Wherein I’m supposedly worth three electoral votes

by Ted Frank on January 25, 2010

Stephanie Mencimer suggests that 11% of Alaskans would have switched their votes to Obama in 2008 if they knew that the eeeevil author of this op-ed was in Anchorage helping Governor Sarah Palin address the politically-motivated “Troopergate” investigation. Color me skeptical.


1 A.W. 01.25.10 at 10:56 am

yeah, this has always been my view on troopergate.

According to Palin, she, her son and her sister were all witness to this trooper threatening to murder Palin’s father.

First, I don’t believe for a second she didn’t try to get him fired. i would. any sane person would. Seriously, try this. Wherever you work, threaten to murder the president of the company’s father. Do it so it sounds like you mean it. See if you keep your job.

So I don’t believe her when she says she didn’t try to get him fired. But for the same reason, i don’t blame her, either, and don’t consider this a problem. Sure, it might be a scandal if the only way to get a trooper fired is if he threatens to murder a politician’s relative, but all that means is we need to be more willing to fire troopers (assuming that to be the case.

And it is just craven on the left. I thought the left didn’t like domestic violence, or cops that abuse their power. And for that matter, i thought they believed in access to legal counsel. Why isn’t this a problem for the left, too.

Oh, right, because its Sarah Palin. Its absolute proof that the left is just unhinged when it comes to her.

2 TwoYaks 01.25.10 at 2:16 pm

As an Alaska, and a Parnell supporter, I reject the notion that Troopergate was politically motivated. Alaska has a long history of political corruption, and we’re sensitive to allegations, because our attempts to weed out this corruption at the state level.

I voted for Parnell against Don Young in the primary. I’ll vote for Parnell again for the Gov. seat. I’m not some ideologue. But like a lot of people here in Fairbanks, we’re tired as hell with Palin. The idea that this makes us pinko liberals is laughable at best.

3 A.W. 01.25.10 at 3:50 pm

> Alaska has a long history of political corruption

How on earth is it corrupt to fire a cop who threatened to murder your father?

4 L. C. Burgundy 01.25.10 at 6:41 pm

Well, AW, it’s Sarah Palin and TwoYaks doesn’t like her. It’s gotta be corruption somewho.

5 Jay Markowitz 01.25.10 at 9:57 pm

Is it possible that someone can feel that Palin was dangerously unqualified to hold the VP position and not be labeled a lefty?

6 TVF 01.25.10 at 11:22 pm

Ted Frank is too modest. Only three electoral votes? Had Ted been in charge of the campaign the key battle ground states would have gone to Palin-McCain. Ted Frank can synthesize the chaos into a coherent political strategy. If anyone is willing to listen.

7 Melvin H. 01.26.10 at 12:07 am

Look what we ended up with as a V-P….. Joe Biden (?!?!?).
I always thought it strange that when the question of “qualifications” came up…the comparison was then-Senator Obama (D-Presidential candidate) vs. then-Gov. Palin (R-Vice Presidential candidate). Why was the comparison never made, President-v-President, I’ll never know.

8 Ted Frank 01.26.10 at 3:02 am

@TVF. Careful with that tongue-in-cheek sense of humor: someone might figure out your initials and take you seriously and then you’ll really have a headline mess. Say hello to Taco King and John and John and Matt and Lisa for me, not in that order. And I want to tell the ball bearing story, so send me that info.

9 Richard Nieporent 01.26.10 at 8:00 am

Is it possible that someone can feel that Palin Obama was dangerously unqualified to hold the VP President position and not be labeled a lefty racist?

There I fixed that for you Jay Markowitz.

10 A.W. 01.26.10 at 8:45 am


> Is it possible that someone can feel that Palin was dangerously unqualified to hold the VP position and not be labeled a lefty?

Only if you don’t admit that compared to Obama, Palin was well qualified.


> Why was the comparison never made, President-v-President, I’ll never know.

Well, to be fair, Biden probably would be better than Obama on account of that he is less of a greenhorn. Comparing Palin’s record to Obama’s made obama’s shortcomings uniquely apparent. But bluntly, I don’t like any mere legislator being president. I like people with administrative experience. Which makes mccain barely better than obama because he did lead jets in Vietnam, but really I like a person to be governor for a couple of years before becoming president. And yeah, that meant Palin wasn’t ready, either. Of all the people who ran in the primaries, my preference was for Guiliani. Sure, he was not a governor but a mayor, but given that NYC is more populous than many states, I was willing to give him a walk. And more importantly, I felt that Rudy could be depended to kill lots of terrorists, which is one of the biggest things I look for. Further, what could have sent a clearer message that America was not backing down in the war on terror?


11 Jay Markowitz 01.27.10 at 1:02 am

I didn’t vote for Obama. I wanted Hillary.

The fact that you don’t like Biden still doesn’t change the fact that the nomination of Palin was hilarious.

12 Melvin H. 01.27.10 at 3:35 am

No, the biggest joke was is Biden as V-P; unfortunately, it’s now a national joke…and it ain’t funny.

13 William Nuesslein 01.27.10 at 7:02 am

I must have missed something. Why is Vice President Biden a joke?

I don’t like his association with the Plaintiff Lawyers. That makes him a cad not a joke. Other than that, and that is a major other, the man works hard, has a good heart, and seems OK to me.

14 John Skookum 01.30.10 at 2:43 am

@Markowitz: “Is it possible that someone can feel that Palin was dangerously unqualified to hold the VP position and not be labeled a lefty?”

Is it possible to condemn the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate a mere four years after casting a vote for a ticket that included John Edwards, a one-term back-bench lightweight chosen for the same job due to little more than his boyish good looks?

Why yes, yes it is.

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