Alaskans don’t really like Palin? Or, why does Palin get so much playing time?

September 18, 2008

Here’s an article today on Salon where former Palin colleagues from Wasilla (oh, maybe they have a grudge or two) explaining how bad she was. With all the stories now coming out about her, one has to wonder, how did she (or did she) have 80 – 90% popularity in that state?

Nick Carney, who is now retired in Utah, has a lot of time to ponder Sarah Palin’s rise these days. When he and his wife picked Palin to run for City Council in 1992, because they felt the council needed an average-mom type like her, Carney had no idea how far their protégé would soar. “It was a very casual process, she wasn’t even our first choice. We had known her since she was a girl, she went to school with our daughter. It wasn’t that she was the brightest thing on the horizon, a rising star or anything like that.”

But, in hindsight, Carney can see the qualities that have rocket-propelled Palin to where she is today.

“‘Sarah Barracuda’ — she’s proud of that name now, she uses it in her campaigns,” said her former mentor. “But she got that name from the way she conducted herself with her own teammates. She was vicious to the other girls, always playing up to the coach and pointing out when the other girls made mistakes. She was the coach’s favorite and he gave her more playing time than her skills warranted. My niece was on her team; she was a very good player. I used to sit there in the stands, and I would wonder, Why on earth is Sarah getting so much playing time?”

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