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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

So Now All These People Will Apologize To Sarah Palin About Margaret Thatcher, Right?

A week ago The Guardian reported that Margaret Thatcher was refusing to meet with Sarah Palin, attributing a quote to an "ally" of Thatcher as follows:
Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.
The blogosphere, including some conservative and libertarian haters of Palin, erupted in joy, with loads of snark and derision directed at Palin.

It turns out that the Guardian story was a hoax, as reported by Nile Gardiner
I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office. She has always warmly welcomed like-minded figures in the United States, and has in the past met with numerous US presidential candidates and political dignitaries when they have visited London. But at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all.

There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office. However, there has been a great deal of mischief-making and unpleasantness from sections of the liberal press in a vain and futile attempt to use Margaret Thatcher’s name to smear a major US politician
So now all these people who used a fictitious account of Margaret Thatcher refusing to meet with Palin to belittle Palin now will apologize to Palin, right?

And then to Lady Thatcher, right?

(h/t to reader Charles and Nice Deb)

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  1. Being stupid means never having to say you're sorry.

  2. Being unprincipled means never having to say you're sorry.

  3. leftists can't be embarrassed as they have no shame in the first place.

  4. Please don't let the facts get in the way of the narrative!

  5. Yeah, a lot of these people owe Lady Thatcher an apology. They really were attacking her. Making her seem petty and low, like they try to make all conservative women. They have this idea they are all catty and stupid.

    And Lady Thatcher is unable to defend herself, so they really took advantage.

    Sarah Palin can fend for herself, though of course those who lie about her all the time should say they are sorry. But it's 100X worse that they lied about Thatcher's views.

    I think Lady Thatcher would be happy to meet with Palin if circumstances made that possible. Or meet with Perry or Pawlenty or Cain. But you know, who cares? This was meant to repeat the idea Thatcher had a trashy comment and Palin is nuts, and I'm really sick and tired of taking it on the chin like that.

  6. Lost in all of this...

    Two years ago, I read numerous newspaper articles on Lady Thatcher's health problems with dementia.

    So, not only was the quote invented. They were quoting a woman suffering from Alzheimer's.

  7. One can't expect an octogenarian British ex-politician to keep up with the symbolism of American politics, but methinks if Lady Thatcher were abreast of the situation, she would be receiving Palin.

    The irony of the Palin phenomenon is that virtually all of her power is given to her by her detractors. Maybe Gandhi was right.

  8. This is item 198,752--and counting--for which the Liberal media needs to apologize to Gov. Palin.

  9. Seriously, but I do not understand all this derangement over Sarah Palin. If she is as stupid and incompetent as her critics claim, why do they feel the need to attempt to grind her into the dust? Why do they feel the need to make up stories and claim she is wrong when she is right. What, exactly, is the point of continuing to pile on someone you believe is stupid and incompetent?

    And, what is the deal with Andrew Sullivan?

  10. @ Rick:

    You know the answer.

    First, Palin is a conservative woman ... a living & breathing oxymoron for the left ... a heretic, if you will. As far as the left is concerned, heretics must be burned at the stake.

    Second, they see her potential and fear it. The left will stop at nothing to destroy "up & coming" conservatives, especially those who aren't WASP males ... Miquel Estrada being a prime example. They fear the conservative message coming out of the mouth of someone who "should" be in their camp.

    They're trying to so tarnish Palin now to prevent her from becoming a threat in 4-8 years.

  11. Rick,

    Andrew Sullivan? I'm glad you asked.

    Andrew Sullivan

  12. Well, see The Day Sarah Palin Kneecapped Feminism

    Then there's the fact that Sarah has gotten all the way to the Governors office without having gone to an elite school, which is threatening to all of the elitists, of any party.

  13. Brad, you are exactly correct. The Estrada disgrace was even openly acknowledged by Reid and the Democrats.

  14. Rick, Andrew Sullivan has been the poster boy for AIDS induced dementia for a while, and should be viewed through that perspective. Sympathize with him if you must, but don't consider him sane.

  15. People, you are not engaging this issue in a post-modern manner. Maybe it didn't "really" happen, in the sense that the story does not describe actual events. But it should have happened and the story reveals a deeper truth, so it's as if it did happen.

    One might think that the left might hesitate and lying about an elderly, sick woman, but no one who watches the left would think so.

    --Alex Bensky

  16. I'm an American but I grew up during the Thatcher era and as soon as I heard the purported quote I knew it was a load of garbage. Margaret Thatcher never talked like that. She had far too much class. Whoever was putting words in her mouth didn't know her very well. The revelation that this was a put-on surprises me not one whit.

  17. I'm an American but I grew up during the Thatcher era and as soon as I heard the purported quote I knew it was a load of garbage. Margaret Thatcher never talked like that. She had far too much class. Whoever was putting words in her mouth didn't know her very well. The revelation that this was a put-on surprises me not one whit.

  18. One theory I've heard is that the media has already written the narrative on Palin, and to make an about-face at this point would hurt their credibility (such as it is). So they continue to perpetrate the lies, hoping the squishy middle of the country won't notice. I'd say they've been pretty successful thus far.

  19. I think the UK has strict libel laws. Maybe Sarah Palin could sue the Guardian?

  20. Claire Berlinski who wrote a book a bout Thatcher said she couldn't meet her because of medical issues.

  21. From the original story:

    "Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me:..."

    Notice the weasel word ally used twice. This is the out. It was an ally (whatever that is now) not an aide of former aide.

  22. Apologize? I've been reading for decades about the deplorable English libel laws. Why isn't Lady Thatcher or whomever holds her power of attorney suing?

  23. Speaking of 'Claire Berlinski'?   In an interview with Peter Robinson last year, it is apparent that Ms. Berlinski doesn't to see Sarah Palin as 'ready' to be President at this time.   (Specifically starting at 04:55 in Part 3 of 5).

  24. "Seriously, but I do not understand all this derangement over Sarah Palin."

    If you want to understand Sarah Palin and her place in USA politics, look up the remarkable career of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. In many ways (though not in all) she is America's Joh. And like Joh, the press will continue not to get her, and will continue to be frustrated by the voters' "inexplicable" support for her. Maybe they'll figure it out some time in 2019, round about when she decides to "quit" and establish Vice President Jindal as the incumbent in the 2020 primaries.

  25. Milhouse:
    Vice President West, not Jindal. :)

  26. From the guardian article, it's clear that Palin knows Thatcher has health issues and might not meet with her,and the anti-Palin statements aren't coming from Thatcher.
    The Guardian story was not a hoax. Not that the Guardian isn't known for loosely sourced stories,
    but this one is on solid ground,and needed apologize to anybody. How it played out in the blogosphere is something I haven't followed in detail.
    I did like your early coverage of the revere quotes,and think you have a theme going here which you may be able to continue if, "unexpectedly", the media and the left continues to not get Palin.

  27. That's really nothing of the kind, and she did meet with Cameron, some months ago, Anonymous
    sources, deserve anonymous acknowledgement.

  28. Maggie Thatcher is the daughter of a grocer, and Sarah Palin the daughter of a middling teacher. Of course they both have class. It's innate in both cases, and neither of them could have gone as far as they did without it.
    It's the elitists from elite universities, their detractors, who lack the class.
    And they don't even know it!

  29. Rush mentioned Legal Insurrection again by leading off today's show with this post.