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As Fred points out in this post, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (a conservative Republican) is vying to supplant Kaleefornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (a less-conservative Republican) as the nation’s symbolic green governor. I don’t see it as triangulation. I see it as an essential component for both winning the Republican nomination and taking on Barry “Killing Babies Is Just As Important As Not Killing Trees” Obama in the 2012 General Election:

How To Run For President In 2012: Rule #1 – Reclaim what is rightfully ours. Conservatism and Conservation are from the same etymological family tree, so let us be conservative about the environment.

By the way: Arnold is grappling with figuring out how to convert 2786.6 Trillion BTU’s (8,359.8 ÷ 3) to renewable energy sources by 2020. Sarah has to convert 399.6 Trillion BTU’s (799.2 ÷ 3) to green energy sources by 2025. Sarah’s piece of the pie is 14% of Arnold’s share. If they both succeed, then Arnold, who has a much more monumental task than Sarah, should get the Green ribbon. Af course Rick Perry (a conservative Republican) might have a say in the matter. He needs to convert just 25% of Texas energy usage to environmentally-friendy sources in order to surpass Arnold’s goal (11,558.30 Trillion BTU’s ÷ 4 = 2889.575 Trillion BTU’s).

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Or is this satire? Mind you, this comes from the not-unconservative GOP governor of Alaska:

Last week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called a news conference to announce “a future where, ideally, 50% of Alaska’s electricity is generated from renewable resources by 2025.”

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Palin’s 50% goal one-ups California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who touts himself as the nation’s green governor: Two months ago, he signed an executive order requiring 33% of Golden State electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2020. President-elect Barack Obama, whose home state of Illinois is a major coal producer, has called for 25% renewable energy use nationwide by 2025.

Maybe I’m just getting cynical in my old age.

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While the candidates for GOP Party Chair are deluding themselves into thinking that they’re dazzling the base with their dubious “Look! I can Twitter!” accomplishments, Mark Krikorian over at NRO has his finger on the pulse:

With Republicans shut out of power, now is the time to take a new look at their approach to immigration, to develop a new and distinctive alternative to the majority party. In other areas, such as health care or the environment, such a reassessment might conceivably yield different policies than in the past. But on immigration, what is needed is not so much a reversal in specifics but a different framework within which to fit the specifics.

Not that anyone in the GOP has asked me, but is it too late to nominate Krikorian to be the next party chair?

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As this Newsweek piece reminds us, there are still 21 of them. I’m really not in the mood to talk about Bobby Jindal right now, since for the first time in my life a key figure in the Republican Party is younger than me, and I’m still stinging from the blow. (They don’t call in the Grand Old Party for nothing.)

It’s worth a read. The party has a great deal to figure out, in terms of policy and, as Mike Huckabee reminds us, process.

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Hawaii’s governor has announced plans to create an extensive electric-car-charging network by 2012, in an effort to wean the islands off of high-priced oil.

The plan, unveiled today by Republican governor Linda Lingle, calls for a public-private partnership with Better Place, a company that develops infrastructure to support electric vehicles. The Silicon Valley start-up, which made a similar deal with cities in California’s San Francisco Bay Area last month, plans to install between 70,000 to 100,000 charging ports throughout Hawaii’s four largest islands.

Read the rest here. Cue the left’s cries of “corporatism” and “going green for all the wrong reasons” in T-minus 5…4…3…

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There is by my count exactly one possible subject fitting a Thanksgiving Politiwatch dispatch, and I’m not going anywhere near it (boredom, BTW, not trepidation). It’s Turkeygate.

Maybe Tobias wants to step up to the plate, or maybe some of our readers do. But as for me, I’m slated for tryptophan overload until sometime Friday afternoon. Until then….

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