Sunday, March 07, 2010

Visited by the wit and wisdom of Sarah Palin

The political event in Canada last night, a speech by Ms. Palin that was, by all accounts, well-received by a Calgary audience. What a difference location can make. Recall the backlash in December when Palin was announced as the headliner for a hospital fundraiser in Hamilton:
The former vice-presidential candidate was supposed to speak at a fund-raising event for the Juravinski Cancer Centre and St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton. But a backlash of negative publicity cancelled those plans.
So what was Palin up to last night? Waxing eloquent, like Maxime Bernier, on climate change although she has more of a flair for the dramatic than Maxime, no small feat:
She touched on climate change, saying that her skepticism has been proven by several recent controversies and that money shouldn't be spent on "pie-in-the-sky, snake-oil ideas."
Not surprisingly then, she also gave a favourable nod to the Harper government's environmental policy:
Lauding Canada's approach to the environment, she said this country has sought to balance environmental progress with economic concerns.
I guess we can understand that when Harper's track record consists largely of rhetoric and waiting on the U.S. for action. If you're a climate change skeptic, what's not to like about the Harper government's policies, or lack thereof?

An ironic, you betcha, moment on Canadian health care:
"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," she said. "And I think now, isn't that ironic."
Ironic, yes, and too bad she hasn't learned anything from that telling tale from her childhood to cause her to support expansion of health care in the U.S. to those without.

All well-received by a Harper MP in attendance!
One of those was Conservative MP Lee Richardson. "I thought it was impressive," he said.
Stockwell Day was there too although no reaction from him yet. That's a letdown, it would be fun to hear what Stock has to say about the Thrilla from Wasilla. They're kind of like political doppelgangers.

For those of us who couldn't be there, here's a highlight reel of Palin's greatest hits. Not many politicians who can string the highlights together like this:

Love ya, Alberta, but you sure are different out there...:)