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Elizabeth Dole: Taking the high road

 Well, the economy's going to hell, the federal government is fast becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese banks, thousands of young people have died in an endless occupation of a large foreign country with no end in sight, the ice caps are melting, poverty in our country is on the rise and what does the senior senator from the one of the nation's largest states identify as the two top priorities?

Why illegal immigration and drilling for oil in environmentally fragile wilderness, of course. Check out this quote from the Lid-ster's weekend appearance with the market fundamentalists (thanks to Mark Binker over at Capital Beat):

Probably the issue I've heard the most about because people I've heard from all agree, is immigration. I have more folks tell me how fed up they are with our immigration system, our laws, and with Washington's failure to secure our boarders and enforce our immigration laws…"

And then there's this one:

Ladies and Gentlemen, for the life of me, I cannot understand why we cannot get the support that we need – we were almost there at one point – to drill in ANWR in Alaska. Here's this frozen tundra thousands of miles away. It's 2,000 acres out of 19 million acres and the Alaskans want it … So this is a national security issue and the extreme environmentalists need to understand that, don't they. They need to understand that."  

You gotta' hand it to Dole. She knows how to play the state's right wing like a violin. First she convinces them to elect her after not having lived in the state since prehistoric times. Then she places herself on the fast track to another six years by dropping in every few weeks to pick up some cash and to dish out large helpings of extremist red meat.

Amazing.

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