Somebody at the Competitive Enterprise Institute wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post and slapped Sarah Palin's name on it. We learn that God, not Nikolaus August Otto or Karl Benz, invented the internal combustion engine:
We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.
With that, we get a rehash of Drill Baby Drill over "cap and tax." You've heard it all before, and so has the public. And they voted last November.
But Fred Hiatt just had to have his Golden Girl splashed across his op-ed page. Well, at least we know now what newspapers Palin reads.
This amused me, by the way:
In late March, a senior official from the Republican Governors Association headed for Alaska on a secret mission. Sarah Palin was beset by such political and personal turmoil that some powerful supporters determined an intervention was needed to pull her governorship, and her national future, back from the brink.
The official, the association’s executive director, Nick Ayers, arrived with a memorandum containing firm counsel, according to several people who know its details: Make a long-term schedule and stick to it, have staff members set aside ample and inviolable family time to replenish your spirits, and build a coherent home-state agenda that creates jobs and ensures re-election.
Like so much of the advice sent Ms. Palin’s way by influential supporters, it appeared to be happily received and then largely discarded, barely slowing what was, in retrospect, an inexorable march toward the resignation she announced 10 days ago.