Palin's Magical Realism Again

Tuesday night on the O'Reilly Factor, former half-term governor of a state which has the population of a little more than Raleigh, North Carolina, said:

"... as governor of Alaska, what I did in dealing with the oil companies and I’ll betcha 75% of my time was being taken up by energy issues here in this state. I had to set up our Petroleum Systems Integrity Office so that we could be there on the front lines making sure what the oil companies were telling us was legit when they were dealing with their corroded pipes that we find out and other lax maintenance issues. It took us putting that as the highest priority to to protect our resources to protect our environment including not just the physical environment but the human environment here."

In her novel, Going Rogue, she is pretty clear as well:

So one of my first priorities was to establish the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO). With the creation of the PSIO, Alaska became the first state to require industry operators to document their compliance with maintenance and quality assurance standards, and to share that information with the state.

But this is clearly misleading. The push for greater government scrutiny of Arctic Pipeline Technology first came from Palin's predecessor, Frank Murkowski, who set up the team to achieve this in 2006. Yes, Palin continued and moved this forward but it was not her idea, its core architecture was not set up by her, and under her brief tenure, BP, the major culprit, cut its budget for safety and maintenance by around a third. Full details at Palingates. It seems to me that this kind of truth-blurring is just as salient in a public official as loose language about former military service or teaching credentials - as in Blumenthal and Kirk.

If Palin had ever been subjected to the kind of scrutiny today's candidates are getting, she'd be toast. But the genius of Palin's appeal is that her base loves toast - as darkly burnt as possible.