Outgoing Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who in less than a month will relinquish all of her energy-policy credentials when she steps down, has an opinion piece in the Washington Post today. It's probably less weak than her critics would like, as it focuses simply on rehashing well-worn complaints on Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, without bothering to offer alternative solutions to the country's growing environmental impact. But she's on solid populist ground when she rails against the increased cost of energy that will slam lower-income families, so expect to hear that message again and again. This, regardless, is our favorite part of the essay:
Our nation's debt is unsustainable, and the federal government's reach into the private sector is unprecedented. Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be: I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.
A clarification: The national media would not rather focus on the personality-driven gossip of the day than pressing economic issues (that does not include us, because we eat that junk up). The hubris of that statement is actually astounding, as she's obviously talking about herself and claiming that she gets more coverage than, say, unemployment rates or the fall of Detroit. But beyond that, it's actually the opposite that's true: By all accounts, including your own, Mrs. Palin, you couldn't get over the petty backstabbing in your state — which led you to quit, which of course the media had to write about since you were a celebrity politician. Your constant, incoherent-yet-desperate public appearances since then have supplied more things to write about. Had you been as straightforward about your resignation as you were in this editorial (asides aside), you wouldn't have stayed in the headlines for weeks. But then, of course, you wouldn't have had enough attention on you to somehow sneak an op-ed into the Washington Post.