Sarah is the conservative’s Oprah

No question, Sarah Palin is the Republican Democrats love to hate.  They sense in her the small-town, outsider appeal that they find threatening.  She scares them. 

That’s why liberals spend an inordinate amount of time lamenting that she’s not ready for prime time or that poor old unsophisticated Sarah appeals to hayseed conservatives, but otherwise has no possible appeal that could grow the Republicans’ conservative majority into an electoral majority.

I’ve seen her before crowds.  Admittedly, the crowds were Republican.  And one in Middle Georgia was both Republican and Red State. But she has an energy and a connection that few politicians can match.  She’s just as appealing as “former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin” as she would be a “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.”  Give her three years for the people south of Alaska to see and hear her and she’ll be the Oprah of the conservative movement.  People like her.  People listen.  She connects. She’s real. Oprah picks the books people read.  Sarah will pick the issues people discuss.

The Left knows that.  That’s why she frightens them.

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reebok

July 8th, 2009
2:32 pm

JIm – As a liberal-leaning independent who votes Dem 75% of the time, I can assure you that liberals and/or Democrats are in no way scared of Sarah Palin. Some of us feel sorry for her, some think she’s a pathetic joke, and no one takes her seriously. Intelligent Republicans, on the other hand, should be quite scared…because when an unqualified hack like Sarah Palin is the face of your political movement, you are well and truly $crewd.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

SCARED OF WHO I THOUGHT OBAMA-BIDEN BEAT THE HELL OUT OF MCCAIN-FAILIN PALIN?

Myron

July 8th, 2009
3:34 pm

I have also seen her speak, and the kind of crowds she attracts. That crowd loves her, but that crowd is small and not getting any larger. A cursory glance at the country’s demographics makes that crystal clear –even a blog post deserves at least that much “research.”

booger

July 8th, 2009
4:16 pm

Jim,

You hit a homerun. I’ve never seen your liberal bloggers prove your point so completely. People are afraid of that which they do not understand.

Elephant Whip

July 8th, 2009
4:33 pm

booger:

Yes; anti-Palin commentators must not understand. Please fill everyone in, so that we no longer fear Palin, but understand her.

booger

July 8th, 2009
4:52 pm

Elephant,

Why would I want to do that? A little fear can be a good thing. Anyway, you don’t want to understand her, you just want to argue and in the end no ones mind will be changed. I think I said what I wanted to say and that’s about that.

retiredds

July 8th, 2009
5:17 pm

Jim, I noticed today that Atlanta is third WORST for driving congestion. Since your Republican friends in the legislature are so good at fixing problems, at least that is what you and your conservative friends write and tell us, is it possible they can do a little something next session to allow for improvements in transportation in GA. I hope I am not asking too much of this illustrious bunch.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
5:36 pm

Clyde–

Perdue and the pubby pubs have controlled Ga. legsislature for years and traffic congestion has gotten much worse. Why didn’t Sumo Wrestler and his white boy gang come in and fix the traffic problem in 6 months?

Borderline Personality Liar Palin

July 8th, 2009
6:12 pm

We will have a public health option that is real to take on the insurance companies. Wooten and Palin will not be there to stop it.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 8th, 2009
6:19 pm

Clyde–

How concerned about the economy were you when Greenspan, Gingrich, Phil Gramm for 12 years @ Senate Finance, Bush, Paulson and his Goldman Sachs 5 were wrecking the economy with lobotomized deregulation? I don’t remember your laser like focus on the economy during those years.

If Purdue can’t fix roads in 6 months, why do you expect Obama to reverse 20+ years when Raegan and two Bushs helped kamikazi the economy? Did you check the unemployment records when Bush the boy nitwit took office and left office after 8 years? He tanked it toward double digits. Raegan didn’t fix unemployment–it just got higher after his trickle down tax cuts.

We only need 51 votes and we can pass our health care plan. 60 is a number for simpletons. There is a procedural method to roll over a fillibuster with 51 and we’ll use it. Kennedy and Bird rarely vote. Leiberman and Specter are republican voters no matter what they call themselves. We never count on them. Kennedy and Bird will probably come in to vote for health care, but for all practical purposes they don’t vote and we never include Specter and Leiberman two of the most dimwit republicans in our whip counts.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 8th, 2009
6:22 pm

Is Palin Joe the Plumber in drag? They’re both equally stupid and poor speakers. They both have the same grade school vocabulary, and they both have the grandiose speech of narcissistic personalities.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 8th, 2009
6:24 pm

Palin: “Ahm goin’ to write a book but ah don’t read no books evah. Ahm like the dumb JawJaws who think ah could be Presoodunt. Ahm goin’ to write it in mah untreated narcissism stream of consciousness. No, ah don’t know who James Joyce was and ah don’t care. Is he runnin’ too?

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
6:41 pm

@ Booger–

I think I can speak for every anti-Palin commenter when I say nothing in the 2012 world would delight us more than for this untreated borderline personality to run in 2012. If the Republicans are that stupid, we will be ecstatic. I don’t believe it will happen anymore than I believe the Mets, Braves or Hawks will win a world championship this year or next, but it would be delicious. We don’t fear her. We find her a metaphor for the stupidity and loser mentality in your party for generations to come.

booger

July 8th, 2009
8:16 pm

Me thinks thou doest protest too much.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
8:23 pm

Me thinks your party is dead in the water and we can pass whatever we want.

booger

July 8th, 2009
8:35 pm

Please run Palin,

You and I both know Palin will not be the repub. candidate in 2012. If you want a prediction, it’ll be Mitt. If it is I predict he wins.

It’s still interesting to watch the infatuation of the left with Palin. She was a VP candidate for Christ sakes. Whens the last time Jay spoke of Biden…. and he won. Sarah has been Jays topic about eight times over the last two weeks.

I think this infatuation comes from the fact that she does not fit in anyones preconcieved notions of a candidate. She represents an America most of you will never know, and certainly will never understand. Sarah, whose values are probably closer to those of our founding fathers than anyone who has run in a long time is an enigma. Liberals hate her but can’t stop talking about her.

clyde

July 8th, 2009
8:51 pm

Dear Palin in 2012,
Ah,the economy.My laser like focus?During the years in question,12 I believe you mentioned,I made money on the stock market until 2007,when I divorced myself from the market and put investing there on hold.I shifted to other more risk free investments.I went back in in 2009 and made a little in preferred bank shares.Now I’m on hold again.

Elsewhere we have a lot of people unemployed and I fail to see any focus on the problem.We are willy,nilly passing a bunch of legislation that I’m afraid is goig to drag the economy lower.I’m not seriously against some of this legislation,I’m against the timing.Don’t include cap and trade in there,I’m dead set against that.Health care we need,but we need to be able to pay for it.In case you haven’t noticed we are getting down to broke.

An interesting bill is being discussed in California.They are trying to pass legislation that will allow people who are being paid by state IOU’S to turn these IOU’S back to the state for payment of taxes,fees and liens.Doesn’t something like that make you wonder?

I have a bad feeling about what’s happening right now,and I see little hope for the future if the economy stagnates further.I would suggest the present administration use a litte laser like focus on what’s going on with the economy and forget multitasking for the foreseeable future.

I still remember Lyndon Johnson’s flurry of legislation and I don’t recall some of it very fondly.Democrats should plan on eight years instead of trying to cram everything into four.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
8:58 pm

Clyde–

I disagree with you that there is little focus on the economy. There is obsessional focus in the West Wing. But Obama did not create the problems that are extremely complex. He is happy to take ownership, but it will take a good while to see results. And absolutely, the inve tstment banks and the rest of Wall Street wrote bad legislation that the dems passed.

Obama is trying to cram the legislation because they feel they will never have a better set of circumstances to get it passed. Unfortunately for them, Blue Dog Dems are going to be a problem and they always have been.

@ Booger–my beef with Palin is rather simple. She’s not in any way shape, or form material for public office and clinically she’s an untreated Borderline person

I wondered plenty when the state of California wasted money on the dysfunctional Jackson extraveganza.

booger

July 8th, 2009
9:09 pm

All the same, You can’t stop talking about her. That is my only point. I can’t even remember Kerry’s running mate, but I assure you that 6 months after the election he was not the hottest topic in town.

And once again, you and I both know she will not be the candidate.

Just for the record, Obama has not taken ownership of any problem. All I have heard is that he has to deal with the mess that was handed him. He currently is beginning to face the fact that he has to take ownership of the failure of the stimulus package. A $787 billion dollar “my bad”.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
9:14 pm

@ Booger–

My keyboard got up with the moronic AJC webpages. My beef with Palin is that she’s not near material for any public office, and it’s obvious that she’s an untreated Borderline Personality and this interferes with everything she does. She is a hypocritical narcissist. She thrust her kids into the limelight. And Tucker’s article is correct today. No one else exploited her kids but her.

As to Joe Biden, there’s no comparison in his career and experiene and Palin or for that matter Winfry. Biden is a favorite punching bag for the pubs, but he has a number of strong capabilites and comparison of Palin and Biden is absurd.

Your party is really in a jam for 2012, IMHO, but I know hope springs eternal. Its a long off, and even Iowa is. I don’t think Mitt, whatever his business skills are, and they have probably been formidiable translates into a national candidate. Maybe he’s the conventional frontrunner now, but I think there is a 50-50 chance that someone else who is not all over the media may emerge. I also don’t think whatever I have against Romney, Barbou or Jindal, that Palin could possibly be in the same league with any of them. What’s fascinating is that the Republican “base” whatever its actual size now and in 2012 thinks Palin is “the one.” To me it reflects poorly on their intelligence.

I understand the strategy is to be as obstructive as possible to the Obama agenda in Congress. What does not get talked about much in the AJC is that Obama is mimicking and replicating Bush in the area of civil liberties and he’s doing it strongly. This will play out in court because the challenges will be strong. Ironically one of the most talented challengers to Bush, Neil Katyal from Georgetown Law, is now in the position of defending areas he tried to take apart as recently as last year as Deputy SG, and he will battle his former collegues as he does this.

Obama is advancing an agenda of not only unlimitted detention without charges or significant investigation, but detention even if the detainee is tried and found not guilty. That’s as insane as it gets.

His gang of 8 veto threat is more evidence of a totally whacky stance on civil liberties.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 8th, 2009
9:25 pm

ONCE AGAIN YOUR RIGHT JIMBO SARAH FAILIN PALIN IS JUST LIKE OPRAH EXCEPT THAT OPRAH`S MONEY GROWS INTO POSITIVE,PALIN STATE OF ALASKA MONEY WENT FROM POSITIVE TO NEGATIVE PLUS BROKE. SHE BROKE THE CITY OF WASILLA AS MAYOR,THEN SHE BROKE THE STATE OF ALASKA AS GOVERNOR,SO HOW DO YOU HILLBILLIES AND SNOWBILLIES COME UP WITH YOUR MATH? BECAUSE IT SEEMS AS IF PALIN BUSH AND SUXBY USE THE REDNECK DUMB ECONOMICS BOOK!

Tall

July 8th, 2009
9:25 pm

To “Palin in 2002 Make our Day”….Instead of allegorical hyperbole, can you provide some real facts as to how Reagan and Bush destroyed the economy? You’re an economic illiterate, as are most of the people who post on Bookman’s columns. Normally, I wouldn’t respond to barroom blabber like this, but too many people believe this nonsense. We will NEVER straighten this mess out until the public understands why this happened in this first case. Yes, Wall Street bears responsibility because they did not practice simple risk management. Lessons were not learned from the Long Term Capital Management debacle in 1998 – this applies to the FED as well. The reason our financial institutions took so much risk is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were there to act as a back stop in case things went wrong. There were plenty of concerned voices over the years questioning FNMA’s accounting practices and underwriting capacity. Former Bush economic advisor Greg Mankiw was rebuffed by Barney Frank when he expressed concern over the amount of liability on FNMA’s books in 2004. Check out the list of campaign recipients from FNMA. Three of the biggest winners were President Obama, Chris Dodd and Frank. The more loans FNMA underwrote the bigger CEO Franklin Raines bonuses were. Pure corruption at it’s finest.
Here’s a little economic history for you. When Reagan entered the White House in 1980, stated unemployment was 11%…and was probably worse than that. Carter did name Paul Volcker to head the FRB but would not take his advice. Reagan did listen to Volcker. Volcker forced some very tough medicine on the American economy in the form of very high interest rates. It was necessary to in order to strengthen the dollar vs. world currencies and kill off the high inflation we were suffering. It worked very well. Reagan cut tax rates dramatically. The American equity markets finally awakened from a six year bear market. That economic expansion lasted all the way until 2007.

booger

July 8th, 2009
9:36 pm

Please run…,

You apparently have decided to presume I am a republican by referring to my party. This is not the case. However, I certainly am not a democrat.

As to being obstructionist to Obama’s agenda, Of course I am. Our country is broke, and his agenda consist of nothing but spending and then some more spending. I feel it my duty to protest such an agenda.

Unlimited detention. The world looks different from the “hot”seat.

And finally, Still can’t stop talking about Sarah can you? I had forgotten her long ago, but Jay keeps digging her up. And I am quite certain he can’t even figure out why. It’s called infatuation.

Night now.

Peter

July 8th, 2009
9:37 pm

Sarah is the Republican quitter……… She IS the typical Republican !

Low on Brains, long on Pork…… Kind of like Sonny slow to help Georgia, first to help himself !

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
9:40 pm

Clyde—

Given your voiced economy concern, why aren’t you howlin’ about an Iraq fiasco that never should have taken place pushing 4 trillion, and Chambliss’ absurd $1.5 billion F22 amendment getting shot down by McCain, and if McCain doesn’t get it done, Obama will kill it?

Tall

July 8th, 2009
9:41 pm

Where Bush II went wrong is he allowed interest rates to be too low for too long. This – and to a lesser extent preferences for real estate investment in the tax code – is what caused this over expansion in our real estate markets. There will be no easy way out. Obama’s economic polices are exaclty wrong. The GDP is shrinking because of liquidity being drawn out by the real estate problems. The best way to help is by eliminating non-performing assets and shrink inefficient entities that waste our money – like the government.

My bet is that you won’t see any government health care plan at all. Our Asian creditors will not buy any more long term treasury securities. If the Democrats try to force it, I suspect we will see a nasty sell off in the bond market. We are so close to financial armageddon that I try not think about it.

Tall

July 8th, 2009
9:46 pm

Please run Palin in 2002…you are right about Palin, though. She won’t be around in two years because things will be much worse. She is too much of lightweight as it stands now. However, I do like her attitude towards developing energy resources.

Good night.

clyde

July 8th, 2009
10:34 pm

Dear Paln in 2012,
I was a soldier in an unpopular war and I know how it feels to hear my countrymen voice their dissent.I’ll hold all opinions about Iraq until everyone is out of there.

I’m not sure I want to see the F-22 discontinued.Not unless there’s another ready for prodction that’s superior.China has developed a kill weapon for aircraft carriers and the F-22 or better may have a use.Also,more production brings the cost per plane down.That’s an accountants dream.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 8th, 2009
11:24 pm

There are several planes ready for production that are superior including the F-35.Lightening II. There is no war theater or in the future currentlywhere the F22 is obsolete. It’s simply about lardin’ on the pork in Mayetta for Saxby awho faked a knee injury because he was a chickenhawk. The faked knee injury doesn’t keep him from bouncing all over the golf course. McCain vows to block the F22, and if it’s not blocked on the floor, Obama will squish it like a bug. We will probably not be out of Iraq or even significantly out of there for decades.

@ Tall–,

You’ll see a government health plan, and soon. What it will be or how dilute, or if it is substantive remains to be seen. Last night, Emanuel told Bachus he could forget trying to trash a public option. Whether it’s a real public option that takes on the insurance companies remains to be seen.

The Dems are fully prepared to use a 51 vote option via Senate rules to ram a plan throu
gh if need be. Shunting that pissed away Iraq money and Defense overrun money are two viable sources of funding.

get a clue

July 8th, 2009
11:43 pm

Hey tall – in 2004 Barney Frank was in the minority party in the House of Representatives, he had absolutely zero power to do anything unless the majority party (republicans) gave him some. About the only thing he could do at the time was hurt Greg Mankiw’s feelings (which apparently he did). Chris Dodd as a member of the senate is a different matter. As for “concern” over FNMA’s accounting practices, I am sure you can produce the legislation that came out of the Republican House (they ran the place from 1994 until 2006) expressing that “concern”.

Sorry pal, greed, pure and simple is what caused the mess and greed is a member in high standing in both parties. Too many people thought they could get something for nothing and they kept going back for seconds until the bill finally came due.

Peter

July 9th, 2009
3:00 am

This is how Bush and Cheney Ran the CIA…………

In a letter to CIA Director Leon Panetta, the six members said he had “recently” testified that “top CIA officials have concealed significant actions from all members of Congress” and “misled members” from 2001 until this week.

I guess that is why they could say they had “Faulty Intelligence” ….. when actually they were lying to the American People !

Worst President EVER…… Worst VP Ever….. Worse Mess the country has been left with EVER !

clyde

July 9th, 2009
6:04 am

Obama vows that any bill he signs regarding cap and trade or health care will not add to the national debt.I believe his nose will grow on that statement too.A surtax on the rich to pay for health care legislation brings up the question of who is rich.His definition varies from time to time.There’s a possibility I may evem make the grade.

Copyleft

July 9th, 2009
8:36 am

Based on booger’s reasoning, I think it’s safe to assume that the raving, America-hating wingnuts of the far right are fascinated by, and infatuated with, President Obama.

Who they don’t understand, but truly fear. And can’t stop talking about. Is that about right, Booger?

clyde

July 9th, 2009
9:07 am

I read this morning that Obama is losing the independents.That’s not good news for him should it be true.This independent never supported him from the beginning,however ,I don’t see anyone on the Republican side I’d support at the moment.Romney seems to be in the lead at the moment for a nomination,but they’ll push Huckabee or maybe Jindal,who says he has no interest.I don’t see any confidence boosters there.Maybe there’s still time to have someone emerge who stands a little above a mundane crowd.

HDB

July 9th, 2009
9:17 am

@ Tall: Counterpoint to your economics lessons:

1) Reagan actually RAISED taxes in the 80’s……
2) When Carter was in the White House, the preponderance of the
population could go at the most 90 days between job changes;
under Reagan, people LOST jobs…and stayed unemployed for
longer…in many cases years (in MY case, 2 YEARS..and I was
educated)
3) Reagan refused to enforce Affirmative Action employment laws;
therefore, minority unemployment rate rose to almost 22.6%
4) Middle class tax rates increased 10.2% per year under Reagan,
while the wealthy tax rates fell over 60%.

I lived through the Reagan/Bush years….and Nixon…and whenever Republicans get into power, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, the middle class gets squeezed…..and minorities get $CREWED!!

Churchill's MOM

July 9th, 2009
9:18 am

Road Scholar
July 8th, 2009
11:58 am

Obviously you are a WOMAN HATER, I am for Jenny Sanford , since she has 4 childeren I don’t think she would have any interest in Sara who has 5 childeren. Men have got things so screwed up it will take a strong women like Sara Palin & Jenny Sanford to fix the mess your sex has made.

HDB

July 9th, 2009
9:20 am

What Americans have always looked for is the QUICK FIX…and there is none!! Obama is looking LONG TERM; Americans should undergo a paradigm shift. Obama is doing what SHOULD have been done 40 years ago tro save the American economy.

BTW: The stimulus package IS working: I GOT A JOB THAT PAYS MIDDLE CLASS TAXES….under Bush, I LOST ONE!

Peter

July 9th, 2009
9:27 am

I guess nobody here cares that the CIA has been lying to Congress since 2001 ?

Amazing that such important information falls on dead ears !

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

July 9th, 2009
9:43 am

Isn’t it good to watch how hard Saxby works for his money. The country & the Generals don’t want any more F22s but Saxby is in there working with his best friend Teddy Kennedy to sell out the taxpayer. All Saxby had to give up was his vote on the next immigration bill. Can you believe that John Mccain was stupid enough to think Saxby was scared into becoming a Conservative by the run off. If any of you want an earmark just send Saxby the money & it will be handled ASAP. Remember when writing the check that anything with ethanol gets a 10% discount.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 9th, 2009
9:54 am

A Canadian wealth management firm, Salida Capital, has won the charity
auction of a steak lunch with Warren E. Buffett, in which it agreed to
pay $1,680,300 to dine with him.

Citizen of the World

July 9th, 2009
9:55 am

Oprah’s not the conservative’s Oprah?

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 9th, 2009
9:56 am

Lori A. Richards will step down as head of the S.E.C. office that
inspects money managers and brokerages after lawmakers criticized her
unit for missing Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 9th, 2009
9:57 am

The government has ask a judge to impose a 145-year sentence on Marc S.
Dreier, the New York lawyer who pleaded guilty to bilking hedge funds
and other investors out of at least $400 million.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 9th, 2009
9:57 am

Lehman Brothers Holdings paid its bankruptcy advisers $262.6 million
for nine months of work, according to a filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

GayGrayGeek

July 9th, 2009
11:56 am

It’s really pitiful that the only emotion left to the right (hehehe) is “FEEEEEEEEER”. They can’t throw around “TRAITOR! TRAITOR! TRAITOR! any more, and they’ve aptly demonstrated that negativity is the only tactic that the G.NO!.P. has remaining in its arsenal.

No, Jim, lefties don’t “FEEEEEEEEER!” Palin. Well, maybe we do. WE FEEEEEEEEER that Palin will NOT be around to be y’all’s major standard-bearer come 2012. If she is, I see a landslide of 1984 proportions coming for Obama.

Says Tzu

July 9th, 2009
12:42 pm

As expected, just the mention of the name ‘Palin’ sends the mindless, gutless, libDimwits into a self urinating fit like no other. It’s pretty fun to watch, actually. Keep it up, Dimotards. Bush has nothing on her, but then again, Bush was no REAL Conservative.

Obama told a group of graduated high school kids: “I hope you are as fortunate as I to meet your future spouse in college.” Uhm, Barack met Michelle O while both were working at a law firm (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). Did the media call him out on that? Naaaah, Ya thinks had a Republican said a blatant falsehood like that the likes of the DNC media goons would have ignored it as well? Like hell.

Obama is just so nonchalant over there in Russia while signing away our nukes in the name of world “peace.” Meanwhile, two fanatics are threatening world “peace” with their own nukes and making a mockery of the UN Security Council resolutions (again, sound familiar?). And on another note, Michelle O is walking around Moscow with a $6,000 purse. Can you say out of touch of economic reality? Had Laura Bush done that over there, do you think the media would have ignored that as well? Like HELL (and mind you when Bush was in office and Republicans were running Congress, the economy was in a HELL of a lot better shape than now – and yet the libDim whiners were bib-drooling themselves about the so-called bad economy back THEN).

Says Tzu

July 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Anyone remember Slick Willie Cold Cash Jefferson, DIMOCRAT from Louisiana? Game’s on…

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gAhJ_ijKsVNeqkiH39KhnCUNj-fQD999OKUO0

Says Tzu

July 9th, 2009
12:47 pm

This is about the competence we should expect in the White House – from the top down:

http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/07/08/white-house-spells-obamas-name-wrong/

Says Tzu

July 9th, 2009
12:52 pm

When ‘ole ex-klanner hisself, Robert “The Marx” Byrd, starts wailing on the DumoCap and no-Trade bill, then you know something is wrong with it. Of COURSE something is wrong with it – nothing but a bunch of mindless incompetent libDimwits and a few moronic Republocrats supported it and didn’t even READ the damned thing. And now these asshats want to set up ANOTHER ’stimulus’ bill? Are you listening America?

WHEELING – He is not yet back to work in the Senate chamber, but U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd is opposing “cap and trade” legislation pushed by the Obama administration.

The 91-year-old Byrd, D-W.Va., was released from an unidentified Washington, D.C. hospital last week after a month-long stay for a staph infection. He expects to return to the chamber before the Senate begins debate on “cap and trade” – which is tentatively set for this fall, according to Byrd’s office.

“I cannot support the House bill in its present form,” Byrd said in a statement. “I continue to believe that clean coal can be a ‘green’ energy. Those of us who understand coal’s great potential in our quest for energy independence must continue to work diligently in shaping a climate bill that will ensure access to affordable energy for West Virginians. I remain bullish about the future of coal, and am so very proud of the miners who labor and toil in the coalfields of West Virginia.”

Says Tzu

July 9th, 2009
12:53 pm

Well, I guess America is actually listening – watch Obama’s ratings plummet. And remember, he’s only been in office for 7 months! I smell another Jimmy Carter.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx