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Iggy: Harpers clean energy investments are worse then Sarah Palin’s.

The best zinger of the Iggy economic speech today was arguably during this sequence:

Who knew that bloggers were so powerful?

I mean, they’re the reason to blame for the Governor of Alaska and the former VP candidate for the Republicans resigning her Alaska governorship early, according to her spokesperson:

Asked why Palin was stepping down as opposed to finishing her term (which ends in 2010), the RGA header cited pesky bloggers and activists as the reason. Palin had insisted she didn’t want to put Alaskans through two years of a lame-duck governorship. “I don’t think this is buckling to pressure,” said Ayers. “I think this is her coming to the realization that the legislature in Alaska and that some bloggers and activists in Alaska are going to do everything they […]

Former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin suddenly resigns as Alaska governor

There’s a bit of speculation as to why she’s suddenly done this. Is there a brewing scandal? Is it a break from politics? Is she trying to concentrate on trying to get herself nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012?

Regardless, it seems appropriate to re-post this video:

UPDATE @ 7:53pm: A rather incoherent resignation speech, wouldn’t you say? On another point (slightly off-topic), for some reason, the lead singer of the above video reminds me a bit of Saskboy, who’s my webmaster at Progressive Bloggers and also runs his own blog.

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What would a Sarah Palin presidency be like?

Scary thought, isn’t it? Here’s a website called Palin As President that puts those thoughts into a visual presentation 🙂 Very well done… and not far off the truth.

(H/T to C.A., a Liberal acquaintance of mine for finding that website).

The Democrats unofficial reaction to Sarah Palin being chosen VP Candidate by McCain.

UPDATE: Your latest revelation: Ms Palin’s reformer reputation takes a hit:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog…”She certainly wasn’t shy about putting the old-boy network to use to bring home millions of dollars,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “She’s a little more savvy to the ways of Washington than she’s let on.”

Sarah Palin a “game-changer”…for the Democrats.

So my blogging colleague Antonio over from Fuddle-Duddle has been trying to tell me how much of a game changer this Sarah Palin pick would be for McCain and the Republicans. He never expressly said it would help the Republicans and McCain win the Presidential election, but I got the feeling he believed it was a positive for the McCain campaign.

There is no doubt from what I’ve seen that she does excite the Republican wingnuts base, and why wouldn’t she? She’s anti-abortion, she’s for teaching creationism in schools alongside evolution in science class, she’s pro-oil drilling and anti-environment, she’s for teaching abstinence-only to teenagers and not safe-sex courses. Your prototypical right-wing social conservative Republican, in otherwards.

The problem is though that the pick may not do much for them if it motivates the Democrats even more, as well as turn off the independent voters… and that appears initially to be happening. We have had 5 national polls released since her pick. Four of those polls show a WIDENING of Obama’s lead, to outside of the Margin Of Error. I’ve said before that I think regional polling and what those overall effects on the electoral college are a lot more important then the national polling #’s, since the President isn’t picked on national popular vote, but like it or not, national polls drive the media narrative down there as much as they do here in Canada, and the narrative coming out is this pick has failed to so far connect with anyone beyond the Republican core voters.

One of the reasons for Palin’s pick turning out to be a bit of a train wreck is with all the negative stories that have come out on her at the same time. Other voters apparently see it as a stunt or a gimmick. Some people are even speculating that she might be forced to resign from the pick because of all this controversy. Personally I doubt it will come to that as it will enrage the same Republican wingnuts base that McCain needs if he has any hope of winning.

So while the Palin pick may be a game-changer, it may not be for the Republicans or McCain – at least not in the positive sense.

UPDATE: A hilarious picture from Talking Points Memo, on their view of the Palin impending train-wreck.

UPDATE 2 @3:25pm: A couple more national polls that show an expanding lead for Obama.

UPDATE 3 @4:48 pm: Paul Wells calls this whole sordid episode a gong-show. That might be underestimating the furore surrounding the pick. But remember, the Republican wingnuts base love her!

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