July 14th, 2009
07:32 PM ET
10 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. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Oh Mr. Kerry! Shame on you! Is that the best you can do?? JERK!

    July 14, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. barrystash

    There seems to be a great deal of panic amongst all of the Obamots. They fear her. Very interesting indeed.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Ron

    Why don't they just speak about what the believe in, rather than making sarcastic remarks, like Palin's comment on Kerry's face, and Kerry's comment on her front porch, etc. ad nauseum. These politicians don't get that a lot of us are tired of the off the cuff attacks, many nasty, many inacurate, many just plain inane. The discourse could stand to be elevated–considerably.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. DemsHateAmerica

    Who is this Kerry fellow...? He needs to do something useful, like retire...

    July 14, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. J.B.

    please everyone read sarah palin's original essay before commenting. you can type in the google "sarah palin, washington post," and read the whole thing. i wish we can stop her madness.

    July 14, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Vic

    The Washington Post publishing an editorial about a serious issue written by a doofus! It figures.

    The only "enormous threat" to the USA in general is Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. vivek

    that was sublime timing kerry

    July 14, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. gina

    Good Point!

    July 14, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. steve Pagnozzi

    My Gosh, just look across the world and take a poll of every scientist, and I'll bet my last dollar, the overwhelming majority of them agree we have an ongoing climate change situation here. Even, if we didn't, I sure don't see the logic of humanity helping to filthy up our planet by going the same old route by using fossil fuels. I want a cleaner planet for my children and their children, etc. That's why we need to knuckle down, get these scientist in the R & D labs and work on clean renewables and vastly improve Wind and Solar technology. People like Palin, and other closed minded or Exxon dollar minded individuals need to open their eyes once and for all!

    July 14, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. HC

    Palin is a sad excuse for a politician, I suspect the GOP regrets her choice as VP in the race

    July 14, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Steve

    Global warming.....hmmmmm.......solve it by eliminating the hot air coming out of Washington.

    July 14, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. John in Tampa

    If ever there was a true airhead Ms. Palin is it. Why are we letting her waste any of our time, she's not even funny any more.

    July 14, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. dwayne

    When will the press give this woman a break.i'll vote for her any day over Obama. She stands for everything this country was buit on.our grand children will never get Obama's plan paid for.

    July 14, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Jane

    sounds like a child responding and all Kerry can do is use insults

    July 15, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. Joe

    Kerry is living in a dream world. Cap and Tax and National ObamaCare will drive a stake into the heart of an already damaged economy. The "millions of green jobs" touted by Obama and his teleprompter are no more real than the 3 million some jobs Obama claims to have "saved" in the last 6 months. How do we pay down a national debt with all of these massively expensive programs coming down the Obama legislative highway driving this year's deficit to nearly 2 trillion dollars? That's 2,000,000,000,000.00 dollars. Just crank up the printing presses and add a few zeros to the budget. After all what's a zero anyway. A zero is nothing, of course. That's the only kind of "logic" that could possibly explain the brain dead calculations of goof balls like Kerry on Capitol Hill.

    July 15, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  16. moosehead

    Palin is a bush-leaguer, who wants to play with the big boys. She'll get her butt kicked every time.

    July 15, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. Nuts

    Kerry should check out the view from the swift boat.

    Gov. Paliln already smack this fool around once.

    Here comes round two.

    July 15, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. Ndubueze Chuku

    Please, let's keep the record straight. The "I can see Russia from my house" quote was not created by Tina Fey. It was a direct quote from Sarah Palin during the last presidential campaign.
    And for God's sake, Sarah Palin does not have any locus standi to criticize anybody on policies because she does not have any intelligent grasp of any serious issues. For a woman who has abandoned her mandate to run a state, to now criticize the president of the united states just leaves a sour taste in my mouth. So, I now urge Mrs. Sarah "I-AM-NOT-A-QUITTER Palin, to please go quitely and stop insulting the sensibilities of the american people.

    July 15, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. sheryl markman

    Please, please stop giving so much coverage to Sarah Palin. The more the media covers her, the more it motivates her base. She is an opportunist at best, and and a moralist who tries to label people who studied hard enough to be well educated as elitists, but I wonder how she'll be able to connect with Joe six-pack once she settles her debts and has the kind of money she is used to slamming people for having.
    It's amazing that she thinks she takes the moral high ground, when most of us who can think for ourselves, and, yes, those of us who actually learned to think and read, understand her to be a 'bully' in a tight skirt.
    She complained that she was treated badly because she was a woman, but has had no trouble using her looks to get ahead. After all, is there anyone without a Y chromosome that doesn't understand
    who she is?

    July 15, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. ReaganTMan

    The fact that John Kerry would pen a well thought out rebuttal to Sarah Palin's op-ed piece makes me feel good as a guy with a political science degree and one who considers himself intellectually honest, even honest enough to admit my biases.

    When Palin submitted her op-ed piece on Cap & Trade, most of the comments were your typical astroturfing nonsense about her not being the real author and such.

    The fact of the matter is Palin stimulated debate. Kerry responded to that debate in the arena of ideas, an area so infrequently visited by liberals who are more into the Alinsky rules and the smear campaign.

    While I disagree with John Kerry on the issue, I commend him for entering the arena of ideas with Sarah Palin and participating in an important discussion.

    It's a far cry from joking about her disappearing. It's also a big step back up to where a U.S. Senator ought to be.

    July 15, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. Michael

    I am an atheist but just recently I've decided to pray to God that for one day I won't see Sarah Palin in the news. Unfortunately that day has not yet come....:-(

    July 15, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. BooHoo

    Palin loves the spotlight...don't let her fool you!

    July 15, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. Kyle

    $arah Palin loves the $potlight and money$$$$$$!!!!!!

    July 15, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Carolyn Saucier

    Senator Kerry I thought it was only Texans who were prone to great exaggerations. I was looking at a map and I find it weird that she can see Russia from her front porch in Wasilla. Those new glasses must be miraculous.

    July 15, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Never Repub again

    Palin is struggling to raise her kids. she could not be a national leader. What do quitters do? Quit. Wish Cheney had quit too.

    July 15, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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