On energy, she favors all sorts of unspecified alternatives to fossil fuel. Such as natural gas. Which is a fossil fuel. She's also a big fan of what she calls "aggressive weatherization." Sounds like violence with an R-40 insulation rating.

As for family values, here's what she said in a September 21 debate in Waterville, as reported in the Morning Sentinel: "[G]overnment spending is a blueprint for our family values."

Mitchell is firmly on record as supporting public-private partnerships, coming up with plenty of venture capital from some unspecified source, and using more local food in schools and prisons — all proposals that have been made a million times before by political candidates who had no clue what needed to be done.

"We have got to change our strategy for growing our economy," she told an Auburn audience in late September, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. "We all have to find new and better ways of doing things."

Maybe she was trying to tell a joke.

Probably not.

Mitchell has spent the better part of four decades in government, absorbing so much experience that her brain apparently froze up during the Clinton administration. At a South Portland rally with the aforementioned former president (Roosevelt wasn't available), Mitchell said, "This is exactly why I'm running for office, so we can get Maine back to where we were then [during the Clinton years]."

What an old thing for Libby Mitchell to wish for.

Oops, that was a typo. I didn't mean "old." I meant "odd."

Although, it also could be that I have trouble understanding people of her generation.

I just had a birthday, making me older than Paul LePage. Congratulations may be e-mailed toaldiamon@herniahill.net.

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