Rick Rydell, morning man at KENI/Anchorage, was back with me on WGST/Atlanta for more insight into Sarah Palin — stories that you’re not hearing in the national coverage of the VP candidate.

Since he’s talked about Palin for a lot longer than anyone in the non-Alaska media, he knows some of the fiscal mistakes she’s made (including the story of a state-run dairy that she bailed out), the truth about the earmarks she requested from Congress, and why she doesn’t deserve the reputation as a reformer. He says that the woman you’re seeing on stage as John McCain’s running mate is not the governor he knows, and he’s scared to have “someone of this caliber” a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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Here’s my earlier conversation with Rydell about Palin.