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I saw this at Huffington Post and was surprised there wasn't more coverage of this: in the book Sarah from Alaska, the two reporters who wrote the book report that Sarah Palin's father, Chuck Heath, claims Sarah left college in Hawaii after one semester because teh Asians freaked her out:

Palin, though notoriously ill-traveled outside the United States, did journey far to the first of the four colleges she attended, in Hawaii. She and a friend who went with her lasted only one semester. "Hawaii was a little too perfect," Palin writes. "Perpetual sunshine isn't necessarily conducive to serious academics for eighteen-year-old Alaska girls." Perhaps not. But Palin's father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to Conroy and Walshe. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: "They were a minority type thing and it wasn't glamorous, so she came home." In any case, Palin reports that she much preferred her last stop, the University of Idaho, "because it was much like Alaska yet still 'Outside.' "

Asians are not glamorous, but Idaho somehow meets the glamor quotient? Twisted.

Of course, what this really shows is Palin's deep-seated provincialism that has been on display ever since the campaign. And it's that very provincialism - knowing where the "real" America is - that appeals to her devoted Know Nothing followers.

You can bet Palin will deny her father's assertions and claim that Chuck Heath is stalking her.

Originally posted to John Campanelli on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 08:26 AM PST.

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