Okay, she’s not perfect.

Taxes:
She raised taxes on Big Oil, which already pays every Alaskan between $600 and $1200 a year just because they want to drill in Alaska. (Alaskans have no state tax; they have a state dividend.)

Abortion:
And from a comment:

1. Abortions –Palin is NOT a typical Republican ideologue! She is personally pro-life and against abortion. But as Mayor of her Town she blocked a bill outlawing abortions!

I looked this up and could find NOTHING on it. Except the quote itself in two different places. What I did find was that the Huffington Post says she is a staunch pro-lifer who wants to outlaw abortion even in the case of rape and incest. (Because we all know that murder makes rape and incest better. And, yes, I do know that it would be traumatic to carry a child of a rapist or an incestual relationship. But I also know it would be traumatic to commit murder. And people cover up rape and incest now through underage abortions. I know they do. I know people who were victims of both who had abortions to “hide” the rape and incest.)

Gay Rights:

2. Gay Rights — Palin got partner benefits for Gays in Alaska by her first veto as Governor!

Sullivan wrote,

Palin’s first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to the partners of gay state employees. In effect, her veto granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with Alaska’s attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.

At least it sounds like she was voting what would hold up, not what she wanted. Of course Sullivan would spin it that way, anyway, because it is what he wants. She said she supported Alaska’s constitutional ban on gay marriage in 1998.

Her hair?!
Apparently she wears it that way ’cause she’d be too beautiful otherwise.

Althouse explains the hair. It’s that she’s retro.

Personally, I love the hair. It lets her wear it long when she wants and up and out of the way for work. There’s something about women’s hair. It’s not “professional” if it’s long.

Wrong religiously?
The Common Room’s commenters really don’t like her because she’s working rather than staying home.

Mr. Palin stays home. I love that. I think it is good for the kids for Dad to be around. He hasn’t always, but when she became Governor he quit work because of potential conflict of interest.

But many far right conservatives will probably agree with the commenters. Of course most of them aren’t voting anyway. That’s really going to make a difference.

And I think it is interesting that no one has talked about Obama being gone from his daughter’s lives while he runs.

Final thoughts:
I still like her. She’s down to earth. She’s real. She’s got an actual and continued middle class upbringing.

Yes, I know in the lower 48 the $100K her husband made the last few years is great. But it costs a lot more to live in Alaska, buy bread, fruit in the winter, etc. as it does here. Except for state taxes. But we here in Texas don’t have any either.

Right now $4.27 is the best gas price in Anchorage. The average was $4.37 today. $2.08 was our lowest price here today. Okay, that was a gimmick. Sold all the gas, too. Other pumps got as low as $2.69, though not where I am. But we did have $3.05 at some pumps. In my neighborhood it was $3.32. That’s almost a dollar less than in Alaska.