July 14th, 2009
07:32 PM ET
11 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. pete

    Wow, you can't beat having John Kerry as an ally...it just keeps getting worse and worse for Obama, first his Stimulus fails miserably, now he's taking legitimate shots from Palin...what a mistake putting this guy in the White House.

    July 14, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    John Kerry, loser, bloviates once again.

    What a useful idiot this married his money moron is.

    July 14, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. David

    lol. Does anyone even take Palin seriously?

    July 14, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Steve

    John Kerry...what a hack. I guess we know he gets his news from John Stewart and Saturday Night Live just like the rest of the liberals. Brilliant!!

    How's that Hopey-Changey thing working out for you?

    July 14, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Wes

    My cat knows more about the economy than Sarah Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Doctor

    My fellow Americans,
    It is me, moose-eating bimbo and dumbo Sarah Palin. I am so proud of myself for taking only six years to finish a four-year degree in journalism, after which I was nevertheless unable to name any major publications I read because I don't. Since I am so limited and uneducated I cannot help but slamming much better educated democrats, such as Harvard Law School graduates because it helps distract the attention from all my deficiencies, such as foreign travel and knowledge and me having received a prep debate from oh-so-helpful fifthgraders who know so much more than I. Also, John Kerry is correct. I can see the climate change from my house. I also saw the temperature rising between the constantly-open legs of my unmarried daughter Bristol, and that heat blessed me with my grandchild.

    July 14, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. David

    This is sad and funny at the same time. Palin is such a joke, that CNN can't separate the fact that the jokes of Tina Fey are the actual words from Palin. We all know that the right-wing extremist don't believe that global warming exists, evolution does not exist, God is a man, and until recently...the earth is flat. God help them........please.

    July 14, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. BIG

    First my Republican friends were forced to defend Mr.Bush, who
    will no doubt go down as one of the worst presidents ever, but now
    they're actually coming to the defense of the almost ex-governor
    Palin? Republicans would support the devil if he or she registered as
    a Replublican.

    July 14, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Andy

    Good to see Lurch still in the news and reporting for duty.

    July 14, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. mike

    Kerry is just as irrelevant as Palin

    July 14, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Jay

    "in an apparent reference" doesn't constitute factual reporting. It is CNN Associate Producer Martina Stuart's personal opinion and her speculation on Kerry's intent. According to Stuart, Kerry says, "Governor Palin need no look further than the view from her front porch in Alaska to see how destructive this crisis can be." Aside from misquoting, Kerry (need no look further?), I have to ask why Stuart assumes that the Senator makes any reference to Tina Fey? Because it mentions "her front porch"?

    Palin has openly said that global warming or climate change or whatever you want to call it is severely affecting Alaska. She has rightly made reference to the fact that the Arctic and sub Arctic are the front line for this issue. Gov. Palin was the one who created a global warming sub cabinet position in her administration! They perhaps disagree on the cause, not the effect and definitely not the association with Alaska.

    Please CNN, I know you love to drum up a good Sarah bashing story, but try harder to find ones that have credence...then spend some time reading over your citations so you don't look like even more of a fool than you would have in the first place.

    July 14, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Mary (Texas)

    Boy "Palin" can sure get "the spending party" rattled up!!!! Too funny!!! Keep it up Palin!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Travis from CA

    And What does this climate bill do for the climate? I heard it is projected to lower the global temperature by less than 1 degree by 2050. And it is incredibly expensive. The best way to lower carbon emissions for the energy sector would be to allow energy companies to secure long-term (several decades) contracts with customers, because only under those circumstances is it profitable to build nuclear power plants; also, repeal the stupid law that forbids recycling of spent fuel rods (which have used up only 3% of the good uranium fuel).
    Further, sell the expressways to toll road companies, and de-regulate the railroads, and kill the stupid tax-oriented land-use policies that prevent companies from organizing effecient cities. Few of those are politically expedient, and govt. will not do them because they are in some cases stupid and in some cases unwilling to rock the boat. So we will subsidize the expressway system while we impose cap-and-tax disinsentives to drive; such non-sense.

    July 14, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Barry

    Sarah Palin is a joke. I do not understand why the media is so enamored with someone of limited intellect and even more limited ability. I was Mayor of a small town the same size as Wasilla AK. Since I lived in a much larger state, I did not fall into the governorship. In any event, I am/was not qualified to be VP of the USA.

    John McCain's desperate attempt to change the dynamics of the Presidential contest elevated her to the national scene. What you saw is what you get. Except for the right-wing wackos, no one in their right mind would want her anywhere near a powerful position in our government.

    July 14, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. John E Lexington KY

    Palin can't see beyond her magnifying mirror. As a 'leader' she is so beyond her depth that you feel sorry for her. I hope the media will ignore her from now on so that she might get her dogs dinner of a life cleaned up and her five children have some chance of having a decent life. As of now she and they are a train wreck and any public pursuit by her is egregiously selfish. If she runs for office again, the social workers of Wahsilla should find a foster home for them.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Tammy

    John Kerry has got it right. Sarah Palin is a complete idiot. She'd better hope her home doesn't float away when the glaciers melt.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Mark Johnson

    The EPA just reported we are in a period of cooling–hmm? Is that global warming?

    July 14, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Mike in San Antonio

    Perhaps Mr Kerry should take a look from the balcony of his multi-million dollar home himself.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Hankers

    "'John Kerry, why the long face?'" she joked."
    Good. looks like open season on very personal attacks.

    July 14, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. D,A, Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Maybe Palin will believe in global warming when the permafrost, that her house is built on, starts thawing and its structural integrity (also the oil pipeline) is threatened.

    July 14, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Dean Dunham

    Sarah "The Quitter" Palin is SUCH a stupid idiot! Why should anyone even bother to comment on any drivel that comes from that whiney, obnoxious voice that has never uttered an intelligent word!

    July 14, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. kcl

    Headline misleading. Keep it in context CNN. Kerry has a legitimate opinion in reference to her front porch view, this isn't related to the issue that Tina Fey picked up on.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Yvette

    Who cares what Palin thinks. The more she opens her mouth the more we realize how unstable and unintelligent she is. She is a real joke and a waste of time to talk about.

    She should have resigned from Governor and let someone who knows what they are doing get on with the job. She is not the brightest light or the sharpest knife.

    As far as her writing a book...ha ha...how about first telling her to read a book.

    July 14, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. abraxis

    It is a sad commentary of the state of American politics when there are people who would select governmental leaders who are not more intelligent than them. Palin is less smart than a 5th grader. She would not know what Kerry is talking about in the interconnection between all human action and interaction on the environment.

    Bush went back to his village in TX, may be that village in Alaska should put out an APB on its village idiot.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. pmichael

    Can't wait for all the "quit talking about Palin, CNN" complaints here – from both sides (as if FoxNews.com isn't carrying the same stories *L*). Funny how the righties claim the press is biased against her. What nonsense. The press IS biased – toward "news" and "stories" that people want to *read*. Simple as that.
    Check the final "comment count" here then compare it to the articles *without* Palin. CNN isn't stupid. YOU are if you think so.
    Besides – you have to 'provide' a story for there to be one. Are Obama's daughters unwed and pregnant? No. Are his 'in-law' people talking about him on talk shows? No. Are his 'in-law' people breaking into homes or selling drugs? No. Are is former campaign people claiming he's a total looney? No.
    Bottom line. CNN loves Sarah – because Sarah is a virtual soap opera of outrageous stories. Simple as that.

    July 14, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
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