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Ear to the Ground

Palin Feels Their Pain—When She Forgets to Roll Over

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Posted on Sep 15, 2008
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Not to chortle over every asinine twist in the Sarah Palin adventure, but there’s something truly bizarre about the news that the folksy candidate in the race had a private tanning bed installed in the governor’s mansion. The cost of the bed is undisclosed, but one source says the cost of such a device installed in a home can be up to $35,000.

For all the fluff, this story does illustrate a recurring theme of Palin’s candidacy. Despite owning her own private tanning salon, the governor launched a skin cancer awareness month and is running with a guy who has to cover his head before he can go outside.


US Magazine:

Self-proclaimed “hockey mom” Sarah Palin had a private tanning bed installed in the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, Alaska, Usmagazine.com confirmed on Monday.

“She did. She paid for it with her own money,” Roger Wetherell, chief communications officer of Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities told Us.

The Narco News Bulletin first reported on the former beauty queen’s penchant for a bronzed body.

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By Mr. Benchley, September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing says good ol’ American blue-collar, rugged individualism like owning a private tanning bed. I’ll bet she likes to fake-bake in the raw.

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By Leefeller, September 16, 2008 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

One would suspect most Alaskan’s would have a tanning booth in their homes, thought their was no sunlight for up to six months in Alaska, people need to get their vitamin D. .  For some reason a tanning booth reminds me of a coffin which actually fits the picture here, Palin antithetical of a vampire.

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By Karen, September 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Why did she put it in the Governor’s mansion when she spends all her time at home in Wasilla (collecting per diem compensation)?

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By Celia Benson, September 16, 2008 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Oh, give it up. Who cares if Sarah has a tanning bed, a Total Gym, or a treadmill? At least she doesn’t wear orange pantsuits, clap like a seal, and frighten little kids with a power-mad leer.

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By skulz fontaine, September 16, 2008 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

Well one could suppose that after “shooting” the moose, a governor must “tan” it’s hide. Yikes, Annie get your swerve on!

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By Martin, September 16, 2008 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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“Not to chortle over every asinine twist in the Sarah Palin adventure…” ...but you did it anyway. Seriously? Who cares if the woman has a tanning bed? It has absolutely no bearing on anything whatsoever to do with the election - as does what seems to be a significant amount of the “news” reported on this woman.

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By hippy pam, September 16, 2008 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

I saw an interview that anchorperson Diane Sawyer conducted WITH HILLARY CLINTON on a train today….I WAS IMPRESSED-again-by the “fingers on the pulse of reality” that CLINTON SHOWS AND THE POLISHED STATESMANSHIP OF HER ATTITUDE…....Then I watched[again]the palin/gibson interview…...............

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