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Patronage (…or matronage?)

September 14, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

NY Times

Hey, I want that job.  My love of cows is not just limited to my childhood!  Does Ms Havemeister have a favourite cow?  Can she recognise a Charolais at 100 paces?

Oh, and then there are the implications for the US (and, by extension, the rest of us) if Palin becomes VP, I guess.

And I think the sub responsible for the heading over Bob Herbert’s column (“She’s Not Ready“) was being kind.  It seems clear to me that She’s Not Right.

“They’re our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska. From an island in Alaska.”

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  1. September 23, 2008 10:42 am

    It is amazingly scary that the the worlds largest economy, not sure if it still is since the crash, puts up such light weights for candidates.

    But she is doing what McCain wants her to do that is suck valuble media space and take it away from Obama. Personally I don’t think Obama does not have the experience, but really I just need get over the fact that Hilary was not nominated.

    Love your blog, makes mine look vacuous.

    RR

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