Why Palin, they asked.. this is what the 'unpopular' McCain saw
The former mayor of Wasilla had been appointed by Mr. Murkowski in 2003 to the state oil and gas regulatory agency. She'd had the temerity to blow the whistle on fellow GOP Commissioner Randy Ruedrich for refusing to disclose energy dealings. Mr. Murkowski and GOP Attorney General Gregg Renkes closed ranks around Mr. Ruedrich--who also chaired the state GOP. Mrs. Palin resigned. Having thus offended the entire old boy network, she challenged the governor for his seat. Mrs. Palin ran against the secret deal, and vowed to put the pipeline back out for competitive, transparent, bidding. She railed against cozy politics. Mr. Murkowski ran on his unpopular pipeline deal. The oil industry warned the state would never get its project without his leadership. Mrs. Palin walloped him in the primary and won office in late 2006.By February 2007 she'd released her requirements for pipeline bidding. They were stricter, and included only a $500 million state incentive. By May a cowed state house--reeling from scandal--passed her legislation.
The producers warned they would not bid, nor would anyone else. Five groups submitted proposals. A few months before the legislature awarded its license to TransCanada this July, Conoco and BP suddenly announced they'd be building their own pipeline with no state inducements whatsoever. They'd suddenly found the money.
Mrs. Palin has meanwhile passed an ethics law. She's tightened up oil oversight. She forced the legislature to rewrite the oil tax law. That new law raised taxes on the industry, for which Mrs. Palin is now taking some knocks, but the political background here is crucial.The GOP machine has crumbled.
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This story may be the essence of John McCain's domestic vision, and why so many machine republicans despise him. He may really NOT see the sides as Republican and Democrat, or conservative and liberal. He may see this as vested interests vs. the rest of us. Big Insurance companies, drug companies, oil companies, farming companies, financial companies, lawyers associations, huge unions, and their influence, and corrupt penetration of the instruments which are designed to make the federal govt a functioning system. This is why the folks who took the ball from the class of 1994 worked so hard against him during primaries, and we saw things like stories about his temper, and the enmity of certain senators.
Apparently Mr. McCain has something in mind.