Suck It, Sarah- It’s Time to Give Up

Zack Rosen

The Anchorage Daily News, with a circulation of over 71,711 issues daily and over 89,423 issues on Sundays, is the most popular and widely-read newspaper in the state of Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News has won the Pulitzer Prize multiple times, an honor that no other Alaskan newspaper has ever received.

Recently, Alaska has entered a highly memorable event in their fiftieth year as a state. Their governor, Sarah Palin, was nominated as the Republican vice presidential candidate to run with Senator John McCain. For the first time ever, a serious nominee for national office is from the state of Alaska. In this event, Governor Palin brings attention and recognition to both herself and her state.

Regardless, the people of Alaska seem to look beyond their governor being nominated the Republican vice presidential candidate. After all is said and done next Tuesday, Alaskans recognize that this race is not about Sarah Palin-in fact, it is beyond even what John McCain can offer the country.

This past Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News kicked Sarah Palin’s proverbial ass (or elephant?) by endorsing-get this-Senator Barack Obama for president of the United States. This comes after a week of endorsements including National Review conservative writer Christopher Buckley, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, and former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, General Colin Powell.
Suck it, Sarah. Hey, Anchorage Daily News, what do you think about Sarah Palin? Is she really a risk to the American people?

“Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.”

With six days until Election Day as of the printing of this issue of The Charger Bulletin, Sarah Palin is not in a good place-thus putting Senator McCain in a terrible place in the polls. In fact, senior McCain aides are clashing with Governor Sarah Palin. Several McCain advisers and high-ranking aides have “become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin ‘going rogue.’ […] McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate.”

It’s starting to become evident not only to myself, a staunch Obama supporter, and not only my friends and family-but to the millions of Americans who will be voting this coming Tuesday, Nov. 4, for what will undoubtedly be the most important day that this country has seen in politics in decades.

If you’re still undecided in this election, it’s time to start paying attention. You shouldn’t vote because I want you to vote for Obama anymore than you should vote for McCain because that’s what your parents are doing. But read up on the issues, read up on the candidates, and get out and vote. In the words of the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, a vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

People are so sawyed by the media (in both positive and negative ways). With the amount of attention Palin has received since the very beginning, it is difficult to know whether people are fascinated with her in the circus freak way or if they seriously see her as a worthy leader. All I ask is that you take all the facts thrown at you and ask yourself this: do you honestly think that Sarah Palin could run the United States efficiently?