I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is.
Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plough right on through that and maybe prematurely plough through it, but don't let me miss an open door.
Before Palin's elevation to her current role as the biggest American political joke of the 21st century, her most well-known invocation of the door metaphor was on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. At that time, she stated in a press conference:
The sentiment shared by a lot of Alaskans is, you know, Exxon, don't let the door hit you in the stern on your way out if you choose not to participate in progressing development of Alaska's resources.
Yesterday, in Houston, Palin had the doors opened to the head offices of Exxon Mobil, as she joined with that company and TransCanada, to prepare the way for a deal that will, as ex-Governor Wally Hickel put it today, "now provide ExxonMobil Corporation with half of $500 million of state funds."
So, Palin has just handed Exxon what her political career desperately needs now - she gave Exxon a quarter billion dollar door back into - once again manipulating Alaska politics. I wonder if she met with Steve Cowper while in Houston, to compare their notes on how to be fucked over by this company that caused three of my Cordova friends to kill themselves.
Wally Hickel went on to say about this deal:
Because of her national ambitions, she is promoting an agenda that will allow Outside corporations to dominate Alaska’s resources, including our energy and the jobs it provides.
Alaska's junior Senator, Mark Begich, was almost as accommodating as Gov. Palin:
Congratulations to the Palin administration for their persistence in helping get Exxon and TransCanada together in this partnership.
It eventually will be up to the State Legislature to approve changes to state law which may be requested by Exxon and perhaps the other producers to take the gas line project to the next steps. I believe any Alaska gas line project must provide gas to Alaskans and other benefits, such as jobs and a fair share of revenues, to our citizens.
Meanwhile, I’ll continue to work with the national administration and Congress to provide appropriate support in Washington, such as expanded loan guarantees and other provisions in the energy bill making its way through the Senate.
So, Wally Hickel caught the importance of Exxon becoming a partner in the half billion dollar AGIA gift to TransCanada and their new partner. Sen. Begich, if he did, didn't seem to think this issue is important to Alaskans.
State Rep. Les Gara was slightly more thoughtful than Begich, but not much:
We need to put aside the hype by the Governor’s national campaign supporters that this is somehow a deal-creating announcement. We need to put aside the temptation by those who don’t like the Governor to criticize this agreement, out of dislike for the Governor’s politics or national ambitions. That is, we need to put politics aside.
OK, one can dream.
Like Begich, Gara failed to realize how toxic Exxon remains to many Alaskans, and for important reasons.
When push comes to shove, that gas will go to market no sooner than big oil interests will allow. They still need it more in the wells to push oil upward than they need it for anything else.
For politicians like Palin, Begich or Gara to try to paint a partnership with Exxon as anything less than a slap in the face of scores of thousands of living Alaskans and thousands of recently deceased, hardworking Alaskans is disgusting.