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Asked if her new political action committee was an early signal that she is running for president in 2012, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin replied: “No, not at all, not at all, no. It’s helpful to have a PAC so that when I’m invited to things even like to speak at the Lincoln Day dinner in Fairbanks, to have a PAC pay for that instead of have the state pay for that because that could be considered quasi-political.” Uh-huh. She’s being something less than completely honest here, but we can forgive her.

Basically, ignore her first sentence (“No, not at all, not at all, no.”) Everything else she said is true.

Read the rest and follow all of the links here.

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Buchanan and Paul

I couldn’t analyze politics like this when I was a university sophomore. I probably still can’t now. You can bicker over the fine points but his thesis is quite thought-provoking:

Well, then who is out there fighting [for the future of the GOP]? A good indicator is whether a person has been labeled an “extremist” or “out of the mainstream,” which basically means he or she doesn’t deliberate between which left-wing policies are preferable. Examples include Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul — both of whom were against the war in Iraq from the start, predicted the economic crisis well in advance, support secure borders and identify and speak out against cultural Marxism.

Read the rest here.

I’ve been anticipating this one. Has a civil war begun within the GOP?  The first skirmish is being fought over the issue of immigration. I anticipate more firefights to erupt in the coming months over other issues, too.

Paul on the package.

Money quote:

There is a lot of stimulus and growth in this bill – that is, of government. Nothing in this bill stimulates the freedom and prosperity of the American people. Politician-directed spending is never as successful as market-driven investment. Instead of passing this bill, Congress should get out of the way by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and reining in the reckless monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.

Read it all here. I disregarded Ron Paul during his 2008 presidential bid, because for the first time in decades a libertarian had a microphone … and the American people were listening. Yet he squandered his time (“squandered,” or so I thought) talking about closing down the Federal Reserve. Closing down the Department of Education. Closing down the Department of Energy. If anyone does, a then 10-term Republican representative knows the value of principled baby steps.

But as it turns out, the Federal Reserve has arranged for our worst recession in decades.  Inverted interest rates have led us from one asset bubble to the next for nine years now.  No Child Left Behind is its own punch line.  Oh, and, by the way?  How is that Department of Energy treating you now?  Revolutionary monetary policy, far-reaching shift in government operations are starting to smell pretty good right now.

Michelle Malkin is calling Senator John Cornyn and four other Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee who voted in favor of sending Timothy Geithner’s nomination to the full floor for a vote the B.O. Republicans (B.O. stands for either “Barack Obama” or “Bend Over”, take your pick).

He followed that up by voting, along with just 10 Republicans, in favor of Geithner’s confirmation. (One couldn’t be sure that he would do that. After all, he voted to hold up Hillary Clinton’s unanimous nomination for legitimate reasons, and then capitulated by voting to confirm her after all.)

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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).

Palin triangulates

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.