Along similar lines, on the last day of August 2008, the Anchorage Daily News described Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell as "the candidate who put the 'lack' in 'lackluster.'"
Progressive Alaska hasn't written much about Sean Parnell, because there hasn't been much to write about.
I was there, at the 2008 Alaska GOP Convention, the morning he announced his candidacy against Don Young. Young was elated at the announcement. But, dogged by a perception that Young might soon be indicted, Parnell came closer to beating Don Young than anyone ever has.
So he challenged Young in the 3008 GOP AK-AL primary.
And no sooner was he given a national stage in the post-resignation announcement world, than he attacked Alaska's senior senator (who also happens to be - unlike Young in 2008), Alaska's most popular politician:
The most distressing statement Parnell made in the FAUX News interview, was his repeat of this Palin lie:
"... and the fact that it was, uh, costing just about $2,000,000.00 of the state taxpayers' dollars just to fund the staff, uh, to deal with the records requests and the like, and that was, uh, just over-the-top, uh, and I think she used the word "insane" in her, in her, uh, remarks."
Parnell goes on to express his disappointment in Sen. Murkowski's Friday remarks. Andrew Halcro wrote an excellent article about this, posted this morning:
Murkowski saying she was disappointed that the governor bailed out with no discernable reason and with sixteen months to go in her term doesn't represent a legitimate reason to be disappointed?
What's odd about Parnell's statement is that in defending Palin's decision to quit in response to the Murkowski release, he invoked the military and wounded soldiers.
Parnell told FOX News, "But I have to tell you, when she (Palin) went to Kosovo and visited our Guard members and the wounded soldiers there and in Germany, she saw that she doesn’t need a title to effect change and bring some hope to people who need it."
The undeniable irony of this is that Palin quitting represents the absolute, unmitigated antithesis of what Guard members and wounded soldiers sacrifice by joining the military to serve and defend the country. Soldiers don't have the luxury of saying, "I'm tired of people taking shots at me so I'm quitting half way through my tour of duty."
It's beginning to look like Parnell is not only a modest man with much to be modest about and the guy who put the "lack" in "lackluster," he's the guy who put the "suckup" in "suckup buttercup."
We'll see if he shows more spine once Palin is out the door, eh?
Here's another interview with Parnell, on CNN: