Election 2008 – Sarah Palin

Barack gave a great speech last night. Happy to be voting for the guy. Let’s get this party started.

On Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP — I don’t think that will do what he thinks it will. I know a lot of disenchanted Hillary supporters, but none of them want to vote McCain in the first place, and I don’t think the “oh, here — it’s a girl!” thing will actually attract them in any way. They may have liked Hillary better, but they like Obama just fine and will vote for him.

Palin’s record – Ugh.

Palin has focused on energy and natural resources policy during her short stint in office, and she is known for her support of drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, a position opposed by McCain but supported by many grass-roots Republicans.

Her biography on the state governor’s Web site says one of the two major pieces of legislation passed during her first legislative session was a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

Palin started Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office, an oversight and maintenance agency for the state’s oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure. She created the Climate Change Subcabinet that would forge a climate change strategy, according to the Web site.

At present, Palin chairs the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multistate panel “that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment,” the biography says.

She has been named chair of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee. That panel is focused on legislation to ensure that federal policies take state priorities into account in agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management.

She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and takes part in two of Alaska’s popular pastimes — fishing and hunting.

I can’t think of someone less appealing, other than John McCain.

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