"Ms. Palin then took the stage with her husband, Todd, who owns a commercial fishing business. They were accompanied by four of their five children; she said the eldest child, a son, is in the Army, and he is heading to Iraq on Sept. 11.
She described herself as “just your average hockey mom,” who joined the P.T.A., was elected to the City Council and then served as mayor and as governor, adding that she did not get into government to take the safe course.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship is built,” Ms. Palin said, adding that she would “challenge the status quo to serve the common good.”
Ms. Palin praised the achievements of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who lost a long and bitter primary race against Senator Obama, saying that she had left “18 million cracks” in the highest glass ceiling in the land.
Then, making an explicit appeal to Ms. Clinton’s disappointed supporters, she said, “It turns out that the women in America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling.”
Ms. Palin, a former mayor of the small town of Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb, and one-time beauty pageant queen, first rose to prominence as a whistle-blower uncovering ethical misconduct in state government. " NY Times
Mrs. Smith goes to Washington?
Let’s see – What else is there? Oh, yes, evangelical Christian, handicapped infant child, probably only a couple of houses so far.
Well, hell. At least she isn’t pushing "peak oil." How bad can it be?
Alexandria, Virginia is full of people just like her. As driver for "she who must be obeyed," I go to meetings chock full of them. There are always people there who are on the school board or who want to be on the school board, city council members, planning commission members… You get the idea. By and large, they nearly all secretly hope that one thing will lead to another and someday they will be standing in the sun somewhere telling a crowd that "women in America aren’t finished yet" or some other inanity.
This fantasy life is not so funny today. It actually happened for this "hockey mom," married to a part Eskimo fishing boat captain. Hell, we may see this man on "Deadliest Catch" next season. That’s a thought. Is this guy going to have to give up fishing? No way!
"Is this a great country or what?" pl
PS Jose points out that I left out all the "Natty Bumppo" stuff about moose hunting, NRA life membership, etc. I never gutted anything bigger than a white tail deer. A moose must be an "awesome" job. pl