The management style of Palin, and her popularity

posted at 8:54 am on September 14, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The two don’t appear to go together if one reads the twin profiles in the New York Times and the Washington Post.  For the most part, it’s pretty easy to determine why.  The press spent the last two weeks in Wasilla, Anchorage, and Juneau and could only find complaints from people fired by Sarah Palin during her time as mayor and Governor.  The so-called “Troopergate” scandal gets scant mention in either article, making what’s left a series of petty comments from the 15% of Alaskans who don’t like Palin.

In reading both, I’d give the Post the most credit for balance, although that’s damning with faint praise.  The starting point for both is that Palin liked to fire political appointees from previous administrations.  Perhaps that’s unusual for Alaska, but neither paper makes that case or even attempts it.  It’s certainly business as usual in Washington, where many political appointees get their walking papers after every election, whether or not the incumbent President gets re-elected.

The New York Times offers a more hyperbolic look at Palin’s penchant for hiring people she knows for political appointments:

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Ms. Palin appointed Mr. Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Mr. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

Does it now?  Did Wasilla High have only three students?  The Times mentions three former classmates appointed by Palin to government positions when she took office as Governor.  The article was written by that many reporters, who combined to offer this ridiculous piece of commentary in a news article.

The third, Franci Havemeister, gets ridiculed for her “love of cows” as a qualification for her position at the Director of Agriculture.  What the Times fails to mention is that the “love of cows” was also accompanied by years in the 4-H program and work done in several sectors of agriculture, as a quick Google search finds:

Franci and her husband, Bob, have four children and are lifetime Alaskans. She has spent her life actively involved in agriculture from the 4-H program to varied agriculture sectors including dairy, potato, vegetable and greenhouse production.

And how has Havemeister performed as Director?  The Times doesn’t report any complaints.  If she’s that bad of a choice, how can Havemeister have succeeded?

Reformers usually clean house, and that’s what Palin did.  Rather than worry about resumes, why not focus on the successes and failures of her appointments?  Neither paper does that, which tends to indicate that they couldn’t find any of the latter.

For that matter, neither the Post and the Times ever attempt to reconcile their portrait of a “trail of bad blood” with the inescapable fact that she has astronomical, bipartisan favorability ratings.  Alaskans have a ringside seat to the Palin administration, and they overwhelmingly approve of her.  She has an 85% favorability rating, and even 75% of Democrats view her favorably. Reformers tend to get rid of entrenched bureaucrats and replace them with fresh faces, and it appears that while the people who got replaced didn’t like it, Alaskans feel very differently.

Both articles fail to deliver anything but slanted gossip and old grudges.  After two weeks of digging, if this is all they can find, the papers will need to write off the travel investment as a total loss.  If the only point taken from both articles is that Palin made entrenched bureaucrats angry, that sounds like a win for Team McCain.

Update: Jazz Shaw dissents, and his point about judgment is certainly well taken.  Did Palin look for the most qualified candidates or just her friends?  That’s a legitimate question about leadership.  However, the New York Times deliberately offered a ridiculous justification for Havemeister’s hiring — “I like cows” — when a cursory check showed she brought more to the job, including a background in agriculture and some leadership experience.


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If the only point taken from both articles is that Palin made entrenched bureaucrats angry, that sounds like a win for Team McCain.

But will that be the only point taken from the articles?

ManlyRash on September 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Sounds like she really is a reformer and someone who gets rids of entrenched interests.

If someone likes cows, that’s enough for me to run a dept as long as they are competent at their job and have experience relevant to running an office. THey don’t need experience MILKING them. Herding them, or even raising them. They need to like it. They also need to simply carry out the Governors mandate, whatever it might be.

End story.

To the Times, this is news. Newsflash: Reporter doesn’t add slant.

That’s a new line. One that will never be carried out.

JP1986UM on September 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM

New York Times is SINKING. You’d think that the shareholders would grab command and fire each one of these worthless hacks.

marklmail on September 14, 2008 at 9:02 AM

2008: the year journalistic objectivity died.

jgapinoy on September 14, 2008 at 9:03 AM

I have spoken to a number of folks in Alaska and their biggest concern is losing Palin as governor. They love her to the point of it being very personal. Both men and women admire her, and feel like they know her….and are very protective.

Alaskans are good people. Palin seems to embody their attributes, and they don’t like seeing her insulted.

Hening on September 14, 2008 at 9:05 AM

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NYTimes:

Last summer State Representative John Harris, the Republican speaker of the House, picked up his phone and heard Mr. Palin’s voice. The governor’s husband sounded edgy. He said he was unhappy that Mr. Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff, the speaker recalled. Mr. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Ms. Palin. But she fired Mr. Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122092043531812813.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_topbox
What happened in between? According to Mr. Bitney, Gov. Palin got a call from another old friend, Scott Richter, informing her that his wife, Debbie Richter, and Mr. Bitney were having an affair. Mr. Bitney had kept that secret from the governor, even as he told her of his divorce, he said.

Allies of Republican presidential nominee John McCain like to point out that his running mate is the governor of the largest state in the union. But at times, Alaska seems more like a small town, run by folks with overlapping professional, political and personal ties that can be difficult to untangle.

Gov. Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, were also close friends of the Richters. Ms. Richter served as treasurer of Gov. Palin’s gubernatorial campaign and her inaugural committee. After taking office, Gov. Palin put Ms. Richter in charge of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division at the Department of Revenue. The fund allocates oil revenues to Alaska residents; this year each Alaskan is expected to receive $3,269.

The two couples owned property together on Safari Lake, north of Wasilla, according to Gov. Palin’s financial disclosure reports. Each couple had its own cabin on the land, where the families would vacation side by side, according to Ms. Richter. In the most recent disclosure form, the governor reported that she and Mr. Palin now own the property with Mr. Richter alone.

“They were, you know, professionally my bosses, but they were my friends,” Mr. Bitney said of the Palins. “And so what caused them to want me to leave the governor’s office was my relationship, my divorce, my dating a woman with whom they had a personal relationship.”

When Gov. Palin was notified by Mr. Richter in July 2007, she called Mr. Bitney into her office. She already knew he was going through a divorce, and, Mr. Bitney said, he had “led her to believe there weren’t going to be any more surprises.”

Mr. Bitney said the governor “indicated to me that she was hurt, disappointed and upset, and that she didn’t know what she wanted to do.”

A few days later, Gov. Palin’s chief of staff “indicated to me that I needed to leave the governor’s office,” Mr. Bitney said.

“I understand why I had to go,” Mr. Bitney said. “I accept that. I was in the governor’s office and a trusted adviser. I betrayed that trust by not being forthcoming about what was going on in my personal life.”
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ninjapirate on September 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Old power structures don’t give up easily. She won’t be welcomed with open arms in D.C. by either party, although the pubbies will give her obligatory lip service.

a capella on September 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Fortunately, nobody reads the NYT. Except for you, Ed – doing the work so that we don’t have to.

God bless you for that.

beatcanvas on September 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

A good pre-emptive line (and I’m sure it’s true) is: “I’ve kicked some beehives while cleaning up Alaska and some of the bees aren’t very happy about it. I’ll bet you’ll be hearing from them, courtesy of the BO campaign.”

stenwin77 on September 14, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Interesting question.

stenwin77 on September 14, 2008 at 9:09 AM

OMG THAT’S what proves the media’s bias. CHICAGO is a sewer, and Obama has more turds than Roto Rooter.

marklmail on September 14, 2008 at 9:12 AM

For Chicago this is business as usual; Just ask Jack Ryan.

Funny how is divorce records managed to get themselves unsealed, isn’t it?

Noelie on September 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM

If Mr. Bitney was fired, how does that count as an alumni pick? Seems to me, that’s a 33% reduction.

Peri Winkle on September 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM

OOOOOOOOOOh I get it,Palin has fired people,
and golly geez whiz,Bush fired some lawyers!

Wow,I can’t wait for the Liberals talking points
of connecting the non-existant dots!

But they will try!!!

canopfor on September 14, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Speaking of Chicago, do you think the McCain campaign is holding back anything for an October surprise? I hope so…I’m very uncomfortable with being only a couple points up.

anniekc on September 14, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Time for investigations on Obama and Rezko
on the public housing scam!

Atlas Shrugs,has a bit of it on her website!

canopfor on September 14, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Mac’s VP pick is genius. As the MSM goes into overdrive to find fault with Sarah, Uhbama becomes more tainted as the unscrutinized candidate.

Mark30339 on September 14, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Personally I think all these substanceless attacks on Palin are immunizing her against any possible real skeletons in her closet (which is looking less likely all the time) and the troopergate inquiry. The NY Times has pretty much shed any pretense of objectivity now and people are noticing. The national media should reacquaint itself with The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

rsrobinson on September 14, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Yes, it’s gossip, but you would be surprised how many women are towing the gossip line around here. From Gov Palin’s hair style, to the all time favorite ‘she looks like a flossie’. It’s getting hysterical out here.

tarpon on September 14, 2008 at 9:32 AM

rsrobinson,

GREAT POINT! They have so beat her up over less than NOTHING, should something like Troppergate even have a small aroma to it, then the masses will totally shrug it off as another media creation…..great strategy Barry Hussein…..again, your attack created yet another weakness in you!

SDarchitect on September 14, 2008 at 9:33 AM

The media metro-sexuals are just exacting revenge for being sent somewhere without a local Starbucks and Volvos.

John Doe on September 14, 2008 at 9:34 AM

The starting point for both is that Palin liked to fire political appointees from previous administrations.

Good, then maybe when she gets to DC she’ll clean house in the Executive Branch and fire the (liberals’) shadow government that’s been undermining GOP administrations for decades now.

petefrt on September 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Fortunately, nobody reads the NYT. Except for you, Ed – doing the work wading chest deep through the cesspool that IS the NYT so that we don’t have to.

God bless you for that.

And all the people said, “Amen”.

oldleprechaun on September 14, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Call me when the Times Publishes:

“Once Elected, Obama Larded Friends and Sandblasted Foes

Included:

Obama’s long history of earmarks for his family and friends, including domestic terrorists, land fixers, and racist pastors.”

Expected Publication date: 12th of Never.

BKennedy on September 14, 2008 at 9:43 AM

The New York Times—-”we’re #1 in the #2 business”.

This is actually a slogan printed on the trucks of a local septic company, but the Times fits the mold perfectly.

Rovin on September 14, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Ed, you provide a unique service with your measured analytical methods.

My feeling is that the majority of voters ignore the inside baseball pieces like these and focus on big picture issues and personalities they like.

The DBM missed Sarah entirely with their only broadside and now have only BB guns left. The fighter pilot may not be able to send email but he sure can juke the MIG pilot into his own missile.

horatio on September 14, 2008 at 9:52 AM

It seems strange that in a state where she has an 85% approval rating the only folks they could find are those that are the ones against her.

And I love how they made that protest seem huge. What.. maybe 5 were there whining, while everyone else stared at them in confusion?

Noelie on September 14, 2008 at 9:57 AM

So the “Wasilla Airborne” was essentially a complete failure in other words if this is all they could dig up?

Seriously, THIS is the best they got?

:D

BTW, whatever became of those records at the University of Illinois (Chicago) regarding Obama and Ayers?

Yakko77 on September 14, 2008 at 10:02 AM

I remember years ago some guy working at the USDA telling me that agriculture was too important to be left in the hands of a bunch of jack legged farmers.

And here Palin gives a job at the Alaska Dept of Agriculture to someone who {gasp} likes cows and actually has had experience on a farm.

Shocking, absolutely shocking.

Ever notice how these reporters rarely mention her approval ratings. They have no problem at all reminding people everyday that Bush’s approval ratings are low, so why not mention that Palin’s are high.

hmmmmmmmm

Terrye on September 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM

The overall theme continues: Palin is an attractive dunce.

I’m amazed anyone reads these rags any more.

Bishop on September 14, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

The MSM can’t seem to find it on a map.

BuckeyeSam on September 14, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Think of these as small-time Joe Wilsons and Valerie Plames.

Only difference is, the Alaskans won’t get a cover on Vanity Fair.

The democrat party will use them and throw them away like garbage when Obama loses in November.

But these folks have no psychoanalysts on Park Avenue to go to, no million dollar patrons like the Wilsons have. The fact is, they don’t need any of that. They’ll have a few beers on inauguration day, maybe several, and they’ll remember who their real friends are; they’ll watch the lovely Sarah blow a kiss on the TV screen, and they’ll turn to the guy on the next barstool and blubber, “I love you, man.”

jeff_from_mpls on September 14, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

[steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM]

Of course there is but I ask you, can you get register an MRAP for civilian use here in the US?

Dusty on September 14, 2008 at 10:13 AM

ninjapirate on September 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Now that is the best thing that I have read about Gov. Palin. Morale values is a raw character trait in today’s politics. Granted he, Mr. Britany, was competent but he had betrayed the trust Gov Palin put in him. I agree with her, I don’t care how competent you are, if I cannot trust you, then I don’t want you around me, period. Good for her.

Claimsratt on September 14, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Havemeister was more qualified that most US Sec’s of Agriculture I’m sure.

The problem for the NYT is that she didn’t pursue the Obama-style career as a community organizer then lawyer in the Alaska state legislature first.

Havemeister or Obama for her job? Havemeister, right?

econavenger on September 14, 2008 at 10:22 AM

They must have all kept in touch on Facebook.

Listen libs. Your attacks on Palin are slowing down. Let’s pick up the pace.

saved on September 14, 2008 at 10:24 AM

The starting point for both is that Palin liked to fire political appointees from previous administrations.

Good. Send her to State with a broom.

Spirit of 1776 on September 14, 2008 at 10:28 AM

From the Times of London, on McCain/Palin:

The McCain campaign has stolen our message of ‘change’ – the very thing we’ve been campaigning on for 20 months. Well, who’s the change? It’s McCain.” Palin’s astounding rise has left the Obama camp floundering for a new narrative that will capture the imagination of voters in the run-up to the November 4 election. “There is overreaction and panic,” the official admitted. “The hard part for Barack is she’s stolen his thunder a bit. It has knocked us off our game.”

jgapinoy on September 14, 2008 at 10:34 AM

REMEMBER-
1) If you are a Conservative and you get criticized by the New York Slimes and Washington Compost that is a GOOD thing to people who have any chance of voting for you
2) Opposing ANYTHING that Ted Kennedy is for is a GOOD thing
to people who have any chance of voting for you
3) NEVER, EVER support anything in Congress that starts with GANG OF ________
4) Tony Knowles and the other “old boys club” are just mad because a girl kicked them in their small bags

ReaganConservative3 on September 14, 2008 at 10:35 AM

“The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government.”

The Association of Village Idiots NYC membership roster now doubles as a veritable NYT employment directory.

Dusty on September 14, 2008 at 10:39 AM

How many high schools are there in Wasilla? How surprising should it be that people Palin employed went to the same school as her, or were even in the same class?

EnglishMike on September 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Maybe I missed something. Who is paying all these vultures anyway? I cannot recall if this was brought out or not. (Of course, I’m not as thorough as Ed, Allah or Michelle)

But it just seems to me that this would probably stop these insane “rumors” in their tracks if it was brought to light just who is funding this witch hunt. More amd more, Middle America will see just how desperate the Dems are to win. They don’t have anything else to offer so why not throw in a little scandel by their opponents.

With every attack against Gov. Palin, the Left becomes more and more grotesque in it’s attempt to woo voters.

Please keep doing what you are doing Libs.

JohnnyD on September 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

annienc: I sure HOPE that the McCain people have a TON of October surprises. After reading most of this article, I’m getting worried again. Well, let them get this stuff out now, and not right before the election. The DEMS may have been nieve that many people will be impressed by Sarah in the debate, that they will dismiss the NY Times article.

I tried to watch the YouTube video of “Palin” on SNL last night, and clicked off in disgust.

moonlighter on September 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Dirt in Chicago is like Snow in Alaska. (or that other kind of snow Studio 54 became known for…. back in the day…..)

Seriously, the Main Sewer Media have done their best to ignore the Chicago slime trail that Obama is leaving.

Hopefully, at some point between now and Nov. 5, the Media will pull their heads out of their asses and go do the work that Hot Air, LGF, Malkin et al have been doing thus far.

The thing about dirt in Chicago is you just need the right ca$h in the right unmarked envelope in the right hands to find it. Since McCain has been around the block a few times, I’m sure he’s got some of the Republican-branded C(r)ook County politicians on the case.

Mew

acat on September 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

annienc: I sure HOPE that the McCain people have a TON of October surprises. After reading most of this article, I’m getting worried again. Well, let them get this stuff out now, and not right before the election. The DEMS may have been nieve that many people will be impressed by Sarah in the debate, that they will dismiss the NY Times article.

I tried to watch the YouTube video of “Palin” on SNL last night, and clicked off in disgust.

moonlighter on September 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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Umm, if they publish *now*, moonlighter, Obama could still step aside in favor of a Clinton/Biden or Biden/Clinton ticket relatively smoothly.

McCain, assuming he has a surprise, needs to run the clock a little longer. Just another 30-40 days.

Mew

acat on September 14, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Nah….nothing of importance…..

The Boston Globe

June 27 2008

Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy

The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.

…..As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.

Some of the residents of Grove Parc say they are angry that Obama did not notice their plight. The development straddles the boundary of Obama’s state Senate district. Many of the tenants have been his constituents for more than a decade.

“No one should have to live like this, and no one did anything about it,” said Cynthia Ashley, who has lived at Grove Parc since 1994……

…..(one million media crickets chirp in unison)……

FiveWays on September 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM

I just don’t click links anymore from the NY Times, Washington Post etc….

Pure drivel.

I strongly encourage everybody else to do the same.

Metro on September 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM

This latest foray into Wasillaland is amusing. So, a Gov can’t fire “at-will” appointees? They can’t if they have an “R” behind their name. Trust me, the dem-controlled legislature did the same thing to Gov. Erhlich here in Md.
These people have no shame. Even if you tell them Clinton did it, they will tell you it’s not the same thing.
Huh? [Rap your head against wall stupid]

Please keep digging Dems. As pointed out earlier, you make your ticket look really lousy with each passing day.

JohnnyD on September 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Nope…still can’t find anything….

Chicago Sun Times

July 17 2008

OBAMA’S GOODIE BAG

As a state senator, here’s who he doled out state cash to

…..He gave money to domestic-violence, job-creation and social-service programs.

He also pumped cash into St. Sabina Catholic parish, the South Side church whose pastor is the Rev. Michael Pfleger, the outspoken supporter whose comments in a May sermon about Obama’s former Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, landed the priest in trouble with Cardinal Francis George. St. Sabina got $100,000 to help rebuild its community center.

And a venture capital fund linked to the Rev. Jesse Jackson — who apologized last week after making a crude remark about the Democratic presidential hopeful — got $200,000, thanks to Obama.

In all, Obama doled out more than $3.6 million in state grants in just the last half of his state legislative career, records show.

A proposed botanic garden in Englewood got $100,000 from Obama, but the project never was completed because an additional $1 million in funding that Obama had said he’d “work tirelessly” to help obtain never materialized, the Chicago Sun-Times reported last week. That was among the biggest chunks of cash Obama gave out during the 2000-2003 budget years. (Records from 1997 to 2000 weren’t available.)

(Records from 1997 to 2000 weren’t available.)……….hmmmmmmmmmmmm……..

FiveWays on September 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Is there no dirt in chicago?

steviedfromnc on September 14, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Yep .. there’s also a complete lack of interest in looking at it.

As soon as McCain’s people decide to send in 30 lawyers to start doing some digging, they can make it 31. I’ll volunteer my time.

cgoode777 on September 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM

So it is the opinion of Hotair people that the entire article is untrue?

Dave Rywall on September 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM

The real Palin claiming Alaska produces 20% of the USA’s energy

COMEDY GOLD!

The real Palin not having a clue how entitlements work

COMEDY GOLD!

The real Palin hiring her unqualified friends into cushy jobs

COMEDY GOLD!

Dave Rywall on September 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Subjective appraisals of Palin, by enemies made during shakeups, doesn’t provide a fair assessment of her managment style, except to point out that she is willing to do what she believes necessary to carry out her policies, with the least amount of resistance internally. Every institution, political or secular has done this from the beginning of societies. Nothing new here.

captivated_dem on September 14, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Is it more important to find the “best qualified” person to do a job, or to find someone who has not only demonstrated the ability to do that job, but also has earned the trust of his superior?

The Monster on September 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM

The Monster on September 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Trust, with qualification coming in a strong second.

captivated_dem on September 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM

New York Times is SINKING. You’d think that the shareholders would grab command and fire each one of these worthless hacks.

marklmail on September 14, 2008 at

I agree, marklmail, they are sinking, and I’m not inclined to offer a lifeline, even if I had one. But as for the shareholders (of whom I know nothing) I can only guess that NYT stock is not their only holding. They probably have many irons in the fire and don’t focus all their attention on that one underperforming stock…until it sinks to levels they may not believe they can recoup. Then, I think, we may see either a shareholder revolt or just a mass sell-off to be rid of that turkey. Those of you who actually understand the market, please correct and enlighten me. I freely admit to my ignorance on this.

SKYFOX on September 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM

People, people! After Boss Platt pushed Teddy Roosevelt onto the McKinly ticket to get “that damned reformer” out of the Governor’s chair, what sort of opinions would the entrenched polls have given the NYT about TR if they had gone to Albeny to snoop around?

FalseProfit on September 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Dave Rywall on September 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM

The Real ChicagObama steeped in Chicago cronism

DRYWALL GOLD!

The “Community Oraganizer” securing subsidies for his slum lord friends

DRYWALL GOLD!

The agent of “Change” requesting $100,000 in earmerks for his wife’s boss after her cushy raise

DRYWALL GOLD!

The agent of “Outside-Washington-Politics-as-usual” with NO RECORD of ever going against his Party’s line.

DRYWALL GOLD!

FiveWays on September 14, 2008 at 11:49 AM

The most qualified? No, wrong, bulls**t, I am retired from the Army, and from the business world. What any REAL leader wants when choosing a staff or any subordinates is first can you work with them.

I have over the years fired the most qualified because it was just not possible to work with them.

Any successful organization, business, military unit, or whatever has to move in a cohesive and single minded manner. All you need is one person going weird on you to screw that up. It is nice if the most qualified can also be the one that you can work with, but if not then you dump them and move on to gain success in your endeavors.

The best anecdote I can give is a conversation that took place between Lyndon Johnson and the former Speak of the House Sam Rayburn.

Johnson lamented that he could not understand why things were going to badly in his administration. He had all of these PhD and Ivy League graduates yet history would judge his administration as a failure.

Sam Rayburn looked at him and said Lyndon he should have hired fewer PhD from Harvard and more people who had run for Sheriff.

Bill Clinton was the first successful Democrat for President because if you look at his administration he hired friends, cronies, and people who had run for Sheriff.

Jdripper on September 14, 2008 at 11:51 AM

It seems to me, based upon the Tasergate probe that dems are in control of the Alaska State Senate. So if the Dems in the Alaska State Senate believed Palin’s appointments were OK enough to confirm them, why is the NYSlimes quibbling?

eaglewingz08 on September 14, 2008 at 12:02 PM

I recall a Democrat attack points document that was developed as Palin was moving up in Alaska politics. It was somewhere online, are any of these things just a rehash of that?

aikidoka on September 14, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Old power structures don’t give up easily. She won’t be welcomed with open arms in D.C. by either party, although the pubbies will give her obligatory lip service.

a capella on September 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Does anyone EVER entertain the question of how O’Bama will be “welcomed” in old power Washington?

labwriter on September 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

I’ll bet the Troopergate issue got scant mention because it is what the Dems are hoping to use for their October surprise. The MSM doesn’t want to provoke any substantive reaction by the McCain camp because the situation appears to have a pretty straight-forward resolution, with even the main subject of the investigation on record denying that anyone pressured him to do anything. The Dems don’t need actual proof of a scandal; they just need to tag her with the appearance of scandal right before the election. Why else would the Obamabots who are involved demand an October 31st “report”? I’m really hoping that Palin gets out in front of this and doesn’t fall back on the “truth will out” strategy that Bush used in the face of the “Bush lied, people died!” meme. That didn’t work out especially well.

inmypajamas on September 14, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Does anyone EVER entertain the question of how O’Bama will be “welcomed” in old power Washington?

labwriter on September 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

….Uhm…..judging by Captain Earmark’s track record…..he should fit right in.

FiveWays on September 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Compared to the Clinton White House, Sarah’s appointments seem like a dream come true for conservatives who want crooks, extortionists and black mailers out of any level of gov’t.
At least Sarah’s staff will be able to pass the FBI clearance.

Christine on September 14, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Send her to State with a broom flamethrower.

Fixed that for ya, 1776. Tailor the ordnance to suit the mission.

SDN on September 14, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Guys and gals, MSM knows there is dirt to be found in Chicago. However, unlike you and I, they know how dangerous Chicago can be.

SPIFF1669 on September 14, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The left fears her because she looks like she just might be a Republican that can shrink government. Without a lot of wasteful government programs, the Dems don’t have votes to buy with tax money. This fine lady looks like she is scaring the left to death……McCain/Palin ’08!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on September 14, 2008 at 2:24 PM

The management style of Palin, and her popularity

Who’d thought, that a small, clean, God, Country, and Family person like Governor Sarah Palin, would make the left go in manic depressive convulsions??? LMAO!

byteshredder on September 14, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Wow, get out the handcuffs! She appointed people she’s known most of her life and trusts!

What a crime! What a shame!

What total BS.

Mommynator on September 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Whether they wear lipstick or not, pigs don’t like being pushed away from the trough. They squeel, snort and bite and try to hold their ground.

Mr_Magoo on September 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

So it is the opinion of Hotair people that the entire article is untrue?

Dave Rywall on September 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I’m not sure that it matters. The media has been so bad the past 3 weeks, they have lost all credibility with the general public. Anything said from now on will be looked at skeptically, if at all.

Mr_Magoo on September 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Jazz Shaw intelligently asks the following question:

“Here’s a thought for you. I “live in a community” of aerospace engineers, only ten miles from one of the larger plants run by the nation’s premiere defense contractor in that field. Can I pilot the next shuttle, please?”

Verrry good, “Jazz” – but, of COURSE – the answer is NO!

Here’s why:

While Sarah’s appointees are bright, articulate and intelligent,

You – are an IDIOT.

This is incontrovertibly verified by your own admission that you have a degree in journalism, which ensures that you should not be allowed to “pilot” a commode during a defecation session without designating three people to hold on to you and keep you from falling off.

Hey – I didn’t get a “harrumpf” outta you, buddy!

grtflmark on September 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Ugh this makes me so mad…I’ve never seen journalists looking into former classmates and things before…trying to make connections like this. This has to be the most biased coverage to date that the media has employed ina pres election.

bagadeez04 on September 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

It would be interesting to know to what extent Obama’s dispatched team of lawyers and investigators have been feeding the press.

Dollars to donoughts there is a more intersting/disturbing story that will never make print about the cozy relationship between reporters and the Obama team working toward a shared goal.

moxie_neanderthal on September 14, 2008 at 8:28 PM

My father was an extraordinarily successful executive with a major retailer, and whenever he was tasked with a new venture, he always brought his own team with him and summarily fired the members of the management he replaced. Dad knew his people were not only loyal but also knew they understood and could quickly implement his management practices/style;they could quickly enhance his overall ability to succeed. Why would he keep the old staff and start from square one with unknowns whose loyalty and whose qualifications were unquantifiable? That’s just plain stupid.

It’s all about executive skills…not about pleasing the old order. Dad knew how to make crucial managerial decisions. Bush,however, made the mistake, because he wanted to placate the Dems, of keeping them on in positions of prominence…”a uniter, not a divider”…which proved to be a huge management error that eventually bit him bigtime in the backside. (When Bush finally fired all those attorneys that he should have fired immediately, he endured an avalanche of feigned fury.)

Palin made the right executive dicision. She needs credit, not criticism.

marybel on September 14, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Sadly, Alaska is turning on Palin:
http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/

GreatGatsby on September 14, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Did Palin look for the most qualified candidates or just her friends?

It depends on how you view “qualified.” If you’re coming in to clean house and shake up government those with the best credentials but ties to the establishment may not be those the most qualified to to what you, the governor, want.

nerdbert on September 14, 2008 at 11:43 PM