Wall Street Journal:
WASILLA, Alaska -- The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor of this small town was an indoor sports complex, where locals played hockey, soccer, and basketball, especially during the long, dark Alaskan winters.Howie P.S.: For comparison purposes, watch Joe Biden on Meet The Press, interviewed by Tom Brokaw, video (48:19). Tom Friedman follows Biden on the show. You have my permission to skip him. Nico Pitney asks "Sarah Palin: George Bush In Lipstick?" and lands (at the moment) on the top of the front page of The Huffington Post. There is a photo there to support his argument.
The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin's legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla.Dianne Woodruff, a Wasilla city councilwoman and critic of Ms. Palin's performance, agreed.
"If people are going to be voting on her based on her experience as Wasilla's mayor, then they should know how she did in the job," Ms. Woodruff said, "the good, the bad and the ugly."