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article imageOp-Ed: Sarah Palin's many personae, many quirky beliefs

By Joan Firstenberg     Sep 17, 2011 in Politics
Wasilla - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin jumped into Washington politics as John McCain's running mate and is now making noise that she may run for President. But along the way, she's been controversial and worn some unusual hats.
Perhaps one of the most disturbing among Sarah Palin's trunk load of beliefs are her thoughts on creationism. The New York Daily News reported in 2008 that an Alaskan music teacher, Phillip Monger, tells a story about Palin when she was the Mayor of Wasilla. He claims she explained to him that 6 thousand years ago,
"Dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time."
And Monger says he said when he questioned her if there were fossils dating back to that time, she said,
"She had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks."
During Palin's race to the Governor's chair, she did make a call that intelligent design theories be taught next to evolution in Alaskan schools. But after she won the Gubernatorial election, her push for creationism in schools disappeared.
A rather strange story about Palin and tanning. While she was Governor of Alaska, the nation's chilliest state, Sarah Palin installed a private tanning bed in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau. A spokesman for Alaska's department of transportation and Public Facilities, Roger Wetherell not only confirms that she did this, but says she bought a used bed from a health club with her own money, believed to cost about $35 thousand.
Does Sarah Palin have an experience with foreign affairs? The answer most pundits will agree is a resounding, "No". Palin served her time on Alaska's Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996 and then was mayor until 2002. She was elected to governor in 2006 and never served a day in the federal government and has zilch experience with foreign affairs.
She came very close to urging that some distasteful (to her) books be banned. As mayor of Wasilla, Palin made the suggestion, and she actually fired the town librarian when she refused. But after residents complained, the librarian was reinstated and Palin later was quoted by the local newspaper as saying the whole discussion about book banning was "rhetorical".
It was like a scene from the 1987 movie, "Throw Momma from the Train". In 2002, when Palin had finished up her second term as mayor of Wasilla, her step-mother-in-law was interested in succeeding her in the job. But Palin didn't want any of that. She sided with the opponent, who won. Local residents complained that Palin probably objected to her step-mother-in-law's support for abortion rights.
Life for Sarah Palin is never dull. The Huffington Post reports that as she makes a decision on a White House run her husband is doing the best he can to blunt the fallout from an extremely critical book by Joe McGinniss, called, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." It is a racy rendition of Palin, complete with allegations of infidelity and drug use.
Palin allies most recently released yet another denial from the man alleged to have carried on an affair with her.
McGinniss' book repeats allegations that were first published in The National Enquirer that Sarah Palin had an affair with Brad Hanson, Todd Palin's former business partner.
McGinniss gave the Palin's lots to mock him about when he moved into a rented house next door to the Palin home.
Last year, Palin wrote,
"We're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden and the family's swimming hole?"
But McGinniss, appearing on NBC's "Today Show," defended his reporting.
"I think I was as fair as I could possibly have been given the fact that she told all the people who were closest to her not to talk to me."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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