Sarah Palin, the Drill Baby Drill poster girl and someone whose PAC contributions read like a who’s who in the oil business, had the gall this morning on Fox News Sunday to accuse Obama of not doing his job because he is in bed with big oil. Palin says she went after BP as Governor of Alaska and President Obama should, too, but White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs set Palin straight.
Here’s as far as I got with the Palinese real time transcript:
“There is perhaps a hesitancy I don’t know how to say this the oil companies who have so supported Obama why the media hasn’t asked if there is any connection there to President Obama to take so doggone long to dive in there and grasp the complexity and potential tragedy that we are seeing there in the Gulf…if this were President Bush or Republican who hadn’t received the support form the oil companies as Obama, the msm would be all over his case, askin’ why he didn’t get in there to make sure the regulatory agencies were getting in there to make sure the oil companies weren’t getting away with this..”
I can’t. I just can’t.
Luckily, Fox lovingly translated for us:
“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.”
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs knocked down Palin’s claims on Face The Nation:
Gibbs said, “I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge more for gasoline. My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”
So, Sarah Palin, the Drill Baby Drill poster girl and someone whose PACS read like a who’s who in the oil business has the gall to accuse Obama of not doing his job because he is in bed with big oil?
Sarah did NOTHING to regulate oil in Alaska, other than charge them fees she gave back to the people in a redistribution of the wealth campaign. No, Sarah got appointed to the citizens chair (not an oil expert despite how the campaign lied about her service) of the Oil and Gas Board by Frank Murkowski as a favor for her stumping for his campaign, when he refused to give her what she really wanted: his senate seat.
Sarah’s Lt Governor Sean Parnell (now the Governor) was a former oil lobbyist and legislator.
Her backers in her campaign for governor were oil people, many of whom she promptly stabbed in the back by giving the gas pipeline project to TransCanada, the way real Americans do (sending jobs to other countries, also, too).
As for her claim that she went after the oil companies, she had nothing to do with (other than possibly being involved on the wrong end of the taking) the VECO FBI investigation, which led to the downfall of Ted Stevens. Frank Pruitt tipped off this FBI investigation, not Sarah Palin. This investigation started before she was even governor. VECO Corp has been a political player in Alaska for years and has ties with the state’s political leaders, hosted campaign fundraisers and given hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions. Including Sister Sarah.
As for Sarah’s claim that Obama has more ties with big oil than Bush and Cheney….I bow down to the hubris. It’s not ignorance, because Sarah spends a lot of time in Texas with oil people who then contribute to her various PACs and campaigns. No, she knows. She’s just lying because she CAN. No one will call her out on it at Fox and she doesn’t DO media anywhere else.
Here’s some of those pesky liberal facts:
John S. McCain (R) (um, the top of the ticket Palin ran on…ringing any bells?) has received $1,261,691 in oil contributions during the 2008 election campaign. $46,900 of those dollars were from industry PACS.
Barack Obama (D) has received $435,123 in oil contributions during the 2008 election campaign. $0 of those dollars were from industry PACS.
Um, so, yeah. What is the bridge to nowhere saying again?
Apparently Sarah once again doesn’t understand the law. She is now advocating for Obama to violate the law that was (ironically) put into place after the Exxon Valdez disaster, which states that oil companies are responsible for the clean up and payments and the government cannot take charge.
It’s interesting to hear Sarah, a Republican who claims to be against socialism (though we all know she was the biggest socialist in the US as governor of Alaska, and that is a literal fact) calling for Obama to make sure the regulatory companies are “getting in there”.
Um, Sarah, the regulatory agencies come BEFORE disaster. These would be those same regulations Sarah thought she and McCain were FOR, even though McCain has been known for his anti-regulation stance.
She thinks the President just waltzes in and tells the agencies what to do, takes over BP’s legal duties (nationalizing the company), we pay for the downside (Republicans are still arguing that holding BP accountable for economic damages much over the current cap harms business), and then he tells the oversight people what to do and the magical Jesus rides in on his oil cascade of End Times glory. Yes, Sarah, that’s nationalization. Look it up.
My god, Republicans. REALLY? The GOP does not stand for regulations or oversight. End of story. They are still fighting against both NOW.
During Sister Sarah’s Reign of Terror, courtesy of Palingates:
Anchorage Daily News, February 19, 2009:
“An unknown amount of oil, natural gas and water spilled from a Prudhoe Bay pipeline this week in an incident under investigation by state regulators.
Prudhoe Bay, the state’s biggest oil field, has had a series of spills in recent years that have led to heightened oversight by state and federal regulators of operations there.
BP runs the field on behalf of itself, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and Chevron.”
And what did she leave in her wake? Where are all of those gosh darned regulations she supposedly fought for?
Anchorage Daily News, December 4, 2009:
In the midst of cleaning up a major North Slope oil spill with an unusual twist, BP has reported another spill involving a different pipeline.
The spill is the second since Sunday involving pipelines managed by BP. The Sunday oil spill still is being cleaned up as well. Officials say they have not pinpointed a cause or estimated the size of that spill.
Anchorage Daily News, December 9, 2009:
Officials have found a 24-inch jagged rupture in a pipeline that began pouring oil and water Nov. 29, creating one of the biggest North Slope crude oil spills ever.
Officials say massive ice plugs had formed inside the pipe, which caused BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to stop operating it a few weeks ago. Pressure then built up until the pipeline ruptured, according to BP.
The biggest oil spill ever on the North Slope occurred in 2006 when more than 200,000 gallons of crude leaked from a corroded transit line at the Prudhoe Bay field. That led to a criminal misdemeanor conviction for BP, $20 million in fines and restitution, and three years of probation, which the company is still on.”
So, what is that Sarah was prattling on about? Why didn’t she fix the mess in her own backyard? She had more pull with BP, since her husband worked for them –“The governor has called a special session of the Legislature to possibly rewrite the Petroleum Profits Tax. Her proposals could have a multi-million dollar impact on her husband’s employer,” lobbied for the oil industry (without ever registering) and she had tons of their money in her pocket. What’s this about oversight and regulation, Sarah? Does she mean when she tried to get the Polar Bear taken off the endangered spices list so the oil companies could drill more, drill now?
Did Fox think it relevant to tell the viewers that the Palins’ hold BP stock? Hmmm. Talkin’ outta both sides of you mouth, there, sweetie.
Now, if you weren’t scared enough, Fox tells us:
“Finally, when asked about a potential Presidential run, the former Vice Presidential Candidate answered, “if the voters of America are in the mood for a kind of unconventional, candid, honest public servant, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be me, but if that’s what they’re in the mood for, they’re going to let that be known and they’re going to help really propel and push that candidate forward.””
In other words, she’s running as the reluctant candidate, Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington and saves the People, whilst never picking up a book or learning doggone it about Government. Sure, she quit once but this would be different! Her country needs her, unlike those Alaskans she left in debt and despair as she followed the treasonous money trail to her own fame and wealth.
Sarah Palin, the GOP’s pride and joy, who believes just because she says something, it’s real.
Never mind the facts, jack. Facts are for the poor liberal elite.
Updated to Add: Info on Alaskans upset with Todd Palin’s work for BP; h/t Crystalwolf.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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