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October 6, 2008
Sarah Palin, Newspaper Aficionado
Sarah Palin reads newspapers.
is a point about which she wishes there to be no confusion.
been a couple of weeks since Palin’s disastrous interview with Katie
Couric, during which the governor was caught flat footed on the question
of what newspapers she reads to stay informed. Palin’s answer was much
like her answer to every question she’s been asked since – evasion
sprinkled with down-home folksiness.
Since then, everything she learns apparently comes from reading a
first popped up late last week, when she said she didn’t know about John
McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign in Michigan until she read
about it in the Friday’s papers. She said her response was to fire off
an e-mail – no doubt liberally sprinkled with those colloquialisms she’s
been using to cover up the fact that she has no substantive answers to
any questions – asking him to reconsider, doggone it.
true, that suggests the McCain campaign is treating the running mate
like a mushroom – keeping her in the dark and feeding her healthy doses
Perhaps. She did say that she endorsed the Cheney approach to the vice
presidency, one that contorts the Constitution into giving her a
legislative role. While most everyone assumed that Dick Cheney’s
rationale was a desire to dodge accountability, for Palin – if no one
bothered to clue her into the decision leave a battleground state – it
would mean creating a vice-presidential role in the legislative branch
because she would have none in the executive.
the other hand, McCain’s decision was broken in late morning. By that
afternoon, it had supplanted the previous night’s debate as the lead
media story. If Sarah Palin really learned about McCain’s decision by
reading about it in the next morning’s paper, it lends support to the
argument that she really is a bumpkin from the North Slope and shouldn’t
be allowed anywhere near the machinery of government.
two days later, she was again reading newspapers. This time, she learned
that Barack Obama knows a guy who was once a member of a ’60s radical
group. In fact, this time she fingered the culprit – the New York
Times, which she said is hardly ever wrong.
Times is hardly the first place where Obama’s ties to William
Ayers have been brought up. In fact, Fox News reported Sunday that the
McCain campaign has long threatened to try to make Ayers a campaign
issue. People with their ears to the ground, politically speaking, first
started hearing that Ayers was going to become an issue raised by McCain
as early as Friday, when Palin was supposedly just learning about her
ticket’s decision to abandon Michigan.
two are about as coincidental as are Palin’s new interest in reading the
newspaper and her bomb appearance with Katie Couric. The nation’s
deepening economic problems have removed the floor from McCain’s
support, and he’s now in danger of losing states long believed to be
safe for him. Luckily for him, Sarah Palin reads The New York Times
and found out that Barack Obama once attended a meeting in a domestic
Worth noting for the upcoming week is what is supposed to be the release
of a report from Alaska detailing Palin’s abuses of power as governor by
using the machinery of government to reward friends and pursue
vendettas. Of course The Times, which Palin said is hardly ever
wrong, went into great detail laying all of this out a couple of weeks
ago. Guess she missed that edition.
we finally get some answers from her about her conduct as governor, and
previously as mayor of the small town of Wasilla, where she is said to
have done the same thing? The answer to that is a down-home folksie “You
betcha” . . . if she happens to read about it in the newspaper.
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