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Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change.

While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.

– Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin cuts vacation short

Politico – By MIKE ALLEN

Sarah Palin announced Thursday night that she ended a Hawaii vacation early because of the ruckus raised after she blacked out “McCain” on her sun visor in an effort to elude paparazzi.

After the former Alaska governor was photographed on the beach earlier this week, portrayed the visor marking as a slight of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her running mate last year.

Palin, in the midst of a book tour for her million-selling “Going Rogue,” released this statement:

“In an attempt to ‘go incognito,’ I Sharpied the logo out on my sun visor so photographers would be less likely to recognize me and bother my kids or other vacationers.

“I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way. I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago.

“Todd and I have since cut our vacation short because the incognito attempts didn’t work and fellow vacationers were bothered for the two days we spent in the sun. So much for trying to go incognito.”

Palin supports McCain ‘100 percent’

Politico – By MIKE ALLEN

Declaring that she “was honored and proud to run with him,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin pushed back hard Wednesday against a report that she had disrespected Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by blacking out his name on a sun visor she wore on vacation.

The website TMZ accused Palin of “a frontal attack on Sen. John McCain” during a Hawaii vacation this week: “Sarah chose to wear a visor from her campaign — a visor that was emblazoned with the former presidential candidate’s name … that is, until Palin redacted McCain’s name with a black marker.”

But Palin said in a statement to POLITICO that she was just trying to “be incognito” — to go unrecognized and shield her children and husband, Todd, from paparazzi.

The hotel where she was staying had to chase away five photographers, a friend said.

Palin said in the statement to POLITICO: “I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way. I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito.”

The Palins were taking a break from a three-and-a-half-week book tour for her million-copy-selling memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Palin has signed more than 59,000 books — an average of 1,750 per stop — and has traveled more than 19,000 miles by plane and bus. She has spent 115 hours — or 4.8 days — signing books in 33 cities in 25 states. Her stops have included five military bases.

Palin is complimentary of McCain in the book: “John was a maverick, and he said he had picked me because in many ways I’m wired the same. … I was proud of the senator. … He didn’t go with a conventional, safer pick. John believed in change, the power of independent and committed individuals, the power of women.”

On election night, she writes, she wanted to deliver a concession speech so she could give “a shout-out to John.” She says she told him: “[Y]ou worked hard, and I want to get out there and thank you.” The staff did not permit her to address the crowd, but she writes that after McCain’s remarks: “I embraced John with affection and gratitude.”

Palin Vs. Arnold: Terminating California

IBD Editorial

Leadership: Alaska’s ex-governor asks a question we’d like answered: Why is California’s current governor pushing the same policies in Copenhagen that helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment?

The movie series that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name involved cyborgs traveling through time to alternately try to destroy or save one John Connor, who would grow up to be the leader of the resistance against a race of machines that ruled the planet. Prominent in the series was his tough cookie of a mom, Sarah Connor.

Another Sarah has taken the lead in another resistance against another group determined to destroy the planet in order to save it in the name of climate change. She has crossed political swords with California’s governor, the self-styled “climate action hero for the globe” who finds himself in Copenhagen seeking a “planetary transformation.”

“There is a statue of the Little Mermaid in the harbor based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale,” Schwarzenegger said at the conference based on another fairy tale. “But when I was a boy in Austria, my favorite tale was the Ugly Duckling because it was a tale of transformation that spoke to me inside.” We’re not making this up.

Acting on that inspiration, Schwarzenegger said: “The desire and hope and desperate need for planetary transformation is what brought me here. Is it a dream, a fairy tale, a false hope? If not, how can we make it real?”

Well, if we close our eyes, click our heels and follow Schwarzenegger’s lead, we just might find ourselves back in a preindustrial Kansas. Just pay no attention to the climate research hoaxers behind the curtain at the University of East Anglia.

Along the yellow brick road from Hollywood to Copenhagen, Schwarzenegger took time to question Palin’s stance on global warming — that it is happening, but to a beneficial and not disastrous degree, with the Little Mermaid or polar bears not in any danger of drowning. Palin opposes cap-and-trade, as do we, as an unnecessary and ineffective solution to a non-problem that will transfer our wealth to the Hugo Chavezes and Robert Mugabes of the world.

“You have to ask: What was she trying to accomplish?” said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican) nomination (for president)? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

US President Palin? You betcha!

She’s no genius, but the former vice-presidential candidate is making a strong run at the top job

Gulf News Opinions | Columnists – By Linda S. Heard

Alaska’s fairest Sarah Palin is on a mission. The US vice-presidency was snatched from her manicured grip, which from her perspective is just as well. This is no number two kinda gal. She’s no easily-muzzled sidekick. Those who believed she would pale into insignificance following the McCain camp’s defeat got it wrong. She’s hungry for the top job and, judging by her rising popularity, she just might land it.

A December CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that she has a popularity rating of 46 per cent with eight-out-of-10 Republicans viewing her favourably. Incredibly, she is only one point below President Barack Obama’s approval rating, which currently stands at just 47 per cent.

She’s no Einstein, but she’s certainly a street-smart strategist who is succeeding in turning her supposed intellectual deficiencies into an asset. She knows that you don’t have to be a genius to become president of the United States; her role model president Ronald Reagan had a very average IQ of 105. Americans don’t hanker after nerds. They prefer good looks and likeability. Palin, a former beauty queen, is blessed with oodles of the former and is now carefully cultivating the latter.

Ever since she deserted her post as governor of Alaska last summer for the good of the Alaskan people, naturally she hasn’t put a foot wrong. Indeed, her strategy is quite brilliant.

First, she ‘wrote’ her best-selling, serious-wealth-creating memoir Going Rogue in collaboration with Lynne Vincent, a senior writer for the Conservative Christian publication World Magazine that effectively distances her from the failures of the McCain bandwagon. Americans may be queuing up to get hold of it but Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch’s biographer, is unimpressed. Such “books are a sales tool,” he says, pointing at Palin’s. “They’re propaganda and they’re fake…”

Palin’s growing, predominantly white, fan base would probably write off Wolff’s criticisms as sour grapes. They’ve driven for hundreds of miles in the rain and camped out in the cold just to get her signature on their cherished copy. For them, she’s no caricature of a folksy hick. She’s Sarah. Good old huntin’, shootin’, hockey-mom Sarah, whose right-wing Christian family values reflect their own.

Palin 2.0

Second, although she’s kept her trademark hairstyle and red jacket, she’s reinvented herself when it comes to showing off her grasp of issues. Plus, she understands the value of self-deprecating humour, which, lately, she’s been using to good effect. At a high-profile Washington dinner recently she gave her parodying look-alike Tina Fey a run for her money with lines like “I came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian embassy” a play on her pre-election attempt to beef up her foreign policy expertise by saying Russia could be seen from Alaska.

More recently, she unexpectedly showed up on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien to lightheartedly spar with one of her foremost critics, actor William Shatner. She’s been cleverly popping into America’s living rooms for weeks, managing to boost Oprah Winfrey’s viewer ratings by 68 per cent.

Thirdly, and most importantly, she is shoring up a potential base. Like many presidential hopefuls before her she has made obeisance to 91-year-old evangelist preacher Billy Graham, who had this to say after the two broke bread: “I, like many people, have been impressed with her strong commitment to her faith, to family, and love of country.”

Likewise, she has been making nice with big business in an op-ed urging Obama to boycott the Copenhagen Climate Summit. In it, she slams what she calls agenda-driven policies, which won’t change the weather but will adversely change America’s economy. A stroke of genius is her inclusion of military bases in her book tour itinerary.

If you’re tempted to write off this woman as a dunderhead, don’t! Her scheming is working at a time when more and more Americans are becoming disillusioned with their silvery-tongued commander-in-chief. The idea that the lady might be changing the Oval Office drapes in 2012 is spine-chilling.

Why? She believes Muslims should be profiled if it “saves innocent American lives”. She fears an exit date from Afghanistan will encourage enemies to “wait us out”. She wants to tell Iran “We’re the superpower of the world”.

To Israel, she says go ahead and expand colonies “because the population of Israel is going to grow more and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead”. Sounds apocalyptic to me!

She is against the closure of Guantanamo and condemns the New York trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad as “atrocious”. She drums up hysteria by accusing Obama of being a closet socialist who is so weak he literally bows to the Japan-ese emperor and blasts former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for showing clemency to a death-row inmate.

Under that dazzling smile and apple-pie exterior lies a woman who is tough, egocentric, arrogant, ambitious, manipulative and determined; a mélange of Lady Macbeth, a hillbilly redneck, Miss USA and a Stepford Wife. If she manages to keep the façade from cracking for another three years, be afraid! Be very afraid.

Palin vs. Schwarzenegger: A Battle for the Heart of the GOP

Politics Daily – Carl M. Cannon

As if she didn’t have enough adversaries, Sarah Palin has decided to mix it up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ostensibly, the issue was global warming. Actually, it’s about the future face of the Republican Party — whose it will be, and the ideology that person brings to the table.

The exchange of criticisms between the ex-governor of Alaska and the current California governor was provoked by comments Schwarzenegger made about Palin at the international summit on climate change in Copenhagen – a conference Palin not only avoided, but called on President Obama to boycott. With that, the gauntlet was thrown for the long-distance jousting between two of the GOP’s most prominent knights.

It all began when the former body builder and action movie hero was asked by the Financial Times of London, as he was about to board a jet from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, about a recent op-ed penned by Palin in The Washington Post in which she took aim at sketchy tactics used by British scientists to squelch the views of global warming skeptics.

Those tactics came to light in a series of leaked e-mails, which Palin characterized in her op-ed as “Climate-gate.” Palin noted that from her perspective in Alaska, she had been one of the first governors to take global warming seriously, and had created a sub-cabinet position to make recommendations on how to deal with it. She then added, somewhat incongruously, that because of the scandal with the British scientists, Obama ought to shun the Copenhagen conference. And she included this money quote – the one that launched a thousand rebuttals: “But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes. We can say, however, that any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs.”

This assertion didn’t strike Schwarzenegger, who has initiated a sweeping array of measures in California to lower carbon emissions, as very well thought out. “You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” the Governator told the FT. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

Sour grapes, perhaps, as the foreign-born Schwarzenegger is prohibited by the Constitution from seeking the presidency himself. In any event, it’s not the kind of critique that the petite but fiercely competitive woman nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda” in high school very often takes lying down – or standing up, for that matter.

On her Facebook page Tuesday night, Palin accused Schwarzenegger of doing a bit of grandstanding himself. “While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes,” she wrote. “And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act ‘greener than thou’ when talking to reporters.”

Facebook is proving an effective turret from which Palin can fire salvos at her attackers. Last week she gave as good as she got with former Vice President Al Gore, who had hurled the liberals’ worst insult at her: He called Palin a climate change “denier” – you know, like a Holocaust denier. “The deniers are persisting in an era of unreality,” Gore told Andrea Mitchell of NBC News. “The entire North Polar ice cap is disappearing before our eyes. What do they think is happening? It’s a principle in physics. It’s like gravity, it exists.”

To which Palin responded on Facebook: “Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.” She added that Gore was “wrong” in calling her a “denier,” noting that she has not questioned the existence of climate change – just whether the phenomenon can be primarily blamed on human beings. And then she saw his “denier” gambit, and raised him, characterizing the former vice president as a kind of Nobel Prize-winning Chicken Little going around terrifying gullible adults and small children with “doomsday scenarios.”

In one sense these exchanges show that when it comes to the rational practice of politics, the Judgment Day is already at hand. If ever there was an issue that ought to unite all of mankind, the credible theory that massive pollution is causing the temperature on Mother Earth to rise is that issue. Alas, in Copenhagen, it pits the developed world against the undeveloped world, democracies against dictatorships, the haves against the have-nots.

Here in the United States it pits elites against populists, libertarians against regulators, environmentalists against business, Democrats against Republicans, and finally – in the instance of Palin and Schwarzenegger – conservative Republicans against liberal Republicans. In the short run, the loser of that final confrontation might be a weakened and divided Grand Old Party. In the long run, it could be all of us.

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