I waited until the media had time to sort through the 24,000 or so emails. I am not that ambitious and I find I often need a translator to help me decipher what she is trying to say. So, I thought it best to let professionals handle the bulk of it and then read the results of their sifting in plain English (something Sarah seems to avoid). The emails cover the time period of when she became Governor in 2006 until she became a candidate for Vice President. So far, this has been much ado about nothing, in my opinion. Here is a representative sample of her emails.
The first thing they reported is that Sarah Palin was trying to get “discovered or noticed” by McCain and his campaign, months before she was actually selected. I guess it worked?
There was an email from Erika Fagerstrom, the Executive Residence Manager of the Governor’s House, asking where Sarah would like her tanning bed and giving her two options so she could arrange for the electrician to install it.
As for Alaska’s budget? Well Governor Palin didn’t have a clue so she went to a higher authority: “"I have been praying for wisdom on this ...... God will have to show me what to do on the people's budget because I don't yet know the right path ...... He will show me though," she says.
The Bridge to Nowhere? The following email went to Palin “Also, FYI, in case you didn’t see there was an ugly ad by the SU in the Juneau Empire yesterday: Re: “Gov. Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere” To which, Palin replies: “What’s the bridge? And the SU?
Even though her daughter, Bristol, was pregnant at the time of her nomination for VP, Palin’s email states: “"I wish I could shame people into ceasing such gossip about a teen, but can't figure out how to do that," she wrote on April 22, 2008. Apparently, the gossip was widespread, and even Palin's pediatrician had heard about it, which she addressed in another email: "Hate to pick at this one again, but have heard three different times today the rumor again the Bristol is pregnant or had this baby. Even at Trig's doc appt this morning his doc said that's out there (hopefully NOT in their medical community-world, but it's out there). Bristol called again this afternoon asking if there's anything we can do to stop this, as she received two girlfriend-type calls today asking if it were true."
Sarah’s praise of Obama just 3 weeks before being nominated: Obama had given a “great speech” in Michigan, and she praised his mention of Alaska. “We need to take advantage of this a[nd] write a statement saying he’s right on,” she wrote. In a follow-up email, Palin added Obama “did say ‘yay’ to our pipeline. Pretty cool. Wrong candidate.”
Palin’s stance on global warming from “junk science,” to a different opinion just a short time before being nominated: “climate change is the top issue for our state.”
If anything worthwhile is found, meaning something scandalous or very intelligent, I will be blogging again. But so far, these emails, are nothing of substance, much like their author.
That's a lot of emails! Oy vey!