Juneau is Alaska’s state capital. Except in the mind of our current Governor that is. Every prior Alaska Governor has lived in the Governor’s mansion in Juneau, has required Cabinet members to do their jobs in the state’s capital, and held all legislative sessions in the state capital.
Governor Palin, however, has chosen to live in her house in the Anchorage suburb of Wasilla (for which she receives per diems from the state), has only 2 of her 20 Commisioners doing their business in Juneau, has moved over 200 state jobs away from the capital city, and has held her special legislative sessions in Anchorage. While efforts in the state legislature to move the Capital from Juneau have routinely failed, what Palin has done is surreptitiously to creep the Capital out of Juneau. Sneaky, we’d say.
Governor Palin is beginning to look more and more like a clone of George W Bush. Both are attractive, engaging, well-meaning, self-focused, rambling, ignoramuses – unable to put coherent sentences together and whose actions belie their words. Take a quick look at George W Bush’s speech patterns. Remind you of Ms. Palin during her campaign as McCain’s running mate? We look forward with great interest to the annual legislative session which runs from January 20th through April 19th.
In the meantime, we’re enjoying nearly an hour more daylight than we had at Solstice, and from our well-placed season-ticket seats last night watched Perseverance Theatre’s outstanding production of Wittenberg – an outrageous and insightful comedy on the tug of war between religion and philosophy in the 16th century.