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The short memory of "straight talk"

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Governor Sarah Palin, on August 4th of this year, reacting to Barack Obama's comprehensive energy plan, which, among other things, directs funding towards the completion of the Alaska pipeline she spoke of during her convention speech :
"I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs,” Governor Palin said. “The steps taken by the Alaska State Legislature this past week demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to supply the energy our nation needs.”
The Governor also had this to say, that same day, (way back when —over a month ago!) about Obama's proposed rebates for those struggling with heating costs:
“This is a tool that must be on the table to buy us time until our long-term energy plans can be put into place. We have already enjoyed the support of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and it is gratifying to see Senator Obama get on board.”
These comments were available on Governor Palin's official website up until just a few days ago. Then I guess the "Straight Talk Express" came to town and it became necessary to remove them. Older press releases are still archived there, and the new ones keep coming. It's just something about that August 4th, 2008 press release. Maybe it had become embarrassing to "enjoy the support" of a Senator under indictment, especially while thumping your chest as party reformer —even if you supported the policy—it's best not to name names. Or maybe there's something untenable about actually being on record supporting policy —The Obama Energy Policy —it has suddenly become your responsibility to ridicule. Whatever the reason, Governor Palin saw fit to remove the month old press release posting from the archive page of her website. It's just that the folks at versionista.com happened to notice.


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