As Sarah Palin continues to claim that her experience as the Alaskan Governor gives her the experience necessary to be Vice President it was revealed last night on Anderson 360 that Palin has never even been to the Little Diomede Island, the one location in Alaska you can actually see Russian soil from.
There were a great many fascinating things about CNN's piece about the Island. First of all the Island is incredibly small. According to the 2000 Census only 146 people inhabit the island and they appear to be almost entirely Native American.
This little island from which you can see Russia is very underdeveloped. They get mail by helicopter, weather permitting. There is no broadcast television on the island and there does not appear to be any trash pick up either, so the locals hurl their trash into the Ocean. They don't care, it goes to the Russian side they say.
Perhaps most incredible is that Sarah Palin uses Little Diomede's proximity to Russia as a qualification to be President. She says this despite the fact that she has never even visited the island. Many locals were interviewed for the CNN piece. Some people on the Island didn't even know who Sarah Palin was much less that she was the Republican VP candidate!
The Mayor of Diomede was asked if he thought the proximity of Little Diomede was relevant to being a Vice Presidential candidate and he said no. In fact he said that he has never had a meeting with Sarah Palin or anyone else in the State or Federal government about what to do in case of an invasion. He has never seen a Russian he says.
The most incredible part of this interview, however, were the images. People hurling garbage into the ocean, no real roads to speak of and little shacks to live in, much like you would see outside of Mexico City or any other developing country.
Sarah Palin has never been to the place in Alaska where you can see Russia. She has never even had a phone conversation with the Mayor to plan for an invasion. Palin was Governor of one of the most desolate and detached states in the Union. Watching her debates in Alaska it was clear that she has a very narrow view of the world based on only her experiences in Alaska.
How could this candidate possibly be prepared to be Vice President? I guess there is one connection that we can draw: she, like Cheney, has ties to the Oil and Gas industry. Maybe that's why McCain picked her?