Posted by: shannynmoore | March 9, 2009


During Alaska’s State of the State speech in January of this year, Governor Palin said,

As public servants, will we draw from a servant’s heart the resolve to put pettiness and power struggles aside and work together for the good of the people? We have the choice.”

Wow. She sounded great! What a relief! She didn’t get too cranky coming back here after her failed Vice-Presidential bid.  She proclaimed she was ready to work with everyone; that it was a choice whether to work for the good of the people or wallow in pettiness! Yea!

She’s fabulous when she’s reading a teleprompter looking like a Mary Kay advertisement collided with the “hair bump” infomercial. Line up recent events with the “I talk pretty” speech and you find hypocrisy plaque has clogged the oxygen supply to her “servant’s heart.” If by “we” she meant “me”, the answer is “no.”

A collective sigh of relief went up from progressives all over the world when Obama’s victory was sealed. I wondered if part of it was the wobbly knee feeling you get when you’ve just avoided a car wreck; Palin. My heart soared and sank at the same time. I knew she was coming back to Alaska.

Many have reported on the political drama brought to the tundra courtesy of the McCain/Palin campaign and James Dobson’s Legal Operatives. Meg Stapleton and Ed O’Callahan bloviated like desperate actors starring in a community theater whose very lives depended on their performance.  “Partisan Politics!” they hollered. It felt like a guy with a crack pipe lecturing about the ills of cigarettes. Political shrapnel…well, that’s one thing.  Navigating Juneau would be easier if we had a map of the political payback IEDs Palin planted.

The reality for legislators who supported Barack Obama is grim. God help you if you spoke out about how qualified you felt Palin was to be a heart beat away from the Office of the President of the United States of America-THE WHITE HOUSE! Former political allies, Democrats who passed signature legislation with the administration, damn near need to be organ donor perfect matches to get a meeting with the governor now.

This week, Senator Kim Elton resigned from representing Juneau after 20 years of service to work in the Obama Administration in Washington DC. An upgrade, he’s now working on behalf of all Alaskans as director of Alaska affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Governor’s immediate response to Elton’s appointment was in stark contrast to her State of the State address just weeks ago.

March 2, 2009: Senator Elton pledged his allegiance to President Obama last summer. We wish him well as he moves on and hope that he uses this job for Alaska’s benefit…”

Mean girl. This is the kind of snarky crap someone who didn’t think you’d recognize their handwriting would write in your yearbook.

Senator Elton and the Democrats endorsed Representative Beth Kerttula D-Juneau. During the special sessions to pass new oil tax legislation and advance the gas pipeline, Governor Palin aligned herself with House Minority Leader Kerttula in an “up yours” message to the Republican Senate Leader Lyda Green. Kerttula was also one of the first Alaskans on record saying Palin wasn’t qualified to be vice-president…hence the snub.

Wait…Palin doesn’t have to use the pool given to her by the Juneau Democrats. It is the tradition, and there are only 38 days left in the session, so the vetting needs to happen. When Wasilla’s Republican Representative Vic Kohring vacated his seat to GO TO PRISON FOR CORRUPTION, Palin replaced him with one of the elders at her church and favorite boy of the Alaska Family Council, Wes Keller. His name was one of three submitted to her. Too bad for Beth Kerttula, the Wasilla Bible Church doesn’t allow women to serve in positions of leadership. Ironic.

When Sarah Needed Beth...

When Sarah Needed Beth...

Rumor has it Palin is leaning towards Tim Grussendorf, a fisherman and finance committee staffer. Grussendorf lost his campaign against the indicted Bruce Weyrauch. He hasn’t been a registered Democrat for a full year and was eliminated from consideration for that reason by the party. Representative Beth Kerttula was the Democratic Party’s qualified, experienced, sensible, deserving and obvious choice. A no brainer! Governor Palin should honor that.

Governor Palin’s State of the State address gave many hope for a cooperative and productive session. We didn’t go there by ourselves.

She said: “See, we have that choice, how to respond to circumstances around us…I speak for the entire Palin/Parnell Administration when I declare we choose optimism and collaboration and hard work to get the job done.”

She was right. We have a choice. She’s made hers and it contradicts her public statement. Her servant’s heart is on life support. Her declaration of collaboration needs resuscitation. An angioplasty of humility is needed STAT.

Governor Palin can be reached at (907) 465-3500 or emailed at


  1. I wish you word write more.
    You are an articulate voice of reason.

  2. Great article, Shannyn!!

    Servant’s heart…please! The governor’s response to the needs of rural Alaskans, baked cookies and two preachers with a purse and cameras! Bloggers were shipping food and supplies nearly 6 weeks before she turned her oven on. Wow, what a leader.

    Palin has set the women’s movement back more than 50 years. Officially monies are now being collected for Palin’s 2012 presidential run. Keep the boots on and keep up the good work!!!

  3. You know those bumper stickers that got to be popular during W Bush’s 2nd term, “I MISS NIXON!”? Well…I want a bumper sticker that says, “I miss FRANK!”

    Murkowski never promised to be open and transparent. Nor did he ever pledge to put “petty differences behind us.”

    Palin is, by a country mile, the worst governor in Alaska’s history.

  4. “snarky crap someone would think you didn’t recognize their handwriting…” It is so interesting that women seem to see this part of her character. Most of us remember those adolescent days, but men seem to have other experiences. Hoping most of us grew up.

  5. My question is this: Kim Elton couldn’t have waited another effing month to resign? This gives the Rs terrific leverage! WTF was he thinking? Sarah appoints a marginal D, generating ill-feelings and division amongst the Majority and the party. Maybe the Ds even reject the appointment. Meanwhile the Ds are 1 D short on committee votes and heartburn and mischief filtered through the smiling visage of Bill McCallister telling Alaskans about the ‘unfortunate’ turmoil among Alaska’s Democrats. AAARRRRGGGHHH! Kim…I like you but FU!!!!

  6. You betcha I wrote to the Gov and told her to get her head out of her vendetta!

  7. okay…i had to stop reading long enough to say two things:

    1) I about peed myself over the Mary Kay commercial collided with the “hair bump” infomercial. oh my heck

    2) You are way wicked smart, girl. I’m sure you hear that a lot. But just sayin’ it again so the record is clear.

    Now, I’m off to finish your wicked awesome piece!

  8. And you reckon your own brand of “snarky crap” has done Beth Kerttula any favors, do you?

  9. After all, this is a weekday, are we suprised? Give her enough rope and she’ll hang herself.

  10. She’s so clear and transparently arrogant about being so clear and transparently arrogant..

  11. Shannon, beautiful, how many page views do you have now? I have over 216,000. I made some changes to my blog so come over and say hello sometime. I also call myself The Great CNBC Sucks because it makes me sound like a magician.

  12. “Bloggers were shipping food and supplies nearly 6 weeks before (Palin) turned her oven on.”

    Oh, Piper probably had to make the cookies.

  13. Good to see you back on the blog.
    As usual right on point.
    BSPalin is not good for my blood pressure.

  14. from a press release by Gov. Palin:

    Governor Palin Appoints Denby Lloyd as Commissioner of Fish and Game Thanks the Joint Board of Fisheries and Game for Nomination

    February 3, 2007, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today appointed Denby Lloyd as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.

    The Governor received a single name for the position from the Joint Board of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Alaska Board of Game.

  15. Thanks for keeping us all informed

  16. Wonderfully written – Palin represents the worst of all “mean girls” and frankly, she is an embarassment to women.

    Sorry for your sorry state, Alaska!

    A former Alaskan

  17. When Sarah Palin spoke of ‘a servant’s heart’ and about resolving to ‘put pettiness and power struggles aside’ she meant *other* people, not her. She meant that everyone else should serve her and put aside their ‘pettiness’ to work with her, and do what she wanted them to do. Duh.

  18. Shannyn,
    your line about the crack pipe and the cigarette is pure gold. Excellent turn of phrase. Hard to imagine what game Palin is playing because it is a game she can’t win. She will ultimately appoint Kertulla as final authority is in the hands of Senate Democrats to confirm her decision. Any decision other than Kertulla is dead on arrival. She seems to be simply posturing to make it seem she is controlling the decision. It is a loss for her to have her appointment overridden. Although she could just for the exercise of it…

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