Sen. Barbara Boxer has released a statement panning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech last night. (Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a more favorable response.) Here ’tis:
“Last night, Sarah Palin proved that she can throw a punch — one packed with sarcasm to divert attention from her lack of experience.
“Palin didn’t even attempt to make the case to the American people that she is ready to be Vice President or President, should that become necessary. Sarah Palin is a great candidate for the far right, but after examining her slim record in office, I cannot imagine mainstream Americans would support a Vice Presidential nominee with such extreme views.
“Palin would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and does not believe insurance companies should cover birth control.
“Palin remains unconvinced that human activity is the cause of global warming, even though the world’s leading scientists unequivocally agree that it is.
“Palin has a one-dimensional answer to our energy crisis — the Exxon policy of giving more leases to Big Oil. She has no concern about our thriving coastal, tourism-based economy and no requirement that they drill in the millions of acres where they already hold undeveloped leases. Sarah Palin is a candidate who is extreme, not mainstream.
“In addition, Palin is under investigation by her state legislature for abusing her executive power and when she was mayor, she left the people of Wasilla in debt.
“The choice of Sarah Palin by John McCain shows a real lack of judgment.”