Admit it. You've missed Sarah Palin. Her exasperating relationship with the truth. The clan-like sense of justice. The malapropisms. Those mysteriously acquired Midwestern vowels. The smile as she's reaching for the dagger. The voice, which has within it a piercing dog whistle that, for those who hear it, beckons like an abandoned swing set during a windstorm. Come back and play, kids!
I'm calling it. It's officially breakup. Matching my heart, also breaking up, burdened with grief and shame.
Until recently, Gov. Sean Parnell has had a relatively soft ride, with the public and Alaska media taking it comparatively easy on our well-coiffed, unassuming governor. The one who declared during his 2008 race against U.S. Rep. Don Young that "I just want to be a light." A little odd, and he wasn't elected, but it sounded good. Who doesn't like light?
Abortion bills. Immigration and drivers' licenses. School choice. Guns on campuses. Dismantling collective bargaining. Changing the way the state chooses those judges who get in the way of restricting abortion -- and we're only halfway through the legislative session.
Are advocates of changing our constitution to allow for vouchers getting a lesson in the school of hard knocks? "Kids not Cuts" signs are sprouting like weeds. Protests all across the state are being organized. Supporters are working the phones, hard.
Alaska lawmakers have been under pressure by oil company executives testifying about how best to market the state's natural gas reserves. Just sign on the dotted line, they all but said.
Few if any have ever described Gov. Sean Parnell as someone who could melt hearts, but he did just that at the annual Lincoln Day celebration in Anchorage, recently.
While Southcentral Alaska basked, fog crept into Juneau and stayed, resulting in grounded planes, flared tempers, more rounds of drinks and even canceled fundraisers. You know it's bad when politicians cancel fundraisers.