Absolutely powerful article. The Mccain campaign should have talked to you before they chose her for VP. It is great that someone like you can give us some insight into this so called qualified VP candidate that will not talk to the press. Thanks for the inside you have provided.

    Joe Lappia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  321. The moral of this story is: do not mess with librarians! Seriously, thank you, Anne,for speaking out (“first they came for the librarians, and I didnt say anything. Then they came for the union workers, and I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the RNC Welcoming Committee, and I didn’t say anything…”)

    quest lakes | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  322. This is true….the lady was on NPR today!! I could tell from that speech that she was a mean spirited lady! What a way to introduce herself to the public!

    Terri-Ann | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  323. To SSG J. DELAWDER: First and foremost, let me thank you for your service to our country. Please know that you are not forgotten but please also know that there are many Americans who choose to show our patriotism and support by trying to elect people to office who 1) will make sure that there is a legitimate reason for sending our soldiers to war 2) if there is a legitimate reason, will send our soldiers to war with properly outfitted, and 3) will take care of our soldiers when they return home with mental and physical disabilities. Also, please let me point out that Barack Obama HAS NEVER been a Muslim. Please take the time to either listen to his words as he speaks them or read his words as he writes them; it is obvious that you have been misled. Even if he had ever been a Muslim, that is no reason to malign him. There are many good and kind Muslims in this world…not all are religious fanatics. There are also many self-proclaimed Christians who do not behave as Christians should but that does not mean that all Christians are evil.
    As for Sarah Palin, well, only time will tell what she is made of but her biography, as laid out in Alaskan newspaper clippings, doesn’t make me very comfortable. To borrow from her punch line, you can put lipstick on a pit bull, but it’s still a pit bull.

    Susan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  324. Here’s the link to the Kilkenny’s interview on NPR:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543

    Terri-Ann | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  325. Where did this list come from? How do we know it’s real???

    Judy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  326. Ann,
    I listened to your interview on NPR tonight and had to read your post. Thanks for writing what you did. I liked how you list the facts and figures so that they could be verified or discredited. Thank you for taking the time to voice your opinions and sharing your information.

    Jack | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  327. Feed the sharks…they’ll eat (believe) anything when they’re hungry. You think you’re a patriot but you not. You sound like a bitter, old lady (probably the librarian) who has a vendetta, or better yet, can’t stand that a beautiful, successful woman from your hometown (if you are really from there) has passed you by. Look for the soon to be released blog from Anne’s neighbor (who REALLY knows her) from Wasilla.

    tacobell | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  328. McCain’s pick of Palin as his running mate, an unknown–and now thanks to Anne Kilkenny’s perspective, evidently unsuitable–climber, suggests that McCain is not a maverick after all. He’s merely irresponsible. Thank you, Anne.

    Don | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  329. I really hope people don’t seriously believe everything they read!!
    Nice try. McCain/Palin still have my vote ;)

    Paula | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  330. I agree with this post, ran it through snopes which I do everything, and the letter’s authenticity including Anne’s identity are verified there. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    To the low-brows out there – you have no right to talk about Anne until you do your research! I can’t wait to see what other articles I find in my research (more of you should try it instead of buying into propaganda and brain-washing) about Palin’s record, the woman who can’t separate church-and-state, who would be happy to force a woman (or child) to keep an unborn fetus who’s a product of rape or incest, and only touts pro-special needs when her own child has one. I don’t trust her. Ask yourselves, how would you feel if her ridiculous, self-serving (and unethical) values actually hurt you? We are not going to get through this unless we meet in the middle. She will not meet us in the middle. And she doesn’t even care about polar bears!

    Stay Strong America. Stay Smart.

    Alethea | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  331. I heard your story on NPR thank you for taking the time to tell the truth. Americans can’t be fooled again.

    Juan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  332. I hope this gets more coverage and gets validated. If most of this is true. My Senator John McCain has put our country in danger by putting this person one heartbeat of the presidency. I thought it could not get worse that Bush. I have not heard of any vetting of Todd either as he may have the most influence on Palin.

    Sam AZ | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  333. After watching Palin’s speech at the convention I immediately thought “McCain hasn’t changed anything, this V.P. nomination is merely Karl Rove in a dress”

    Cecil Burns | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  334. Learn to spell

    Red | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  335. I won’t even ask what happened to cause your sour grapes. It sounds to me like you’re just from a different party that Sarah. Or perhaps jealous. Whatever. This world is full of armchair quarterbacks. People who are content to ride along while others pull the wagon. It’s clear that Sarah Palin is willing to put her work out there, and that usually means taking a bunch of cheap shots from people like you.

    I have a question, though. What you done for us lately, Anne? You have all the answers. You know the score. But where’s your contribution?

    As for the accuracy of your letter, I feel you owe the community a big apology. You failed to acknowledge the huge growth in Wasilla. Sarah didn’t cause the big box stores, the traffic jams, the rapid subdivisions. As mayor, she stepped up to help manage this growth for the future. I don’t expect you to thank her. The rest of Alaska and soon the rest of the country will cover that for you. You can just keep riding along in hopes somone else will step up and pull your wagon.

    Alfred E. | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  336. Great letter Anne. Thank you for having the courage to write it. I would vote for Mr. Magoo before casting a vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. She is a Bush/Cheney clone and he is a confused old war hero who thinks he’s going to Washington to get things fixed. Why is Washington broken? See Bush/Cheney = Palin. He’s just taking the problem with him. Enough is enough!

    Tim from Seattle | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  337. I don’t detect any bitterness or malice on the part of Anne, but plenty from Mrs. Palin.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

    Mrs. Palin is shill for the fundamentalists. Very scary stuff.

    tara bluestone | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  338. Thank you for this information! Try to ignore the nasty people who will probably never get their heads out of the sand. Somewhere in PA, did you complete high school? I’ll have to assume you’re also a skinhead or some other type of vulgar person. The truth about Palin is coming out, and will continue to due so. There isn’t going to be enough time for damage control. Atleast that’s what I’m hoping, because she scares me to death!! Palin is also a liar…she never sold the jet on E-Bay, it ended up being sold privately and at a loss! There is so much more to come out, I smell another Eagleton situation, for those who remember the 1972 election!!! OBAMA ’08!!!

    Sarah | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  339. McCain/Palin
    Campaign First

    makanuko | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  340. Thank you Anne for the courage you’ve displayed in your email.
    By watching and listening to the nasty manner
    and attitude that she delivered her speech on Wednesday night, I knew that she probably had a history of being a bully.
    The comment about the hockey mom, pitbull and lipstick was sickening.
    Authentic Strong Women, are firm, wise,fair and respectful while standing up for what they believe. All that bravado adds up to someone who doesn’t really have personal power!!!
    Thanks again Anne for being willing to speak up.

    Johanna DuVal | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  341. Incredibly shallow analysis…Nixon also was popular just prior to Watergate.

    If Anne’s claims are true, the media will have a field day with them.

    Scott | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  342. Thanks for the info – it is great to hear from someone who knows the REAL DEAL!! Her speech was so moving the other night that I was believing her every word – I’m a Mom and I think that her ‘mom of 5′ really got to me. I hope every other person who watched read this too and realizes the BS the Republicans are trying to pull.

    Nicolle | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  343. I listened to NPR this evening and I heard about your story. I instantly new I had to read this, as you sounded like a scorned woman. After reading what you have written, I have confirmed my thoughts. I feel sorry for you and i pity you. You are misleading and damaging and the only reason you have done this is to “even a score” from years gone by. Perhaps, if you left out the emotions, especially where you described how Sarah “hated” you from 1996, you may have gotten away with some of your rantings. I just hope the majority of people who read this can see through your spewing.

    Karla | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  344. Beautifully argued position. It tells us where you stand and why. This will help me hunt out other information about her…and from all there is so far it looks like Palin is good for McCAIN (a loyalist who will protect him) but that doesn’t mean she is good for our COUNTRY!!! Of course, her NRA experience means that knows how to accidently shoot an old man in the face like Cheney.

    Ivy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  345. It really blows me away that after less than one week people actually defend Palin. Of course, the Republicans don’t want us to ask too many question….we may find out the truth about her. I was so angered by her nasty, sarcastic speech, which was written by the Republicans. Let’s see how she holds up in a debate with Biden. They won’t even allow her to be interviewed. She is very brave when scripted. This woman is PRO LIFE. If as a woman you are pro choice, then you really need to think about what a vote for her would accomplish. She is not a maverick, nor is McCain. They are republicans who will say and do anything to get elected, and that includes LIE. Anne, thank you so much for coming forward.

    EILENE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  346. I do not believe for a second that “just a housewife” wrote this letter.
    God- you libs are so gullible.

    Sonja Kelly | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  347. I am wondering when people are ever going to wake up and realize that the republicans have spent the last 40 years figuring out how to manipulate the ignorant, and most often poorly educated masses into voting for them even though their policies don’t help them one iota.

    That’s right, they realized that ignorant people don’t vote on common sense, they vote on emotion – gay marriage, abortion, religious ideology. Its frightening how well it works.

    Then there is Palin – the antithesis of change. And the cycle continues. How easily people are duped by her pandering is shocking.

    Paul | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  348. You sound kinda bitter yourself. How about advancing the dialogue regarding Palin’s work? Here’s one: banning library books? Even Laura Bush wouldnt do that.

    Ivy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  349. You are the only person that has any common sense on this page!! I don’t care what anyone say’s about McCain or Palin. It couldn’t be any worse than hanging out with Terrorist..William Ayres!

    If Sarah Paylin was such a bad Mayor…Why did you all vote for her to be Governor????? That doesn’t make any sense to me.

    KIM – let me tell you something – I’m a single mom and sole provider for my son. I work for a living and don’t look for hand out’s from the government to make my life better. If I want my life to be better I’ll do it on my own. With that being said…if I were in the position Sarah Palin is in – having the opportunity to become the first woman VP of the United States…YOU can bet you’re a@@ I’m gonna bring my son with me on stage, regardless of the time or the fact that has DS. She’s a proud American and proud of her family! If she wouldn’t have brought him out you probably would have been saying she’s embarrased of him and the fact the he has DS…that’s why he wasn’t there. SHAME ON YOU…Alaska isn’t the only place in this country with deplorable areas. You can’t make things better over night and you have to be dealing with people that are willing to make things better for themselves. I have lived in South Florida all of my life and have seen first hand how once beautiful areas are made deplorable by the people that live in them…not by the Government…by the people that live in them…the Government comes in and cleans them up over and over again. Everyone has a choice…!
    As for me…I will work for my change and not depend on my Government to do it for me and I will teach my son the same!

    Dee | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  350. Right on! Can you believe this horse and pony show? I think you are totally right, “Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice….”

    Ivy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  351. This is not an internet hoax. This is brodcasted in al News Radio and has been checked out even by NPR News.

    I hope that people will base their decisions on the issues and not just because of your affiliation with any party. Even if you are a Republican, ou must see that to vote for McCin/Plin is not a wise decision. Would you really want Palin to become president if anything happens to McCain? She isn’t a suitable choice for change and progress.

    Thomas | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  352. What books was Palin trying to ban that was worth aggravating so many people? We hear on “right wing” sites that she is a “religious zealot” and so I am curious if the books offended the “chosen people” or Christians or LBGT (queers) or what?

    brutal.conversions at yahoo com | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  353. I understand why you would not want this person as a friend. You are probably one of the many that are delusional and reveled in that All White Male Republican Convention. Palin insulted community organizers. Martin Luther King was one. Does she plan to shit on his accomplishments. You are a moron.

    joe cano | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  354. I have done some research in Alaskan newspapers and found that Anne is right. I read Annes’ thought then did my research. I suggest others do the same. Reading leads to knowledge. How dare she try to ban books!

    Shannon G. | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  355. Take a look.

    Chris Clements | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  356. no person by the name of anne kikenny appears to live in or near wasilla, alaska, according the peoplefinders. so, who is this mystery person?

    jack | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  357. Thought you and Mike might enjoy this.

    Lizzie Clements | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  358. someone in PA, you scare the shit out of me.

    CK | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  359. It took a lot of courage for you to let us all know what you know about the governor of Alaska.

    Thank you for standing up for the city librarian. Who does Palin think she is? God? She is as mixed up as Bush is. Do Republicans think God talks only to them? I have news for them, she talks to us all!

    End corruption in my lifetime!
    Belinda

    Belinda | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  360. Funny: You’d believe the drivel about Obama’s terrorist friends, etc, but not a well written critique about Sara Palin.

    Have you ever heard of Snopes.com?

    Martin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  361. I imagine that there is no candidate on earth that would not have someone like this writing a letter to inform voters of the “truth”. Everyone who holds any kind of public office has supporters and non-supporters. I’m sure that to democrats, her record is scary. To conservatives, it is reassuring. When conservatives look at some of the decisions that Obama has made, that is “scary”. Each to his own…..

    Pat | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  362. I don’t usually do this but thought it might interest you. I heard this lady on the radio and she really is no more than a housewife in Alaska. Thought you might find it interesting.

    Love

    Don

    Mary Ann Bledsoe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  363. I am wondering if Sarah Palin has done anything for increasing Alaska’s Early Intervention budget or services available under EI? And I don’t care when she proposed the intiative. As a mom of a child with significant developmental delays, I’m sure that she doesn’t really know what it means to be a “Special Needs Mom”. Who knows much about their 4 month old other than they are adorable and need their parents? But I really want to find a way to identify a real commmitment versus pandering and using her child as a campaign tool. That sounds callous, but I’m not impressed with how she threw her elder daughter to the wolves (and that’s NOT the media’s fault).

    Libby's mom | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  364. Sounds like small town jealously –
    People are a little smarter than you give them credit for. Hope you letter made you feel better and sleep well at night.

    Chuck | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  365. To those who criticized Senator Biden’s lack of executive experience…be careful what you say!!! If you are judging by political postions alone, remember Senator McCain must also lack that executive experience. Who is it that is running for president, Sarah Palin or John McCain?
    In addition, Sarah Palin has held the office of governor for less than 2 years and has had a baby during this time. Should we really consider this executive experience?

    G.M. Laux | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  366. I wish it didn’t have the flag background- too distracting and difficult to read

    Ann Hobbs | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  367. This is fascinating! Not just for the comments from both sides, but the fact that Anne had the guts to print it. I heard her on NPR–she sounded a bit naive, believing that she would send this to someone and it wouldn’t hit the internet!! But, it got me thinking–funny we didn’t hear stuff like this in 1992. especially considering all the rumors (later) around the Clintons. you mention “vetting.” is anyone ever fully vetted? But the Clintons handled their critics. or was it just the law of averages that all those people died?!!

    Leanne Loval | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  368. Her pin indicates that she has a child in service to his or county. If the child passes away, the blue star becomes a gold star.

    http://www.serviceflags.com/serviceflags.htm

    Libby's mom | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  369. You don’t give any counter arguments. Just because Ms. Kilkenny does not mean what she says is false. Give some facts to back up your claim that her comments are politically motivated. For example, is it or is it not true that Palin left Wasilla 22 million in debt?

    David Wend | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  370. Anne, Thank you for your courage. The article is thoughtful and couragous. I am an independent and an Alaskan I am concerned that the republican party “embraced” an unknown who is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Why do we as a nation not want to check the facts and know for ourselves rather than being force fed by others whose interests may or may not be compatible with our own. The fevor around her smacks more of crowning the homecoming queen then a serious contender to lead the country for the next four years. It is important to listen with an open mind to all sides before making a decision as important as this one.
    Living in Alaska, I to know that she slanted the facts, my mouth fell open several times listening to her speech and all the positive things that she been involved with were not done alone. Coming in after Frank Murkowski who was one of our worst governors of course the next governor looks good. I would like to see her have more time to gain experience and wisdom before I could vote for her. Again, I know some will ostracize you for your opinion but hopefully the majority will remember in a democracy we may “not agree with all you have to say, but we defend your right to speak your mind.”

    V | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  371. I could not have expressed better myself.

    A middle aged beauty queen who doesn’t deserve to be where she is.

    But we are talking about the vice presidence of the most powerful country in the world.

    This is not a spot for aging beauty queens.

    Bernard Kam | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  372. You are the only person that has any common sense on this page!! I don’t care what anyone say’s about McCain or Palin. It couldn’t be any worse than hanging out with Terrorist..William Ayres!

    If Sarah Paylin was such a bad Mayor…Why did you all vote for her to be Governor????? That doesn’t make any sense to me.

    KIM – let me tell you something – I’m a single mom and sole provider for my son. I work for a living and don’t look for hand out’s from the government to make my life better. If I want my life to be better I’ll do it on my own. With that being said…if I were in the position Sarah Palin is in – having the opportunity to become the first woman VP of the United States…YOU can bet you’re a@@ I’m gonna bring my son with me on stage, regardless of the time or the fact that has DS. She’s a proud American and proud of her family! If she wouldn’t have brought him out you probably would have been saying she’s embarrased of him and the fact the he has DS…that’s why he wasn’t there. SHAME ON YOU…Alaska isn’t the only place in this country with deplorable areas. You can’t make things better over night and you have to be dealing with people that are willing to make things better for themselves. I have lived in South Florida all of my life and have seen first hand how once beautiful areas are made deplorable by the people that live in them…not by the Government…by the people that live in them…the Government comes in and cleans them up over and over again. Everyone has a choice…!
    As for me…I will work for my change and not depend on my Government to do it for me and I will teach my son the same!

    Dee | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  373. there is a anne kilkenny. which is it?

    jack | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  374. Thank you!!!!

    Tony | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  375. Anne Kilkenny was interviewed on NPR today and I heard it on my drive home. The link is here
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543

    Carolyn Hass | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  376. Sarah Palin thinks if your 12 year old girl is raped and gets pregnant, she should have to carry that baby to term and give birth.

    If this alone isn’t reason enough for you to vote against her, please read the letter and find something else. Or maybe you’re also someone who believes a raped 12 year old should be forced to carry her rapist’s baby to term, in which case there probably isn’t any help for you.

    EasyDecision | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  377. Thank you for your foresight and courage–you are our cyberspace Harriet Tubman.

    Ame' Branson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  378. To JasonP asking about the City Hall being open. Remember that the nomination was announced in Ohio –Eastern Standard Time. Alaska is 4 hours earlier. This means that all of Alaska was sleeping when McCain made his announcement. Wasilla City Hall had ALL of Friday’s work hours to be bombarded with calls about Sarah. This letter was written on a Sunday. It is also real–look on Snopes if you don’t believe it.

    I’m a 14 year Alaska resident. Sarah is my governor, but I didn’t vote for her and I never will.

    Robyn | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  379. The willful ignorance of the people who are brushing this off as “the ramblings of a jealous ex-classmate” clearly have not read the first few paragraphs of this article correctly to at first understand the age comparisons, nor are they paying attention to the absolute bear-faced undeniable facts about Sarah Palin’s origins.

    Wascilla has a population of 5,000 people. This is definitely on the small side as far as towns go. The phenomenon of “Six Degrees of Separation” is readily apparent in towns like this — and local politics on towns this size are normally widely picked over by the citizens of these towns, mostly because the people who are running for seats and jobs are people they know, or know someone who knows well, ect.

    I’ve also seen the effects of when someone with an modicum of local government power gets a vendetta against someone else who has a job that is somewhat under said person — heads and jobs DO roll. It’s a very real small-town politics phenomenon. If you’d rather whine and say that this is too fantastic and exaggerated and couldn’t possibly be true that one person would throw so many people out of a job in such a small-town government setting, then you’ve never engaged or witnessed small-town politics.

    There’s more I could say to rebuff the nay-sayers of this article, but I’d rather not waste the effort, as it’s clear the nay-sayers would continue to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket even if McCain himself drug them over to his own personal computer and showed them his personal collection of child pornography.

    Angela | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  380. I’m not going to spend my time debating the crazies on here (someone in PA, for example), but I just want to say if you vote for McCain\Palin you are not electing Sarah Palin to lead this country. You are putting John McCain in charge. This is not Palin vs Obama. Didn’t I see Sarah on TV asking what it is that a VP does anyway? I just want to say that if you like the way these past 8 years have gone, then you know how to cast your vote. The question you need to ask yourself is ” are we better off than we were 8 years ago?”. I’m pretty sure the answer is HELL to the NO!

    P Todd | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  381. It looks like Palin-girl is your typical hypomaniac. Not a pleasant diagnosis.

    ook | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  382. I am so concerned about this election. Why are people voting based on gender or race? It doesn’t matter one whit whether Palin is a woman or not. The questions are much more important than gender! Do you agree with her politics? Do you want this person pursuing her ideas on a national level? Are you prepared to live with the consequences of her helping to choose the next Supreme Court judges? Do you agree that abortions should be illegal but guns should be unregulated? Do you think living “across the ocean” from Russia makes a person skilled in foreign policy? If you can answer yes to these questions, vote for McCain/Palin.

    Also, I do not understand how, nor can I accept that a “true Hilary Clinton supporter” can now support Sarah Palin. They are at complete opposite ends of the political spectrum. If you support one, you cannot support the other. If you do, then the only reason for your support is gender. I’m sorry, but that is not the way to pick our nation’s leadership. And, I have to believe that Hilary Clinton doesn’t want Sarah Palin to be Vice-President any more than I do.

    Lastly, simply because the writer of this letter is a woman and the subject is a woman, people are calling Anne Kilkenny bitter and jealous. You know what? Sarah Palin is a political figure. Anne Kilkenny is an American citizen. A person is not bitter, jealous or un-American (favorite label the GOP gives people who disagree with Bush) for speaking out against a politician. In fact, there is a whole document that guarantees we have that right. I believe it’s called the Constitution.

    Sara | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  383. Jose, did you read the story??? lol WOW!

    Obama supporter | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  384. Good for you Anne. Having lived in small communities most of my life, i know how tough it can be to speak out against the power elite that run these communities. We can only hope that Sarah’s fast climb to top will be followed by an even faster fall to the bottom.

    David | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  385. Have you finished checking this out? I’d like to read what you have found.

    Jody Smith | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  386. I’m not going to spend my time debating the crazies on here (someone in PA, for example), but I just want to say that if you vote for McCain/Palin you are not electing Sarah Paling to lead this country. You are putting John McCain in charge. This is not Palin vs. Obama. Didn’t I see Sarah on tv asking for someone to explain to her what exactly a VP does, anyway? I just want to say that if you like the way these past 8 years have gone, then you know how to cast your vote. The question you need to ask yourself is “Are we better off now than we were 8 years ago?” I’m pretty sure the answer is HELL to the NO!

    P Todd | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  387. Would one of you geniuses that think Sarah Palin is a good choice please come up with some facts to back it up? And, please, name-calling was fun in elementary school, but if you are older than, say 13, it is just asinine.

    rustle | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  388. Stories that begin by suggesting that men can’t quit smiling when talking about Sarah Palin, despite her poor civic performance, “because she’s a babe”, or that “she’s bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help” is not placing its most credible (or literate) foot forward. The first assertion is insulting to men, the second one insulting to the intelligence. Politicians, successful ones certainly, do not bite hands — they grease them.

    rrpjr | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  389. April in Georgia embarrasses us. “It’s about oil” Duh! What do you run your car on? We need more of it to bring the price down. There is more in Anwar. Supply and demand, it is that simple. No matter what the enviromental whackos tell you, we need more oil, more domestic oil. Of the 19 million acres up there, Jimmy Carter set aside 2,000 for oil exploration. Let’s use them. The Al Gore’s of the world told us Prudoe Bay would be a disaster. 30 years later it is not. Don’t let the tree huggers take over our party. Use common sense April!

    Democrat in Georgia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  390. Wake up! What are McCain and her specifically going to do to fix the economy, deal with terrorism, fix healthcare, social security, etc. I have not heard much about the issues from these so called “maverick” reformers. How in the world can they make the changes we need when they are so similar to the worst president ever (W).

    jc | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  391. Oh Ruth. Please. This woman was factual and straightforward, and a patriot. Open your eyes.

    Bob | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  392. Thank you for your candid report that gives such an honest picture. I think YOU should run for vice-president!!

    Jane | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  393. Hey orangecat, get a life. Why don’t you go to Alaska and research the information yourself? Go tune in to FOX News or Rush so you can bury your head in the sand and talk about everything except the real issues impacting our lives.

    jc | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  394. Ann,
    Excellent letter…thanks so much for getting this information out there. I heard your story on NPR just as Laura did above and was inspired to google your name immediately when I got home. Great verifiable information – very much appreciated. I truly hope the American people will wake up and see the Republican machine for what it has become. Stay strong. The world needs more people like you.

    Sean in Ohio | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  395. Dear Anne,
    Thank you for your confirmation on what Sarah has made painfully obvious to the rest of the country by her own recent actions! Yikes! I applaud you! It is nice to hear the facts from someone in Alaska and not a bunch of hooey made up hastily by the desperate Republican party. I happen to be a registered Republican, but I can not support MCCAIN’s decision as she would be 1 heartbeat away from leading our nation and on SO many levels is someone that needs to stay far away from the Whitehouse. I see where the nickname Barracuda came from and in her case, she shouldn’t be so proud of it! No offense-but I hope she’s back in Alaska for good soon!

    Rita | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  396. suzanne: “…this woman palin openly misleads her own party faithful (’obama will raise your taxes’) – unless that room was full of people who make over 250K a year, that is an outright LIE. she is dangerous and needs to be stopped. the new karl rove indeed. i wish they would make it an actual offence to deliberately mislead or misinform the public. people don’t have time to factcheck every statement and they shouldn’t have to.” Suzanne, I totally agree with you. How can we let candidates lying like this without any consequences? I’ve been telling my wife about her the same thing. It’s not just the tax. It’s the same with the corporate jet sold on EBAY and the bridge leading to no where. Palin even got Mccain said she got a profit out of the sell. Sarah Palin is dangerous. She is willing to do ANYTHING to achieve her ambitions. She scared the heck out of me that she can lie like this. The scariest part is the republicans are deifying her. If she got elected vice president, this country is in danger.

    Albert | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  397. Thanks for your insight and for braving the truth about this candidate. It is an amazing account that we would not have the opportunity to hear about through any other source. Appreciate the honesty.

    Eileen | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  398. Thanks for the article, Anne.

    From what I’m learning about McCain’s VP pick (not just from this article, but from many different sources) I’m getting very scared about Palin. She’s seems like a snarky bully and an extremist…certainly not someone that I would respect as second in command representing the US. We need someone with more class.

    But we have to remember that Palin isn’t running for president. McCain is who we should be focusing on after Palin’s superstar comet fades away and people start seeing clearly.

    Maria | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  399. This is for Joe who thinks that Obama would have to bus in people from Chicago in order to hold a rally in Wasilla….

    Are you kidding?! Do you honestly believe that there is no one up here in Alaska to go to an Obama rally? There is a thriving and rapidly growing Obama campaign here in Southcentral Alaska. The number of volunteers took a jump after Sarah’s speech. I was someone who respected Sarah before Wednesday night and now I am simply ashamed of her. John McCain thinks that he has everything wrapped up here in Alaska and doesn’t even bother having a campaign. But Obama has a 50 state strategy. Every day there are people beating the pavement working for change. Even in Alaska.

    Beck in Alaska | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  400. You did a great job when interviewed by NPR. I hope you get more than just 15 minutes. I look forward to hearing more from you as the campaign goes on.

    ps Let me guess what books Sarah didn’t like; Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye?

    Gordon Sargent | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  401. thank you Anne for writing and posting this letter. It is informative and important to circular as widely as possible. I received the link to this page from a friend. I hope you do not mind my forwarding the link as well. I hope all the people here who have read this will do the same.

    Regards and Respects for your courage to speak-up and write this.

    Joshua Reichek | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  402. Dear Anne,

    Thank you so much for giving us such pertinent information concerning Sarah Palin. You are an angel and a brave soul! Now, we the American people can make an informed decision concerning the Republican VP nominee based on truth. BTW, I did check you out on Snopes: You are for real!

    Keep the faith,
    Juanita Thompson

    OBAMA:BIDEN “08,”12

    Juanita Thompson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  403. I don’t understand your comment. What is the internet hoax and who do you say is the perpetrator

    Jen | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  404. All of you-REMEMBER—
    just because you see it on the web, hear it on any news channel, read it in any newspaper or print, or any other form of modern media, DOES NOT make it true. Of course, it doesn’t make it untrue either. Just magnified. But seriously, study up on the world bank, bilderberg, the trilateral commission, zeitgeist, bill clinton prescott bush, ghw and w bush, the rockefellas, etc.,etc.

    JEFF WALLACE | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  405. Let me ask you a fundamental question: Are any politicians “good”?

    If Sarah Palin’s reputation is shaky and questionable, then what about all the other politicians corrupt by the greed of Washington?

    =O | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  406. Thank you for affirming and expanding on the story.

    Jen | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  407. Did you read the letter? Why would you vote for someone that obviously doesn’t know what she is doing. Imgaine…what she would do with our country! She couldn’t run a small town!

    Yesenia | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  408. What about this letter, which I also received? Who do I believe?

    Sarah Palin is the US’s answer to Margaret Thatcher! Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments … well, they haven’t met our Sarah .

    As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, AK, where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor … I can speak with confidence. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction this morning and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo and as smart and determined a PERSON (gender really isn’t an issue here as far as I’m concerned) as anyone could ask for at the head of government.

    Sarah is no naïve “small town mayor” – she just *started out* there. Btw, as Mayor of Wasilla, she brought this “small town” through a lot of GOOD changes and left it at the end of her term having grown to the 4th largest CITY in Alaska – a lot of growth and a stronger economic base than ever before.

    She has EXECTUTIVE experience *running a government* (something NONE of the other candidates can actually boast, even John McCain ) as Governor of Alaska and got there by defeating the *incumbent* Republican Governor, who was definitely part of the “old school” and who WAS very much in the pocket of the big oil companies. We in Alaska wanted change – and we got it in the person of Sarah Palin!

    Sarah Palin is everything she looks to be and more. Her approval rating as Governor of Alaska has been as high as 95% and is currently leveled out consistently in the upper 80 percentile throughout the state (and in both parties) – the HIGHEST approval rating of ANY sitting Governor.

    Sarah has been turning around corruption in the Legislature of Alaska – turning things on their ear for that matter; cutting spending in spite of the increased income the state is currently receiving due to the high oil prices – she has insisted on putting a huge amount of the “windfall” into savings for the future rather than spending, spending, spending – and has insisted from the get-go on what she refers to as “honest, ethical and transparent governing” – no more closed door meetings and dealings – the big oil companies thought she would be a pushover and have learned better to their chagrin.

    She understands the “real people” and the economic issues we all face (Alaskans along with the rest of the country) – she was one of “us” not long ago. Rather than passing useless “laws” or throwing money at pet projects, she (most recently) temporarily suspended the state gas tax (on gasoline at the pumps, fuel oil and natural gas for homes, etc.) and has ordered checks issued to ALL residents of Alaska this fall in an attempt to assist with the burden of high fuel costs for the upcoming winter. I could go on and on, but that’s enough for now . She isn’t doing these things to be popular – she is doing it because her constituents are HURTING financially and she can help.

    She became Governor of Alaska by defeating the Incumbent Republican Governor and doing it *without* the money or the support of the Republican Party, which was amazing in itself – and she won by a landslide. The “powers that be” at that time totally underestimated Sarah and learned better the hard way. She has done exactly what she claimed she was going to do and is just as popular today as the day she was elected – perhaps more so since even the Democrats up here seem to like her – she works well with both sides in the Legislature here.

    Sarah “belongs” to us (Alaskans) … and although we are going to be terribly sorry to see her leave before she finishes the job she started here (two years ago) straightening out OUR State … we understand she is needed for a bigger purpose and hopefully her Lt. Governor will be able to fill her shoes here and continue the job.

    As for worrying about what would happen if McCain were to die or step down or whatever … Theta, up here in AK we’ve only been wondering how long we would be able to KEEP Sarah in Alaska and have seen her as our first woman President of the USA from the start. It’s always been a matter of whether she would wait until the end of her TWO terms as Governor (no doubt at ALL that she would be re-elected if she ran for a second term at the end of her current term) … or end up in Washington sooner. She could do the job TODAY.

    Personally, I feel a lot better about McCain now that I know he has someone as savvy, as strong, as ethical and as steady as Sarah at his back. She will be an excellent Vice President … and my guess is will be our US Republican Presidential candidate in four years – AND by then the country will KNOW here – will love and respect her as we do here – and she’ll win by as much of a landslide as she did here in Alaska. I only wonder if McCain has a clue what he is unleashing on the US of A . She is going to be a fresh wind, but also a strong wind.

    Is that enough of an endorsement? If not, I’ll add this … Jerry and I have for many years felt the best “vote” was to vote for the lesser of two “evils” and hope they didn’t do too much damage. Two years ago during our State Governor’s race was the first time EVER that we actually asked for not just a little sign to put in our yard showing our support of our candidate (something we’ve never felt the desire to do at all before) – we asked for a full 4′ x 8′ “SARAH PALIN FOR GOVERNOR!” sign and were proud to have it. She hasn’t let us or Alaska down. She will do the same for the USA if given the opportunity.

    Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested (and spam those who aren’t!).
    -Deb Frost in Alaska

    Dede | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  409. Your a moron, check with NPR or is that to liberal for you.

    Joe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  410. Your question “What did this women do to you” resonates, because this could easily be the work of a vindictive person. However, the message pretty much explains what Sarah Palin did to her – not personally, but via their shared, civic interests and geography.

    Jen | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  411. For all of you questioning the authenticity of this letter: Anne Kilkenny is a real person, and this is a real letter. She was interviewed today on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

    For all of you claiming Anne must be “jealous” of Sarah, and should be “ashamed;” give me a f’king break. If you were deeply involved in the inner workings of a town’s city council, and kept up on the politics and social issues of your state, and you personally witnessed a politician lying & behaving like a schmuck, wouldn’t you speak up? How does opening one’s mouth about false facts make one jealous?

    inquisigal | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  412. “Snopes.com” confirmed Anne exists and has verified she did write the letter. Let the hysteria on both sides begin/continue and let us all get more informed….

    Grant | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  413. Anne Kilkenny sounds like she is very involved and aware of her small town. She probably knows this without actually even being there. Sort of the way I know that my local DMV is swamped and is going to be at least a 4 hour wait. I know this without having gone there in over a month now.

    Kimberly | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  414. Yikes!! This is very alarming. Thank you for these facts.

    Dan Mark | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  415. It is truly amazing that the majority of the female critics of Ms Kilkenny seem to delight in the ULTIMATE dismissal of her observations about Ms. Palin by labeling her as “jealous”.
    Is this the best logical rebuttal to an assertion that these Republican operatives can come up with?
    So, when John McCain criticizes Obama’s qualifications, is it because John is jealous also?
    Or does the jealousy charge only work when one WOMAN criticizes another?

    Gee, might that be SEXIST ???????

    If Ms. Kilkenny is lying, let’s see the female
    writers DISPROVE her assertions rather than labeling Ms. Kilkenny as a jealous, bitter loser.
    Otherwise, “women”, just go ahead and call her a “slut”, because that seems to be the level of your mentality and your reasoning abilities.

    Shawnee Phill | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  416. Uncle B – You crack me up. One-hundred percent true…all of it. Please post more! :)

    bap | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  417. wanna bet?
    the republicans–especially since W and Rove–have relied on support from ignorant, frightened voters who refuse to expend time or energy to ask questions or question the logic and reason behind decisions on war, oil, infrastructure, creationism, ad infinitum. W and Dickey like to wear the military garments and take the military money, so long as they don’t have to handle the bodies.
    Good luck Anne. The smears have already started.

    larry | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  418. Anne Kilkenny was interviewed on NPR this afternoon 5 September 2008. She is, indeed, a real-live resident of Wasilla.

    I’d like to repeat what Concerned Alaskan posted here on Sep 4, 2008: “My uncle lived in Wasilla for thirty years and he always said “(Palin) was the worst mayor we ever had and we’ve had a lot of bad ones.” ”

    Sounds like there are some others out there ready to spill some more beans about Palin.

    bap | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  419. Thank you Anne. I’m sure you’re getting lots of pressure and most likely people trying to discredit you. But I heard about you on NPR and believe you to be the real thing, and Palin to be the “used car saleswoman” who’ll tell you what you want to hear and sell you a lemon.

    Kathy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  420. in response to this post:

    Anyone who gets their info from Jon Stewart needs a mental evaluation.

    Suzanne | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

    I completely disagree! Jon Stewart and the Daily Show are highly respected and have won many awards. It’s satire. It’s entertaining and informative. It’s as good as or better than FOX, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS or PBS.

    Anne’s letter should be evaluated carefully. We should consider every point she makes. Whether it is factual or just personal, we are talking about the electing the Pres and Vice Pres of the United States. She’s been thrust upon the scene, it would be foolish not to find out who she really is. I believe we should elect a candidate on more issues than their moral/social agenda. I believe we need to know more about her.

    I believe Anne’s letter is genuine and authentic. She doesn’t like her and she’s backing up what she says. If you think she’s wonderful and you like her, write your own letter…. I’m willing to read it.

    Sushi | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  421. So, besides the media’s coverage of a woman’s uterus and your assumption about Anne being “vindictive,” do you have anything to say about the substance of her open letter?

    Paul Jackson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  422. Yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket… a Hilary supporter who just switched to McCain… yeah, yeah, I BELIEVE you…

    Better learn proper English first, otherwise the GOP might accuse you of being an illegal alien and have you purged from the voting list. No joke.

    Fuz E Zoeller | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  423. This letter starts out smooth and complimentary then turns into a back stabbing rage. The letter is shallow and without substance…don’t fall for it. Half truths and inuendo by someone with an agenda.

    AK resident | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  424. Thank you for your letter, Anne. McCain/Palin is a VERY dangerous combination. Very scary. She sounds like someone who should not even be elected dogcatcher (sorry to any dogcatchers who might read this), much less V.P. She sounds like a perfect match for Rove and his tactics. We need to make sure she is NOT a heart-beat away!!! One more huge reason to support Obama, not that I needed another one.

    Margaret | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  425. Dear Anne,

    Thank you so much for not staying silent! I can’t imagine how much courage it would take to just go for this and send this out. Talk about “service to your country”! We need more fresh voices cueing us to the facts.

    Eli

    Eli Middlebrook | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  426. In response to Sammy:
    Darwin was baptised in a protestant church, studied theology at Cambridge University to become a CLERGYMAN, took up science, and moved toward agnosticism, DISAVOWING ATHEISM.

    B. Murphy | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  427. Thank you for speaking out. It’s sad that Palin boasts of being an aggressive “pit bull with lipstick.” She wants to take away women’s rights, threaten the environment and support big corporations before average wage earners, families and school kids. Check what she did to help the drop-out rate in Alaska.

    Joanne Sobel | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  428. This woman is saying truth to power, and in doing so, she gives a perfect example of why the republican party has become a breeding ground for racist, bigots, liars, thiefs, embezzlers, thugs, and murderers. All those who have summitted comments negatively towards this Alaskan, support a incompetent, but scandalous and hypocritic bitch palin need recognize truth is documented, where’s your supporting documentation for palin’s greatness. The woman raise a 16 year old slut, and has a record of abuse of power and lying for personal gain. If this is her version of a maverick, this horse is glue factory material. Make no mistake, palin is crooked and corrupt and of bush thugs. A pitbull in lipstick does not make a good running mate. Just fodder for the racists. Obama/ Biden 08!

    Louis Holly | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  429. Thank you so much for publishing this letter, Anne. I hope it works to enlighten people about Palin’s history and goals. I’m sorry to see some people are attacking you for your honest, thoughtful reflection on a very important issue, but I’m glad to see those people are in the minority!

    Shannon Hopkins | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  430. Dear Jose:

    I wanted to email you to ask why if you supported Hillary Clinton would you EVER want to vote for McCain and Palin? Both of these individuals belief in and represent everything that is in complete opposition to what Hillary supported and worked for her whole life!!

    Please take more time and listen to what Hillary will be saying over the next weeks about Palin before making your final decision. Hillary wants us all to help Obama and Biden get elected…not repeat the last 8 years or make them even worse!

    Namaste,

    M. Adams

    Ms. Adams | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  431. how do you know this is her list?

    bill f | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  432. I am so relieved to find that my gut feel about Sarah Palin was right on. THe viciousness and sarcasm that dripped from her lips Wednesday evening was truly alarmed me. I found her to be the now typical Repulican in your face kind of candidate that lies and distorts the facts with a smile much like our president does. We certainly do not need more of that. Heaven help us if they succeed in keeping her from the masses for the next 59 days because people will only have her looks and lies to vote on. So many people do not research the candidates and rely on Fox News to tell them what to think and you know they will never reveal this letter.

    I for one am tired of lying candidates and career politicians. I wish we could go back to the time when people served their terms and then went back to civilian life so that someone else could serve. Maybe things would not be so messed up with devious people running our country if the perks of politics were not so great.

    I pray that Obama and Biden preservere because there is no way I want to give this woman even a chance of being the president after McCain.

    Lana | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  433. Dear Anne:

    I want to thank you for your very thorough and intelligently presented posting. This information needs to get out to everyone in the nation and it will take other like you to spread the word and speak truth to power.

    I appreciate your honesty and courage. I will also hold you in good thoughts that you and/or your family are never reprimanded for your integrity.

    Be well and keep on speaking out!

    -M. Adams

    Ms. Adams | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  434. Voting is like driving… If you want to move forward choose ‘D’ – If you want to move backwards choose ‘R’

    Hojo | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  435. Thanks Anne for this revealing article.

    It astounds me that, after only knowing of Palin for one week, conservatives are already calling her their “heir apparent” to the presidency. After ONLY one week! Are they so desperate for leadership that they would blindly follow someone they don’t know? Republicans have said the same thing about Obama supporters but at least they have learned a lot about Obama since he first came onto the sceen in 2004. The election is only 61 days away and we are just now learning about Gov. Palin. Realizing that McCain might not live through his first term as president, I think it is way to risky to have Palin only “one heartbeat away from the presidency.” Does she have the right temperment to be commander and chief? From what I just read, I don’t think so. I don’t want someone like her with her “finger on the botton” of our nuclear arsenal!

    Thank you Anne for your brave commentary!

    Joe | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  436. People who simply attack Anne as an Obama supporter who must, therefore, have it in for Palin, are missing the point. This point is about what Palin has done as mayor and governor. What would be interesting would be point by point refutations. Simply name calling at Anne is not very instructive.

    Meredith Watts | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  437. The Mudflats blog http://mudflats.files.wordpress.com/ supports just about everything Anne states here, and also reveals that “in 2006, when Sarah Palin ran for Governor of Alaska, the Democrats (unlike the Republicans of 2008) vetted her.”

    http://mudflats.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/palin-2006-vetting.pdf (63 page .pdf)

    Richard Toronto | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  438. I beg to differ with Ms Kilkeny’s exertion that Ms. Palin increased mayoral expenditures during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla. After reading the letter, I decided to check out the facts. If you go to the website of Wasilla http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=52 you can check it out yourself. When I look at the graph of the budget of Wasilla from 1995-2005. During Ms Palin’s administration, most of the expenditures were flat except for two areas: One was for public safety and the other was for public works. Actually, public works was flat except for an approximately $250,000 increase from 2001-2002.
    I will do further investigating in Ms Kilkeny’s claims and I encourage you all to do same. I don’t take either women’s words for facts, but so far Ms. Kilkeny scored one for untruthfulness

    kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  439. Yes, Palin is really scary. How she lies with her bullying and put downs. What ever happened to “kinder and gentler” or how about the facts, please.

    Dawn Betson | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  440. Thank you for the info on Sara. Until she identified herself as a pit bull with lipstick, I was ready to like the woman. But now…not so much. I mean her highschool nickname is “Sara Barracuda” — that alone tells me a lot about her — but her speech reavaled the woman.

    I know she didn’t write it. The RNC-McCain Campaign would never let an unknow pol get up and wing-it on such an important night. But they did her a personal disfavor by setting her up as a fall-guy.

    If McCain looses, it will be her fault as well as the fault of her 17-year-old daughter.

    And if he wins, she will forever, and ever, and ever be known as a “pit-bull with lipstick.”

    Suppose she does get to be Vice-President? Does anyone with any sophistication at all believe that tough-talking, rough-walking, hick-woman, ex-beauty-queen will ever be truly welcome in the halls of power on the East Coast?

    The Old Money Eastern Women can cut you with their eyes and if Sara makes a scene, everyone will just stand back silently until its apparent that the Vice President is having a three-year-old tantrum.

    Sweetie, you havn’t seen baraccuda until an ever-so soft-spoken, classically dressed professional woman in Washington’s political circles has decided to hand you out the back door to the dumpster.

    My guess is that the Republican Campaign will not let her loose on her-own at all because she is so green around the gills.

    For all his faults, George Bush grew up in a big state [sorry Alaska but my little Texas country town has a larger population than your whole state]. Also, the Bush family was more than well vetted at the national level.

    I think McCain has done a jaded, opportunistic, utterly professional political-thing in hauling Sara on stage.

    The sad thing is that she is so power-hungry, and inexperienced — my county judge manages a bigger budget and more people than she did — she fell into the trap.

    Aside from all that, there is the yuck-factor, that old-man with that attractive young-woman. Gag — the old fool — he is only just saved by having an extremely attractive wife.

    Ah-so, now we get 60-days of late-night commedians and then if the gods are good she goes back to Alaska to play hocky and shoot things.

    Anyway the conservative right has run its course — things always change — except that those with real power eat baracuda as while sipping white (or is it red?) wine.

    Annie | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  441. Oh, by the way, general government expenditures dropped by $100,000 from 1995 to 1996 (the year Ms Palin’s administration began) and remained unchanged until she left office. After 2002, this budgetary area went back up to the 1995 level.

    kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  442. CR- you forgot f.)all of the above, which you are.
    KRUETZER-You are correct, every small town has its bunch of idiots; and you are one of them…welcome.

    OK-reality check. After that display last nite of the REP Army, that VFW/POW/Armed forces event.I checked that Hero…Sen. McCane’s(sic) voting record on veterans benefits. 5 have come up up. He has voted no on 3 bills. Which were defeated because of a party line vote, that party being the REP. The other 2 bills he NV,didn’t vote. In other words he didn’t have the guts to vote no and express his true opinion, allowing his spin Dr’s to say,”hey he didn’t vote against those bills”.Those bills were passed with an overwhelming vote, you know DEM senate. Hmmm interesting
    So the “emperor has no clothes”,and the REP party owes an apology to all veterans that they used as pawns last nite.
    I believe Ms. Palin will eventually self-immolate when put one on one.
    But still, thanks Anne. I fwd. your letter to my 6000 union members.

    sancho panza | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  443. thank God you posted this. The public has a right to know this. I sized up Palin and she seems like a vindictive ruthless person. But one day she will fall. This woman it seems, can’t be trusted.

    arlene | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  444. I too am convinced that Sarah Palin would be a horrific leader for our troubled nation.

    Yet, ironically, I think she is playing a very important and necessary role in these perilous times: she is like a stern “gate keeper,” helping us Americans experience the stark and humbling reality that we are in grave danger regarding how we see and treat one another in our roles as citizens and political leaders.

    Specifically, she is forcefully demonstrating to us that we are incapable and undeserving of evolving ourselves and our nation into a higher order of lucid rationality, fundamental fairness, and mutual respect until we can walk away from the vitriolic fear, anger, and self-serving manipulations that we are witnessing from the likes of Sarah Palin, Carl Rove, and other leading shrill voices.

    Only when we grow self-aware and self-controlled enough to turn our backs on these dark ways will we qualify and empower ourselves with the ability to manifest a more refined, civil, and effective union with one another.

    And so I say:
    • Let us know what we are looking at…
    • Let us be clear about the mean-spirited and dysfunctional ways that we are choosing to leaving behind…
    • And let us be solid, power-full, loving, and wise in what we are choosing to embrace and create with one another right now… both in this election and in our beautiful and righteous future.

    Robert Evans | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  445. Geez Anne, just because she stole Todd from you in High School, you don’t have to be so vindictive. GET OVER IT!

    Clay | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  446. My initial gut reaction to George W. Bush in 1999 was one of disgust. One of “people can’t possibly be stupid enough to vote for this guy.” That’s the exact same gut reaction I have about Sarah Palin except for one thing: I actually think Sarah Palin is meaner and more vindictive than Bush. Bush was just stupid. Palin is stuid AND mean.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  447. I think it’s very telling that so many GOP trolls (mostly men) are using very sexist language against Anne. It’s so ridiculous for the GOP machine to cry “sexism” at the media for any negative coverage of Palin. It’s just more manipulation. The sexists crying “sexism.” Yup. *sigh* Here’s hoping the MSM starts doing their job. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President. There’s nothing sexist about that. It’s just the truth.

    admin | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  448. Wow, this stuff is so good! Thank you all for participating in this important political dialog. And thank you Anne for making your views public. Some here may accuse you of being biased, but I think you’re honestly putting your opinions out there for your friends and the world to see. Some obviously disagree, and that’s their right. All part of our wonderful democratic process–ya gotta love it!

    My Alaska experience dates back to 1974, and I was living in Anchorage in 2006 when Palin was running for governor. In my opinion, she won for two reasons . First, the incumbent governor she beat in the primary, Frank Murkowski, was undoubtedly the worst governor Alaska ever had. (It’s still a short list in 49 years of statehood, so his ranking at the bottom is pretty much a no-brainer to anyone who lived through his administration!) Murkowski was immensely unpopular and an easy target. The second reason Palin won the governor’s race is she is hard core pro-life. The vast majority of voters in Alaska are card carrying republicans, and the most of those are fiercely pro-life. Many are single issue voters. Palin’s opponent in the general election was pro-choice, and I’m convinced it was his undoing.

    I now live “Outside” (Alaskan term for not in Alaska…), so my news of political happenings in Alaska comes mostly from my Alaskan friends through their emails and from news I find online. According to my friends, reviews of Palin’s performance as governor have been mixed, changing markedly since she’s been in office. At first, they were saying the way she was kicking the tar out of the corrupt oil industry-connected republican establishment was making her very popular. But over time, that Palin facade has faded as news of her own shady dealings have come to light. The firing of Walt Monahan, the highly respected commissioner of the department of public safety (a.k.a. state troopers), was just one incident. She shoots from the hip, making rash decisions without sufficient knowledge or understanding, and it’s painfully apparent she knows next to nothing about running the administration of even one of America’s most sparsely populated states. She makes enemies of supporters, seeking glorification for herself.

    As governor, Palin is failing, but no matter… She may have a new job soon. And considering the only person senior to her is already 72 and a four time cancer survivor, her new job has a pretty good change of leading to an even better one, sometimes described as leader of the free world!

    I will add that I too am a cancer survivor, and my doctors tell me to always expect the cancer could come back at any time. That may sound a bit disconcerting, and I suppose it might be if I thought about it much. But anyone who’s been through it will understand when I say a person just learns to live with that uncertainty. You just never take for granted that you’ll still be around next year of the next or maybe four years down the road.

    John McCain lives with the uncertainty of his own survival, so why on earth would a presidential candidate in his right mind who knows his longevity is uncertain choose as his possible successor as leater of the free world a person who was an amateur at best as council member and mayor of a small town and incompetent and corrupt as governor of a small state?

    Last I heard, a friend in Haines who woke to the news of Palin as the republican VP candidate is still picking his jaw off the floor. A friend in Wasilla is thankful he was stopped at a red light when he heard it on the radio and says some poor unfortunate soul was not and apparently flipped his truck on Minnesota Blvd in Anchorage when he heard about it. I think another friend in Anchorage may still have crawling skin from the news, and a friend on the Kenai sounded like she may still be sick to her stomach over it.

    You think Americans are starting to question the qualifications of Sarah Palin? Most Alaskans don’t question them any more–they KNOW she’s not qualified! I’m sure Palin has Alaskan supporters in her VP candidacy, but I haven’t heard from any of them. My friends are in shock, and so am I.

    Dave Caylor | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  449. Really. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and nobody has ever asked ME how I feel about having Sarah Palin for Governor. In fact, many folks were very surprised at her election, since she was running against our popular former governor Tony Knowles, who had at least a ten point lead going into the elections . . .

    Makes you wonder if all this wasn’t orchestrated quite a while ago . . .

    In my opinion, she does not show good judgement, and unfortunately that is probably the least of her issues . . .

    She is like my older sister, used to using her looks to get her own way.
    That is all well and good, as long as they actually DO get their own way. But you better look out if they don’t !

    Try googling “Matanuska Maid Dairy Scandal” for yet another one of Sarah’s secrets that hasn’t hit the big time yet . . .

    I too was pretty horrified by how she slammed Barack Obama as a mere “community organizer”, which he actually has been involved in since at least 1989, as according to the Feb. 25, 2008 Newsweek, his first date with Michelle, in 1989, was at a community organization meeting where he was the speaker . . .

    Not to mention giving herself away as a ‘pit bull with lipstick’. What a way to describe yourself in front of your family on national tv. Yuk.

    She is a classic example of the Republican mantra,
    “What you see and what you know are two different things . . .”

    irina | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  450. There’s a lot at stake in this election. Thank you, Anne, for sharing this information and helping clear our country of some smoke and mirrors.

    GenYette | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  451. It’s not hard to be popular when your state is rolling in oil money–money paid by the rest of us in high gas prices and in pork barrel bills. Under Gov. Palin, Alaska receives more money per person in Federal pork barrel money than any other state, far more. Also, she hasn’t even been governor for two years yet; not hard to be popular when you haven’t had to make any tough decisions.

    Thank you Anne for your bravery to tell it like it is. The sexism of those who castigate Anne is really amusing because these are the same people who whine and moan and act like poor Governor Palin is a “victim” yet have no trouble saying the vilest most sexist things about Anne. Get your message straight Republican operatives!

    Alan | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  452. Boy,it sure is amazing that I am the only one who posted facts and all of you just ignored it. And you call the republicans ignorami

    kim | Sep 5, 2008 | Reply

  453. She ran a city the size of a medium size corporation. She now runs a state the size of a medium size city. Her verbage sounds like GWB. If she acts like a Bush she must be a Bush. As for telling untruths…What about the luxury jet she said she sold on e-bay. The state paid 2.7 million for it she tried to sell it on e-bay for 2.2 million and it did not sell. She hired a broker and it was sold to an Alaskan business man for 2.1 million. Just another little white lie.
    Wake up and smell the coffee. The McCain-Palin ticket is 4 more years of the same thing.

    Ray from Oregon | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  454. Kim, we can all fact evrything to death nowadays. But Gov Palin’s sarcastic, condescending and smarmy attitude was not remotely indicative of someone I want representing the USA.
    First campaign stop…speech all over again. She is going to have to write her own stuff eventually…or maybe even think on her feet, if J-mc’s team lets her out.

    sancho panza | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  455. Do you really want the action we have been getting from dumb dumb Bush. That is what you will get with McCain. 4 more years of the same.

    Ray from Oregon | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  456. There’s no room for the likes of Palin in the White House. As an Australian, I demand the right to vote in American elections!

    Steve Brook | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  457. I just finished watching a report on Anderson Coopers 360. They verified that Sarah was for the “Bridge to Nowhere” while campaigning and was against it when it became clear it wasn’t popular, however, Alaska kept the 330Million Pork Barrel funds and used it for other purposes.

    Sarah is presently under investigation for Abuse of Power in office. I personally am waiting for the other shoe to drop and I hope it is soon.

    How about the jet she put/sold on eBaby, and for a profit. It was sold by a Broker at a loss, its appraised value was 2.7M and it sold for 2.1M and a Brokerage fee added. I do believe Anderson 360 is a responsible source for news.

    I have been a Mayor, I have presided over many Boards, I have been a Community Activist, I was even a member of the PTA. None of the above even remotely qualifications for VP. Oh yea, she did have a few months as a Governor of a State smaller than my community.

    But then, I am not a Babe, see the difference.

    Fred | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  458. a really great piece of even tempered writing. succinct and to the point. critical but not vitriolic. it’s funny to see the responses from people who don’t agree with the views listed. instead of using a similar cool handed tone to make rational rebuttals to things listed, there are cries of ‘loser’ and ‘jealous and bitter’. the author has an obvious stance on the issue but goes out of the way to lay all of the facts out there including the pertinent ones about herself so that you can make an assessment of the validity of her claims on your own.

    the problems with journalism today is not that it is too liberal or too conservative, (and there are ways in which both tendencies are present in different ways) but that because we have collectively come to the conclusion that it is not possible to be completely objective, many people somehow believe it’s appropriate to behave in a completely self-aggrandizing, egotistical manner and instead of striving to demand actual facts, choose instead to move to the outlets that provide only the things they want to hear. this sort of writing, whether you agree with it or not, is more fair and balanced than anything on fox news, which is not despicable for its right wing bias, but for it’s trashing of the entire ethical code of journalism. when people complain about bias but then inject exponentially higher amounts of it instead of calmly and rationally trying to fix the problem with well thought out, rational arguementation, it weakens the entire culture and poisons the culture as a whole.

    mccain and obama both are so full of media cliche’s and speak in such uselessly extreme language that i don’t have confidence in either one of them being in charge of making the complex decisions that are necessitated in building a healthy nation. though i do feel like the sarcasm, anger and bitterness that was displayed at the RNC (giuliani was a particularly egotistical example) was greater than that of the DNC, so i’ll probably vote for obama simply because i do believe in nuance and see it there.

    derek | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  459. True or not? Who knows, but for God’s sake let’s find out before we put this person a heartbeat away from the Presidency. If they’re not true, they can be refuted and no damage done. NPR just did an interview with Anne Kilkenny on the radio, so at the least we know that there really is a person named Anne Kilkenny who wrote the letter. That’s one question answered. Let’s go down the list and get the rest answered before election day. Better to find out now than later.

    Phil | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  460. As woman, I have never been so offended in my life as I am now by this ridiculous charade of a candidacy. Not only is Ms. Palin unqualified, she is overwhelming divisive and horrid. And offensive. Should this defintion of package-deal-sexy-pants-moose-hunting-objectification make it into the white house, i sincerely may have to move to more introspective (not introcentric) country. Thank you, Anne, from at least attempting to save us from our own pathetic navel-gazing in this time of dire economic straights.

    Big City | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  461. I am also an Alaskan, and what all of you folks critical of Anne don’t realize, is that we are a do it yourself state. Anne, I am sure, was simply responding to the information vaccuum created by the nomination of inexperienced govenor. Just because you didn’t see these allegations on CNN first, doesn’t make them untrue. Alaskan media has hardly been on the case, and it took how many years for the Feds to catch on to Alaska’s other politicians?
    From what I know, what Anne says is likely. In Palin’s defense, she seems fairly pragmatic. She hasn’t appeared to be into social engineering. She seems to choose her battles well. I think it is a shame that she didn’t wait a little longer to enter the national scene. The attack dog role seems beneath her human potential. Gee howdy, at least she can string together a few sentences. Listening to Bush is like a temporary lobotomy. No matter what, we will likely enjoy hearing our leader speak again, whoever wins.

    fairbanksAlaska | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  462. The positioning of political communications are strange to behold:

    On the one-hand Sara is a “pit bull with Lipstick”

    On the other she’s a “victim” of the sexist press…

    My guess is that the sexist-press line must be dropped by the campaign in a few HOURS because it just can’t stand outside the convention halls.

    Annie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  463. I have lived in Alaska for 20 years, and what Anne says is true. If you don’t believe it, please take the time to check out and refute the claims.

    Jackie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  464. no hoax according to snopes.com…
    EDUCATE YOURSELF! with access to the internet there is no excuse.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    aeneas | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  465. Think back to your high school years.

    Gossipy, hurtful at times, and terribly cut throat. Not all times were bad…but man, kids are mean…and it’s not something most of us would ever want to relive. That being said…sadly, some people harbor grudges and never grow up. If you suddenly ran for national office, any attention-seeking former classmate with a chip on their shoulder could slander you up one side and down the other.

    I am undecided about who I am going to vote for. I watched both the Democratic and Republican conventions. I’m a little worried about Obama have served 3 1/2 years and having campaigned for the last 19 months…that means little attention to his constituency. Shouldn’t you finish one job before starting another? I really don’t want handouts to the people you pulled to talk at Democratic convention. I really got the sense that they want something for nothing. I also don’t know about McCain yet. His POW story is touching…but not necessarily a great qualifier for being a president. I do think he has a greater handle on the economy. We really need a better economy!

    26yo Iowa ER Nurse | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  466. Did you believe the Enquirer’s stories about John Edwards?

    Sinestrina | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  467. Anne why don’t you tell everyone the real truth about you and Sarah ? If not I will and you won’t like that very much.

    Mr. Smith | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  468. Iowa nurse, Sen McCaine admitted economy is his weak point. He actually said that on one the news shows.

    sancho panza | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  469. Hey everyone, it is not just Ms. Killkenney that is letting the cat out of the bag…I believe the game is on….

    Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention
    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WriterWed Sep 3, 11:48 PM ET
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.
    Some examples:
    PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending .. and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”
    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the20town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”
    PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”
    THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.
    PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment in come taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”
    THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.
    Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.
    He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.
    MCCAIN: “She’s been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply … She’s responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. I’m entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson.
    THE FACTS: McCain’s phrasing exaggerates both claim s. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she’s no more “responsible” for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.
    MCCAIN: “She’s the commander of the Alaska National Guard. … She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” he said on ABC.
    THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under “federal status,” which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska’s national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.
    FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.”
    THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor’s election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in=2 023 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.
    FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: “We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”
    THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.
    ___
    Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.
    Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

    d elsberg | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  470. kim, i looked at the graph that you mention in one of your posts. i don’t have sufficient facts about Wasilla or Palin (like almost every other poster here!), but i will say this: you seem to have misread the graph! The Wasilla Fiscal Year begins on July 1st (according to the City of Wasilla website), so Palin took office in FY1997. You need to disregard your notion that she was mayor for FY1996. (Remember, FY1997 began on 7/1/06, and ended on 6/30/07.) Given that most budgets are prepared ahead of time, i would expect that FY1998 would have been her first budget as mayor, and the budget for FY2003 would have been her last. The graph does show General Government spending growth of about a third between FY1998 and FY2003. If these were indeed the budgets under Palin’s watch, then Kilkenny would be correct.
    i’d love for someone to ck the actual spending amounts and dates; i don’t have time to do so right now.

    ron | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  471. Correction: in my previous post, i stated “…FY1997 began on 7/1/06, and ended on 6/30/07.”
    Of course, i meant …”FY1997 began on 7/1/96, and ended on 6/30/97.”

    ron | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  472. Still curious about the banned-book list, I’ve been asking around…

    The list quoted above, looks like the ‘Books Banned at One Time or Another in the United States’ list from http://www.adlerbooks.com/banned.html
    which was copied and pasted into http://www.librarian.net/stax/2366/sarah-palin-vp-nominee/#comment-119807

    From there it seems to have spun into an internet rumour.

    Apparently Palin never got to say which books she would ban, because the librarian in question made it clear that no banning would take place, but the initiative to ban is not in doubt. Can anyone confirm or check that?

    If true, then Palin should be asked about this issue by the Press if and when she’s no longer protected from a well deserved grilling. I’m sure literate America would love to know which books their Government doesn’t want them to read!

    Sally D | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  473. To answer your question, yes, Palin did cut the budget for special needs children by 62% while governor. This article has direct links to the State of Alaska Governor’s Operating Budget both before and after Palin was elected.
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_09/014545.php

    Karin | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  474. Anne Kilkenny is a Democrat housewife. End of story.

    Daniel | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  475. (sarcasm on)
    Great refutation of the facts in the letter there, Daniel!
    /(sarcasm off)

    Karin | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  476. It is never easy to speak your mind. Thank you for sharing some of Wasilla’s history involving Palin. To do this and put your name on it marks you for retaliation from this woman. I do not know either of you, but heard of this letter on NPR. I felt that the show aired on NPR today because they believe what you have to say. Wish there more like you in this world. I laugh outloud at one of the posts “Anne Kilkenny is a Democrat housewife. End of story” from Daniel. So where’s the downside in that?? Thanks for your candor.

    marlaine | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  477. Rats!! I getting ready to write the same thing, and there you go stealing my thunder. Ah, well.

    Fafner | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  478. grow up.

    hanna | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  479. Anne, Thanks for your courage to speak out. It’s hard to know what to believe when there is so much tainted info. Until Palin was “put out there” as potential VP, politics has been only in the periphery. This latest stunt by the Republican machine has frightened me to no end. I am committed now to researching the candidates. so I guess in this way she has inspired me, too bad it’d from fear!
    Thanks for your insight.

    Cindy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  480. Sounds like a jealous middle school girl who’s still bitter about not being the most popular girl in school.

    Christine | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  481. Sounds like a grudge to me. Did your mother ever teach you that honey catches more flies than vinegar? You are not happy, it shows. Maybe jealous?

    Florence | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  482. I thought we all AGREED last time around: no more f****** cowboys/girls in the White House! What is this American fascination with “shoot from the hip?” Is that a good attribute for a President? THINK about it (and feel free to reflect on history).

    Wow, McCain (who I used to like) really sold out to the far right to win this thing.

    Barney Fyfe | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  483. I would like to know what your relationship with the librarian is, family by chance….The whole artical sounds like jealousy and holding a grudge to the end to me. I have recieved twice as many forwards like this bashing Obama as well. All Congressman do is vote on this, vote on that. Even if the town only had 5000 people, and some cities have more people than Alaska, at least Palin made actual decisions instead of just voting along party lines.

    steven | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  484. All I can say is “Oh, please” can you spell jealous??

    jules | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  485. I would like to see more information about Palin’s involvement in the the Alaska Independence Party and I am bewildered as to why this isn’t the item creating the most discussion.

    Is it true that as recently she spoke at the AIP Convention and that this is an organization that not only advocates secession, but does so in a hateful manner?

    As with the issue of her teenage daughter’s preganancy, imagine the outcry that would occur if similar events were associated with Obama.

    Paul Trotta | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  486. Thanks Anne,

    It feels right and rings true. Hopefully, there will be some coverage over and above the hype we’ve received to date.

    To me she came across mean, nasty, phony, and narcissistic first time I heard her speak. I’m almost sorry that you confirmed my feelings.

    MMK

    MMK | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  487. …and Republicans are selling her as a potential next President of the United States. Wake up people !!! Let’s hope the media will do their job before we are blinded by red-white and blue messages from her handlers.

    PK | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  488. The post was laden with undertones of animosity and bitterness. I hope that everyone who reads this knows that as well and considers the fact that despite all of your accusations (“The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them.”) and realize there is a clear and obvious disconnect between reality and the views of the woman who posted this. Virtually no one is elected when their state party leaders hate them and certainly no one is nominated vice president when their state party leaders hate them.

    The most offensive aspect of this article is the fact that it is written to encourage voters to make an informed decision. The problem is that any substantive claims the author makes about the VP candidate lose (or at least should lose) all credibility when proffered alongside bitter ramblings that clearly reflect deep personal animosity.

    I wish there was some source of information that provided substantive information on which to assess what kind of president/vice president the candidates will be.

    Joel Swearingen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  489. RE YOUR REMARKS:
    “Keep up the good work.. I was a register democrat for Hilary Clinton that change his party affiliation to independent. Thanks to you and the unfair media I will vote for McCain/Palin. Again thank you for making decision easier.”

    YOU BETTER USE SPELLCHECK BEFORE YOU SUBMIT MORE COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE.

    Al Weber | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  490. Excuse an intrusion from the other end of the world, but as the rest of the world goes where the US tells it, what goes on over there will shape our future too. The baseline credibility for Kilkenny’s hometown insights can be found in Gov Palin’s own words: she prides herself on being a pit bull (we’d probably say “crocodile”) with lippy. So, I read those pink lips – and I believe she is capable of anything in her own interest. Quite a combination, along with attitude, native intelligence and demonstrated ambition. And with an offer of glory to feed on. There’s all the elements for another Jonathan Demme re-write – the Alaskan Candidate! “Only in America” – as the lip-sticked-one said of Obama’s extraordinary journey. Except the audience sniggered. That’s when I saw what she meant. She succeeds through dogged hard work, other more uppity folks just get a long series of lucky breaks. The Americans I know are better than that.

    Aussie rules | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  491. Wow….sounds like a bitter ol’ small town bitty. I worked in the North Slope Oil Fields for 3 summers to pay for my own higher education. Maybe Anne should look in the mirror. Palin is driven, and hey nobody is perfect, but she is just what America needs!
    She gets my vote.

    klondike | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  492. Thanks Anne. I knew there was something evil about Palin but couldn’t put my finger on it. I believe every word of the email. McCain and Palin didn’t have my vote yesterday and for sure, does not have a chance at all, after reading this.

    Thanks again.

    A Vermonter | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  493. Thanks Anne.
    I appreciate your letter. Mrs. Palin does not impress me one bit. It scares me to think she could be 2nd-in-line to the presidency!
    You had nothing to gain from this letter, and I appreciate your honesty.

    Kim | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  494. Anne, Anyone can take pot shots from the cheap seats. That doesn’t take any particular imagination, creativity or talent. You drape yourself (as do most bitter people) in the cloak of “patriotism” and doing your “civic duty” when in reality all you’re doing is showing your true self.

    We’ve all met people like you. People who spend their lives on the fringes, active in committees and causes but never really having the courage to step up and take the risk of leadership.

    People like you demand perfection in others but never look in the mirror at their own failings. If you were to hold yourself to the same standard as you are holding Sarah, how would you measure up? If one of your “concerned, patriotic, and civic-minded” neighbors were to air for all the nation what your life has been like, how would it read?

    Frankly, I’m proud of Sarah because DESPITE her failings and obvious (at least to you and those who have been so willing in the blog to jump on your bandwagon) inadequacies, she has been willing to go out and do something. To take a risk, to try, to strive to improve herself and her community.

    People like Sarah inspire me to keep striving DESPITE my failings and inadequacies.

    So, Anne, as you sit back smuggly doing your interviews with NPR, answering your hundreds of phone calls and email messages, I hope you enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. When your moment has come and gone as it surely will, the Sarah Palin’s of the world will continue the fight. They will continue to strive and fail and win.

    May we all remember what has made this country the great nation and world leader it is, imperfect people with vision and drive who are willing to step out and take a risk, NOT elitist, bitter, side-liners who’s only contribution is to critique and backstab.

    Kevin

    Kevin | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  495. Thank you, Anne. I am praying for your safety and spreading this.

    A TRUE Georgian | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  496. Regardless of whether you think it is ruthless or not, you should be worried about whether or not it is true. Because if it is true, do you want her to be V.P.???

    Now do some research for yourself to find out what is real and what isn’t instead of just listening to what people tell you.

    Tracey | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  497. Why are all our leaders religious whack-jobs? I was leaning toward McCain because he seemed less religious than Obama, but with Palin on the ticket I will have to vote for Obama. If someone based their campaign on an unyielding love for Santa Claus, we would see them for the nut-job they are. How is this any different? Are we really a nation full of nut-jobs?

    Gusto M. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  498. Response to Jose Rivera: If you are a true Hillary supporter, you would not be able to vote for McCain/Palin because they stand for everything opposite of Hillary. You may not like Obama, but at least he stands for the same issues that Hillary does. She is telling you to vote for Obama because it is time to get a Democrat in the White House and Obama is the Democrat who was chosen to do this. Please do not let your sour grapes lead you to make a huge mistake and potentially keep a Republican in power. Our country cannot afford and may not survive four more years of a Republican Presidential agenda.

    A vote for McCain is a vote against Hillary!

    Katey | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  499. It’s irritating that Anne is accused of being jealous of Sarah. Is it because they are both women? Male critics are never accused of behaving so childishly. Can we please not turn this into a cat fight and stick to a discussion about the facts….like grownups.

    Ollie Vazquez | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  500. FINALLY! SOMEthing we can put our minds around regarding Palin. The GOP camp is keeping (protecting-huh?) her SO tightly away(why?) from the press that we really have had very little info about a potential next VP (heartbeat away from Pres)! American people deserve to hear ALL info so we can make our own decisions!

    THANK YOU, Anne.

    I know that when you wrote the letter, your intentional readers were a handful of family and personal friends. I heard the end of your interview on NPR, and not only does your letter sound legitimate, but your voice sounds like anyone’s next-door neighbor in small town. How refreshing!

    And being around small towns growing up, I certainly understand citizen’s reservations of keeping truths secret, fearing the repercussions of public ridicule if they speak out. Anne, you are ONE BRAVE WOMAN! Thank you, thank you! I am passing your letter to everyone I know so they can keep informed.

    Cher | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  501. Thank you so much for the letter. How brave and responsible of you to let us know more information about Palin. I heard you on NPR and then found the letter on the internet. Palin scares me with her conservatism and lack of environmentalism. I cannot imagine her having a job as important as the VP of the United States. Imagine her meeting with foreign dignitaries, especially those from non-Western countries . . . Shudder at the thought.

    Chris | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  502. Not a hoax. Check snopes
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Jane Rose | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  503. Mike…you ignorant lemming. Your statement:
    “Ms. Kilkenny, let’s hear what you have to say about the liars (Bill Clinton and John Kerry) who looked you and me in the eye and lied through their teeth to the entire country!!”

    Not sure what you suggest Kerry lied about. But, I think you are referring to Bill’s big lie (sex in the Oval Office). That one was pretty much covered my the GOP, the “liberal” media, Congress…

    Bill’s lie, while scandalous, injured no one.

    George’s lie has cost this country billions, and has killed and maimed countless people. Exxon/Mobile has done nicely, though.

    ART | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  504. Was it just my husband who pointed out right away that the only reason Ms. Palin was chosen was her direct connection to oil drilling in Alaska. If McCain is elected (help us all) let’s see how fast that happens.

    By the way, Al Weber, you should check correct tenses of English.

    Nancy Clair | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  505. Anne,
    Thank you for your courageous and honest letter, especially since you are well aware of the probable consequences it will have for you and your family.
    It sounds like Sarah is not so much a pit bull with lipstick, as Dick Cheney with lipstick.

    Rick | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  506. My take:
    Kilkenny sent information to her friends about what she knew of Polin. She asked that it not be posted on blogs etc, but it has become a hurricane email. Kilkenny’s email is front page news on the St. Pete Times today!

    This whole affair played out by the republicans is SUCH an INSULT to women in the U.S. and everywhere else in the world. I’m hoping that women everywhere give this situation a heads up and speak up.

    The Republicans truly presumed if they chose ANY woman, that women of this country, en masse, would vote for her just because she is a woman. That impertinent tactic has back fired onto Republicans with a vengeance. To assume women are imbeciles, completely ignorant as to line up like lemmings at the poles to vote for a party just because a woman is on the ticket is beyond shortsighted and absolutely typical of the old boy’s club: Republicans. They erroneously were of the consensus that all those women that supported Hillary would, without a flinch, change parties, ideals and convictions just to back a woman…any woman. This is exactly why the U.S. is need of major “CHANGE”.

    “Even a Cave Man Can Do It,” could serve best as the newest Republican slogan. Women will undoubtedly stand up and vote against these last eight years of archaic, neanderthal rhetoric, demonstrating that indeed it is time for Change.

    K Tremmel | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  507. Jose:

    After reading that post and the indications of Palin’s lack of integrity you are convinced to vote for her? I’m appalled!

    Linda | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  508. Why oh why are people so invested in tagging someone as jealous so quickly?? Do you need a hero in her so badly? Are you even open anymore to collecting facts before blindly following and defending Palin? My question is, if she were a he would McCain have picked her? Probably not. If she had been a choice for the democrats would the republicans be all over it? Probably.
    If all these facts come to lite as true will you deny them still? The jury’s still out so STOP EVERYONE ON THIS IN BEING SO QUICK TO JUDGE EITHER WAY!!!! This campaign is about the ISSUES!!!!!!!or it should be!

    Diana Dee | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

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    admin | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  510. As the mainstream media becomes more homogenized and corporate,and the line between entertainment and fact becomes ever more blurred, it’s encouraging to see people turning to websites like this one for uncensored information about the issues important to them. Even if you question the information you find, the tools you need to verify the facts are at your fingertips. It’s also great to read the comments. Opinions come to by constructive dialogue and fact searching will lead us to better decisions than the spoon fed variety ever could. I only hope that this election will be decided on the basis of the candidates’ integrity, qualifications, and views on important issues, rather than their race, sex, personalty, or fashion choices. If Sarah Palin is really guilty of any two of the things this letter accuses, I wouldn’t consider her fit for any public office. Agree with it or not, everyone who intends to cast a vote in this election should read this letter first, and any other information they can find. I think that ignorance is a choice, and that being informed is an important responsibility, especially when so much is at stake.

    Jamison Smith | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  511. I am from Alaska. I’ve been here for almost thirty years.

    Palin got elected governor because the field of candidates was poor, Murkowski had just selected his daughter to replace (succeed?) him in the Senate, and the Democrates could only offer the two term Governor Tony Knowles as an opponent. Voters weary of standard (stale) political choices opted for Palin. It was not a serious gubernatorial election–by anybody.

    E | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  512. Okay, so explain the over 80 percent approval rating, Anne.

    Obviously you are amongst the small minority in opinion.

    Captain America | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  513. Whoa! What kind of person calls someone else an idiot? Smarter, prettier than you? It’s perfectly fine to support a candidate that you like but please, leave the venom and nastiness and reach out to make the world a better place!

    Jules | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  514. Can we have more information on the banned books issue?

    Wilbur | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  515. Anne

    Thank you for spelling out some details that must be checked. This opens up necessary and real discussion on Palin. And just like TrooperGate, the McCain will do their all to discredit & disparage. You are the champion. Godspeed.

    Lisa | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  516. I am so confused by your decision. What in Anne’s letter could possibly make you want to support Sarah Palin

    Linda | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  517. Kevin,

    You are an utter moron. Anne could have remained silent and just gone about her business. You are a perfect example of ignorance and uneducated.

    Tom Giovannoni | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  518. Anyone who thinks Anne Kilkenny is “jealous” of Palin or voting against McCain/Palin “out of spite” did not read this article carefully. Anne obviously has strong opinions, based on facts, that are at odds with Palin. That is exactly what public, political discourse should be about– facts and issues. I happen to feel the same way Anne does about many of these issues, especially censorship of library books the abuse of power by those who hold public office, and the right of a woman to choose an abortion.
    If Palin’s ex brother-in-law was a criminal, let the courts punish him. Sarah Palin is very scary– a religous zealot who wants to foist her values on the rest of the country.

    Kathy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  519. As a special needs mom and independent voter, I was furious that Palin “used” her son to say that she would be an “advocate” in the White House for disabled children. Really? Exactly how does she and McCain plan on getting insurance companies to “accept special needs” children without a “bureaucrat” in the way?

    So, for me, it doesn’t matter if she did or didn’t cut funding, she’s not an advocate.

    Karen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  520. Thank you I knew moe meets the eye with her she looks sneaky and saying false thngs and lying is only going to back fire. What goes around comes around and McCain, Palin and the Republicans will soon reap what they have sown.

    Lisa | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  521. For those of you who want more information about the Alaska Independence Party here is a link:

    http://www.akip.org/introduction.html

    You can also google or look up on Wikipedia the name Joe Vogler.

    E | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  522. Why isn’t Palin concentrating her time and energy on caring for her newborn son – a newborn with Down syndrome? Shouldn’t this son be her greatest calling? He should be their family’s primary focus, not her.

    Pat | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  523. What a shame that McCain, with whom I met and conversed last summer (when he appeared to possess some integrity), sold out to the far right and religious fringe.
    Palin’s extremism will out–and it is ugly.

    Thank you, Anne, for being brave, sober and and concerned about our great nation. I am afraid the Grand Ole Party lost my vote and those of my genuinely conservative colleagues.

    Alex | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  524. Yes using a child with special needs now that is low. I have a 13 year old daughter with downs and she is such a blessing to me. Yes the responsibility can be great but no way on God’s green earth If I was running for VP or any other prestigious position in politics use my daughter as a pawn to get merits. That is just wrong. Boy she is sounding more like McCain everyday.

    Lisa | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  525. A little too much hate and jealousy expressed in this article for me to just believe the altruistic point of view. And how timely. First of all what is this writer’s political persuasion? Is she voting for Obama, whose history is much more jaded then Anne spits out. Inquiring minds want to know had Annie been approached and stimulated by an Obama lawyer searcher? She knocks the smallness of her own town as she goes after Sarah which leads me to believe she was fed talking points. If she thinks it is so easy running her town, let’s see her run for mayor. She seems extremely politically oriented.
    Especially if what she says is true, Sarah is definitely maverick. Denying that point comes from outside influence.
    She talks of transparency yet there’s something about Anne Kilkenny that remains hidden.
    Tell us Ms Kilkenny exactly what is your definition of a fiscal conservative. I understand the population since Sarah was mayor, increase quite a lot, doubled no? So grows government.
    It seems like Anne Kilkenny is an activist, and admits to being a ‘community organizer’.
    Has Anne Kilkenny been in touch with anyone associated with the Obama’s campaign before she wrote this? It seems so… prepared.

    dukas | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  526. Anybody who wants to check the Anne’s facts can do so with a little effort; surely knowing the background of who will run your country is worth a little effort. The nastiness coming from people calling Anne jealous and bitter are most obvious in the fact that the majority don’t have enough “courage of their convictions” to post their full name. Anne at least has the moral courage to give her name and give “verifiable facts”.Also, anyone reading her facts and who has been paying attention will have already seen many of these facts discussed in the press or on the internet. There is very little in her letter that isn’t readily verifiable from public records and knowledge. I love people who love their country enough to tell the truth to power, even when it’s going to cause them trouble. Thank you, Anne.

    Donna Crane | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  527. This is an interesting report, written by someone honest enough to be clear about her dislike of Governor Palin, which puts both the criticism and the praise in perspective. I was surprised to read the comments, though, for many readers act as if learning that Gov Palin isn’t a saint disqualifies her for the office. For better or worse, no one gets far in politics at any level without some degree of ruthlessness. Compared to candidates who have been on the national scene for a while, Palin’s “scandals” are insignificant. Even if every word of this is true (unlikely, as it is honestly revealed by the author as reflecting her perspective), it seems to amount to a big “so what?!”

    So what? | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  528. Someone in PA — who isn’t even brave enough to use his/her real time — is delusional. I hope he doesn’t call himself a Christian spreading lies and hate. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked after seeing movies such as Jesus Camp where fundamentalists brainwash their children. Someone in PA appears to be just that — brainwashed, by who, I don’t know, perhaps Rush?

    Mariah | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  529. Anne,
    Your letter supports an opinion formed not by your letter but by digging deep in archives after Ms. Palin’s announcement and researching this candidate – what you report is backed by hard data; much of it suddenly on sites that are shut down??!

    Ms. Palin appears to have a sense of grandiosity and a zest for risk taking – I am taking a risk too…changing my party and going to the Obama side in this election…and I am a huge McCain fan!
    What a shame…

    joyce | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  530. It’s the gay flag, you crackhead!! what a stupid observation

    marco | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  531. You had a lot of statistical information at your fingertips in such a short time. Did you use this information when Sarah ran for Governor? Most people of Alaska must have ignored it. Also, Alaskans call them “snowmachines” not “snowmobiles”. Who wrote this letter for you? Obama?

    Liz | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  532. You all need to be careful about putting too much stock in an opinion from someone you know about as well as you probably know Palin. This is, after all, just one person’s opinion. Do your own research from articles published in newspapers and magazines that can actually be sued for slander and/or libel. The internet is a handy medium for anyone with access to a computer, including crooks and pedophiles. Get it?

    Grace | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  533. It sure didn’t take long for the mud throwing to start. I don’t know what is true/false, but I wonder if the same writers see the true/false in Obama and Biden? You are known by the friends you keep and the jobs you hold. No one has addressed the job of Committee Organizer. That is only one of so many. This will be a messy election. I find it very sad that people are betting on McCain not completing office!! I do hope this country sees the fallacies throughout this election.

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  534. A very informative letter. I thought most of the day to day city business would be done by an adminstrator. I just hope Anne with not suffer to much from the wrath of rightwing Republicans once this letter really gets around. Not to support your husban’s mom for Mayor is just not right.

    Judy Egendorf | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  535. “Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team”

    This is a pretty gossipy comment, and detracts from any legitimate gripe you might have. For me, it makes your whole argument suspect.

    Pat Hoffnagle | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  536. Did you read her letter? Anne supported the librarian that Sarah tried to fire because she wouldn’t ban the boks Sarah wanted banned from the library. Because she supported the librarian she has been on Sarah’s enemies list. Did you read the post from someone else from Wasilla who said that everything in Anne’s letter is true?

    Kathy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  537. there are none so blind that can not or won’t see

    bats | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  538. So many of those who responded to this – now convinced of the evil of Gov Palin – seem to miss the point of civil debate. Concerned, good people can and do hold opposing points of view! Some feminists uphold abortion as a basis premise of freedom, others recognize it as an indication that society has failed to provide women with needed support. Some people take hard core perspectives about environmentalism in the belief that anything else dooms our future, others value profits, citing them as necessary for human economic growth. Some people believe in God, others do not. I could go on, but the point is that civil debate would so benefit from discussion about the merits of each individual issue, not universal condemnations based on overriding positions. Few of the posts here do anything to inform; as a nation, we seem to have accepted the premise that repetitive sound bites and self-indulgent, self-righteous name calling subsitute for conversation in which we are truly open to changing our points of view. This undermines our very humanity and is so terribly sad!

    Enough! | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  539. Anne, bravo for you to speak out against Palin. I urge you to ignore the personal attacks of the right wing sheep who dont investigate any facts on their own and just call you names because they lack the dignity and intelligence to verify what you say. The right wing agenda is to keep them poor and uneducated, but dont feel sorry for them as they like it. Palin is about as qualified to run this country as Mickey Mouse. We dont need any more hot headed bullies and corrupt politicians in Washington, we have enough. She flat out lied in the RNC about her stance on the bridge to no where, that tells me all I need to know about her character. Pray Obama wins, otherwise everything that keeps America great is in jeopardy: Freedom of speech, non-censorship, freedom of religion, freedom of expression. It is time the republicans moved foward instead of getting votes based on fear and hate. Illegal wiretapping, Guantanomo holding people without trials or rights, propogating hate against other religions, countries, and gays, where does it end? If they keep voting republican they will get the fascist government they deserve and wonder where their freedom went.

    Julie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  540. and if I were to write as a person who had grown up in the very heart of Wasilla saying the exact opposite of what you are saying who would people believe and why? Did she steal your boyfriend or does your husband think she’s hot?
    Obama is getting in excess of $200,000,000 in campaign funds from China and the Arabs so how deep does all this go? I want someone who is pro American with his hand over his heart pledging allegience to a country he wants to run instead of being backed by the very people we are at war with.

    Ralph | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  541. According to the letter, “while Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.”

    Another report confirmed this – sort of. Repeated reports from other sources seem to confirm that the librarian SAID that Palin inquired about censorship – in a private conversation, unconfirmed by anyone and denied by Palin. The only specifics about the “censorship” that have surfaced have all proved to be hoaxes. Later, when Palin questioned the fitness of the librarian for her office, others came to her defense and Palin backed off. So, MAYBE the story occured as described, but then it would appear that Palin isn’t in fact as ruthless as described; in fact, that she is open to other’s opinions. Or MAYBE Palin questioned the librarian’s fitness for office for numerous other possible reasons. It boils down to one person’s word against another – and no ongoing evidence that “book burning” is part of Palin’s agenda. Further, if such a large contingent of the town ralied to the librarian’s defense – and they are ALL on the “enemies list,” then how do we explain Palin’s huge popularity?

    Another big “so what?!”

    Library books? | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  542. it seems that she eventually said “no” to the “Bridge to Nowhere,” but said “Please” to the “Road to Nowhere” (…”But only after she said yes did she say no, rejecting the locally-popular project after it was ridiculed and Congress cut some of the funds. She hung onto $27 million to build the approach road to the bridge”) How do the 50 residents to the island and any Alaskans benefit by this road, Anne? Anyone?

    Patricia | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  543. HA! got some land in Florida if you believe this one. What a joke.

    Donald Duck | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  544. If you are from a small town and have something negative to say about a fellow woman also from your small town who is likely close to you in age and with whom you are on a first name basis, how can you do it and not be accused of being jealous or vindictive?

    Her naysayers fail to see how tactful Anne Kilkenny is in her post. She even admits when she cannot confirm her data, and admits that she’s done the best she can. Or course her detractors criticize her for this, never questioning the oh-so-reliable media giants and conservative mouthpieces in which they believe absolutely, without question, who have no other ulterior interests of their own…

    It’s clear to me that because she is a “nobody housewife,” a status that has garnered her criticism, Ms. Kilkenny is in the ideal position to deliver a truthful account of Sarah Palin. The very lack of her importance in the political community makes her the most likely person I will believe, rather than believing a politician’s or an oil exec’s opinions about Sarah Palin.

    Anne Kilkenny’s detractors seem to be injecting bile into this story where there was none before. As a woman, I’m very familiar with the nasty ways women can hurt one another. Ms. Kilkenny’s story is as dispassionate as can be considering how much she opposes Sarah Palin’s VP bid. Ms. Kilkenny’s detractors are unsophisticated and cannot tell the difference between a well-written dissenting opinion and a smear campaign.

    Jessica Love | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  545. There are two sides to every story, and usually somewhere in the middle is the truth.

    If you are a real person (and I suspect you are), and this is your truth as you see it, then I must say I still support Sara 100%.

    Many of you will hate me for saying this- but She is exactly what we need in a politician.

    You cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Sorry you were one of those who were broken.

    Hopefully some healing for you has come from this nastygram. But you may find that forgiveness and love is more effective than vitriol.

    I conclude therefore, that Sara is a fighter, a visionary, an optimist, she is not perfect, she is pragmatic, operates from a position of faith, but is not a religious nut.

    Wow…I cannot imagine a better VP…

    Seems absolutely ideal as a candidate to me!

    dave | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  546. Thanks, Anne

    Your letter is very scary, and I think that that’s the reaction you were looking for.

    Putting yourself out there is admirable, and a good example to others who could make this a better place if they just speak up.

    I hope this is scrutinized enough to gain the credence that even those in denial must consider.

    Mark | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  547. Wow, first of all, deep down, everybody who reads this knows that it does sound like a woman who might have a chip on her shoulder. You can deny it all you want, but deep down you know that! I am an average stay-at-home mother in middle America and I would never have the time or ability to go to all the city council meetings, or whatever the meetings were that Anne said she was the highest attendee at during Sarah Palin’s time. Why? Why on earth would Anne be able to proudly state that she attended more meetings than anyone in the entire town? Could she have a chip on her shoulder due to that? Seems odd to me, and adding in all her personal thoughts made the letter much less “factual.” Also, how on earth would Anne know that Sarah Palin supposedly “hid” her pregnancy from her children and parents??? If they aren’t great friends, how can she say this and claim its the truth? And why is that bad? If you find out your child has Down Syndrome, are you a bad person if you wait awhile before you are ready to announce it?
    I just wanted to put out there a few things. Anne, are you criticizing Sarah Palin for having a child after the age of 40? Why on earth would that impact your opinion of whether she is a good or bad VP nomination?
    Also, you criticize her as if she failed to act for many issues that probably never even came up during her term.
    I support many causes, but special needs children is not one of them. I imagine if I were to have a special needs child, I’d be the number one promotor for it, but for now, I have many other causes and I leave it to the parents of special needs children to take up that cause. Really, how can any one person support that many causes and how can you criticize her for not supporting it BEFORE she had her own special needs child? Again, did something come up during her term and she failed to act upon it that harmed special needs children?
    I want someone who is “popular” as my VP. Why would I want someone who was unpopular, unable to get along with others, and unlikeable? What she did in high school as a teenager is beyond my interest and you should be discredited for adding that to your supposed “article.”
    I am pro-life and I actually agree 100% with Sarah Palin’s stance, so the choice is easy for me. Its an “all or nothing” argument for me. I want to put this out there though. I have supported politicians in the past who are not fully pro-life as I have to support the person who is the most well-rounded for the job and will do the best overall. But character, morals, values are essential for me when choosing a candidate. Just for all of you out there who think Obama walks on water, know this. He is not just for abortion in general, but he is for partial-birth abortions and openly criticized the US Supreme Court for upholding the ban on them, as well as voted (during one of the few times he actually cast a vote) in IL that no medical care or pain medicine be given to the babies who are still alive after a botched partial birth abortion. Do you know what that means? I’ll give you just 2 examples of what it is, a partial birth abortion takes place usually in the 5th-6th month of pregnancy, and is a “partial birth” and then an abortion once the baby is partially birthed, here are the examples – 1) one procedure is to reach into the mother and either cut off the arms and legs and pull them out, and then crush the skull to pull it out as well, or use tongs to pull the limbs until they rip off the body and then proceed to crush the skull, or another way is to 2) dilate the mother until the babies’ body is out of her, the legs and arms are kicking all around, because during a partial birth abortion, the baby is ALIVE until killed during the procedure, which happens next: then once the body is outside, the head cannot come out as the mom is not dilated enough, so the dr. reaches in with a scissors type instrument and pierces the back of the neck, the alive baby jerks around and the dr. then uses a suction instrument to suction out the contents of the head so it can be crushed down to fit through the mom. Sadly, some of these babies are actually alive once born, and again Obama does not want them to receive even pain medicine as they lay there to die.
    Obama openly criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the ban on this cruel practice. I can’t support a person who actually supports this type of procedure. Read up on it, you’ll find all the info out there you want to “fact” check me. There are manuals out there by drs. on how to perform the operation and plenty of witness accounts as well as diagrams to see. Kansas had to report their pbas in a year and out of the 192 or so reported, every single darn one of them reported the reason for the abortion as “mental health” reasons for the mom, not for physical health! There already an exception to the PBA that in the case of the mom’s life, it is allowed. Women just decide later on that they actually don’t want the baby and go through this procedure and Obama supports that, rather than being happy with the ban that is in place that will allow a woman’s health to trump the ban. Do you agree with that? I can’t, and anyone who does, makes me question their entire moral code within them as I do with Obama.
    Not to mention the fact that Obama will raise our taxes to support all of the programs he is in favor of, you can all deny it but who do you think will pay for them? Who do you think subsidizes Planned Parenthood? You do! Your taxes subsidize it. So for all of you “pro choice” people out there, just know that it is your money paying for that abortion. Of course PP is not allowed to use it for abortions, they just absorb the 300+ million dollars/yr they receive in tax subsidies for their “other” reproductive planning procedures.
    Just do your homework, actually look into some of these things before you believe someone like Anne. There is so much out there to read that you can trust, go to that first! And make sure that when you do support Obama, you really want to pay for all the “issues” he supports, b/c you will be the one to pay for it. And when you vote for Obama b/c you don’t like the tax breaks given to corporations, just know that you will be the one to pay the corporations/businesses all the extra money to make up for the taxes they pay to Obama. They won’t lose the money, you’ll pay it! Its as if the democrats have never even considered the trickle down effect of their plans!

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  548. let’s see a pics of Ann. i bet you she’s real ugly and fat

    no name | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  549. I don;t know whether this is true or not, but I believe Ms palin can’t handle a teenage daughther, now she have to make this young man marry her daughther just to look right for the VP Job, She haven’t talk about no issues just family, we all work and have families what about gas prices , our children education, etc, whoever vote for this ticket of palin/mccain the same will need thier head examine by a shrink. People wake up

    Linda | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  550. I don’t care if everything Anne says is true. It pales in comparison to Obama’s connections and actions. Go Sarah! I’ve voted Democratic in the last four elections, but not this time. Vote for McCain, the only one who has served to provide you the freedom to make these statements.

    Jim

    Jim McKinney | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  551. When we cast a vote, it has to be done not in a thoughtless, frenzied manner. We are voting for our future – the composition of the supreme court that will decide on the laws, the financial health of the country which will impact how we and our children will live, the health care options that will decide if we can wish away an illness(however chronic) or see a doctor and if we can provide our elderly and yes, our special needs citizens with the quality life they deserve.

    Please, fellow citizens, do not vote just based on gender. It does not matter any more that Hillary Clinton is not the democratic nominee or that one of the other Republican candidates is not the Republican nominee. We have to now choose between John McCain and Barack Obama. Let us choose that person who best serves our agenda. We have to verify the credentials and history of the candidates.

    justanothervoter | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  552. Thank you for presenting this letter. It’s important to get the real story from someone that has known her as long as you have. Perhaps the McCain campaign should have talked to you before choosing the most inexperienced VP candidate in history.

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  553. I don’t want to live in a world in which John McCain is president and Sarah Palin is vice president. I see know they are BOTH truely ugly human beings.

    Douglas Dunn | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  554. After reading this post by Anne Kilkenny, I was very curious to know more so I made several calls up to Alaska. I walked away learning from five people that there’s been some political cat fights up there in Alaska, and the results left some cats without their fur and whiskers.

    In fact, given some things I have learned from these phone calls, things not reported in the news, I have walked away very impressed by Palin. She has my respect just as Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso did.

    Having been a director of political polling, I am always concerned to confirm my conclusions. That includes cat fights, too, in Alaska, Washington, D.C. and everywhere in between. I am satisfied Palin’s not a saint. But she is one heck of an excellent political fighter. She’s up there with other great political women.

    I tip my hat to her.

    aliasinkhorb | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  555. I am so glad that I look at the issues and not the color of a man skin, I am glad my parents didn’t bring me up to be a racist. So go ahead and vote for a beauty queen with no experince and pray and hope she don’t have to face russia without MC Cain the same, his own party really didnt; want him but they don’t have a choice now Most of the people on the supreme Court are bush supporters , what do that say RECESSION, MENTAL WHINERS . LOOK AT ISSUES PEOPLE.

    Linda | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  556. Anne..Thank you very much for your very informative letter. You are to be commended for your concern and courage in writing it.
    As horrible as the last 8 years have been; imagine, if she and McCain were elected, and something happened to him..imagine having her as the commander in chief.. We would all be on the endangered species list.
    There is only one logical explanation as to why McCain picked her. She showed up to the interview in that red,white and blue bikini carrying her rifle and smelling of the scent of a recent kill.

    Bob | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  557. Hello Anne,
    I heard you on NPR yesterday and I believe you to be sincere, especially since I know you were responding to a few friends and not seeking widespread distribution of your letter. We all know how information spreads unintentionally on the Internet. I don’t know anyone who lives in Alaska (though I feel I do know now ;-)
    I appreciate you making this information known to a wider audience. If nothing else you have shed some light on a person few people outside of your state knew until a week ago. Thank you for your insights
    As for John McCain, his pick of Palin seems highly cynical. If he loved his country, he would have done a better job of selecting someone to be a “heartbeat away from the presidency.”
    There are so many women, experienced women, distinguished leaders in his party, who would have been a solid choice for a female running mate. That he didn’t select one of them smacks of poor decision-making skills on his part.
    Thanks again, Anne.

    Roz | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  558. Linda, what do you mean gas prices? The McCain/Palin ticket is the only way you will get them lowered. Did you not listen to anything Sarah Palin said?

    Also, to all of you, I just skimmed the NY Times article of Anne’s “article” and it said that Sarah Palin did not support her stepmother-in-law when she ran for mayor because she was pro-abortion and not a Republican. And the police chief she fired LOST his wrongful termination law suit.

    Here is an interesting quote from the New York Times article:
    “When I first met Sarah, I would say Sarah was a Republican, with the big R, and that’s it,” said Dave Chappel, Ms. Palin’s deputy mayor for more than two years. “As she developed politically, she began to see beyond the R and look at the whole picture. She matured.”

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  559. Anne Kilkenny is a real person. You can hear about her here at NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543

    I think she has a high approval rating because people are afraid of her. Remember, Alaska is TINY in population compared to other states. She scares the bejesus out of me. I wouldn’t want her for my mayor, governor or even sitting on the school board if she’s that intense.

    Sydney | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  560. I feel that people that express the over simplistic response of “must be jealous” upon hearing criticism and negative news about Palin -a person of great influence and power -is very dangerous and ignorant. Check out the facts and stop being defensive. This election is too important to be closed minded when information this important is handed to us. No one is stopping you from investigating this information so that you can be certain they are true or false. Disregarding the information in the letter and chalking up to jealously without having the intelligence to refute this information with your own facts seems lazy and ignorant.I can’t believe that Palin supporters would not shutter at some of the information given in the letter. Ignorance is bliss… which is why Palin supporters are responding to the letter as they do. It if frightening to me that the stregths we desperately need in a leader so we can take steps toward solving important issues -the economy,the war,the environment and international relations are taking back seat to electing someone some voters would feel comfortable having over for a cup of coffee, someone down to earth that we can relate to, someone who is “real”. GET REAL…I don’t want or need the President or Vice-President to come over for coffee at my house. I want them to solve the crises our country is in.
    Sam I am.

    Airlee Bloom | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  561. Suunds like you’re long on vitriole and short on facts; and you’re obviously intollerant and miss the point. Is your real name Rolf and are you a member of a four-letter political party? If so, I can get you a card.

    Adolf | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  562. “The evil forces that underpin the left wing of the Democratic party are trying to sell out the country in the name politics/greed. An Obama presidency would be the beginning of a national nightmare and a global disaster.” I am paraphrasing a post from from earlier to show that the words spoken here can be used either way. Look at all the things posted about Obama that people dispute. The bottom- line is that, unless they are a convicted felon, there is really no way to confirm or deny any allegations such as those posted here. Besides, everyone knows that the left is a mean angry organization because they have been out of touch and out of power for so long. The biggest thing here is that Palin did something and not everyone agreed with her actions.

    Rwilson | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  563. Still researching, but for the curious ones, here are pictures of each: http://stupidcelebrities.net/wp-content/annkilkenny1.png

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  564. Apparently some people posting here buy into and/or make up false statements in an attempt to reinforce their own worldview. Don’t believe that the letter or letter writer are real? Well, one way is Snopes.com. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp Go ahead, it won’t hurt, too much.

    A quote at the end of the article:

    “Why did she do it. Kilkenny told the The Daily Journal she wanted to offer people information and her experiences. She does not flatter Palin, but she said she did vote for Palin when she ran for city council.”

    “How affirming it has been,” she said. “I’m pleased to know how idealistic Americans are. They want information not just the politics of destruction.”

    Tom | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  565. What planet are you guys from? Talk about mud slinging….. Give it some time. Let people make up their own minds based on truth.
    Truth takes time, but it’s always there.

    Nancy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  566. Glad to know that you can be guilty until proven innocent in this country.

    Anne admits her info is unverifiable. Therefore it is useless. She should know better than to post this info at all. Go to a court of law, and submit a bunch of opinions and made-up numbers as evidence, and see how the judge responds.

    If you come across some personal testimony on the internet that patently acknowledges that its own claims are unsubstantiated, ignore it, or you’re a fool.

    Zack | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  567. This is an interesting piece of “documentation”.
    However, it sounds quite a bit like sour grapes. If one were to examine the spending, use of power, mistakes and good decisions of any mayor of either party they would find identical problems, especially if they looked at Washington, D. c., New york, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.
    I agree that if she were to become Vice-President she would have to curtail any grand-standing or outward disagreement with the President, but she could certainly voice her opinions on Pro-Life, domestic spending, the NEED to continue to go after terrorism (I am an ex-Vietnam Vet and believe that I was totally abandoned by my country under Johnson), and try to create a livable environment within the world community.
    As far as drilling for oil, I was a Federal On-Scene-Coordinator for the USEPA, Emergency Response Branch. As such I was responsible for working with the oil industry in the eastern US oil fields to try to get them in compliance with current regulations, and to get (order) them to clean up their mess. Because of this experience I have found (first hand) that it is possible to drill for oil and not make a mess. Oil production and National Wildlife Refuges are not mutually exclusive.
    As for her misuse of power look at the precedent set by Bill Clinton!!!

    Your article is interesting, but check your statistics and facts again, take a look at the “Alternative” to McCain, and thank God that we have a choice here in America that was given to and maintained by our military and patriots, not by men of questionable loyalty who are following their own agenda and simply telling each group they talk to what that group wants to hear.

    As far as her being a member of the NRA – Thank goodness someone in government has some sense and may she be forever blessed for her willingness to uphold the Constitution.

    Roger L. Meyer | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  568. My hope is that voters decide to check facts out for themselves. My fear is that some voters will listen to her rhetoric and because she can give a good speech, is attractive and young – they will believe all the words she speaks. She has little experience but can read a teleprompter very well mind you, and to think she could end up in the white house is absolutely frightening! Thank-you Anne, for your candor.

    charice | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  569. I’m alarmed that any American citizen would so readily accept political analysis and alleged character insights about a governor who’s indisputably highly rated by her own citizens.

    I think it’s profoundly telling that we should give such un qualified credence to a bright housewife who feels a civic burden to reveal the untold story about a national political candidate-assuming it’s even true tat Ms.Kilkenny is a simple housewife.

    A civic and civilized political arena begins with each one of us.

    Isabella | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  570. Learn to spell idiot!

    Sandy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  571. To CR: I would get checked for rabies. Or are you on steroids? What gives with your frothing-to-the-point-of-laughability, lesbi-paranoid response? Ohhhhh, that’s right, you’re probably a self-hating bull dyke. And what a dumb-ass for copying the entire letter again.

    Why are rabid republicans so childish? Did you have a traumatic experience as a 13 year old that stunted further brain development? Or do you just refuse to grow up emotionally? You’re so sad.

    Jeff Barnes | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  572. Plug in Obama, Charice. It works just as well.

    “listen to HIS rhetoric and because HE can give a good speech, is attractive and young – they will believe all the words HE speaks. HEh as little experience but can read a teleprompter very well mind you, and to think HE could end up in the white house is absolutely frightening!

    Brad | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  573. Doesn’t anyone realize that she did not actually write that speech from the convention? She just delivered the scathing speech but by no means did she write it.

    I know nothing about Wasilla, Alaska, or Gov. Palin so I won’t make any claims about this letter but please people, stop referring to her speech as if she actually wrote those things about Sen. Obama.

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  574. I need to add my name to the list of those opposing Ms. Palin and for those supporting Anne K. for exposing the opportunist Palin really is. There is no way in our good country that she can be allowed to become V.P. What was McCain thinking? Obviously he is pandering to the evangelical vote. I’m sending another donation to the Obama/Biden campaign. I’m trying not to be enraged, but why is the media not jumping on this?

    Carol | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  575. Sounds like this lady is a little jealous. Maybe Palin was pretty and she was not.

    Arnold | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  576. Carol, didn’t you hear? The media IS jumping on this! NPR has added a middle-aged housewife to their team of unbiased, expert political analysts.

    Brad | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  577. Sounds like someone is bitter that the prettier, more successful woman around town is doing great things.

    Mike | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  578. Nobody is perfect and I will still vote for McCain. It’s pretty easy to disparage someone who has DONE SOMETHING and taken a leadership position. Being a community organizer is not quite the same thing.

    Roy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  579. Looks like old man McGoo maybe should have picked Paris Hilton to be his running mate. She’s hot. Not sure where Palin gets off thinking she’s hot. I guess once a beauty queen always a beauty queen.

    This is great information certainly worth vetting. Much of it has already been collaborated in the press, or as McGoo calls them – his base.

    As for the whiny wannabes who are lambasting Anne Kilkenny, answer me this – is there anything repubs don’t whine about. Grow up. Palin is Bush re-incarnated, and even the Republicans (who all refused to mention his name) know he was disaster.

    Won’t be fooled again. Vote Obama.

    Jim Ringel | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  580. Very well written and very believable. Thanks for sharing.

    Ms. Smith | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  581. McCain if you sincerely believe that Sarah is the right pick for America then let us know who she really is. Written speeches mean nothing. Americans are too smart for foolish games. We feel the effect of bad policies of Bush daily and no lies can make that go away.

    LET THE PRESS DO IT’S JOB. WHY ARE YOU HIDDING HER AFTER PARADING HER AS THE BEST FOR AMERICA.

    I am an independent first time voter and neither you nor Sarah has proved that you are the best pair for us now. You convinced me that you were a good soldier. BUT AMERICA NEEDS MORE THAN A GOOD SOLDIER. WE NEED A HONEST, CARING AND RESPECTABLE LEADER. ALL YOUR LIES ARE DEBUNKED IN THE MEDIA. HELP US TO HELP AMERICA. BE STRAIGHT FOR ONCE.

    PERSONALITY NOT ISSUES????

    Cindy

    cindy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  582. This is in response to specific posts on this page.

    To Ryan: Your remarks seem to say that a small-town woman cannot be a part of the “best and brightest” in America. While I am not a small-town woman and I did graduate from an elitest liberal arts institution, it seems very elitest to say that about the Governor when you don’t know much about her. There are more small towns than big cities so I would just warn about making that type of remark. Also, your points refuting the “Do Nothing” Congress claims are fair but how do you explain the very low approval rating of this Democratic Congress? I think it’s rating is actually lower than President Bush’s, which is a very hard thing to beat.

    To Cuban-American Female Democrat:
    As a minority myself, I am actually offended by your comments. Saying that “those” people will group you into the “brown” group is a racist and dangerous claim to make. I did not hear one thing from either the Democratic or Republicna convention about immigration, which leads me to believe that both parties are not fairly considering the rights of some minorities. Also, I need clarification because it seems that you asked Jose to vote for Obama because he too is a minority and will of course understand our situation. If you believe that, that is a poor reason to choose a candidate…it is just as bad for women to vote for Palin ONLY because she is a woman.

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  583. Perfume doesn’t smell very good on a pig. Palin absolutely stinks! When the rest is known about her the stench will become unbearable. McCain will never have the guts to admit that he displayed such poor judgement in selecting her. He’ll get the message loud and clear on Nov. 4th when he gets his you know what kicked by Obama.

    Les Merz | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  584. We could very well have Palin as president in 2010 thanks to the moron conservatives and the sadly uneducated voters.
    I am extremely scared of this thought.

    Renzo | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  585. You are a very bitter woman Anne. You can mask your letter in the desire to speak up and be an informed voter, but your fourth point hits the nail on the head as to why you really wrote the letter:

    “Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.”

    Then you go on to safely include your cavets and say you can’t verify any of the numbers you boldly claim to know. How convenient, to spread your opinion as if fact, but then include a disclaimer at the end of it.

    You’re just a housewife…just…a housewife. How convenient a reason to speak up and play the martyr. As you say, there will be consequences to your letter, but not because Sarah Palin’s so called allies can hurt you, but because you’re the vindictive and bitter person that you describe Palin to be.

    We know exactly why you wrote the letter…because she hated you…boo hoo hoo…How old are you now? And you’re still playing the high school games? Good god, GROW UP!

    You’re every bit a victim like your entire Democratic party.

    Jackie Giusti | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  586. Well you obviously are voting for Mccain no matter what so why are you getting offended?

    Renzo | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  587. Anne, thank you for being a maverick!

    I’m horrified by how many women blindly support Palin merely because she is a woman. I hope information like this might help women make better choices.

    Paix | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  588. Renzo,
    If your comment is meant for me, you are sadly mistaken. I am an undecided voter trying to sift through all of this personal crap in order to get to the issues at hand and to decide who I want as my next President.

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  589. I’m sorry that I’m posting so much on this website but I just started reading through all of the previous comments.

    To admin:
    As a science teacher, and one that does not believe in God, I feel that I need to state that evolution is a THEORY. I believe in evolution but it is still a theory. While I don’t discuss creationism in school (especially since I don’t believe in it and have never opened a Bible in my life), many of my students believe in creationism and they always ask questions. They ask because children are naturally curious and inquisitive. They want to debate and learn more. I think teaching creationism is a very touchy subject and Gov. Palin has actually handled it well (by not forcing it in legislation but supporting the encouragement of the debate between evolution and creationism).

    Also, not all people on the right are religious and crazy. My parents are conservative Republicans and they don’t even believe in the existence of a God.

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  590. Nice flame…anyone can write this diatribe in an attack not debated by both sides at the time of the accusations. That being the case, I think we all (Dems, Reps, Inds) have to take it with a grain of salt. The writer admits she has a negative history with Mrs. Palin. “Your Honor, I request permission to treat this person as a hostile witness”.

    Patriot | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  591. Thank you Anne! This is good stuff that should come out. I hope the press continues to investigate Palin and get the word out about her. They all seem to be in the romantic stage with a new candidate. It is frightening to think she could be president if anything were to happen to McCain! I hope you do not incur any rancor because of your truth sharing. You are doing a public service. Keep up the good work!!!

    GFF | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  592. The experience debate boggles me.

    Palin is obviously not very qualified. She has only been a governor for two years and yes, she has less experience than George W. Bush. But, Obama equally has less experience than Bush when you think of it that way. He has only spent four years in the Congress and he has been running for president for three of those years (factually, more like 2 years but that is still a huge amount of time when this is the first time Obama has ever been elected to a federal office).

    If people choose to pursue this useless experience debate, it comes down to this: Both Palin and Obama are inexperienced and not very qualified to take office right now. The difference is that Obama (not Biden) is running for president while McCain (not Palin) is running for that same office.

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  593. WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK THAT JOHN MCCAIN WILL DIE IN OFFICE? One post referred to 22% of VPs taking the place of the President. I want to know what portion of that 22% was actually because of HEALTH PROBLEMS.

    If Obama becomes President, he has the same probability as John McCain to die suddenly. We are voting for President here, not who might become President just in case the President. The probability tells us that 78% of the time, we will have a President who won’t be replaced (and a higher percentage if you base it on leaving because of health issues). So, the choice between McCain and Obama, not Biden and Palin.

    But if you choose to go the heartbeat away route, Palin has considerably less experience but isn’t Biden the Washingtonite (30+ years in the Senate) that the Obama Change effort trying to run away from?

    The last time we had a President with less foreign policy experience compared to his VP and his cabinet, we were led into this war. Bush relied on Cheney, just as Obama will rely on Biden (who is an old-time Washington bureaucrat).

    Just a warning, this is a partisan post because while I am an independent and have not chosen my candidate yeat, I do not like Den, Biden and his record (but I do like Sen. Obama).

    Unknown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  594. OBAMA WILL NOT WIN. OBAMA CANNOT WIN.

    Virgil DaSilva | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  595. Hey GFF…what do you think the press (the press being evil democrats of course) is going to find? How much worse could it be than your Baby Biden and Oblahblahbla? Please! Bring it on…every politician is a scumbag – don’t be so naive!

    Jimmy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  596. Thank God for the decades of work by the liberal Democrat Kennedy family on behalf of all of America’s special needs children.

    Shame on Sarah Palin for using her son as a prop on national TV and claiming that now SHE will be the special needs advocate.

    Will this advocacy mean cutting special needs budget as she did in Alaska?

    kathy west virginia | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  597. Kilkenny’s history with Palin is really not the issue. Numerous other sources have raised similar questions about Palin’s claims, and already some of these claims have been proven false. The fact that Palin was “sprung” on the country, with little known about her personal/political history until now, is cause enough for skepticism and wariness. Choice of a vice presidential candidate is a huge decision, and citizens have every right to view this process with a critical eye. The other candidates have not been treated with kid gloves; why start now? Palin hasn’t backed down from being vindictive, so she shouldn’t be hurt or surprised to encounter the same treatment. The more we know, the better . . . follow your instincts on this one.

    usually silent | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  598. Hey Kathy – shame on you for using West Virginia as your prop! Duh! What do you think Oblahblahblah is doing with his African American status – when he’s really Caucasian…Get a clue in West Virginia!

    Jimmy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  599. This is not a hoax. Check out Snopes. This woman is for real. It is about time the truth about this woman is revealed. We had one war because of a nut case. I would not want this first class bully anywhere near the Presidency.

    Jessica Park | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  600. The Republicans have done such a bad job leading this country for the past seven years, that my family agreed a while back that if a Republican were elected this time around, we’d move to Alaska. Now that Palin has been nominated as the Republican’s vice-presidential candidate (a heart beat away from the Presidency), we’ve crossed out Alaska.

    DOGOOD | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  601. Are you kidding me Jessica? What world do you live in?

    Jimmy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  602. Anne,
    It’s great to find your letter!! Sarah seemed too good to be true and your info points that out.
    Thanks for letting America know what this “Hockey Mom” is really about and how she’ll run down the country, add to the deficit for her earmark pork barrel projects and runover anyone who stands in her way!!
    America needs to vote for real change in Obama and Biden. Unless they feel they’re in McCain’s middle class that makes $5 million a year.

    Bill from Ely, MN | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  603. This is a woman with sour grapes. That progressive tax is one of the fairest taxes.
    Everyone pays even the illegals and people on welfare. When you take over an office you should clean house . you want people loyal to you. Lady let it RIp

    jose texeira | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  604. I have seen other versions of this Anne Kilkenny “letter”. In some she gives her credentials as an ex-academic, and stating severe criticism regarding the extreme ignorance of her fellow citizens. A very bitter piece of writing. I would like to remind everybody that she is a one person “jury”. She is a single opinion out of a state which gives Palin an 85% approval rating. Now, where is the reveal regarding Obama. He is the true “unknown”. I live in Chicago, and when he was deciding to run for president, it was treated as a joke. The best thing he has done so far is to leave the state to inflict his bullsh*t on the nation. Come on people, these are all politicians! This is a profession which requires dishonesty and self love as a requirement for advancement.

    Robert D. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  605. Good God people! How many of you don’t get that this originally was a private e-mail sent to family and friends, subsequently posted on the web by one of them. Ms Kilkenny did not post it herself – she was simply letting her friends and family know how she viewed the selection of Ms Palin as VP candidate. She had nothing to gain by this appearing in front of the public.
    As to all of you knee-jerk Republican liberal-haters who don’t have the courage or intelligence to check the matters for yourself: the best you can do is resort to childish name calling? Check the facts for yourself – everything stated in Ms Kilkenny’s letter can be verified or discredited by an hour or two of web-browsing.
    To those of you who think that Ms Palin’s lack of experience is just what this country needs: hello? We’ve been dealing with that for 7 1/2 years now and look what that has got us.
    Those of you who think an (alledged) 80% approval rating means she must be good, GW Bush had a high approval rating as well and, again, look what that has done to us. At least Obama has the smarts to pick a running mate with experience.
    The McCain campaign smacks of desperation – the bitterness and jealousy seem to stem from the McCain supporters who are angry that Obama is getting more attention then their candidate.
    Finally – to those of you who don’t believe that McCain has sold out to the lunatic fringe of the GOP and religious right – your mother wears army boots.

    rustle | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  606. Everybody………quick, name 19 vice presidents! Heart beat away from the presidency? Most vice presidents don’t even need a heart beat for the job. Vice presidents are simply human paperweights.

    I would much rather concentrate on who Barak Obama is and what is his agenda. Being labeled the “most liberal” senator in the Senate is cause for reflection.

    Angela Lowes | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  607. If Palin is a “barracuda” then she will fit in well with all the other pols from Wasilla to DC. Nice people don’t go into politics. Politicians are ruthless, cut-throat, ambitious people by nature and nice people don’t rise to the top in national politics.

    This item sounds like a personal vendetta. What is the writer’s REAL agenda. Everything I’ve heard from other AK residents is pretty glowing.

    J Cramer | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  608. I heard this woman interviewed on NPR. For the record, she did not post this. It was an email sent to friends writing to her asking about Palin. Someone else posted this blog. Check out NPR.org for the interview.

    Leigh Anne | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  609. People love to beat up old George for the last 8 years. If elected, Barak Obama will be something to really remember. The last time anyone with so little experience was elected to the presidency was when senile Jimmy Carter was elected. Talk about somebody who couldn’t punch his way out of a paper bag. He went from failure to failure with complete ignorance and arrogance. Be careful what you wish for.

    Karl Remmie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  610. kudos to you. when watching palin, it is easy to see that she does not have the makeup of a possible president of the united states of america. so anyone who cares about our country whether democrat or republican needs to take heed. no matter what side of the political fence you choose, you still need to produce the best candidate possible for the job, and then a possible second best. if the republican party cannot look out for americans as a whole, no matter what what party we choose, then that is reckless and irresponsible as a whole. the bottom line is if mccain gets into office and would falter, she would be president. can anyone stomach that?

    carmen az | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  611. Is NPR a valid, impartial forum? I don’t think so.

    Karl Remmie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  612. Thank you, Anne Kilkenny, for speaking out! Demanding loyalty for the sake of loyalty alone is what dictators do. We do not need a petty dictator a cancer cell from the Presidency.

    Barbara B | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  613. Those who say “she’s not running for President” seeming to forget that in addition to being the proverbial “heartbeat” away from the Oval Office, the VP casts the tiebreaking vote in the Senate. A very important fact. And no one is assuming that any elected president is “going to die”, but no one is assuming he isn’t. Nine VPs have stepped into the presidency due to a president dying or having to step down. It’s hardly unprecedented. Thus the VP candidates should be thoroughly investigated.

    Kay DeeDee | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  614. Thank you Anne

    To someone in PA.

    Judge not least you be judged.

    My sincere condolences on your future vacation to the theological place of eternal punishment.

    Someone else in a PA | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  615. Just like a liberal to put something out there to confuse the uninformed. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Liberals are all so jealous of smart women they can’t compete with the truth. Go Palin beat the crap out of Biden and Obama. There nothing but a bunch of tax and spend old guard liberals who use lies to make them selves look good. Shameful, just shameful.

    Jon S. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  616. I love this. :)

    m.a.wuebker | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  617. So, are we to believe that Anne, in all her innocence, is the only voice of reason or moderation in Wasilla? It’s amazing what oozes out from under a rock when you apply pressure to it. Why didn’t Anne run for city council? Why didn’t she run for Mayor? Why didn’t she contribute anything to her town’s well being except her open letter? While somebody is working, there is always somebody else who is bitching. To paraphrase Mel Brook’s “History of the World”….Closely following the first caveman art was the first art critic. Anne, you are obviously a critic of the worse sort who has done nothing of merit yourself.

    Louise | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  618. In response to what should she have done, get an abortion…she should never have gotten pregnant. Apparently the whole family does not believe in BIRTH CONTROL. To be governor with four children, and become pregnant is arrogant to say the least. But then she works more from home then any other governor so I have read…

    Ann | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  619. To Ann: There once was a nation that echoed your opinion regarding someone’s right to birth vs. abortion. I believe they used to say, “Heil Hitler”.

    Louise | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  620. Anne,

    Your strength of character is admirable.

    Many thanks,

    Yvette | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  621. For the same reason most Americans gave George such a high approval rate…pure ignorance & stupidy, & so easily awayed by empty rhetoric

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  622. how simple minded you are…she wrote an extremely intelligent letter.

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  623. What a dummy virgil is

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  624. Scott,
    How naive you are…none of this is about fisherman. Look what George did to our country…how dare a fellow American make us look so stupid & arrogant!

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  625. Louise,
    You are for sure going to burn in hell for your stupid comments. People like you give Christianity a bad name.

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  626. Jackie,

    are you still in the 8th grade? You are giving stupid comments. She wrote an intelligent letter & it was posted without her knowledge. The Republican party is like “the “darkside” for more reasons than one because of ignorance like yours. Go bury your head in the sand & lay a few more low quality eggs.

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  627. I’ve never heard of Anne Kilkenny. But I had been introduced to Sarah Palin, have seen her on TV, have read many viewpoints about Sarah Palin, and must say that my personal impressions of Sarah Palin are far more positive than some nobody who is worried about her local librarian friend being fire. It probably was high time. I’ve been a leader — and I know all about telling by one’s heart who is supportive you and who isn’t. Real progress takes a person like Sarah Palin to make it happen…and sometimes flack falls by the wayside. Scott

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  628. Jon,

    no one does smoke & mirrors better than the Republican Party, but you’re too stupid to pick that up…

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  629. John McCain could wake up at 3:30 a.m. in the middle of the night and be more prepared to lead this country than Barack Obamba. Absolutely, Barack talks a great game. So does that guy pitching health books on TV.

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  630. You sound bitter and vindictive Anne.

    Millie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  631. someone in pA is a raving lunatic with delusional & paranoid tendencies…

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  632. The difference between Democrats and Republications is that Democrats want to take the money from the Republicans and give it to their own. The Republicans want to hold on to the money they have left over after paying their Democratic employees. Over the past 20 years especially, Democrats have become the biggest whiners I’ve ever seen…of historic proportion today.

    Obama Schmama

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  633. I’ll start believing things that Sarah OR Ann says when they are researched and proven. I am of the belief that some of the things Sarah has claimed have been either false or hazy. If the press would spend less time on her family issues and interviewing the brother-in-law, which have nothing to do with her candidacy, maybe we could learn some facts.

    Pat | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  634. Scott, your question of “why are you doing this?” to Ms. Kilkenny was already answered in her letter. Did you actually read it? She said she was doing it because she operates under the idea that ‘bad things when good people do nothing’. Do you understand what that means? Your comment of ‘why do women treat each other this way?’ suggests that you believe in some kind of ‘code of silence’, even if it might affect the entire country. I suggest you reexamine your own morals, sir.

    helas | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  635. Scott, your question of “why are you doing this?” to Ms. Kilkenny was already answered in her letter. Did you actually read it? She said she was doing it because she operates under the idea that ‘bad things happen when good people do nothing’. Do you understand what that means? Your comment of ‘why do women treat each other this way?’ suggests that you believe in some kind of ‘code of silence’, even if it might affect the entire country. I suggest you reexamine your own morals, sir.

    helas | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  636. I guess the Democrats would rather have Joe Biden (Mr. Washington Establishment) be a heartbeat away from the president. Good God, Democrats, what the heck are you thinking?

    How about that Charles Rangle story, Tax Chairman, Democrat, about NOT PAYING HIS OWN TAXES. NEITHER DOES AL FRANKEN, DEMOCRAT, IN MINNESOTA.

    If you want higher taxes, go with the OBAMA ticket.

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  637. Scott,

    it’s just so sad that you would support someone who could choose Sarah as his VP…it’s amazing to me that he would choose someone with so little education, experience, & so afraid of sex education that she doesn’t evne teach her own daughter about birth control…& then expose her to the media like that. It’s just so sad that her desire for power is more important than the mental health of her children. She & the Republican Party are using the poor kids as pawns. NTalk about evil unf=der the guise of Christianity. Jesus would be appalled!

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  638. Sounds like someone has an axe to grind. Sad.

    Paul DaRosa | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  639. Scott,

    It’s amazing that ignorant people like you still believes that Democrats tax the middle class…you need a few history lessons…they say it because dumb people like you believe it.

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  640. Honesty Poll from CBS:

    Sarah Palin 94%
    John McCain 86%
    Barack Obama 41%
    Joseph Biden 38%

    Vey telling!

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  641. Ever read the Wall Street Journal, Jen?

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  642. Jen:

    You display a level of ignorance not previously seen on this thread. Democrats, while decrying Sarah Palin, need to revisit their recent past. Remember Bill Clinton? You know, the fellow who did NOTHING to stem the spread of AIDs in Africa, the fellow who said “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”, the fellow who left a trail of whores in his wake, and the same Hillary supporter who is having an affair with a Canadian politician. An yes, he was also the person who did the most to derail his own wife’s presidential bid. What a guy!

    Louise | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  643. Dede,
    LOL…duh…you poor thing…you can’t even come close to Anne’s letter…don’t even try…

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  644. Jen: It is good to know that I am alive and well!

    Uncle Adolf

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  645. Barack Obama on the campaign trail reminds me of that Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson 20 years ago called, “Say, Say, Say”. McCartney & Jackson got hundreds of people to buy their hocus-pocus strength exlir…just as Obama is selling to the Democrats. USA, don’t drink the Kool-Aid. It’s hazardous to your health!

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  646. Jen:
    You are the very best!

    Adolf

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  647. History Lesson 101:

    Jimmy Carter — Buy my peanuts
    Bill Clinton — Suck my penis
    Hillary Clinton — Any other penis
    Barack Obama — I’ve never touched my …

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  648. there has not been another attach on this continent, thank you g w bush. they all voted and the decision was a majority to wage a conflict on a corrupt dictator. i suppose you would rather he still be in power.

    rjg | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  649. Not a hoax. The internet-hoax-busters Snopes actually verified the existence of Anne, called her up, and verified this entire letter.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Robin Klingel | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  650. Hey there champ (“Unknown”),
    If you want to sound smart enough to be taken seriously, do a spell-check before you post. It’s ‘elitist’, not ‘elitEst’, okay? That must have been some “elitest liberal arts school” you graduated from….

    helas | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  651. Louise,

    I really do feel sorry for you. Unlike you, I have never blindly supported anyone. But if I had to choose, I’d choose sex in the whitehouse over 200,000 deaths…& unlike other presidents, Clinton’s daughter Chelsea is quite an amazing young woman, so it looks like they’ve done something right to keep their family intact.I’ll take lies about sex any day than those lies that are so much more destructive to the human race like weapons of mass destruction, global warming, the economy, etc…you will be judged Loise…

    jen | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  652. Amen to that… George W has kept us safe after Osama and his cohorts made a major hit on the USA. George W has all of deepest respect and gratitude. I have no idea why most Americans are hesitant to acknowledge that. It’s taken a hell of a lot of unpopular management, but he’s gotten it right. Courageous Americans are far and few between these days. Too many Americans want handouts (can you hear me, Democrats??)

    Scott | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  653. It is my hope that the media will take the information and opinions in Ann’s letter and shed some light on the Barracuda. We cannot continue to give these people a free pass. That’s how we got into the wrong war in the wrong country. It’s insane. I notice those defending the Palin are quick to attack and insult the writer. Have you nothing of substance to rebutt her statements except immature intimidation tactics. Oh excuse me. What did I expect? You are Republicans.

    Brenda Moon | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  654. I believe that in your country, Jen is often referred to as a “cunt”.

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  655. Thanks Anne,

    Well done! How is it possible for people to read this and not vote Obama. The Republicans are professional liars. I suppose there are many others like Mr. Rivera who will be first in line at the Morons for McCain office.

    Robrt Brown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  656. If Saddam were still alive, AlQuida would not be in Iraq & have caused so much death & destruction. The Bush ties to the bin Ladens & the oil industry have kept him from going after the ones who were really responsible for 9 11, but go right ahead & elect someone else who thinks this is a Holy War. No wonder people hate Americans…we’re so damn stupid.

    GTF | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  657. As an independent I find it amazing that either party is happy or content with their nominations. Obama has no history, Biden is about as “new” as my old shoes, and Palin is pure raw. Many years ago, during a past presidential election year, I remember a pundit saying that, “It is sad that we are ending up voting for the lesser of two evils”.

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  658. Scott,
    Al Franken’s accountant had him pay taxes to Minnesota on his income (he actually overpaid MN), So do you think MN Gov. Pawlenty’s Dept of Revenue is going to give Al his overpayment back to pay the other states?
    By the way, where did you come up with this CBS Honesty poll?

    Bill from Ely, MN | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  659. GTF: Please speak for yourself.

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  660. Wow – what a letter! Can’t decide if any of it is true. Let’s hope it isn’t for this country’s sake!!!

    dazed&confuzed | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  661. It’s very clear who is the lesser of the 2 evils…the ones hiding under the pretense of Christianity. It’s amazing how they can distort the teachings of Jesus & turn it into a religion that is spiteful & judgemental. Ang now you have a VP candidate using her own children as pawns for the “Religious Wrong”

    GTF | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  662. Well it’s nice to know that some Americans still believe everything they read. (If someone writes/says it, it must be true!). And of course, the fine art of passing judgement. Keep up the good work folks!

    Sam | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  663. Dogood…….what?????????

    guinness | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  664. I can see why Sarah hated Anne in high school!! Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy is what this is all about. We’ve all had a “Anne” in our life at one time or another.

    Yes, she’s tough but that’s the only way to be when you’re in a male dominated world.

    I think having her as a running mate was absolutely genious!

    Roni | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  665. I believe that Ms. Palin conceived and delivered all of her children prior to accepting the vice presidential nomination. Children have nothing to do with any discussion, any forum, in any circumstance.

    Barak Obama represents change alright. In fact, if he is elected and increases taxes like a good Democrat, the only thing left in our pockets will be change.

    I say: Barak NObama

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  666. Thank you for the additional facts about Sarah Palin. One of the things that disturbed me most was the report about how she wanted to have books banned from the public library, and to fire the librarian. If she became president one day, would she want to have books removed from the Smithsonian if they discussed evolution and global warming? I shudder to think of the consequences. We need leaders who defend our constitutional freedoms of thought and speech.

    Luci in NJ

    Luci | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  667. I heard Ms. Kilkenny interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered. She sounded reasonable, thoughtful and very much aware that this kind of fame is only fleeting – she just wanted the truth to be known, as she stated in her letter.

    I can honestly say that if I were from a town where such a person made such terrible decisions in city government and that person ascended to running for the 2nd chair of the executive branch, I would be honor bound to faithfully report the facts to anyone who would read or listen.

    To call her letter backstabbing is to completely miss the point – she spoke up out of personal integrity and she has freedom in this country to speak her mind. Poisoning her good intentions with suspicions of jealousy or vindictiveness is simply juvenile.

    If you are not refuting the facts Ms. Kilkenny has presented by countering them with your own, you’re just attempting to slant it your way.

    Pam M | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  668. Why don’t you try researching it before dismissing it? I have and have found that, so far, it’s true. People are SO quick to disregard what they don’t WANT to believe instead of finding out for themselves and actually LEARNING the truth. Do your research people… do your research… I double dog dare ya.

    Notnow | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  669. Why does everyone, including Luci, think that this “letter” is factual? It’s just another internet posting. I think I’ll post a “letter” to the internet and sign it Abe Lincoln. Most of you would believe it.

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  670. The first time I set eyes on Sara Palin, I didn’t like her. She looks like someone on Dynasty. She reminds me of 7th grade. Some folks get stuck in 7th grade and never grow. They remain the same. I’m an old lady these days, but those 7th grade people are still out there. They are in the “in-crowd”, they are popular, they have lots of really powerful friends, they stand around together and make nasty comments about anyone who isn’t in their little group.
    They manage to be in the little group because they are almost all sociopaths and will do anything to belong to the “right” group. This includes lying, cheating, stealing, whatever it takes. Most of the ones I know these days belong to the local country club, they hang out at city hall, they are in debt up to their eyeballs, and will take money for just about anything you want done.
    They buy their clothing at the nicest stores and drive the most expensive cars, and will stick you with the lunch tab at any opportunity.
    Just in self-defense, I must state here that I have a lot more money that the “In-Crowd“, but you wouldn’t know it. I buy my clothes at Wal-Mart, and I give twenty dollar bills to those pitiful people you see at intersections holding up signs asking for help. Most of them do actually need help, and if they only want to buy a bottle or a fix, needing a drink or drugs is quite unpleasant, or so I understand.
    What I see when I see Sarah Palin is a 7th grade Popular Girl. That nasty snide little smile as she says something particularly horrible about someone she doesn’t like. Those glittery eyes, that self-satisfied smug air of being the BEST.
    Now this is interesting…Sara Palin was in Houston, pregnant with her last child, waiting to give a speech at an Oil Convention, when her water broke. This brings questions.
    1. How long ago was this? It looks like she’s been in the pocket of the Oil People for awhile, doesn’t it? Alaska’s full of Oil.
    2. You are not supposed to fly on airplanes when you are close to delivery. It’s a law. She must have broken the law to get to Houston, unless, of course, she levitated or something. Maybe the Oil People flew her down on one of their private jets? Just how thick IS she with these Oil Millionaires?
    3. After her water broke, she went ahead and gave the speech. Then she flew back to Alaska.
    Now, after your water breaks, you will be going into labor in 2 to 20 hours. Even in the new millennium, things can go wrong in childbirth, yet the woman gives a speech and then takes an 8 hour flight back home. She doesn’t sound like a very concerned mother.
    And then, there is the pitiful little unmarried pregnant daughter. I can not imagine making my unmarried pregnant daughter stand up on a stage on national television, as a symbol of the results of lack of sex education. The shame the girl felt must have been horrible. I just wouldn’t do that. I love my children.
    I don’t think Jesus would do that to a child. I don’t even go to church, but I know it’s wrong to hurt your children.
    There is something wrong with this woman. She looks like a nice person, and then she opens her mouth and you get close enough to see her eyes, and you feel like moving back. I’ve known plenty of this type of person, and I don’t like them. They are a different species than I am.
    Sara Palin is very scary. I say Be Afraid… Be Very Afraid.
    Susie

    Susie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  671. Meinen Susie:

    In my country, you would be known as an “asshole”. Nein?

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  672. While were at this why don’t we take a look at sen. obama’s crooked past.He was an admitted cocaine user in college.( as he wrote in his autobiography.) He runs on the platform of a reformer, but during his many years in the corrupt chicago politics, he did nothing to stop it and was very much friends with the worst of them.He still is..He has a padded resume as a senator and has done nothing to be considered as an agent of change.As a matter of fact, he’s done nothing.People like palin have enemies because they stand up and don’t care if they’re liked or not. She is a leader and so is McCain.Don’t forget,she’s not running for president,the most inexpierenced candidate Obama is..He is dangerous…..McCain-Palin 08…..

    guinness | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  673. If I were alive I would like to have a twosome with Hillary and Sarah! Or maybe Bill and Monica!

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  674. Scott,

    Stop obsessing over this thread and come back to bed.

    Scott's Boyfriend | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  675. Jen:
    For goodness sake, stop obsessing over this thread and come back to bed. I’m hungry for some mudflap.
    Hillary

    Hillary Clinton | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  676. I’m glad this article is out there. Now it is up to our press to follow these leads… that is their job.

    I read a really interesting article by George Lakoff here….

    http://www.truthout.org/article/george-lakoff-warns-dems-reality-based-arguments

    It explains how the Republicans are building an image with McCain and Palin, and they are not running on their record in power over the last 7 years. McCain IS an insider. Republicans held the executive branch these last 7 years and the the legislative branch (both houses) for five of those years. If McCain is unsatisfied with the state of the nation he needs to look in the mirror.

    This election, I am not looking for more of the same. I think we barely have a chance left to fix what Bush and Co have been dishing out, before the whole country implodes.

    If people like Anne can write and keep us asking questions and seeking the truth, I thank God for her work.

    Real patriots do these things, and REAL patriot readers welcome information coming to light that they can follow up on and confirm.

    Unquestioning support can get you a dictator or a president who dismantles your Constitutional rights.

    Thank you Anne.

    Kathy | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  677. ADOLF, YOU ARE CORRECT. SHE IS JUST JEALOUS…NOW COME TO BED WITH ME AND SADAM..

    ERIC CARTMAN | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  678. Hey Jen and Hillary:

    Just remember, I called dibs on the pivot man position. I’ll do “clean up” too.

    Bubba

    Bill Clinton | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  679. THAT SOUNDS GREAT!!!!!!!

    BILL CLINTONS MOM | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  680. Dear Eric:

    If it wasn’t for the heart problem, I’d “do” you too. I don’t “hang” out with Saddam anymore since he can’t give head anymore.

    Bubba

    Bill Clinton | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  681. Sounds like you are not accomplished and so want to tear down someone who is. I am so tired of the left wing basis that I could throw up. I have always voted democratic in every election. This year I am voting for McCain and Palin. The Dems position on the issues will, I belive, plunge us into a major depression. I do not want to live in a socialist country and the Dems will take us there.

    Sharon Peterson | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  682. Hi Y’all:

    Say, can this ol’ peanut farmer get in on this Jen thing. I can tell that she’s a rootin, tootin, jim dandy. Jus’ ‘member Jen, go slow.

    Jimmy

    Jimmy Carter | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  683. I changed my mind! I want Sharon. Bill, you’ll have to sit this one out.

    Hillary Clinton | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  684. i think it’s a little sad that anyone belives this nonsense. I think the GOP would know her past better than anyone, since they wouldn’t ask someone to be on the presidential ticket wihout doing their research first! I think this was written by someone who has been very jealous of Sarah for a long time and she feels this is her way to get back at Sarah good! But if Anne has any kind of ethics or morals, she will regret it later. It’s time to let it go Anne, way overdue in fact!

    Go McCain/Palin!!!!

    Tiffan | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  685. Hey Adolf,

    I believe that Sharon is tired of the Dems position, but is affraid of the plunge. Can’t we help her out?

    Scott's Boyfriend | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  686. To JOSE and all those McCain/Palin supporters who have read this information in its ENTIRETY-and dismissed the information out of hand due to an innate inability to process or SEEK truth: YOU ARE IDIOTS.
    You are willfully ignorant and need to accept some responsibility for the current sad state of our political system-and, yes, country. The renewed interest in political change and excitement of the youthful voters in this country will save us all from the path of destruction that your repeated inability to separate fact from fiction has created.
    BLESS those who STAND UP and seek TRUTH in a world that often punishes those PATRIOTS who speak against the neo-conservative wave of mutiliation!!!!!!!
    When I toast-I toast to PEACE.

    Sarah | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  687. I did Anne, and compared to me, she is a real bitch. She also has a headache….all the time. She’s secretly bitter because she lives in Wasilla, and she believes that her superior intellect entitles her to live in New York with me. Anne, you’re small change.

    Hillary Clinton | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  688. Has anybody seen Scott?

    Scott's Boyfriend | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  689. Hey Scott’s Boyfriend: What happens my friend. Javohl mein buddy, Sarah needs to be tied in a burlap sack wit mein horny friend Bubba. He will straighten her out, if you know vat I mean. He vill give her his personal beef und wine injection. Just vat she need.

    My English is bad. What is this word that Sarah use: ENTIRETY ? Ist ein real word? I think not.

    Adolf Hitler | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  690. The ANNE letter IS True according to SNOPES.com… they called Ms. Kilkenney and verified that she wrote the letter.. I wonder if the cable news will actually investigate the claims and bring them to light. Though I suspect that the right will not bother to listen as they’ve done all the “vetting” apparently to their satisfaction.

    Terri | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  691. Sarah:

    Idiots also believe the first thing they read that agrees with their own narrow opinions. You can also see idiots sitting in the front row of a Barak Obama speech. They’re the one’s who are crying with emotion. Only an idiot crys for a politician. Don’t bend over!

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  692. I enjoyed reading the open e-mail. I love Sarah Palin. She’s gorgeous, with a glowing complexion, she’s slim and she has five children. Who cares if she has questionable ethics? She’s a tyrant. I love tyrants. They get things done. Who cares if she’s competent? She’s much smarter than Dubya. She will have a team of advisors to tell her what to do. The NSA, CIA and goodness knows who else. Let her run the country. I’m sure she’ll do a very good job.

    Sashkatch | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  693. I believe that Anne is neither upright or a patriot of any sort. Rather than change the place where she lives and influence the lives of others, she has taken the very safe route of using the keyboard to throw rocks at others. I would guess that she is very well know in her community as a narrow minded individual who has an opinion on everybody and everything. How safe is that. Anne, get up off your old ass and get over to your local school. They need assistance to teach children to read and write. Or perhaps volunteer at a community outreach. There are plenty of folks who need some TLC. Anne invested a lot of time in a non constructive effort that has more holes in it than Bill Clintons wedding vows.

    Dennis J. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  694. To all those who will vote for Sarah Palin just because you are desperate to put a woman in office at any cost. I feel sorry for all of us IF they win.

    These people (McCain/Palin/ Republicans) are only interested a select few (namely the rich) the rest of us (balck white yello brown) will certainly go to “….in a hand basket,” Let’s face it> the country’s economy is in the toilet, another 80k jobs lost in August 08! Our reputation in the world is scandolous!

    And why the hell is MCCAIN recieving veterans benefits? He’s already rich! If he was a real patriot he would give that money up to some other poor vet that really needs it. An I am sick and tired of him beating that POW dead horse. The heros are the ones who died for their country!

    Pamela | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  695. As a Ohioan, all i can say this letter will do very little to change the crazy rights mind. In fact it will donothing in cities like Cincinatti or rural cities. I have always thought that something is going on with this Palin pick and now i know. Hillary supporters beware. But then again if you are true democrat you will not vote for this man, if you do then you deserve everything that will come your way. Country first, state or city last. it takes great courage to stand up in the face of freiends and family to speak on truth.

    Like Churchill said ” A lie will travel around the world, before the truth gets its pants on”.

    Well lets get this truth out before the lie gets out the door.

    antuan

    antuan | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  696. Thanks for all the information about Sarah Palin. This is very scary…..I had a bad “gut-feeling” about her when I first heard her speak. Hope the American public reads up on her and finds out more about her, and what kind of person she really is!!!

    J.D. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  697. I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally send emails to 40 people. If Anne is attempting to say she only sent it to her close friends and NEVER intended for it to become public, then that does not seem truthful to me.

    So I’ll tell you a little story. I recently looked at purchasing a nice piece of property, a 25 acre property, its own small lake, huge house, creek running through it, on the hillside of a mountain, you couldn’t beat it. But here was the catch … there was an area, the flat area where you would normally want your horses to graze or something nice like that, but you can’t do a single thing on the nice area of the property b/c it might hurt some sort of field mouse. Thats right, the property has been for sale for 3 years, wonder why? Because the damn field mice are protected and you aren’t allowed to do anything that might hurt them. … Hmmmm, I wonder who ever got that put into place … anyone? … yes, you got it, the Democrats! Thats right, lets protect the mouse and not allow people to do what they want on their property, and for that matter, lets make sure that we protect the animals in general, and protect a woman’s right to choose, b/c we all know how important it is that a woman must be able to choose on her own to kill her baby, but with that, lets make sure all the taxpayers pay for that abortion as well. In fact, lets make the tax payers pay for all the social programs we can, so many can sit at home watching tv collecting their welfare checks and not paying a penny because why would they? They have all the responsible citizens paying it for them! And who do we have to thank for that? The democrats!

    When I was a young voter, I was so naive, like so many other democrats. I thought Bill Clinton was a fabulous speaker, I loved listening to him talk, but I never really understood the concepts behind each party and what they stood for. Of course now that I actually care about what happens to our country and to my family, I’ve learned about the two parties and to me it a no-brainer as to what party I intend to support. Its amazing to me that I can feel this way and wonder how others don’t. But that is the luxury we have in our wonderful country of having the ability to make our own decisions and form our own opinions! Don’t take that for granted, do your homework and stand by what you feel is right! Don’t just follow the good speaker as I did so many years before.

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  698. Hi, what do you mean by “so, you will vote for McCain out of spite?”
    Who are you aiming your question to, and exactly, what do you mean?

    Thanks,
    -not a voter, in Brazil

    Vera | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  699. I heard Anne Kilkenny on NPR (or similar radio)–sounded credible and dispassionate. I often attend small town Council members and participate in the same manner as Anne. It’s waht makes America work. I visited AK as a tourist last 2 weeks of Aug 08. Sole info source in state was Anchorage paper, whose headlines daily investigated “Troopergate” and revealed new facts daily. I figured something to it if a “house organ” (the only State paper and prob Repub) was going after its own. Could rarely get any news radio (NPR) as traveled to major areas, nor papers other than the AK paper. NYTimes only available at Borders Anchorage (would go for it, thirsty, while driving from Denali to Homer or Seward). No news (mag or newspaper) outlets in Seward. Wonderful bookstore in Homer didn’t carry newspapers, and said the few who read the New Yorker, for example, subscribed and not worth their while to stock it. I felt I was in a new-backwoods situation while in the State, linked to outside world only by internet news sources. (some hotel channels had CNN, not many had MSNBC, etc.) All I can say is the next heartbeat away leader of the free world would have had little socialization growing up about the wider world unless an avid reader with parents who traveled with her.

    rose miller | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  700. Pamela’s post was the saddest thing I have ever real. I’m an old man now. I once was young. I served in WWII and the Korean War in the US Navy. Pamela, you don’t know what you are talking about. If it were possible, none of your dead heroes would chose to be dead. Nobody goes to war to be a hero or to die. Young people go to war for different reasons. Some go voluntarily, some don’t. I enlisted at 17 years old, had my eardrums blown out, got malaria (and have suffered from it for 60 + years. I have also witnessed Japanese kamikazis and seen US Marines cut in half in their sleep by rogue Japanese troops. I’m one of the lucky ones. John McCain’s service is not to be pitied, but rather honored. In a place where it would have been easy to say and do the wrong and be rewarded, his path was to do the right thing. That takes guts and fortitude. An armchair fool like you would not understand this. A crisis for you must be missing your Starbucks in the morning. Grow up.

    Dennis J. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  701. I thought I was following this campaign reasonably well, but here I stumble on this item on the NPR website. the info in it strikes me as being true. I have been queasy about her since that first press conference. If even half is true you’ve lost my vote John McCain.

    Bob | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  702. I also read the snopes portion that says it called Anne and talked to her. Not sure who is lying, but that exact verbatim description was in another newspaper’s write-up that I also found, so somebody plagiarized it (unless I missed the part where it said it quoted it from another source). Considering that Snopes.com can often be biased towards Obama, I figured they did not do their homework and just cut and pasted.

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  703. Using snopes.com as your source for verification is like using moveon.org in place of the Bible.

    Robert | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  704. To those who think we shouldn’t worry about McCain’s age, please take a look at the obits in just about any newspaper for any “average” community.

    How old are the people at the time of their deaths? Any young people? Any in their 40s? or 50s? or 60s? Any in their 70s?

    OF COURSE people younger than 70 years old die.

    It’s not that I’m concerned that Ms. Sarah would be one heartbeat from the presidency.

    I am concerned, however, that if elected Ms. Sarah would be one OLD MAN’S HEARTBEAT away from the presidency.

    That IS frightening!!!!

    Just check out an actuarial table…there’s something like a 17% chance that a man McCain’s age would die within his next eight years.

    That’s without factoring in his past cancer history, any residual PTSD, and his obvious physical limitations, and a host of other possibilities we can only worry about.

    McCain is clearly past the prime of his life. Period.

    We do need to worry about the qualifications of the person who would succeed him if he were to die while in office.

    To deny the possibility that McCain might not live out his presidency is ignorant, foolish and irresponsible.

    Bev | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  705. I am surprised by the number of women critical of Palin here! I was under the impression that women would blindly support Sarah Palin.

    I understand Sarah believes that women deserved to be paid lesser than men for the same work. John McCain is a bit more flexible in this respect than Sarah. McCain’s contention is that for women to aspire for parity in pay with men they should first get college education. (“No college degree, no equal pay”. A woman with out college education, deserves less pay than a guy without college education. That is McCain’s opinion. But if a woman aspires to, and completes college, then McCain believes the playing field (or paying field) should be level for such women. College educated woman, is rewarded with same pay as college educated man for the same work. I am fine with that. Atleast something changes, in McCain’s scheme of things, unlike Sarah who wants status quo).

    Sarah, also believes that a victim of rape or incest, that is pregnant, must bear the child, and should not be allowed the choice of abortion under any circumstance. I personally consider this an extreme ideology, to force a rape/incest victim to carry the baby to term, then deliver the child, and raise it – irrespective of how the mother (rape/incest victim) copes emotionally with being forced to deliver and care for this child.

    On several occasions ‘visitation rights’ and parental rights have been granted by courts to rapists and parents of rapists (grandparents of children conceived by rape) to meet and bond with children born out of the said rape/incest, that resulted in a pregnancy due to rape which was carried to term. I dread to think of the consequences of such courts (that grant rapists/parents of rapists, visitation and parental rights) working in tandem with a Sarah Palin like president that wants laws that make abortion illegal (punishable offense) under all circumstances – including rape/incest.

    I am less troubled by Sarah Palin’s other purported misdemeanours or trail of lies (not yet substantiated in my books, so I still consier them ‘hear say’ stuff – especially given what happened to the feverish tales and anonymour blogs about Sarah covering up for her daughters pregnancy!)

    The purported trail of lies, flip flops, and duplicity include … supported ‘bridge to nowhere’ before she supported it, left Wasilla in debt though she claims fiscal conservatism, wants to ban books that dont match her ideology and fires librarians that dont comply, believes Iraq war is ‘an act of God’, that offical emails were cc’d to hubby, who also was a constant presence/participant in the governors office during official meetings that he was not an invitee to and had no role to play, she is staunchly against distributing condoms or any kind of sex education for teenagers in schools, etc. However, as I stated earlier, these claims about Sarah Palin’s lies/misdemeanours/abuse of power, dont really bother me – lets face facts, she is a politician, and ‘politician’ is synonymous with lies/duplicity/abuse of power from what I have seen and it applies to politicians of all shades – red, blue and everything in between. So I would cut her some slack here.

    I am ready to overlook all of the above, except the first 2 points that pertains to women – equal pay as men, and no choice to abort fetuses even when resulting from rape/incest. I just could not fathom how a woman would not only acquiesce with, but actively advocate, lower pay to members of her own gender. To me it is feels something like imagining an African American person advocating or defending segregation or slavery! Likewise with the thought of forcing a rape/incest victim to bear and raise the child.

    I have discussed these 2 issues with women I know, to gauge how a woman’s mind relates to Sarah Palin’s extreme views. To my surprise, quite a few of them, just love the idea of a woman on the ticket that her views about anything dont disturb them much – so long as we finally get a woman in there. A female friend remarked to me after watching Sarah Palin’s speech remarked, “Wow, she is so smart, and confident. I really wished she didnt have such extreme views about things. Even so I really would like her to win – regardless of her opinions”.

    Which is why I am a bit confused by the proportion of women on this forum that are critical of Sarah Palin. Are these not posts by women, but actually by men who merely fancy posting under dainty feminine pseudonyms?

    Sam

    setu.madhavan@gmail.com

    Sam | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  706. Dear Iowa Nurse,
    Do you understand Reaganomics? Trickle down? It’s a joke. This is John McCain’s idea of rescuing the nation’s awful economy. Giving all of the tax breaks to corporations and to the rich folks, only makes the fat fatter. It just doesn;t work, Maybe you are a nurse who has invested wisely and have a huge nest egg and couldn’t care less about those less fortunate. Somehow I doubt that that is true.

    Robert Brown | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  707. Thanks for your slanted point of view, Anne! The only good thing you did in this letter is admit your bias and motivation to mislead. And look how FAMOUS you are now!

    Your check is in the mail, patriot.

    Jeff | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  708. Susie, you said it all. I’m a psychologist, and I’ve never heard a better description of a sociopath. You captured Sarah Palin perfectely – the glittering eyes, the self-satisfied, smug belief that she’s the BEST, the vicious in-crowd arrogance. Yes, she’s perfectly heartless.
    You didn’t mention her sending her son off to Iraq – a small sacrifice to her ambition? He looked just plain scared. She holds up the Downs syndrome baby as if he’s a trophy, trots out her pregnant daughter (I guess abstinence training didn’t work, huh?) and then says she wants privacy for her family…She’s pretty, empty, ruthless, and yes, she is another species. Sociopath.
    Thank goodness there are still people like Anne who are willing to speak out, even if it does put them in the firing line. Bravo, all of you who still have your senses about you.

    Kathryn | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  709. Palin is a sad excuse for even a Republican candidate, I am so disgusted that she was chosen to represent the women of this country. What it really comes down to is,
    if your a mccain/palin supporter you are seriously ignorant and need to put aside your pride and actually think for once, what matters more: the future of our country, or the republicans winning…either way if palin wins I hope you’ll have your gas masks ready

    Joan | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  710. Dennis! I agree totally with you, it’s so strange that the younger generation know so little about so much. They don’t get taught very much about history, and they are not allowed to be patriotic or to honor God in school. They are far removed from their actual food sources, and have never killed a chicken in their lives. They know so little about real life. And the Republicans have somehow turned our country into a nation that is afraid. My great grandparents settled Northern West Texas, and when my great grandmother was very old, she was senile, and thought I was her daughter. She always had me watching for the Indians, in case they snuck up and attacked us. She was very scared of Indians. I’m sure the Indians also had great grandmothers who were very scared of the whites. Life has changed, it’s very safe, we have wonder drugs and don’t die of simple little infections or childbirth, we never get bored, or even get to listen to nothing. We take the car to the store that’s a half mile away. If we stopped being afraid, we would realize that sooner or later we all die, and there’s nothing to be done about it, so stop letting the Republicans frighten us. It’s a sad state of affairs. Sometimes I believe that people are afraid that someone will come and take our STUFF, and that’s what the country is really afraid of. But to not realize that John McCain is a hero because of what he went through, I guess that person is just sort of too involved with his/her cell phone and video games and internet and all that jazz. We’re losing our connection with other human beings. We need to begin taking our daily walks without little wires plugged into our heads, and just listen to the sounds around us, instead of the noise civilization.

    Susie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  711. Sam, I am very much a woman and I absolutely love Sarah Palin for what she stands for!

    On the abortion issue, don’t get me wrong, I feel its horrible that a woman would have to go through such a traumatic rape situation and then bear a child afterwards. But I cannot condone rape for any reason. Where do you draw the line? I mean really, if you make exceptions for rape/incest, won’t all the girls start saying they were raped just to get the abortion? Where is the line? How do you know who truly “deserves” (if that is the word you can use) an abortion and who does not? I mean, its gotten so bad that they were performing partial birth abortions, which are supposedly outlawed but drs. are still getting in trouble for performing them illegally. I know people use cocaine, but that does not make me think it should be legal just b/c they are going to use it no matter what!

    And Robert Brown, I disagree with you. Tax the corporations, and it will affect us as they will pass that cost on to us. Reduce their tax, and our costs to shop with them are reduced. Plus, they keep their companies in our country and offer us jobs without outsourcing. I am in no way opposed to McCain’s reducing taxes for them.

    Ellie | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  712. Anyone who calls a housewife unintelligent is very misinformed. We have one of the most important jobs in this world. Making sure that our family, who needs us, is taken care of properly! With that said, thank you Anne for your post. This helps out with my research that I have been doing on the candidates. I will definately look into the issues that you raised in your post. To all of those people that result to name calling shame on you, you are just as bad as our politicians. Do the research and be an informed voter, then make your choice. Don’t go on the party rhetoric that has been fed to us by the politicians and the media. Get active do some research base your opinions on facts instead of assuming that what you hear is gospel. Our founding fathers were scared of the public because they felt we were not educated enough to make an informed decision on who should lead our nation. They were so scared of giving us the right to vote and decided on foregoing the popular vote by assigning the job of picking our President to the Electoral College. With that said, I am glad that other people in Alaska have posted and come out in defense of Anne’s letter; it gives it some legitamacy. Now I will look into it and make my own decision. Go green, save the planet from big business, help those in need, vote it is your right as a citizen and get involved in your schools and communities it is the only way to make a difference.

    Fellow House Mom | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  713. Perhaps if you all villianize Sarah Palin sufficently, you’ll be able to overwrite the ugly momories left by the TRUE reporting we have all seen about Obama. The statements by his minister and wife reflect his true soul, and that should concern any American who values our country’s freedoms. As a listener of NPR, I came onto this site looking for a little more information. What I found instead is utterly disgusting. The name calling and hatred that some of you pitch proves that the internet is indeed a very scary place. Is this how you spend your time? If you all worked half as hard as your grandparents, we wouldn’t be in the rough shape we are today. I’ll never come back here because all I see is ignorance, hate, and slander. If you want to make a difference, get off your butts and do something productive. There’s no glory in character assasination.

    Take a lesson from nature – The first buzzard to arrive has already pecked out the eyes. The rest of you are up to your necks in slime and filth.

    Alfred E. | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  714. Jason, she mentioned that the cuty has grown alot and her numbers were old. She di say that it is impossible for a private person to get info from city hall but did not say it is because of Palin’s nomination. I took it as they are busy due to the increase in population. I think she gave a fair explanation of her adjustment based on population.

    pete | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  715. Of course, what this open letter author neglects to mention – a most important fact – is that she is a Democrat (google her name and you’ll come up with a NY Times article that mentions this author and letter). If all these “facts” are indeed true, why did Sarah Palin get such high approval ratings in Wasilla and now as Governor in Alaska????? Listen – hell will freeze over before a Democrat gives “facts” about a Repub and vice versa. Who is anybody kidding here?

    Kim Lilley | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  716. Sounds like small town jealousy to me. If you didn’t like how she ran your town, then you should have ran against her for the position instead of just throwing rocks at her. Then maybe you would have been the one picked for VP.

    JB | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  717. I found her name from the site you referred. You might misspelled her lastname. Try again.

    ConservativeLiberal | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  718. I don’t believe anything I read on the internet ….unless it can be cross examined and be proven to be fact. Interesting read, and quiet entertaining , but there is better propaganda on you tube.

    Dave | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  719. Straight forward and to the point, thanks for stepping up and telling it like it is!

    Pete Alexander | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  720. Thanks Anne for another side of the story. I will wait and see if it will be on media next week. We’ll see.

    ConservativeLiberal | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  721. Wow. I have known women were cruel and vindictive, but the woman that wrote this “letter” takes the cake. She first writes that she has no jealousy but I think that any woman that reads this can see that is far from the truth. It’s very evident that the woman writing this letter has had a vindictive streak against Sarah Palin since high school. Did she steal your boyfriend, honey? Did she hang with the popular kids and leave you standing in the shadows? Was it unfair because you are originally from WA and not from AK and she moved there from ID and was more accepted than you were? Life isn’t fair at all, is it? I’m very certain of one thing… there is someone hiding something… you. What is it that happened to you that you aren’t telling? Nice touch on that karmic side, but anyone that actually studies that knows that it’s the actions of the person that causes the debt. Your actions were solely hateful, vindictive, and vile. I love how you say that you are “just a housewife” and yet indicate you are involved in politics. If you want a life grander than what you have, get off your butt and run for office.

    DonnaD | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  722. Interesting, Linda, that you don’t use correct punctuation, grammar, or spelling and yet you think that you raise an intelligent argument.

    I was previously voting for Barack Obama but have now changed my vote to John McCain. I did it using research and searching for the veracity of the candidates and their statements. Obama spouted change and yet has turned to politics as usual.

    In reality, no one has the experience of the presidency until they walk into the oval office. The one thing that Sarah Palin said that has stuck with me is “that with a good team we” will be ready. She doesn’t indicate that she can do anything alone but will surround herself with qualified, intelligent, and experienced people. That shows good common sense in my book.

    DonnaD | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  723. Thank You Anne!!!! “You” are a true American and “witness” to her public record. Thank you for sending this, and I hope that she or McCains handlers will do anything to you. EVERYTHING is public record nowadays….I am sure skeptics and repubs alike will hunt the internet and make calls to Wasilla city hall, 1-to tie up the lines, &/or 2-to get this info to verify & destroy.
    Thank you again Anne…

    Peeettttteee | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  724. America, wake up!

    Our population has to be much smarter than we have been showing lately…

    The economy is a mess, jobs are vaporizing, and nothing will change by electing the same party into power for another 4 years.

    We as a country cannot possibly be this stupid can we? I refuse to believe this could actually happen. I hope and pray I’m right.

    NO MATTER HOW MUCH OIL is produced in America, it will NOT be sold for less than market prices. In fact, if it can be sold for more than imported oil due to the “sweetness” of Alaskan oil, it will not even touch American soil.

    No matter who wins (it better be Obama for all of our sakes), oil is going to skyrocket. Our future requires getting off oil period.

    Since oil has been so wonderful to the top tiers of the Republican party, there is not going to be much incentive to make meaningful moves to end our oil consumption.

    If as a people we are stupid enough to allow the country to continue the nose dive we are in, we deserve what we get.

    Let the majority unite regardless of party or differences end this nightmare by electing Obama.

    It makes no sense to let the lobbyist campaign of McCain continue this nosedive.

    LJinLACA | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  725. To doubters.
    This letter is full of very exact details so if you doubt anything it should be a walk in the park to double check it. It seems to me like this description fits very well with all other details about SP which have become public lately.

    Thanks Anne for following your instinct.

    BTW (reply to DonnaD) I’m sure Anne has better things to do than trying to run for VP.

    Observer | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  726. correction on my poor typing skills….”I hope that she (Palin) or McCains handlers will NOT do anything to you! Sorry!!

    Thank you Anne…I know you’re not “jealous” nor an opportunist, you are a concerned Alaskan that isn’t scared of pitbulls.

    God Bless

    Peeettttteee | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  727. Hmmmmm, you sound a bit defensive. Have you checked to see if this is a hoax? You will probably by happy to learn Ann Kilkenny’s comments on Sarah Palin are for REAL.

    Sarah Palin ia a perfect fit for the Republican Party….and I tremble at the thought of another 4 to 8 years of this regime!

    Marcia | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  728. Anne, what a true Democrat!!! The mud that the swine has rolled in is truly deep. I must say, you have delivered your arrows in true DEM fashion. Unfortunately, the spears missed the target.

    Please go eat another Twinkie and get back to your Soaps that you love when you get home from your substitute teaching job.

    And please don’t try to get attention by sucking on someone else’s accomplishments.

    Reading through the lines, you just convinced me why she would make a great VP.

    DEMS = No tactic too low to get a socialist in the White House.

    JanieG | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

  729. How relieved I am to read corroboration of what my gut was screaming when I was listening to Palin’s speech. How a woman with Stepford Wife hair and Botox smile, with a picture of Mt. Rushmore behind her, could mock the set of the Democratic Convention and Obama’s demeanor, and then get wild applause, baffled me. How pundits and so-called news reporters could wax passionate about a vice-presidential candidate who belittled and ridiculed not only Obama but those in the community whom he served, and implied that the only candidate who believes in God (as though that was criteria for the White House) is herself, is beyond me. I also didn’t feel very comfortable that her handicapped infant had been turned over to her eight year old, who busily plastered down the baby’s hair with her spittle, while Palin blissfully roused the rabble at the convention. Kilkenny’s letter gives substance to all my trepidations. Just imagine if she inherits the Presidency and a non-Christian demon calls for a diplomatic meeting–will Madame President start WWIV?

    Rhoda Greenstone | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  730. The least this bitter author could have written was what books Palin wanted to have banned? Tell the WHOLE story please.

    Politics bring out the ugliest in people. -As if a president could solve all problems of the world. So many people look at this election almost as if we’re electing a savior. Kind of scary.

    “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. I see and hear a lot of whiners and bellyachers… How about considering the above quote when considering what presidential candidate deserves to lead our country and has the most optimism for our people?

    Jacky | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  731. If you are as mad as i am about McCain’s pick of Palin CLICK the McCain-Palin web ad at the top of the page And cost them some $$

    JeffQ | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  732. Sam: I am also very much a woman who is impressed with Sarah, primarily BECAUSE of her positions on abortion. Google “Did I Deserve the Death Penalty” for some really convincing articles by women concieved through rape who express appreciation to their mothers for having the strength to recognize that the actions of their biological fathers do not determine their humanity.

    I couldn’t follow the equal rights argument – wasn’t sure where that perspective came from. I haven’t heard Gov. Palin argue that the same work should get less pay. However, sometimes the opposition isn’t of the outcome, but of the method. Take sex education as an example: if I express reservations about sex education in the schools, do I advocate ignorance? Not at all… as an educated and involved parent, I simply feel more comfortable having that conversation directly with my children than delegating it to a public official. This isn’t a response to Gov. Palin’s position (I have no idea how she stands), but a hypothetical analogy to the equal pay situation. Is it possible that your concern is based on legislation that she opposed for reasons other than a belief that women aren’t worth as much? More facts to gather…

    feminism | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  733. I am frightened by the sheer audacity of this woman. She appears to employ the techniques of a schoolyard bully; braun and little brains. I was shocked when I learned that Senator picked her and now I am confused and confounded. The senator’s people didnt do their homework and should have thorougly investigated this woman. I wouldnt want this woman running my lemonade stand let alone second in line of the most powerful nation in the world!!!!

    Patti | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  734. Wow Did she beat you out as Homecoming Queen as
    well. What have you done to support your State?
    I think you sat on the sidelines while others
    stood up and faced what what was going on. You
    sound like a bitter housewife that knows she could have done better with her life if she
    had only had some of the gumption Paulin had.
    You just had to write this letter? Honey, I think you couldn’t wait to exact your revenge!
    Please do not teach your children your bitterness.

    KB JAmison | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  735. With these commendable contributions and personality traits, Sarah Palin makes a perfect addition to the Republican ticket. We need more enemies around the world. Do you suppose she can helps us become more indebtted to to this?

    The Hague | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  736. And please teach your children to read.

    The Hague | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  737. Ron, the letter itself has been vetted: Anne Kilkenny exists, she is a lifelong Wasilla resident, and she admits writing the letter.

    As to the content of the letter, whether or not it’s vindictive or, as another poster claims, “small town jealousy” (what’s that?), it’s claims are certainly verifiable. Did she leave Wasilla with a $22 million dollar debt? Did she hire a city administrator to do her job for her? Did she really fire all those people?

    Of course, even if the facts are true, they can still be spun, and Kilkenny’s letter may be doing that. But I for one am concerned that someone her promotes her own “executive experience” couldn’t even be bothered to run a small town without hired help.

    NCJE Culver | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  738. True or not, does it really matter what Ms. K has shared about Ms. Palin? If you have a brain, you know that politicians=liars, and that in politics corporations have more value than the citizens of this country – this is nothing new.

    I might add that McCain’s pick of Palin seems like the desperate act of a party that knows the game is over and is looking for a scape goat. I doubt they could find a better one than Sarah.

    Marla | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  739. Wow, was I right on the money about the Twinkie comment!!!

    To see a photo of Anne Kilkenny, go to the below link.

    Like they say… a picture tells a thousand words.

    http://www.mypokertube.com/viewphoto/3625/

    JanieG | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  740. To the moron who signs his post Adolph Hitler – grow up! You are the reason the republican party is so pathetic these days.

    rustle | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  741. How shallow for anyone to believe this woman. What makes you think she’s telling the truth? She was no doubt shunned by Palin or maybe she’s just jealous. How can any of you change your thinking and positions just by a smear campaign letter like this. You people should get educated and find the facts for yourselves.

    karen | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  742. Has it occurred to anyone that any honorable veteran of war (McCain should be honored in our hearts) who would literally spend every minute for 5 years “fighting” real enemies while a POW waiting for someone to come torture him would then spend the rest of his life seeing enemies all around…even, supposedly, in his own party. It is scary to me that noone has brought up the psychological scarring this poor man has over what he went thru and how it affected his first marriage, etc. I DON’T want to see McCain in the office of President. He voted with Bush over 90% of the time, Bush will go down in history as the worst President ever, (By the way, of course noone has exp. as Pres. unless they’ve been Pres., but I think the “W” has had 8 years of experience as Pres. and will leave the White House, still, with NO EXPERIENCE!) and yet McCain is going to shakeup Washington? Just more of the same.
    Also, he spoke an alarming view in his RNC speech-admittedly KNOWS good and evil (he eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, something that according to the Bible brought us all down.) It is time to start eating from the Tree of Life instead, McCain/Palin. No more looking for demons everywhere that you need to “shake up”.

    I don’t fear the world and it’s enemies of us as much as I fear the fear that has governed our great country for a very long time.

    Obama '08 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  743. This is a lovely broad side. Thank you. Judging by the PRO-bush/mcccain posts here, the enlightend people of the US/Wolrd are in for a rough ride. One question! What is that nagging squeeky accent Palin speaks in. It is most annoying and sounds very Hill Billy like.
    Mccain met her once for a few hours and decided for her.
    That reminds me of Bush meeting Putin, and declaring that he is a good man.
    If there is a God, please help us.

    Daniel, London | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  744. Daryl, you need to do some serious research on both Obama and McCain. If you don’t want to do that then at least watch CNN’s profile on Obama and McCain. McCain and Palin would have you believe Obama hasn’t reached across party lines but that isn’t true. Check it out on factcheck.org too if you like. You’ll also notice that most everything at the RNC said about Obama wasn’t true. Obama will unite the country, McCain will further divide. That was really the whole message of the RNC. Obama has really tried to stay above the fray and keep the conversations about the issues, not McCain and certainly not arrogant Palin. Picking Palin and all of the lying about Obama by McCain shows how desperate he is to win at all cost…not exactly putting country first. McCain has had 26 years to bring change to Washington…the only thing he’s changed is his mind. This country CANNOT continue this way for another 4 years. McCain hasn’t had an orignal thought in his head in the past two years…no fresh ideas. Just to let the rich (which he is one of) get richer and let the middle class disappear. Give more tax breaks to the oil companies and none to the working class. Can’t really believe anyone would vote for more of the same…

    Head shaker | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  745. Well I didn’t read every single post on here, so forgive me if this is at all repetitive. So much has been said about this “letter”, but I want to attempt to bring up a fresh point rather than echo what has already been said.

    My insight is based on reading this letter, as well as a majority of the comments, and listening to a short interview starring Kilkenny herself. (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543)In that NPR sound-byte, Kilkenny states that she only sent this “letter” out as an email to her friends, and had asked them to make sure it did not leak out onto the web. So there’s some heads up for those of you applauding Kilkenny for stepping up to the plate and getting the “truth” out there to the public though it was unpopular. In her own words, she had no intention of doing any such thing, or playing the hero she’s become to some of you.

    The thing is, if you listen to the clip, at first Kilkenny sounds so believable, like some semi-clueless older lady who claims to have just written an email to friends about what she thinks of Palin, given her close association. But read the “letter” — she is promoting her own opinions and attempting to prove a case, all the while making a point to sound respectably balanced and say good things about Palin? What kind of person writes the way this letter was written in emails to, in Kilkenny’s own words, “some friends, to just address the whole thing, send one letter and let it lie.” Nobody writes that way about politics to friends!

    Take a second look, after hearing the NPR “interview”, and it seems so carefully crafted: from her nervous laughter about not even knowing what a blog is, to the phone ringing in the middle of the “interview.”

    Take the very first line of the “letter”- “I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska…” yet she claims to have just been writing an email to “some friends”? I’d think friends of Kilkenny would know where she lives, for crying out loud.

    And what the heck, in her reasons for writing the letter: “Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.” That does not at all add up to her statement in the interview about not even wanting her email to some friends to leak out onto the web.

    I’m pretty sure Anne Kilkenny had a lot of help writing this “letter”, and it was written for a far different purpose than to get her view out to some of her friends. It’s hard not to think of Kilkenny as just another Dem pawn meant to convince at least a few more voters that Obama is the way to go.

    Hey, I can’t blame ‘em though; pretty good way of handling the low-blow Mccain threw ‘em when choosing a woman vp and reeling in those Hillary supporters on sex alone. I mean come on, who wouldn’t take little old same-hometown-as-sarah Anne Kilkennys opinion to heart? She MUST know what she’s talking about and just want to inform us non-Alaskans of the truth, out of the goodness of her heart. OH WAIT, you were just sending this email to some friends, right Anne? Thanks for nothing!

    Who knew | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  746. I am lived in Wasilla Alaska and traveled there monthly after moving to Seward. At the time this woman says Sarah increased spending the general Palmer-Wasilla area population increased four fold.

    If you notice, Sarah’s approval rating is 80%. This writer is a very disgruntled woman. Possibly she is envious, sounds like it to me.

    As a 40 year resident of Alaska I can tell you Sarah Palin is the real McCoy. You can count on her to have YOUR best interest at heart.

    Jay Bishop | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  747. If Sarah Pelin has nothing to hide why won’t the McCain Camp let her talk to the Media. If the McCain Camp refuses to let the Media talk to her then I think the Media should boycott the McCain Camp. With no Media attention paid to McCain, Palin, that means NO EXPOSURE to the public. What’s fair is fair. How about we e-mail all the Media and ask them to boycott The McCain, Palin Camp.

    S | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  748. Anne,

    Thank you for having the courage to speak up. For all you nitwits that think she’s being bitter and vindictive, don’t you think Anne would have made this letter anonymous? Instead she signed her name to it and provided plenty of verifiable information.

    There should be more people out there like Anne who take an interest and get involved, rather than letting the media or political parties spoon feed them their beliefs.

    Grateful Voter | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  749. There are no real McCoy’s when you are a Politician.they all have to sell their soles to the devil to get elected.

    S | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  750. My friend and I use to go to Commission, City Council, School Board meeting every week, for years. It was our way of staying informed and also could be very entertaining. The shinanigan’s that go on in Cities, Counties is unbelievable. If anyone knows what is going on you can bet this lady knows what she is talking about. I recommend everyone go to those meetings, then you know who the good ones are or not. The ones in Power show their true colors sooner or later. We called ourselves the watchdogs for the county.

    S | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  751. Angela, just because the Republicans say he is the most liberal democrat don’t make is so. He was 16th one year and 10th another year. That’s hardly the most liberal. Besides, liberal is not a dirty word. What are we sheep. In this day of computers there is no reason to blindly believe anything. Do a little research…

    Head shaker | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  752. Thanks for publishing this. I’ve seen most of these points in the press, but I appreciate your personal story. Palin most definitely appears to be a “barracuda” – you could hear her vitriolic anger in her speech a few days ago. My sister is a lifelong Republican, but she announced to me and her adult children this week, that McCain severely offended her by hiring someone so inexperienced (and by clearly overlooking so many experienced mature Republican women in favor of a younger splashy woman.) Palin may have made a splash in the media for a week or so, but I don’t believe it can rescue McCain. Anyway, her hands are dirty with the Trooper and other legal matters… not pretty. What an disturbing move by John McCain… to put someone with no national experience or congressional experience just a heartbeat away from the Presidency. What a bad first executive decision. How irresponsible, how desperate.

    Thanks again for publishing this piece. This type of blogging requires integrity and grit. Thanks, and Rock on!!

    Northeast Los Angeles/
    Highland Park/Eagle Rock

    eagle rock patriot | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  753. I have heard for two years; “I can’t vote for Obama because I don’t know him” Yet Palin comes on the scene and people are ready to place the future of the country in her hands after one big speech that was written for her by a Bush speech writer no less. This is serious, this my be the closest heartbeat ever! People get real!!! Check the stuff out for yourselves. Most everything in this letter I have found other places. If it looks like a duck,walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, its probably a duck. Palin is dangerous.

    Head shaker | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  754. This person has sour grapes. The progressive tax is a fair tax. Everybody pays even the illegals. The property get a well deserved tax break. If the interest rates were low why not borrow and still give surplus to taxpayers. Lady you are another scared liberal that was taken by surprise. Go John and Sarah.

    jose texeira | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  755. Sounds about right to me. I researched Sara Palin within 5 minutes of the news being announced on CNBC last Friday at 10:35 AM, I am a day trader, and am having a hard time getting back to the info I initially found. (Levi’s site has since been removed, that is easy to check) The popularity rating is definitely wrong. Her approval rating is about 60% and additional 20% was added to the figure from the Fair rating which to me is not an approval of work performance. Looks like her fans can’t do simple addition. My first impression was that she was not a Republican. The independent sounds more accurate and the cession from the USA was easy to verify, back then, which would make her an anarchist.
    Why her father woke her up at 3:00 AM to go moose hunting is quite surreal.
    Anne: in due coarse these findings will be verified. Thanks for the candor. Sorry you have to take so much abuse in the process. But the politics of personal destruction is still the most potent devise of the Republicans. She fits right in.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  756. Democracy can only exist and remain transparent, well-balanced, righteous and healthy with all the proper checks and balances duly functioning.

    Thanks, Anne Kilkenny, for this effort and for your honesty and courage.

    Hopefully this ‘check’ will ‘balance’ the credit Sarah Palin has stolen from the municipal and state ATM, just in time before she can make use of the federal budget to further her personal purposes.

    Robert C. VanWaning | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  757. No mayor or governor works in a vacuum. They are not all-powerful, and just do things without consent of the council or legislators. Anne Kilkenny may have some facts correct but may be out of context. We would be hard pressed to find out. The outcome of this election is about making the federal government more powerful in our lives. Obama and the democrats seem to want this type of Socialistic power to tell me how to live and that I must “help” all those less fortunate people in our country. I do not believe that government can cure societies ills. I believe that a lazy and inefficient bureaucracy will make them a lot worse. Obama/Biden will tax me more and I will be less able to pay my own way, and live the life I choose. I am a truck driver that makes less than $45,000 most years, and I don’t want government handouts. I want more freedom and less taxes, not the reverse.

    Greg H. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  758. PS If Sarah Palin had applied for a position in one of the Fortune 500 companies to play second to the top banana, sorry to say folks, but she would not get the job. For a lot of reasons. If by some quirk she did, and the number one guy left, quit or died, they would immediately be looking for a person with more experience than she brings to the table.
    And now there are those who think she is capable of running the United States of America. We are in deep do do here folks.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  759. Thank you for the other side of the story. It is very difficult in this time of media saturation to find a perspective from the people who know and lived around a politician. I believe the information you’ve been able to provide and now understand why she was choosen for VP. She tends to fit into the Republican’s party line. I hope people read your letter and take into consideration the background of Ms Palin. She would be a very dangerous President of the United States.

    Violet | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  760. What’s the big deal? So you knew her when she was a mayor of a small town? Why would anyone give a rat’s ass about your insight. Who are you and what do you do?

    MICAH | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  761. That may be because there may not be just the residents in Wasilia right now. There are most likely many researchers and independant groups on both sides trying to get background info on Sarah Palin’s tenure.

    Priscilla | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  762. Bravo Anne:
    I am writing from Athens, Greece, the birthplace of democracy. I am very proud of your courageous e mail. It is dispassionate about Sarah, but very passionate about truth and democracy.

    James Natt | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  763. jose, that’s an educated way to decide how to vote. Yay YOU!
    If I were you I wouldn’t look at pros or cons. Just vote because
    The media isn’t being nice, the issues be damned.

    sue | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  764. “She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.”

    This says it all and fits my thoughts prior to reading this letter about Palin. She’s has an exciting personality but lacks personal integrity. Another popular puppet that the republican party can insult American intelligence with, similar to previous puppets i.e. Ronald Regan and our current poppet – GW.

    Except her lack of international political and economic experience makes it even scarier to think of what would happen should she have to step in as president. And why do we need a vice president that is only going to hurt others once we give her more power.

    frank | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  765. Oh – and if you need a new home town Anne – give us a call.

    frank | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  766. She is real and she is what she claims to be.
    Check out NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543
    click on “listen now”

    Thanks for the courage and truth.

    Dirk | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  767. Thank you. This is a very well researched and written letter. Palin’s nomination is the latest example of the USA’s perilous tendency to worship the amateur in Washington, thinking that person will work a miracle for the country. This is another very good reason for me to not vote for the Republican ticket in November. Having “sure shot Cheney” In the VP position is bad enough, but having Ms Palin there would be a certain disaster. The Republican party is definitely out of ideas as well as steam.

    mapperjohn | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  768. What unfair “media” coverage? The NEWS media has reported on the news and the issues. Yes, some blogs have written some unflattering, untrue and biased material, but have you looked at all the blogs. One can equally say that other blogs have done the same to Sen. Obama. I wish people would stop blaming the media.

    And lay off this lady. A friend asked her for information and she sent it and it got passed around as things are likely to do on the Internet. It seems to me that she gave a pretty balanced account of what she “thought” was good and bad.

    What is wrong with everyone. This is not a football game with two teams. Wait…it isn’t because in football there is a referee and rules and people know when someone does a facemask. This is much harder.

    The best thing we, the people, SHOULD, be doing is trying to figure out who is telling the truth. And if they would just tell the truth it would be better.

    I for one am sorely disappointed in John McCain, who I supported against Bush in 2000. I thought he was truly above this, but now he has made me see that he is lying.

    I do not believe Senator Obama has made quite the leap to lie in my face yet. I am sure he has some hypocrisy as well, but it certainly has not been at the level of the McCain campaign.

    The story about the “flags” yesterday was the last straw.

    Audrey | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  769. Nathan Perry,
    thank you for your objective analysis. It is very helpful.

    Rick Ng | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  770. The “maverick” is looking more and more like a sidekick…merely going along with the powers that be…he says and does whatever he thinks his champions want to hear. Just like calling lobbyists ‘birds of prey’ which is a total contradiction to what his true ties with these unnecessary evils in Washington are.

    roschelle | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  771. you failed to understand the article sir!!

    fran | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  772. my comment was a reply to JOSE

    fran | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  773. The letter, even though it’s probably the creation of Nobama’s supporters, pales when compared to Nobama’s background. Don’t forget Ayers, Rezko, the two preachers, his slumlord position, Michelle’s recently developed pride for her country, the clinging of small town folks to their bibles, his purchase of his 1.9 million dollar home for 1.6 plus some shady Rezko property addition, and most importantly the fact that he has literally no presidential experience. You liberals need to wake up. One last point, someone in the above comments referred to Nobama as attractive; if some ever closely resembled Alfred E. Newman, it’s Nobama. Go McCain – Palin!!!

    john | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  774. The letter, even though it’s probably the creation of Nobama’s supporters, pales when compared to Nobama’s background. Don’t forget Ayers, Rezko, the two preachers, his slumlord position, Michelle’s recently developed pride for her country, the clinging of small town folks to their bibles, his purchase of his 1.9 million dollar home for 1.6 plus some shady Rezko property addition, and most importantly the fact that he has literally no presidential experience. You liberals need to wake up. One last point, someone in the above comments referred to Nobama as attractive; if someone ever closely resembled Alfred E. Newman, it’s Nobama. Go McCain – Palin!!!

    john | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  775. “Failin’ Palin,” as she has become known in my circles, imaginetively and in reality would be very dangerous as a president, impulsively reacting and wanting to have “her way” by vetoing any good that would benefit this country in compromise and growing poverty. Cheers to Anne Kilkenny and her courage to disclose this and more cheers to the publications refusing to be bought off by the Republicans from printing this. I guess we’ll be hearing about “the babby’s daddy” shot-gun wedding soon. . . .

    Dr. Kofi Enini | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  776. Thank you sooooooooooo much for posting this letter. I really admire you for your courage to stand up and exercise your freedom of press. This letter has to go out and about ASAP!!!!!! We cannot let this person run our country. Please pass this on to all you know.

    Diana Flores | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  777. NO one has “presidential experience” until he has become “President.”
    Considering your logic, look at “all of the presidential experience” President Bush has . . . and we’re has it lead us? Look at “all of the presidential experience” NIXON had, it professionally led him to Watergate. You get it?

    Dr. Kofi Enini | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  778. to Greg H,
    go to any non-partison tax site and you will see that you will get a 320.00 tax cut with McCain and a 1,050 tax cut with obama. I am a teacher in the same bracket as you and I have researched this on ONLY non-partison and bi-partison sources and they ALL come up with the same figures.

    fran | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  779. Man… some of you people are seriously special. Special in the helmet sense and not in the shooting star sense. If you believe this purely contrived vitriol, I have shares in a Kenyan oil conglomerate that I need to hide in an American Bank. If you hold the money while I seek Political asylum I will share the profits with you 50-50. All I need is your bank routing number…..

    kevin mcnamara | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  780. Thanks for the information, but it’s not complete. When looking for a leader, I look at the trunk, not at the branches. People rise to places of responsibility because they can. I am also looking for “Change”, but change guaranteed by experience. “Change” I can take to the bank.

    STB, Independent | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  781. God Help us. Not a single hope in this presidential election. I don’t trust any of the candidates. It is very scary that in our day and age you need to decide to vote on the lesser of the 2 evils. God help this country to make an informed decision and lead us to the polls with the right person in mind. I don’t know who is worse. McCain who is another George Bush(Satan)or Obama who can talk the talk but can he walk the walk. I doubt it. Then the VP candidates who I believe will take over within the presidency of either candidate and then what have we got Palin(willing to do anything to get what she wants) or Biden(idiot). God Help us!!!!!!!!!!

    Rachell | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  782. After reading these letters I can see why our country is in such a mess. I have lived in this world a long time and have seen what goes on in politics. Phil Gramm was right. We have become a nation of whiners. The poorest people in America have a cell phone and a tv but it’s never enough. I don’t want my tax dollars paying people’s mortagages when they should have had enough sense to not buy something they couldn’t afford. There is a saying~”you are a democrat when you’re young because you have a heart and a republican when you’re older because you have a brain”. I think the republican party is a lot more fiscally conservative than the democrats. If John McCain & Sarah Palin do nothing but get rid of earmarks they will have succeeded.
    If you notice there are a lot of letters out there making the rounds from both sides of the fence. Most that I have read have really good things to say about Sarah (and from people who know her). Like I said in an earlier post the democrats are running scared and will say anything to besmirch her. Here’s another saying~”we get the kind of government we deserve”. Be afraid-be very afraid and while you’re at it be an adult and stop the dirty talk. It makes you look really stupid.

    wanda | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  783. Have you even remotely considered the possibility that she is a patriot and trying to save her country from a disaster? Nah, I guess you haven’t. If you go to NPR, there’s an audio interview with Anne. She is real and this is no hoax. What’s sad to me is that McCain, a truly honorable man (or so he used to be) has allowed his campaign to take over and this is what they’ve told him will win him the election. Good luck with that!

    Alice | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  784. Why on earth would telling the truth be unethical? Get over it, Palin is a joke.

    Mr Texas | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  785. Not being an Alaskan and never having been there, I have no prior knowledge of Sarah Palin, but if only half of Anne Kilkenny’s assertions are only half true, we will be in serious trouble if McCain is elected.

    Steve M | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  786. Would you please give your source for this information. I would pack more of a wallop if you had provided it here.

    Sarah Dragomer | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  787. Hmmmm I find it interesting that Mz. Kilkenney failed to mention Sarah’s current 70% approval rating as governor. Guess 70% of Alaska doesn’t know what they are talking about!

    Min | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  788. What is your source for the list of banned books?

    Sarah Dragomer | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  789. Alice…

    sooo now it is Palin the Saviour and not Obama?

    Obama '08 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  790. Mr. Rivera, if you can not accept information that are facts,them keep proven every body the ignorance of some spanish population like you,go ahead and vote for M.cCain, but my vote is to precious to waste on somebody who is part of the problem for the last 27 years. Bill Mejia

    Bill Mejia | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  791. Sorry Alice,
    you meant Anne saving. Leery of the word “Saviour” these days, aren’t I?
    Bless you!

    Obama '08 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  792. When there were three candidates, Clinton was my first choice, but I was unsure whom I would select between McCain and Obama. When Clinton “dropped out” I started leaning towards McCain. I would vote for “McCain/Lieberman” ticket without thinking.

    The choice of Palin has changed my choices dramatically. After hearing her speech at the RNC Convention, I did want her even near the White House. Kilkenny’s letter confirmed my opinion.

    Thank you very much for your courage in posting it. And don’t get stressed over personal attacks in the comments in this thread – they are the best sign of your effectiveness.

    I hope the popularity of this letter will propel YOU into a political position.

    P_Rank | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  793. I applaud the author of this letter for providing facts to add into the mix. If Palin is running on her integrity and family values and fiscal conservatism, this information is truly relevant. Those who label the author as “jealous” live in a world where American Idol rules apply. This isn’t seventh grade! The stakes are too high for a reality TV mentality to be the driver of this election. You vote for some singer because he or she makes you feel good about yourself. That’s not the criteria we should be using for presidential politics.

    Jane Beard | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  794. I’m not the kind of guy to accept the facts of this letter at face value without looking for solid rebuttals of the facts presented, so I trawled through a large chunk of comments looking for any solid counter-arguments.

    Unfortunately all I could find was ad hominem ad infinitum. I gave up when Norman D Wick suggested that Anne didn’t know what the term ‘pro-infrastructure’ meant. Yes, Norman, clearly she does, and no, clearly you don’t.

    I can only conclude from the lack of effective rebuttals that the facts presented in the letter are indisputable. Thank you Anne for your courage and honesty. Unfortunately I live in New Zealand so my vote won’t count in the U.S. but it’s useful (and terrifying) for us to know what kind of person could potentially be in charge of the most dangerous superpower on the planet.

    David Thomsen | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  795. I am proud to be a card-carrying democrat, and apologize in no way for being an Obama supporter and voting for him; however, let’s get “real” here. There are not perfect candidates, personally nor politically, on either side of this debate. I personally believe John McCain made a very poor choice in his VP selection, but not because I believe everything I read on the net or hear in the media; rather, because even if she has all the “experience” claimed, I’m just not in agreement with her philosophies. By the same token, I’m not in agreement with some of Obama/Biden’s philosophies either. Each of us will need to decide who we’re most aligned with and vote accordingly. Let’s stop “trashing” our candidates and second-guessing their motives, and elect who we believe to be the best person for the job, and that includes respecting McCain’s and Obama’s choices for VP.
    Go USA!!!

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  796. Ha! This is ridiculous! I give you props for writing this, but do you realize what you sound like? You need to get over the little tiffs you’ve had 20 years ago and deal with your jealousy! I’m embarassed for you!

    emmajoy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  797. This is a clear declaration of jealousy… Especially when throwing out the part about her being a “babe”, and talking about the men voting for her because of this. I think YOUR point could have been made with out these caddy comments. I definately would not want you as an aquaintance. I am also guessing the reason she kept quiet about her pregnancy is because they found out early on there were complications or could be, how awful would it have been to have had small children/ family go through a pregnancy and had an awful outcome or losing the baby. I applaud her for her courage in going through with their pregnancy knowing the baby has downs. That is tough, and will more tough. Especially, at such a late age, and after having all the other children. As for ALL of the other issues… everyone has to start somewhere, and with busy life, working and that many kids,… who would have time for all of those other things? It seems most other Alaskans love her… And to say that the men like her just for those reasons, is saying the men in Alaska are pretty unintelligent when it comes to voting… Are you married?… LOL

    Tracy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  798. How do we know that all of this is true? I mean it is all very compelling, and it is interesting, but how can any of it be verifed as true while sitting in our homes typing away on the pc?? The article that led me here praised her and put all of the info on here in a good light. I do not know one way or the other, but I am certainly not going to believe everything I read on the internet as fact and take it all at face value.

    Heath | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  799. Ann speaks true facts. I am sorry to say that Sarah is not that beacon of hope. Put your trust in God as you pray for truth and Pray for Sarah Palin.

    carolyn sweets | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  800. This is not an internet hoax. NPR news interviewed this woman last week. She wrote this email to friends and it got out and about on the web. She has been bombarded by the media for answers because the repubs are keeping Palin locked away. They are grooming their little pony!!! NPR did confirm that lot of people in Wasilla are afraid to a talk because of fear of retribution.

    icenzi | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  801. Your letter says it all!! Palin is a frightening and horrifying person ! All I can say is that I hope that your letter reaches far and wide! I can’t wait for the debates..I am sure that there is a whole lot more that will come out about this prom queen!!!!!
    McCain is bad enough and to add this animal killing war monger to the ticket is very, very frightening…

    Julia | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  802. Anne Kilkenny’s self-righteous, smug “scrutiny” is just another case of liberal Democrat whining. Basically, her attitude is “let’s dissect and crucify anyone who doesn’t fall in line with our leftist world view.” When will this same “scrutiny” be applied to Obama (and his Chicago political machine cronies) and hack-politico Biden?

    Why doesn’t NPR do a story about how the Democrats in my home state of Missouri have been in bed with the state troopers for years, making life difficult for those troopers who don’t tow the Democrat line? Why doesn’t NPR report the decades of corruption among the Missouri Democrats in power who needlessly wasted taxpayer money to audit Republicans who crossed them? Those well-known facts are just the “tip of the iceberg.”

    I guess Kilkenny thinks all of the Alaskan citizens who give Palin such incredibly high approval ratings are idiots.

    Bryn | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  803. Terrific letter!! Very well written and you are very articulate!

    I’m from Canada and we are watching the elections very closely. Your letter is being read all over the world and reveals facts that many reporters would not be able to find on their own.

    Thanks.

    Marc | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  804. For those of you hoping that the news media will pick this up, NOT ON YOUR LIFE.

    WHY???? Here are the reasons. Under “Why am I writing this”…

    FIRST (item) Kilhenny says you can see my participation in local government, education, and PTA.
    KILHENNY WAS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER. SHE HAS HELD NO POSITION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT. TEN YRS. AS A VOTER REGISTRAR AND SHE THINKS HER OPINIONS MEAN SOMETHING. SHE IS A REGISTERED DEM SO MAYBE SHE THINKS THAT MEANS SOMETHING. GEEZZZ!!!

    SECOND (item) “Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.”
    GOING TO CITY COUNCIL MTGS. AND SHE THINKS SHE KNOWS THE “INSIDE SCOOP” OF STATE GOVERNMENT? AND THE ARROGANCE BY SAYING SHE KNOWS MORE THAN OTHER PEOPLE. WHY DIDN’T KILHENNY REALLY GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY BECOMING AN ACTIVE ELECTED OFFICIAL SINCE SHE HAD ALL THIS KNOWLEDGE AND SHE COULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING! GEEZZZ!!!!

    THIRD (item) She states she is “just a housewife” and “no job”!!!! Also, “this will cost me somehow in the future”.
    KILHENNY INFORMED US THAT SHE HAS NO JOB… HOW IS THIS GOING TO “COST” HER? DOES SHE GET “GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE”??? “JUST A HOUSEWIFE” LOOKING FOR ATTENTION, MAYBE GO ON TV TO GIVE HER OPINIONS THAT SHE FEELS ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. THAT SHOULD MAKE GREAT NEWS… A HOUSEWIFE THAT KNOWS MORE ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BUT REALLY DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT GOVERMENT AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. GEEZZZ!!!!

    FOURTH (item) “She hated me since 1996″…
    KILHENNY,PLEASE TELL US THE TIMES AND DATES WHEN SARAH PALIN TOLD YOU SHE HATED YOU OR IS THIS ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR OPINIONS. ONE QUESTION FOR YOU… HOW LONG HAVE YOU HATED HER – SINCE 1996?

    “…when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.”
    WHERE ARE THE OTHER 99 PEOPLE THAT WAS IN THAT GROUP WHO RALLIED WITH YOU??? NO WORD FROM THEM. HOW STRANGE! MAYBE IT WAS A RALLY OF ONE. GEEZZZ!!!

    FIFTH (item) “I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.”
    MAYBE YOU WERE EXPERIENCING THAT EPIPHANY OBAMA WAS REFERING TO….”You will experience an epiphany and you will say to yourself, ‘I have to vote for Barack’”.

    WOW, THIS IS REALLY GOING OFF THE TOP!!!! LET’S SEE NO ONE ACTUALLY TOLD YOU HOW THEY FELT… YOU JUST LOOKED AROUND AND REALIZED THAT EVERBODY ELSE WAS SOMEHOW VULNERABLE. WERE YOU IN YOUR HOME WHEN YOU CAME TO THIS REVELATION? WAS IT YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS YOU WERE LOOKING AT AND THEy WERE THE ONES AFRAID TO SAY ANYTHING???

    Yes, people… the media ain’t gonna touch this one!!!!

    Can we say “the diary of a mad housewife” or is it “the delusions of a mad housewife”???

    JanieG | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  805. You insult snakes.

    Haile | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  806. thanks for proving to me how crazy and terrified the democrats are that they will lose another election. i never thought you guys would stoop so low… too bad the smart people will see right through your tactics. i’m embarrassed for the author.

    i find it amusingly convenient that obama has no record to tarnish.

    McCain/Palin have my vote.

    Lauren | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  807. Goodness, this housewife is lonely and obviously bored beyond words. Talk about vendictive! This woman talks out of both sides of her mouth, Just bet she is there TO congradulate her Dear Friend of many years!! Sounds like a snake in the grass..Honey you need to get a JOB!!! A INTEREST!! better still a LIFE!!!

    POSSUM | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  808. To SARAH and all those Obama/Biden supporters who have read the information in its ENTIRETY regarding Obama’s links to terrosrist William Ayres and Tony Rezko, and also his racist pastor Jeremiah wright-and dismissed the information out of hand due to an innate inability to process or SEEK truth: YOU ARE IDIOTS.
    You are willfully ignorant and need to accept some responsibility for the current sad state of our political system-and, yes, country. The renewed interest in political change and excitement of the sane voters in this country will save us all from the path of destruction that your repeated inability to separate fact from fiction has created.
    BLESS those who STAND UP and seek TRUTH in a world that often punishes those PATRIOTS who speak against the liberal wave of mutiliation!!!!!!!
    When I toast-I toast to PEACE.

    McCain/Palin ’08

    Sally | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  809. huh…I do believe I have yet to see someone write something similar about Obama’s character….hummmm maybe because he’s a genuinely nice fair person, unlike this two faced backstabbing Palin. I think I’ll go to Obama’s site right now to give more money to his campaign. Thank you Anne. And to judge someone’s character…just look at what McCain did to his first wife who was a model. While McCain was a POW his 1st wife got into a horrible accident and was disfigured and handicapped. He came home to his disfigured 1st wife and then immediately dumped her for his 2nd wife. Look those facts up on line you repuplicans….and then pray for him to go to heaven because if you believe in god someone like that should be in hell for what he did.

    Brenda S. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  810. Sarah, I think that is really what you meant to say!

    Sally | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  811. Well, I posted a comment (about 10 or 12 up from the bottom now)and have not seen a single response to it. Where are all the folks who are really interested in our country and want to just say “NO” to all this character bashing on both sides? It is what it is…Let’s just get serious in voting for the best person for the job. All the vitriol usurps energy from us all…energy we could be using to help “unite” this country again…regardless of which party wins. Comments???

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  812. I have not read all of the posts here. After reading posts for about 30 minutes I’ve not seen any poster here that has fact checked this letter whether they think Ann K a saint or a green monster.
    The point being, she has posted numbers and a lot of information that can verified. It seems that the people that want to support Governor Palin here can only cast aspersions on Ms. Kilkenny. She’s envious, she’s ugly, she’s not a good friend,…
    I for one expect that while it is possible there are other motivations here, much of this letter gives important information. Why not stop with the personal attacks and check out the readily verifiable records and let us know what you find?

    hal | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  813. You are absolutley correct Miriam. I agree that people need to check their facts and really research all candidates involved based on their accusations. They need to make their choice on their findings. Do not believe what you read in an e-mail or a blog. Check the facts! Do hours of reasearch! I did my own research and I am scared to death with my findings on Obama. I wish more people would do their homework.

    Sally | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  814. Thanks, Anne. Please do what you can to get your letter publicized by the media. I commit, as should all readers concerned by what you say, to spreading notice of your letter to friends and family far and wide.

    Margaret von Steinen | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  815. Gee, Brenda–lighten up! You must have been with McCain when he returned from Vietnam to know exactly what he did to his first wife! You do not know EXACTLY what happened, so stop believing everything you read. There are a couple of politicians that come to mind that have done some awful things to their spouses! Two come to mind–Ted Kennedy and former Bill Clinton!!!! And the people still love these two guys (the good old boy system) no matter what we read about them or believe. It’s simple–if you’re a lifer Dem. you’ll believe anything about a Repub. and vice versa. So Brenda and similar men/women, when posting your opinions, why not be more informed and yes, there are good people on both sides of the aisle.

    Helen

    Helen | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  816. Brenda
    Practice what you preach, my dear. John McCain returned home from Hanoi in 1973 and divorced his first wife Carol in 1980. That is hardly, ‘immediately’, as you put it. He has been happily married to Cindy for 30 years now. And also, his first wife Carol, displays a McCain bumper sticker on her car!

    Sally | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  817. SEND THIS TO CNN!!!!!!!!!

    Ilse Leiker | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  818. HOW DO WE GET TO THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA. mORE, importantly…how do convince the “sheep” of this nation???

    LORI | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  819. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Steve Sirkin | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  820. Reply to Helen: AMEN!
    I think we might be the only 2 in this chat who believe there are good people on both sides! If there are more, let’s HEAR from them. It would be refreshing to know everyone out there is not ANGRY!

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  821. I don’t know Anne and I was always taught to consider the source when analyzing information. What is apparent is that Anne has an agenda and it is against Sarah Palin as she believes, in her words, that Sarah “hates” her. Anne, my guess is that Sarah doesn’t even think about you.

    Don’t be fooled by the appearance of this being a factual piece… it is not. This is largely Anne’s opinion whom we do not know. If Anne is such an informed citizen that wants to do the right thing, then why didn’t she get up out of her seat at all those City Council meetings she attended and do something about the things she has issue with like Sarah has done?

    GDub | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  822. I saw the photo of Anne. Enough said.

    Liz | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  823. Kilkenny lacks credability. I dont know and the majority of the rspondents dont know what is true, what is distorted and what is political spin. Clearly Kilkenny is a self admitted hater, some we see where her perspective is generasted. Lastly, everyone has some redeeming qualities, even Jesse James. Kilkenny points out none. She simply is to the far left and has not yet convienced me.

    maurice Heloiu | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  824. Could you get some photos of her breasts.

    I think her breast milk and Oreos would be super delicious.

    Goodloe Sutton | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  825. Evidence of this letter has already been picked up by the Review Journal newspaper in Las Vegas as a decent-sized article in the front section of the Sunday 9/7 paper.
    I have two objections to Palin: McCain’s pick of a woman as a clever political move with no substance underpinning the pick and second, her snarky, insulting, arrogant speech.

    Sue | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  826. I would like to appluad Ms. Kilkenny for coming forth and providing this info. It’s depressing to think that people actually think she is up to the task. We must never underestimate the stupidity of the American people. Who would’ve thought Goerge Bush could get re-elected? No sane person! We must ghet out and vote. It is truly time for change. McCain offers more Bush. Palin is too scary.

    Guy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  827. My, my what a nasty little man. I’m not sure what your stance is except that you’d like more oil and your women to stay home and breed more of you. Please, start thinking with your big head and realize many women, most my guess, are quite capable of running this country, we don’t need especially you. We’ve been held down by you and our own limited self esteem. You’ve killed the kids and ruined the planet. It’s time to shut up and sit down. Women like Sara Paulin are dangerous. They have the same mind set as many male politicians. Deviousness is their middle name. They excell at making you feel warm and fuzzy while ripping your heart and wallet out of your chest. She’ll drill for that oil and bear your child, even if it’s a product of rape. My god, how lucky can you get! At least Lindsey Lohan had the good sense to say only that she (Palin) was a distraction.

    Nina | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  828. I am a 50 yo woman who was a closet Hillary supporter. Much of my support for Hillary
    came from her being a woman who is well versed in many areas. I did believe she was capable of running the country for the betterment of all. When Obama picked Biden instead of Hillary I was strongly leaning towards McCain. When McCain picked Palin I had to question if he had lost his mind. If a woman votes for McCain because he has added Palin, then they have lost their mind. That is as bad as the women who voted for Clinton because he was better looking than Bush. Vote on the issues, not because of gender or looks.

    I was a soccer mom. Now however, I have grown daughters who are both in college. Both managed to get there without becoming pregnate or without necessity of an abortion. It was because when I recognized that abstinence wasn’t going to work, I defied their catholic upbringing and asked them if I could put them on birth control (at 17 for both, it’s a tough age). Both denied they were having or going to have sex. They have since thanked me. As both, like most children their age, had told me what they thought I wanted to hear instead of being entirely truthful. Thank goodness neither of them got pregnate. Had they gotten pregnate, I certainly would not have pushed them to get married. While I don’t like to think of any child as being an accident, why compound being pregnant at 17 with getting married. It’s too young.

    Sarah Palin doesn’t represent any of my values. I know a lot of you will call it gender bias but coming from a woman who always put her children first, I do not see how Sarah Palin can even consider the VP position at this time in her life. She clearly is putting her career in front of her family. I’d say the same the same thing for any man in her position also. Many times my ex had to put his career on hold as we both believed in family first. Neither my ex husband or myself have suffered any long term consequences for putting our family first. BTW, when I say ex, putting off getting a divorce was something we put off till the kids were near adults also. We truly operated on what was best for our children first and foremost. Sometimes in life, you have to put others needs before your own. I don’t think Sarah Palin is doing that. I don’t think that VP is in her destiny and if it is, a few more years of family first wouldn’t hurt any of them and might actually do her family some good.

    She is adorable and I’m fascinated by her. Like Anne says, I think she is a babe. But if even half of what Anne has written is true, do we really need someone like that in the White House? Male or female. VP or President. I’d like to see a woman in the White House in my lifetime. I’m still hoping it will happen. Just not this woman at this time. So many people McCain could have picked and he would have had my vote. Palin does not have what I am looking for in a VP candidate. Heck Condi Rice would have kept my vote. I feel McCain was rash and if he can’t give more thought to his VP pick, then how can I trust him with the business of running the country for the good of all?

    I’m leaning towards Obama at this point. That could still change but the more I learn the farther I lean.

    I really do wish that Bill Cosby was really running. He’d definitely have gotten my vote. I still may write him in.

    Brenda B – Florida

    another Brenda this one with a B | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  829. you’re wary of Palin but not Obama. Come on!!!!! Don’t elect her and elect the Muslim (oh sorry, converted Christian) and see how quick he goes back to his Muslim upbringing once he gets in office. Wake up America!!!!

    Wanda | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  830. Yes, it’s time for a change but we need someone like Colin Powell to run who’s fought for our country right along beside our sons and daughters. Not a man who won’t even put his hand on his chest when the National Anthem is played and who won’t wear an American flag on his lapel but will wear a pin that signifies his Muslim heritage. On top of that, Palin actually has more experience in government office than Obama does. Have you ever heard of a wolf in sheeps clothing? You’re looking at him and I say it now. Vote him in and all of America pays the price not just the “blacks” or the “whites”. Google him and read about his background. It’s scarrier than Palin’s could ever be.

    Wanda | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  831. Thank you for sharing Anne, I certainly hope there is no backlash from an obviously unforgiving woman that runs your state. We as the citizens of the country sincerely appreciate your honesty and help regarding the GOP VP nominee. This is definitely not someone I’d want in charge of anything, let alone first in line to being in charge of my country!

    Luke | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  832. wanda, how does palin have more experience in govt than Obama? She was mayor of a tiny little village in Alaska…my student senators in high school had as much responsibility as she did. Only real experience she’s had is as Gov of the smallest population state in the country.

    Luke | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  833. Kim,

    This is the link to the fiscal year 05 budget
    http://www.cityofwasilla.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=130

    refer to the graph on page 150 and you will see that the city’s debt went from less than 5% of the budget to 20% of the budget under Ms. Palin.

    Then look at page 247 tax revenue between 96 & 2005 went from 4.6 Million to 10 Million. But Palin says she cut taxes but she only cut property taxes.

    And lastly look look at pages 249 and 250 it shows revenues and expentitures from from 93 to 03 she went from 1 million surplus to 600,000 shortfall even though she doubled the amount of federal aid the city recieved ( the pork she complains about).

    Bill | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  834. What a profound challenge to this writing. Ignore everything but the comment about point guard in HS. The link between Republican and religion seems to bypass truth altogether. I don’t assume this is truth. I do think the numbers could be validated or refuted.

    But don’t you think it’s worth more than a sophomoric rhetort? I do not want four more years of unfettered power wielding and defiance to the will of the American people.

    All the folks who proclaim that their political ascension is some divine trek need to explain the passage that clearly explained the weight of government would be upon His shoulders. Government will always be misaligned with Gospel according to the Gospel.

    CJ | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  835. Thanks for posting this honest & straight forward letter! You are very brave & loyal to America for exposing this person as a a far-right wing, iron-fisted, clever & cunning, dictator. Thank YOU! for your courage. If any revenge is received for your letter please Expose that too! Tell the whole world. You do not deserve to be attacked for being honest by far-right wingers.
    Thank you from the state of Washington.

    Valerie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  836. WANDA brain but dint get one . . .

    Obama is running for President, not Dictator. Your theory about his “Muslim” agenda is beyond ridiculous. Did you finish grammar school? Do you remember we have 3 branches of government, and how the system of checks and balances is supposed to work?

    And I say *supposed* hoping that we citizens and our representatives have learned just how dangerous complacency can be, given the events of the past 8 years. No “terrorist” as we recognize one could have done more damage to our economy and that of several future generations, our relations with the rest of the world, or our environment than the brainless puppet who’s had free rein for the past 8 years.

    kb | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  837. Anne Kilkenny, herself, writes “She is immensely popular here”…..WHY IS THAT? Apparently Sarah Palin is NOT popular with Anne, but if the majority of people in the State of Alaska like her, then she must be doing something RIGHT!!!!

    I lived in Alaska for 8 years and I know some Life-Long Alaskans well and value their opinion. They ALL say Sarah Palin is the best!!!

    I will listen to them because I KNOW them, not to a vicious article from a woman I don’t know just because she is a good writer….and appears to not like Sarah Palin. Perhaps Anne has an agenda herself.

    It is amazing to me that people will believe anything they read from a person they do not even know or have never heard of….as in the case of Anne Kilkenny. That scares me about this country more than anything.

    Eliz Goldman | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  838. I couldn’t have said it better…..

    katherine | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  839. Remember the greatest lie ever told…..”read my lips…..” by George H. W. Bush??

    AlamoCityGirl | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  840. The thought of this woman being anywhere near D.C. gives me a knot of fear in the pit of my stomach. She would push us over the edge to a veritable theocracy. Vote for Obama/Biden, not these megalomaniac nutjobs.

    ALS | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  841. Well, my brain seems to be working better than yours. Let’s see that Government of “checks and balances” just borrowed money to give every American a tax incentive check but then turned around and sent how much money to Georgia to help in their fight? We can’t take care of our borders at home and the people in need here but we can send millions and billions to every overseas country on the planet. I’m not saying don’t vote for Obama if you believe he’s the best but you’re willing to believe a letter by someone “who knows Palin” and maybe she’s right but what does any American really know about Obama? Not much, that’s for damned sure. All I’m saying is read what you can about both of them and then decide. Maybe since we’re all ready for a change and a “black” man to win, we can write in Colin Powell and be done with it. The only thing that I do know is that I’d try to become President of a country too if I wanted to take it over. What better way. Yeah, there’s checks and balances but they haven’t worked that well lately have they and someone else has to take his place and there’s two Senators slinging mudd at each other from my state who are up for re-election. Wonder what “Converted” Christian could take their place since we need a change from all the old Senators?

    Wanda | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  842. Thanks Ann. Someone said before you sounded jealous. I think you sound like someone who is fed up with the “town bully” and now scared at what they see. I have to agree. When I saw her I recognized her type immediately from people I know like her. She made the hair stand up on my arms when I first saw her and everytime I see her. … She frightens me and she and McCain together should frighten the country….She says the war we are fighting is ordaing from God. That sounds like Muslim Jihad think ing to me…I personally am glad that McCain choose her for his VP candidate, he just shot himself in the foot. He showed he makes snap decisions and bad ones. …. Sarah Palin is not and never will be Hillary Clinton. We need to vote as Hillary and Bill and vote for the party, vote for Obama. If not, I told my husband who is in China now to stay there, because I am on the way. I don’t want to live in a country that would elect McCain and Palin.

    Jeri | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  843. KB has my vote. I feel very sorry for Wanda. Miriam

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  844. Please check it at snopes.com the letter is true and was intended for about 40 of Anne’s closest friends.

    FACTS | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  845. I lived in Indonesia for many years as an ex-patriot. I am very familiar with the kind of upbringing Obama had there. KB needs to spend time living and mingling and really getting to know a place as I did.

    While I love the majority of the Indonesian people who are good, hard-working people…there are still those radicals, that operate there and infiltrate the minds of their youth. That is not easily erased. Obama has been infiltrated -it is obvious by some of the earlier things HE said. I agree with Wanda. Obama’s background is MUCH scarier, and he is charming and attractive which always turns people’s head here in America.

    Everyone says Sarah is inexperienced and is a heartbeat away from the presidency as VP. Obama is extremely inexperienced, and WILL BE THE PRESIDENT if elected. Not a heartbeat away!!! Sarah will just be a VP. I have held VP positions, and while I had things to do, it is not that great of a position. The real power is in the presidency….and you want to give it to such a man as Obama???!!!

    And what of Obama’s wife? The spotlight has been off of her lately. She mentions how she basically doesn’t like this country and yet, as a BLACK woman, she has benefitted greatly from what this country has to offer. She could not have gotten where she is in MANY other countries. She has an Ivy League education, a great career, and makes A TON of money (more than the majority of Americans) as does her husband (and you never hear about that)……..benefits this country and the WHITE man made possible. So give me a break! My best friend is BLACK, so do not think I am making this a race issue; I am not. Just pointing out the benefits this woman has had in this country. Let’s see how far she would have gotten in MOST countries of the world….like Indonesia. She should be praising this country for all of her “blessings”.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  846. Vote your man in and we’ll see who gets to feel sorry for who. Goodnight my narrowed minded people. We’ll see who chooses right come November and I’ll save you a place in Canada when you vote Obama in and then wish like hell you hadn’t!!!!!

    Wanda | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  847. Any governor who has an 86% approval rating in their State must be doing an awful lot right. Sounds like jealousy to me – same as the comments by women “who didn’t like her the moment they saw her” – well, that is really objective!

    Anne Whiston | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  848. I do not know, nor do I care how much of Ms. Kilkenny’s comments are factually based. They just give me an opportunity to publish my own thoughts on the scariest person to potentially ascend to the highest position in our great country. Initially, I was extremely insulted when it was implied that disappointed and undecided Hillary Clinton supporters would be swayed by McCain’s selection. Why would they be? Because Sarah Palin happens to have a vagina?? Then why not just skip the election and simply divide the votes based on each candidate’s gender, and perhaps racial make-up, the other ‘first’ in this election. Sure would save a bundle of money. But then…..how would we divide the votes for Obama, when his mother was white…. Palin is a bigoted, hypocritical loud-mouthed know-it-all, who happens to be sitting in the governor’s seat in Alaska for the last 20 months or so. How she got there is that state’s problem. How she got beyond that is because of a big nose-thumbing by John McCain to the American people. She is an insult to all of us. At a time when we – and the rest of the world – need thoughtful, intelligent, forward and globally-thinking leaders to save us from ourselves, he gives us Ms. Palin. Win at all costs, John. Are the voters rallying? You bet. They’re coming out of the woodwork. Are they thoughtful, intelligent, forward and globally-thinking voters? No. (See last sentence.) Does John McCain care? Why would he? A vote is a vote is a vote…

    Suellen Rose | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  849. I hope you do go to China, Jeri. After 4-5 years there, let me know how you feel then.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  850. To Obama supporters who are influenced by this letter:
    If Sarah Palin’s high school basketball days matter to you, or if it matters to you when she chose to divulge information about her pregnancy (both of which I believe are completely irrelevant and inappropriate to be discussing), then why does Obama’s past illegal drug use(cocaine) and friendships with people like Wright and William Ayers not bother you? If we are going to talk about her past, well then let’s be fair and include Obama’s past in this discussion as well. How do those issues not speak to his character if the issues mentioned in this letter supposedly speak to Sarah Palin’s character? I would honestly like an answer to that from an Obama supporter.

    Chicago | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  851. How much are you being paid for this?

    Maribeth Douglas | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  852. Oh, Wanda, I think it’s you that’s narrow-minded.

    md | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  853. Thank you, Anne – very brave of you, and very patriotic, too!

    Ralfi | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  854. Hey gang, while you are doing your research, do a little bit of reading about liberal “accomplishments” that seemed lost on far too many people. Try the Declaration of Independence for one. The Bill of Rights is another. The end of child labor. Woman’s right to vote. The right to choose. The right for labor to organize so that conditions and pay were humane. The list is quite impressive. And I defend the right of those that disagree with my views to voice their opinion, because I am a Liberal. I come from a long line of Republicans and at one of our fancy family gatherings I asked for them to give me the list of Republican “accomplishments”. The silence was wonderful.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  855. “Sarah left Wasilla 20 million” in debt? Well she is in the right party…

    icenzi | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  856. How do we know this list is accurate? What is your source? Thanks!

    Susan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  857. Thank you for being articulate and such a good member of the community. A very helpful and fair-minded analysis.

    Edward Tomarken | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  858. Shame on you, Ruth, for not at least checking some of the facts. I seems that you are another deer blinded in the Palin headlights. Just check it out and then decide.

    Brian | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  859. You sound like a crybaby to me. Jealous, vindictive and opinionated. Nothing fairminded about this e-mail, you set out to destroy Ms Palin and I hope it rebounds and slaps you back. I hope all that read your attack on Sarah Palin see it for what it really is———–spiteful, hateful gossip.

    BJCO | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  860. I don’t understand how she could have seen that the people around her were too scared to talk negatively about Sarah Palin, so Anne felt it was her civic duty to do so. ANNE RELEASED THE EMAIL IMMEDIATELY AFTER SARAH PALIN WAS PICKED AS THE VP NOMINATION!! You can’t write a letter like this quickly, this had to have taken quite some time. That is unless Anne had written parts of it way before the VP pick and had most of it ready to go!

    For the life of me, I cannot understand how people keep blaming Bush for all the problems in the U.S. First of all, do you not understand that Congress is controlled by the Democrats? How do you think Bush gets things done? By himself? NO, with congress, which again is controlled by the Democrats. He works with what he has to work with!

    Can you honestly claim any administration is the cause for the housing problem? I figure only the people who were dumb enough to take out loans higher than what they could afford are the complainers! If you want to change, then change! Don’t just expect Obama to do it for you! Get out there, recycle, help others, donate to charities etc. But don’t vote for an administration to handle that for us! You don’t need much common sense to tell you that if you allow the government to take your money and supposedly “change” things, it won’t go the way you want! Vote for McCain so your money is in your wallet for you to do as you wish with it without having to pay for all the welfare recipients! Then go out and make your own changes!

    Ellie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  861. To Cappy, and other doubters, the letter, itself, is NOT A HOAX!
    It is a person’s opinion. Why have so many in this country gotten so rude to people for expressing their opinions? Opinions, like feelings, are neither RIGHT nor WRONG — they are what they are, and Americans are entitled to have them and should be encouraged to express them. Those who have bravely served this country have earned that right for all. We can accept the ideas or reject them, but lets show some respect for ALL.

    The quickest way to get a basic check on any of those emails you get slamming EITHER candidate is to go to snopes.com It shouldn’t be your one and only source — just as no one source should be, but it is a start that you could hopefully check out before spreading false rumors and/or malicious gossip.

    I would hope that people would WANT to find out if what’s presented as fact or given as information is true AND ACCURATE, and there IS a difference.

    I find the personal attacks against people’s opinions — no matter who they favor, disappointing — very UNAMERICAN, actually — but not uncommon. Sad. Especially when so much is at stake for American citizens.

    WHOEVER inherits the leadership of our country will have TREMENDOUS problems before him. His journey will be difficult and his ability to succeed in solving any of them based on working together and accepting that a true compromise isn’t, “Hey you, give up and see it my way.” United we STAND, divided we FAIL.

    One snope’s link about Anne’s letter IS:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    One post I definitely DISAGREE with IS:

    You could have never been a true Hilary supporter if you will not vote for McCain/Palin

    One post I definitely AGREE with IS:

    “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    It is knowledge that sets you free – - and KEEPS you free.

    Retired Independent in the Midwest ((Also a PROUD Blue-Star Mom!)

    Eweleen H. Good | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  862. It amazes me how people can be so gulible to blindily believe anything they read on the Internet, or blindly accept as fact what they hear/read from a complete stranger. Even if this Anne Kilkenny is a real person, and even if she wrote the letter above, there is still a lot of personal OPINION, not fact, being written. Why is Sarah Palin the most popular Governor in the entire country (well-reported in the media with an approval rating above 80%)? This is either a hoax, or Anne Kilkenny has other motives, or is mis-informed herself.

    McCain / Palin 2008

    Mark | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  863. I’ll start the list for you, Carl:

    Emancipation of the slaves.

    Mr. Lincoln was a Republican.

    Mark | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  864. I am with you, Ellie. Well-stated.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  865. Well, maybe we wouldn’t have to depend on posters like Anne, if Palin would come out and tell us what she believes. Instead she reads a speech wirtten by Bush’s speechwriters, where she says NOTHING of her stance on anything, or nothing of what she plans to do.

    Palin is refusing all contact with the media. She is a newcomer whom no one in the lower 48 had heard of until last week.

    We are trying to stay informed on her, but it is impossible with her “no comment” attitude.

    Susie Garner | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  866. ….and you too, Mark. Obama and his wife could not be and have all that they have without Abe Lincoln. Both parties have made substantial contributions over 200 years, so let’s not go there, Carl E. It is not relevant.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  867. I listened to Anne’s interview on NPR Friday. It was very interesting. Thanks for writing your letter.

    Drew J (Washington) | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  868. So this is how it happens!

    Explains a lot- but then again so does the truth- and there is not one shred of truth in this article. I have several friends in Alaska who are laughing their arses off over articles like this and almost always say something like- just wait… you won’t believe what is about to come out about her.

    Apparently most Alaskans do not have the same experience with Palin as the author of this article.

    Darrell | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  869. First of all, how do you know if was written by a Speech writer and does not include things she believes? If you take that position, then why should we believe anything ANY candidate say? They all have speech-writers, including Obama.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  870. Suellen Rose, what a ridiculous posting you left! I’m a McCain/Palin supporter. I was raised by a single parent (mother) in the poor side of Philadelphia. For a time we were on welfare. I graduated from a high school with a notorious reputation. Joined the military after high school. Worked through college while serving my country. Retired from the Navy after 23 years. Currently, I’m middle aged and middle-class. I worked from humble beginnings against a lot of odds. I consider myself a very patriotic, Christian, conservative Independent. I like John McCain, and I hope and pray he is our next President, despite all the hate that comes from the liberal left and media.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Mark | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  871. OK folks, let’s keep our powder dry and wait and see what the media serves up this week. I did my research and Anne letter to her friends is not the full account of the Palins. Make no mistakes, she is a political animal, and not afraid to claim the accomplishment of others as her own. The FBI had been investigating politics (two years) in Alaska, before she took credit for their findings. And how unpopular can you be when writing check to everyone in the state for $1,200.00 to help with their energy bills while the rest of the lower 48 get nada!
    Most people are going with their gut instincts. Keep in mind that feelings are not facts. It’s like a blind date when you fall madly in love only to wake to reality later asking yourself, “what was I thinking?” Hopefully no harm done.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  872. To Janie G. Anne appeared to be using facts to point out her assessment. She has a right as a citizen. She does not have to be a career woman to do research and point out facts. Most all of this is being brought out in papers and has been pointed out in Alaska newspapers before now.

    Since McCain has said this contest is about “personality” we have every right to know if Palin is a b&%$h.

    Until Palin herself starts answering questions and quits acting as though she is sancrosanct, then we will have to depend on others to tell us about her.

    I have not seen one of you who spout hatred at Anne, yet point out if there are innacuracies in her facts.

    You simply demean her for being a housewife.

    Susie Garner | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  873. Darrell is correct, based on what I hear from my friends in Alaska. Anne’s article is biased – why? – who knows? Alaskans, for the most part, LIKE her.

    Elizabeth | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  874. Thanks so much for your heart-felt letter. I am not surprised by any of this and have no trouble believing in this. I only hope the news talk shows pick up this information and even interview you. All I see is this pit-bull in lipstick on TV and any magazine at the grocery store. Thanks so much for having the guts to try to get the word out about this person. She definitely is nasty, spoiled and ruthless. I only wish she would just go away. I guess we, the people, can make that happen by voting for Senator Obama to lead this nation in another direction and not into more lies and unwise politics.

    Andy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  875. The liberal movement has change parties from time to time. I hope that doesn’t surprise you. Lincoln was a liberal.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  876. I find it hilarious that you can call the writer a “loser”, but bash her for writing negative comments about someone else. Might I point out that you know NEITHER of these women personally, and should probably keep your opinions of them to yourself. I will read everything I can get my hands on, do the research on all of it that I need to do until I’m satisfied, and come out of the voting booth with no regrets. If more would do the same, we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in now……………

    Sunny in S.C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  877. I believe everything that is in this letter. Sarah Palin is not who we want for VP. She is a pawn in McCain’s campaign. She is being used. If she is legit why don’t they put her on the News shows? She has lied more than once and I don’t trust her. It will be the same old thing that we have now. 8 years of the same. debt, war, high crimes, rich getting richer and poor getting poorer. I don’t see how any poor or middle class person could vote Republican again this time. People are so stupid.

    Tammy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  878. To David Thomsen: Thank you for pointing that out. I, too, noticed that people are attacking Anne, but not providing any basis or refuting any of her claims.

    Susie Garner | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  879. Small town jealousy????? That may make sense if she didn’t reference a long stream of facts that you can track for yourself. Maybe you are just too lazy though- which I know you are. Palin is a sham/ploy/scary monster. And to those Hillary people that are now voting Republican because your candidate ran a bad campaign and lost a gimme to a guy that worked harder/smarter- go vote for McCain, that will really show us (the Obama supporters)! You went from supporting Hillary (amazing American) to easily being duped by McCain- we don’t want you in our party, so beat it. Who are you going to blame when your new party loses in November? What idiot will you run to then? Yes- I am pissed.

    Jim | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  880. To Tracy: just curious about how you feel about Palin embarking on an 8 hour flight, passing up the fine medical facilities in Dallas, taking a chance on the life of a special needs birth, 4 weeks early. Then when she got to ANC, she passed up the hospitals there. I can only presume that she was forced to use the filthy porta-potty style lavs that are on an airplane, even though her water had broken hours before. Once the water has broken one is told NOT to even shower, as to the possible entry of bacteria into the birth canal. She did not inform flight personnel that her water had broken hours before (ofcourse not, because they would not have allowed her on…)

    Just wondering how you feel about this….

    Susie G. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  881. Thank you for your educational letter so we can really learn the thru facts about the so irresponsibly choice that Mr. McCain make on his partner, believed me I all ready make my choice of become independent and walk away from the Republican party that convince me that they only care about the special interest power brokers who are paranoid about what is going to come to them, real change , Thanks again for be a Real american hero and not afraid of talking. Bill Mejia

    Bill Mejia | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  882. Believe this bunch of malarkey if you want to. You have no way of knowing if there is any truth or substance to any of this or not… Do your homework folks… The Democrats and liberal media are soaking this up and rejoicing, looking at it as ammunition. If I came out with similar stories on Barack Hussein Obama or Joe Biden, the democrats would get their feathers ruffled. We believe what we want to hear, plain and simple.
    I’m not trying to persuade those of you who think this 100% true, but try to be a little more objective than to fall for the likes of Anne Kilkenny. I’m pretty skeptical of most things, but do you honestly think John McCain did not not do his research before selecting Sarah as his running mate??? Give me a break!
    I would not take Anne Kilkenny’s bunk to the bank if I were you……. It’s easy to get on the internet, create falsities and get people stirred up…..and the sad thing is people will read this and take it for the truth… Is there such a person named Anne Kilkenny in Wasilla, Alaska??? She sounds like she despises Sarah Palin–could this be a personal vendetta???….. Our country is literally unraveling at the seams ethically, morally, spiritually….. People of faith are afraid of speaking up with fear of being retaliated against, or being described as being a nutcase. You take a stance against abortion, or not being for gay marriages, and then you are labled a hatemonger. When does all the name calling and finger pointing end??? Regardless of political affliation, religous beliefs, race, and gender, we as a nation need to put our energy into making our country stronger. When everyone is so divided, the USA suffers…. So much for my perspective, and trying to unite all of our citizens in 20 mins. We have allowed partisan politics to evolve into two out of control ugly monsters that will eventually kill each other off. Our founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves! God Bless America!!!!

    Sterling Dossett | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  883. How interesting. Someone who believes in democracy is into burning books. I will say that I was never going to vote for McCain, but I can’t believe that he and his people made such a poor VP choice. I don’t see how they have any choice other than to choose again. This woman is “baggage heavy”!

    Miss Pick | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  884. I am so glad that the skeletons are out of the closet. Wish we could read everything about Obama but that is wishful thinking.
    I am now convinced that I should vote the McCain-Palin ticket, at least I know about her shortcomings while Senator Obama’s past is still a mystery and will remain a mystery.
    Connie1

    Constance HIngert | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  885. It is troubling to me that we’re told Pailin is ready to lead but not ready to talk to us via the press…

    RW | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  886. Brenda S: “I think I’ll go to Obama’s site right now to give more money to his campaign. Thank you Anne.”

    Ewwwwwww. Let’s all give Anne and the Demclan a pat on the back; they’re getting exactly what they want from this if people like Brenda exist.

    Why do you crazy “thank you anne” people not understand that Anne herself claims to have never intended this “information” to get out to the public. (google palin letter goes viral) Kilkenny is either a liar, and had every intention of this going global, or she is just a random house wife spouting off her reasons for having a grudge against Sarah Palin. Either way, she is not admirable and she is not the source of all Sarah-Palin-truth.

    And why would she lie about being aware that this letter would get out to the public, or lie about perhaps even wanting it to? Why would she lie about that? Because she is, with interviews like that from NPR, being formed into a seemingly trustworthy source, what with being from the same small town, being on a first name basis, etc etc, when really she’s just been another pawn in the demscheme to sway voters based on fiction rather than fact, and get people like Brenda to react without their brains by giving more of their money to Obama.

    Who knew | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  887. Hey Mark- the hate comes from your insane GOP. The media just hates bad ideas, bad policies, bad lies and liars, and most of all- people that ignore the facts. Don’t get that confused with hating people. Now, Karl Rove owns that brand of hate. He fine tunes it in his dungeon every night and spreads it like bad mayo on hate sandwiches. Every morning he wheels his hate lunch wagon over to EIB and Fox News and they all eat it up. Then they regurgitate the hate vomit into your mouths over the airwaves like the little hate Eagles you are. Then…….blah blah blah. Remember in 2000 when Rove ran GWs campaign for pres v John Boy and they posted leaflets on people’s cars at a church saying McCain had a black baby???? That is the stuff he does to his own kind. You know why Rove is sooooo evil? His Dad came out of the closet (good for him), then his mother committed suicide (totally tragic). Rove is a nihilist and he is your hate architect. The devil thinks Rove is a prick.

    Jim | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  888. Susie— Kind of hard for Palin to reach out to people when Oprah Winfrey won’t even give her a shot…. The next 8 weeks should be very interesting….

    Sterling Dossett | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  889. This story is true.

    Check it out on Snopes.com

    http://tinyurl.com/5cqxb8

    Dan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  890. To Chicago: We have had 19 months to hash and re-hash Obama’s background. We have had one week and only 8 weeks to go of Sarah Palin. Plus, she has decided not to be interviewed by anyone!

    You are right. It does go to character. Since Palin won’t answer any questions, we are forced to read from people who know her, or to look up facts about her. So far, I am not impressed.

    AS for the family? It is Palin who trots out her family when it is to her advantage. I am still waiting to hear one of her minions explain why she embarked on that 8 hour flight AFTER her water broke. If Michelle O bama had done this, your type would have crucified her. Palin trotted her family out. Her beauty queen status is on her resume. So is her high school basketball thing. She is the one who touts these things when it is to her advantage, then whines “sexism” when she is called out on it. (Or runs and hides, which is what she seems to have done).

    And, just imagine an Obama 17 yr. old daughter being pregnant and her “baby daddy” being the “young man Black equivalent” of Palin’s daughter’s baby daddy? Do not dare say the right wing wouldn’t have crucified them! Just imagine that the Black young man came up on stage with him after the speech. We would never have heard the end of it from the likes of you!

    As for Rev. Wright, why don’t you just look up some of the doctrine of the fundamentalist religion palin espouses? You wanna hear wacko stuff?

    The right wing represents the most blatant hypocricy I have ever seen. Why don’t you go back and review all the awful things your Media Gods said about these very things, and now they laud it in Palin! I suggest you go and look up Bill O’Reilly’s saying that Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy was the “FAULT OF THE PARENTS.,” and now is all gushy about Palin’s daughter.

    Susie G. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  891. On 911 while the president was on airforce one trying to make it back to the white house from FL, it was the VP Dick Cheney who was on the phone with the military trying to decide whether or not to shoot down one of the planes. That thought sends chills to my veins. Whatever your party affiliation, we should all consider that scenario before we commit to Sara Palin.

    Elsa | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  892. Well I didn’t read every single post on here, so forgive me if this is at all repetitive. So much has been said about this “letter”, but I want to attempt to bring up a fresh point rather than echo what has already been said.

    My insight is based on reading this letter, as well as a majority of the comments, and listening to a short interview starring Kilkenny herself. (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543)In that NPR sound-byte, Kilkenny states that she only sent this “letter” out as an email to her friends, and had asked them to make sure it did not leak out onto the web. So there’s some heads up for those of you applauding Kilkenny for stepping up to the plate and getting the “truth” out there to the public though it was unpopular. In her own words, she had no intention of doing any such thing, or playing the hero she’s become to some of you.

    The thing is, if you listen to the clip, at first Kilkenny sounds so believable, like some semi-clueless older lady who claims to have just written an email to friends about what she thinks of Palin, given her close association. But read the “letter” — she is promoting her own opinions and attempting to prove a case, all the while making a point to sound respectably balanced and say good things about Palin? What kind of person writes the way this letter was written in emails to, in Kilkenny’s own words, “some friends, to just address the whole thing, send one letter and let it lie.” Nobody writes that way about politics to friends!

    Take a second look, after hearing the NPR “interview”, and it seems so carefully crafted: from her nervous laughter about not even knowing what a blog is, to the phone ringing in the middle of the “interview.”

    Take the very first line of the “letter”- “I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska…” yet she claims to have just been writing an email to “some friends”? I’d think friends of Kilkenny would know where she lives, for crying out loud.

    And what the heck, in her reasons for writing the letter: “Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.” That does not at all add up to her statement in the interview about not even wanting her email to some friends to leak out onto the web.

    I’m pretty sure Anne Kilkenny had a lot of help “writing” this “letter”, and it was contrived for a far different purpose than to get her view out to some of her friends. It’s hard not to think of Kilkenny as just another Dem pawn meant to convince at least a few more voters that Obama is the way to go.

    Hey, I can’t blame ‘em though; pretty good way of handling the low-blow Mccain threw ‘em when choosing a woman vp and reeling in those Hillary supporters on sex alone. I mean come on, who wouldn’t take little old same-hometown-as-sarah Anne Kilkennys opinion to heart? She MUST know what she’s talking about and be enough of an upstanding citizen to want to inform us non-Alaskans of the truth, out of the goodness of her heart. OH WAIT, you were just sending this email to some friends, right Anne? Thanks for nothing!

    Who knew | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  893. BTW- who is taking care of the kids during all of this crap at Casa Palin? Maybe that is why she is going to be G Ma in 5 months. I feel for this young girl. Sarah Palin put her daughter and her family into some nasty $hit by accepting this VP deal. I guess Family First isn’t the motto she lives by, and somehow God is telling her (crazy) this makes sense and won’t have long lasting damage to the Palin kids. Watch what happens to these poor kids over the next 5 years if they don’t get the White House and are back on their own in the AK. It is going to be a horrible train wreck- and she caused it.

    Jim | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  894. To Sterling Dawseet: Well, since your diva refuses to answer questions, and no one in the lower 48 heard of her until last week, I guess we will just have to depend on people like Anne, who seem to be giving us some well-documented facts. I have not been able to find any innacuracies to the figures. Do you have any facts that will counteract these?

    btw, please ask Palin to come out and answer the questions. Then maybe we won’t have to scour the internet to find out anything about her.

    If you know some things that refute Anne’s facts, please present some facts. Please.

    Susie G. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  895. Wow, I really didn’t know much about her and as a woman I always want to see another woman succeed because of the inequalities but this makes me think of all the scary women I have come across that are on a power trip and fake! I find it especially interesting reading comments and seeing how native Alaskans are totally in support of this letter, that says so much. I do commend Anne for writing this knowing she is going to take on all this negativity. I don’t think anyone would write this b/c they want to be a backstabber, you have to really believe in what you say. She is swimming against the current and that takes guts, no one would write this just to be “catty” because she knows she is going never hear the end of it and would rather have that punishment over the truth being sealed.

    anonymous | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  896. Obviously, democrats are shaking in their shoes over the incredibly brilliant VP pick by McCain.. Democrats really should learn to play it more cool than you are. Your immediate abhorrent reaction toward Palin is so transparent. Her speech at the convention was nowhere near vindictive or nasty,as many scared liberals have stated. She handled all the incredibly nasty and disgusting things said about her by all of the fearful democrats and jealous ugly women extremely gracefully. Sarahcuda, you are my hero!

    Wendy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  897. FYI…Snopes verified Anne Kilkenny – go look.

    Sandy Z. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  898. Yeah, didn’t they just get something like a $3000 payout per person up there?

    But I’ll just bet Ms. Palin is AGAINST any entitlement programs for needy people of the Lower 48…

    It’s been my experience that most people really love their Governors–hence the reason that a Blue state will have a Repub. Gov,, and a Red state often has a Dem. So please quit trotting that out as your only source about Palin.

    Now if all your friends would quit laughing their “arses” off, perhaps they need to do a well-researched fact finder and tell us some facts that refute Anne’s writings. Very typical neocon, Karl Rove tactic.

    Susie G. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  899. Jose,quit lying.
    You never intended to vote Democrat and you know it. You Republicans are always making comments like you just did. It is almont like you have pre-scripted instructions for the wording.

    dan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  900. Lack of experience? Hmmmmm, that’s Obama. All he has really done effectively is talk and write a couple of books. Oh, yeah, he lead a community project. Unfortunately, he is the one the REAL leaders of our country want up there, so they can tell him what to do and say. We are unfortunately on our way to becoming a one world government. And that will not work for peace. One man will be making the decisions for every one in the world. People are so blind. Like HDTV, since when is our government so interested in the quality of entertainment that they would pass a law requiring all broadcast systems to be HD? Besides, it won’t transmit over that much of a distance. They are even giving out 40$ coupons to buy the converter boxes! Why aren’t they more interested in our health, in our starving children, our homeless? It’s a control and censorship strategy! We are following the pied piper!

    DS | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  901. Apparently you haven’t been introduced to Darth Vader Cheney!

    progressicrat | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  902. There is tons of articles from several publications. I try to read them all – looking for the “real” Sarah Palin. One of the best articles I’ve read is “The Mirrored Ceiling” by Judith Warner published in the Opinion section of the New York Times.

    Sandy Z. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  903. Sally, if you toast to “peace” then maybe you should re-think your vote. Uh, you do know that it was your guys who have been in charge, and not the “liberal mutilators?” What the hail was that supposed to mean?

    I keep looking for one of you to refute some of Anne’s facts. So far, I just see derision and insults.

    Susie G. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  904. Did Anne mean Tuesday September 2 the City Hall was swamped? Her letter mailed Wednesday Sept. 3rd could well have been written on that day’s afternoon.

    P.Anne Hogan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  905. She has a open invitation to “Meet the Press” from now until election. Let’s see if she accepts………..

    Sandy Z. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  906. Susie G
    Last night they had a special on Sarah Palin on both CNN and Fox news with Greta Van Susteren. Many people vouched for her character to include the current Mayor of Wasilla and many others. The other day on the news the Major General of the Alaskan Guard raved her. Maybe you need to turn the tv channel from the Liberal medias and you will have some of your questions answered. Just a suggestion. Also to all of the comments of her water breaking, well duh…..wouldn’t you want to be at home with your family too? I sure would.

    Sally | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  907. You’re all so funny! I hate Democrats! Why don’t you all just leave the country!

    The other way to spell Democrat is VICTIM! You people are loooooooooosers who would rather complain about your life than do the logical things you can do to improve it.

    I have a fat relative who can barely walk – god forbid you ask him to walk around the block for 30 minutes each day to get some exercise and lose some weight – his response is that he can’t do it because he’s too fat. He’s too flippin’ fat because he won’t exercise. Loooooooooser! And guess what, he’s a VICTIM of his fatness. And guess what…HE’s a FLIPPIN’ DEMOCRAT! He expects the government to pay for his fat reduction surgery! And all you nimrod democrats would support that! Oh how sick you all make me!!! Are you really on this f’in planet???

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  908. What’s the difference between a “hockey mom” and a “pit bull”? LIPSTICK? How cute. But lipstick fades and so will this “Super Star” the Republican neo=cons created. Thank you for your post.

    We need more information and if the Republican Party is afraid to let her on “National TV”, then we are on our own.

    I’m a registered Republican and will cast my vote for OBAMA/BIDEN.

    Jackie Guthrie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  909. Anne’s letter doesn’t sound vindictive to me – and what’s interesting is that her letter is backed up by other Alaskans. If these things are false it is up to the McCain/Palin “forces” to correct them.

    curious observer | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  910. To all the GOP supporters who think Democrats are going to raise “everyone’s” taxes, do your homework. Unlike Cindy McCain, I am not one of the 1% of Americans who will ever inherit $2,000,000 or over so estate taxes don’t faze me or the 99% of us. Bush’s plan increases the tax threshold increases to $3.5 million next year (approx .5% pay tax) and in 2010 disappears. When it does, the “cost” to America of no estate tax will be ONE TRILLION dollars over a decade (www.ctj.org). That’s before we even start adequately funding all the areas ignored while 4000 lives and $550+ billion were squandered in Iraq. The WA Post estimates that by 2017, it will be at least another TWO TRILLION $. Who does the GOP think is going to pay for this – you and me. Even if you freeze the deficit the day McCain wins for ten years, these two Bush gifts mean you can add THREE TRILLION. And of course if you freeze taxes today, that means veterans don’t get better care, the antiquated airport radar system stays (could go on and on). So yes, this “bleeding heart liberal,” who has no children, and earns $150,000 a year is in agreement with Obama’s plan to increase tax rates for the top 5% income earners (starting at approx. $160,000). That means I may soon have to pay more too. Maybe I should join the GOP and have the attitude that after the next 20 or 30 years and I am dead, if the planet blows up or warms up to hell, who cares. Sorry, I am staying a BHL (started when I could barely pay the bills after grad school) who has had a passport since 1977 (19). Over the years, I have visited communist countries before liberation; several Caribbean countries where there are only two classes rich and poor (we are heading there); and to the Mideast before 9/11 (where there was airport guards with rifles checking bags long before 9/11. I am voting for Obama because while we need a President who can protect our country, there is more to keeping Americans safe then “national security.” It means finally revising our tax code and adding a national service requirement so that we can pay down our debt while giving everyone who works access to decent health care, education, and a safe place to live. PS Ironically I toured Alaska for a week the summer of 06 including the whopping 12.4 miles of Wasilla. I can’t think of any reason why a town with about 7,100 residents need to even be incorporated unless it’s to obtain federal government dollars (which she did with the help of a hired lobbyist). Guess that’s why a town that size needs a full time mayor position at a salary of $75,000. So much for fiscal conservation : )

    Ann | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  911. BTW, in the 24 hours following Gov. Palin’s speech at the NRC more than $1,000,000.00 was donated to the Republican coffers. Not to mention that she had 40,000,000 viewers. Quite impressive. I think she set a new high water mark for the GOP.
    And … the Obama campaign collected more than $8,000,000.00 in the same time frame. I think there were a lot of Democrats watching.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  912. I know a few Eagle Scouts who ran community projects. I think I’ll be writing their names in on November 4th. Hell if OhBlahBlahBlah is qualified, so are they!

    Jimmy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  913. The selection of Sarah Palin is as devisive as any act that I have seen fro the Rup. Party. It is as mean spirited as the selection of Clearence Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshal on the Supreme Court (…tempering the outrage of African Americans and other justice minded Americans). But I believe that even ego center individuals like Bill and Hillary will soon realize that there silience will altermately consume them as well. After all, it was they would drew up the blurprint for this type of “race baiting” culture war!

    Philip | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  914. Did everyone forget how obama refused to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem, or that nobody knew obama in college, except for the fact he dealt drugs. He has ties to bad people. He is an arrogent asshole who believes he already won the presidency.
    Palin is still a babe!!!!

    anon y mous | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  915. Why won’t Obama take on McCain in a Town Hall type setting? Because, if he did, McCain would win in such a non-media controlled event. We need a leader that can think on his feet. The regular debates are media (Obama friendly media)controlled and moderated.

    Daryl | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  916. Anne, it seems like you have hated Sarah since 1996. It’s time for you to get over the conflict and move on.

    Kay | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  917. Jellois=Jealous
    sense=since

    justsaynotohomeschooling | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  918. This is probably the most logical article so far…………..

    “I couldn’t hold my own for one minute in a debate on any issue with someone like a Barack Obama or Joseph Biden and neither can Sarah Palin. When the call comes at 3AM I want a mind who was at the top of their class, who has gravitas and a real intellect. I want a leader who is a scholar who can hold the history of civilization in his head and will read and learn from the past as he charts the future.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-lee-curtis/debate-not-relate_b_123491.html

    Sandy Z. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  919. donnaD,

    you just sounded on a woman that represents her own opinion as someone who knows something about Sarah Palin. since the republicans, particularly john mccain, is hiding palin and won’t allow anyone to talk to her, we as the public need some information about her. its clear as a woman that you only care about the republicans winning and not about our country who is in trouble and we don’t need more of the same of the past 8 years. or is that you just don’t want someone like obama being president.

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  920. Why exactly is it that for a woman to see through an obviously self-serving, manipulative, hypocritical, aggressive nasty piece of work she has to be jealous? I am a woman, I have no problem admitting Mrs Palin is very attractive, I’m sure more than myself. So? I have quite an extensive list of skills, qualifications and achievements, among which includes speaking 5 languages, having a degree in International Relations and law and having lived in a number of different countries and running my own business with a very handsome turnover. I freely admit I cannot shoot nor kill a moose, but I never realised that that was something to be jealous of.
    More than anything, I believe having this woman a frail heartbeat away from power in the White House is truly frightening. This is not about conservatism vs liberalism, right vs left. She is clearly unqualified and I have no doubt whatsoever that her only concern is what is best for her. Two myths need to be stopped in their tracks – she is no feminist (women who use their looks to further themselves is as old as time) nor Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher had intelligence, experience and above all intergrity. Do not sully her name by comparing her to what hopefully will be nothing more than a flash in the pan. The only thing I can hope for is that, should Mrs Palin actually get near any power in Washington, that she will, as I suspect, be held firmly in place by the powers that be, who she will not be able to, nor wish to, take on. Sadly, those powers that be are the same powers who foisted a useless war on America, have brought America’s standing throughout the world to an all-time low, put Americans abroad at risk, and ruined the economy. I hope all the Bush/McCain/Palin supporters are happy to see their tax dollars bailing out Fannie Mac and Freddie Mae – while the real, Bush adminitration backed men who ran those organisations have no doubt lined their pockets well and run.

    Not Fooled | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  921. For those not educated enough to know what Magna Cum Laude means: With high honors. Used to express high academic distinction.
    That is what Obama graduated from Harvard with as a law student. No easy task.
    And he went to school with student loans.
    The nonsense out there about Barack is just baffling. So easy to check.

    Carl E | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  922. The republicans remind me of one thing; the WWE “World Wrestling Entertainment” 2% truth mixed in with 98% bullshit. Even today my 72 year old mom can’t look at wrestling because she is 100% sure its real and no one can convince her otherwise. I tell you right now most of the people taking Ms. Anne to task are NOT from AK or they are but like the beauty queen runner up. BTW Anne did not say she was Sarah’s friend in fact she says she is on Sarah’s enemy list for helping stop her from firing someone for no reason and it makes sense that some people who know the truth won’t say anything because the work/worked for her or hunt and fish and drink with and her husband. I mean come its time for us Americans to open our eyes and not light the darkness which has covered our nation for the last eight years continue and take over the light, because I promise you that if we do
    there will be no end in sight for the next 100 years.
    NOT an Alaskan

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  923. thank you so much anne for your bravery. i don’t like sarah palin anyway and i don’t have a reason to be jealous. i’m pretty, smart, own my own business, married, have a special needs child and active in politics.i would have did the same thing.
    why are republicans so full of rage and hate? everytime i go to a blog and see comments, most of the republicans use race, gender, they cuss and call people names, etc…they act like the republicans haven’t destroyed our countries economy, reputation, military, energy, healthcare, need i go on.
    democrats represent america the best…have you noticed white, black, latino, asian…when you look at the republican rallies they are all mostly white. it looks like a klan rally. that is not america!!!

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  924. I am so thrilled to see a letter like this running wild on the internet. This is from a woman who did not even know what a blog is and who e-mailed this letter to friends, saying “pass it on” not realizing it could get out into the world, via a blog, big-time. WOW. To read this genuine article, knowing that it is really genuine, makes my heart sing. AT LAST, something REAL.
    Yes, I am aware of those woman (and/or men) who come on very strong and are quite impressive at first, but later on we all discover they are quite “light” inside and VERY MANIPULATIVE, self-centered. She is very beautiful so it makes it even more difficult to stand up to her. If only folks who spent time with her growing up did not give in to her so much…this is what happens when a gifted child (bright and intelligent) as well as BEAUTIFUL does not get discipline. When everyone oooo’s and ahhhh’s at them…well, here we go.
    She needs to learn that in the professional world it is not as easy as firing people who you don’t like. YOU JUST DON”T “treat people that way” !! I guess she will now learn her lesson, the hard way. And, will bring her family down with her. Hopefully, because of this letter and others like it, we all won’t go with her.

    Rebecca | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  925. Not a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Jimbo | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  926. Pierrette, if you’re so active in politics, why don’t you put your name on your posting? Such a democrat hypocrit! We’re full of rage because of what you’ve done to this country with your liberalism pornography, homosexuality, socialistic bullshit! Using your logic, I guess all the white people are the ones who have retained their morals. Should I help you understand why jobs are no longer in the US – Bill Clinton and NAFTA. Should I help you understand why Occidental spilled millions of gallons of oil off the Pacific Coast – Joe Biden who supported the drilling. I could go on and on, but why…you Democrats just like to blame it on the Republicans – kind of like the kid who starts the fight, then points the finger and said it was someone elses fault.

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  927. Anne Kilkenny is not brave for sending a bitter email about Sarah Palin to 40 of her close friends and family. She may be considered brave for taking on the role of acting surprised when it leaked onto the web and she began getting daily press calls and making money. “Oh my gosh, he he he, what is a blog, I think it’s a conversation or something! I don’t even know! he he he I have dial up! he he he” Absurdity.

    Trying to find the balance | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  928. This website just told me I was posting comments too quickly. Typical socialistically controlled website. I need to wait for everyone else to get some before I can…Oh…this country is screwed!!!

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  929. Well said

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  930. constance, you don’t know anything about obama because you are not listening or reading or trying to find out. so you found and read anne’s letter about sarah palin and still think the way you do. now to to barackobama.com. and read about the next president of the united states.

    and as for sarah palin, the republicans said she is NOT READY TO SPEAK TO THE MEDIA, which tells me SHE IS NOT READY TO BE VICE-PRESIDENT either.

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  931. I hope the media take your letter and use it to further investigate Palin’s background. Being a heartbeat away from the presidency, Palin needs to be thoroughly vetted. That’s what comes from years in the political spotlight — we know what we’re getting with McCain, Obama, and Biden. But Palin is a big question mark and that’s an incredibly scary prospect for a country with a huge number of issues to address.

    Melanie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  932. Pierette
    Check out the Gallop polls by race:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/108040/Candidate-Support-Race.aspx

    93% of blacks are voting for Obama with only 3% voting for McCain. What does this tell you? It says that blacks are mostly voting for Obama because of his skin color. Does this explain why the McCain rally’s are mostly white people? If Obama were a white man, he would have been laughed out of the campaign long ago.

    Fed Up | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  933. Hillary C.
    YOU NEED A HUG! WHY ARE YOU CURSING? I DON’T CURSE OR USE BAD LANGUAGE. IT’S UNBECOMING! JUST LIKE I SAID, REPUBLICANS ARE HATEFUL, MEAN AND CONSTANTLY LABELING PEOPLE. PLUS, THAT IS MY NAME…DO YOU WANT MY TELEPHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESS? I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU! MATTER OF FACT, YOU CAN COME SEE ME TOO.

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  934. I’m not a democrat, I’m an Eagle Scout, I’ve lived in the midwest for most of my life, and I come from a military background. I was no fan of Clinton, nor of Gore, nor of Bush/Cheney.

    One thing I can say is Palin’s address at the RNC disgusted me to the core. If there was ever an example of the opposite of American values, of Christian values, of true Republican values, and of human values, Palin’s speech was it.

    Make Mine Barack.

    Jw | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  935. To John Kreutzer. Your comment “but in every city there is a small bunch of idiots who are never satisfied with anything unless it is not their way. Usually such people sit in the Democratic Party” made you out to be as bad of a person as you think Anne is. The joke is on you – talk about idiots!

    Joan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  936. that was for pierrette NOT Hillary C.

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  937. There are a lot of absolutely disgusting comments being left here. I would like to point out that I do not condone a lot of the comments here. I’m letting them through because I’m a big believer in free speech (unlike Sarah Palin who wanted books banned at her town’s library.)

    It really makes me sad that people aren’t calling the McCain campaign out on their BS. Sarah Palin is a completely unacceptable choice as VP. Just flat out unacceptable.

    admin | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  938. I’m glad nobody has a mind of their own by continuing to use the words of the media “a heartbeat away from the presidency”. What the hell do you call Oblahblahblahma with no experience? 2 Heartbeats away I guess – since he’s behind McCain in the polls now!

    Shutup with the use of “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

    Hey, I’ve got a great joke for you: Why are the Republicans so full of rage? Because of the stupid democrats that don’t have minds of their own! Ha! Ha! Ha! I should takeover for Leno!

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  939. ONE QUESTION:

    how do the republicans view our countries standing… issues economics, world views, iraq war, healthcare, taxes, etc…?? in his own words, “i supported george bush 90% of the time”. hello, where have you all been the last 8 years?

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  940. Admin – so you admit that the only reason you’re allowing this blog site to continue is to further your cause and then you hide behind free speech as an excuse to let us Republicans have a voice?

    What kind of journalistic bullshit is that? Don’t threaten us admin – do your job, be objective and stop taking sides!! That’s what free speech in the press should be all about or didn’t they teach you that in journalism school?

    You should be ashamed of yourself, but I suppose that’s typical of a Democrat.

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  941. You know, these Republican “Palin-lovers” trip me out. I have seen not ONE of them actually prove that what Ms. Kilkenny wrote in this letter was false! These unfounded attackes on her when you don’t even know her is just as stupid as your blind, cult-like supprt for Palin without even knowing her! Has anyone besides me noticed that every time Palin is shown giving a speech out on the campaign trail, she is using the EXACT SAME LINES each time?

    What is the McCain camp afraid of? If she is so capable then why hasn’t she gone on any of the Sunday shows, like every other candidate is expected to do? It would do everyone well to actuially research and check your facts before you believe OR attack anything you read. It would also do you well to do the same before you applaud a well-delivered, pre-written speech full of vicious attacks, as was delivered by Palin at the RNC.

    As for me, I right through Palin. Her description of herself as a “pit-bull with lipstick” rings true. It does NOT surprise me that right-wing Republicans are falling all over themselves about her. They are the most easily duped, gullible idiots on the planet. After all, they gave us George W. Bush twice! I personally don’t see what was so great about her speech. True she delivered it extremely well, but the content was vicious, condescending, mocking, and offensive. I guess all someone has to do is say they love God and believe in “small town values” (whatever the heck THAT means…..as if people who live in cities don’t have values), and the right-wing Republicans are sold (as long as they’re white).

    No way, no how, no McCain-Palin!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  942. Isn’t it interesting that Anne was so willing to post this site, yet she can not remember exactly how she got her statistics? Obviously, she is biased, vindictive, jealous, and aiming only to destroy Palin. I am certain the issues she brought up here will be addressed by Palin (if there is any merit to any of this propaganda). Better be ready, Anne, if that is actually who posted this site…

    Grace | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  943. Pierrette – For the past 8 years I’ve been smoking pot with and giving blow jobs to Bill Clinton.

    I can see your point now, I should vote for Oblama.

    Hillary C. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  944. OH AND HILLARY C.

    i am WHITE! JUST SO YOU KNOW! YOU PROBABLY HATE ME EVEN MORE DON’T YOU.

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  945. Right on Nathan Perry! You have summed up this entire page of arguing. Thank you Anne for being brave enough to bring this information into the light. The majority of us are clueless about who Palin really is, and the fact that you encourage everyone to check your facts simply proves this info is simply to get us to question the “official story.” What I want to know, is how this woman Palin thinks she can be a successful Vice President of this county as well as a successful mother to a child that is less than a year old with special needs? I mean aren’t those both full time jobs????
    A concerned 26 year old Californian.

    Ingrid Linde | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  946. If you want to know about Obama, he has written 2 books on his life and one on his policy positions. He has been in 11 debates and talking to and in the press for 18 months. He has a website with all his policy issues-Obama.com. Or go to factcheck.org to clear up any lingering questions. Get off Fox news and talk radio if you seek information and not propaganda.
    Palin is being kept under lock and key and her family/friends are being muffled. This is welcome information, obviously Anne is very brave considering the attack dog posts. She is not going to “get” anything out of it folks- so maybe you should pay attention more.
    She gives facts here and she tells you what are her opinions. So look at the facts- 33% increase in taxes and a town left in debt- check that out! in general we, the federal tax payers, support those good citizens in Alaska. It’s a major pork barrel/ earmark recipient, so yes a big Republican state. Our taxes finance the building of roads and laying pipeline. The only reason Exxon/Mobil wants Anwar is that federal taxes will make it profitable for them to drill there, building the roads and pipeline with Halliburton going over budget 2 maybe 3 billion dollars!? Whats a billion with Iraq spending that every week! Republicans in office have proved that their idea of government is one big free lunch! There is plenty of good information in this letter. Do some research if it pisses you off instead of being such bullies. Then, I hope this country says “thanks but no thanks” to Palin.

    Byram | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  947. To Hillary C re your fat relative – I sincerly think you should be admitted for evaluation – how’s your blood pressure by the way? I think you are probably certifiably nuts. How about some anger management classes?

    Joan | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  948. No hoax here. Anne Kilkenny has been contacted by several different sources and found to be the author of this letter

    Geoff | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  949. Joan: you don’t have to be rude just because you finally realized how other people in your family see you. Have another twinkie.

    Trying to find the balance | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  950. Are you serious, the that of fact matter is this information needs to be presented to the american people. If it proves to be false so be it, but it most be addressed b/c we are electing a VP for crist sake. So stop accusing Mrs. Kilkenny of having an agenda.

    J. Mitchell | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  951. well let’s see, Mark….. you were raised by a single mother on welfare. Damn those liberals for allowing such a program to exist! For some reason, you are compelled to state your religious affiliation. Are we to be impressed? I am just puzzled. Unlike you – and Sarah Palin – I consider the beliefs of others to be a highly personal matter. Seems as if I recall our founding fathers addressing that issue in some very important documents…..The more we stick to that idea, the more we will respect those who differ from us – and guess what? The more they will respect us! We sure could save a lot of heartache that way.

    Suellen Rose | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  952. Anne has already been interviewed by one Media out-let(NYT- I hope I’m right).This story is true and Anne is real!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  953. Ruth, it’s amazing how people get shocked when truth comes out, but would want to believe every untruth and sleaze about others. I know that this letter is SHOCKING and throws COLD WATER on the BUBBLE IMAGE OF SARAH that GOP had hoped to use to bring down Obama.

    This shows how myopic Mcain is a politician and the desperation with which he was operating in nominating Gov.Palin

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  954. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/kilkenny.asp

    Nope, not a hoax. This is a legit letter. You can be ignorant all you want, but don’t try to pull us down with you, alright?

    Brent | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  955. Hillary C- wow, you are quite a multi-tasker (doing more than one thing at once). You can type moronic garbage and watch NASCAR at the same time? Nice. If only they had the TV and the Internets in your duck blind.

    Jim | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  956. Fed Up! what do you think would be happening if whites in this country had been where blacks have been and still are. “sit at the back of the bus, arrested for vagrancy if you can’t prove you had a job, or forced from one continent to another with chains around their necks and legs and wiped like donkeys to do work that other lazy Godless people who can only prosper when others suffer I’d say the same thing would happening because you’d tend to believe that finally someone who truly looks like us worked to help us maybe just maybe he’ll do right or at least try to do right by us this we’ll have a voice in a good position to help us all. What if MLK was actually GWB doing MLKs job fighting for the rights of the disenfranchised white man, what if the Europeans didn’t succeed in conquering the natives of this land that has so profited the few. Any white man with anything resembling Obama would seem like a messiah to you people so if blacks support Obama for that reason only who the hell a you to complain about it? having blacks made to suffer enough under draconian law some designed to keep black Americans in their place one the plantation working on it but never owning the land. In fact I personally find it disgusting that not 100% of black Americans support BO that’s exactly what MLK Rosa Parks and so many others like these real pioneers fought for and they didn’t fight because they would game fame and fortune, it was done because that was what they cared about their brothers and sisters MLK at as history and facts proved did it at great and actual risk to his own well being. so maybe maybe that 97% you so hatefully condemn for supporting their brother feels exactly they some of us whites who strongly support Obama feel just like those of us who marched with Dr. King feel that equal rights in this country and any other doesn’t mean equal rights in going to jail (which not even that is equal) and equal in being able to own several homes or having your vote(s) counted or sitting where feel like, voting for whom ever you want even getting paid the same equal pay for equal work are not mutually exclusive of each other equal is equal 2+2=4 every time and in every situation.

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  957. The choice of Sarah Palin for vice president shows that McCain can make big and important decisions impulsively. Undoubtedly, he did not do his homework when picking Sarah Palin.

    In fact, she sounds a lot like George Bush of 2000 – remember that he campaigned as a “uniter not a divider.” He was willing to say whatever was needed to get elected. It seems Sarah Palin is doing the same.

    Peg | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  958. As a woman who supported Hillary, I am insulted that the Republicans thought their only choice for a female VP pick was to choose someone who was under-qualified – there are plenty of qualified women in the Republican party who would have been a stronger choice.

    Marge | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  959. JK Huggins why must Obama be dragged into Sarah’s own woes? I see a lot of childishness here:Sarah is only tasting a little of her own medicine. When she called out Obama for ONLY being experienced as a community organizer she probably forgot that COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS HAVE GRASSROOTS CONNECTIONS(including Anne).

    I may also add that people who live in glass houses cannot afford to throw stones: the tango has just began.

    BTW she is a Pit Bull with red lipstick(her own words)

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  960. Jim the people had no choice to approve of her whether they like her or nor or where you readinf the entire artical.These people need their jobs and are afraid of retaliation.Just look what happen to her brother-inlaw she tried to get hin fired instead of letting her sister be her own woman if her sister even knew what she was up to.And why are you all that thinks Anne is lying afraid to do more research to see if they claims are true or not?because your either republicans or independents and just don’t want to vote for Obama.She doesn’t have to be a Obama supporter to write this artical I am a democrat but for 2 terms I voted for Bush and I saw where that got me but you can be sure I will be a democrat voter this year and years to come.Republicans are for the rich and will do anything to get into the white house.SICK AND TIRED OF THE LIES

    gracie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  961. Few of our writers go in to any qualification detail. Journalism degree then TV report for a couple of years – seems reasonable. Then mom, city council, tiny town mayor – also not unreasonable (although the salary was). Can’t run for mayor a third time due to term limits so back to mom. Then unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. The new governor, who beat her, appoints her as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. A consultation prize perhaps, after appointing his daughter to replace him in the US Senate. The chair salary was $122,400 (in 03 dollars). She was not qualified at all for the position (no exp. in the industries or even and engineering degree). Only in politics does this happen. She quit that job to run for Governor and less than two years later, here we are. In fact since her mayor term ended in 2002, she has not kept the same job more then two years, and not been continually full time unless you count running for office FT employment. Perhaps she will continue this trend if elected VP. Barely two years as governor to VP and g-d forbid, less than two years to President should he fall ill or.. So taking politics out of this, she just is not qualified. Any more than I, a regulatory consultant, am qualified to build a bridge, perform surgery, or work at NASA. This educated, self-supporting, pretty, athletic business owner is jealous, but not of her resume. I greatly admire (like Anne said) that she works hard and has a ton of energy. She seems to be a great multi-tasker, never sweat, and even looks good in fatigues. Handsome first dude has not traded her in like most 40 something men do their 40 something wives (even if they are and look great). And, like Heidi Klum, she can pop out children and look great two months later. That does not mean I want Heidi to be VP, let alone President : )

    Ann | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  962. Excellent post!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  963. I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA NOT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK…HELLO HIS MOTHER IS WHITE BUT BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS WHAT OUR COUNTRY SO DESPERATELY NEEDS…SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT ALL AMERICANS AND WANTS TO HELP ALL AMERICANS AND NOT ONLY RICH PEOPLE. I FEEL ASHAMED ABOUT OUR LAST 8 YEARS…AND I AM LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE FOR MY CHILDREN. SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS REAL CHANGE AWAY FROM THE LAST 8 YEARS OF DISASTER…SOMEONE WHO IS RESPECTED AND RECEIVED FROM ABROAD…(THE WELCOME IN EUROPE) TELL MCCAIN TO GO TO EUROPE AND SEE WHAT KIND OF WELCOME HE WILL RECEIVE…NONE! SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN NOT SLAYING OUR TROOPS. SOMEONE WHO WILL LEAD OUR COUNTRY TO THE FUTURE OF AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL PEOPLE, ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR ALL PEOPLE, TAX CUTS FOR MIDDLE CLASS, TAX INCREASE ON OIL COMPANIES PROFITS, EDUCATION FOR ALL PEOPLE…DO YOU GET IT….I SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS WHAT I JUST SAID. REAL CHANGE FOR ALL AMERICANS NOT MCCAIN FOR ONLY THE RICH AMERICANS!

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  964. I suggest to anyone seeing this as a hoax that they then check it out – Alaskan newspapers (not the editorials of course). They would be able to verify the events at the least. I personally heard Anne interviewed on NPR. So she does exist – although she may have to move now!

    Interested voter | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  965. After reading this article, listening to the things written and said about Palin, she appears to be someone who is backstabbing, arrogant, with little in ability/brains to back it up, willing to run over people who dare stand in her way, secretive, and doesn’t play well with others. We don’t need another Dick Cheney in the White House, although she ought to go hunting with him sometime:) Obama/Biden ’08.

    Teddy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  966. Flow who are these terrorists and racists that Obama befriends? Anne has just told us the truth about Sarah, why should Obama carry Sarah’s cross? She is a Pit Bull with Red Lipstick- aint she?

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  967. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Anne for her letter and her willingness to be take any heat Sarah Palin and the GOP will undouubtedly be sending her way. As a long time Alaskan who is fed up with the self-serving interest of so many of our State politicos I am tremendously grateful this information is now out there for all to read and… by all means… fact check. Sarah Palin may talk a good story… especially with a team of professional political writers and spin-doctors behind her.. but its the facts that matter and Sarah Palin is force for real change. The only change I believe she’s truly interested in is getting more power and press for herself. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who once said: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Anne Kilkenny has obviously been paying attention… let’s hope the rest of America pays attention as well.

    Keith Nyitray | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  968. For those of you seeking an actual source, I encourage you to check out the city of Wasilla’s own web site. They have made a whole set of pages to give information about Palin’s career as mayor of the city.

    http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.a…=%2findex.aspx

    Surprise Ice | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  969. TO ALL…I hope I have not offended anyone but I believe its healthy for people to say what they feel and to have discussions on things that are not discussed often. The best thing about this campaign is that more people are interested in politics than ever before. Although we disagree because of our own personal feelings and experiences, like Anne, we still should be able to express our opinions like we are doing now with our comments. We need to respect one another without being insulting with cursing and calling people names. No matter how you look at it, it sounds like we are all frustrated with where are country is now and this blog proves that we all love our country. So with that being said, try to dismiss the fact that one candidate is white and the other candidate is black and keep an open mind on who and what they represent now and in the future. But I enjoyed reading some of the comments although some of them was over the top. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND TO HAVE SERVED MY COUNTRY IN THE NAVY!

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  970. Keith: Why are you thanking this woman? In her own words, Anne Kilkenny sent this letter out as an email to friends, with the specific request that it not be leaked onto the web, for people like you to read.

    Surprise Ice | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  971. This is really interesting. It would be great if all these
    allegations were researched by the media and vetted
    as to which is true. I personally believe Anne Kilkenny
    as I heard her on the Radio and know she is a real
    person. Unfortunately Sarah Palin will not answer
    these questions or any other hard ball questions.
    Today all the candidates were on the Sunday talk
    shows but not her. When asked her campaign said
    she does not intend to be interviewed unless it
    will further the McCain Palin ticket. That sounds
    like Bush Cheney not doing press conferences
    unless they are softball stuff on Fox news.

    John Nelson

    John Nelson | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  972. I keep hearing that Anne Kilkenney had an axe to grind but nobody says exactly what that axe is. If anybody seem to have an axe to grind, it was Palin. What matters more: a person who is loyal to your campaign or a person who does their job well no matter who the mayor is? I vote the latter. Palin seems to be a very mean spirited and egotistical nut job. I am a Republican who is very afraid that we will lose come November. Palin is worst than Clinton. She is power hungry and will have trouble playing second banana. She will not see McCain as being out front. He doesn’t even seem happy to have her on board. He looks like he purposely keeps a physical distance from her. This gimmick smacks of the Democrats. I believed us to be better than that. Obviously we are not.

    velma creekmore | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  973. Right, rumors and hearsay: like “Obama’s in league with the terra-rists, cuz his middle name is Hussein, and he’s un-merkun’, and other gems put out there from the right-wing slime machine. I pity the sheeple swallowing the BS put out by McSame/Palin, and the GOP. Kind of like the chickens voting for Col. Sanders.

    Teddy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  974. Why is this a letter from a “Jealous Alaskan.” The majority of what Kilkenny wrote is a matter of public record. If Sarah Palin, for beter or worse, is going to run with McCain as his running mate, then she needs to be open to criticism of Kilkenny and explain her record.

    This is not a popularity contest. It is the election to choose our next President, and Vice President.

    McCain is going to have to, at some point, explain his decision, and Palin will have to stand by her record. As it now stands, she is not. She has said she is pro-small government, which appears to be false. She says she is a budget slasher, which appears to be false. She said she did not agree with the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, which appears to be false. And the big sound byte of selling the private plane on eBay was also false.

    I applaud Kilkenny for this letter. We need to scrutinize our politicians more. We are not a nation of informed citizens. We are a nation of sheep who make our decisions based on sound bytes and talking heads. We, as Kilkenny, should question our candidates, and not because they are more popular than us but because the we are willingly putting the fate of our nation in their hands. Look at the last time we did not scrutinize our politicians — we got Dick Cheney.

    Aric | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  975. Here’s something to consider for those of you who are unhappy with this letter and dismissive of it: Do you really support free speech?

    A woman is speaking out about her experience with an elected official (who happens to be a woman; that’s the American way. Right?

    Why do you feel compelled to call it backbiting and dismiss it as jealousy? Are you intolerant of opinions other than yours?

    Concerned | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  976. Thanks for writing this letter. I heard a portion of a Palin speech in which she indicated it’s “God’s will” that a gas pipeline be built. One can justify anything in the name of “God”. I don’t trust anyone who uses that justification!
    Vicki C.

    Vicki | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  977. While I agree this could be a hoax, it has the ring of truth, and it’s accompanied by a name that will allow the press to follow up. It’s also apparent from the public record that Sarah said several things in her initial public appearances that were misleading. I will stay tuned to the developing story.

    John | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  978. SSG J. DELAWDER, if you are suffering from PTS one can understand your derailed thinking. When and where did Barack admit to having been a Muslim?

    I know you may be a Repug but blatantly posting lies and unsubtantiated ideas shouldn’t be promoted. Anne is real, and what she has posted was corroborated by an interview that she gave the media.

    BTW if Barack Obama was all those things you he is; the CIA and FBI would never have allowed him to contest the presidency-so stop those juvenile lies!!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  979. Surprise Ice asked why I was thanking this woman (Anne) despite the fact that she asked her letter not be leaked. I do so because her letter shows she put a considerable amount of time, effort, and thought into composing a succinct, cogent, and compelling insight into Sarah Palin’s past. Even if it was only meant to inform a few of her friends… she took the time and put in the energy to create an informed electorate. That’s Democracy in action and I applaud (and thank) her participation. I know not the how’s and why’s of how her letter got out and became “viral” (or how anything can take off like that), but throughout history such personal letters and diaries have played an important role in shaping a country’s future. The information that Anne wanted to share with her friends has always been “out there” for anyone to see if they wanted to. She just presented it in a unique and personal way. In retrospect, I guess I should also thank the friend or friend of a friend of Anne’s who felt that even more people should gain a better insight into who and what Sarah Palin really is.

    Keith Nyitray | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  980. I’m very excited about Sarah Palin.

    Bridget | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  981. All the fun of Hillary, but without the pain of Bill!

    davemaz | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  982. ‘Been away from this chat for awhile, and I just finished reading the comments.
    WOW! Hillary C. is SO VERY angry! Hillary, I am serious when I suggest that you seek help with what’s turned you into such an angry person. The comments you made about your fat relative are just inexcusable. You DO need help, and soon. I wish for you nothing but the best.

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  983. Scott,

    In reading other posts on this page by other Alaskans I’m (as a non-Alaskan)covinced that Kilkenny’s statements are true. Why are you dismissing this as women’s bitchiness??? There are facts in evidenced that can be checked. Do you just hate women in general??

    Barbara | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  984. What a PATHETIC attempt at backstabbing someone your are insanely jealous of. What? Were you jealous because she was smarter and more attractive than you?
    Even if this all was 100% true, the disloyalty to your town is incredible. Why didn’t you run for office, city council, mayor, since you have all of these ‘proven’ facts? Don’t you think all of this would have been vetted by the past governor and used to defeat her in the gubatorial election? Hmmmm. Sounds like another sourpuss jealous hockey mom. Pathetic. I am definitely voting for Mcain now – Why is it that most of the people voting for Obama are undereducated? Hmmm.

    Joej | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  985. JOEJ…
    Where in the world did you get statistics that prove “most of the people voting for Obama are undereducated?”
    YOU NEED TO GET BETTER DATA AND EDUCATE YOURSELF!

    Miriam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  986. One more comment for Obama supporters – in language you can understand. Baaaa Baaaa Baaaa Keep mindlessly following the democratic party like sheep wandering around lost in a field. I will survive a tax cut on my business, but believe me – the first thing I and every other small business owner will do is FIRE the most expensive cost that we have – our personnel. So for the 95% of you that will get a tax break from Obama – enjoy it- but don’t complain when you suddenly land on the unemployment line. Fred Thompson said it really well – “Don’t worry – their taking from the other side of the bucket”.

    Joej | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  987. anon y mous,
    did you go to DohDoh brain school? Since when have they mandated holding your hand over your heart during the national anthem? I wish someone would show a wideshot of anyone else there NOT doing so, even in the audience, because I’d bet there was. There is a HUGE spirit of prejudice running amok in this country behind the snarly pasted on smiles of people like you, McCain and Palin. And NOONE, NOONE knew him in college? Doubt that “truth”. To me, he is humble, wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. Go Obama!

    Obama '08 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  988. Dee if you don’t want to have a government then why not go and live on the moon? Truth they say is very bitter, and Anne has just SHOCKED GOP by this revelation about Sarah Pit Bull with Red Lipstick. Since when did America stoop so low as to vote Pit Bulls?

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  989. To all you posters who consider yourselves Christan, even the judgmental, “we’re-the-only-true-Christians” Conservatives/Republicans….

    THE DEFINITION OF LIBERAL FROM WEBSTER’S….

    From Webster’s Dictionary….
    Main Entry: lib·er·al·ism
    Pronunciation: \ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm\
    Function: noun

    1: the quality or state of being liberal
    2: a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties d: the principles and policies of a Liberal party
    — lib·er·al·ist \

    Obama '08 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  990. You are correct that Democrats have more leaders in congress but only by a small amount. Bush vetos pretty much everything the Democrats try to put through and they need a 2/3 majority to overturn his veto. Republicans rarely break rank. So now the republicans can say we have a do nothing congress. Your post sounded somewhat logical until you mention McCain keeping money in our wallet.That is a bunch of republican rederic that we hear every election. Bush may not be the cause of our problems but his policies have not helped. He was supposed to be the uniter but he treats half of the country like we are lepers. Obama will be the person who will unite this country. You will see.

    icenzi | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  991. Dede it is true that Sarah is going to leave soon- after being impeached for corruption, and believe me she would never be the US VP ever!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  992. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the vitriol in all of the McCain/Palin supporters comments? JOEJ just accused Anne of being “disloyal” to her town… WHAT? How is being honest now being equal to being disloyal? The facts of Palin’s “experience” and financial decisions are well documented and in all the Alaskan papers. Once again it unfortunately seems like there are people who’d rather attack rather than investigate.

    As to Palin’s “popularity” in Alaska… please remember she just gave every man, woman, and child $1200. Think about it.

    Keith Nyitray | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  993. i was an alaskan for 6 1/2 yrs and as an american i would like to know more about her as most alaskans are transplants from the lower 48 and the only real native alaskans are the so called indians or natives. Alaskan people can also exagerate a lot.

    n e | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  994. hmmmmm, Who Knew. You raise a valid point.
    If Ms Kilkenny’s letter were only to close friends, she wouldn’t have had to say where she lived. hmmmm. but you know, it really doesn’t matter. What should matter is whether the “facts” presented might be true. As many have pointed out, the facts can be verified. As many have also pointed out NOT ONE person on this board has disputed the facts of the letter. Just plenty of folks running their mouths without engaging their brains. Quitcher yakking and start researching this woman’s activities as mayor and governor. You might start with this one MATANUSKA MAID DAIRY SCANDAL. (my thanks to person who first suggested this google)

    At first I thought to say … Be careful America, Things are not always what they seem, but Sarah Palin is probably exactly what she claims to be … A Pitbull with lipstick. Not the bulldog with its determined perserverance, but the pitbull with its training to be a vicious fighter.

    And no … I am not going to wait for the governor to explain herself and her policies. Thank God and/or Al Gore for the internet! I can read all about it for myself!
    u all plz do the same and God help us!

    Marie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  995. I just recently returned from a 3 week trip to Alaska and the Yukon. I now have such an understand of how big and vast that neck of world is. When someone describs themselves as from rural Alaska, I now know its another way of saying from the middle of no where. A place where people still hunt for their dinner, as if that is typical of American families today. On my trip I questioned people why do you live here, and the common response was: People who don’t like other people who like to be around other people who feel the same.
    I have to laugh when I hear them say respect her families privacy, but what make her and her family fair game is because she was so against sex education in schools. Another classic case of republican saying do as we say not as we do. These same republicans who spent $52 million to investigate Clintons private affairs. The republican want Palin so they drill their policies, and drill Alaska because so few really understand the area.

    Robert Turlington | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  996. the $1200.00 given to an alaskan has to qualify on residency as it did years ago when alaskans got money then from the oil revenues. this recent one is supposed to be an energy credit to help pay for the high cost of heating their homes which are heated almost 12 months out of the year.

    n e | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  997. I’ve already received “the letter” twice and will tell you the same I told the other senders. Don’t you wonder how she could fool 80% of Alaskans who claim to like and admire her so much and who totally support her. Obviously, Ms. Kilkenny has had a long-running personal vendetta against Palin (exactly who hates whom??) as well as admitting in her Caveats that she can’t really verify the stats she has put forth. Maybe she put that qualifying paragraph toward the end, hoping one would never read that far.. Hmmmm.

    Molly | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  998. Thank you, Anne. My family have lived in Wasilla/Talkeetna for some years and are very familiar with Palin’s incompetence and vindictiveness.
    The commentary about her trying to ban books was spot on, I still have emails from my family expressing their outrage at her behavior…. One has to wonder which books she wanted to ban…
    Given the GOP trend to push their “holier than thou” moral superiority it is interesting that a successful VP candidate doesn’t have to conform but Obama has to be gone over with a microscope and declared unfit and inexperienced. Obama served in the Ill. state legislature for 11years before becoming a senator. Obama was one of those community organizers that Palin hates so much. Palin doesn’t even have to be vetted… such hypocrites….
    Of course, we can see why she hates community organizers… they organized against her and made her eat crap more than once for her draconian bs….

    Ted | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  999. Aren’t most politicians wolves in sheep’s clothing. A snake in the grass is another of uting it. What about Sarah’s life prior to being a mayor. There is a huge gap there.

    Jim Horn

    Jim Horn | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1000. Molly and the other blind bats trying to do McCain’s dirty work for him…..If you could read and understand you’d realize that the no. she can’t varify has to do with the population of the city ms palin was mayor of not the rest of her numbers; fool!

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1001. Rehabb pathologically lairs

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1002. People like JoeJ are the ones who are undereducated. ANYONE that is not living under a rock will know that educated people tend to vote Obama, especially educated women.

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1003. Ralph can you substantiate this $200,000,000 funds for Obama claim from China and Asia- do you know EVEN WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH WE HAVE LIBEL LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY??

    ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GIVE PROOF OR FACE THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW. POSTING WILD CLAIMS ON THE BLOG IN MOMENTS OF MADNESS DOESN’T SHIELD YOU FROM ANSWERING TO THESE CHARGES!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1004. snopes verified that she exists and that she wrote this.

    Robin | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1005. Wow! Wonderful. I always thought there was something wrong with Sarah, and now I know what it is. Thank you for being a patriot and exposing Sarah for all that she is!

    mike | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1006. What was said about Sarah Palin might and probabally is true, but look at the other choice for president and vice-president. So we have to pick the lesser of the two evils. If Obama is elected president and dies in office woud you want Bidden as President or would you want Palin as president if McCain were to die in office. This is probabally the most crucial time in the history of America as to the selection of the president.

    Tommy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1007. An excellent saying I heard today: “Jesus was a “community organizer” and Pontius Pilate was a Governor.” Take that, Sarah!!

    Dr. D | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1008. I recently was able to ask another person who lives in Wasilla about Sarah Palin and heard the exact same thing, basically that you can’t trust her. In addition, all of my fact checking verifies everything that Anne says. Sarah Palin misrepresents everything that she has done and the Republican’s saying that this gives her more experience than Obama, and also, by the way, more experience than McCain is purely ridiculous.

    I have worked as a business manager for 17 years, am responsible for a budget of $6M+, we have about 37 employees, and I work on agreements with other countries – by the republican definition this gives me more experience than any of the candidates?? I don’t pretend that any of this would actually qualify me for the vice presidency, and I know what the VP does.

    That this woman has been put up as a candidate for VP makes me question McCain’s judgment more than I already did and I very much appreciate Anne’s bravery in helping getting the truth about Sarah Palin out.

    Liz | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1009. I BELIEVE PEOPLE LIKE ANNE WHO CAN GIVE OPEN VIEWS AND NOT HIDE THEIR IDENTITIES OUGHT TO BE COMMENDED. ON THE OTHER HAND OTHERS LIKE RALPH MAKING WILD CLAIMS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO SUNSTANTIATE CLAIMS THAT OBAMA RECIEVED $200,000,000 FROM CHINA. IS THAT NOT TREASONABLE? TIME HAS COME WHEN PEOPLE MUST OWN THEIR CLAIMS- TRUE OR FALSE!

    Daniel | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1010. ROTFLMAO………..You would think that clear minded individuals could see that this woman REEKS OF BIAS. She CLEARLY has an ax to grind and is doing it in this poorly scripted excuse for a letter. No doubt, her way, of not so cleverly slingng her share of mud. What a pathetic soul.

    ken | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1011. Now I know what it takes to be a patriot. Write a letter about someone you hate and post it on the internet.

    wanda l | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1012. No. 1–I’d say Miss Kilkenny is definitely not a Republican.

    No. 2–I’d say Miss Kilkenny is definitely trying to paint a very black and slanted picture of a very bright, politically savvy, and ready-to-be vice-president lady.

    No. 3–Why are we not hearing anything about Joe Biden?

    No. 4–Why is everyone so afraid of this vivacious woman who never before spoke to a crowd of 36 million people and did such a fantastic job?

    I think the answer is definitely sour grapes. Get over it, honey, and get on with your life!

    csu | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1013. ken … what I see is that the letter writer went out of her way to be open. She didn’t have to say Palin had hated her since 1994. Have you never known someone who was real “popular”, but didn’t care how many people he/she climbed over to get to the top? So then, if you told the truth about that person’s tactics, does that make you biased or bitter? Instead of rolling around on the floor laughing your arse off, maybe you should start checking the facts instead of blindly believing what you already believe!
    ps … Sam Sneed … Anne did give a caveat about her numbers on the drastic rise in debt for Wasila. She had done the math two years ago and wasn’t able to re-verify the figures. Guess we can do that for ourselves! Cause we’ve got a clue as well as a clear mind… unlike some others ……

    Marie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1014. This is not about posting a letter about someone you hate… it’s about posting historical AND VERIFIABLE facts and past histories. I know it’s easier for someone like wanda to demean the posting rather than check out the facts for herself… if you don’t have a defense all you can do is be offensive. Unfortunately history is full of people like her who marched “lock-step” (and in some cases “goose-stepped”) with the party line rather than think and investigate the truth behind the spin.

    Keith Nyitray | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1015. It all comes down to JUDGMENT. McCain’s was poor in choosing Palin because she is not qualified. Palin’s is poor because she should know that she should not accept a job she cannot do. So why would anyone want either of them in charge of our country? It’s mind-boggling.

    JanetinFlorida | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1016. I’m happy to see there are SOME people that have half a brain to realize this is nothing more than the Dem’s political machine trying to “dig” up so-called “facts.” For you other idiots that really think this is an actual letter, give it up! You’re all a bunch of naive morons that’ll believe ANYTHING.

    Well, here’s one for you… Obama is the anti-Christ, he must be burned at the stake, repent and confess your sins or you will spend eternity in hell (that’s no joke!)

    This is an absurd attempt to make it look like a down the street neighbor wrote this. Maybe someone from Wassilla did write it, but with the assistance of the Hussein team that converged on the town and Anchorage to do some digging to smear the VP candidate. Pathetic!

    Have a brain and research yourself!

    McCain/Palin ’08!!!!

    Patrick D. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1017. dear ann,
    I believe every word of your letter. In fact within the first ten minutes of her speech that was so widely telivised I had spotted the vindictive streak.

    women count on their intuition more than men do. after eighty years of doing so I’m pretty good at it.

    I wanted to like her, she is still so atractive and loaded with poise, but it wasn’t possible after that speech, not only sarcastic but wrong.

    you did a great job of writing it too. . .clearly asking all the right questions and answering them succintly.
    I hope the team of lawyers can get into city hall to check facts.

    her education and degree are minimal I can’t believe her popularity except for her looks and her interests in the macho pursuits that make her attractive to men. I hope the women get the picture as you have.

    and then there is the problem with McCain’s sselection of her without proper vetting. I wonder if they have the guts to ask her to withdraw.
    best,

    claire read

    claire Read | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1018. What’s mind-boggling is how BLIND the left is with their choice for president. Have you thought about why it is that Muslim nations around the world are hoping for Hussein to be elected? Do you REALLY want a socialized healthcare system? Ask the Canadians or English what they think about theirs!

    Do you really want someone with absolutely NO credit or experience to be president? It would be fine if their views weren’t so radical with a Marxist mentality! Hussein has done NOTHING since being in the Senate!

    Poor judgement? How about Hussein’s poor judgement in his association for 20 years with a radical pastor who HATES this nation and is prejudice beyond measure? How about his poor judgement in his association with a terrorist? How about his poor judgement in voting AGAINST the surge and now has a difficult time and actually refuses to acknowledge the fact that he was wrong!? Poor judgement?? How about the poor judgement of those American’s who will blindly follow Hussein without researching the facts and truth behind this literal unknown?

    WOW! Mindless sheep!

    Patrick D. | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1019. Patrick D. is clear proof of why contraception should be taught in schools and practiced more often. If he really thinks that people who believe in the truth of Anne’s letter have half a brain, then that tells me those who don’t are “no brainers.” Obama the anti-christ?!?! Better take your meds dude! Oh… you probably don’t have health care and can’t afford them.

    Keith Nyitray | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1020. •social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).

    just confirmed this one: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=40

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1021. OK…looks like Patrick D is off his meds! Scary ranting is really not helpful there, sir.

    This is indeed the real thing. There is a link on National Public Radio to a nice interview with Ms. Kilkenny – indeed a resident and active citizen in Wasilla, AK. I want to thank Ms. Kilkenny for writing this letter, although she did not mean for it to get out to the internet! Even though she is now swamped with media calls and emails, I commend her for taking the time to sit down and draft her thoughts, with perspective and experience, from a uniquely qualified position – as an active citizen, voter and resident of Wasilla. You are doing us all a favor by speaking out.

    And concerning some other comments above on smears: please check out the truth about smears through both the Obama website which has an investigative team, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for Public Policy which is doing the same thing (factcheck.org). Other good places are: usaspending.gov, Project Vote Smart and NPR’s Secret Money Blog. Google them!

    Obama/Biden … and all of us!!! 2008

    Erika | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1022. Now lets hear from someone that likes Sarah Palin. This sounds one-sided to me!!!!!!!!!!

    rnlmerck | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1023. Sam Sneed
    So then, you apparently are backing up my statement as true. Thank you!.

    Fed Up | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1024. Who’s Sarah Palin?

    Jack | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1025. No Fed Up that not am saying, maybe in need to talk/type slower so your brain can catchup with your mouth
    I……..am…… saying…. if…. that… were true …and …I ..not saying it is or it isn’t (I obviously have not yet received from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the gift of heart/mind reading to know what someone truly believes)am saying if that were the case I wouldn’t blame or feel hateful or contempt for those who support BO for those reasons only even if I wasn’t white from NC and didn’t support BO
    slow enough4you fed

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1026. 1016 posts later and GOP supporters still screaming the sky is falling with Muslims. Still almost no facts; just saying the Democrats’ are all made up (as opposed to challenging rationally my facts, with references provided, in earlier posts). As horrific as 9/11 was, over 1,500 children die from abuse each year because not everyone has “a village” to raise their child like the Governor : ) Who cares as long as we keep “terrorists” out. Adults are less likely to die unexpectedly from “T” than eating contaminated food, (FDA not adequately funded or mandated to do its job), crashing (FAA ancient radar system), and/or a tainted water supply full of everyone else’s drugs, pesticides, and plastic chemicals, or falling through a bridge due to lack of infrastructure maintenance. Or perhaps when your fire dept shows up too late, due to lack of voter approved funding…

    Most GOP supporter comments always come back to heaven, hell, sin, and disparaging other religions. Also why do writers on this blog, like to bring up Hitler so much as a comparison whenever one disagrees with his or her views. Unless you are Jewish (most are democrats so unlikely you are) or a history professor, you are not qualified to use Him for any comparative purposes. I am and our religion comes down to living by the Ten Commandments. One is no adultery and while it occurs in all religions, ours does not conveniently allow us to become born again after every sin, and be absolved once saying it out loud. Also, since BC (when there were no paternity tests), Judaic law has stated that you are what your birth mother is. Thus, our laws agree with Obama when he says he is a Christen (regardless of if he was babtised). No one has proven he ever converted away.

    Even if Obama had been born a Muslim and converted, what is the difference between a baptized convert and a Christian born again after behaving poorly? There’s more to McCains courtship of heiress Cindy while not yet divorced then routinely discussed. He told Rick Warren on national TV, that his “divorce” was his greatest personal moral failure. An understatement, if any GOP supporters care to actually research the event. His first wife Carol’s auto accident occured while he was in prison, resulting in two smashed legs, a broken pelvis, broken arm, and ruptured spleen. She spent six months in the hospital, and over the course of the next two years had 23 operations and extensive PT. She went from being a beautiful 5’8 swimsuit model when he left, to a 5’4 overweight frumpy woman (bone was cut away). He got home, took one look and ran for the hills. She never regained full use of her body and so traded her silence all these years for financial support (partially paid for by Cindy : ). Enough posts for me…time to obseve the Governor meet the press and debate.

    Ann | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1027. Minette Marrin of the TimesOnline made an interesting observation “It was McCain’s cynical and sudden choice of her. Would you give power of attorney over your entire life to someone you had only met once, or possibly twice? Of course not. You would give the matter and the person very serious consideration. Yet McCain in effect is offering power of attorney over all the affairs of the United States and over all Americans, including me, to a woman he had barely met. I myself wouldn’t hire a house-sitter on such scant acquaintance”.

    Palin has leap frogged so easily to within a heartbeat of being President, you have to simply question whether there does not have to be a constitutional ammendment to protect America from this kind of reckless decision-making by a candidate running for President. Regardless of whether it is a good or bad choice, it was reckless and 60 days will not be enough to confirm fitness for such a high office.

    Paul | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1028. I read in an article that Sarah Palin’s eloped on August 29 and her first son was born “in April.” In another article, I read that she eloped “to save money.” I think she’s lying when she says that. Do the math.

    Sarah | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1029. Your sort of reaction–a kind of blind patriotism–is the scariest thing about Americans. Am I a ‘backstabber’ if I don’t rally to support Charles Manson, because he’s a fellow Californian?
    Absurd point to make isn’t it? It’s also strangely sexist to make your comment about ‘women doing this sort of thing to other women’.
    There’s nothing mean-spirited in this post. It’s sensitively written and utterly patriotic in the right sense of the word as it aspires to disseminate information that might help votes make better choices.

    Sherwood | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1030. Hey Sam Sneed- Don’t get all up in my bubble because of what the Gallop polls say! It breaks it down by race and that is what it shows. This is 2008 and and there is alot at stake with this election. People need to look beyond skin color and do their homework to determine who really is the best choice. You are condoning it. Obama has shady associations and if more people would research these people (William Ayres and Tony Rezko) instead of dismissing them, this poll would be alot different. I can’t believe these associations don’t phase you.

    Fed Up | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1031. Sarah Palin strongly believes that Men must be paid MORE than women! Sarah Palin also wants to force women/girls that are victims of rape/incest to carry such fetuses resulting from the said rape/incest to full term, then deliver the baby, and raise the child – irrespective of the will of the victim or even her age. And to think that women are cheering Sarah Palin from the rooftops as the poster girl of womens rights who will spectacularly smash through that presidential/Vice presidential glass ceiling.

    Some folks wrongly think that being a woman she will moderate or help turn McCain around from his opposition to equal pay to women. Like this statement one Dave from Baltimore, posted on another site:”I hope Palin breaks with McCain on equal pay for equal work – it would pave the way to a better future for her four children and grandson.”

    Are you kidding me?!!! Gov. Palin is even more hardcore in her opposition to equal pay for WOMEN, than is McCain. Sarah Palin believes that women must be paid LESS than men – no ifs and buts about it. Period.

    McCain, when pushed about his vote AGAINST giving women equal pay as men, has tried to flip-flop saying that ‘if women are to aspire to equal pay, they must first aspire to achieve college eduction”.

    In other words, in McCain’s world, only college educated women shall be extended equality with men in terms of pay/wages. Sarah Palin’s views about (rather against) equal pay for women are very straightforward, and cast in stone: Women must get paid LESS than men. College educated or not, when it comes to pay parity, women are less than men. Coming from a Woman herself, its ironic, but true!

    Kind of like an Afro-American person advocating slavery and segregation of the black population!! Wierd isn’t it?

    Strangely, Sarah Palin is being trumpeted as the symbol of a woman smashing through the glass ceiling!

    (We are not even going into her strident opposition to abortion even if the pregnancy is a result of rape/incest, and the victim wants to abort the fetus. Sarah Palin believes that such rape/incest survivors must be forced to carry the fetus resulting from rape/incest to term, then deliver the baby, and raise the child. NO exceptions, no termination. If such a woman chooses to abort the baby, she commits a crime, and must be tried as a criminal and punished for opting to abort the fetus. Even if the pregnant female is a MINOR child, she would still have to deliver the baby.

    Just so you know, several courts in the country have allowed visitation/parental rights to rapists and the parents or rapists to meet and bond with children born due to the said rape.

    I shudder to even imagine what happens when victims of rape/incest are forced to bear the children resulting from the rape (one Sarah Palin’s wishes becomes the law), and then having to drop off the child at the rapists (child’s father) door for court sanctioned visits to dad. What would go through the mother’s mind? Would such rapists not molest these children all over again. What if this rapist rapes this child/daughter all over again…repeating this unbelievably grotesque cycle!!!!!!

    Is this American women we are talking about or some burqa clad subjugated women from some Taliban country?!

    Sam

    setu.madhavan@gmail.com

    Sam | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1032. Why

    another concerned citizen | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1033. I agree that the Republican convention was not a very diverse situation. Whereas the Democratic convention had a very diverse audience in attendance all 84,000 on that last evening. It was the most uplifting and inspiring political event I have ever witnessed. If the way Obama has ran his compaign is conducive to the way he will run this country he should be 15 points ahead in the polls at this point. However, with the selection of Palin as Mcsame’s running mate, most Americans are allowing themselves to be bamboozled and hoodwinked by the usual Republican smoke screens. I had hoped that American women would not allowed themselves to be so callously manipulated. My fellow women we are smarter than that!

    Thetruthshallsetyoufree
    Louisiana

    thetruthshallsetyoufree | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1034. Sam
    Where did you find this information on how Palin stands on these issues? Please provide a link. A legitimate official site, non-liberal blog, etc. I keep seeing these but don’t know where these are coming from, since she hasn’t talked about these yet. Thanks.

    Fed Up | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1035. Interesting perspective but I don’t buy it. I would like to hear the other side. There are 2 versions to every story.
    Everyone reading this owes it to themselves to learn about all sides before deciding.

    I am much more at ease w/ McCain and Palin then Obama and Biden. Obama seems to be simply a power hungry egomaniac that will say anything and do anything to get elected. And don’t you love his friends?

    Katie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1036. It’s sad to see so many people showing reverance to this woman after seeing & hearing her political performance speech on Wed.evening. Such vindictiveness and making fun of someone who tries to help people who are down & out give a true picture of this woman’s character. I’ve been a christian for over 40 years and also known many, but none like her

    char | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1037. Fed Up! this the last post in response to you. First of all this William Ayres thing whatever he did when Obama was a child has nothing to do with the sen. they served on a board together, so what? he was not even convicted of any crimes besides many Republicans have not only worked with mr Ayres they been to his home and sat at his table and stuffed their bellies.(you should fact check that too since you are sooooo good at doing such)
    Tony Rezko? I guess the next time I buy property I should check to see if my real estate agent is under investigation.hahahahaha

    Sam Sneed | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1038. To whoever just commented on Sarah Palin’s stance on abortion, I have one word for you: adoption. Look it up. No one, including Sarah Palin, who is against abortion says that the woman must raise the child once it is born, and no one who is against abortion is condoning rape or incest, which are evident evils.

    The anti-abortion stance involves realizing that even though the conception came about through evil means, it is not the unborn child’s fault, and the act of conception and the child themselves are not evils. Having an abortion based on a rape or incestual conception does not erase the act of rape or incest. Adoption is the option. Are there any arguments against adoption besides: “but it’s the woman’s right to try and erase what happened!”?

    Surprise Ice | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1039. After reading all the posts I have this Make up your own mind, God gave you one didn’t He? It’s a miricale to have a 4 month old baby and be 5 months pregnate [ must have a double of everything] so ———-
    I’d like to hear how Obama can exsplain that one as he is so good at spinning Watch The ORiely factor. Intresting—

    Gussie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1040. reading these comments…supporters of mccain/palin seem to be harsh, disrespectful and down right mean. supporters of obama/biden seem caring, thoughtful, respectful and knowledgeable. YOU ARE THE COMPANY THAT YOU KEEP AND IF MCCAIN/PALIN HAVE SUPPORTERS LIKE THESE PEOPLE RALLYING AROUND THEM WE ARE HEADED FOR MORE OF THE SAME…women’s rights revoked, slavery, religious fanatics, (their own religious cult because Christians who follow Jesus Christ don’t condone this behavior), no equality for race and gender and class…i guess the oil prices, food prices, utility increases, no healthcare benefits, mortgage foreclosures, troops fighting a oil war and taxes didn’t affect the republicans…but why don’t they like george bush???? Looking at Mccain/palin ticket is more of the same. his judgment about palin was for the republican party not for our country.

    pierrette | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1041. katie, well said. but you made a mistake on the candidate…you must mean mccain/palin. he picked a woman just to get elected. tell me why you feel that about obama. because the republicans painted him as so. one of the humble things that he has done…he took a job out of law school that paid him only 10K a year and helped his community. whats wrong with that? doesn’t sound arrogant to me.

    OBAMA/BIDEN | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1042. no comment

    char | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1043. Excellent letter, Anne. I wish more residents of Wasilla and the rest of Alaska would post. In the other 49, Palin is totally unknown. Her speech did not impress me, so I have to wonder how she moved up the ranks so quickly. I’d like to hear from more Alaskans.

    DC | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1044. this email address has just been canceled

    char | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1045. Kudos Anne! I admire your courage, I’m sure this wasn’t easy in a town of +-5000 but when a small town person is presented for VP because they are small town it is good to hear from the small town. I believe every word you wrote. On the day Palin was announced as the VP candidate I told my family that if those were the credentials I could have been nominated. On the day the news broke about her daughter etc. I told them I SHOULD have been. I feel like other countries are laughing at our nonsense now. McCain’s campaign has become embarassing and I am a staunch Republican…or I was. Good luck America.

    cjroey | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1046. Re: Gussies’s replly Sep 7
    The ORiely Factor??? You mean the same Bill ORiely who discussed the teen pregnancy of Britney Spear’s sister with disgust just a few months ago? Who preached unwed teen pregnancies like Jaimie Lynn Spears’ was a sign of the decline of our society and we should all hold the parent’s of such teens responsible?? Who now claims we shouldn’t discuss Palin’s bastard grandchild??? You speak of Obama’s spin abilities but can’t see how you’re manipulated by FOX “news”??? Open your eyes.

    Leon | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1047. oh thankyou anne so very much. you are our savior. now i know i am going to vote for obama. i just know everything in your letter is true. i just know it. how can we ever thank you enough for being so honest? please keep up the good work. i only wish obama would have selected you for vp instead of biden. maybe its not too late. maybe you should give him a call. you never know, he may just change his mind to insure his ticket and prevent palin from being elected along with mccain. good luck to you.

    bbgunnz | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1048. Congratulations, you figured out that if you write something controversial and put it on the internet, people will believe it without researching it any further.

    If anything, you’ve simply proved that she’s just as absolutely qualified to have as many passionate supporters as Barack Obama.

    Mark | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1049. DO NOT FUCKING VOTE MCCAIN.

    the guy is a FUCKING LIAR.

    be CAREFUL what you do america.

    bush looked good too pre-election. just remember how much he “legally” fucked it up!

    Obama doesn’t have a hidden agenda… but Mccain IS EXTREMELY capable of doing that (check his PAST).

    Besides that, VP doesn’t do SHIT in america. President DOES.

    so DO NOT VOTE MCCAIN, no matter WHO his pretty little V.P. is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wtfiswrongamerica | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1050. Wendy, pray tell what makes this woman brillant? Just curious? You don’t know one thing about her except what you’ve heard in a crafted speech that she read after being coached. You’re kidding right? Sounds like to me she had to switch schools 6 times just to get a bachelor’s degree in journalism…hmmm and that stacks up to a law degree from Harvard how?…and 12 years of being in both the Illinois state senate and the US senate where he WROTE bills and legislation and then got them passed. Palin is way out of her league…

    Head shaker | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1051. America’s wealth is unevenly distributed~~Barack Obama

    I’m Karl Marx and I approve this message.

    wanda l | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1052. A few words about the “Do nothing Congress”. A great deal of work has been done by our House ,but has been stymied by the filibusters of the Senate.A bigger majority will remedy this in Nov.Then,my friend, you will see things change…dramatically….for the better.
    Mrs. Palin is a gimmick thrown in to get attention by a desperate campaign .It smacks of Rove.Were McCain to win, she would quickly be tossed to the side. The truly scary part would be the closeness of Palin (one Heartbeat)to the seat of the Presedent.
    Anyone with a lick of common sense should see through this charade and elect the more,by far,intelligent ticket, Obama/Biden.
    This whole thing is an insult to the intelligence of American women. I’m sure they will see through it.
    Oh,by the way….Hillary Clinton is my Senator and Kirsten Gillibrand is my Representative in Congress. They are both doing a fabulous job.
    My compliments to Anne Kilkenny. You are a Patriot with great courage.

    Leah | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1053. this voice mail from McCain to Palin was just leaked by a McCain backer moments ago.

    http://www.236.com/blog/w/lee_camp/mccains_voice_mail_to_palin_le_8644.php

    Jim | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1054. Exactly !!

    Leah | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1055. Much of what Anne has to say is listed on the Sarah Palin Wikipedia page. Given all the vetting that page gets, I suspect the RNC would have removed parts of the page if they believed those parts weren’t true.

    John | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1056. Anne needs to check her facts more carefully. About 75% what she writes does not check out as true. However, it is always nice to hear other people’s opinions.

    marci | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1057. I particularly like Elsa’s reply. I can neither vouche for, nor dispute the claims made in the original letter here. Why would I believe a housewife over the person running for office? I don’t see anything at all unusual about anything in the letter, it could well be said of nearly any politician or things very similar. I personally feel some will print anything at a time when it appears Palin may be the deciding factor come election day between Socialism and a Conservative administration.

    I like Palin’s appearance, and her presentation. I particularly like what she espouses. I assume I can believe it about as much as I can believe anything from any politician. This bogus letter to a friend which wasn’t supposed to get out doesn’t change anything at all. If it wasn’t supposed to get out, then pray tell WHY are you all not after the source of the leak to hang them up on the nearest tree.

    No way does someone, nay, ANYONE write like this letter to a friend. Look at the writing style, right out of the GPO Style Manual. This is a professionally written letter intended for release and simply attributed to a leak in email. If the email legitimately leaked, then why is someone not facing arrest and jail time?

    Scotty

    Scotty | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1058. The moms in our small town met the other night for our quarterly “martini night.” You can only guess that Governor Palin was a topic of conversation. We were a mixture of Republicans, Democrats and Independents… About 90% of us agreed. Sarah Palin is SCARY! How could the Republicans have badgered Obama for soooo long… he’s Muslim, he’s unknown, he’s inexperienced… and then this gun-toting, moose killing, self proclaimed barracuda came on the scene and after three days she’s their savior… this is an outrage!!! The janitor at my children’s school was vetted more than this woman, and we’re supposed to vote for her just because she’s the same gender???? Recent polls show Mccain was watched during his speech more than Obama… That’s because Dems and Indepens watched BOTH conventions. Republicans didn’t watch Obama because they don’t want to hear what he has to say, while the other parties do want to be informed because we’ve spent the past EIGHT years in hell!!! Wake up people!!!! We don’t deserve a Mccain Palin ticket! We got fooled twice with Bush, but to get fooled again by the Republicans latest shiny object will bring more than just tomfoolery…

    soccermomhilarysupporter | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1059. Kudos!

    Andrea | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1060. After reading the Anne’s letter, I admire for her being so strong and willing to take the risk for sharing this letter to us. Sarah Palin is incept for V.P. I will not vote for her not because of gender bias but because of lack of experience.

    Las Vegas Man | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1061. God bless all of us. You don’t seem to realize we don’t have choices from either party this year. Barack Obama is as unethical as Chicago politics can make him, but he gets a pass for his lobbyist connections, his shady real estate deal with Rezko and much more. Only the hopelessly naive could believe his “Happy days are here again” empty promises, but you what? We’re all going to have ample opportunity to be disillusioned again if he’s elected. Politics and politicians stink.

    UKnight | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1062. how much did the obama campaign pay you to write this bullshit? or maybe your just another anti constitution commie liberal like every other democrap…just like the two runnin against mccain and palin…her record is immpecable…take your lies and shove em in your cunt bitch…

    wolf | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1063. To say McCain picked a woman to get elected is a stretch, there were many conservatives that were not happy with his decision until after the convention.

    I also didn’t notice anywhere in here (perhaps I missed it)but Ms. Kilkenny, the author of the letter, told the Daily Journal that she herself voted for Sarah Palin when she ran for city council.

    undecided | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1064. Dear Jean, Although I know how precious the right to kill the unborn is to liberals, you can rest assured that Palin’s position is NOT as you have described it. Just keep swallowing the line from the media, including New York Times and others who have been discredited and proven to be fabricators over and over again. The biggest problem we have isn’t Palin: it’s the disinformation campaign waged by the socialist/Marxist left. Do some independent research and get your facts straight.

    UKnight | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1065. As a science teacher you do not believe in God but respect Ms. Palin for not forcing the issue but encouraging a debate. Mor power to you and thank you.

    As a PhD scientist who DOES believe in God I also thank the Governor for not forcing an issue that is guaranteed under the Constitution. I also congratulate you for your pointing out that not all of us Republicans are ultra right wing fundamentalist (thoough not Muslim) religious zealots. I take my religion very seriously, and as a scientist cannot find any explanations for many things that I have researched that are possible if one does not believe in a Higher Order, but everyone in this GREAT NATION should have that choie.
    hanks again.

    Roger L. Meyer | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1066. Anne Kilkenny is a partisan Democrat operative, you morons. Look her up.
    And by the way, you FAIL.

    LiberalsCaused9.11 | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1067. To soccermomhilarysupporter, every conservative I know watched both conventions, have you talked to any and asked them? Maybe instead of having your “martini night” you should talk to some of the people that know Obama best, people from Illinois. That’s where I am from and I am not impressed.

    undecided | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1068. If you use Google news, you can now see that papers like the Boston Herald and others are confirming this is written by a real person from Wasilla.

    You can dispute the information–maybe it’s just an absolute coincidence that Sarah tried to fire the librarian after being told libraries should not censor books, but even her Sarah’s Wikipedia article contains facts that now show her initial appearances to have contained some significant lies. And here we were hoping they’d be a step up from the Bush administration.

    John | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1069. Anne:

    I am so sorry that so many of those who have read your letter seem unable to believe that it represents your honest assessment of someone who aspires to be vice president of these United States. The invective leveled at you, and speculation as to your motives, has no place in a rational discussion of a candidate’s qualifications for that office. Rather than question your motives, those who criticize them would advance their positions more persuasively if they argued against the facts recited in your letter (which, apparently, they cannot do) than they do by attacking you.

    One exception to the harsh and mindless rhetoric of those many of the responses is that of Kim, who says, “I beg to differ with Ms. Kilkeny’s exertion that Ms. Palin increased mayoral expenditures during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla. . . . so far Ms. Kilkeny scored one for untruthfulness.” Although Kim is mistaken, and her response is itself “untrue,” at least it was respectfully given.

    I’m not sure which of the reports listed on the link Kim provided (official financial reports for the City of Wasilla) is the source for her claim that Ms. Kilkenny was “untruthful,” but my review of those documents fully bears out Ms. Kilkenny’s assertions.

    To wit: The 1996 Certified Annual Financial Report shows sales taxes of $4,179,316, representing 68.84% of the city’s total revenue, and property taxes of $447,548, representing 7.37% of the total revenue. By contrast, the 2002 Certified Annual Financial Report shows sales taxes of $6,497,070, representing 74.59% of the total revenue, and combined property and vehicle taxes of $404,632, representing 7.37% of the total revenue. By my calculations, the increase in sales tax revenues was 55.4% while the property tax revenues fell by 9.6%.

    Similarly, the Operating Budget for 1996 was $6,050,160 and the total budget was $7,624,270. For 2002, the Operating Budget was $9,393,768 and the total budget was $13,692,354. The increase in the operating budget was 55%, and the increase in the total budget was 79.5%.

    Given these figures, it seems to me that Ms. Kilkenny’s figures for the increase in taxes (“more than 38%”) were, if anything, more generous to Mayor Palin than the actual figures show. Ms. Kilkenny was also correct in pointing out that sales taxes – which are regressive and have a greater impact upon lower income families – were substantially increased, while property taxes (which were aggregated with vehicle taxes for 2006, thereby overstating the taxes attributable solely to property) decreased substantially. So, people who can afford to own real property (“rich” people) received a substantial decrease in the taxes they paid under Mayor Palin, while the poor schmoes who can’t afford houses were saddled with a much larger burden of the overall tax budget during Ms. Palin’s mayoral administration. As this is typical Republican orthodoxy (it’s called “trickle down” economics), it should not come as any great surprise to anyone familiar with Republican economic thinking.

    My question of Kim is, what in these figures suggests to you that Ms. Kilkenny’s letter was “untruthful”?

    As much as I would like to lash out at the ignorance or intolerance evidenced in many of the responses to your letter, I firmly believe that the welfare of our country would not be promoted if I did so — and after eight years of an administration whose hallmark has been to marginalize and deprecate those with whom it disagrees, it is time that we stopped this nonsense and focused upon genuine issues of global and national importance. People, we are better than this. Our system of government depends upon an educated populace making intelligent decisions after reasoned analysis and discussion. For our country’s sake, and the sake of our future and our children’s future, let’s raise the level of discourse and try to define the issues so that the electorate can vote intelligently.

    Michael C | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1070. bbgunnz writes: oh thankyou anne so very much. you are our savior. now i know i am going to vote for obama. i just know everything in your letter is true. i just know it. how can we ever thank you enough for being so honest?

    You know, at first, I really wanted to believe that post was sarcasm, but I’m pretty sure people actually think like that. Anne Kilkenny should be so proud of herself for being able to manipulate such politically weak minds.

    On another note, if you take the time, it’s easy to read through the lines of this letter and get some of the information, minus the bitter Democratic Anne Kilkenny spin:

    Town budget grew as population doubled.

    City incurred debt to invest in a stadium to generate revenue.

    Hired an expert (sorry, “lobbiest” to use a more loaded term) to grow city revenues.

    These are the types of things that could have been said by someone truly meaning to just get the facts out there. It’s ridiculous to think that since this woman, Anne Kilkenny, is from the same town as Palin, she’s going to have a less biased, more accurate view. There is much more in her letter that says the exact opposite– from the personal insults, to the obvious motive behind the whole thing (“She has hated me since back in 1996) it is more believable that Kilkenny has been personally offended by certain things, being from Wasilla, and in turn is skewing her “facts.”

    A majority of what was said in this letter, along with the basic tone of it, really does not add up to a Native Alaskan who knows Palin and is just trying to “get the facts out there.” Come on, people. Don’t fall so easily victim to this pitiful ploy and go thanking Anne Kilkenny for anything.

    Surprise Ice | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1071. Janice G Washington | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1072. Q to John:
    Does this Sarah Palin come from a small town and cling to her guns and Bible?

    Bev | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1073. Cue to Wolf:
    It’s spelled i-m-p-e-c-c-a-b-l-e and you’re not.

    Bev | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1074. Q to Undecided:

    How many do you know? One? Two? Three?

    Lots of people, conservative, independent, and liberal and undecided, watched both conventions.

    You are not qualified to speak for any of us.

    PS. Jesus is a liberal who was crucified by conservatives.

    Bev | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1075. To GTF:

    If you believe that Americans are so stupid and ignorant why don’t you go to somewhere like Kenya and visit Obama’s family?

    Roger L. Meyer, PhD | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1076. sam,

    I feel very sorry for you having been a slave and having had your back whipped open by my brother.’
    This statement is as rediculous as your assertion that balcks should vote for Obama simply because he is black (except he isn’t).
    Noone that was a slave in America is alive today (except the Irish Bound Servants that were brought over after the second world war). I know that you were never a slave and that I never owned a slave so GET OVER THE SLAVERY ISSUE, IT NO LONGER IS RELEVANT!!!!!

    Roger L. Meyer, PhD | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1077. re: Chicago

    “If we are going to talk about her past, well then let’s be fair and include Obama’s past in this discussion as well. How do those issues not speak to his character if the issues mentioned in this letter supposedly speak to Sarah Palin’s character?”

    I’m an Obama supporter, so I’ll answer honestly. It really doesn’t bother me. I don’t care about Sarah Palin’s PTA days, just like I don’t care about Obama’s college days. So as you suggested, a large part of this letter is irrelevant to me. I don’t care that she was aggressive in her ambitions or showed favoritism to her friends — that’s the nature of politics.

    The parts of the past that we can attack, though, are the issues that will show up if she’s elected into office. The censorship, the creationism in the class room, sueing about the polar bears… that’s all fair game, because those are issues that are going to vote. The difference between the examples is, Obama has never given any indication that he wants to legalize cocaine or endorse the Black Panthers. You can be damn sure, though, that Sarah Palin is going to try to bring Roe v. Wade to the table.

    I’m all for making the election about the issues. I’m sure any self-respecting Democrat will agree. It’s the GOP that knows they’ll lose the issues battle — that’s why they’re making it about “character” and “values.”

    Sophia | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1078. “Sarah did not become an enthusiastic advocate for high-needs and early intervention until she was given the news of her newest addition” … so aren’t we all brain-dead about other peoples’ issues until we have direct experience of our own? Just because she only became a parent of a special-needs child recently, doesn’t make her any less passionate about this cause.

    Jane | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1079. Listen the only reason she has a big approval rating is because she gets money from the Oil companies and then gives the residents a rebate check. They are happy because of this. It helps them pay some bills they are behind on and helps buy their alcohol that they so need. I live here and I have people telling me that they will vote for her cause she is an Alaskan. Even though they know she will drill all over Alaska and destroy it’s beautiful land. Why? Because, guess who gets money from oil companies every year just because they live in Alaska? Alaskan’s.. It’s not all the Alaskan’s that think that the money is a good reason. Some hate the fact that she may be VP. Most of the villages here live off the land. They need the salmon to run every year. They need the reindeer and the moose. The bear and all the fish and crab in the sea to live. With Sarah Palin as VP that will be lost. She will sell her state off to the highest bidders and this land will be ruined and the fish will be gone. The bear and reindeer will die off and the people will have to move on.

    People we do not need oil. The technology is there. We have seen Toyota build their Hydrogen car and Ford has built one as well. The only people saying we need to drill are the people that have money tied into oil companies. They need you to keep buying their oil to keep them rich. Alternative fuels cannot make them super rich, because they are forever renewable. Wind, water, sun and thermal will always be here. Why drill out Alaska and waste such a beautiful place, when we can get it without harming anything and anyone. This is not just about animals and land, this is about people’s way of life.

    Jerry | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1080. I’m convinced, Republicans are either the filthy rich spawn of long-dead power brokers or robber barons (Bushies and Paris Hilton) or retarded. Comments like “incredibly brilliant VP” and “Wow, she is so smart, and confident. I really wished she didnt have such extreme views about things. Even so I really would like her to win – regardless of her opinions” are beyond comprehension. I guess it makes sense that our elections are preordained and rigged. We aren’t smart enough to vote. What a country!

    T.W. Day | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1081. Thank you for the information. Although some of it is subjective much like the status of the expenditures for a Sewage system vis a vis the sports complex, and the attempt to fire the town librarian are a matter of public record and can be verified by many others. I would think that much of Ms Palin’s high popularity would directly result from giving each resident their $2000 gift.

    Bob | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1082. One thing strikes me..

    most of these conclusions..MOST…have come here to verify their current political views…. ie.. most of you have made up your minds, it would appear, with little fact checks. read and read more….don’t believe any single article, view, fact etc…research…

    other views….
    liberals are generally angry people

    republican’s are typically closed minded

    most posters here need to do much more homework/research before taking a decision about this or any other bit of information…

    so much ignorance! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1083. and…this is a highly slanted/liberal website so be cautious of content…. should favor democratic candidates….. this is suspect due to political views of website.

    liberal publication | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1084. Not at all. This is the real thing, Baby.

    xtophr | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1085. “Hey, I’ve got a great joke for you: Why are the Republicans so full of rage? Because of the stupid democrats that don’t have minds of their own! Ha! Ha! Ha! I should takeover for Leno!” …… (Hillary C)

    As a transplant here (23 years now) and citizen (i’ve been told i now know more than most Americans about the history of their country) … the first and foremost reason why i will be voting republican in this election is exactly what you said here … Democrats come off as ignorant (that means unknowledgeable by the way) of not only world history, but their own country’s history (!!! how can this be?), also ignorant of how business is run (read: anything from small business to big corps to government itself), and just in case we could forgive each other for a little ignorance on either history or the intricacies of business, they don’t even know what’s going on today!!! (Um, have you all seen Jay Walking? case in point, and i’ll bet you not a single one of those people are Republicans … usually the reason why people vote R is because they are knowledgeable on what’s going on in the world, at least enough to see the big picture).

    The fact that there are citizens in this country who can’t tell you who the current VP is, or who don’t know what state the city of Cincinatti is in, or what country London is in …… is absolutely shameful. And these people get to vote??? They don’t even watch the news, how can they possibly know what’s going on …….. how can they possibly know why they’re voting? Even the people demonstrating at the Republican convention didn’t even know what they were demonstrating about … ever heard of the word “sheep”? …. another expression comes to mind, “easily swayed”.

    Kilkenny’s letter is indeed quite enlightening, and indeed it will be used as great ammo now by detractors of anything Republican … but don’t forget, these are the words of one person, with her own particular point of view (a.k.a. spin). When i first read it, i was thinking, wow, this doesn’t sound so good … but when i read it the second time, i could see holes, unlananced emphasis, and, i hate to say it … some sour grapes.

    There’s a lot to like about Obama, and i’ve been on the wire about which way to vote. If indeed Palin has made some gaffs in her terms of office, done some 180′s, made some bad decisions, etc., then i say: couple that with her ability to see the big picture (this country on a WORLD level), and you’ve got someone who has developed some wisdom from those mistakes, and it’s not really such a bad thing to have her a heartbeat from the presidency.

    Jane | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1086. I would like to send a wholehearted thank you to Mrs. Kilkenny. What she has done not only took an amazing amount of courage, but has given the public something we have been consistently denied: legitimate information. It is vital to America, that if we are to survive past this century, that we get the kind of information Anne has provided. If not our decisions are baseless.

    To all of those who doubt the validity of this letter, or its intentions: the facts add up. Who knows the exact intentions of Mrs. Kilkenny by writing this letter, maybe it was out of spite, maybe it was altruism, maybe it was a bit of both. Just because republicans can’t see through their party’s crap, doesn’t mean they have to right to bash this woman for standing up. The thing is that Sarah Palin is a ruthless woman, who (like most republicans) is hypocritical, conservative, backwards thinking, gun toting, religious zealot. If she ever became vice president I will totally lose all respect and faith in our government. I pray it doesn’t happen.

    A thankful pennsylvanian | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1087. all politicians are ruthless…you fool..

    to believe this one letter, just demonstrates you are looking to confirm your already half-cocked, ill informed opinion…..

    you are a fool and “SHOULD TELL US WHAT FACTS” AS THERE ARE NONE..ADD UP. YOU PROBABLY MAKE STUFF UP ALL DAY LONG AND LIKE TO HEAR YOURSELF SPEAK….

    NO ONE ELSE WILL LISTEN….

    you embarass us all | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1088. From your spelling and grammatical errors, I suspect you did not go to middle school.

    Lee | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1089. Dude?

    Loser Pot Guy | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1090. grammar police are communists!

    fred | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1091. Lee is another grammar snob. Lee has no opinion Sheesh! Go back to your cave Lee.

    fred | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1092. Wow, they let me post here. Awesome. Hey dude lady from the other country (Jane). Why assume you know more about the history of this country than me/us? Because you became a citizen this past July in W Teaxs by studying for the cheesy ass test and passing? F U! I was totally not reading my assigned text books when you were held up in that worm hole dreamin about cheeseburgers and Charlie’s Angels! You don’t know f*ck about $hit! I guess you wanted to escape the injustice of your country- where gays are not recognized, where the women folk don’t have a right to make choices bout there own hot bods, where your govt lies and spies…..wait, why would you want to escape that? Was you sayin you were votin republican? $hit, you were! I’m sorry Jane. Ain’t Obama too darn smart for his own good. He ain’t like us. F Obama!!!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1093. I have to say that if hypothetically, someone who lived down the street from Obama had written something as ridiculous as this “article” I would have read it and known instantly it was slanted and biased and probably written only to attempt to sway people. But just as many of you have, I would claim to honestly believe it in public with the hopes of getting others to follow me, all the while in my head I’d be saying “yeah, thats great, I hope all the dumb people out there will actually believe this biased crap!”

    It was a great point that although Anne claims she wrote this to only 40 of her friends who asked her to give her opinion, she wrote it as if addressing the general public, signed her full name, gave her place of residence … who does that if just writing to your friends where you don’t expect your email to get sent out to the mainstream public?????

    Ellie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1094. F U Fred!!!!!!! Yeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaw! Where is granny, I need a chew! FU Osama Bin Biden!!!

    PS- The Daily Show is the new elite media!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1095. Ellie- you are one tough bit*h! Just like Palin. You don’t take no $hit from no ones I bet. You say it like it is. Who cares “is” is a fuc$in lie? You want to win- so does I.

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!

    Go lie Ellie and God will make it OK!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1096. I was wondering, how is it that all the “feminists” are claiming that Sarah Palin is so horrible? She has it all, she can do it all, she is what women strives to be. But now all of a sudden you claim that is bad? Oh yeah, thats because she is a Republican and you could never admit that she is awesome!!

    And on that subject, how on earth are all you women claiming that Sarah Palin actually forced her daughter into getting married? Thats as ridiculous as Anne saying that SP lied because she did not tell her mother or father or children that she was pg until 7 months. What is wrong with you all? What a stupid thing to jump on the bandwagon about, and what a stupid thing to say as if you would even know the truth of those statements!

    Ellie | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1097. Sarah Palin can go to as many colleges as she wants. Hell, it took me 5 highschools to finish my junior year- then I joined the Army. I’m no liberal pu$$y!!!! Obama went to Columbia (known fag hangout) then Harvard for smarty pants attorney school? I done heard he was even made first black president of the Harvard Law review! What a tool! BTW, teaching constitutional law at stupid ass U of Chicago don’t get you round the Daytona 500 track in one piece now do it?

    Go McCain/Palin!! You ain’t uppity or super brilliant! Yeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaw! Small towns rule so fricken hard!!!!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1098. You go Ellie! You know ole Levi really wants to marry that little Palin hottie he knocked up. I’m sure he asked her all proper like. Just cause he said he never wanted kids on his myspace page don’t mean $hit to no ones! Hell, he’s 17, he should settle down, embrace God and the GOP like I did!!! Why would you ever want to have sex with another woman? You are 17, you’ve lived. You have an almost kid! Yeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaw! I love the GOP- full of love and not a total hypocrite in the house!! Yeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaw!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1099. To all of those pi$$ed off Hillary supporters out there- COME OVER HERE NOW!!! The GOP has openings. Heck, tomorrow we are going to bomb an abortion clinic after we pray for our troops after church. It will be so peaceful. You know all you want is a woman in the White House (getting paid, not laid)- and so do we if you do too cause we need your vote even though we hate one another. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!!!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1100. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!

    I’m fired up! Palin is a babe! Leading Alaska is just like leading the US for some crazy reason I love just changed!!!!!!! Obama is shifty cause of all of his smart book learnin and good talkin!! George W didn’t need any of that pu$$y $hit!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1101. McCain picked Palin for a few simple reasons-to deflect attention away from how damn old he is; to give the Dems some bait to take and go after the damsel governor in distress so the christian right would rally to her defense (If the Dems were smarter, they would comletely ignore her rather than fall into this Rovian trap-her inexperience speaks for itself); to give himself a bookend trophy/hottie/Barbie to stand opposite of his beer making billionaire wife, thereby subtly telling the simpletons in the Republican party that he is old but virile, and therefore strong enough to be president. Palin is no where near smart enough to be in charge of this country if McCain’s viagra gets the best of his heart one night. I would much rather have a Harvard educated constitutional scholar who actually knows what the hell our constitution means, and that pesky little seperation of powers doctrine that Bush has trampled, versus Ms. Palin, whose education consists of wandering through six colleges on the way to a degree in journalism (See the recent Seattle Times article tracing her college days). When she finally did graduate, it was from that powerhouse of learning, the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (that probably made her nervous….) While you conservatives don’t like smart people in office and tend to see them as elitists, look what the idiot we currently have in office has done over the last 8 years (versus Clinton in the 8 years before that). Do you really want another person who is not wise in the ways of the world in that office? We live in a corpocracy now where the middle class is getting squeezed into oblivion so that the corporations can continue to pull as much money out of the public kitty as possible through an idiotic war, leaving our infrastructure to crumble, jobs being sent to china so products can be sold through Walmart cheaper to those poor bastards who have lost their jobs, and leaving a massive debt for us and our grandkids to pay off. Wake up people. We have to make a change or we will slide even further into being a third world country than we are already becoming. Hell, the Canadien Dollar is stronger than ours!!! That didn’t happen until Bush took over and started borrowing from the Chinese to fund this stupid war! And you think McCain and Palin will lead us out of this 100 year war (Remember McCain called it that?) when he continues to support Bush’s policies? How many more young american soldiers have to go to Iraq to secure the oil fields so our americal companies can start to enforce their oil contracts they recently pushed to sign? How many more soldiers have to come back missing limbs, with bad head injuries, and generally screwed up, only to be discarded by our government becasue Bush and McCain have rerfused to increase funding for vets? Yes-McCain-a vet-has voted several times to cut such funding. Suicied rates are incredibly high with such vets because there are no vet hospitals close to most vets where they can get care. It is one thing to want to fight a war, but it is another thing to ignore the human cost of such wars like Bush and McCain have. What scares the hell out of me is how McCain, himself a former POA, cannot see fit to provide funding for the care of the very pwople they want to use as props for the republican war message of keeping our country safe. Worse, he surrounds himslef with a “pro-life” VP who favors babies being born-fine-but has no compunction about favoring a war where we send young soldiers off to die. Rebuplicans need to pull their heads out of the Faux news channel and start to use the brains they claim to have. Hell, even Peggy Noonan at the Republican convention was caught saying on a mike she thought was off that Palin’s pick was “bullshit” and made not because of Palin’s accomplishments, but because of her story. That says it all. Form over function. But isn’t that exactly what the corporate powers that own this country want us to see? Time for the people to start governing this country rather than the corporate interests that spoon feed us news and empty headed candidates like Mcken and his barbie doll Palin……

    Scott | Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

  1102. Considering the economy and the real estate market, I hope Sarah Palin won’t sell the White House if she gets elected, like she sold that infamous plane on ebay (BIG LIE it was sold through a broker) for a loss.

    Joel | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1103. Anne… You are my hero for coming forward! May the God(dess) save the US from Sarah the Barracuda.

    taramathea | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1104. Hell, I caught me a barracuda of the coast of FL in 77. It didn’t have gams like Palin though. Wish it did. Yeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaw! She rocks so fricken hard! Harvard schmarvard!

    True Republican Reddddd Neck- Yee Haw! | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1105. This has gone viral and is all over the web. No one has come out against the letter. Why, pray tell, if it is the truth, and it is, is this backstabbing?

    carol | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1106. “If you believe everything you read, (and hear), you better not read.” – Japanese proverb

    Also responding to this and another blog of special needs issues: “As an Alaskan resident I can tell you this: Sarah did not become an enthusiastic advocate for high-needs and early intervention until she was given the news of her newest addition Trig (whom she conceived after the age of 40). Misty Nelson…”

    * Many lawmakers, et al, are indifferent to the stuggles of families with persons with special needs until it hits them in the face. Sometimes an aquired disability at birth, sometimes later in life (i.e. stroke, accident etc) At that point their whole life changes and priorities change dramatically. If McCain/Palin are elected, then my hope and belief is that they can and will be able to reach across the aisle (not too hard with the Kennedy’s/Shriver’s et al) to do what’s right for this population as the feds and states have fallen behind terribly for funding and support for too many years.

    Friend to many a special needs person

    Mom to sn person rg | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1107. Because no one gives a $hit. Carol. We all know if its more Obama operative smear. We can judge for ourselves once the media has done their dig.

    A jealous high school rival and “city council sitter” means zero. They are in every town in America.

    Most relevant fact: McCain 48%, Obama 42% in latest Gallop polls = American wises up to the empty suit.

    PATRICIO | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1108. George W. Bush’s approval rating was 75% two years after being in office. A very popular man when he first dragged us into that war on the basis of lies.

    didi | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1109. I find it interesting that so many of the people who are castigating Anne Kilkenny are men. I have to ask, why is it that for you who don’t want to believe any of it is true, you resort to calling Ms. Kilkenny names or that she is ugly or palin is prettier or whatever. How do you know? I think if Ms. Kilkenny has indeed attended all those city council meetings she should get a medal. I have done the same thing and find it very long and tedious to sit through those council meetings. But just so you know, I have talked to others in Alaska (being a former resident myself, even of Wasilla) and don’t think she is far off. Do you think that her high school basketball teammates called her Sarah Barracuda for nothing?

    Montana | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1110. Yes, it’s true that we have yet to see Sarah speak to the media but I have yet to see Anne on any (major or local) TV station as well . As far as what axe Anne has to grind with Sarah…..Have you seen a photo of Anne ? Let’s put it this way, a picure is worth a thousand words…need I say more?
    Do more research on Obama…he is nothing but a racist that believes he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. No one goes to a church for 20 years and doesn’t know their Pastor and “mentor’s” true feelings .Obama and his wife feel exactly the same way! Exactly how does he plan to “change” things in Washington again?

    Mary ~

    Mary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1111. For a central-european this just confirms what newspapers already wrote about Sarah Palin… She’s just not acceptable as a vice-president of such an important and powerful country!
    I fear that very much american people aren’t interested enough into politics and that the plan of the republicans might function: Just present a woman which doesn’t look that severe and authoritarian like for example Hillary Clinton – so that superficial americans (and there have to be a lot of them (more men that women)) say: “Oh, look, she’s kinda cute. Could be better voting for her than for a black…”

    So therefore, dear reasonable americans, do us all a favor and spread the link to this website to everybody – even a Swiss doesn’t want another republican desaster president, do you?

    Patrick | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1112. Undecided, if you are more impressed with Governor Palin than you are with Obama, then by all means, vote for her in November. Mccain sure thinks you will… And I’m sorry if I just assumed the people I talked to at work who are Republicans and said they didn’t want to hear Obama’s speech spoke for many others. I’d like to ask Republicans who have posted here… Did you watch both conventions?

    Tonight I watched the 2006 Alaska election debates on C-Span and found Palin to be a very good debater. Biden has his work cut out for him. I did, however, find that she contradicted herself when compared to her speech the other night and what she said during that debate. I just think we need to figure this stuff out for ourselves and not let some letter or the media decide for us like the last two elections. I hate to say it, but I’m losing my faith, and I think we as Americans will be fooled once again.

    soccermomhilarysupporter | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1113. Obama’s a racist???? Do you hear what you are saying??? So, he hates the white blood that runs through his very own children??? WOW!

    soccermomhilarysupporter | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1114. I am an American woman, born in Florida, who moved to Europe when I was young. Many will naturally now say I have no right to speak, but my first, formative years were in the US, my entire family still lives in the US and I go back regularly and keep abreast of the news, so I have a pretty good understanding of what is going on. I have, however, the added bonus of knowing how other countries look at the US and do not have a blinkered view of the US. I always stated I was an American, wherever I was. These days I do not, as since Bush’s invasion of Iraq I find it unsafe to do so. The Bush administration has brought you an unnecessary war costing many lives and alienated many allies. The high oil prices are in part due to the war in Iraq. Naturally, this will not hurt Bush and his cronies, as anyone with interests in an oil company will just be sitting back and counting the profit. But as fuel costs are so important to average households in the US, how come no Republicans hold him to account for having doubled the cost of fuel? Also, you have seen a disastrous economic downturn, courtesy of Alan Greenspan, with Bush administration approval. You, the American taxpayer, are now the proud owners of 2 major mortgage companies, which in effect have been nationalised – something normally seen in socialist countries, now happening in a capitalist country by a government supposedly in favour of free markets.
    I do not mind McCain himself, although he has proven himself fickle and I suspect somewhat ambushed with the choice of Palin. I too get the impression he is not particularly keen on her but is now stuck with her. Most importantly – he has health issues, he is not young enough that one could say those health issues are not relevant, he sounds frail and therefore it is highly relevant who his running mate is. For anyone voting Palin in, at a time when Russia is becoming a threat again, when Bush has left the military overstretched and unlikely to be able to deal with the greater risk posed by Iran, bear in mind that a gung-ho lady who will not hesitate to take on a bear will probably be just as happy to send your children off to war to show what a barracuda she is, not realising that a foreign military force is not quite the same thing as a defenceless animal.
    I did not need to see Anne Kilkenny’s letter to know what type of person Palin is. I believe I am a good judge of character and had that lady’s number from the first minute she opened her mouth. I was delighted, however, to see Kilkenny’s letter confirm what I believed, and I will be directing everyone I know to read it too.
    I do not seek to convince Republic votes not to vote Republican, but I want you to realise exactly what you are voting for. Should this person, whose only interests are her own, get into power, I believe most of those who voted for her will rue the day. The US is probably in the worst state it has ever been, economically, politically and in its standing in the world. I find it hard to believe that it could get worse, but at the same time have no doubt that the highly energetic, highly aggressive Palin will find a way, as she will not care and will flash her lovely smile and pass the buck.
    America’s standing in the world does count – it has important trading partners throughout the world whom it cannot ignore or dictate to and as long as it feels fit to barge in wherever it likes, other countries have a right to comment on what America does, as they suffer the repercussions of America’s foolish choices.
    The choice for president in this case should be based on common sense, not brainless bluster, bravado and so-called patriotism.

    Not Fooled | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1115. Your going to vote for Palin because she has no experience Mr. Rivera? That is stupid, if you really based such an important decision on the fact you do not like Ann’s comments then you my friend are a loser. You deserve not to have the right to vote. When the economy is in a hole and we have a great depression because you cast your vote for someone with about as much experience as someone working at Pet Smart then you should not wonder why. When gas is $8 a gallon is because you elected someone with very little knowledge about anything and she has admitted many times that she has no idea what a VP does. So what happens when Mccain dies and she takes over.. great depression.. Mr. Jose Rivera, you are today’s worst person in the world. Such a decision on voting should be based on issues and issues alone. If you were FOR universal health care than you are an idiot for voting for Palin and going against yourself.

    rich | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1116. Thanks you so much for publishing this. Now I have something to show my parents…who vote for Republicans just because they are pro-life…pretty silly, eh?

    Jill | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1117. Yes, Obama is a racist and so is his ugly ass wife ! I think he hates the white blood that runs through his owns veins truthfully.Obama has said that his “Grandmother is a typical white person” (?)and that when she sees blacks she doesn’t know, there is a typical reaction there that doesn’t go away. Michelle’s theses was written on race too ! Obama is mixed (aren’t we all, really?) but he chose this very hateful Pastor Wright as his spiritual leader and “mentor”. WOW is right! I would never give this racist my vote…NEVER! MARY~

    Mary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1118. Show me a hero and I’d show you a tragedy… someone once said.

    How does one define “hero”? For all we know Mr. McCain’s plane could have malfunctioned and crashed, being a POW is considered a hero? Forrest Gump qualified as a hero by pulling his mate from danger. Nevertheless, his perseverance to remain alive in Nam is admirable. His long years of service in the US Senate is commendable . But a 72 old bloke seeking to assume the most powerful office, to my opinion, is a disservice, especially in today’s complicated world overwhelmed with political and economic conflicts that requires a clear and acute mind and with the physical endurance to within the pressure.

    As to Ms. Palin, why do we overlook her husband’s involvement in the AIP? Isn’t it hypocritical that the man next to whom Ms. Palin sleeps was involved with this anti-American organization from 1995 to 2002 during which time Ms. Palin was elected as a U.S. mayor?

    Ms. Kilkenny only elected her freedom of speech by posting her comments, and all of us have the freedom not to read it, or to believe in it. Why the nasty comments about her?

    Scrutiny is part of the election process, and KYC has to be done in order not to repeat the same mistakes that allowed a repeat of the current administration. That is one fact that all agreed: our current administration has failed. Her party claims that Ms. Palin is a seasoned politician, then she should know what lies ahead. No one should stand in the way for such scrutiny that will affect our lives for four years as well as immeasurable consequences.

    This only shows that some of us would go to great lengths to just win, no matter what the consequences are, as long as their party wins. No one cares the qualification of the persons being elected, as long as they are on their winning team.

    I don’t blame the current administration, I blame us voters who put Mr. Bush in the office.

    Questionable | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1119. To all these people who claim that the main reason they don’t want Palin is because of her inexperience………What about Obama’s experience???? Maybe his little PR stunt to Europe is his EXPERIENCE???? and he’s running for PRESIDENT!!!! At least the republicans got it in the right order!

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1120. Anne -
    Thanks for the courage to tell the truth about this woman. She is bad for Alaska and would ruin this country if she and McCain get elected. It is not coincidental at all to me that the naysayers who are blasting you seem to be of low intellect with deplorable writing. Non-thinkers all.

    Donna in NY | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1121. Nice letter talking about something not only the Americans should be interested in.
    I appriciate your work, Anne, and hope this letter will have influence in atleast American voters.
    Those are very important informations I’m grateful of getting to read.

    Katharina from Germany

    Katharina | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1122. Well, unlike most of the critics here, I actually took up her suggestion and Google’d Anne Kilkenny and Alaska, and discovered she is real, she is a lifelong resident of Wasilla, and she did in fact author this letter!

    She has (thus far) been interviewed by NPR, the NY Times, and McClatchy Newspapers (who have independently confirmed her existence). She has also received literally hundreds of threatening letters from upset Republicans!

    McClatchy also notes that unlike several of the phoney, viral emails spread about Obama, this one is upfront about what the author knows and doesn’t know, and about things that in fact she agrees with Palin on.

    Oh, and that nickname — Sarah Barracuda — has been quoted even by the GOP, and cited in numerous locations, though most imply it only concerns her time on her HS basketball team.

    And there is a smack of truth to the letter if you’ve read anything about Palin. Palin DID support Ted Stevens, and benefit greatly from being a supporter (she ran his 527 group for several years, for example). Only recently did she turn on him, rather viciously.

    So, yes, I’m inclined to believe the letter is truthful and accurate!

    Zoomie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1123. Are you afraid of the truth that hurts? Check it out.

    Allma | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1124. I could tell from the very first time I listened to this woman that she was a “pitbull in lipstick” her words, not mine.

    It makes me extremely angry that McCain and his group picked any woman they could find to try swinging Hillary’s voters over to their side. What they did was pick her because:
    #1. She’s a woman
    #2. She believes in drilling oil in the National Wildlife Refuge
    #3. She’s a mother of a special needs child
    #4. She’s easy on the eyes
    Gosh she’s got the whole package going for her doesn’t she?

    Lord knows these are all of the things I look for in a candidate who is a heartbeat away from making decisions that will affect me, my children and my grandchildren.

    I am looking so forward to Joe Biden and Sarah Pallin debating on the “ISSUES” which I don’t hear anything about coming from the Conservative Camp. They spend more time trying to explain their pick when all we want to know is what are you going to do about this economy? health care? jobs? oil prices?

    Let’s quit talking about what a hottie this woman is, I agree she is very attractive but I want to know what she’s going to do when it matters for the sake of the American public and not for her own agenda.

    Diana G. | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1125. Not a hoax! She was on National Public Radio giving an interview.

    Staci | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1126. Those of us dissatisfied with Sarah Palin are not that way because we’re men or Democrats. We are very concerned because she LIED to the public several times already, and she’s only been on stage about a week.

    From the public record we KNOW about these lies: She was in favor of earmarks not that long ago. She accepted earmarks. She was in favor of the bridge to nowhere not long ago. She took the money meant for it. She did not sell the jet on eBay. She left her town in debt.

    Some of us are tired of being lied to by people without ethics trying to rewrite history. If you don’t understand she’s been caught in many lies already, you have chosen to willfully believe she’s great regardless of actual evidence.

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1127. Does anyone care if this info is true? I guess the only thing that matters is that is is anti-republican and pro-democrat. That is all that anyone really cares about. The truth has been thrown out the window years ago.

    jeff greive | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1128. Remember when Obama said that he had been to 57 states? FACT: There are 57 ISLAMIC states (Wilkepedia). Please google the name Odinga. Odinga is Obama’s 1st cousin. Last year Obama went to Kenya to endorse Odinga’s candidacy for president of Kenya. When Odinga lost the election and declared election fraud. He, along with his supporters took to the streets with machete’s and slaughtered the opponent’s supporters. They burned a church in session and attacked the people with machet’s when they tried to escape the flames. Obama supported this man. He flew to Kenya to endorse him. Odinga is a terrorist and Obama is in his first blood line and supports him. Please google away where ever you want, There is a lot of info on this. Also, there are photos of Obama with Odinga giving this speech.

    If you are more concerned about book bannning than Obama’s dangerous ties, then I am very afraid for the future of our great US of A.

    Please people, open your eyes!

    Fed Up | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1129. 80% of Alaskans do not support her! Get your facts straight!

    Kevin | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1130. If you are so worried about earmarks. Please check out Obama’s record for earmarks. He has requested more than any other Senator.

    Fed Up | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1131. Irrespective of anyone’s opinion of Ms. Kilkenny letter or which candidate you support,one can not deny that it provided a great deal of information. We have two choices as citizens. We can accept them or reject them, but before we do so we have atleast the obligation to check this information as factual because the choices we face in this election deserve our utmost diligence. It stikes me as unreasonable that the information is inaccurate, but at least it’s specific and can be researched. Much of the information I have been provided by the nominating party are more challenging to research. Furthermore, if Ms. Kilkenny is an intelligent woman, indeed she realizes the risk she has taken in posting such information. If false she’ll quickly be exposed, if true she’ll receive no direct benefit but certainly could face a significant retribution form others within her town, state and potentially powerful political paties that clearly have a different view. The U.S. is still a democracy and let’s defend the right of people to express their opinion, and relay information that may be valuable to her fellow citizens. Thank you Ms. Kilkenny. Now I have my own homework to do to make an informed choice!

    Mike | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1132. I would truly love to know the exact story of what was NOT received by Anne and the other long time Alaskan

    If Alaska is such a small state and everyone knows everyone — then this sounds like someone crying foul because they did not get their way

    As for firing and starting over — that goes with the terriotory of politics — if it had not been her the other could have done the same thing.

    kris | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1133. I find it very interesting how the left wingers can call Bush and Palin “rednecks” but if any of the republicans would call Obama a punk or gangster or the N word, they would be branded as insensitive and every other name in the book. The left is so full of double standards, wow!!
    And to all you Liberals on here….I have a question. What about Obama’s ties to terrorists like Ayers and extremists like Wright? Does it make you feel safe that Obama’s mentors and buddies are so Anti-American??? Just a question…do any of you have the balls to answer that? or will you just ignore it….

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1134. In which way do you see McPain as “hero”? He went to fight in a war that was based on lies and he got caught. What in that makes him a hero? Please stop misusing such word.

    Thinker | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1135. “some one is obviously jellois…so she is a babe… smart… witty.. popular…. and you probably have hated her sense middle school… give it up.”

    If the above reflects the education and intelligence level of the average Republican voter–and recent history would support that assumption–then the Good Ol’ US of A is neck deep in the big muddy if McBush and his ilk wrest control of Washington.

    Oh, dear... | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1136. This is for ediemeout, Nathan Perry and anyone else that was so mean. Some of the replies were very nasty. Everyone in intitled to thier views. No one deserves to be slammed for them. Name calling doesnt really say much for you except you are not a very happy people. I dont recall Anne calling Palin all of those names.
    It doesnt matter if we like her or not as a person she is not qualified either way.
    I am a mother of 4 and I am still prochoice. What right do you or anyone else have to say what a woman that has just been rapped should do with her body. Someone just took her rights away and now you want to take even more away that is just sick minded.
    We dont know what any of the politicians will do until they are in office but we dont need one that cant even handle her own home. I really dont see that her family is important to as she says.

    Minnesota | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1137. Anne,
    Despite how others may criticize you, I thank you for having enough courage and integrity to explain exactly what is going on in Alaska. I don’t think you are backstabbing her at all. The media presents Palin (or Sarah as you call her), almost as if she is perfect. There is always two sides to every story and I am pleased to finally hear the other side. Especially since she’s not answering any media questions right now. That in itself has me puzzled.. Why aren’t you answering any questions, Sarah? Is there something else we should know?? Just incase you’d like to know, here are my thoughts after the convention…
    The respect I had for McCain no longer exists. I thought he would have chosen Romney (more qualified) to truly win the Presidential race and shut the Dems up. He chose the high road to pull women voters in..This country needs to be put back on the right track. (Increasing the value of American dollar, turning around the mortgage crisis, making sure our stocks are less volatile, decreasing gas and food prices) We don’t need just a women to win the Presidential race, that’s like thinking that people will vote for Obama because he’s Black/ African American. The younger generation doesn’t care much about skin color. What we do care about is if we keep borrowing money from Asia, will this country become the United States of Asia soon?
    As far as Palin goes, she’s just as power hungry as Hillary, even more so to subject her daughter to National scrutiny!! I thought real mothers protected their children, not expose them,,,especially to the nation! By the way, you can’t speak for the entire country on “How to raise a child with DS” because some of us REAL MOTHERS, gave up our corporate jobs to ensure our children are in a stable loving environment having a Mother who devotes her time to the well being of the child.. Motherhood requires a lot of time and all of our children need us in their own special way; guess you’d have plenty of time to raise your children AND help run the country? I know that no pain, no gain is true in some situations; don’t think they meant your children and family! Way to Go VP Palin.. I hope the job is worth the sacrifice!

    Toni | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1138. That is the whole point — we do not know Anne, nor has her past been dragged into public light, her family hidden not for display, so we cannot make a comment other than she sounds disgrunted due to an incident 20 years ago

    As for firing an administrator for “showing her around” — why would she need showing around her own home town of 9000, was there something hidden? Did the Administrator know something secret? Could the Administrator have said or done something that could have caused his/her firing? What is the story that actually will never be told due to the privacy act to protect the rights of a person.

    Don’t know if it is sour grapes, if it is true, if it is not true — so me verification not just words — give me facts that I can check into –

    And I would just almost bet anyone could contact your city hall and get the facts and figures — these are public records

    kris | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1139. McCain along with many other young Americans went to a war they did not want but the American government, along with the French, Chinese and Russian, obviously did.

    He had no choice to go because he was serving in the military.

    Come to think of it — have you done your stint in the service? and before you ask, yes I did

    kris | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1140. For chad17935: Dangle much? (Two points for all who get the connection!)

    Obama’s so-called ties to terrorists are no more a concern than George Bush’s support for, and arming of, one Saddam Hussein. Oh, yes he did: George H.W. Bush, that is. And you bet your tiny, ‘roid-shriveled raisins that I feel safer with Obama. He’s not likely to start an ill-advised, unnecessary and possibly illegal war–that McCain wants to continue to prosecute for “how about a hundred years”!

    You and your fellow reactionaries… oops, sorry, that’s “neo-cons”… had eight years to foul up the country in your own warped image. It’s time for you to step aside and let people with IQ’s above room temperature clean up your mess. We don’t really want to, but someone has to do it.

    Oh, dear... | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1141. The librarian was not actually asked to remove any books. Palin asked her if she would be willing to consider banning books if people requested it. To this date, the Wasilla library has not found any records to indicate that any books were removed. The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, resigned in 1999.

    http://www.pnla.org/quart/su99/alaska.htm

    Fed Up | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1142. Toni

    Gee isn’t it great how the tide has turned BACK to mothers have to be at home.

    I can remenber bra burnings, fighting for good paying jobs — being shut out

    I raised my family and I admire ANY WOMAN who can WORK at ANY JOB be it in politics or whatever.

    I am hearing more and more thoughts of the victorian age, the fifties — WOMEN SHOULD BE AT HOME — SHE HAS CHILDREN —

    I truly thought that battle had been fought, but ovbiously some women (and men) are so angry at having to stay home rather than following their dreams they are trying to turn the tide back

    Come on women No matter what ticket you support — do NOT go the route of women should stay at home — we are not different than men other than gender.

    kris | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1143. The You Tube clips of Sarah addressing the Church in Wasilla are worth watching. For the very religious what she says may appear reasonable. Doesn’t fly with me however. She comes off as an air head but maybe that’s the role you need to play for this particular audience.

    Kurt Knutson | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1144. Be careful, folks, this has all of the markers of an internet hoax or propaganda. The author of this piece is a nebulous woman named “Anne Kilkenny,” who claims to be from Wasilla.

    She quotes no sources whatsoever. She doesn’t so much as give us a single newspaper article. She tries to explain this away by saying “I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for” when crunching the numbers.

    This is not a researched, scholarly piece, it’s a letter written by someone with an agenda using innuendo and dodgy information. I therefore challenge this “Anne Kilkenny,” if she really exists, to take the letter on which she obviously spent a lot of time and spend a bit more time on it. If all of this is true, then it is your responsibility to provide credible sources to substantiate your claims.

    As of right now, this is simply a work of fiction. Certainly well-written, but fiction nonetheless.

    JM | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1145. Citation needed? I truly appreciate Ms. Kilkenny’s note with verifiable facts, but to just throw up a bunch of book titles to try and incite is stupid. Smells like a Republican reverse-psychology tactic.

    Da Bomb | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1146. Kilkenny undertook a more honest and thorough vetting of Palin than McCain did.

    Unlike Palin, Kilkenny is not hiding from the media.

    At first glance, I thought Palin would provide McCain with more reformist credentials, but her record on that measure is unimpressive and her use of “executive power” -such as it were- seems petty and vindictive.

    Steve | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1147. John,
    It is not an attack on Palin. The fact is the Republicans since Ron Reagan have not balanced a budget, resulted in higher debt, a larger government, and a loss US jobs. For Palin to inherit a surplus and leave the city in debt speaks of her policies and learship.
    McCain and Palin’s policies are basically the same.
    The do nothing congress is because of George Bush and the Republicans vetoing and stalling the congress from implementing the changes and policies this country needs.
    If you want more grid lock vote for McCain/Palin and the ideology of the new Republican Party.

    Dennis | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1148. Jose-
    If you find what is written by this woman a compelling reason to vote for McCain than you certainly were never a Democrat in the first place.

    ewoh | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1149. Unfortunately it’s not a hoax!

    Rosemary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1150. Jose,

    You’re an idiot.

    Ed Macias | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1151. I am a conservative that is against abortion and have always voted for the Republican Party. I think the issues in this election are serious such as the economy and health care, which affects my family. Myself and my husband and numerous conservative friends of ours have decided to vote for Obama, because these issues are too serious. We have seen what has happened during these past eight years and do not want to take a gamble that it will change.

    C.D. | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1152. Palin was not elected by the people but chosen by one man. Obama was selected by over 18 million voters. Where is the intelligence in this selection.

    Rosemary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1153. Well said Kris!!!

    Ellie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1154. Check out Snopes. This letter is true! You just showed your ignorance Ruth Klein.

    Dee | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1155. I hope Charles Gisbon studies this before he interview Ms. Palin on national television.

    Mark C. | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1156. Mary, if we are a mixture of races (and I would agree you on that), then wouldn’t it make sense to stop hating each other for our differences? All this name calling and outward hate is the scariest thing about this election. We are such a country divided, more now than ever it seems, when I think we should all be focused on the ISSUES, not the color of Obama and his “ugly ass wife,” as you put it, or on Palin’s gender. Is this really 2008??!!! Really??

    soccermomhilarysupporter | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1157. Think this letter is a hoax? Republican wishful thinking. Check it out on snopes.com doofus.

    Liezer | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1158. Are you totally stupid? Can you not read or comprehend anything that is said? Obama is NOT a Muslim. Before you spout off, do some research and try even though it will be difficult to use your pea-sized brain.

    D. Smith | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1159. “typical of the left”?? come one now. if you sit down with yourself and have an honest reflection as to the tactics of both the right and the left you will have to admit that both sides tell tales and sling a lot of mud. i am not speaking as to the truth of this particularly letter, but am getting extremely tired of one side snottily saying that only the other side gets low and dirty when election times rolls around. if you still don’t agree, try looking at all the blogs that have Obama as being a muslim or a “sleeper” insurgent waiting to become president so he can destroy the country from within. i seriously doubt people from the left started these rumors…

    Sarah Truax | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1160. Dear JM – if you genuinely believe that Ms. Kilkenny’s letter is a hoax, I encourage you to do the research and provide the citations that prove her wrong. You, JM, cannot simply STATE that something is a lie and make it one. YOU need to provide the proof. Ms. Kilkenny told you where she got her facts; and generally speaking, if NPR says that someone is real and their facts are accurate, I believe them. I don’t know you; and your arbitrary denials won’t make me or anyone believe you.

    Sincerely yours, in the spirit of civil, democratic debate – Rebecca

    Rebecca from Seattle | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1161. When new people take over positions, they typically move in their own people that are loyal to them, not the past regime.

    this is only one opinion and from a democrat, on this democrat (leftist) website.

    use this as only one of 1000 pieces of information people. Read, read, read…. don’t make snap judgments. This is for the President of the Free World, not a PTA board. There is much at stake. Use your brains and leave out the testosterone. Rely on the debates, fact based information (this letter is opinion and we can see from both sides how slanted opinion gets on both sides. This is not about hate, or being right, this is about our kids and their kids futures…not a political party….both sides are highly flawed…congress is terrible, the war has drained our resources and the world is dangerous due to ongoing hostilities.

    Think and read, read, read…. please…don’t vote for color, sex, or party affiliation…vote for who is best based on facts!!!!!!

    mary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1162. When new people take over positions, they typically move in their own people that are loyal to them, not the past regime.

    this is only one opinion and from a democrat, on this democrat (leftist) website.

    use this as only one of 1000 pieces of information people. Read, read, read…. don’t make snap judgments. This is for the President of the Free World, not a PTA board. There is much at stake. Use your brains and leave out the testosterone. Rely on the debates, fact based information (this letter is ONLY opinion) and we can see from both sides how slanted opinion gets. This is not about hate, or being right, this is about our kids and their kids futures…not a political party….both sides are highly flawed, Congress is terrible, the war has drained our resources and the world is dangerous due to ongoing hostilities.

    Think and read, read, read…. please…don’t vote for color, sex, or party affiliation…vote for who is best based on facts!!!!!!

    mary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

    mary | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1163. The saddest thing is, we are not voting for either Obama or Palin, so McSame’s diversion tactics have worked on some of you. How much did we see of Gore and Cheney?

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1164. There are questions about Anne and “if she really exists.” She has been interviewed by many news stations including NPR which is where I first her of her. You can go to NPR and search on Anne Kilkenny and listen to the interview.

    Dennis | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1165. Interesting how the Republican Party by putting Sarah Palin in this position is playing a big joke on the people of the United States! It is Karl Rove having his way, and trying to win at any cost even if it jeopardizes our country. It just goes to show our Reality T.V. society is not informed, they are not reading, they listen to the lies and believe them. They are the ones responsible for the Poor Economy, High Gas Prices and Global Warming, and the War in Iraqi. They through their ignorance voted in GW Bush. McCain is another puppet just like Bush, he does what he is told, he has already changed some of his major ideas in order to win, it’s all about the winning.

    D.C. | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1166. Thank you for being the voice that finally spoke. Karma only strikes back when it is an act of hurt or betrayal, not the truth. The truth will always reward whether now or at a later date. You will be fine and again thank you for being that voice.

    Maureen | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1167. Jose you’re a faggot. You let the intentions of informants affect your decisions? what a weak minded individual you are.

    Jose Rivera is a faggot | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1168. Thanks for your courage.

    Steve Rocket | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1169. Anne – thank you for getting this information out. We need more of this as i suspect there is much more about this Lady that we need to know, Now. The LA Times is printing some good articles about SP (sorry I cannot bring myself to type her full name. This lady has to be outted now for what she really is. Needless to say the right will not care what dirt comes out about her but those on the fence need to know before they get swept up in the spin that is being dished out about her.

    Noel | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1170. To all of you who think this is some sort of get even game, jealousy issue, done out of spite etc…
    Get a clue,
    Would someone write so eloquently, factual and then sign their name to it from a small town if truth did not underlie this. I am sure Anne can still look in the mirror with honor, dignity and respect for herself and all the people that know her. I do not know her or live in Alaska, I am from across the country but have read all the comments and found most that have a backlash seem to have blinders on and do not want to look at what is best for the American people and are so extreme or petty themselves. Being informed is power. Take all information and decide. Do not strike out. Think people and appreciate people like Anne who are not afraid to make a little voice known. Our country was founded on this. WAKE UP

    Maureen | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1171. If Sarah Paliar is not not ready to be interviewed, how is she ready to be VP? Only in a Rethiglican America is a black man who is a Constitutional Law Scholar, who served 8 yrs as State Senator and 4 yrs as US Senator and served on the Foreign Intelligence Committee not ever considered ready to lead but a white evangelical ultra conservative woman, with a BA in Journalism and 19 mos as Governor considered ready on day one. BTW Barack, you are my hero for your community service and don’t let paliar tell you any different.

    Darlene | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1172. And you are surprised? She sounds very much like a george bush clone to me, which is no surprise considering she’s a republican.

    4 more years! Yea, right. Our choice is between bad and worse. No matter who wins, we get screwed. Typical politicians.

    Bill | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1173. Well darlene, you spell about as well as I would expect anyone dumb enough to support obama to spell.

    Bill | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1174. Bill – typical rethuglican tactic, attack, attack, and then attack because you have no substance. BTW, Obama has attracted the more educated voter and that is a fact, is that why you don’t support him? you don’t fit that category?

    Darlene | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1175. I want to understand your statement. After reading this, why WOULD you vote for Palin? If what this poster says is true, how can she be good for the country? Please explain?

    Rosa | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1176. To John Kreutzer –

    One question. Why waste your energy writing something so utterly and completely vapid?

    PJ MacNeil | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1177. Amazing and this is democracy in action by responsible use of the internet at its best by Anne Kilkenny. To those few in denial, hoping for a hoax, along with those who will write saying they are former supporters of Hillary who will now vote for McCain because of the liberal media and all that junk, I actually feel sorry for them and thankfully they don’t fool anyone but themselves. I believe the vast majority of Independents will make the best decision for our country and the world we live in. And I believe this letter and susequent spreading of the truth will have played a huge role. So thank you to Anne. Our Founding Fathers would be proud.

    Jim Hobgood | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1178. You mentioned we shouldn’t trust a letter coming from a stranger. Aren’t they all strangers really. Do you know her personally? I am sure you don’t. This letter didn’t have to sway my vote.I already knew there was and is something “fishy” about her. It will all come out. Good job Anne even if this is your opinion. Obama is the man for the job.

    Obama/Biden ’08

    sam | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1179. Obama, zero, nothing, notta. Oh did I mention William Ayers a terrorist

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1180. After hearing Joe Biden speak at the DNC I am very surprised to hear anyone refer to Sarah’s speech as mean-spirited or vicious. It’s apparent to me that this page is primarily for people that are staunch democrats. I think that you could take 100% of the posts that spoke highly of Anne Kilkenny and look at who they voted for in the last presidential election. it would be the same person: John Kerry. go back 8 years, and it would be Al Gore. It’s unfortunate how people put on the blinders when it comes to politics. They will blindly support a politician (insert Bill Clinton or George Bush here) no matter what they do, yet condemn any opponent no matter how promising they may be. As a gulf war pilot once said, you know you’re shooting at the right target when people are shooting back at you. Despite all of the negative rhetoric you’ve heard this past week, know that Obama’s lead has been erased, and most analysts agree that many of the swing states Obama intended to go after will remain republican. As a VP pick, Sarah Palin appears to have caught the dem’s flat-flooted.

    Nate | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1181. I realize that this will get buried in this very long thread, but I could not leave the original letter unchallenged. I will only address one of the more glaring misstatements: She said as Governor Sarah ‘hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people.” What she REALLY did was hire the best the state had to offer, without regard to party affiliation. She even hired back some of those the previous failed governor had fired because they were too outspoken against his poor policy decisions.

    I also want to interject that her win in the primary was a total grassroots victory with no money or support from the Republican Party, and then in the general race she handily beat popular former Governor Tony Knowles. Believe me, if much of the original letter were true, he would have used it against her when he ran – he certainly had the money and power to do so.

    As an Alaskan, my vote will go to the McCain ticket, though, as a conservative, it will be more a pro-Palin vote than a vote for McCain.

    Asa from Alaska | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1182. Go to Huffington Post and search ‘Mccain pushed woman in a wheelchair’. We all know he has a horrible temper but even I didn’t realize how violent he was. Being a pow may have harmed him more than we know. And all his talk about war and the surge, he will have us in another war before january is even finished.

    Darlene | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1183. Well, seems this woman is a no good nothing that did not get her supposed recognition, and is looking for her 15 seconds of fame. Answering the phone while being interviewed by NPR and giggling, just the sort to offer half baked, embellished retorick.

    David | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1184. Well, there is at least one Independent posting here today, and I would guess there are many more. I haven’t voted for a Democrat for President since Jimmy Carter, and I’m from Georgia. He has been a great ex-president by the way. I loved Ronald Reagan and even voted for Alan Keyes for President once. I will vote for Obama, and if there are many voters like me in the swing states, the election is over.

    Jim Hobgood | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1185. Thank You Ms Kilkenny for you statements and opinions…Seems to me you back up the statements, Vice President to be Palin,has made in regards to her backround(hockey mom,pta,surplus givebacks from big oil companies,taking on the Boys club,middle class backround ,union member husband that commercial fishes,hunter ETc ETc …)It is obvious you are a part of the small percentage of Alaskans that do not approve of Mrs.Palin .Based on her issues,Maybe…personal reasons ,SEEMS LIKELY from the text. Sounds like you have an old “beef” with the Barracuda..Did she beat you or someone you know out of the starting point guard spot? Whats your relationship with the Librarian? Relationship with the members of the old boys club?What did you do with your portion of the received giveback? Trying to be objective, but very difficult with so many unanswered questions ..and knowing of her aproximate 80 % APPROVAL RATING in ALASKA..Gotta believe Alaskans arent happy with everything..But MY GOODNESS 80% is alot of happy people..God Bless and whomever wins God Bless America. Thank You

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1186. Spot on sir, and thank you for writing it.

    Dennisdread | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1187. Anne clearly states that Sarah Palin hates her. This is a letter not between friends but enemies. You claim you went to 99% of city council meetings, I know that they take minutes in those meeting so let’s see some real sources instead of your biased opinions. If she has this many enemies why is her approval rating in the 80′s and 90′s? This is the biggest BS I have read in a long time.

    Mike | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1188. This is “truly” the epitome of a “scorned female”. As the liberal news media works harder to discredit Palin, there are many of us that have the ability to “read through the lines” and ascertain what is truly going on here! My advice to Palin is: “You GO Girl”.
    McCain/Palin definitely have my vote!!!!!!!!!!

    Debbie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1189. To all you Radical Republicans: You’re all so very predictable. Degrade anyone and everyone who doesn’t think like you, who may actually have an independent thought and who tells the truth. Modus operandi for 8 years, modus operandi now. I hear goosesteps in every word you all write.

    ewoh | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1190. Anne’s letter is exactly as I imagined Mrs palin would be like as a person. I am not even American, but following the campaign closely, as are millions all over the world. Eight more years of a Bushalike would be a disaster. Respect for America has slipped because of the Republicans. I am of an age in life to remember when to be the greatest was to be American.

    Lynette Joseph | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1191. Ruth please shut up.

    pj | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1192. I think she (Anne K) made it clear that she was not a friend of Palin’s. She also made it clear that she has no agenda here other than providing people with some of the facts behind the well-chosen snippets of information that is being used to present Palin as something she is not.

    nellie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1193. Thank you, Anne, for your bravery and insight. If we let this crazy team get into office, we are doomed. This in one evil woman teamed with one pathetic old man. Let’s spread the word.

    dap | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1194. An enemy always has a reason to speak ill — in a small town, small slights can simmer and fester in small minds to an all out feud, and popular, pretty, strong women who “have it all” are often the targets of their venom. One woman’s view should hardly be considered the truth — only one very small part of a bigger picture.
    And heck, anyone that goes anywhere is going to make some enemies.

    Ann | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1195. I have seen news casts and read other articles that have mentioned similar personality anomilies in Mrs. Palin. Being an open-minded, yet inquiring perosn, I do my research. I wondered why the Alaskan delegates did not vote resoundingly for their native daughter. Five went to Ron Paul. Now I know why. How long has Palin been a Republican? The last I read she was a Labor Party girl. I also found the song “Baracuda” an interesting choice for her. Baracuda are fish with a nasty bite. So, fishermen and voters beware.

    jeanne | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1196. Jim Hobgood … I truly hope your are only one out of MANY!

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1197. Thank you Anne. What ever I have read so far has confirmed what you have said about Sarah Palin. She is nasty, vulgar and a liar who thinks she can get away with lying and cheating and bullying. I can’t imagine that she thinks she can get the women’s vote! She’s no Hillary, never will be! And just because she is a women, her views and her politics stink!!!!! McCain is an idiot if the thinks she’s an asset, but that is my opinion of him. I am so tired of hearing about his POW days….does he forget he survived! when so many of our boys didn’t and that he has had a great life, 10 houses and is running for President…. Enough already, but I guess when you don’t have a platform…you need something else to run on………

    Robbie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1198. This Sarah Palin/Anne Kilkenny issue is not difficult to understand. Sarah Palin became mayor of a small Alaskan town by ousting the incumbent mayor. Once elected, Mayor Palin made dramatic changes in government and set the town on a bold new direction. The next election Mayor Palin won 76% of the votes. She then became governor of the largest State by ousting an incumbent governor of her own party in the primaries and then defeating her general election opponent. Once elected, Governor Palin again cleaned house and charted a bold new direction for the State. Last week, Alaskans gave Governor Palin an approval rating of over 80%. To bring real change to both her town and State, Sarah Palin probably did step on some toes. With an unheard of 80% approval rating, Alaskans clearly think Palin stepped on the right toes and did the right thing for both her town and State. Anne Kilkenny is a housewife, teacher, and Democrat who has a dissenting opinion. To Anne, I respect your courage in speaking out. To the vast, vast majority of Alaskans, your message comes in loud and clear too and I’ll trust your judgment. Forgive me, but I want to steal your Governor and place her in the White House to shake up the federal government. Washington DC needs ideas, courage, and backbone. This reaction to Palin demonstrates Washington DC elites and many others know she’s credible and formidable.

    Keith | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1199. trickle down” economics-Like going back in time and meeting your grandfather before he was born and it turns you are your own granpa.

    OFF topic but more important that this topic Virginia has already begun a voter intimidation drive/effort “Warning for College Student Voters”
    spread the word don’t let them get away with that crap read the full story through the link below first http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/09/03/voting
    that must tell anyone with a mind of the own (that works) where the republicannots stand!

    Sam Sneed | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1200. Michael C … Thank you Thank you for your post!You laid out specifically the facts which could (and should) be checked by anyone who cares enough to learn the truth. After days of these posts I’ve yet to read a single detractor who refutes the facts of Anne’s letter. Oh, they’ll jump all over her feelings/opinions, but seem to want to ignore the facts/figures. Has it happened yet?
    Is there anyway one can filter for “ignorance and/or flaming”? ?? Michael C?? What websites would you suggest for enlightenment?

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1201. Thanks for the great information. I had no intention on voting for the likes of either one he is to old and she is a snake in the grass. Just another pretty face it would be a scary thought having her run this country should something happen to McCain.
    I am proud of you for writing this information I applaud you.
    Thanks again.
    Susan

    susan | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1202. objective post Keith…Robbie you may have your opinion on Mccain in this campaign..but WE ALL owe him and the others you mentioned our respect and grattitude for there service. True By the grace of God he survived…but Im quite sure not 1 of us in here posting(REp,DEMS,or IND) would except 20 houses in return of going thru the torturous hell he endured..

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1203. Some of these people are pointing out Palin has an 80% approval rating … it’s amazing she doesn’t have a 99.9% approval rating the way she’s doling out those record oil funds to every man, woman, and child in Alaska. Scandanavia has oil funds and they reinvest that money into their country – only a jackass like Palin would use that money to bribe the people. What a horrible choice Palin is! Anne Kilkenny is a fantastic writer and this is important information! Cheers!

    Fenbi | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1204. Marie, The fact is Ms Kilkenny backs up an overwhelming majority of the claims Palin has made…(Hockey mom, PTA, Union Member Husband, going after the “old’ boys club, Middle class backround, Hunter, Husband commercial fishes, Child born with special needs with previous knowledge, lowering real prop taxes..ETc ETC…She failed to print the 80 PERCENT approval rating!!!

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1205. ?? Roger L Mey ?? I’m dying to know! In what field is your Phd?

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1206. More evidence of palin’s corrupting http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9620_sarah_palin_secret_email.html

    Sam Sneed | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1207. ewoh, in response to your comment that the republicans are so predictable….
    Its better to be predictable than to be a flip flopper!! Obama says the surge was a great success after he voted to cut off funding for our troops!
    Lets discuss Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright and their influence on the “Messiah”

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1208. You hit the “nail on the head”……thanks for your reply!!!!!!!

    Debbie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1209. To Jamison Smith … Another thoughtful intelligent post … my hope is growing!

    To K Tremmel … It’s not just that she’s a woaman, but she is TOUGH, PRETTY, ULTRA CONSERVATIVE and SASSY!!!! Plenty of STYLE! Remember how they loved GW saying “Bring it on!” ? That’s what they’ve found in SP … a real pistol packin’ Momma who just happens to be SEXY and pro-life! A Republican Man’s dream girl!

    To Ewhoh … I’d really like to believe we are better than this, but it grows increasingly difficult. Everyone in my office knew who was winning on American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, but did they know who was Alberto Gonzales? No! Maybe I move in the wrong circles, but I’ve yet to hear a Republican act as well as speak with true compassion or empathy for others. It seems the problem of a “good” Republican is he/she wants to hang on to what he/she (or their parents grandparents etc) have gained and the only way they can do that is to make sure too many others don’t get a piece of the pie.

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1210. Public opinion of Governors or Presidents are high when the economy is good low when the economy is bad. I’m sure the right wingers posting here didn’t like Bill Clinton but his polls were high. The Alaskan economy is driven by oil every citizen there profits from oil and has since the 70′s when they built the pipelines her polls are high because they are getting oil money. Ted Stevens is under indictment and his polls are high. As I posted before she left a small town 20 million dollars in debt if that happened in my small town we would hang the mayor. Look up other small town budgets and compare them to Wasilla on average the few random one’s I looked at had about 5 million a year less in costs.

    Bill | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1211. On behalf of all the readers of this letter who have human decency, I apologize for all the baseless insults that were written in reply to it. Even if the claims were not true, for readers to write and make a blanket groundless presumption that you are a bad person and telling lies for some presumed ignoble reason is rude and insulting, but not surprising for people who endorse the bullying and polarizing attitudes expressed by the Republicans and espcially Palin at the convention.

    Ralph Ellis | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1212. First….let me express my sincere gratitude to you for serving “Our Great Country”. I agree fully with all of your comments. I don’t understand why the people of this Country cannot see what is really important here. They need to ask themselves who will be the best person to be “Commander in Chief”….who the best person will be to “protect our Country”.

    Thanks for your words!!!!!!!

    Conservative Southern Woman | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1213. Hello brian b
    You could read the comment right above your post for an explanation of the high %. Additionally, I’ve seen other approval ratings quoted. Did u get ur 80% figure from this board or from an official site? (IF so, please advise so I can check it out for myself) Did you read the post from an actual Alaskan that said basically anybody would have been better than who they had before! You are probably smart enough to know how easy it is to fool people when you give them what they want or say what they want to hear? Did you hear SP or JMc say anything you didn’t like?

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1214. Ralph, I agree with you that the,insults and venom are not necessary …but that goes for all sides (left ,right and center)

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1215. its obvious that all you liberal terrorist lovers are concerned that you might lose AGAIN! Otherwise, you would stop attacking a VICE presidential candidate and start telling us about all the wonderful accomplishments of your PRESIDENTial candidate! LOL I find it amusing how worked up you all are over Palin. Apparently she’s struck a nerve somewhere…Look at all these replies!!! Its hilarious

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1216. (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94332543)

    In that NPR sound-byte, Kilkenny states that she only sent this “letter” out as an email to her friends, and had asked them to make sure it did not leak out onto the web. So there’s some heads up for those of you applauding Kilkenny for stepping up to the plate and getting the “truth” out there to the public though it was unpopular. In her own words, she had no intention of doing any such thing, or playing the hero she’s become to some of you.

    The thing is, if you listen to the clip, at first Kilkenny sounds so believable, like some semi-clueless older lady who claims to have just written an email to friends about what she thinks of Palin, given her close association. But read the “letter” — she is promoting her own opinions and attempting to prove a case, all the while making a point to sound respectably balanced and say good things about Palin? What kind of person writes the way this letter was written in emails to, in Kilkenny’s own words, “some friends, to just address the whole thing, send one letter and let it lie.” Nobody writes that way about politics to friends!

    Take a second look, after hearing the NPR “interview”, and it seems so carefully crafted: from her nervous laughter about not even knowing what a blog is, to the phone ringing in the middle of the “interview.”

    Take the very first line of the “letter”- “I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska…” yet she claims to have just been writing an email to “some friends”? I’d think friends of Kilkenny would know where she lives, for crying out loud.

    And what the heck, in her reasons for writing the letter: “Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.” That does not at all add up to her statement in the interview about not even wanting her email to some friends to leak out onto the web.

    I’m pretty sure Anne Kilkenny had a lot of help writing this “letter”, and it was written for a far different purpose than to get her view out to some of her friends. It’s hard not to think of Kilkenny as just another Dem pawn meant to convince at least a few more voters that Obama is the way to go.

    Hey, I can’t blame ‘em though; pretty good way of handling the low-blow Mccain threw them when choosing a woman vp and reeling in those Hillary supporters on sex alone. I mean come on, who wouldn’t take little old same-hometown-as-sarah Anne Kilkennys opinion to heart? She MUST know what she’s talking about and just want to inform us non-Alaskans of the truth, out of the goodness of her heart. OH WAIT, you were just sending this email to some friends, right Anne? Thanks for nothing!

    Surprise Ice | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1217. Anne – What books did s palin want removed from the public library?
    G S Grossman

    G S Grossman | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1218. There are none so blind as those who will not see. If even one item Anne has written is true, is this the kind of person you want with the potential to start ANOTHER war? Hasn’t Bush abused enough power in this country already? Why on God’s green earth would ANYBODY vote for her when she is a smart mouthed malicious liar, not unlike her “Big Brother” McCain???? Wake up, people, or it may be smelling like napalm in the morning!

    DawnD13 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1219. Dear chad17938 … I’m trying to figure out two things. #1 What color glasses are you wearing? They must be neither “rose” nor clear because nothing about these posts is hilarious. How does trying to find out about a person’s record and character translate into attacking? The subject of this discussion is not Obama … it’s not even McCain. It’s Palin.
    She struck a nerve, indeed! She is Scary!
    Frankly, I’m thrilled with her choice as it shows really poor judgement on the part of JMc. On the other hand if the majority of Reps and Indies think she is perfect for the heart-beat position, then hang on … it’s going to be a bumpy bumpy ride!! Must also say as always, I will be ever so grateful for my faith that assures me this world is not all there is! Question #2 which pair of the digits in your signature is closest to your actual age?

    Really object to your inclusion of “terrorist” in your childish name calling!

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1220. Did you check any of what Anne Said?

    please | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1221. Don’t you people see a little bit or rivarly behind this letter? The woman even admitted that her and Palin were not the best of friends and that she didn’t like her. Does that tell you something? I could write some of these things about some high school girls I didn’t like either and would people actually believe it to be true? I believe there is a lot of jealous motivation behind this and if people are going to make this their decision on who to vote for, that is just sad. Palin had an APPROVAL RATE OF VOER 80 PERCENT AS GOVERNOR!!!!! I think 80 percent is much more than 1 person who does not like her! Read about Palin from an actual news source people!!

    Kelli | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1222. Sarah is “wildly” popular because she bought support by redistributing oil company taxes to the general population. Wow, that sounds like that horrible Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez! What kind of communist is this Palen woman?

    Tom Sampson | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1223. Good for your Anne Kilkenny….thank you for your insights, having the courage and taking the time to expose both the good and bad on Palin. From one intelligent American woman to another.

    sandi | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1224. OBAMA WILL CHANGE THIS COUNTRY LIKE NO ONE HAS EVEN IMAGINED…….HE IS A SOCIALIST……THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PICKED APART EVERY PART OF MCCAIN’S LIFE, AND SARA PALINS….COME ON LETS HEAR ABOUT OBAMA…….GIVE ME HIS HISTORY….GIVE ME HIS NEGATIVES…….DEMOCRATS NEED TO ASK QUESTIONS AND NOT JUST DAMN ANY REPUBLICAN….MOST PEOPLE ARE AWAKENING TO THE FACT THAT OBAMA IS SCARY…

    carol shepherd | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1225. Reminds me of a teenage girl who lost her BF to another girl. Childish. Just sour grapes.

    Deb | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1226. I like how actual facts and events that have happened in Palin’s past are easily brushed aside as ‘jealousy’ by people here.

    Most instances in the open letter are factual events. No matter why the letter was posted, how do you argue with that?

    For the sake of the country, open your eyes. Far too many people place towing the party line above what’s right for the country. Like Bush/Cheney ’04, this will be the demise of us…

    Steve McCrosky | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1227. Marie, childish name calling? You liberals name call all the time…kinda like the kettle calling the pot black! :)
    One of these posts actually went so far as to imply John McCain has child porn on his computer…if that’s not name calling, then i don’t know what is! If you have a problem with name calling, then start with your own liberals!
    Also, finding out about a person’s record and character is probably a good idea but not on a blog written by some housewife who happens to be bitter about some things that happened years ago.
    One more thing…to all you people complaining about how bad the last 8 yrs were and how Bush is to blame for all the world’s problems…consider 2 things, Bush has a Democratic congress to hinder any progress he would want to make (they have the lowest approval ratings ever!!) and number 2: alot of the mess that we find ourselves in started in motion a long time before Bush ever took office….Wow some of you just never think, do you?

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1228. I know Carol! One poster above mentioned Obama’s connection with Odinga, his terrorist cousin in Kenya. I googled it and that is some scary business! He just has way too many evils. I rather have a pitbull with lipstick as my vice President than that man as my community organizer any day! BTW Chad- you are awesome!

    Corrine | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1229. Hello Marie, Strong economy does help approval not the Be all end all..Your actual Alaskan does admit Palin was an Improvement..Rasmussen pol 7/31/08 only 14 % of alaskan voters think Palin has done a poor job(obviously ms Kilkenny is part of that Small percentage …True some maybe fooled and /or misled but I have FAITH and CONFIDENCE that an overwhelming majority of AMERICANS can see beyond the broad brushing and spin of our politcal campaigns (ON BOTH SIDES)…In full disclosure I am not a party member and to answer your last ? There are things I dont agree with SP and JMc on. The reason for my original post was as an objective reader Ms Kilkenny left alot of questions unanswered about where her extreme personal dislike for Palin(which she admits) comes from?

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1230. ok … I need to get a life and there are dishes in the sink, so this my last for the day! Lots of posts asking for list of books 2 b banned. I did what every one who wants to know should/could do SEARCH “librarian Wasilla”. I found the story as it appeared in an Alaska paper … “Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and had to go.

    Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job.

    It all happened 12 years ago and the controversy long ago disappeared into musty files”

    So there is no list … only the veiled assumption that librarian was being fired becuase she wouldn’t ever consider removing books when asked to do so by an individual.

    people people please do the research for yourself! dont wait around to be spoonfed by Palin or McCain or Obama or Biden or Anne KilKenny or the little old lady from Pasadena! come to think of it though, we might not have had even the bare facts so quickly if Anne hadn’t spoke up. So thank you Anne. My take is you knew or at least you hoped this would spread like wildfire because you knew we should know what you know. Thank you.

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1231. I am so glad to see that not everyone is afraid to give out truths in Wasilla. The people need to hear this side of the story and let Palin answer to it!It’s sad to know how many women can be proud of the positions a woman of power can have based on the false intentions, and realities of where she has gotten them from and realying on why she is where she is.. I would be proud of a woman if her intentions were true, heartfilled and the goal was to make her state, or city better for the sake of her citizens.. Not of what I have read..

    Dawn | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1232. So I guess that means you know Sarah personally huh Jeff?

    please | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1233. I just want to say that those of you who are seeing this letter as vindictive, backstabbing, or bitchy are warping your own perceptions.

    I too hate to see how women can treat each other, the bitterness they rarely let outsiders see can be pretty revolting; but I re-read this message just to double check my thoughts..

    Your accusations are guided by your own mind, they are not extractable from this letter.

    WIlllINN | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1234. I, for one, would be happy to discuss the merits of an Obama presidency – on ANOTHER POST!!! This is a discussion on the pluses and minuses of a virtually unknown Sarah Palin as VP. And it is very important to find out as much as possible from as many sources as possible – not just the pro-McCain mainstream media. She would be just one tiny heartbeat away from becoming the most powerful person is the world, for God’s sake! Get a grip on reality! And it would be very nice if everyone could stick to issues, not childish name-calling!

    Tom Sampson | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1235. Clearly, Anne doesn’t like Sarah. This letter was certainly not written objectively. There are many, many half-truths and a lot of opinion (not fact). I suggest you take any of “facts” outlined in this letter and do a little research. There is more than meets the eye. Anne was very good in only telling 1/2 the story.

    Sarah, you go girl.

    Deb | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1236. P.S. Corinne, maybe you and I should get together and serve Kool-aid to all these liberals. Its a warm day and they seem to have worked themselves into a healthy sweat!

    chad17938 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1237. Mary you’re scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    please | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1238. Sarah must have really intimidated you in school. I’ll go with her 80+% approval rating as AK Governor, highest of all US governors rather than this hatchett job. Shame on you for your slanderous fiction piece during a non-fiction campaign. I’ll guarantee you I don’t want Nobama and his radical socialist agenda, which he is doing his best to cleverly hide. However, I’ve read tons of material on him and there’s a whole lot more to dislike and fear from him…William Ayers, “Father” Flager, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Resco and his wife, over 100 votes in IL legislature of “Present” rather than yes/no (can’t/won’t make a decision), “change” is his codeword for wealth redistribution, EXACTLY the opposite of what made/makes America the greatest nation on earth (Saul Alinsky, a radical mentor), sexist elite (ask Hilary), etc., etc. NOBAMA!

    Patriot | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1239. The following article is from yesterday’s (9/7/08) Washington Post. After reading anne Kilkenny’s letter, and the post article, it begs one question I have had since the Republican convention – Did John McCain think this through?

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    What’s Fair Game With Sarah Palin?

    By Anne E. Kornblut
    Sunday, September 7, 2008; B01

    Watching Gov. Sarah Palin explode onto the national scene over the last week got me thinking back to a cold evening earlier this year, just before the New Hampshire primary. I was half-listening to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speak at an auditorium when a strange noise interrupted the event: two young men shouting, in muffled voices, “Iron my shirt!”

    At first, Clinton seemed as taken aback as the rest of the audience, unsure of what was going on. Then she saw the yellow “Iron My Shirt!” sign one of the young men held, figured out what was being shouted and brushed the interruption aside. “Ah, the remnants of sexism, alive and well,” she said, then continued with her remarks. When security officers removed the young men from the audience, I joined several other reporters in following them outside to find out who the hecklers were and what had motivated them to make such a spectacle.

    Little did we know that the bizarre incident was a precursor of what was to come — of the debate over sexism, feminism and the role of women in public life that would emerge as one of the defining aspects of the 2008 campaign. My fellow reporters and I never really did resolve the mystery of the “iron my shirt” episode; the two young men refused to give us their names and offered strangely vague reasons for being there. But we were put on notice that night: Gender politics was going to be a part of this race in ways that no one could foresee.

    After following Clinton on the campaign trail for more than two years, I have been watching the Palin story with some wariness — especially the conservative charges that the treatment she’s received has been overwhelmingly sexist. With each new development, I keep wondering: What if?

    What if, back in the 1990s, Clinton had announced the pregnancy of an unmarried, teenaged daughter? Would the Republicans have declared it an off-limits family matter and declined to judge her, or would it have turned into a national scandal that hurt her chances as she decided to pursue her own career in elected office?

    What if, instead of the GOP’s new vice presidential candidate, Clinton had been the one to run for national office without any international experience to speak of? (After all, Clinton’s rivals diminished the relevance of her eight years as first lady, saying they counted for little on her résumé.)

    And what if Clinton had rejected questions about her record by calling such lines of questioning sexist? What if she had refused to name any national security decisions she had made, as a spokesman for Sen. John McCain did on Palin’s behalf last week, on the grounds that the question was unfair?

    What if, simply, the roles had been reversed?

    Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s former communications director, said he is confident that the Republicans “would have attempted to destroy her” if she were in Palin’s shoes — as, in fact, some Republicans tried to do to Clinton throughout the 1990s, and were preparing to do again if she had won the Democratic nomination this year.

    At the same time, Wolfson said, Republican attempts “to defend Palin from sexism lost a fair amount of credibility when Carly Fiorina refused to acknowledge that her party had ever been sexist toward Hillary Clinton.” (Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief turned McCain economic adviser, told a “hear-me-roar” press conference with other Republican women Wednesday that Republicans were not responsible for any mistreatment of Clinton.) I have had my share of major disagreements with Wolfson over the last few years, but on this one, he is probably right.

    It may seem a pretty pointless exercise — envisioning the “would haves” if Clinton and Palin had somehow swapped roles, parties and lives. But it is a useful tool as a reporter, a way of contemplating what is fair game now by comparing it with what was fair game then. Even the issue of “Would you ask a man the same question” (raised so indignantly last week by senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani) falls slightly short, simply because there are so few templates for female candidates running for higher office — and the ones who have, including Clinton, Palin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have tried to use their roles as mothers and women as part of the overall package in ways that men do not.

    That is not to say that every awkward detail of Palin’s personal life is an acceptable target — or that Democrats, reporters and bloggers ought to pursue Palin in all of the aggressive ways that Clinton has been grilled for most of her political life. It is also not to suggest that Clinton always openly answered questions about her own record or did not manipulate her femininity to her advantage when it suited her political needs.

    And the sort of media-bashing that thrilled the GOP faithful last week may not play as well with the independents McCain hopes to win over. In an overnight ABC News poll taken before McCain’s speech Thursday, 50 percent of respondents said that the media has treated Palin fairly, while 40 percent said it had not — and among those who faulted the coverage, more saw political bias as the root cause than blamed sexism.

    Still, in her first week on the national stage, Palin and her surrogates have brandished the sexism charge more unabashedly than Clinton has over the course of two very public decades. And Palin has not yet even faced serious questioning in person, in an interview or in a one-on-one debate. If Clinton’s message was that she was a survivor — that she had been vetted and tested, her viewpoints scrutinized, with all of her personal problems known to the country — Palin’s has so far been that she has, by virtue of being nominated, already passed every test that Clinton took. Palin’s mantra, it seems, is that women no longer need to surpass men in their achievements and qualifications in order to win; they simply need to object when the question of their preparedness is raised.

    And that makes me wonder: What would Clinton say to that?

    Clinton has been surprisingly quiet in the days since Palin was nominated. She issued a bland statement the day McCain announced his surprise pick: “We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.” Last Thursday, Clinton put out just her second statement about Palin, saying she wanted to “slightly amend” one of her best zingers in Denver: “No way, no how, no McCain-Palin.” And while Clinton is scheduled to stump in central Florida Monday on Sen. Barack Obama’s behalf, the trip is not, according to people in both Democrats’ camps, designed as a direct response to the debut of the second female vice presidential nominee in U.S. history.

    It doesn’t exactly add up to a resounding attack, especially during the heat of the campaign. Former Clinton advisers offer various explanations: She would only energize the Republican base if she criticized Palin; she doesn’t want to diminish her own stature by attacking McCain’s rookie understudy rather than McCain himself; she is not on the ticket, so why should she intervene? Still, the result is a strange silence from the woman who, until just two weeks ago, had arguably the most powerful female voice in American politics.

    Palin, on the other hand, has invoked Clinton several times, welcoming the senator’s voters to her own effort to shatter the glass ceiling that Clinton “put 18 million cracks in.” And yet America’s two most famous female politicians were not always so simpatico. As recently as the primary season, Palin said that she was sorry she could not vote for Clinton (presumably because she was a registered Republican) but added that she regretted Clinton’s “whining” about sexist treatment toward the end of her 2008 bid. “When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, ‘Man, that doesn’t do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress in this country,’ ” Palin said.

    “I think that’s reality, and I think it’s a given, I think people can just accept that she is going to be under that sharper microscope,” Palin went on. “So be it. I mean, work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree that you’re capable, that you’re going to be the best candidate. . . .”

    One senior Clinton adviser I talked to this past week called it understandable that the Alaska governor felt that way — until she got into the white-hot glare herself. Another said that it is probably easier for Palin to take on the role of vice presidential nominee, and to push back against the questions that truly are offensive, because the path has been paved for the last several years by Clinton.

    In some respects, the Clinton loyalists are sympathetic toward Palin and about the hardships she will face in largely uncharted territory as a woman running for national office. They lived through the excruciating moments of unfairness that Clinton endured during the campaign — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’s saying that Clinton won her Senate seat only because of her husband’s infidelity is one particular favorite — and some are still smarting from Obama’s decision to tap Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. That may very well not have been a sexist choice, but from a certain angle, it could be seen to have carried a tinge of old-boy networking — the kind that Palin said in her acceptance speech she had busted up in Alaska.

    Which is why so many Clinton loyalists believe — and I believe they really believe it — that Palin could help McCain draw some voters from the Clinton base. The GOP may have its work cut out for it here: According to the ABC poll, 47 percent of women view Palin favorably. (She does better among men, who are more apt to be Republicans; 54 percent of men viewed her positively.) Still, the fact that a spokesman for Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid used the word “shrill” to describe Palin’s speech on Wednesday night only made Clinton’s camp more convinced that the hockey mom from Wasilla really could win some women over. And that is why Palin’s emergence has given the increasingly tight 2008 campaign a kind of symmetry that the “Iron My Shirt” boys, whoever they were, could never have imagined.

    kornbluta@washpost.com

    Anne E. Kornblut covers politics for The Washington Post.

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    Michael | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1240. And to all of you second guessing the information.. I appreciate it, but next time don’t just emptily question it because of your own hesitation. Look it up, then come back with facts! if you find them!

    WIlllINN | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1241. Chad you need to think also… Everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone points a finger but it is what it is.. Life has been this way forever… There are alot of things being said about both tickets and well people are going to vote for whomever they will.. The bottom line is It really doesn’t matter which one comes in their intentions should be what they state in their debates cause one or the other is going to be president/VP. People should concentrate on the issues of our home ( United States ) and world problems and not who has done what… Everyone will form their own opinions whether or not I vote for one or the other.

    Dawn | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1242. I am so thankful that I saw this letter! My son told me about it when I said I thought maybe Governor Palin would be a good thing for us Republicans.

    I like Joe Biden, but Barack Obama is not my cup of tea. Neither one scares me like Sarah Palin does with her nice-to-your-face stab-you-in-the-back personality, especially because of John McCain’s age and health. Anne thank you!!

    Maggie in Columbus | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1243. Anne,

    Kudos for your bravery. It’s not very easy to speak up against powerful people as an ordinary citizen even in a country like USA. I am not sure how long a majority of people in this country can put the blinders on and vote for the wrong candidates.

    If the description of Palin in this letter is true, I hope she gets exposed before the election. America cannot afford to find out the real truth once again after the fact.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    Chris | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1244. Bravo and thank you for speaking up! We need voices like yours to be sure, however, while it’s important to know about Palin’s record and personality, please let us not lose sight of the fact that it is not she who is running for president; let’s keep the focus on McCain. I worry that a great deal of energy is being focused on her when we need to be keeping our eyes firmly on McCain. Hopefully in the coming days we will return to conversations about the presidential candidate and the issues.

    pam | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1245. Democrats SUCK BALLS… give it up…

    h mont | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1246. Thank you so much for the insight. How incredibly frightening. I hope many, many, many read your letter. I still can’t believe that so many don’t know this about her and that they are gambling our country away voting for McCain and his lack of judgment.

    CJ | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1247. Chris ,The wrong candidates? who are the right candidates? and if the majority is voting for the “wrong ones”,you must be the minority voting for the “right ones” that lose ? I am a firm believer that no matter the party affiliation the General public of the USA votes for the candidate for that office which he or she feels is best qualified..at least I hope so,thats the premise isnt it? And if im correct than the person that we the people feel is BEST should win at that time…Sorry your choices haven’t been the same as what the majority of the voters felt But I would hardly say evryone that voted for the winner was wrong and you my friend are RIGHT..

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1248. Yes, Wasilla population is ‘about’ 10,000. Did it double since 1996-2002 years that Palin served as Mayor? Was Kilkenny one of those who opposed Palin when she tried to oust the Librarian, and one of “her enemies” today?

    I have read that Palin wanted her brother-in
    -law, a State Trooper (enforcer of the law) fired because he threatened to kill a man, (a relative) and tasered an 11 year boy, his stepson!! You think that is the kind of man who should be a State Trooper?

    A tax on food? What residents of other states DON’T pay a tax on food? We do, and it keeps rising. One poster said Alaska is a small state. Really!! Last time I checked a map, Alaska is the largest state in the Union!

    I would like to see some citation for all of Kilkenny’s remarks. Women have been encouraged for a very long time to “do it all”, be a mother and have a career, also. Some can, and some can’t. It was okay to work outside the home during World War II, and I have known mothers who worked all of their lives to help pay the bills. And married women do work outside the home because they have to. They also do all of the work at home! And women are 51% of the population in U.S.A.

    Age? A lot of 72 yr. olds are being insulted. In other countries Presidents and Chancellors, Prime Ministers, and Kings in the Middle East were/are in their 80′s. Don’t discount someone who is 72 years old with a 96 year old living mother! He has here genes!

    Victory

    Victory | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1249. When anyone compares an individual (please drop the woman portion for this) to people such as Margret Thatcher (A woman who helped England regain itself after years of economic hardships caused primarily by the costs of WWII and also the release of several trade clauses that FDR forced upon a drunk Winston Churchill in order to maintain American support. This was a brilliant woman, and some fool has the stones to compare a person like Palin to her. One thing that most of us forget is that history is the maker of people not the other way around. Remember that people like Khadaffi were once terrorists, Bush and Nixon were both once loved, and America was not an imperial empire for the majority of the 19th and 20th century.\

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1250. Oh and the uneducated comment- Yes, it is true that college grads/ Ivy leagers are voting for Obama, and the bottom half of the education scale as well. Interestingly, the middle income of the Democratic base also voted for Hillary. I wonder why? The idealistic educated and the poor uneducated just love Obama. Hey – don’t yell at me – check out the latest poll differential.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1251. I just want to recap what I think are Palin supporters’views: as far as men are concerned “she is hot and sexy” and as far as women (no doubt from the same cheerleading, backstabbing, manipulative, two-faced mold as Palin herself) are concerned, criticism of Palin by Anne Kilkenny or any woman for that matter is “jealousy”.
    That’s the best you can do? Men thinking with something other than their brains is nothing new, but it is a sad thought that they would vote a person into the 2nd most important office in the world on that basis. And men have the nerve to say women are stupid and incapable of logical thought.
    And women who think that looks are the be all and the only thing that women have to offer, so that by definition any woman not as attractive MUST be green with envy and have an inferiority complex? It is women like you who reinforce sexism, ensure that women earn less than men, hold 5% of the world’s resources compared to the 95% held by men, believe that women should be victims and have no say over their own bodies when there is no man on this planet who would tolerate even the thought of someone else telling them what they can do with their bodies.
    If you feel that Palin is such a role model and such a wonderful choice, please back that up with something other than “babe” and “just jealousy”.
    As for the scrutiny of her personal life – she chose to make her morals an issue, to the point that it is clear she will try to foist them on us. She chose to present herself as the mom to end all moms, ergo we have a right to see the proof of her abilities as a mother. She has been presented as a corruption fighter, than prove the record, do not just say “cause I said so”.
    The only thing that I see to have been verified is her lust to kill defenceless animals – which would qualify her to be the White House butcher, not really sure it fits in with being VP – unless everyone feels that Cheny has established a new requirement for VPs.

    Not Fooled | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1252. Keith, you are so blind to the truth. The Republicans love you because they have you so fully brainwashed. Alaska is one of the smallest states populations wise, only 100,000 more people the Washington DC. Anyone who inherits a city with a surplus and leaves it in debt can’t claim to be a good administrator. In fact that has been the case with Reagan, Daddy Bush and Baby Bush, no balanced budget, larger debt then when they came into office, larger government and more Government control over my life.
    She also takes the Federal ear mark for the “bridge to no where” that she fought for and kept the money for her own pet projects, she didn’t return it. She is no one I want to have any role in running this country.

    Dennis | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1253. I find it really interesting that so many democrats are bashing Palin for whatever they can find. It would have been really interesting to see Palin vs. Clinton in the VP debates. Historic and great for the country. Too bad Obama’s ego is so huge that he couldn’t share a stage with Hilary. Too busy putting the finishing touches on the presidential seal that he already made for himself. What an ego. Yeah, he really thinks about the little people. Laughing all the way to the presidency.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1254. Maryland does not tax food. Restaurants yes, grocery stores, no.

    Dennis | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1255. Anne – you are truly a hero. A courageous underdog of truth, uh, but how come when the national enquirer, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and local networks were all camped out in Wasilla you never gave any of this to them? Would think you would want it out there as soon as possible – you know – to save us poor misguided people. Oh, you are brave alright. Woo hoo. Real brave sending a letter to a few friends – who then circulated it without your knowledge. Funny, wonder why the major networks including CNN (Clinton News Network) haven’t picked it up. Probably because they smell a rat.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1256. She never said she was her friend. She said she was one of the few who were not in a position that could be taken from her.Kudos to her for standing up and letting people know what this woman is really like.

    MAREE | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1257. It’s about time somebody tok a clear eyed view and just put the information out there. Hell, if you ask me, the lady that wrote this email would make a better VP than Sarah We-Should-Shoot-Her. I love how she can just sit there lying to America’s face, and then have the gall to insult Sen Obama. I’m not talking about challenging him on positions, that’s what she is supposed to do, but just naked put downs and insults. But then again, I suppose I would be real high and mighty too if I didn’t have to do any interviews or answer any questions.

    Bill In Illinois | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1258. Whats the matter joej, things not so sunny when everybody doesn’t just fawn and ooh and ahh over St. Sarah? People might not feel this way if she would show, just once, JUST ONE TIME, the ability to say ONE honest word.

    Bill In Illinois | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1259. Facts speak for themselves. The repub’s seem to not like the truth… ooohhhh that’s because the truth jeopardizes electability.

    Joe J., please site examples of Obama’s ego, Mr. Maverick supporter.

    Obama chose Biden for workability. If Obama picks Hillary, yes, he’s guaranteed a seat in the white house, but is that the best choice? Obama was more concerned about the American people and getting things done in Washington then becoming the next president of the U.S. Hillary would have been counter productive to his plan for America, and nothing would have been accomplished. He’s a smart man.

    I’ll admit, for the sake of being nice,that the ego is on both sides, by the way not an issue of American concern, and at this point, thanks to the clever doppelganger tactics of the republican party, following Obamas’ outline for campaigning, it comes down to the debates. I can say this because I’m a independent that has looked at both sides and followed both campaigns. Obama is the leader, everyone else is a follower. Don’t be deceived.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1260. Hold on there Bill In Illinois – did you say ‘fawn’. That’s an interesting word. Would you use that word if it was a male candidate? I guess Obama was right – the Democratic party really isn’t ready for a female candidate when members make sexist comments like that.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1261. Oh, and as for Palin. I actually don’t really care for many of her policies! I just don’t like the desparate all or nothing attitude of people on this blog. It’s either Obama is G-D, or Palin is the devil. Seems a rather poor analysis of their policies and character.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1262. hi Bill….Obama refused for a long time to debate Hillary during the dem campaign….Biden and SP are going to debate …she will do interviews she just got nominated give her a chance …lets here what they (biden and SP have to say ) But lets be honest Bill,Ms Kilkenny in her own words states she personally doesnt like Palin. The FACT is only 14 % of voters in Alaska felt Palin did a poor job gverning in a Rasmussen poll on july 31 2008…thats 86 %of the voters that favored her or at least did not dissapprove..No matter how you spin it Thats a nice number

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1263. Obama 08′ for PRESIDENT, not G-D. Don’t be silly! Obama is simply the best man for the job and Palin is mediocre at best. ;)

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1264. Fact check here: http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html#updates

    Go to the bottom for citations.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1265. Hey Logical Fellow independent here…Agree u gotta have an ego to play politics…dont agree Hillary gets Obama in actually I firmly Disagree..as well as disagree with Obama as the stand out Leader..I question some of his decisions especially his spiritual mentor..Believe Mcain did prove some unbelievable leadership qualities while detained …I know that doesnt automatically qualify him for exec office But MY Goodness people that bolds well for a strong character and unselfishness that few could out do!

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1266. It’s kind of irrelevant whether Anne speaks the truth or not since by comparing Sarah Palin’s speeches to her actual recorded actions, we can see several outright lies. That alone weakens her case.

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1267. Hi john,, thats because the context Ms Kilkennys letter is written in,,,

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1268. John, That’s somewhat of a double standard. I think that we all take it for granted now that the truth is somewhat s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d in campaign speeches from all candidates. After all, we all learned a new definition for sex when Clinton ‘never’ had it with that woman. That kind of ‘bent’ the truth a little. And how about when Kennedy kind of ‘forgot’ about Mary Jo and she died in the car. The press never called it ‘murder’ – it was just a misunderstanding. Oh, there are plenty of half-truth spins on both sides of the aisle to last for a thousand blogs.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1269. I don’t always agree with my spiritual mentor. That’s what’s great about freedom of religion.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1270. Logical, Im sure we all dont agree fully with our spiritual leaders in our communities…But make no mistake This man REV. Wright was his spirtual MENTOR ,whom he went to for GUDANCE , had as a COMMITEE MEMBER for his dem campaign,BAPTISED his children…This wasnt just some preacher who happened to be in his local church or Parish he attended

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1271. I don’t see objecting to the easily documented lies Palin told in her first couple of speeches being a double-standard.

    Yes, Bill Clinton and George Bush lied to us and stayed in office, but I doubt they would have been elected AFTER telling those lies and getting caught.

    It will be interesting once Palin has contact with the press and public in non-speech mode to see if she stays with the never-wanted-the-bridge, never-wanted-earmarks, always-cut-costs, and eBay lies, or if she suddenly remembers her actual record instead of the record she would like to have.

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1272. Do you have anything of interest to say? Can you come up with a rebuttal or are you just too mentally incompetent?

    sandra bell | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1273. That is your choice to vote for whom you want to. I tell you this, if Mcsame gets into the office of OUR COUNTRY, we will be know as a third world country before his first year has ended. You must not own a home, if you do, pack now because you will loss your job, home and car. You will then know how it feels to be homeless and hungry. So go right ahead and vote for McSame and Peather.

    michelle wms | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1274. First of all, how interesting that none of your figures can be verified. Are you related to the “city official” who supplied you with this information?

    Secondly, 80% approval rating in the state of Alaska. Owned. You must be the minority 20%.

    Third, obama bid for the presidency after 143 days in the senate. Experience of a potential president (or lack thereof) concerns me far more so than a perceived lack of experience of a VP. I also find it amusing that people such as yourself find it necessary to point out the number of people in wasilla. It’s the same responsibilities regardless of population, and it’s still far more than a “community organizer.”

    Thank you so much for your hateful ‘insider’ information–that must have taken quite some time for you to put together. I could make lists pointing out inaccuracies in your diatribe, but here’s to hoping intelligent people put forth effort to find out the real facts for themselves, rather than believing everything they read on the internet (or hear from the left-wing media).

    amy | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1275. All u ppl out there who thinks that this is a hoax, really need 2 wake up, b4 our country is worse off then it already is. I really mccain’s plan blows up in his face, an palin is the death of him.

    roshawn | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1276. Michelle, Relax I promise we wont be 3rd world in 2010 and Im sure ,my and your car, home,and job will endure..if not we’ll pitch a tent in the great frontier state of ALaska and salmon fish for food..!!!!

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1277. True that AMy!!that goes for both sides DONT GET SPUN

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1278. I think religion has no merit on him becoming a competent and highly motivational leader with common sense ideas. Has Obama committed any racial crime? Has he demonstrated any radical movements?

    Not to mention a refreshing change from the deceptive and incompetent politics of the past. WMD anyone??? Mccain/Palin will be more of the same. Not a good idea.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1279. Amy, Unfortunately most of what you see on this blog is sort of mindless absorption of talking points from CNN or wherever they get their information. They see facts based on whether it supports their candidate or not – and the other guy/gal; well “he’s just using his vietnam experience for his own good”, or “She’s just backstabbing and vindictive”. It scares me that so many people in this country don’t take the time to look at REAL sources of information and digest it for themselves. Barack Obama has very little experience and his advisors know it. It was part of the reason that he chose Biden (his words on interview – not mine). This week he finally decided that the surge worked – but didn’t visit Iraq for almost 3 years??. I think I believe Hilary – I really don’t want this guy at 3 am in the White House. He’s smart. Just not experienced. I have absolutely nothing against community organizers, I just don’t want one as my president.

    joej | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1280. thank you for a dose of reality. I don’t know if what this woman said is true or not but much can be checked out and I will reserve judgment until I have some reliable facts.

    james | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1281. This WAS a part of research, Patrick. Now you do yours, and continue to pick and choose what you WANT to believe… but next time try leaving your little emotions at the door. You sound like a little right-wing crybaby. Rather than post this absurd blather of yours, if you’re so hyped about researching, why don’t YOU post a rebuttal to this with the “REAL” facts? Or could you only post with “the facts according to Patrick?”

    Debora | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1282. Joe J. your a hypocrit. Citing your rhetoric “community organizer,” is just something you heard Rudy “Lemming” Guliani said. I’m glad you were paying attention. The truth is, Obama graduated from Harvard, Magna Cum Laude, could have done anything he wanted with his life, anything, and he chose to help American citzens that were out of work. Let’s not forget, change does not start from the top down, but the bottom up. “Community Organizer” = political fear mongering.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1283. What’s so unfair about this information? What’s unfair is that it isn’t told brought to the attention of the national and international media. Your a fool.

    Nicole | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1284. HELLO LOGICAL , 18 u.n. resolutions from the end of the persian gulf war …u.n. testimony that Iraq had wmds ,…all they had to do is show us or the U.N. proof that they destroyed them as they claimed and they refused….overwhelmingly over 90% of congress including republicans and DEMOCRATS voted to go to Iraq…Agree or not ,Bush didnt go it alone as some would lead you to believe and my issue and or question of Obama judgement is not religion .It is his choice of SPIRITUAL LEADER AND GUIDER..his self proclaimed MENTOR Rev WRIGHT

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1285. It’s so very interesting how much vitriol politics will bring out in people.
    I was impressed that McCain chose a female candidate for VP, but it did feel like a move of desperation. I still would never vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, nor would I vote for Obama/Biden. Pardon my spelling of names if I got any wrong.
    Neither party has offered me any sense of true change or hope. It will always be more of the same from either of them, and it truly saddens me when this is all we are given to see on regular media.
    No one is perfect– no candidate is perfect. Fine. I had a problem with Mrs. Palin the moment I heard her speak… but I do not like what the current Republican party stands for anyway.
    I find it interesting that neither of the major party candidates is speaking about following the Constitution, bringing the rights of the citizens of this country back, and really scaling down our government.
    I HAVE done my research (before anyone accuses me of being ignorant), and I will be voting for Chuck Baldwin this year.
    All this hub-bub is just getting in the way of the true problems of our country (falling dollar, debt up beyond our eyeballs, rights being suppressed in the name of security, etc.) Save your hate for the true problems, everyone, and quit sniping at each other. THIS is what divides the country.
    Freedom and Liberty!

    Alyssa | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1286. Logical, OBAMA was a community organizer=fact no one disputes where he went to school

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1287. Everyone is so quick to accept and believe in Ms. Kilkenny’s letter. Would anyone like to comment on the Obamas’ involvement with Public Allies? Google it. I’d like to hear the Democrats spin on that. Also, no books were ever banned. Mrs. Palin wanted to know the librarian’s opinion regarding the subject of book banning. Anyone who goes in office wants to weed out who stays and who goes. You want people who support you to work for you. It happens when someone new takes office all the time.

    Priscilla | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1288. ALYSSA .nice post, I couldnt agree more about the partisan political divide. I do feel though we should choose a candidate that we feel will be the best suited for the job. A candidate that has as chance that is..But I admire your stand and respect your decision

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1289. Palin sucks. Before I read this, and after I read this. End of story. Infact, the whole Republican ticket sucks, and I’m tired of people trying to argue it. I’d rather have a “community organizer” in office than an old guy who’s going to kick the bucket 6 months in and leave it to ultra-convservative, into herself “hockey mom”. At the very least, the “community organizer” is in touch with reality, not stuck on himself — not to mention, would have enough respect for his children to drop out of the race if one of them got knocked up out of wedlock. It happens in real life, Palin. Get yourself together. Actually, more importantly — get over yourself.

    Kari | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1290. You LOW information voters, instead of jumping down Anne’s throat for standing up for ALL of us by pointing out the devil in your face that even after 8 yrs of bs, you still can’t see, why don’t you ask some questions? Why don’t you dig and find out the facts regarding Ms. Palin. She sure doesn’t have the GUTS to say anything for herself apparently. Instead of speaking in absolutes like a kindergartner, why don’t you use some discernment aka think for yourself instead of following the big red R, with no questions.

    MDD | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1291. Thank you for sharing your insights.

    Lynn | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1292. Hi Kari,Thanks for your subtle opinion….But 80 % of alaska supprts her…she cant be that bad?

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1293. Brian, You are a fear monger as well. Trying to scare people away based on personal issues rather than their record and ability. It’s obvious the GOP has you duped and that’s fine.My question to you is, if Obama believed all the ideals of his so called “mentor,” what actions has Obama taken to prove your distaste for his judgment?

    What I’m saying is you have poor judgment. (I’m sure you think likewise and thus we should agree to disagree). The debates will tell all.

    There is so much shaded bureaucracy and deception around the whole WMD thing it’s impossible to tell the truth. One thing is certain, someone lied somewhere along the line and got the ship moving to begin with. No Dem would have voted to go to war had they known the REAL truth. The Republicans though are suspect.

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1294. hi MDD,thanks for posting…Anne herself claims she personally doesnt like Palin..that in itself brings up questions about why she would be 1 of 14% of alaskan voters that disapprove of her? Her relationship with the former powers that be ?the librarian? A high school argument?lots of questions to her motive?

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1295. Quote :”Logical, OBAMA was a community organizer=fact no one disputes where he went to school”

    What does this mean? Again change starts from the bottom = community, up = government.

    It’s refreshing to see a candidate that knows truly, first hand, how things get done. Rather than someone who claims to know the path to reform. That’s why Obama is in ouch with the American people and Mr. Maverick is not.

    Quit fear mongering! It’s Pathetic!

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1296. Why aren’t you jealous? She can spell.

    Barbara | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1297. thanks for the info. as a citizen i personally am insulted by mc cain’s choice. as a woman i am outraged.

    teresa - sacramento | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1298. Logical, Im not fear mongering, Obamas Ability to perform as chief exec will be strongly influenced by whom he surrounds him with ,Right? I simply questioned his judgement in surrounding himself, up until the recent past with a very controversial spiritual MENTOR in REV WRIGHT,whom he had on his committee and admittedly looked to for guidance.I think any logical thinker would have the same thoughts. As for WMD’s, The fact is the U.N. inspectors testified that Iraq had them after the persian gulf war and the First U.N. resolution had Iraq agree not only to destroy them but to prove it to U.N. inspectors. Not long after U.N. inspectors were thrown out of Iraq and refused entry…18 thats right 18 ammended resolutions Later ,over several years later, and Iraq still refused to prove they destroyed the WMD’s.They suggested we take there word for it(which was not the agreement).Based on this and other intelligence, OUR congress, BOTH rep and dems overwhelmingly agreed to go into Iraq.

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1299. Logical ,you disputed joej comment that Obama was a community organizer…..Just stating a fact,never said anything was wrong with that ,very noble service indeed…I think he may need alittle more experience thats all…Cant argue Mcain has plenty of that

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1300. sounds like sour grapes to me. no one can please everyone all the time, anne. saying someone hates you is very judgemental on your part. i bet i could write very similar traits about you if you worked in the public limelight. people who choose to try and lease everyone do not get anything accomplished. do you agree?

    Bob | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1301. BOB ,I agree

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1302. I am so very glad my husband found this article and shared it with me.
    I am hopeful that the American people will seek the truth about this candidate and that the media will work to uncover all things about Sarah. I found it very unsettling that the Republican and the news media are protecting a person that the American people need to know all about.
    Our future is at stack.
    Vote Barack Obama.

    Betty Devine | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1303. Pre 9/11, post first Persian war:
    “He (Saddam) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.” –Secretary of State Colin Powell, in Cairo, Feb. 24, 2001

    Time moves on:

    “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.” –Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002

    “(Saddam) has amassed large clandestine stocks of biological weapons . . . including anthrax and botulism toxin and possibly smallpox. His regime has amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX and sarin and mustard gas . . . (he) has at this moment stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.” –Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, before the House Armed Services Committee, Sept.18, 2002.

    I bought it too buddy, so I was duped with you on this one! The Dems may have voted to go to war, but they did not fabricate the LIE!

    Logical | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1304. Hi Betty,The News media protecting her?come on

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1305. Those who agree and thank this green monster are most likely libs because they appear to be accepting the words of someone with a grudge way to quickly before checking out the truthfulness. I pray she’s our new VP and I hope many thieving pirates in Washington get fired and/or exposed when she arrives. Hello to the fembot who’s so outraged about McCain’s female choice. Relax. You’re really uptight about a woman VP????? Why? She’s the ideal “American Woman”…..strong in her thoughts and deeds. Don’t hate.

    Maximus | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1306. Logical, I am telling you U.N. inspectors testimony..Not pulling individual quotes from anyone off various internet sights.Look it up its public info..and with that info they all made the right decision(both parties)

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1307. I, too am a resident of Wasilla. Word to the wise, you might want to use more prudence in accepting the word of just anybody posting on your web site claiming to have the facts, particularly Anne Kilkenny.

    Sliming Palin
    September 8, 2008
    False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.
    Summary

    We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

    She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.

    She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

    Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesty” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

    Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”
    A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny. We’ll be looking into other charges in that e-mail for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.

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    S. Kania | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1308. I’d love to know which books Palin wanted removed from the library.
    Andice, Texas

    chk | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1309. Unfair media? The corporate media won’t expose her for what she is. You on the other hand are a dyed in the wool Republican trying to stir controversy by claiming your an independent. No Hillary supporter would ever support this book burning, global warming denying, pork sucking pig.

    Tim Kane | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1310. Well, I guess you could name the 96 filibusters the Republicans were behind, as one reason why things haven’t gone too far. Hmm. I believe that when the Democrats were going to filibuster the Republicans threatened to use the “nuclear option”. As usual, it is the corporatist Republicans who put a stop to everything. I don’t understand this. Are all you Republicans out there making millions, because if you are not, John McCain will not help you or your way of life. How can you not see this? Are you incapable of original thought?

    Nonnie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1311. The previous comment was to Jose Rivera not chk. Too much too late I guess.
    Sorry.

    Tim Kane | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1312. Anne Kitty got claws!!! Get a job Anne!!!

    Trudy Jones | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1313. PALIN OVER 80% APPROVAL RATING AMONGST ALASKAN VOTERS. CANT WIN ‘EM ALL

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1314. Sarah Palin reminds me a lot of Jesse Ventura, who was elected governor of Minnesota when I lived there. People loved him because he posed as a reformer against the insiders and the policy wonks. He had some good ideas (unlike Palin in my opinion), but like her, he ruled by intimidation and demonized his opponents. He also gave little budget advice but used his line-item veto with flair (using a pig stamp labeled “pork”). Because he insulted the legislature and the press and couldn’t work with them, he used up his credibility and accomplished little after 2 years.

    C. Robbins | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1315. To Jose Rivera,

    If you were a true democrat there is no way you would support McCain/Palin. Obama, Biden and Hillary are classy, something McCain/Palin will never be.

    FSEBASTIAN | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1316. Thanks Anne, just proves why I really don’t need to vote against Obama but for Palin. In other words, until Palin, I had only a reason to vote against Obama and not for McCain. Secondly, I noticed I can get a Obama/Biden sticker from Moveon, an advertisment along with your post. Doesn’t give you much credibility. Lastly, to be a great “salesperson” the first thing you do is compliment the buyer, nice sales job, seems to me, by other postings, you have a lot of buyers. I didn’t know this BS was for sale.

    mark brown | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1317. Fsebastian….way to support the issues

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1318. True that MARK BROWN

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1319. I Think ANNE got cut from the basketball team Palin started for…sour grapes

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1320. brian b,
    experience? Doesn’t everyone define words according to their agendas??
    Bush has been in ofc for 8 years as Pres. had tons of Exec. exp. before but STILL is not experienced in my opinion except as a shower of many blunders and lies. But wait!
    He IS doing everything at the end of his “reign” AFTER Obama has first suggested it….Now he’s gonna pull troops out of Iraq and put more in Afghanistan.

    Too bad most of you Reps. have decided that Palin is the new Messiah of America when you accused Obama of being that, just don’t forget it is McSame that will be the Pres.

    Thanks for knowing that the simple-minded Reps. would be distracted AWAY FROM YOU, McSame. Nice Pit-bull Puppet ya got there.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1321. This could easily be one of those awful emails sent out to malign and discredit a candidate; BUT, almost everything in the letter has also been dug up independently.

    For those of you who say she can’t be all bad or she wouldn’t have been elected-Duh! George Bush and Dick Cheney ring a bell?

    Michele | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1322. brian b
    Alaskans got a payoff in the form of a big ‘ole check. I suppose you are in the same low percentage of supporters of Bush since you got your tax refund, too. We’re still, however, in a recession and headed downward.
    McCain up in the polls?
    If he does win, I can’t wait to see you all at the foodline. I’ll be the one filling up your soup bowl as one of McCain’s Country First Folks he has started raving we should be now…

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1323. A true democrat and Hilary supporter would never vote for McCain/Palin. Quit fooling yourself. Apparently you didn’t hear Hillary’s message in her speach at the Democratic convention.

    BB | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1324. John McCain is no dope. When we all saw the huge media coverage given to Celebrity Paris Hilton’s tv ad against John McCain, he was smart enough to realize he needed a celebrity of his own. Face it, shocking news is what gets the news (that’s why news is so negative). Picking someone as dark as a dark horse candidate can get, Sarah Palin gives John McCain the attention his campaign needed. It’s patheticism at its finest.

    Kathryn | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1325. Seriously? The first line of defense you have for Palin is that she’s a babe? Last I checked that’s not on the list of qualifications for VP…….

    Sexism at its best. Nevermind her true qualifications and the lies she spews…. she’s hot!

    I for one see through the lies of the republicans and their last ditch efforts to hold on to the white house. I’m glad others see past it as well. I can only hope the rest of the country can think for themselves and research the true facts on the candidates and their plans for the major issues. If everyone does there is no choice but Obama.

    And I think the saddest thing is that the red states are the states that need change the most- to combat unemployment, poverty, etc. And its the people most effected by those issues that vote for the party that has more interest in helping big oil then helping the average Joe make it in the world. And this is only because they believe that the republicans hold true to conservative values…. which is less and less true as the years pass. Vote for who has your back, not the CEO’s!

    Kristy | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1326. Obama 08 In full disclosure im Independent not a party person nor do i support the extreme views of either side…one of which you seem to be on,As for if Mccain wins beeing on a food line another extreme comment.as well as stating over 80 % of Alaskans support Palin cuz of a refund come on give ‘em more credit then that..

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1327. reading some of these posts I’ld think we had 14% UNEMPLOYMENT skyrocketing crime and homlessness littering our streets..the facts folks are Annes letter is an op-ed(shes entitled)but it does not mention that the 14% is Palins disapproval rating amongst Alaskan voters and please dont tell me Palins got over an 80 % approval rating just because a refund

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1328. Even if Sarah has been considered successful in Alaska let’s not set the bar so low. Alaska runs on tax revenue extracted from the oil industry. With the run up in crude price they are sitting in tall clover. Send a few thousand to every resident and what’s not to like?

    What would Sarah bring to Michigan, or Ohio, or Indiana aside from fambly values?

    Are we actually this stupid?

    Kurt Knutson | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1329. I wonder if Sarah Palin will still believe in her heart whether the Iraq War is a “task from God” if her son comes home with his two legs blow off or in a body bag. I only pray he come home whole and unblemished.
    My question is, does Sarah Palin now have a unique pipeline to God so that He tells her (and other cult leaders) what His tasks on Earth are?

    Kate | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1330. Kate ,surely no mother or anyone for that matter wants that for any soldier….But dont discredit what her son is doing by serving his country …in essence us. Remember All we have a strictly volunteer military service and the courageous men and women that serve in it know the rewards and unfortunately possible reprecussions of protecting us and our interests

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1331. 1. John Sidney McCain Sr. (August 9, 1884 – September 6, 1945) (John McCain’s grandfather)
    Died of a heart attack at age 61

    2. Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr. (January 17, 1911 – March 22, 1981) (John McCain’s father)
    Died of a heart attack at age 70

    3. John McCain III (Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee)
    He is currently 72 years old and has been in ill health. If the above trend continues(online gambling sites are already taking bets), guess who becomes president of USA. That crazy pitbull with lipstick. God help us all!!!!!!

    kabaki | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1332. Thank you Anne for your wonderful insight and articulate letter.
    Obama has been vetted and defined throught the media, Palin not so much.

    Sarah Palin, a woman who thinks she wants to be the VP of my country will not answer questions until she and her soulmate McCain say so.

    I think Palin should be treated with the same ‘deference’ she treated Obama with in her speech.

    She is a pit bull with lipstick and said so herself…..she wants the job of VP…then vet her like a candidate for the job of VP.

    Wasilla Resident | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1333. KABAKI Mrs Mccain is 96 if he follows that trend he could lead til hes 80 and advise the ‘lipstick pitbull’ for 8 more he’ll still only be 88 then he can play golf for 8 more years

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1334. brian b – And exactly what interests would those be?

    What makes any one President better able to determine our “national interests” than another.

    Isn’t it possible to elect a crook or a fool?

    What on earth was Eisenhower warning us about when he foretold the threat of the Military Industrial Complex.

    What exactly are we doing taking over Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae?

    Yes, just trust and believe and you can avoid all the pain and sorrow of having to figure these things out for yourself.

    Kurt Knutson | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1335. Wasilla Resident …In case you havent heard she is going to debate Biden…And if I recall correctly Obama wasnt to eager to debate Hillary…think its just part of the political strategy they all follow..stick to the issues

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1336. This was great while it lasted, but it has degenerated into repetitive “gotchas”. It’s become boring.

    McCain’s pick of Palin has only made me more sure that the Democratic party and Obama are the true agents for change in this race. Having lived through (as a voting adult) 20 years of Trickle Down Economics I’m totally convinced that dog will never hunt. The HAVES will always make sure that they HAVE more than the HAVE NOTS … duh! That’s what makes them HAVES! Lot’s of talk about people taking care of themselves … making it on their own. That would be fine if the playing field were level, but any honest person knows it ain’t. A baby born to an educated rich couple has so many more opportunites than the one born to a poor undereducated unwed mother! Unless the state intervenes how can there be EQUAL opportunity?
    Our education system is pitiful … our infrastructure is falling apart … health care is a money pit for pharmacutical and insurance companies. Great jobs go to those who can get good/great educations. Where are the best schools? in poor or wealthy neighborhoods? Be honest! And yet we are sending BILLIONS of dollars to rebuild Iraq, Afganistan and Georgia. Not to mentions killing innocent people in foreign countries Where is the sanity? It’s all about OIL … all about big business … all about the military industrial complex. Oh yes, the only Republican to have a clue … Dwight Eisenhower identified that nexus of evil. What I don’t get is … there are way more of the common man than the wealthy ones, but we keep electing the wealthy ones. So, indeed we do get what we ask for! If the last 8 years have been good for you, you know how to get more of the same! Good luck to US all!

    Marie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1337. Kurt The USA just like all other countries looks after its own interests first…as it should be.Afterall so does every other country…Grant it we maybe more powerful in most if not all facets,and we definately dont make the best decisions all of the time but by in large we do try, and USA with all the mistakes we’ve made still reach out financially, militarily,and diplomatically more so than any other country in this great big world BY FAR!!!!!

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1338. brian b Mrs McCain is a nice lady and God bless her heart. I don’t know what her state of health is. She has never been through what all the McCain males have been through ie war. I think all she has ever been is a wife of an admiral which is a role without too many stresses I would presume.

    kabaki | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1339. So is my 4 year old granddaughter (smarter than Bush)

    Shana Bellin | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1340. At personal risk, you’ve bravely described the Ms. Palin, you know. Sadly very few Americans will look beyond the pretty face to get to know anything about the megalomaniac inside. Our country is in a serious decline, when people like Ms. Palin are a death away from the presidency.

    Mike Drescher | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1341. This bitch needs to be bent over and fed a louisville slugger wrapped in razor wire that’s been dipped in habenera sauce right where she’s giving us…..

    j.ward | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1342. Marie I take issue with you saying we’re just traveling the globe killing innocent people..IDo agree that Education is important But its not the be all end all …many ‘wealthy ‘people have suceedeed in this great country with no formal education… as far as oil lets rid our foreign dependence and start drilling as well as exploring ALL alternatives…You sounding like a socialist ,we are a free market economy after all

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1343. Kabaki She may beg to differ ,Icant speak for her but my point is none of us know when the good lord will take JMc so it shouldnt be an issue, at least thats my opinion..thanks for your response

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1344. J ward come on keep it clean and try to express yourself more clearly in an intelligent matter

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1345. SHANA, Very funny like the lightening it up remark

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1346. I think it’s great that someone step up to the plate and let us know what Sara Palin is all about! I give you props Anne! As to all of you others who do not look at the facts and open your eyes I can see you probably put Bush in office for eight years and contributed to the shape we are in now. I agree with the name “McSame”, and am voting for Obama!

    ronny | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1347. brian b
    Come on, get your head out of the child’s sandbox you are in!
    We’re not travelling, killing…yet! Just give McCain, I’ll fight for you and OCCUPY Iraq a 100 years, the chance to “defeat the evil that HE KNOWS” Who has the God-complex now? Soon it will be Iran, then Pakistan, then N. Korea, then China, etc. All of which we have a vested interest in. But NOT Darfur where there is “evil” b/c there is no oil there, etc. Conserves are so high and mighty over here about their MORALS, but seems to me the Reps., don’t care if you’re ind., so am I, want to be the forgiven ones if they mess up/flipflop but be damned if a Dem. messes up b/c honestly, Dems just can’t be “Christians” or “rigtht” according to the Rep. Bible, so unless they have “prayed the sinners prayer”, whatever, correctly, nope, no go for them.
    Are you even aware that all the countries listed above see Us, the U.S. as the axis of evil?? I shake in my shoes when someone else thinks they have a cornerstone on good and evil. To the Reps. they’ve got that one down and their opinion of the Dems. view is nope, ya ain’t got it.
    And why, might I add, does CNN have to be unbiased according to Fox news when Fox news makes sure to push only the conservative view?
    Give me a break.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1348. Ronny think its great Anne expresses her OPINION too, but please Dont ignore the fact she openly says she doesnt like Palin and may have a motive for the letter..It is by far FACT .. FACT IS HER APPROVAL RATING IS OVER 80% in ALASKA Annes home state as well as Palins

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1349. Sorry, not a hoax. Take your head out of the republican sand and realize that Rush Isn’t Right and she is all wrong.

    Richard Comerford | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1350. Palin fired a lot of people, including her chef. She seems to have it in for sooo many. All those people were that corrupt…really? really? Give that some serious thought. Sounds like she is more Bush than McCain is!
    Hope she doesn’t get in with sleazy McSame because our historic White House, under her advisement, is on the market! Scared of her judgment on what is a waste of money in government, especially when the gov. loses money b/c of her hairbrained ideas. Maybe she sold the jet b/c she didn’t have a passport.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1351. brian b
    I seriously hope you wisen up. What do you think the approval rating was for Hitler in Germany at the time of his idiotic/psychotic reign? Your 80% argument is old and STILL will not work.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1352. Obama08 No response to the media channels,I never mentioned them…As far as pakistan ,n korea ,and china unless you know something we all don’t know I dont know where you got that info …AS for Iran Please dont even try to defend them ..with a leader who we allowed to speak in our country after threatening to blow another country off the map(ISRAEL)…I truly believe we should extend ourselves to Darfur but some would look at it as us ‘INTERFEERING’and or OCCUPYING when in fact we could help..But if a peace keeping mission led to one soldier dying for the masses in DARFUR some would say what are we doing there??Catch 22 so to speak Like Iraq .Bottom line is know matter who you support in this election the above letter does support alot of PALINS claims and gives Ms KILKENNY”S OPINIONs about Palin not all facts..Because if she was stating all the facts in full disclosure ,she would have stated over 80% over her state approves of her. She may have also explained her relationship with the librarian and the old boys club and elaborated on how well she new mrs Palin

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1353. Obama 08 Im not attacking your wisdom dont get angry. Hitler had a huge following no doubt(1 is too many) but i’ld love to see what poll you got that 80% number from..Besides we all know alot of Germans obeyed him and his Troops out of fear..AND thank God the USA did what most people here argue against, destroy evil..

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1354. Thank you Anne. Looking forward to watching your interview. Go Obama.

    Mrs. Grindy | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1355. brian b,
    all due respect you won’t address issues you never brought up but you make comments about others subjects. I agree about Darfur, they need help…they need HUMANS who care. And, again, we go to defending another very capable nation, Israel. Are you aware of how long the middle eastern conflict has gone on??? I mean look at how many religions have spun from there. There has been much posturing from nations against Israel and nothing has come of it so far. Don’t forget, however, that since the end of WWII, it was Israel who went to kill innocent Palestinian’s to get “their” land back…reminds me of us establishing our land here…sorry about the Trail of Tears, dear Native Amer. Indians, etc. Hypothetically, lets imagine that they could grow in such numbers to try to take this land back from us. Oh, I forget, it is in the Bible that Israel can kill man, woman, child, livestock, AND confiscate the goods…sounds a little Republican to me. Iraq=oil. And Bush is in bed with SaudiArabia, don’t you know that? Israel got what they wanted. I believe there can be peace there, but how? The Palestinians have to bow to them and agree with them that the Holy Land is theirs and just go….where? Before you think I am defending those “dirty ones” who hate us, if they were brave enough to defend themselves to Amer. Christians, you would find that many Middle Eastern Christians cannot stand Israel for the same reason we’re failing in our foreign policy. Why? We are occupiers in the end. How can we not be? Baghdad just reopened a pool that closed during our war there. Did you see any little girls swimming with the boys? NO. Because they will never be a democracy like Bush and his new wannabes McCain and Palin want them to be. Defending the U.S. is a definate thing I believe in. How is the better question. McCain and Palin have a world view that just will not ever work no matter how much they fight, fight, fight, drill, drill, drill or ask us to stand up, stand up, stand up. Ridiculous policies and ideologies they have.
    And how do you know that the approval rating at the time of the letter was 80%? Why are you discounting the deficit number in Wasilla because she left something you wanted out. If you write her a letter asking her to agree with you on that point will you then BELIEVE THE FACTS, at least, IN THE LETTER?
    Good grief.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1356. brian b
    please really read Anne’s letter again. I never said Hitler’s approval rating was 80%, and if you haven’t studied history then I guess you don’t know he had a HUGE following that was not out of fear at first, because her presented himself as such a patriot for his country.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1357. Obama 08….fact rasmussen poll july 31 2008 14% of alskan voters disapprove ,meaning they felt Palin was doing a poor job. According to my research this letter was written right after that.I never discounted her claim of the deficit,Why are you Spinning? I in simple terms questioned Ms Kilkennys motive? And stated facts supported by polls available to the public..You my friend are diverting the letter in question to other foreign issues that I have respectfully tried to give my opinion on , not sway yours..You have alot of thoughts and ideas but I believe you would be get your point accross with more credibility if you used more facts not bullets and blog notes you’ve read ,,And furthermore not question wisdom because someone disagrees with you…thanks for the responses Good Luck

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1358. brian b
    Whether it is Fox or CNN, don’t think we’ve seen it all. The war in Iraq opened a pandora’s box into conquering other nations who MIGHT HAVE WMD. That’s why I mentioned those nations. They’ve been listed as axises of evil (China,N.Korea),Pakistan(harboring terrorists)or we rely on them for some reason or another (China=almost everything we buy) I would not defend Iran in any platform. But, please no more preemptive strikes from rash leadership over here. I believe that we advance our agendas better in the world not by example of power but power of example, like someone who was president before.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1359. well said, But bear in mind there was no question Iraq had bio and chemical weapons and were expanding there capabilities as testified by the U.N. after the first Persian gulf war

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1360. brian b
    I am not angry at you, just gravely concerned that Amer. thinks they are now awake because of 9/11 when there is a lot of sleeping still going on. We must learn from history and check the facts ourselves. I haven’t read a blog, I do my own research. America’s view of the world is not necessarily THE world. Sorry you think I spin, but there is a lot at stake here. AlQaeda is not going to say, Okay, Okay, you win ever and the Iraq war is what has led to our economic issues and if we are weakened because of it, we won’t be able to fight an even bigger incident.
    I’m hoping, by Good Luck, Obama will win, we’ll be strengthened from the inside and our learning from 9/11 will be to make sure our intelligence agencies keep doing the job they are doing now and the GOV stays awake THIS TIME.
    God bless you, dude. Really.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1361. If you recall or research it The resolution to end the war and sanctions included the destruction and dismantling of wmd and all capabilities for U.N. inspectors who they wound up throwing out…About 18 resolutions later and several of years up until 2003 Iraq was given the opportunity to prove they held up to the resolution agreement that they made with the U.N> and I believe the 34 allied countries of the coalition..They claimed they rid them but refused to prove it.

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1362. I AGREE 100 % with your AL QAEDA statement..But that being said we have made great strides in trying to dismantle their organization,blocking funds and having the terrorist fight us over there instead of in our streets ,parks ,malls etc…as well as liberating the Iraqi people from an evil dictator.

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1363. brian b
    Interestingly, Israel and other nations have not done all the United Nations have asked of them either. I just hope there is never a big group of nations in future telling our next Pres., whomever he/she may be, that THEY have 48 hours to get out…
    Bottom line to me, is, let’s not just trust Anne and her facts, but let’s not discount facts because we are focused on PERSONALITY over ISSUES. Let’s study to show ourselves approved in our positions. And I know many will vote Obama, many McCain. Thank God people will vote at all. I know many who don’t.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1364. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing.

    Sabrina | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1365. I agree, she couldn’t make convincing arguments except that she’s jealous of sarah.

    geene | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1366. Issues I agree! GOOD NIGHT,GOD BLESS AMERICA

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1367. You’re kidding right ???? If not, crawl back under whatever rock you came out of and stay there until decent, enlightened people of all sexes and races are able to leave this earth and be away from an idiot like you.

    Mark E. | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1368. Mark why so angry?

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1369. Hey Red Neck Yee Haw … not assuming i know a lot … just learned a little (for the citizenship test) and people tell me i know more than the average person here … now that’s a pretty bad thing don’t you think? Also, i did not escape from a persecuted backward stymied country of any sort … contrary to popular belief of why anyone comes here … I come from a country many of your people want to go to (Australia).

    As a person from a somewhere else originally, having lived here for all these years (23), i, like many others, tend to see things from a different perspective. I see a country which gives old and new citizens alike every opportunity to make of himself what he wants. Then when they do, they’re branded for being successful!! (called the “tall poppy syndrome” in Australia). How crazy is that? This is the country where opportunities are available to everyone, and granted, some have to try harder than others, but it’s all there for the taking ….. so why is it, then, that so many new immigrants can make a success of themselves when they’ve started out with so little, while so many native-born citizens can’t? The difference is hunger. This country is so evolved and everyone so taken care of, that these days nobody wants for anything anymore … except more hand-outs, more assistance, more tax breaks, more more more. I know i’m not a dyed-in-the-wool American, but there’s a saying that families are the last to recognize their own problems, things that non family members can see so clearly from the outside looking in … well, that’s me 23 years is no small time … and this is what i see from within and without … a bunch of whiners who don’t know how good they actually have it. Mostly because they’re woefully ignorant about the history of their own country, or even anything that’s going on today. (I heard recently that people actually watch John Stewart for the news … what a joke … their news source … but then there are those who don’t watch any news at all, as evidenced on the likes of JayWalking).

    If more people here would keep up with current affairs, both here and in the world, then there would be less discontent, and more understanding how things work, and why the country is being run as it is … but i guess it’s the age-old plight, the ignorant few (few?) … and the cycle of a nation which is in decline thanks to this element of the population … open your eyes people and see the big picture. It’s more important at this time to focus on the threat to the nation from the outside, because those on the inside have all the tools to care for themselves without any more hand-outs, for now. If you don’t know this, then go spend some time in a third-world country, then you’ll all know how badly off you really are.

    Jane | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1370. My two cents worth . . .

    The part I like best is the . . .’”Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team.’

    As a double digit years basketball Mom, I can assure you that there are more politics and and stories of “shenanigans” on any one girls’ basketball team, elementary, middle school, or high school, than all the stories in Washington, D.C., combined. This woman, on this anecdote alone, indicates to me that she has very little factual evidence and a lot of innuendo and rumor for supporting her opinions. She clearly knows nothing about girls’ basketball teams or how decisions are made regarding players, positions, etc., but is more than willing to do a character asassination on Sarah for a nickname that has been previously reported as a complimentary credit to her tough play of the game. She later admits that Sarah is “immensely popular here”, so, in my opinion, most of Anne’s complaints sound like sour grapes or a difference of opinion.

    This letter was mentioned on NPR today, after a news story about it September 5th. I find it appalling that the internet has created these misinformation monsters who, with nary a shred of authenticity, attempt to influence millions of people.

    I’ll take McCain’s experience and “Sarah Barracuda” any day over Obama’s 20+ years record with an openly racist “church” and his sexist remarks to a professional woman reporter.
    Go McCain/Palin :-)

    Miriam R | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1371. Ok, I have read a majority of the posts here and find that most of the people posting here are a)devout democrats who will stop at nothing to get “their candidate” elected, b) republicans who are getting rather aggravated about all the negative words about Sarah Palin, c) those who seem to be looking for anything to comment about no matter what the topic as long as they can bash Palin and d) those who are genuinely interested in learning what they can to make the best choice possible when they are standing in the voting booth on November 4th.

    While this bit of information (presumably from someone who knows Sarah Palin in some capacity) is great dirt for her opponents, it is still only the opinion of one person. It seems that the mass media has taken this election and put Palin at the top of the ticket and McCain in a position of having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Yes, the vice-president takes over for the president when he/she is not able to adequately discharge the responsibilities of the office. But we also have to look at the fact that McCain has survived more life challenges than the vast majority of Americans have even bothered to read about. As Governor, Palin is the Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard (several news personalities have tried to say that she has nothing to do with it but they obviously need to check THEIR facts). Together they have done more to support our service men and women than the other 2 have.

    I would like to see Obama or Biden give us their military credentials to show their experience in leading our country’s military and their commitment to the safety of our nation. Obama has never worn a US military uniform and until it became an issue for him he didn’t do much of anything to support them. At a time when our military is involved in a 2 front war, I want someone in the White House who knows how to fight and lead. Not a team led by a person who can’t make a decision in over 130 senatorial voting situations (“present” is not a decision) and says “that’s above my pay grade” when asked a direct question about his own opinion. In my opinion if you are wanting to be the President of the United States you need to be able to make a decision!

    Bash Palin, McCain and the rest of the Republican party if you wish. By Palin’s statements and what Ms. Kilkenney has posted here, it shows me that if Palin was thrust into the Presidency of our country she has the fight in her to carry on and be a LEADER. Whether she has made the best decisions or not, she took action. I don’t know about the rest of the country but I don’t want my President showing up to the oval office, war room, or some other location where a crucial decision needs to be made, raises his hand and says “present” when they ask the Commander-in-Chief for orders.

    Please think about this when you go to bed tonight. As citizens and voters we have the ability to put someone in command who will lead and make a decision or look around the room and let someone else do it for them. We have a long list of issues to address, I don’t dispute that at all. But if we are having to fight off our enemies on our own soil the rest of the issues will all be moot points.

    John | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1372. WELL SAID JANE

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1373. spot on John

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1374. Did you people not read S. Kania’s post up above? That person found where Anne’s letter is fact-checked and found to be wrong (they are still checking some sections, but found many others to be wrong)!!!

    Ellie | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1375. Jane,
    I haven’t noticed Australia being on a hit list at all, but they don’t seem to make themselves the police of the world, manager of the universe. Preemptive stroike, remember? Reps. are going to continue to widen the gap betw Upper and Lower class here with their Trickle Down economic view. If we have a moral obligation to save the world and change other countries what about the moral obligation to take care of the American people not with handouts but with responsible management of the taxes we pay them. I believe health care should be a right for all not just those that can pay. Afterall, if people go bankrupt, and hardworking, upstanding people do, because of high medical bills it does affect our economy.
    Many middle class people have lost their homes to foreclosure and the economy is affected. These are things happening here and now while you are whining that other’s are whining.

    Obama '08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1376. Obama 08′ most people who went into foreclosure did so because they were greedy and bought above their means with no money down and balloon mortgages they should have known they could never afford…I ‘ve lost many times on chances i’ve taken and never asked for a bailout.As for health care Big GOVT cant govern social security you want them controlling health care it’ll surely be a bust

    brian b | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1377. Thank you Anne!!!!!!!!!! Just what I thought. Who is going to cross a barracuda???????????

    Obama/Biden 08 | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1378. How in the world have we allowed religion to take center stage in our politics?

    I have a strong feeling that Sarah will “implode” before the election in November.

    If those two are elected, this time, then I will be convinced that we are indeed too dumb to govern ourselves.

    Obama thinks we are smarter.

    robert r | Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

  1379. brian b
    where are the written letters of bailout cries from these people? We want little gov. when it comes to regulating the dumb practices of banks and that’s what we have, little gov’t, then wow, here comes little government with their big deficit having to bail out the BANKS. Banks should KNOW BETTER than to come up with the crap they did to get their money by offering to the naive of our na