The Washington Post published an Op-ed by Sarah Palin that is a full-throated attack on Obama:
There is no shortage of threats to our economy. America’s unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing. Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won’t bring jobs. Our nation’s debt is unsustainable, and the federal government’s reach into the private sector is unprecedented.
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.
American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president’s cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.
Her close is devastating:
We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama’s plan will result in the latter.
For so many reasons, we can’t afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices.
Can America produce more of its own energy through strategic investments that protect the environment, revive our economy and secure our nation?
Yes, we can. Just not with Barack Obama’s energy cap-and-tax plan.
Moreover, the ordinary Americans of the Tea Party movement and Glenn Beck’s 9/12 groups agree 100% with Sarah Palin on Cap and Trade and the need for America to develop its own energy resources. She is providing leadership that is sorely lacking from the mainstream GOP.
Meanwhile, the Blue Dog Democrats are between a rock and a hard place. Betsy Newmark notes a report that Blue Dog Democrats are copping a lot of heat for supporting Obama’s socialist agenda:
The Democrats have been very smart in the past two elections in putting up moderate candidates likely to win in districts usually won by Republicans. The only catch is that these congressmen are then a mite bit precarious if the mood shifts. So they have to maintain their viability and can’t do that if they lay down for every Pelosi vote demand. And this sort of tension is starting to bubble up in the Democratic caucus over the health bill.
Democrats who helped the sweeping climate change bill squeak through before jetting home for the July Fourth break got a surprisingly ugly homecoming, encountering a barrage of protests, attack ads and negative press. Police turned up at a local protest aimed at Rep. Allen Boyd (Fla.), a leader of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition. Freshman Rep. John Adler (N.J.) told a local paper he got shoved.
The bruising endured by the moderates — along with serious substantive concerns —prompted them last week to derail the planned Friday rollout of the health care bill. And it presents a continuing challenge to leaders hoping to wrap work on the package this month. “They are completely and totally rattled,” one senior Democratic aide said of the centrists. “I’ve never seen them as bad as they are now.”
….Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), who chairs the Blue Dog health care task force, launched a pre-emptive strike against the three chairmen last week, warning that the overwhelming majority of Blue Dogs were prepared to vote against the health care bill unless major changes were made. Ross said previous attempts and meetings on the issue had failed to make the bill palatable to moderates, saying that there weren’t enough cost cuts nor was there enough consideration given to rural areas and small businesses. Blue Dogs also have serious concerns about the proposed public insurance option, which they said must not be based on Medicare payment rates.
….Other moderates remain skeptical. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) said groups are already pressuring lawmakers back home both on the climate vote and on health care, and he said the pressure on the latter is about to ratchet up dramatically. “The pot is starting to simmer, and in a couple of weeks it’ll be boiling,” he said.
It will pay to keep up the pressure on these guys.
They’re especially tender now after many of them voted for the Waxman-Markey bill and now the Senate is getting skittish about when they’ll vote for the bill and how it will look when they do.
Another data point to note is Sarah Palin’s expressed willingness to campaign for conservative Democrats. She said:
I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation.
Blue Dog Democrats will do well to ponder that offer. The prospect of Palin stumping for them might be a mixed blessing; the prospect of her stumping against because they voted with Obama and Pelosi would be downright terrifying.
Despite the media’s attempt to paint Palin as a right-wing nut-job, the truth is that she was a successful governor because she assembled a coalition of Democrats and renegade Republicans to support her agenda. The GOP establishment in Alaska hated her because she took them down for corruption. The GOP establishment in the beltway seem to be in tune with their Alaskan brethren. The key point to take from this is that Palin’s core conservative values can win moderates to her goals. That includes the millions of unemployed Obama voters suffering a severe case of buyers remorse.
Keep swinging Sarah; you’re landing punches on the One without breaking a sweat.