The Meaning of "Maverick"

By Eric Mader, The Disassociated Press, October 22, 2008

Today's news: "Palin charges Alaska $21,000 for kids' travel"

Finally I'm beginning to understand Palin's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.  I remember being annoyed that she spent so much of what was supposed to be a political speech introducing Todd and Bristol and Piper and Trig and Truck and the whole lot.  At the time I kept thinking "What the hell!  What does all this have to do with being governor, much less taking up the second most important post in my country's administration!"

But I see now that I was wrong.  I didn't know how things really stood.  You see, Palin had to introduce these people because they weren't just her family (i.e., irrelevant to her fitness for government administrative)--no, they were actually all on her staff!  She was introducing her staff!  Because all of them, maybe even down to Bristol's boyfriend, had performed some important role in the governing of Alaska.  They'd all engaged in important state business--such as, I presume, snomobile racing, or, in the case of the daughters, picking over salads in New York hotel restaurants.

I'm kinda slow, but give me time.  I'm finally starting to understand what these Republicans mean by "maverick." 

Here's some of the AP report:

Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.

In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. She also has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.







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