In the summer of 2008, various media outlets filed requests under Alaska's open-records law for access to the e-mails of Governor Sarah Palin, and there were so many that they're only being released now. The batch of 24,000 e-mails sent to and from Palin's official governor's address cover a time frame of December 2006, when Palin started as governor, to September 2008. That massive amount of paper is slowly being scanned into a searchable database online, and news organizations are frantically scouring through their contents as if they were the secret diaries of Jesus Christ himself. While we're not expecting any huge discoveries, we're hoping for whatever nuggets of folksy wisdom, gripes about enemies in the media, and other random revelations this treasure trove has to offer, and we'll gather the best ones right here.
Along with the reams of e-mails are 189 pages listing which e-mails were withheld (PDF). They include one "to Sarah Palin re meeting with VP Cheney staffer about gas pipeline and Endangered Species Act 3/8/07."
No context for this, but: "what the hell has happened to the leadership positions of our great states?"
Here's a photo of Palin and her husband and what appears to be Elvis.
Here's one we found in her July 27, 2008, e-mail, not that we have any idea what it means, although "we didn't participate in eating the moose meat" could make for a good T-shirt:
"Would you fire off a short sweet email or call to Medred explaining the moose complaint was brought forward once we knew about it — we didn't know when it happened! And no, we didn't participate in eating the moose meat."
Palin sometimes received annoying advice from people about potential SNL sketches she should do. Huff Po:
On Sept. 16, 2008, Revenue Commissioner Patrick Galvin suggested to Palin that she “offer to go on SNL and play Tina Fey, and you interview her as she plays you."
Palin was exasperated that reporters were asking whether she believed dinosaurs and people coexisted, although her communications director seemed to think that maybe they did? Huff Po again:
On Sept. 15, 2008, Palin communications director Bill McAllister sent the governor a list of queries he'd been fielding from reporters covering the campaign. Though the top priority was Palin's use of personal emails for public business, one of the questions he'd received apparently dealt with Palin's beliefs regarding evolution and creationism: "Is it your belief that dinosaurs and humans co-existed at one time?"
McAllister told the governor, "I said I have never spoken to you about this," but then he added, parenthetically, "There is an interesting reference to 'Behemoth' in the Old Testament."
In response, Palin wrote, "Arghhhh! I am so sorry that the office is swamped like this! Dinosaurs even?!"
Palin, naturally, was very excited about the chatter that she would make a good running mate for John McCain.
This is probably just sarcasm, but there's also a slim chance it's totally oblivious? Huff Po:
On Feb. 19, 2007, deputy legislative director Chris Clark recommended to Palin that she meet Pete Rouse, "who's now chief of staff for some guy named Barack Obama," when she was in Washington, D.C. on an upcoming trip.
Courtesy of Atlantic Wire, here's an adorable note from a child to Palin, which, as notes from children often do, quickly veers into topics that do not concern Palin whatsoever:
Your awesome Palin when I grow up I want to be the first girl president for the USA. It
was a great honor to meet you at Fred Meyers, My old hamster died of well I think it died of eating too much paint off the bars on its cage so I got a new hamster named Captain Cheese she is a very fat hamster it has blond, brown and black fur and black eyes. I have two older brothers one is 13 his name is Alex and the other is 15 his name is Nathan my Dads name is Richard he is 40. Thank you for the taking a picture with me. It is an honor to have you as our Governor.
Less cute: death threats.
There were two different options for where to put the tanning bed, apparently.
Via the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska congressman Don Young sounds kind of scary:
On Sept. 16, 2008, about three weeks after she was selected as John McCain's running mate. Chief of staff Mike Nizich tells Palin that Young wants a call from her. Palin responds: "Pls find out what it's about. I don't want to get chewed out by him yet again again, I'm not up for that."