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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Palin invites McCain to ANWR!

UPDATE: This story has officially hit the mainstream media. The Anchorage Daily News has it up on their website, where it is currently a front page story.
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The following blurb is from an article posted today by John Gizzi of Human Events. He caught up with Gov. Palin at the National Governors Association's Centennial Meeting, and she said that she wants Senator McCain make the trek to ANWR! This move has been suggested by numerous national media outlets both as a way for McCain to seize the energy issue and an opportunity to "test drive" Gov. Palin as a running mate, and I am elated to see the governor trying to make it happen. Let's hope that the McCain campaign pounces on this phenomenal opportunity.

Palin Says "Come to ANWR"

Philadelphia, Penn.--With John McCain still adamant in his opposition to oil exploration in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Reserve (ANWR), the governor of Alaska yesterday called on the soon-to-be Republican nominee for President to come to her state and see for himself the proposed site for drilling.

"I'm asking him to come up and see ANWR," Republican Gov. Sarah Palin told me Saturday during the centennial meeting of the National Governors Association here. As to her discussions so far with McCain, Palin said "We agreed to disagree."

But, she quickly added, "I am encourged with his evolved thinking on offshore drilling and I think he might come along on ANWR if he sees our 2000 acres for himself."

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

McCain cannot flip on ANWR, look at Obama's drop in the polls because of the flip-flops.

Anonymous said...

What he can say is that while he is personally opposed to it, if Congress approves opening it to drilling, he won't oppose.

Anonymous said...

Here is an article on a site called Flopping Aces. It has a video that shows where they want to drill in ANWR. Someone else may have posted it, if so sorry. It says forward this to people you know so they can see what they're talking about. Would anyone out there care to explain how you forward this? I'm not much of a techy.
dr. vicki
http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/07/12/what-anwr-really-looks-like/#more-5854

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Flop or no flop, just visiting ANWR and seeming more open to the possibility than Obama gives McCain enormous credibility on energy.

Anonymous said...

Nominating Palin will do enough about ANWR for McCain.

They can say; "we agree to talk about it when we are elected".

Ted said...

Anonymous, there's no need to label McCain's calling for ANWR drilling a flip-flop.

IT'S SIMPLY A COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS, at $3.00 per gallon, it's not worth the environmental concerns and/or costs; at $4.00 per gallon and up, it's worth it to address those concerns vis a vis drilling for oil!

McCain will simply be seen as a thinking leader -- which is what we want!

Kristofer said...

Adam is correct.

The optics alone would be amazing. Picture McCain and Palin jumping off a helicopter on ANWR in jump suits with the press taking pictures.

Even best would be for her to carry a 22LR single shot rifle to protect from polar bears. I know I am hoping for something that will not happen (firearm), but I have camped in the extreme north in the bush, and someone has to carry one for polar bears.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure. I would lean toward the first post. I think if he were to put Palin on the ticket, that would make the pro drillers think there is a good chance it will happen later. I also agree with the second post. Don't come right out and support it, rather just indicate he wouldn't veto a congression approval.
I also think he should take the state's rights approach that he has taken thus far. Lift the federal restrictions and then let the individual states decide.
I don't want to get too windy here, but in the last two years, due to some new technology, they've been drilling all over my state of Arkansas for natural gas. There are at least 7 wells between me and my job. Those are only the ones I can actually see. Somebody said there are over a hundred wells just in my county. Nobody has said a peep about environment. (We do complain a lot about our roads getting torn up.) And, hey, Arkansas is a pretty beautiful place, the "Natural State". We've got mountains, hot springs, lakes, rivers, and endangered species. We even have an extinct species that was just rediscovered here, the ivory billed woodpecker. And we're some kind of nesting ground for millions of ducks. I'm all for keeping tabs on this stuff and not letting greedy folks make a big mess, but I think the Alaska thing is pretty much an image issue. Alaska may have oversold itself as this huge majestic wilderness. Like all states, it's got ho hum places, too.
dr vicki

Anonymous said...

I think if he picks Palin as VP then he could change his posistion on ANWR. he can say that he has now personally seen the area and the effect it will have and then support drilling.

Laura said...

If McCain is going to visit ANWR, I hope he comes to Alaska before Obama does. If I remember correctly from a post on a liberal Alaska blog, Obama is planning a visit to Alaska later in the summer.

Anonymous said...

Lauren, Obama may or may not come to Alaska, all I know is that Obama is falling way short on fundraising, but he is promising to compete is all 50 states (57 if you use Obama math), sponsor a NASCAR, have 150 paid staffers in the "Show me state", etc...etc...etc..

Unless Obama starts to raise at least $50 million per month, he can;t do everything.

IR-MN said...

Being serious, I bet you that McCain's people are setting this all up. He can't unilaterally go to AK and see Palin. Instead, he can simply respond to her request and tell her that he'll be happy to visit. McCain's people will want to see how the media and their own people feel about their chemistry. If there's going to be a visit, it'll be a test run for the general election.

Anonymous said...

And while he's there, he can go ahead and say "And by the way, Governor Palin will be my running mate!"

Wishful thinking.

Anonymous said...

Was anyone from McCain's veep hunt at the meeting with the Governors'?

If McCain just goes to Alaska all the MSMs' will be all over themselves, teeth knashing, etc. It would be so fun to watch and listen.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by Palin's quote in this article, "...if he sees our 2000 acres for himself."
ANWR is 19 MILLION acres, and I've found no special 2000 acre tract mentioned on Wikipedia. Perhaps a typo?

Sen. McCain could certainly take the ANWR tour, tell the press he has finally realized what a tiny part of ANWR would be affected by drilling, and change his position without fear of the flip-flop label. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin should work together to inform the media and public of the minimal negative impact of drilling in ANWR, and the big drop in oil prices that could result, and then seque into announcing her selection as VP!

Anonymous said...

It is a 2000 acre strip along the coast where they want to drill.

Anonymous said...

It's along the northern coast of Alaska that they want to drill. It's called 1002 area, it's above the mountain range. The southern part of ANWR is the pretty part. It's east of Prudhoe Bay where they've already done a good bit of drilling.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Yes, the 2000 acres is the size of the drilling site.

TC said...

I don't think this has mentioned, but I'll put it out there. Say McCain doesn't pick Palin, but wins in November. Any chance she gets offered a cabinet position? What better person for Secretary of Energy?

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

I doubt that Palin would want a cabinet spot. Her skills are better suited to more public positions such as the Governorship or the U.S. Senate. That said, I worry that McCain's chances of victory could be tied to a strong VP choice. So, if Palin is not on the ticket this year, she could be gunning for the top spot in 2012.

Kristofer said...

Adam,

If McCain is defeated, someone will have to carry the Conservative reform mantle for 2012. I doubt that would be Romney or Huckabee.

Anonymous said...

With all the sexism from Obama and Obama surrogates and friends, is McCain going to capitolize on this nd select Palin? Every two weeks we hear about sexism from Obama or his "friends".

This article is in most major newspapers.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/politics/2008/view.bg?articleid=1106577&srvc=rss

Matthew said...

In addition to the cost/benefit analysis wrt to price, McCain could also justify a changed position by making ANWR drilling part of a comprehensive energy plan. You could say, Look, drilling in Alaska alone won't do much, but once you add up off-shore drilling, shale oil, new Nuclear Power plants, technology prizes for better efficiency, and technology prizes for new energy production (sea power, jet stream windmills, etc), then it makes sense.

The Democrats keep saying we shouldn't drill because it'll just keep us from developing the kind of renewable energy we need for the future. As a local Obama supporter told me, "oil should be $8 a gallon; then the American people would learn a lesson." I believe the American people are faced with a choice: either choose the party that wants to educate them by inflicting pain on them (and who is hurt more than the poor from rising gas prices?) or choose the party that is willing both to drill now and invest in the future.

At least, that's the way the Republicans need to frame it, I think.

Anonymous said...

Pipeline vote in one week.

http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/224020.html

Ted said...

No way would Palin just take a cabinet position. She certainly wouldn't leave her job as Governor of Alaska for that. It's Veep or nothin, seems to me.

And, McCain not tapping Palin as VP means he'll very likely lose the election. And, since as another has said, it ain't gonna be Romney or Huckleberry for Pres in 2012, Palin could then very well be the GOP nominee for Pres.

Kristofer said...

Ted,

I did not say it would not be Romney or Huckabee, I just said they would not be the reform candidates.

btw...McCain will probably win in 2008.

Ted said...

Yes, I of course agree McCain will win in 2008 provided Palin is on the ticket.

Dave II said...

To put it bluntly:

McCain BETTER get his A** to ANWR this summer!

He went to Columbia and Mexico and last time I checked they had ZERO Electoral Votes!

But seriously, the trip would be a PR DREAM, with no negatives that I can see (heaven forbid the unforseen "gaffe", or slipping on some icepatch!).

BTW, those of you interested should take a look at the Pajamas Media "Veep" article where a liberal ALASKAN came on and tried to rip on Palin. Another poster took their arguement apart point-by-point and made their whole case look rather silly.

Such is a perfect example of what can be expected if Palin is picked for VP. Liberals just end up looking like fools when they try to attack her!

flapper said...

First the letter to Dingy Harry, now this.

I know she thinks it would be good for Alaska, but it's obvious Palin is trying to inject herself into the national political scene.

This should lead to another round of media appearances. O'Reilly, Sunday morning shows, El Rushbo...

All of the above!

flapper said...

One more thing: Reading the entire article, I see that PA Gov. Ed Rendell, Democrat, Obama supporter, says that McCain's best VP choice would be...

Mitt Romney, of course.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the dems just don't get it. I thought the Bernie Mac joke was in really poor taste, and yes, sexist. If you think about it, there isn't even a male equivalent for "Ho". It's a concept reserved exclusively for women. (It's okay that a man is pathetic enough he has to pay for sex but it's the woman who sells sex that is the butt of the joke). They also don't get the "old" insults either. George Stepho's round table sat around talking about how BO was going to shoot out ahead as soon as "he gets his message out there". He was also going to shoot out ahead when he clenched the nomination. Obama supporters have been insulting people for months (a la Joe Six pack, down scale voters, "older" women, geriatric voters) and somehow they think these people are just going to suddenly jump on their bandwagon. I don't think so.
dr. vicki

flapper said...

Caught a few minutes of Fox & Friends this morning when they were talking about McCain's VP choices. They highlighted Romney and Pawlenty as frontrunners and named 3 or 4 others as well. No mention of Palin.

F&F is certainly not a liberal show. This was just a case of people not knowing what they were talking about. They probably got their info from that Politico story.

Needless to say, I sent them a message telling them (politely) to get a clue.

Anonymous said...

Flapper--history has shown that veeps often seemingly come out of nowhere. Paul Laxalt was supposed to be Reagan's choice right up to the convention. Bush, Sr picked Quayle at the convention. Nixon went for Agnew over a close friend. Stevenson let the delegates in 1956 choose his running mate. The fourth estate, or the media, merely repeats what they are told (or rather leaked) to say. History has shown that they are wrong on picking veeps more than they are right. Palin just simply needs more national exposure to highlight her talents. If McCain goes to ANWR the trip will instantly boost her "odds" similar to Macs visit in Louisiana just a few months back.

HoosierBoy said...

I don't think McCain can win without Palin. (unless BHO simply screws up badly or his wife says something stupid again, which could happen)

Jason said...

So maybe the key question is how we establish the national infrastructure to boost Sarah Palin's visibility among mainstream voters -- we certainly can't count on the MSM for help in that. Who is running her "non-campaign"? How do we establish a site that can raise money? How do we start talking her up outside of our own groups?

Andres said...

From the democratic-leaning blog www.electoral-vote.com:

"For McCain, only two choices are problematical. If he picks Gov. Sarah Palin (R), a biker chick who would add immense pizazz to the ticket (and probably overshadow not only McCain but also Obama), in principle Lt. Gov. Sen Parnell (R) becomes governor. Only Parnell is running for the House and might well win if he can beat the corrupt incumbent, Don Young (R-AK), in the primary. At that point Parnell could either resign the governorship or his seat in Congress. If he chooses to be a congressman, the President of the state senate appears to be next in line. Despite its being the smallest legislative body in the United States (only 20 state senators), Alaska state senate politics is truly bizarre. Republicans currently control 11 seats and Democrats 9, but the Republicans are badly divided and there is a coalition of the 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans who run the place under the leadership of Texas-born nominal Republican Lyda Green. Does McCain understand all this? Does he care? Palin would add incredible zip to the ticket."