There are lies, damned liars, and then there are Republicans named Chuck Grassley, Lamar Alexander, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, and on and on and on…and oh yeah — the Washington Post. Should we anticipate a correction?
At this point, you’re a guy on a loud speaker, scolding us to keep our voices down; you’re the speed-eating hotdog kid, telling us to go vegan; you’re a family-values, chastity-lecturing, lecher. You’re hypocrites. You are not making serious arguments, and you do not believe what you’re saying. It’s dis-proven by your record. In the case of Orrin Hatch, you are flat-out lying about the history of the tactic that Democrats are going to use to pass health reform.
For the Washington Post to print something like this is bizarre. For these established, supposedly mainstream Senators to try to get away with this is an insult to everyone they’re addressing and to the media in particular. And for us all to just let this slide and call it “politics,” is to surrender to cynicism profoundly.
Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain’s presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one.
Schmidt will use a speech Friday to Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to urge conservative Republicans to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, CNN has learned.
“There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage,” Schmidt will say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.”
So, will Sarah Palin really try to run for president in 2012? Did she learn anything from the last time she ran for national office? Let’s find out with some help from The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”.
Don’t Hand Those Clothes To Me Original music and lyrics, Sting, 1981
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider 2009
Young gov’nor, the subject
Of blogger fantasy
She wants this so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside her there’s nothing
This girl’s a prop on stage
Veep-picking, she’s so close now
This girl is half his age
Governor Palin doesn’t want anybody to worry about “Troopergate” anymore, nothing to see here folks! When she protests as much as she has on this subject, you know it should be investigated further. Oh, and by the way, it’s business as usual again. Palin is still going to be charging the government of Alaska a per diem to work out of her house and the state is still going to be picking up the tab for her children to fly everywhere with her.
The really bad news, we are going to be hearing more about Sarah Palin. She refuses to fade from the limelight.
Palin also said she loved her time in the national spotlight and won’t rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.
Those were some of Palin’s responses to questions posed Sunday afternoon in a wide-ranging interview with the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2 at the governor’s Wasilla home.
Greta Von Susteren of Fox News had just finished an interview with her and was chatting with the governor and her husband in the kitchen. Moose chili cooked in the crock pot and moose hot dogs lay on the table. Palin insisted they weren’t a prop for the national media but just how the family likes to dine.
Not only does this make me extremely sad, but also disgusted. I’m amazed Michelle Obama has held up as well as she has.
We have seen time and again the pure venom that Palin spewed at these rallies – and how out of control, near lynch mob atmosphere, most of these events became. John McCain waited way too long to put the brakes on Palin and tone down those rallies. Because of her hateful attacks on Obama’s patriotism, it provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.
The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of “palling around with terrorists”, citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers. But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.
The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks. Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: “Why would they try to make people hate us?”
The media can not seem to explain what the problem is in Alaska, but they can find out how much she spent on clothes and how many times she used the quote “Bridge to Nowhere.” I think voting irregularities should rank higher than the previous two issues. The Washington Post has the update on the ongoing questions that don’t seem to add up.
Alaskans are different. Very different.
Elections officials, party leaders and voters are wondering what happened this Tuesday in the Last Frontier, where turnout was surprisingly low and two lawmakers who have been the focus of FBI corruption investigations appear to have been reelected despite polling suggesting they would be ousted.
The final voter turnout numbers won’t be available until absentee ballots are counted, which could take at least another week. But this year’s total is not expected to eclipse Alaska’s 66 percent turnout in 2004 or its 60 percent clip in 2000. (This is especially odd given that Alaska’s Board of Elections saw a 12.4 percent hike in turnout for the August primaries, before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was selected as the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee.)