Reading the climate tea leaves at the RNC. . . . There’s good news and bad news.
First the good news: New York Times green zealot Thomas Friedman is hyperventilating.
Friedman endorses Obama in his Wednesday column by rightly noting that the choice of Sarah Palin as veep returns some needed common sense to McCain’s energy policy that until recently had been consumed by Goracle-speak on ANWR and global warming.
Of course, “common sense” is not the term Friedman uses. “With his choice of Sarah Palin,” shrieks Friedman, “who has advocated drilling in ANWR and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change, John McCain has completed his makeover from the greenest Republican to run for president to just another representative of big oil.”
Easy for Friedman to say. He married into the billionaire Bucksbaum real estate fortune (the family ironically pioneered shopping centers, those evil engines of sprawl and CO2 auto emissions), lives in a palatial 11,400 square-foot, $9.3 mil mansion, and jet sets around the globe telling everyone how to be as moral as he is.
But back on terra firma, pols like McCain and Palin have to deal with the economic reality of high energy prices and jobs – oil jobs that are essential to the Alaskan economy as evidenced by none other than the veep nominee’s own husband.
Campaigning out here in flyover country with Governor Palin will be sobering for the usually Washington-bound McCain.
However . . .
Conspicuous in the Twin Cities is also Joe Lieberman – he of the Lieberman/Warner cap-and-trade bill which his good friend Mac supported.
After a Tuesday speech headlining Obama’s inexperience, Lieberman elaborated to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell as to why he was supporting McCain: “Because he is right on the big issues: Terrorism, the economy, and climate change.”
Here’s betting that a McCain/Palin administration would triangulate a Democratic Congress by advocating “drill, drill, drill” while throwing in for cap and trade legislation.