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02 November 2008 @ 04:05 pm
feeling good enough to talk about politics  

I think I am feeling better. I went for a walk this afternoon instead of taking a nap, which is what I’ve been doing for the last several days, and I actually feel like I have at least a few crumbs of energy to spare. It’s astonishing how much better ‘vaguely normal’ feels. o.O

Also–possibly because the cold is fading–I’m feeling rather benignly pleased with the world. I hope I’ll still feel this way on, say, Wednesday morning. o.O, again. But we’ve voted (over a week ago now), and it appears Democrat Mark Begich has a growing lead over convicted felon and Republican senator Ted Stevens in Alaska, which falls under some of the best news I’ve heard in months. Stevens has been in office five years longer than I’ve been alive. While–short of some kind of personal catastrophe–it’s almost impossible he would continue to serve through the entirety of my lifetime, the idea of seeing him actually lose a race instead of die in office fills me with joy.

Even more astoundingly, apparently Democratic candidate Ethan Berkowitz is ahead of incumbent Republican Don Young in the Alaskan Congressional race. McCain will probably still take the presidential ticket in Alaska, but the whole thing gives me all kinds of hope for the state. And with any sort of luck I’ll get to watch Palin slink back home in three days and lose her governorship in an embarrassingly large landslide in 2010. I said cheerfully. :)

miles to Isengard: 462.1
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(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Quezzquezz on November 2nd, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I had been wanting to ask you about Alaska politics for some time, but I wasn't sure if you wanted to discuss them. I was curious: how did Alaskans vote for Sarah Palin in the first place? Do you think some were hoodwinked, or were they entirely aware of what she was about?
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Palin was running against Democrat Tony Knowles, who has been governor of Alaska before. Knowles is solidly in the oil companies' pockets, and is essentially an honest politician: he stays bought. But Alaskans are, perhaps, tired of oil-company politicos, and although Todd Palin is an oil company man, part of Palin's big talk was on getting corruption and big money out of government.

I also think she probably talked a good game. She's not stupid. She's badly outclassed on a national and international scale, but she's not stupid. Either way, though, I don't believe that has much to do with why she won. She's a pretty woman. Knowles is quite literally oily. Like, he could shower twice a day and he'd still be oily. Put them up against each other and there's no contest, physically. It's like putting Nixon against Kennedy, and I'm inclined to believe that has far more to do with her win than any political stance.
Beshterbeshter on November 2nd, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Doncha' know, she will just run for President in 2012...or so goes the rumor.

You are Alaskan. I have many Alaskan friends. None of them have her accent. Is it just a think from where she's from?
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Apparently when she was gearing up to run for governor an aide said something about her good chances of winning, and she said, "I want to be President." I do believe she thinks she'll be the 2012 Republican candidate, and I hope, if she is, that it's an absolute disaster. It certainly would be if she won. o.O

There's apparently a faint Yooper accent in...Juneau, I think is what my Mom said, but I've never heard anybody from Alaska who sounds like she does. I don't know if it's put on to be a Good Ol Boy or if she's just a linguistic freak, but I don't know anybody with that accent myself.
Beshterbeshter on November 2nd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's strange. I almost wonder if it's an act, because I'm from Virginia AND Missouri, and I don't leave the 'g' off my words when I'm speaking formally. But then, my parents used to correct me as they didn't want me to sound like that either. There was this whole, "people taking you seriously" thing they really wanted me to work on. Apparently Sarah missed out on that as a child.

I can't see this woman seriously winning her parties nomination in 4 years. Especially if they crash and burn as badly as they might on Tuesday, she'll be to blame for some of that, at least in the minds of many Conservatives, (though not the Evangelicals it looks like.) But the, the Reps always surprise me....*sigh*
Agent Ninety-Ninedtroi on November 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Someone at the Halloween party I attended said that the accent was from Palmer, but I've lived in the valley all my life and never heard that accent from someone who wasn't from somewhere else originally. It's a mystery!
ramurphy on November 2nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
There are video clips online from Sarah Palin's debates both in the Alaska primary and general election. Oddly enough, or maybe not so, she does not drop her 'g's. She doesn't have the accent, either. She pretty much sounds like someone who's been reared in Alaska. It is my belief that the accent, the 'g' dropping, the "you betchas", are all part of the "hockey mom" image the campaign wanted to project. In fact, while she is still painfully screechy and strident in her stump speeches, I have been listening to bits of them and since she's gone "rogue", I'm not hearing nearly as much of the north midwestern USofA in her voice.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on November 2nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ted Stevens' biggest problem, of course, being that he can no longer vote for himself (convicted felons can't vote). :)
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* You know, I hadn't thought of that. How delightful. :)
Beshterbeshter on November 2nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well that depends on the state. In CA certain convicted felons can vote, depending on your record, if you are no longer on parole, etc. I don't know with Alaska though. It would be funny if he couldn't vote for himself.
Agent Ninety-Ninedtroi on November 2nd, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, he does get to, at least this time around.
http://www.slate.com/id/2203348/
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Bwahahahahaha! Grand!
pgmccpgmcc on November 2nd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
On the day it was reported that McCain had selected Palin as his running mate, I was listening to RTE Radio One. They reported that someone had sent in a message, claiming to be an Alaskan living in Ireland, and that Palin was the last person people should vote for, or something to that effect.

I must admit that when I heard that message I wondered if I knew that particular Alaskan. :-)

Perhaps I do!
kitmizkit on November 2nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
*laughs* No, but I bet it's a woman living in Galway who's from the next town over from where I grew up. She has a Downs child herself and wrote a rather vitriolic letter to the editor for the local paper almost immediately after the Palin announcement. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Stevens has been in office five years longer than I’ve been alive.

Oh, good lord. *blink* I'd never actually put it into perspective like that.

the idea of seeing him actually lose a race instead of die in office fills me with joy.

God, wouldn't /that/ be nice?
kitmizkit on November 3rd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeeeep. He's been in office since 1968. That's the year my parents got married. o.O

I've voted! Throw the rascal out! :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
J's dad, a few years ago when he was a geek for the State, had the Feds come through and rummage through Stevens's email. Dan had a gag order and couldn't talk about it then, but as things got closer he mentioned it was about "corruption" and was finally able to spill the beans as it hit the news.

Heh. Speaking of family, I'm just about to write you an email regarding a conversation I had with my sister today about you. :)
kitmizkit on November 3rd, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
I was in the Atlanta airport when they news hit that they'd actually convicted him on all 7 counts. I was capering around the magazine stand shop like an idiot. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
*chortle* I can just see you doing that. *laugh*
kitmizkit on November 3rd, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Because I have no DIGNITY. :)

you're up far too late. :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
*laugh* Hooray for lack of dignity!

And I'm up way too early. Went to bed 'round 11, woke up at 1:30. Knew I'd not be able to get back to sleep any time soon, so figured eight billion games of Solitaire might help. We haven't established a place that's comfortable for me to read that's not in bed and I didn't want to wake Greg, as he has to get up at 4 am or so.
kitmizkit on November 3rd, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
No, that doesn't even count as up too early. Nobody gets up at 1:30 in the morning. That's "I took a nap in the middle of the night and now I'm up too late". :)

And now I have to go to work, so I must stop comment-chatting with you! *scoots off*!
Geek of Weird Shitgows on November 3rd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
I took a nap in the middle of the night and now I'm up too late".

*laugh* True enough, I suppose. Email is done and off to you, so I think I'm going to take some valerian root and go back to bed in a bit.
sammywolsammywol on November 3rd, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
one can dream - ohpleaseohpleaseohplease!