There is one line in particular from Sarah Palin’s speech tonight that really got my dander up:
“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.”
I’ll put up his accomplishments against hers any day. As mayor of Wasilla, she took a town with no debt and chalked up more than $20 million in debt to build an ice rink that she said would pay for itself; it never has. She got her town sued by the owner of the land on which it was built, which she’d had seized under eminent domain. The town lost the case and had to pay $1.7 million to the land owner. She tried to ban books in the local library.
Her “executive” record at the state level is even worse. She was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it and let Alaska pocket the money; supported a pro-Ted Stevens 527 before she “took him on” as a “reformer”; and abused her power to a possibly criminal degree, in recorded calls and e-mails.
Her personal judgment is equally lacking. Pregnant with a Down’s syndrome baby, upon entering premature labor, she got on a plane in Dallas, made a connection in Seattle, flew home to Anchorage, then took another flight to Wasilla. All while leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions. She didn’t have an abortion, but she behaved as if she was trying to kill that kid through negligence.
She wants to tussle? Bring her on.