Friday, August 29, 2008
The Politics of Energy
It is no coincidence that the Republican VP candidate is from the largest hydrocarbon producing state. This will give McCain, as a very astute fellow pointed out to me today, the opportunity to go to Alaska with Governor Palin, be "won over" about drilling in ANWR and elsewhere, and come back to the lower 48 with this "epiphany".
Also, it is no coincidence that she has about the same big time experience as the top of the Democratic ticket - that was the point. Obama and Palin are both GLARINGLY short on foreign policy experience, and I would not welcome a Commander in Chief Palin any more than a Commander in Chief Obama at this moment. Again, I think that is ALSO the point. After all, the odds are that a white, 72 year old, American male in McCain's condition AND position will live long enough to finish out a 4 year term. Look at our previous 5 presidents. Longevity comes with the job, it would seem. The vice presidency is the perfect place, or at least one of the best places, for on the job training for the presidency. One would have to agree that at the very LEAST Palin would get a couple of years under her belt before she would have to take on the top job.
Not so Obama. He is at the TOP of the ticket. Why is he so "special" in comparison to Palin? A couple of years ago he was a state senator and she was the mayor of a small city. Hardly the stuff of presidential timber.
No, Palin is not going to be bringing over the hardcore feminists that backed Hillary. Those folks were never in play. Working class catholic mothers, on the other hand? All she needs do is connect with a couple percent and this show is over. McCain seems to understand that it is all about WINNING, and the Democrats seem to have believed that this was going to be Camelot, The Sequel. Both parties seem to be suffering from the MTVization of politics. Ever more style over substance. Not that Obama and Palin are not both perfectly well intentioned folks of the highest moral character - they are. But let us not forget that if Obama was a white guy from Chicago and Palin a white guy from Alaska... well, my bet is neither would be on a major party ticket. Second and third string players are being moved up on the depth chart based on nothing more than the color of their skin and the content of their underwear rather than the content of their core competencies, to paraphrase a great man.
And if McCain died 35 days into office? I cannot even imagine a Palin administration dealing with Russia and China, etc... and I feel the same way about an Obama administration.
The sad fact is that both parties, Republicans and Democrats alike, owe their continued existence to ONE ISSUE: Abortion. Our country battles this out every 4 years, each party's champions come forward to wrest control from the other - not on national security, not on energy, not on healthcare, not on the trade and budget deficits, not on a myriad of other very pressing issues - based on this ONE ISSUE.
I can absolutely, positively guarantee you this: the energy issue is going to knock the 2 front teeth out of the abortion issue, and SOON.
I can't wait. It can't happen soon enough.
Yours for a better world,
Mentatt (at) yahoo (d0t) com
Posted by The Short Story Man at 5:40 PM