I’m from Arizona, a state that has had more than one female governor, so we know about and like our women leaders and how they get things done, usually.
This got me thinking about state governors, specifically about Governor Janet Napolitano, here in Arizona and about Governor Sarah Palin, from the interesting state of Alaska. I watched them on an old Charlie Rose Show online. He interviews men in a more professional way, I must say.
The main difference between the two women on that show was vocabulary and speaking technique. I'm sure that you know my preference.
Let’s go back to high school where Janet Napolitano was voted most likely to succeed based upon her strong academic and life moves and where Sarah Palin was nicknamed Sarah Barracuda for her strong sports and life moves. Those highschool portraits have held over the years.
Gov. Palin started her college work at the University of Idaho where she studied journalism and poli-sci and took a long time to graduate, and is said to have attended five different institutes of higher learning, but we moms do that, take a long time to study and graduate and it ain’t easy. What she studied however, did not prepare her for her future jobs, except for that one on television.
Gov. Napolitano attended Santa Clara University and then the U. of Virginia Law School on a Truman Scholarship. She was always at the top of her classes and in leadership positions amongst her peers. She excelled at everything she did, preparing her very well for her future careers.
Napolitano’s career followed her law work to its highest point, the Arizona Governorship and its two Democratic terms in a Republican state, at that. Palin’s career followed whatever Alaska offered to a beautiful woman who liked the limelight and who had obscure standards to uphold and a desire to change the status quo when it seemed convenient or was forced upon her. She went from t.v. sportscaster to mayor to governor, admitting that none of what she did was rocket science and fairly easy for anyone to do.
Gov. Sarah Palin runs on a “hardcore fiscal conservative” speech, but votes differently and spends fairly haphazardly and irresponsibly if one reads her spending priorities. She earmarked more than 20 times what Obama did for his larger in population state of Illinois.
She believes that both Creationism and Evolution should be taught in school, believes that no abortion is necessary nor allowable, believes that we honor the family by prohibiting gays from forming them, and she believes that certain books, chosen by her, should be banned from our public libraries and that librarians who refuse to do this must lose their jobs.
Gov. Janet Napolitano believes that we should have a workable solution to tracking people crossing the borders in our state of Arizona and she compromises on the things that she must, to keep the state working at its best potential speed and cost.
She believes that gay people have the same rights as the rest of the nation’s citizens and she cut our state’s 1 billion dollar deficit upon her arrival into office down to a 1 billion dollar savings account, without raising taxes, and she did this not long after 9-11 and not long after she arrived.
Gov. Sarah Palin vetoes people for their politics and takes political opposition personally and retaliates, while Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoes politics, 127 times so far, not people and she sees nothing political as personal attack and eschews retaliatory actions.
Gov. Palin is building her record as governor this year while Gov. Napolitano has been named as one of Time Magazine's top 5 governors in the U.S. and she has been considered for a vice presidential slot. She has received presidential appointments, won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, has served as Chair of the Western Governor’s Association, and in the National Governor’s Association.
While Gov. Palin rides in McCain’s political machine now, Gov. Napolitano considers taking away his Senate seat no matter what the presidential outcome may prove to be.
McCain would be a more responsible, both a fiscally and a nationally responsible candidate to have chosen my governor, Janet Napolitano.
In a bragging session about governors, I know that more people would be on the Napolitano side than on the Palin side and I believe that they would prefer to have her as McCain’s running mate, if she just weren’t a gay Democrat.
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