For a brief moment, Governor Sarah Palin, one voice that could’ve spoken for normal people (despite her strong conservative politics) is now just another microphone for a press release.
It’s actually funny, that the newspaper folks here on the blog have no care or qualm that a political party ignored them and insulted them, and then got them to believe the hype. They gloss over their own lack of research to accept whatever the GOP told them.
Even a talking head like Campbell Brown of CNN just wanted to cut through the nonsense (Sorry Campbell). McCain’s response (if he’s even in control anymore) was to deny an interview, not from a question about a teen pregnancy, but the delusions of grandeur that people will eat up in the absence of intelligence.
I would bet as well, no one knew of Steve Silver, lobbyist for Palin as Mayor of Wasilla, who just gee, happened to be Senator Gary “Ted” Stevens’ former Chief-of-Staff. Nevermind the $27,000,000 of lobbyist money for a town of 5,500 like Wasilla.
The money Palin procured wasn’t hers. It was yours.
Remember that $27,000,000 could’ve helped any ONE of the small towns next door to Detroit. Townships and Municipalities of Michigan could’ve used that same money for projects that would’ve meant so much more to so many more people. So remember that $27,000,000 that you won’t get without political favor.
You didn’t have Senator Gary “Ted” Stevens, a man who served maybe one term too many. You didn’t have the clout and literal arrogance to take $230,000,000 of federal money to build a bridge to Gravina Island, rather than support something worthy of federal funding. You didn’t have a Governor like Frank Murkowski who rewarded his daughter with a Senator slot. Lt. Governor Palin would’ve been next in line when Senator Stevens retired.
Anyone else not see Politics 101 here?
Oh no, but the media is picking on Palin.
Be independent and ask about all those other things that tie Palin to the power base of lobbyists in Washington, and hope that someone, maybe Charles Gibson (I doubt it) will ask actual questions.
Ask who scrubbed an ad showing Senator Stevens supporting Palin that has mysteriously disappeared from her website the day of her nomination.
I support Palin in taking to task the oil companies for their greed with a 30-year tax break, but that’s just one position.
Until the GOP started deflecting everything in their path to protect her, I didn’t suspect much. Politics 101, folks.
Be independent and look up the news about Palin yourself, and you’ll always find Senator Gary “Ted” Stevens right next to her, guiding her since she hired Steven Silver, his former Chief-of-Staff to lobby for funds in Wasilla.
“They represent the kind of people that oughta come along and take our places.”
And Palin in a speech, “I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress,…In fact, I told Congress — I told Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that bridge to nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves.”
Palin again: “Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer. Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the public’s attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened”
The bridge project was not designed to be built, but to harvest hundreds of millions of dollars for Alaska. As it stands now, Gravina Island is going to probably at the most, get a gravel road across a strait.
“This is not the Senate I came to. This is not the Senate I’ve devoted 37 years to, if one senator can decide he’ll take all the money from one state to solve a problem of another.”–Senator Stevens over Tom Coburn’s idea to help Katrina victims with bridge money in 2005.
Game On, Mako out.