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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

2012 Campaign Has Started

You know the 2012 campaign has started, because the hatchet-men and women of the media are attacking Sarah Palin based on anonymous sources (including some allegedly from the McCain campaign) and dubious rumors and innuendo.

First there were the mounting attacks on the Palin daughters and son, Trig Palin. Now a complete smear piece in Vanity Fair by a writer Bill Clinton called some not-so-nice words. Despite all the hoopla, the article contains few new verifiable facts.

There is something about Palin that gets deep under the skin of the left and media elites. But they are preaching to their own choir. Attack a one-year old with Down Syndrome, go after Palin's daughters, make things up as you go so long as it is negative.

A telling part of the article is yet another swipe at Trig. The author describes an e-mail birth announcement from Palin signed "Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father." From this, the author suggests that Palin think's she's God.

But the author does not appear to have actually seen the e-mail, and from the description it sounds like nothing more than an expression that we are all God's children, a common theme not only in Christianity but in other religions (and in the Declaration of Independence).

Nonetheless, the author got his intended attention, as Think Progress has seized on this theme for its post "Palin wrote an e-mail to friends pretending to be God: ‘Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.’"

And some Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. The same Republicans who lost the last presidential election, and the last two congressional elections. I can make excuses (but not justifications) for the Democrats, but not the spineless anonymous Republican sources.

UPDATE: Kudos to No More Mister Nice Blog, which comes from a definitely left-wing perspective, for the honesty to say he was "unimpressed" with the Vanity Fair article, and more importantly, to put the "God" e-mail in proper context:
First of all, this isn't a scoop -- the Anchorage Daily News reported it just after Trig was born, in the spring of '08. And while I fully agree that Palin's a narcissist, I'm not sure this is as megalomaniacal as it seems.

Here's more on the e-mail, from the ADN:

In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, "Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on
this." She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as "Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father.""Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome," Palin wrote.
Maybe I've just lurked at too many right-wing Web sites, but this seems like garden-variety Christian-right inspirational schmaltz.
Thank you Mister Nice Blog for exposing the Vanity Fair article for a complete piece of trash, starting with the false and misleading reference to Trig Palin's birth announcement. Now maybe you could get the folks at Think Progress to run a retraction. [Added: Mr. Nice Blog apparently doesn't want my thanks, per an update to his post, but that's ok, I'll give it anyway because the substance of his post was correct.]

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  1. That does it. I'm making it a point to give to SarahPac every freakin month. This is getting on my nerves. The constant attacking is un-called for. There must be something there. She's a threat to all of them. I'm sure of it.

  2. I think what is more telling is bringing up trooper gate again. Anyone who has a problem with the governor trying to remove a trooper whom she personally witnessed threatening to murder her father is just wacked in the head.

  3. "There is something about Palin that gets deep under the skin of of the left and media elites."

    The thing that liberals hate about Palin is the way her political career is totally unrelated to things that liberals care about in political leaders, like having actual knowledge of the world, new or interesting policy ideas, or competence in anything in particular. But you're exaggerating the degree to which liberals actually care about Sarah Palin. Check out memeorandum, whenever there is some new Palin controversy, it's a thousand conservative blogs expressing outrage (outrage!!!) at something somebody said about Palin, and maybe one or two liberal blogs mocking the outrage, and that's about it.

    But whatever. If whining about media treatment Sarah Palin keeps you conservatives happy, go for it. You take away the outrage at the unfair treatment of Palin, though, and there's not really anything else to the woman. She's like a walking, talking, winking embodiment of the culture war.

  4. You're really pushing the Trig-abuse distortion. It's intellectually dishonest and I think you know that.

    I dunno, maybe you just want a lot of hits?

  5. Palin/Keyes. Libs are scared to death of them. Neither backs down, both are knowledgeable and versed in public speaking, and Keyes is a damned genius. I would love to see the Keyes treatment of Biden in a Veep faceoff.

  6. You know the 2012 campaign has started, because...

    Seriously? Trig has a better shot at the nomination.

  7. You're really pushing the Trig-abuse distortion. It's intellectually dishonest and I think you know that.

    I dunno, maybe you just want a lot of hits?

    Here's a novel concept: maybe if people stop picking on Trig Palin in an effort to get at his mother, then there won't be anything to "push". (Crazy, I know!)

  8. It really does seem amazing that calling Chelsea Clinton ugly was a horrendous act and completely over the line. Yet, it is alright to consistently target a whole family's children and one of them an infant with Downs Syndrome?

    It shows the sorry state of the media and most television personalities that they continue to attack these kids. Although, Trig probably has a better grasp of things than most people that pay attention to the MSM and most of the democratic party. As for anyone that thinks a politician's kids are fair game if that politician doesn't represent their ideals, well they get the kind of disgusting, slimy and intellectually retarded reporting they deserve it seems these days.

  9. I'm still voting for Bobby Jindale come Primary season.

  10. Wow. So criticzing some stupid thing that Sarah Palin said about her disabled son somehow translates into criticizing the disabled son? You folks are both lazy and intellectually dishonest. The truth is that people dislike Palin because she completely lacks substance, and seems completely oblivious to her own lack of substance. It's not for any of the weird reasons you keep inventing. And if you keep trying to cast her in the role of victim - especially if you base that claim on lies and fabrications - you are going to turn off a lot more people than you attract. So, please, keep doing that. Thanks.

  11. This blog can't be taken seriously. It's because of people like Mr. Jacobson that the GOP has become a permanent minority in American politics.

  12. The criticisms made in this post are legitimate and these liberal responses not only acknowledge them, they affirm their severity.

  13. Again, major props Prof. The Guvacuda lives on.

    These Lib tactics are nothing new. The only thing "new" here is that for the past eight years we've allowed ourselves to be cowed by the caterwauling of moonbats screaming "BOOOOOSH HALLIBURTON CHIMPY MCHITLER", with the resultant Comrade President who is now leading us into his own Great Leap Forward.

    Don't let these mental midgets control the direction or substance of the debate; they attack Palin because they fear her. Oh, sure, to them she's an "idiot" with "no substance". I would argue that those descriptors are more consistent with Joe Biden or Barack Obama as the preface. I'm seeing way too many articles on way too many blogs saying that we need all the GOP we can get in Congress, regardless of how they vote. Yeah, because we need more Arlen Specters, Cap and Traders, and RINO's.

  14. The mainstream media wouldn’t do it. So we are trying to get your important messages to the American people. 60 This post is a suggested read at, http://aresay.blogspot.com/

  15. "she completely lacks substance"

    "[she doesn't have] actual knowledge of the world, new or interesting policy ideas, or competence in anything in particular"

    Um. AGIA (the Alaska legislation that creates an independent ga pipeline instead of one monopolized by a particular oil company) is a new and interesting policy idea. Taxing oil companies more when gas prices are higher and returning the proceeds to citizens to pay higher energy bills is a new and interesting policy idea. Sarah Palin is as good an expert on energy and natural gas as you are likely to see in a national politician. She's been to Kuwait and Eastern Europe to visit troops. She pays attention to North Korea and its missiles and tweets and makes speeches on the topic. She mentioned Steinbeck, CS Lewis, Plato and Aristotle in her Runner's World article. She sounds pretty substantial to me.