Palin Swings Hard, Lacks Follow-Through

Record shows her taking bold stances, shying away from follow-through
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 11:46 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, signs autographs as she greets supporters at the conclusion of a campaign rally Saturday night, Sept. 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Those who have worked with Sarah Palin in Alaskan politics—Democrats and Republicans alike—are split on the governor's leadership style. While most praise her bold, tough approach, they also point out her lack of follow-through and seeming disinterest in the details of governing, and her inability to work with those who disagree, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Few dispute that Palin's push put Alaska on the road to cleaning up its politics, but the ethics proposal she drafted after taking office "had to be beefed up substantially with very basic additions," a state representative says. Others note that Palin's governing style is to stifle dissent and criticism rather than hear all sides of an issue.