Who Is Todd Palin? … Power Behind The Throne?

Sarah Palin with her husband, Todd Palin AP photo

Sarah Palin with her husband, Todd Palin

Who is Todd Palin? Who is the “First Dude,” as Sarah Palin refers to her husband? We know little about him (and that’s a fact) even though his head pops up on the stage whenever Sarah speaks. He figures prominently in the Walter Monegan affair in which he is alleged to have complained to the head of the Alaska state troopers that his and Sarah’s ex-brother in law should be fired. Todd has been subpoenaed to testify in the inquiry into the Monegan firing that Sarah carried out. 

Todd Palin is a high school graduate  with, we are told, some college credits.  He’s also the “Mr. Mom” part of the time, getting his children ready for school, cooking, etc.  But the bigger role he plays is sitting in on his wife’s most sensitive staff meetings, and   meetings with legislators and others.  Did he play a role in vetoing line items in the state budget?    One blogger said it’s common practice around the Alaska capitol to ask “What does Todd think?” 

The last thing America needs is an unelected but influential spouse lurching in the background making decisions that will have an impact on American citizens, for which he is not held accountable.  Straight Talk Express Watch will begin to shed light on Mr. Palin.  Readers have a right to know who is this man with a high school diploma who might be the heartbeat of the person who is but one heartbeat away from the presidency.

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Sarah Palin’s Sordid Mess Of A Life

Sarah Palin, ex-beauty queen and sharpshooter

Sarah Palin, ex-beauty queen and sharpshooter

Sarah Palin has opened up more than a can of worms. The things she has said, done, or are continuing to do are akin to eruptions–not the “bimbo” eruptions that Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff described–but personal and eruptions of questionable behavior and official actions while in office. Sarah Palin seems to be able to eviscerate her enemies and not draw blood. She double crosses long-time allies, lies, fires those with whom she disagrees, or who will not carry her water.

Palin’s bubbly upbeat personality can easily distract the voters who might think she is an overly friendly self-described hockey Mom. But do not be fooled. If we don’t defeat her and John McCain in November, our country will be in very serious trouble.

She has a simple-minded view of the world where black and white are the only colors she sees or that matter. Nuance is not a part of her vocabulary. Her fundamentalist Assemblies of God sanctified, holiness church has helped to shape her views of the world. She really believes the War in Iraq is guided by God. She actually said that in a speech she gave in her church earlier this year when she spoke to a group of soldiers on their way to Iraq.

She and her husband were once members of a group that advocates Alaskan independence from the U. S. Her husband was involved in the group for longer than the record shows she was involved. Of course, the McCain sweepers have attempted to sanitize her record, and deny her involvement for they now saw she was never a member. It is hard to stay one step ahead of this street sweeping crew as they remove everything they can find in her background on the Internet that would be embarrassing to John McCain.

It is still unclear to many as to whether she is a Babymama or a Baby grandmama. A lot of things about her story don’t add up. For one, how could her water break while she was in Texas, then she said she hopped a plane, didn’t tell the flight crew, flew for eight hours with a change of planes in Seattle, arrived back in Alaska, drove past two hospitals with neonatal units, and settled on one in her tiny hometown of Wasillu, population 8,000 or so that, by the way, does not have a neonatal unit.

Then, she went back to work three days later–after she gave birth to a little boy with Down Syndrome. If your mind is in a dizzying state, mine is too. This is the explanation she gave to the doubters back in Alaska months ago, who questioned why she waited until she was seven months pregnant to tell anyone including her office staff. Add to that the fact that she didn’t look pregnant. This was a news story long before she was nominated by John McCain.

Her mother in law ran for mayor when Palin was stepping down as mayor of Wasillu. The one problem: she supported a woman’s right to choose. Palin supported her mother-in-law’s opponent who is anti-choice. Maybe that’s why her mother-in-law told US magazine that she will probably vote for Barack Obama.

Sarah Palin is milking her daughter Bristol’s pregnancy for all its worth. What self-respecting mother who loves her daughter would expose her vulnerabilities to the world? Why isn’t she more concerned about the impact this is having, and will have on her child? She can’t possibly think that a “shotgun” wedding for her seventeen year old with her eighteen year old boyfriend is the best option.

She is also milking her Down Syndrome infant son for all its worth as well. The far-right wing Republicans see her bringing this baby to term, and her daughter’s out of wedlock pregnancy as a “message from God.” I wouldn’t hazard to guess what God thinks about this. Also, why is her pregnant daughter schlepping this infant around everyplace the family goes? Most people would have kept the baby in a hotel room where he could get his nap, eat, etc. This is no environment for an infant, and Sarah Palin knows it isn’t. Ditto for parading her pregnant daughter everyplace.

Today, Levi Johnston, the sperm donor who impregnated Bristol Palin arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stay tuned folks for I am sure the media will put its spotlight on this high school senior who has a shotgun stuck to his head to ensure he marries poor Bristol. There should be a law against people like Sarah Palin.

And, I haven’t even gotten to her firing the head of the state police because he wouldn’t fire her ex-brother-in-law. Or, her being for the bridge to nowhere until
she was against it more recently. I must also write about how she once headed Senator Stevens’ campaign committee until she fell out with him. The lady takes no prisoners.

This sordid mess is something to behold. Stay tuned because there’s a lot more. Wagers are being taken on how long she will last in the campaign. What do you think?