This page has been removed from the Free Republic site so I am pasting the full thing here because this is a truly interesting conversation. Many people are now making claims about Sarah Palin that they never would have made had she not been nominated as John McCain’s vice presidential running mate. This forum discussion is a window into the past. You can see how people really felt about her experience, her answers to interview questions and most of all an honest assessment of her experience.
Enjoy:

Video: Sarah Palin on the Wooten “scandal” and on being VP
hotair.com ^ | July 31, 2008 | Allahpundit

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:53:40 PM by Free ThinkerNY

Get yourself up to speed by reading this nifty recap from Monday’s Anchorage Daily News. Nutshell version: She fired Walt Monegan, her commissioner of Public Safety, for reasons that are unclear. Monegan claims it was because he refused to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, Palin’s former brother-in-law against whom she’s supposedly had a longstanding vendetta. What’s her problem with Wooten? Like I say, read the ADN piece, which is brimming with colorful nuance involving tasers and “f’ng lead bullets.” She insists the Monegan decision had nothing to do with family issues, but the state legislature voted this week to order a probe, which is probably enough to scare McCain away in case he was thinking of going in this direction.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; monegan; palin; palinattacks; palinrecord; troopergate; troopergateinalaska


1 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:53:40 PM by Free ThinkerNY

To: Free ThinkerNY
Sarah Palin on the Wooten “scandal” and on being VPI’d rather she just skip VP and be president.
2 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:04:24 PM by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: The Paucity of Hope)

To: Free ThinkerNY

I wanted to shoot my monitor …who was that obnoxious cretin screaming her down?

3 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:04:40 PM by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)

To: Free ThinkerNY

Leftist MSM hit job. Palin is now tainted, and will not be considered for VP.

Scratch the last conservative.

4 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:07:00 PM by Old Sarge (CTHULHU ’08 – I won’t settle for a lesser evil any longer!)

To: usmcobra

bttt

5 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:07:29 PM by ConservativeMan55

To: ConservativeMan55

Not a very impressive performance for a potential VP.

I think she needs more seasoning. She wilts compared to Bobby Jindal, in my opinion.

I think it is going to be Tom Ridge . . .

6 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:10:37 PM by WilliamReading

To: Free ThinkerNY
She has a pretty cool job right now? I hope she is referring to Alaska’s wintry climate rather than the extent to which she finds being Governor of Alaska amusing.
7 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:10:51 PM by Plutarch

To: Free ThinkerNY

apparently the obama camp did not want her as mccain’s vp candidate,

so they sullied her up a bit.

8 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:10:55 PM by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)

To: usmcobra
The guy screaming at her is Larry Kudlow of CNBC. He used to be publisher of the National Review.

Tough questions, answers were answered with slang like “cool” and “what does a Vice President actually do?”

Not ready for prime time yet.

If you want a really good female communicator I would go with Heather Wilson of New Mexico. More gravitas.

9 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:12:58 PM by WilliamReading

To: FoxInSocks

Palin needs to stay right here in Alaska where her approval rating is like 80%. Actually, all the state repubs & dems feel threatened by her I believe.

10 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:15:57 PM by Eska

To: Old Sarge

Leftist MSM hit job. Palin is now tainted, and will not be considered for VP.

I dont think she’s tainted.

11 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:20:30 PM by Chickensoup (’08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)

To: Chickensoup

If she would get picked the left would use this all day long.

12 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:21:52 PM by ConservativeMan55

To: ConservativeMan55

What, that she fired a jerk?

13 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:23:14 PM by Chickensoup (’08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)

To: WilliamReading

I think neither of them should be VP. I don’t like Palin’s slang but I don’t like how Jindal speaks much either. Sometimes he sounds like a snake oil-salesman. But I do like him.

I would like Eric Cantor for vice president.

14 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:26:30 PM by SMCC1

To: Free ThinkerNY
I saw the video on this. This woman is tough as nails. She clearly stated that this was a witch-hunt and she did nothing wrong. Her poise, her responses were sharp. Keep in mind that this happened just 3 weeks ago. If she was considering on being McCain’s VP, why would she do this now?Palin’s ethics and personality more than makes up for her lack of public elected experience. Even then, she still has more experience than Obama, she was Mayor and she was head of the oil commission. What executive role has Obama done? McCain needs to pick her. Now. The Rats can’t slander her. She would win over the South and the Midwest and take away Hillary votes. She would be a shoo-in for the WH in 2012.
15 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:29:09 PM by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)

To: Free ThinkerNY
Palin is shaking up the RINOs first and the Democrats are trying to look “busy” and not be noticed….Being Mclaim’s VeeP is a career killer..
ALL that are “connected” in Juneau(Ak) are whisling past the cemetary.. ugh.. “smoky room”..
GO GIRL.. watch yer back..
16 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:30:15 PM by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole….)

To: Old Sarge
Palin is now tainted Wrong. If anything, she’s been vetted. If this is the best they can come up with, then they have nothing. She probably wasn’t planning on being VP anyway in 2008. But whatever happens out of this, she’ll be the front-runner in 2012.
17 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:30:32 PM by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)

To: Free ThinkerNY

Govenor Palin just showed me why she is a possible VP candidate!

She doesn’t give a hoot about national coverage! She is governing just as Jindal does, and doesn’t want anything to do with McCain.

18 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:32:48 PM by Randy Larsen (Got a free burrito, paid for it later!)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

EEE, I agree about Palin. I think she is excellent and she would energize the McCain camp 1000% AND she would ‘get’ those disgruntled Hillaryites (middle aged women who came out in droves for Mrs. Clinton but don’t like the smooth talking, tell ya what ya want hear, BHO). Gov. Palin is perfect (IMO)!

19 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:35:08 PM by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)

To: PennsylvaniaMom
Exactly what you said.The “Warrior and the Woman” can Win BIG
as a very large fraction of the pro-Hillary frustrated Democrat women
crossover in each of the 50 –not 57 Obama– states.

20 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:37:13 PM by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)

To: Randy Larsen
She doesn’t give a hoot about national coverage! She is governing just as Jindal does, and doesn’t want anything to do with McCain.Right on dude… (dated vernacular?)
21 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:38:01 PM by ExSES (the “bottom-line”)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Not sure I liked her disparaging the veep job—Larry picked up on that as well—and the dropping of her g’s drives me crazy, but she is tough and intriguing and if Barack picks Kaine I think McCain should pick her.

22 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:46:47 PM by 9YearLurker

To: WilliamReading

I’m not sure why everybody is pushing Palin. Sarah Palin is in no way qualified or ready to be Vice President. Heck, McCain is 72 years old. The VP selection better well be damn ready to step in as Commander-in-Chief the first day. She was only a Mayor of a small city and governor just since 2006. I don’t see why people are trying to push her so soon. Give her another 4-8 years before even thinking about throwing her on the national stage. Just her reaction that she doesn’t even know what a VP does shows she’s nowhere near ready to face the scrutiny. Putting her on the ticket negates one of the few positives McCain can throw at Obama…that he lacks the necessary experience for the job.

23 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:56:40 PM by Azzurri

To: 9YearLurker
Not sure I liked her disparaging the veep job I don’t think she was disparaging the position inasmuch as she was stating what her role as VP would be outside of its Constitutional authority.
24 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:57:22 PM by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)

To: 9YearLurker

If Barry picks Kaine, then you really, really have disinfranchised female voters…McCain needs PALIN!!!!!!!!! The R’s are ‘progressive’ the D’s ‘misogynists.’ The Hillaryites will votes for Palin (inspite of McCain).

25 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:57:42 PM by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)

To: Azzurri

Re-read what you just posted…ahhh…doesn’t she have much more experience than the AnnointedOne?

26 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:58:32 PM by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)

To: Azzurri

Yes, I agree. I have seen a lot of hysteria on these boards for Sarah Palin. This is the very first time I have seen her in action, and she is definitely too green for the Vice Presidency. I have never heard a serious politician use the word “cool” like she did.

What’s all the fuss about?

27 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:00:18 PM by WilliamReading

To: Old Sarge

I think not. She’s rarin’ to get into this probe, seemingly daring them to bring it on.

She’s a good Conservative, smart, fiscally balanced, and could really help us right now, we need her.

She is the kind on Conservative that McCain needs to get my, and many others’, votes.

28 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:01:27 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: ConservativeMan55

Use what? A probe that vindicates her?

She’ll beat them back with half her brain tied behind her back.

Besides, woman will bond with the underlying issue…a big Sister protecting her younger Sister from an evil ex husband. Yeah, especially the Dem females will go for that. LOL

29 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:05:07 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I agree. I would support a McCain/Palin ticket with word, and money.

Honestly, the one thing that comes through strongest from her is, integrity.

30 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:07:53 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: Azzurri
I’m not sure why everybody is pushing Palin. Maybe because the choices for VP are grim for McCain?

Sarah Palin is in no way qualified or ready to be Vice President.

She has ethics and integrity, and a willingness to buck the status quo. That alone more than makes up for her lack of elected experience.

Heck, McCain is 72 years old. The VP selection better well be damn ready to step in as Commander-in-Chief the first day.

I don’t think the unfortunate is going to happen to McCain mere seconds after being sworn into office. He’ll probably last for the term and hopefully step down in 2012. That four years would give Palin all the experience she needs to take over.

She was only a Mayor of a small city and governor just since 2006.

She has been in elective office since 1992. That’s a solid 16 years of public service, despite the fact that it’s localized and in the nation’s 2nd least-populated state. Neverthelesss, it’s still experience, IMO that far outweighs Obama’s.

I don’t see why people are trying to push her so soon.

Well, you have to understand that there’s a lack of young, conservative Republicans ready to step up, especially at Governor, which is the logical choice for McCain. You need to start looking at the future instead of at the past.

Give her another 4-8 years before even thinking about throwing her on the national stage.

She’s going to be in the running in 2012 anyway. Why wait for a good thing instead of now? I think she’s ready.

Just her reaction that she doesn’t even know what a VP does shows she’s nowhere near ready to face the scrutiny.

She knows what it is, she probably disagrees with the mundane tasks the VP has to do. There’s nothing wrong with healthy criticism of the VP position. John Adams criticized the VP position too.

Putting her on the ticket negates one of the few positives McCain can throw at Obama…that he lacks the necessary experience for the job.

She has more experience than Obama. 16 years in elective office.

31 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:08:45 PM by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)

To: usmcobra; fieldmarshaldj

I wanted to shoot my monitor …who was that obnoxious cretin screaming her down?
_________________________________________________

That was Romney…..

32 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:10:45 PM by Tennessee Nana

To: Azzurri

She’s more qualified to be Veep than is Obama for POTUS.

Also, look at the enormity of the work she’s accomplished. And, she’s more Conservative than McManiac himself!

33 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:11:20 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: Tennessee Nana

LOL…now that was funny!

34 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:12:41 PM by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)

To: WilliamReading

I like her use of “cool”. I’m 55 and I use “cool”. And I have guns, believe in the Constitution, Pro Life, drill here, drill now, just like Palin does.

You need to read more. She’s accomplished more in that formerly corrupt State than the last four Governors have.

BTW, just how much “hysteria” can you see in 2 months of FReeping?

Cool?

35 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:16:22 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I just listened to it once through, so I may not have got the nuance right. But it sounded to me like she was saying it wasn’t even worth talking about unless she knew that the position would be substantial enough to interest her and well serve the people of Alaska by having her serve as veep—when I don’t think the VP of the US should focus on what she can do specifically for Alaskans in that role.

My only point here is that she doesn’t have an ideal level of seasoning to step up to the national spotlight, but if the circumstances are right for now for her, we’ll just count on her being a quick study for it.

36 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:19:04 PM by 9YearLurker

To: FoxInSocks

Amen!

37 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:41:20 PM by LUV W (The greatest resource on Earth is American ingenuity and we have 100% of it!–Mark Steyn)

To: papasmurf

Maybe I caught her on a bad day. I will watch for her again. I notice that McCain is not using her for a surrogate this weekend on the Sunday shows.

Meet the Press: Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman.

Face the Nation: McCain adviser Carly Fiorina and ex-Treasury Sec. Robert Rubin.

This Week: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ex-Gov. Tom Ridge.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham.

38 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:41:24 PM by WilliamReading

To: WilliamReading

BTW, did you know her Son is a Soldier?

I think the more people see what her accomplishments are, they’ll she what potential we have in her.

39 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:44:54 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: Diogenesis

Unless he dies in office and she’s put in the position of answering an attack. A female American President would be subject to the same sort of miscalculation (or maybe not a miscalculation) from our enemies that’s bound to occur if Male Model Obama get elected. I don’t know. And Bobby Jindal? No please. Same reason. And he’s Indian and India and Pakistan have this thing going, in case you haven’t heard. It’s called a tepid nonstop border war. We would be getting into that area with both feet if Jindal woke up President one day.

Presidents are good for 3 things. Stopping congress, scaring enemies and picking judges. Scaring enemies is actually number one.

40 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:45:52 PM by kinghorse (If we were electing a Sunday Paper Macy’s male underwear model, the choice would be clear.)

To: Free ThinkerNY

Political and Government Positions : Wasilla City Council; Wasilla City Mayor; President, Alaska Conference of Mayors; Alaska Municipal League Board; Chairman, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission

Business and Professional Positions : Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, APU ; Valley Hospital Association Board; former American Management Association; Alaska Outdoor Council; Alaska Miner’s Association; Alaska Resource Development Council; Youth Court Steering Committee;

Service Organizations : Lifetime NRA Member; Iditarod PTA; former Salvation Army Board; Various Chambers of Commerce; Valley Youth Sports Coach, Hockey Team Manager; Honorary Member, Rotary

Special Interests : Hunting; Fishing; Snowmachining ; Running; Alaskan History; Biographical Histories of U.S. Founders

Other : American Public Works Association, Alaska Chapter “Person of the Year” Award; State Chamber “Top 40 Under 40” Award

41 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:18:00 PM by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)

To: WilliamReading
I think she needs more seasoning. I think not. “More seasoning” would make her just like the spineless wonders we already have in abundance in DC.

Obviously she appears threatening to the reigning corrupt class in AK and DC, because their mouthpieces are wasting no time getting in the early jabs.

42 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:48:47 PM by meadsjn (Socialists promote neighbors selling out their neighbors; Free Traitors promote just the opposite.)

To: Plutarch

Dude, she is hard core conservative. Have no fear.

43 posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:55:46 PM by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)

To: Azzurri
Give her another 4-8 years before even thinking about throwing her on the national stage.She’s as capable as any of the leading contenders, perhaps more.

The real question is, can the nation survive another four or eight years of sell-out, foreign-controlled puppets before we get a pro-American in a leadership role?

44 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 12:30:30 AM by meadsjn (Socialists promote neighbors selling out their neighbors; Free Traitors promote just the opposite.)

To: Azzurri
Sarah Palin is in no way qualified or ready to be Vice President.As far as I’m concerned, lack of experience is a GOOD thing for someone who can potentially become president. Look at the last three experienced turds we’ve had as president.
45 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 6:48:39 AM by jmc813 (Scattered, smothered, covered, diced, chunked)

To: meadsjn

Whom should Sen. McCain choose, for his running-mate? I think that, since he’s a westerner who has been a U.S. senator and representative, he should balance the ticket by choosing a conservative who has been a governor from a state that is in the eastern half of the U.S. John Ashcroft would be the perfect choice. Although he ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate and lost to a dead man, he was later the U.S. Attorney General for four years, during the war against terrorism. That experience would help him, as the running-mate and as the VP. Many Republicans think that McCain is too liberal, but they know that Ashcroft is conservative.

If McCain wins the election, whom should he nominate for some cabinet positions? I think that he should nominate these people: Secretary of State, Dirk Kempthorne; Sec. of Treasury, Ed Schafer; Sec. of Defense, Mel Martinez; Sec. of Homeland Security, Asa Hutchison; Attorney General, John Sweeney; Sec. of the Interior, Richard Pombo; Secretary of Agriculture, Frank Keating; and Chief of Staff, Newt Gingrich.

46 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 7:36:22 AM by PhilCollins

To: PhilCollins
John Ashcroft would be the perfect choice.Perfect choice for what? The perfect choice to ruin McCain’s campaign? As you correctly pointed out, he lost an election to a dead man. He was largely unqualified to be Attorney General, and everyone knew that he was only appointed AG because he lost the Senate race and Bush was throwing him a bone for being a good party guy. He’s generally regarded as a pretty poor AG.

More importantly, though, no one likes him! McCain needs to distance himself from the Bush administration, not embrace it.

47 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 7:43:01 AM by Publius Valerius

To: Publius Valerius

Although you don’t like Ashcroft, many conservatives like him. Whom do you think McCain should choose?

48 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 8:03:29 AM by PhilCollins

To: Free ThinkerNY
Palin as VP = victory of McCain.

Bank on it. That’s why the MSM will try to rip her apart before then.

49 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 8:11:57 AM by Antoninus (Every second spent bashing McCain is time that could be spent helping Conservatives downticket.)

To: PhilCollins
Although you don’t like Ashcroft, many conservatives like him. Whom do you think McCain should choose? Doesn’t matter what many conservatives think. We’re trying to win an election here, and I’m honestly struggling to think of a worse candidate for vice-president than Ashcroft. Maybe Dick Cheney, but I’m not even sure of that. Karl Rove might be worse. Again, I’m not sure of that.

Who would I choose if I were McCain? I’d choose someone that added something to the ticket. Given that (very important) criterion, my choices are pretty slim. It’s Romney, who might be able to get me Michigan, or Tom Ridge, who might be able to get me PA. No one else gets me anything that I don’t already have.

If it were my choice, I like Mark Sanford a lot.

50 posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 8:20:27 AM by Publius Valerius

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