In a bold display of gubernatorial leadership, Sarah Palin has ducked - for now - the issue of where the Habitat Division should be in state government by hiding behind her newly-appointed commissioners:
Governor Sarah Palin announced that she concurs with the Commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the Department of Natural Resources to leave the Office of Habitat Management and Permitting under the Department of Natural Resources, at this time.I haven't seen the letter but I understand it says that the move should never have happened but that it would be too disruptive to move it back. It strikes me that that's a clever attempt to have it both ways. On the one hand, the governor can present herself as sufficiently green and environmental by noting the move was ill-advised. But she maintains the development-enhancing aspects of a weakened Habitat Division by leaving it where it is. Of course, she could honestly just need more time to evaluate the decision, in which case she should just say so flat out.
(By the way, what kind of action verb is "concur" for a press release? What governor wants to be known as the one who "concurred" with a decision. Governors should be "implementing," "appropriating," "enacting," "signing," and many others. "Concur" is a weak verb for a politician to use.)
Change requires disruption. This governor was elected on the promise of change, not on the promise of maintaining the status quo. If she believes moving the Division was in error, she should change that. If she just wants to avoid disruption, she needs to find a new job.
On another note, Governor Palin has declined my repeated attempts to interview her on her trip to Nome for Iron Dog. I can understand that (sort of) but the rumor is that she's actually in Nome. That, to me, just seems like she's ducking the media.