Who's tougher: Gov. Palin or Chavez?

Bloomberg News compares the get-tough-with-Big-Oil approaches of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez with those of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:

Alaska’s Gov. Palin.
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (AP Photo)

“Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a former beauty pageant winner, is succeeding where Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, a former paratrooper and military coup leader, so far has failed.
Palin threatened to evict Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s biggest oil company, and partners BP Plc, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips from a state-owned gas field, winning their promise to increase Alaska’s natural-gas output 17 percent. She raised taxes on oil profits by $1.5 billion a year and rejected industry ownership of a $25 billion pipeline.”

We don’t know who’s the real tough guy, but it’s safe to say Palin has a better chance of higher office than Chavez. A number of bloggers are pushing her as a running mate for Sen. John McCain in the November presidential elections. The first-term Republican governor has told the Washington Post she’s interested in the idea but doubts she’ll be asked.
BTW, Palin is sending some members of her gas pipeline team to Houston later this month to speak at Pipeline & Gas Journal’s 4th Annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference .