September 6th, 2008
09:14 AM ET
15 years ago

Palin's swift rise is the talk of her Alaskan town

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dr. Curt Menard, Gov. Sarah Palin's family friend and childhood dentist, looks over her high school yearbook."]
WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) - It was the night before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was to accept the Republican vice presidential nomination in a nationally televised speech, and Becky Moore couldn't sleep a wink.

She paced around her room and prayed before sending Palin an e-mail wishing her good luck.

"I was so nervous for her," said Moore, a dietitian who lives in Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "I felt like she was my relative, like she was about to prove herself to the country."

As much as Moore was hoping for the best, there was a part of her that didn't want to share her governor and former mayor with the lower 48, a term Alaskans use to refer to their distant countrymen with a mix of playfulness and disdain.

"No matter what happens, we win. If she becomes vice president, the rest of the country will see what a great leader she is. If she loses, we get her back," Moore said.

The night after Palin's speech, Moore and friends from her book club gathered at Wasilla's Pandemonium bookstore to discuss the Jeffrey Eugenides novel "Middlesex."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Travis

    Please people google.... Anne Kilkinney will find out who the real Sarah Palin is

    September 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    Well, lets hope you get her back. No way this person is running our country.

    September 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. CM

    Wait until the press puts together all the stuff the McCain campaign wants to keep locked away till after the election. Her popularity will nosedive from that point on.

    September 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Herman In LA

    I really don't care you hear me grrrr...

    September 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Hillary Supporter

    Is the person in this picture laughing because he realizes with a McCain/Palin ticket he will get see his disabilities benefits cut back?

    September 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. S. Boatman

    Her Swift Rise Is The Talk Of Her Town. . . . Her Swift Decline Will Be The Talk Of The Nation!

    September 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. S. Boatman

    They Dont Want To Share Her With The Lower 48 . . . Well We Dont Want Her Down Here! . . . Lets Compromise . . . . You Take Her Back And We Will All Bed Happy!

    September 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Paula from Canada..

    Geeze look at the picture..the Barracuda must have bit his hand off! This woman is getting WAY too much publicity.. yep all smoke and mirrors taking everyon'es eye of og McCain. WELL Cindy watch your back your husband has a roving eye remember?? Oh yeah that was you.. he left his disabled wife and kids for..silly me!!

    September 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Breck

    Palin is a joke. She is a religious fanatic, she believes in censorship, she hunts wolves from aircraft by chasing them until they collapse then shooting them, she misuses her power, she believes the Iraq War, which was started on lies, is a mission from God. Her executive experience means nothing, she is far less experienced than Obama is, her experience consists of mismanaging a small town, and governing a state with less population than some cities.

    September 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Scott L


    JOB - LOSSES - UP - 6.1%


    September 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Kim, Ca

    Well i bet she is... maybe it is not moose hunting season so thats all they have to talk about

    September 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Moderate Republican for Obama

    Someone needs to remind Gov. Palin that Jesus Christ was a community organizer (not comparing Obama to Christ...just making a point) and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

    September 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. gerri

    Do Alaskans really blubber up for the winter and hibernate?

    September 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. The Truth Hurts

    The way I've heard it from her fellow Alaskans which she governed over, she's racist, sexist and just a plain mean and nasty opportunist.

    Google the article on. "Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”


    September 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Frank

    I am happy for this town, they will be able to claim for eternity that they had the VP republican candidate in one of the elections, and probably say they "almost" had the vicepresident.

    September 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |