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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Not So Proud To Be an American

posted by on September 2 at 8:15 AM

It looks like today’s Sarah Palin scandal is going to be her involvement with—excuse me, her membership in—the Alaska Independence Party, which wants to lead that state out of the union. Until yesterday the homepage of the AIP featured this quote from the party’s founder:

“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.”

And here’s Sarah Palin’s videotaped message to the AIP convention—this year’s convention, the AIP convention in 2008.

Do you think that John McCain would have a problem with Barack Obama sending cuddly messages of support—”Keep up the good work! And God bless you!”—to fringe political parties seeking to break up the United States of America?

And what’s with that outfit?

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Now, this AIP thing is an issue that Obama's campaign should exploit for all it's worth. If anyone in his camp were part of a similar organization, I'd be hearing about it right now on the Diane Rehm show, instead of an interview with T. Boone Pickens (no mention of the Swift Boat ads yet, by the way).

Obama should send Biden out this week to rip Palin to shreds on this one.

Posted by LDP in Cincinnati | September 2, 2008 8:21 AM

I think it's a lovely outfit. The finest of garage sale trash. Is that a pasta necklace?

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 2, 2008 8:22 AM

But don't dare suggest that Palin is not a patriot, or has not always been proud of her country.....

Posted by fixo | September 2, 2008 8:23 AM

Looks like a preggers -um- maternity outfit, which is possible since this was posted in March of this year. When did she pop the last kid?

Posted by DaiBando | September 2, 2008 8:30 AM

It's obvious. Palin hates America. And she also apparently hates fashion.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 2, 2008 8:35 AM

I predict Palin (un)gracefully drops out and McCain announces an alternate VP candidate before the convention is over.

Posted by bearseatbeats | September 2, 2008 8:36 AM

Now that is some serious canned corn.

Posted by snarky | September 2, 2008 8:37 AM

This story doesn't have legs, because it's a lot more of "achieve independence under a minimal government" rather than succeeding from the Union. This is vintage Repubican sentiment and will be endearing to a lot of voters.

Posted by raindrop | September 2, 2008 8:38 AM

Friends of mine who were once affiliated with AIP have always told me the party's official stance is merely to seek the vote that Alaskans never got in 1958: to become a state, remain a territory/commonwealth, become independent, or some other option that I always forget. Of course, what's done is done, and Alaska's a state, but I always thought the party remained somewhat active by morphing instead into some pseudo-states rights type of party.

And isn't that a pretty Republican stance on paper? So... what's the big deal?

Posted by James | September 2, 2008 8:43 AM

raindrop, are you saying that vintage Republicans don't want the Union to succeed?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | September 2, 2008 8:43 AM

In addition, extrapolating this into that Palin is anti-American is not nearly as effective as extrapolating that Obama is anti-American from being marinated in Jerimiah Wrights "God Damn America" sermons for twenty years.

Posted by raindrop | September 2, 2008 8:44 AM

Sarah who?

Posted by that is pasta | September 2, 2008 8:45 AM

If Barrack Obama had belonged to this group even for a second this race would be over. He goes a day without a flag pin and suddenly he hates America.

Posted by monkey | September 2, 2008 8:48 AM

I thought it was strange of you to dig up a 20 year old video of Palin until I watched it and realized that the woman actually dresses like that.

That kind of makes me wish for McCain to win. It is worth every prize to pay to save a woman from that kind of clothes.

But I guess I wouldn't feel the same way if I were on the same continent as you guys.

Posted by that swedish guy | September 2, 2008 8:50 AM

i want Cascadia to secede.

Posted by max solomon | September 2, 2008 8:50 AM

is that a raincoat she's wearing?! won't the pasta get sticky if it gets wet?

Posted by wow | September 2, 2008 8:54 AM

The Arctic Circle will rise again!

Posted by John Bailo | September 2, 2008 9:06 AM

I speak on behalf of all pasta: where's the outrage?!

Posted by Italian Cuisine | September 2, 2008 9:16 AM

Does the necklace mean she is a closet pastafarian?

Posted by mickey in AR | September 2, 2008 9:19 AM

I hate being WiS, but #19 wins.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 2, 2008 9:23 AM

Oh the horror .... when I linked to that AIP site I saw the endorsement of Mr. Bird, my high school teacher, who is again running for Senate.

Really, the AIP does attract some black-helicopter fearin' militia-wannabe anti-American types, but I think mostly it's about taking over all federal land in Alaska (see #7 in their platform) and selling off drilling/mining/water rights to various corporations. That's Alaskan self-sufficiency in a nutshell.

Another scandal that may get coverage today:

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.

This apparently happened in 1996 or 1997, and while I don't know the details I'm positive she wanted some gay-friendly books taken off the shelves. I know that was happening in the early 90s in the Kenai Peninsula school libraries.

I know people say this all the time, but if McCain/Palin wins I'm seriously going to look at moving to some other country.

If Obama was a member of some similar group he'd be pilloried, and I think she is sending some subtle message wearing that raincoat indoors.

Posted by asteria | September 2, 2008 9:27 AM


Posted by check your headline | September 2, 2008 9:27 AM

the time for nuance is over. the republicans would have no qualms about going to war on this kind of video. and on the clothes? alaska tends to be about 10 years behind in fashion, the villages tend to be about 20.

Posted by Jiberish | September 2, 2008 9:39 AM

A candidate's political beliefs and affiliations are personal and should be off-limits to... oh, wait. Never mind. Carry on.

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 2, 2008 9:47 AM

Kind of awkward for a campaign who's slogan is "country first." Up here the motto of the conservatives is "Alaska first."

Posted by Alaska Trav | September 2, 2008 9:47 AM

Sweet lord. This woman is batshit crazy.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 2, 2008 9:51 AM

The scandals keep rolling in...Palin secured millions of dollars in federal earmarks for Wasilla, a tactic McCain has pledged to fight:

Posted by MK | September 2, 2008 10:05 AM

And the hits keep on coming.

Posted by Dave Coffman | September 2, 2008 10:05 AM

The hypodermic pen is a nice touch, too.

Posted by Richard | September 2, 2008 10:06 AM

i an allergic to her voice, so i can't watch the video. someone want to post choicest lines? or i could just look for a transcript online. either way.

honestly, i don't know how a man could keep an erection in the same room with that voice. but judging from all the kids and the satisfied look on her husband's face, it's possible. or he wears earplugs.

Posted by ellarosa | September 2, 2008 10:08 AM

@11: You know, it's funny how he did give the same sermon every Sunday for 20 years, isn't it?

The difference here is - Obama chose to be a presidential candidate. Palin doesn't even know what a vice president does - she didn't ask to be picked, didn't even consider herself VP material. Since she wasn't motivated to run for the position before it was thrust upon her, it's perfectly credible to figure out what her motivations are.

Which as it turns out include making a whole bunch of babies and building bridges to nowhere in the Sovereign Nation of Alaskaland.

Posted by Ziggity | September 2, 2008 10:20 AM

That quote is still there, "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

It's on the Introduction page, not the homepage.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader | September 2, 2008 10:34 AM

I'm guessing that the Republicans plan is to deliberately LOSE this year so they can make a stunning comeback in 2012...

That's the only thing that makes sense.

Palin's loony, arch-conservative roots WILL appeal to the far-right, hard core Republicans, but they had those votes all along...she is NOT going to sound very appealing to the indie voters in Ohio, Michigan and Virginia that McCain so desperately needs.

Posted by michael strangeways | September 2, 2008 10:42 AM

There's a 527 group running ads here in Ohio connecting Barack Obama to former Weatherman William Ayers (I think that's his name) who is now a professor in Chicago and politically well-connected. This story about Palin is at LEAST as relevant as that, and I think would help counteract the Ayers ad. I think Dems should use it.

Posted by Nora | September 2, 2008 11:08 AM

Can't wait to see Sarah Palin admitting that she secretly likes to sit on cakes and fart

With her daughter's pregnancy, everything's possible

Posted by Sarah Palin | September 2, 2008 11:46 AM

Can't wait to see Sarah Palin admitting that she secretly likes to sit on cakes and fart

With her daughter's pregnancy, everything's possible

Posted by Sarah Palin | September 2, 2008 11:48 AM

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

I guess "Country First" = "Mission Accomplished"

She may withdraw from the VP spot, she may not - either way, McCain just lost the election.

Posted by JL | September 2, 2008 11:56 AM

Why do the Red Bushies like McSame and Palin hate America so?

Not only themselves, but they've got an out-of-control convention where their Libertarian anarchists are destroying property and the major media are being tear-gassed and getting their heads beat in.


To lead.

And to govern.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 2, 2008 12:24 PM

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