Turns Out It’s Not Moose Burgers…

… Governor Palin consumes.

Turns out it’s moose lattes:

"Wonderful family," said Ben Harrell, who pours the governor her skinny white chocolate latte at the Mocha Moose in Wasilla. 

Lattes?!?!? The woman masquerading as a wholesome small-town hockey mom drinks lattes?!?!? And not just any latte, but a "skinny white chocolate latte"?

Doesn’t that kind of short circuit the Palin myth?

  1. emptywheel says:

    No no. She hunts liberals from airplanes so it’ll be easier for her to come back and hunt the lattes from the ground and pretend she has accomplished something by bagging the latte.

    Thing is, even from her new campaign plane, we liberals are too fast for her to catch us.

    • bigbrother says:

      EW/Marcy Wheeler:
      For your untiring efforts in protecting our constitutional rights I wish to express Americas gratitude to you. You are our advocate for freedoms. You always get the facts. Thanks

    • Ishmael says:

      Must disagree – it’s only elitist if you go to Starbucks to get your latte in a motorcade from one of your many mansions and send your bodyman in to stand in line for you.

    • Quebecois says:

      You take all the best parts out of chocolate, so it has no flavor, so what’s the point?

      I’m certain she can’t pick a good chocolate moose either…

    • bobschacht says:

      Oh, I am SO trying to resist the obvious point to removing the icky brown stuff from chocolate so you can make it all lovely and WHITE. I mean, who wants icky brown leaders stuff, anyway? {/s}

      Bob in HI

      • MrWhy says:

        The turkey in Sandra Boynton’s world of Chocolate asks, “Does chocolate come in a nicer color than brown?”

  2. tonycpsu says:

    What a latte-sipping elitist! I bet she’s experimenting with growing arugula in moose droppings and powering a Prius with hybrid moose power.

  3. masaccio says:

    We had dinner with friends last night, and simply couldn’t get the discussion off politics, even though we all agree. Everyone thought that the Obama people aren’t fighting hard enough. I used to be able to go to dinner or a party and talk about books or movies or even an occasional idea, and now it’s all about the loathsome republicans and the wimpy democrats.

  4. JThomason says:

    This is pure propaganda. Gov. Sarah Palin has never been in the same room as a latte. Its just a cynical effort via a planted media story to secure the vote of the latte drinking crowd.

  5. cinnamonape says:

    Lies! Lies! Lies! The Governor only drinks authentic 40-weight North Face oil mixed with polar bear milk from the breasts of freshly field dressed nursing polar bears…it just looked like a latte to some elite liberal not familiar with traditional rural Alaskan ways!

  6. Ishmael says:

    Alasks does not have a monopoly of course on moose-related cuisine, so with all the talk of moose lattes, burgers, etc, I thought I would share a little Canadiana I will share with my American friends. “Moosemilk” in certain parts of Canada is another way of saying “moonshine” or homemade likker. It is also a cocktail similar to egg nog that is traditionally served at New Year’s levees by the Canadian military. And Moosehead is one of the better mass produced beers in Canada, although craft beer afficianados/snobs call it Moosep… (sorry bmaz, I like it but it is much more popular in the US than Canada!)

  7. AZ Matt says:

    From the Chicago Tribune: McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin

    In 2001, McCain’s list of spending that had been approved without the normal budget scrutiny included a $500,000 earmark for a public transportation project in Wasilla. The Arizona senator targeted $1 million in a 2002 spending bill for an emergency communications center in town — one that local law enforcement has said is redundant and creates confusion.

    McCain also criticized $450,000 set aside for an agricultural processing facility in Wasilla that was requested during Palin’s tenure as mayor and cleared Congress soon after she left office in 2002. The funding was provided to help direct locally grown produce to schools, prisons and other government institutions, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group.

    Wasilla received $11.9 million in earmarks from 2000 to 2003. The results of this spending are very apparent today. (The town also benefited from $15 million in federal funds to promote regional rail transportation.)

  8. bigbrother says:

    If I had a latte I’d drimk in the morning, I’d drink it in the evening, I’d drink it all over this land. I ring out liberty. I’d ring out justice anf bring in Authoritarianism all over this land. Quote from Palin Campaign for political reform.

  9. bigbrother says:

    Retraction: I made it up but it is true she is an authoritarion neocon homophopic neophyte skinny latte drinking reerp.

  10. cinnamonape says:

    Plus she is an incompetent Executive who covers it up with a bullying.

    After a judge ruled that another individual actually owned the land she had already started building her “Pet Project” Hockey Rink upon, she took the private land through the use of “Imminent Domain”.

    Even after doing that the city went into $15 million debt, had to introduce a sales tax, and (despite her penchant for obtaining millions in Federal earmarks) left Wasilla $25 million in debt!

    “ms. Congenialities” Hockey Rink

    • cinnamonape says:

      As in the earlier mis-post…that should be “Eminent Domain”…as in “Your Eminence” (i.e. the power of the “king”).

    • MarkH says:

      Plus she is an incompetent Executive who covers it up with a bullying.

      I read she had a city manager doing the work for her and that was in a town of less than 6000.

      Just how easy does the job have to be for her to manage it?

  11. masaccio says:

    The terms of the Fannie/Freddie bailout are announced. The Money Quote:

    The companies are likely to need tens of billions of dollars over the next year, but the ultimate cost to taxpayers will largely depend on how fast the housing and mortgage markets recover.

    The denizens of Calculated Risk are inflamed over the lack of accountability of the executives. Me too. A bunch of them say this is a bi-partisan failure. Me, not so much. It happened on the repub watch, under their OFHEO, and they did nothing while the sane people raged. It sure looks like pretty typical Who Could Have Known stuff.

  12. emptywheel says:

    I kind of agree it’s bipartisan. Under Dems, they established a real pattern for corruption. And then, under Republicans, they expanded in scope dramatically and eliminated oversight. A real clusterfuck all around.

    • Synoia says:

      I disagree. aka Bullshit.

      The real damage was the SISA and NINA (NINJA) underwriting standards which became windspread 2003/2004.

      Hree, breath on ths mirror. It figs!. You have $500,000! Income? Don’t care. Work at McDonalds, no worry, this NINJA loan is for you. Oh, there are about $20,000 in loan fees here, but you won’t pay them becuase they’ll only cost you $200/month.

      And in a year you can refinance into a “good loan”.

    • masaccio says:

      I’m guessing the business ran pretty well under Clinton. Sure there was some excess compensation, but the stock was real well regarded, so much so that my conservative adviser talked me into some Fannie around 2000. When the first accounting irregularity was exposed at Freddie, I sold. No reason other than fear that it was catching. That’s why I tend to blame the repubs. There may be some blame for the dems, but mostly the repubs.

    • 4jkb4ia says:

      This was something which McCain could have put in his speech, about how cozy Fannie and Freddie were with all members of government. Either he is implicated, it was too wonky, or it was about an issue and Rick Davis told him to forget it.

      I hope Brady can come back this year. Boston.com has several reports that he has torn his ACL.

  13. posaune says:

    Let’s talk about conflict of interest:

    Carlyle Capital (Carlyle Group) borrowed $21 billion to front mortgage backed securities leverage, in Feb 2008 lenders wanted payment,and then Carlyle defaulted on $16.6 billion in March 2008, six months after David Moffett was named technical advisor of Carlyle Global Financial Service Sector. Today, he was named unilateral CEO of Freddie Mac. Pretty cozy, huh?

    TIAA-CREF former chairman Herbert Allison, was named head of Fannie Mae today. And guess what? TIAA CREF just opened a global real estate office in London on August 12, 2008. Just what those teachers pensions need: more real estate exposure!

    Can you say, “the little people will pay!”

  14. brendanx says:

    Palin, of course, believes in creationism, and I had a hard time putting a finger on why this is so frightening in a public official. It’s not the stupidity, it’s the authoritarianism. For them, it’s not about “believing” something so cockamamie, it’s about forcing others, particularly inquisitive, skeptical people to profess belief in something evidently false. It’s about grabbing some science teacher in East Anus, Oklahoma by the scruff of the neck and rubbing his nose in shit.

    It’s also about the single trait that most marks the fundamentalist right: the end justifies the means. In the immediate sense it means the deceit of saying you just want to teach some tarted-up creationism called “intelligent design” alongside of evolution. But it ultimately extends to everything and is apparent in every facet of the way they govern. It’s a future of Palins and Goodlings shepherding us into a world of war and peonage.

    The weekend was discouraging, and that was before the polling. The fix is in.

  15. 4jkb4ia says:

    OTOH, you have to question how elitist lattes are anymore if you can get one in Wasilla, Alaska, which is about to open its first Target. Coffee houses may be European, and (h/t Christian Lander speaking of tea) coffee itself may be colonialist, but they originated as middle-class public spaces in the 17th century. (Could the mass espresso drink habit have moved to Alaska from Seattle before it got to the rest of the country?)

    The culture war aspect of the Palin candidacy IMHO is more about small towns than it is about class in terms of consumption habits. Palin is saying that she is involved in politics the way that people in small towns and other ordinary people get involved. Wasilla may not have so many people, but it isn’t 50 miles from anywhere the way an iconic small town is. It seems more like an exurb, but the people in exurbs think that they are living away from the corruption of the city. The real deceit is making this suburban environment stand in for a small town. The Democrats may not want to risk condescending to suburbs by pointing this out.

    Terrible joke: if Palin has these European habits it is another hint that she knows about foreign policy.

  16. 4jkb4ia says:

    A happy find: This one site lists 12 coffee houses for this one town of 7000 people. Either the town is wealthier than Palin wants us to believe or everybody drinks espresso there, because at least three coffee houses have “Espresso” in their names.

  17. 4jkb4ia says:

    Could not help sticking the shiv in. The same site also lists 12 coffee houses in Columbia, MO and only one in Sedalia.