What Does the Governor of Alaska Do?

Our lefties are still sticking to the idiot talking point that Governor Palin is less qualified than Barack Obama – on the strength of Obama’s “community organising” and 150 days of active Senate work, Obama is held to be better prepared for the Presidency than the “former mayor of a town of 9,000 people” is for the Vice Presidency. I find this rather odd – as Obama hasn’t been so much as dog catcher in a town of 900. If Obama had at least run a McDonald’s at some point in his career, he’d have some executive experience.

At any rate, let’s have a look at Alaska and see what Governor Palin’s responsibilities have been for the past 22 months, per the Alaska Constitution:

The governor shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws…

Whenever the governor considers it in the public interest, he may convene the legislature, either house, or the two houses in joint session.

The governor shall, at the beginning of each session, and may at other times, give the legislature information concerning the affairs of the State and recommend the measures he considers necessary.

The governor is commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the State. He may call out these forces to execute the laws…

The governor may proclaim martial law when the public safety requires it…

Subject to procedure prescribed by law, the governor may grant pardons, commutations, and reprieves, and may suspend and remit fines and forfeitures…

The governor may make changes in the organization of the executive branch or in the assignment of functions among its units which he considers necessary for efficient administration. Where these changes require the force of law, they shall be set forth in executive orders…

Each principal department shall be under the supervision of the governor.

The head of each principal department shall be a single executive unless otherwise provided by law. He shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor…

When a board or commission is at the head of a principal department or a regulatory or quasi-judicial agency, its members shall be appointed by the governor…

The governor may make appointments to fill vacancies occurring during a recess of the legislature, in offices requiring confirmation by the legislature. The duration of such appointments shall be prescribed by law.

And now let us turn to Obama’s responsibilities over the past 22 months:

Talking and voting, from time to time, in the Senate.

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