It appears that the Sarah Palin story is a bottomless mine of wonderful nuggets.
Nugget 1: Dan points out in a comment that she is under investigation for an Alaskan government official after he fell out of favour with his ex-wife, who happens to be Palin’s sister. Ah, the smell of illegal hiring/firing practices is so redolent with au de Justice Department (tinged with petty bitterness), that you just know she’ll fit in perfectly! You liberal Democrats should please stop drawing comparisons with the Bush administration right now – it’s just not fair. After all, she’s an Alaskan woman, not a Spanish-American man. Puh-lease!
Nugget 2: She’s open to the teaching of Creationism in public schools, that treasured little chestnut of the hyper-Right. To whit:
Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information….Healthy debate is so important and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject — creationism and evolution. It’s been a healthy foundation for me. But don’t be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.
What does she mean by both? If we’re opening up the teaching of science to myths and fairytales, are there only two? Hell, there are a handful of Native American creation stories that are far more entertaining than Adam and Eve and no less realistic, so why only two? It’s pretty obvious that her science teaching parent didn’t get much into her head on the topic of, well, science. I’m not against teaching Creationism per se, but please, let’s put it in a religion class where it belongs – it has no place in a science class being not science and all.
As I, and others have written, she is a person who stands a very good chance of sitting in the big chair in the next few years. The next administration is likely to replace one, and maybe as many as three Supreme Court judges, so her appointment becomes all the more important. The election this November looms more and more as a watershed moment for the USA – a vote to step into the future or one to cling desparately to the past.