Governor Sarah Palin isn’t the only first-term, female governor from a Pacific Northwest state.
Governor Chris Gregoire has similar stats. Add in the fact that Gregoire has tried to work with Palin on regional issues, and suddenly Gregoire becomes a valuable asset to the Democratic party: She has the credibility to weigh in on the national conversation about the famous governor next door.
Gov. Gregoire–who’s pro-Plan B, pro-choice, pro-accurate sex ed, and believes global warming isn’t a biblical plague, but rather a human-made mess that demands a real-life solution (like the carbon-cap legislation she passed last year)–should tell the press what it’s like to work with an arch-conservative like Palin. It’s likely Gov. Gregoire wouldn’t have very nice things to say. And it’s likely those not very nice things to say would get national attention.
That’s a golden campaign opportunity for Gregoire. She’d immediately become part of the national Obama story while undermining the Palin girl-power schtick and the McCain/Palin “We’re good for the environment” schtick (lie).
Bingo, with a few national headlines–“WA. Gov. Slams Palin’s Environmental and Women’s Rights Record”–Gregoire would fire up her own otherwise blase base: Liberals in King County who she ignored (and who ignored her) in 2004. While these voters aren’t particularly enthused about Gregoire in 2008, they are ga-ga over Obama. It’d be wise for Gregoire to commandeer the microphone and talk trash about Palin.
For example, let’s look at that global warming bill. It directed Washington state’s Dept. of Natural Resources to devise an emissions cap in concert with regional players like California, Oregon, and even Canada and Mexico. (That’s the only way a carbon cap is going to have a real effect.)
What about Palin’s Alaska?
MIA, according to environmentalists who worked on the bill last year. Why? Gov. Palin doesn’t believe humans have anything to do with global warming and so, she’s not interested in regulating emissions.
Gregoire should get on the horn with Newsweek about that. Sigh. Instead she’s issuing statements to the press like this:
“I congratulate my fellow Western governor, Sarah Palin, and her family. Last night Barack Obama made history and today Sarah Palin did the same, by being named the first female, Republican vice presidential nominee,” Gregoire said in a statement.
“She’s been a committed public servant and a dedicated mother,” Gregoire said. “As a mother myself, I sincerely commend her for that, knowing that it takes strong devotion and focus. Having worked with Governor Palin, I know that she truly believes in her work and has been a strong leader for Alaska and its people.”
But as an early endorser of Democrat Barack Obama for president, Gregoire also picked up on the talking points that many other Democrats had already began hammering away with on Friday’s announcement.
“When Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his nominee for vice president, he said his decision was not only based on him being a good partner but also someone who was ready to lead. With Governor Palin only having two years of experience as Alaska’s governor and serving as mayor of a small city prior to that, it’s something the voters need to consider and weigh carefully as this election progresses,” Gregoire said.
Talk about human emissions.