4
| News |

Sarah Palin's no-more-bailouts speech in Jeffco: What now?

Sarah Palin.
^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

One of the biggest cheers Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin got during her Monday speech at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds came after she complemented the Federal Reserve for saying no to another bailout of a faltering financial institution, Lehman Brothers. She pledged that she and presidential running mate John McCain would use such tough love to end "the mismanagement and abuse in Washington and Wall Street," not to mention "multimillion dollar payouts."

What a difference two days makes. Last night, the Feds decided to pony up $85 billion to save the giant insurance firm AIG from bankruptcy.

Will Palin criticize this move -- one that leaders of both parties have been describing as unfortunate but necessary? Or will she stick with her crowd-rousing Jeffco line? We may find out later today -- but probably not.

This afternoon, McCain and Palin appear together at a "straight-talk town meeting" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The crowd will undboutedly be friendly; anticipate no hypocrisy charges. And this evening, Palin offers her second nationally televised interview since the end of the Republican National Convention on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes program. In her first, of course, she was treated with deference by ABC's Charlie Gibson, whose manner was gentle as a kitten -- but when she fumbled a question about the Bush doctrine, her supporters acted as if he'd conducted a Mike Wallace-in-the-'70s-style ambush. No danger of that from Sean Hannity -- and no danger that he'll call her on it if she changes her tune about bailouts.

Talk about a bridge to nowhere. -- Michael Roberts

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.