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Palin Disses House Republicans, Lobbies Senate Republicans For Stimul-Pork

by @ 6:53 pm on February 2, 2009. Filed under Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin was back East this weekend, and her actions speak louder than any words:

When House Republicans planned their annual winter retreat, they extended an invitation to Alaska Gov. Sara Palin, hoping the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee would give a morale-building speech to the more than 130 Republican members of Congress gathered this weekend in Hot Springs, Va.

Retreat organizers tell ABC News that Palin politely declined, giving a perfectly understandable reason. According to the Congressional Institute, which hosted the conference, Palin said she simply could not make it to the retreat because pressing state business made it impossible for her to leave Alaska this weekend.

So where is Palin this weekend? She’s in Washington, D.C., attending the super-elite Alfalfa Dinner.

“She lied to us,” said a Republican at the retreat.

Asked why Palin told the Republicans she could not leave Alaska this weekend, Palin spokesman Bill McAllister offered this non-responsive answer:

“My understanding is that the governor has not scheduled any partisan events on her current trip to D.C.,” McAllister told ABC News.

Except that Palin wasn’t exactly in Washington to eat alfalfa sprouts:

NEW YORK (AP) — Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama’s economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors would welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama’s spending priorities.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, planned to meet in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state’s share of the package.

So let me get this straight.

Instead of meeting with the House Republicans, who had at least taken a baby step toward redemption by unanimously rejecting the “stimulus” package, Palin spent her time in Washington lobbying in favor of the greatest generational theft in American history.

Sort of puts the lie to any idea that she was “different”, doesn’t it ?

One Response to “Palin Disses House Republicans, Lobbies Senate Republicans For Stimul-Pork”

  1. Mike says:

    Doug, When I first heard this, I was most disappointed in Governor Palin. But the more I hear, the more skeptical I am about whether the reports of her “lobbying” for the bill is accurate. The AP article didn’t quote her, or apparently speak to her or her staff in their “research.” Plus, she issued the following statement on her website yesterday:

    “The governor continues to express concerns first identified in a Jan. 7 letter to the Alaska congressional delegation about the overall level of spending and the hugely increased deficit our nation is growing. Under the legislation, the U.S. would continue sending money to OPEC nations even as it continues to borrow and miss opportunities to develop domestic supplies of energy.”

    The full text is here: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1618

    It may be that she is indeed lining up with the other Governors for the handouts, which would certainly be troubling. But it certainly doesn’t seem consistent with what we’ve known about her. And I don’t trust the AP to give the full story.

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