“Drill, Baby, Drill?” Blame Michael Steele


With environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf, one would think there might be some reconsideration underway about that whole “Drill, baby, drill” thing. But while many credit former-half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the line, let’s make sure to give credit where it’s due. It was actually Michael Steele who birthed that humdinger into the world at the Republican National Convention on Sept. 3, 2008.

His speech inspired both Rudy Giuliani and Palin later that night.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.