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Alaska Goblins and Witches

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As the late October cauldrons bubble and ghouls and spiders creep around in sight of Halloween's rapid approach tonight, Alaska's Chief Witch took a broom to her ghoulish Republican political colleague Senator Ted Stevens this week. 

In what can only be paraphrased as the pot calling the kettle black, Alaska Governor/vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin advised The Anchorage Daily News that Alaska's "Uncle Ted" should drop out of the senate race.  "After being found guilty on seven felony counts, I had hoped Senator Stevens would take the opportunity to do the statesman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering his Senate seat," Palin said in a written statement. "He has not done so. Alaskans are grateful for his decades of public service but the time has come for him to step aside."  Can you say Trick or Treat?

Oddly, Alaska's Chief Witch Sarah scolds Little Ghoul Ted over her nearly identical Troopergate behavior.  We are left to surmise that "do as I say, not as I do" applies here.  In the years I have lived here, I can sincerely say that rule often befits Alaska.  With Tuesday's report from the AP on  Palin family travel improprieties, the boulliabaise keeps getting thicker as it simmers on high heat. 

In a display of self-preservation, and in Little Ghoul's time of need, Chief Witch chooses cut and run over loyalty and honor.  How ironic. 

The reasons not to like Sarah Palin are so numerous, they become easy sport; like shooting fish in a barrel.  And the barrel is getting smaller; Stevens supporters here in Alaska are pissed off. 

And every day we discover more details about the hollow facets and outright weirdness of Sarah:The Belle of Wasilla.  What else but fright would we expect this Halloween night?


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Sam Rhodes is a union organizer living with his wife, Karen Hamilton, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sam's interests include photography, politics and writing.

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