Sarah Palin has more oil spill credibility than you think
When Sarah Palin took to Fox News yesterday and declared the following, the heads of millions of progressives around America spun around so fast you’d think that they were doing some sort of new breakdancing routine:
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Palin suggested that the White House is too cozy with the oil industry because of contributions to candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential race.
“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration,” Palin, a Fox News Channel contributor, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“If there’s any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico — now, if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn’t received as much support even as President Obama has from B.P. and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case,” she said.
How, the casual observer might ask, can Sarah “Drill Baby Drill” Palin with her ‘drill here, drill now’ position even imagine that she could get away with this?
It’s simple, really. As Alaska’s occasional governor, Palin actually took a rather populist position on how oil companies should be dealt with.
I blogged about this back in March of 2009 when Portfolio fronted Palin on the cover of its soon-to-be-out-of-business magazine. Portfolio’s story sought to identify failings in Palin’s energy policy – that she had failed to make a big natural gas pipeline deal happen because she had taken a hostile position against the major fossil fuel corporations that wanted to invest in the project.
But what the story actually revealed was not that Palin had failed in her energy policy. Rather, it showed that she had refused to let her state’s energy policy be set on terms that were most favorable to those large companies – like the very ones she accuses Obama of receiving too much money from today.
So while people on the left will see Palin knocking Obama and asking “What about ‘drill baby drill’?” what they’re missing is that Palin was always a believer in Alaska’s system of petro-socialism, and does not in any way believe that the oil companies should get a pass. It’s a classic example of liberals underestimating Sarahcudda’s political wits, the savvy moves she made during her years in Alaska politics that put her on the footing that allowed her to become nationally relevant.
Now there’s certainly an insincere germ in Palin’s attempt to Katrina-ize the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But when it comes to not being a great friend to oil companies, Palin was the real deal when she held political office.