Sarah Palin tried to make a deal with ex-BP head Tony Hayward for a 1700-mile pipeline a year after the big oil spill, while publicly denouncing foreign oil companies.
They reveal that Palin instructed her office to ensure that Hayward had all her private and official phone numbers so the call could proceed after his office asked for it to be rearranged. The biggest oil spill in American history sparked fury across the country and Tony Hayward was the convenient scapegoat for an American love of oil. For Palin to even be in contact with the ex-boss of BP only a year after the oil spill will infuriate American voters.
Far worse for the Republican Party will be the fact that Sarah Palin drove anti-British sentiment after the oil spill. In May 2010, Palin commented: “learn from Alaska’s lesson with foreign oil companies.” She added: “Don’t naively trust – verify.” In public Palin was saying the right things, making sure that the American voters knew she was standing up for them. In private she was trying arrange one of the largest pipeline contracts in North America. Surely her credibility as a future President of the United States has been shot.