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So, on Sarah Palin

(ETA: while I'm on politics, the plot to kill Obama)

I thought it was bizarre. Then I remembered she's a governor, and it was slightly less bizarre; she's governor of a tiny population for a tiny amount of time, but governors are often the short list for Presidential candidates. This election has been unusually Senatorial. So I wondered about other female GOP governors. Hurray, wikipedia has a list of all current governors. I love you, Wikipedia! No list of past governors though, which would also be useful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Jodi_Rell signed in civil unions for gay couples without being forced by a court order. Has flirted with spending and tax increases. Seems otherwise pretty conservative but might be well placed to neither attract centrists nor motivate a picky base.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Lingle Hasn't had children, been divorced twice and currently single, Jewish. (Those things shouldn't matter but I'd bet they would.) Pro-choice. (Got elected in Hawaii, traditionally a Democratic one-party state.) Anti death penalty and vouchers, pro treatment for addicts, EPA as Cabinet position. Pushed for exempting a Superferry from environmental reports. Probably not very progressive overall, but could have been a real attractor for centrist women annoyed at Hillary not getting the nod and inclined to supporting getting a tolerable woman near the White House.

And that's the list of current GOP women governors.

Instead we got http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

The fired police chief later sued Palin on the grounds that he was fired because he supported the campaign of Palin's opponent, but his suit was dismissed when the judge ruled that Palin had the right under state law to fire city employees, even for political reasons.

Palin has followed through on plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska.[29][30] However, when asked about climate change after becoming Senator McCain's presumptive running mate, she stated that it would "affect Alaska more than any other state", but she does not "attribute it to being man-made".

In May 2008, Palin objected to the decision of Dirk Kempthorne, the Republican United States Secretary of the Interior, to list polar bears as an endangered species. She filed a lawsuit to stop the listing amid fears that it would hurt oil and gas development in the bears' habitat off Alaska's northern and northwestern coasts. She said the move to list the bears was premature and was not the appropriate management tool for their welfare.

On August 4, 2008, Palin put out a press release praising portions of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's energy plan including the call for completion of the Alaska Gas Pipeline and proposal of $1,000 rebates for families struggling with energy costs, although she took exception with its call for a windfall profits tax on oil companies. The press release in question appears to have been removed from the governor's website, but can still be accessed through Google's cache.

She opposes abortion for rape and incest victims,[82] supporting it only in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Palin in a televised debate supported allowing both creationism and evolution in public schools and the next day clarified her position to one of allowing the debate of alternative views and not of having it in the curriculum.[86] She did not support re-legalizing of marijuana in Alaska despite using the drug herself at a time when it was legal under Alaska (but not Federal) law, stating concerns about the message re-legalization would send to her children.

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