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Why Palin?

Post  Comintern on Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:59 am

Generally, (from what I've seen) discussions about Palin between the right and left wing devolve into insults and ad hominem, but I hope in this thread we can have a meaningful debate about an important issue.

Why do you support Sarah Palin for a 2012 presidency? Why do you believe she has what it takes to run a state without a minuscule population, much less the greatest country in the world?

Whenever I listen to her speeches, I feel that my intelligence is insulted. I think most listeners feel that way. A politician doesn't have to be a rocket scientist (and one look at Washington affirms that most aren't) but Palin doesn't understand basic concepts of political theory and economics.

Is it her populist edge, her social conservatism that attracts support? Because it certainly can't be her experience or expertise.

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Post  ArtinNC on Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:12 pm

I guess you would just like to vote in more DUDS just like we allready have.

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Re: Why Palin?

Post  Tunes59 on Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:07 am

Comintern wrote:snip...
Is it her populist edge, her social conservatism that attracts support? Because it certainly can't be her experience or expertise.

Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it…It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things.

1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while you’re thinking, I’ll continue.
2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES”. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork”. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning—I imagine—that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. Now one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drill at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable energy by 2025. We are already at 25%.

I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what Sarah has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.
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