July 14th, 2009
07:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Kerry: Palin should check out 'the view from her front porch'

Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it Kerry vs. Palin, Round 2.

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry, a longtime Obama ally, and Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin are sparring again, this time over climate change and energy policy.

Kerry has taken to liberal Web site The Huffington Post to respond to an op-ed by Palin published Tuesday in the Washington Post.

In her op-ed, Palin slams President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, saying she believes the plan is "an enormous threat to our economy."

In his response, Kerry takes a dig at Palin in an apparent reference to Tina Fey's "I can see Russia from my house" take-off on Palin.

"The global climate change crisis threatens our economy and our national security in profound ways," writes Kerry.

"Governor Palin need no look further than the view from her front porch in Alaska to see how destructive this crisis can be," says Kerry, pointing to a two-year-old New York Times report about a small Alaskan village facing destruction because of melting permafrost.

Kerry also takes issue with Palin's focus on the likely economic consequences of Obama's plan. "Reading Gov. Palin's op-ed too often it sounds like the only threats America faces are solely economic. But that's not what our intelligence experts and military leaders tell us," writes Kerry.

Kerry also says Palin is "wrong" about the job creation projected to occur under Obama's plan and about the fact that the plan will yield "new, clean energy sources."

The two pols sparred nearly three weeks ago when Kerry reportedly joked that it was Palin – rather than South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford – who should have gone missing. In her counter-attack, Palin took a swing at the senator's face: "... [T]he way he said it, he looked quite frustrated, and he looked so sad, and I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say, 'John Kerry, why the long face?'" she joked.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. peter

    Thank you kerry!

    July 15, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. steve fielder

    The effects of global climate changes brought on by a warming atmosphere could have such a profound impact on animal life in the state of Alaska that the predator-to-prey ratio could be completely disrupted. Predators could die off in such large numbers that Governor Palin could find it increasingly difficult to go out and shoot wolves from a helicopter; an activity she has not hesitated to endorse.

    July 15, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. Move On

    Kerry needs to move on from the "last years" jokes and come up with educated answers! Why are people so threatened by this woman anyway?

    July 15, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. LW In Texas

    Please Plain, you could not get it right last year, what makes you think you can get it right now, Russia is still west of Alaska, and you are still have no idea what the heck is going on.

    So get back on the front prorch and stay away from the Big Dogs, you have no idea.......about anything.

    July 15, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  5. Kitty

    My parents taught me that it was wrong to make fun of people for things that they could not help. To make fun of someone's face is very very wrong. Making fun of determined stupidity is fair game.

    July 15, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  6. Gasman

    A battle of wits between Palin and Kerry? Palin comes to the fight unarmed. This was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel for Sen. Kerry. Gov. "Cut and Run" Palin is used to tangling with much smaller opponents in Alaskan state politics. She would be wise – who am I kidding! – to pick her fights a little more carefully. And does anyone actually believe that she wrote a 700 word op-ed piece? Especially one that is coherent and has subjects and predicates which actually agree? She hasn't read anything that long in years and she can't even spell op-ed.

    July 15, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. K

    Actually, both are wrong (and right) environmental health and climate change are the most important crisis facing future generations. it is especially dangerous because as a gradual change happens, we will not notice change until its too late.
    On the other hand the cap and program is fundamentally flawed by benefiting polluters with deep pockets and newly developing economies such as India and China, who will create most of the worlds pollution in the next few decades.Our developed economy does stand to suffer under such a program.
    This is one of those situations that requires a gumbo of multiple resolutions that can be evaluated and combined to find the best solution. Unfortunately the cult of personalities that make up our political strata will continue to attempt to undermine the other while feeding their own self worth. Meanwhile the rest of use will be working hard to improve our societies, our lives and our world.

    July 15, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. John in Delray Beach

    Is this the very same John Kerry whose office received a hand delivered letter on May 7, 2001(4 months before 9/11!) from retired FAA special agent Brian Sullivan?

    Mr. Sullivan warned John Kerry in his letter about Logan International's exposure to a coordinated attack and also warned Kerry about the ineffectiveness of the DOT OIG as an overseer of the FAA.

    John Kerry's response 4 months prior to 9/11? He forwarded the letter to the very office he was warned about, the DOT OIG!

    This is the same guy who has the nerve to crawl out from under his rock now and criticize Sarah Palin for sounding the alarm on a very dangerous energy plan!

    How's the view from YOUR porch, John Kerry?

    July 15, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. JJKnight

    This will be the last democratic party Presidency.Every one is doing their opart to achieve this goal including Chavez News media (CNN).

    July 15, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. Jasmine in Gemany

    Too bad that Sen. Kerry fell victim to the GOP "swiftboating" attacks in the past., he would have been a great president. Our country wouldn't be in the poor state that it is had Kerry been elected instead of Bush. Oh well. Now, we've got an intelligent President at the helm and I observe a mover and shaker like no other before. It's about time! But why does the GOP not want to advance our country?!? Hmm...could it be about money?

    I agree with Kerry that it is good that Palin stepped down. There is no place for conniving idiots within our society of circa 400 million people, not to mention the rest of the world. Sorry to be so hard on you Sarah, but sign the books and do your TV show. You don't cut the mustard for international politics.

    July 15, 2009 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  11. mikal previl

    I agree with senate kerry parlin don,t anything she talk about.

    July 15, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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