Kleiman vets! By, you know, the arduous task of sending an email. And gets this, which comes from the chair of the Alaskan Independence Party:

Yes, Governor Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. She joined the Party and attended the AIP Statewide Convention held in Wasilla in 1994, along with her husband, Todd. In 1996 she changed her registration to Republican and Todd re-registered as undeclared, a registration he holds today.

I, as AIP Chairman, am not so excited about having her as a V.P. candidate. I feel somewhat betrayed as an Alaskan that she would attach herself to a candidate that has long held an opposing view to the development of our republic and its’ resource wealth….

Joe [Vogler, AIP founder] had made several inroads regarding a relationship with Canada, should Alaska finally receive the “vote” to which we were entitled per United Nations standards regarding “Non-self-governing Territory’s”. He was in serious contact with the leaders of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. I, as Chairman, would like to re-engage in that relationship.

Remember, “no use for America or her damned institutions.”

UPDATE: It’s possible she was just a fellow traveler.

UPDATE: Or, DeLong’s source Dexter Clark suggests, contra publius, a canny sort of Alaska popular frontist kind of person:

She was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town — that was a non-partisan job. But you get along to go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that. She also had about an 80% approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic to her former membership…