ORLANDO, Fla. -- With all the speculation about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s future on the national stage, remember: she’s got problems back at home. If Palin
ORLANDO, Fla. — With all the speculation about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s future on the national stage, remember: she’s got problems back at home.
If Palin doesn’t become vice president, a number of scandals await her return — including the second Troopergate investigation, questions about collecting state per diem while at home in Wasilla (a 45-minute drive from her office in Anchorage), whether she misused state funds to fly her children to events to which they were not invited and a number of other issues.
Now, she’s got another problem, the local press.
Before Palin took the national stage — where she bashes the media every chance she can — she used the media effectively. The Los Angeles Times reported that she made time for reporters more than many interest groups. She even called local reporters on their birthday.
But today marks a change for her. She will go home to a less-than-friendly press. The Anchorage Daily News, the biggest and most influential publication in the state, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.
Palin, the paper’s editorial board wrote, is too “risky” a choice:
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.
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