Of the many smears against Governor Palin now being circulated by left-wing bloggers and amplified by the national media, only one seems to have been directly picked up by the Obama campaign and its surrogates–that Governor Palin was once a supporter of Pat Buchanan, and that she is therefore a Nazi sympathizer.The first attack came from Obama surrogate Rep. Robert Wexler, the co-chair of Obama’s campaign in Florida. Wexler, badly mangling his facts, accused Governor Palin of supporting Pat Buchanan in the 2000 Alaska primary. Based on this he asserted that Governor Palin had “aligned herself with a leading anti-Israel voice in American politics,” while finding space to invoke the name of Adolph Hitler and the phrase “Nazi sympathizer.” Only it wasn’t true–Palin was an official on the Forbes campaign in 2000. Wexler never apologized or retracted his statement.Then an official Obama spokesman picked up the charge in a statement to the Miami Herald:“Palin was a supporter of [MSNBC analyst] Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,” Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote in an email.Governor Palin has never supported Pat Buchanan and every responsible magazine or blog that made the charge has since corrected the record, leaving only the Obama campaign peddling this smear. How is it that the media, so committed to fighting the smears against the Obama campaign, is more than happy to allow this one to fester?
Note to moonbats: Governor Palin has full-size American and Alaskan flags in floor stands. Don’t start with the Israel-first nonsense. She is a woman who appears to understand the stakes and supports Israel because it is good for America and good for the world.
Well what about Joe Biden? Although formerly identified as a friend of Israel, Biden has recently given some disturbing signs, the Begin Center reports.
Hat tip: Mark Roth, Ed Lasky
It is rare that we are witnesses to the kind of smear campaign launched against Sarah Palin by Democrats, the left, and the media. The shocking virulence with which the attack has been conducted takes one aback with its audacity and nauseating hypocrisy.
The goal of the other side is nothing less than forcing John Mccain to withdraw Palin’s name. Or failing that, making things so unpleasant for Palin that she asks to be let go. On both scores, the left has mounted an enormously vigorous challenge to Palin, going so far as to overthrow their own long held political positions on such issues as women’s rights and abortion in order to attack her. The smear about Palin’s child actually being her daughter’s is largely laid to rest – except for those who now insist that Governor Palin was wearing a “fat suit” to fake the pregnancy pictures we saw on various websites.
Those people are beyond hope. But it is amazing how smoothly the left transitioned from that theme to other smears. Now the battle cry is that she is some kind of extremist for belonging to an organization called the Alaska Independence Party. Marc Ambinder debunks that attack quite cleanly by pointing out that the AIP is an accepted part of the Alaskan political landscape and is hardly an “extremist” organization anyway.
Through it all, Sarah Palin has maintained her composure, trying to sheild her daughter while going on with the mission at hand – trying to get John McCain elected president. She has handled this very personal yet public situation extremely well.
Unless the left has something more damaging than what they’ve come up with so far, Palin will be on the ticket in November. Most of what they present as disqualifying evidence is so twisted with bias and outright falsehoods that they are easily tossed aside.
McCain has done his best to run interference for his running mate while Barack Obama has made the statement that the American people should understand that what is going on in the Palin household is private and should have no impact on the presidential race. While this is welcome from Mr. Obama, perhaps a statement asking his supporters to cease and desist in their rancid smear attacks on Palin might also have been a nice gesture.
The anticipation of Palin’s speech is already building here and by tomorrow night, the convention should be more than primed to hear her speak. I predict that the Excel Center roof will have trouble staying on during her address.
By James Lewis
Former Democrat national chairman Don Fowler admitted to ABC News that he rejoiced at the prospect of Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans during the Republican National Convention.
“The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they (the GOP) start. The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool.”
“If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News. “It was a mistake, and it was a satirical statement made in jest. And one that I clearly don’t believe … One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”
Governor Palin can probably handle it, but had better bring along that big-game hunting rifle to the campaign. There are Leftie grizzlies out there waiting to ambush her, regardless of her gender.
I’m a sucker for Frank Capra movies, movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington “which underscore the difference an honest person dedicated to the common weal can make to his community and his country. While today the stories may seem dated and too black and white a depiction of good and evil, they resonate still in American hearts even after decades of public viewing.