I have been floating around the GOP Convention pre-events and talking to people about Sarah Palin. At the meeting of the Convention’s Rules Committee meeting, I have heard that women on the committee and female staff were so excited and moved that they literally started crying. The amount of energy from all parts of the coalition here seem very excited.
Over the last 24 hours, I have started to hear some good, positive, fact-driven arguments for her successes. (after all, the optics are great, but lets start proving some details)
First, from a friend in Canada (!), a statement about one of her achievements as Governor. My friend says:
In the past 18 months she’s gone toe-to-toe with big oil companies like Exxon, Conoco Phillips and BP to get a $30 billion pipeline deal through that will deliver natural gas to the lower 48 states without being owned by the big oilcartel.
For those who follow pipeline politics, which includes the entire Canadian energy sector, it is well known that Palin has revived the Alaska pipeline project from the grave – this was kicking around going nowhere for years under Knowles and Murkowski – and taken it out of the hands of the multinational companies. The Alaska legislature just passed Palin’s plan this summer.
I don’t understand this point. Something to do more research on. What my friend suggests is that she, once again, challenged "Big Oil"
Another point about ethics. She came to power by fighting for ethics in Alaska. She beat the corrupt Frank Murkowski in a primary. She also fought with individuals in the state party:
This is a state party whose chairman, Randy Ruedrich, has been feuding with Palin for years. Palin exposed Ruedrich for ethical violations in 2004 when both served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — and their relationship has been frosty ever since.
Ruedrich declined to comment at the historic nature of having an Alaskan on the national ticket for the first time in the state’s history.
Contrast this with Barack Obama’s failure to challenge Daley corruption, Emil Jones corruption, union corruption, etc.