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Though born in Idaho, she’s a home-grown Alaskan.  In her high school years, she played basketball and led her team to a state championship.  Because of her fierceness and competiveness, she was called by her opponents, “Sarah Barracuda.”  They feared her, but her friends and fans adored her.  “I know this sounds hokey, but basketball was a life-changing experience for me,” she said.  “It’s all about setting a goal, about discipline, teamwork, and then success.”


She was Miss Wasilla and a runner-up and Miss Congeniality in a Miss Alaska contest.  She’s a woman.  All woman.  She said that many male judges of beauty contests are dirty old men and “too interested in the contestants’ derrieres.”


She has a degree in journalism and was an erstwhile sportscaster in her town’s TV station.  Like all broadcast journalists, she’s eloquent and she speaks well. 


She’s a gun-slinger, who believes in the code of the NRA.  She’s an avid fisherman, I mean, fisherwoman, if there’s such a word YET as “fisherwoman.”   She’s a snowmobiler and she lives by a lake with her family and her husband, Todd, who is a fisherman and who also works in the oil fields of Alaska.


She loves to dine on mooseburger and caribou meat.  She’s a big-game hunter.  She felt no qualms about shooting caribou.  She said, “That caribou has had a good life.  It’s been free out there on the tundra, not caged up on a farm with no place to go.” 


She has five children.  Her oldest son, Track, joined the Army last year and will soon be going to Iraq.  Her youngest son, Trig, born this April has Down syndrome, a condition that he and her husband were aware of before his birth.  She said, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy.  You have to trust me on this … we understand that every innocent life has a wonderful potential.”


When her VP candidacy was announced, the vicious, left-leaning, hitting-below-the-belt media also announced a day later that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is five-months pregnant.  So she said: “Our beautiful daughter, Bristol, came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow faster than we had ever planned.  We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and we’re even prouder to become grandparents….”


From PTA mom, she was elected into the Wasilla City Council in 1992.  Four years later, she was elected mayor of her town, bumping off a three-term incumbent.  As mayor, she admitted that some of the things she did were a little roughshod.  “It’s obvious,” she said.  “I am not running for Miss Congeniality.  I am running a city.”  She overhauled City Hall.  She introduced reforms.  She stamped out corruptions.  She kicked butts.


Six years later, she ran for governor of her state.  She won easily, also defeating the long-entrenched incumbent.  She became an avenging angel for reforms.  She slew lobbyists and special interests and tore apart the “good old boy” system in her state.  Whether they were Republicans or Democrat, she blew the whistle on their ethics violations and shenanigans.  She’s a barracuda, alright, fierce in her uprightness.  


As governor, she also has struck populist positions.  She laid off the chef and the driver in the governor’s mansion – and though her kids “missed” the chef’s cooking, no need for that, she said. 


She’s a MAVERICK, just like John McCain.  Most of all, she’s a woman, who rocks.  She would only be a heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency.  People ask: If something happens to John McCain, would she be able to handle the most powerful job in the world?  Of course, she can!  She’s a mom!  She, who rocks the cradle, can surely rule this world!   JJ # # #

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