I can’t read everything, but the people that seem to be echoing, the so far unsubstantiated story that Governor Palin has had an affair, is the Right. First it was Byron York at The National Review who reprinted the story from that rag The National Enquirer. Now we have the Weekly Standard reprinting the same unsubstantiated story, Anatomy of a Smear, Posted by Dean Barnett on September 6, 2008 09:39 PM
the National Enquirer had previously reported on what it called “a rumor” that the former business partner in question had had an affair with Sarah Palin.
Why is the Right working overtime to keep this story alive. Only the Right, who consider Fox News actual news, would also consider The National Enquirer an actual news source. Its easy to see a pattern here. Combine the affair rumors from a gossip rag combined with some legitimate inquires into Palin’s political career and a narrative emerges. They plan to muffle any and all criticism of her with the poor victim of the liberal media card.
UPDATE II: Another statement from the Democratic National Convention Committee: “Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention – the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It’s disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it’s sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt.”
This story slime trail was started by the infamous Fox News’ Carl Cameron. My old made in America cloth flag that I had on my wall when I was in my teens is stored inside a cloth bag which is stored inside, gasp, a garbage bag. Anyone that has watched the victims of a flood, hurricane etc on the news has seen people carry their stuff around in plastic bags. This flag business is as silly as it is predictable. Anyone that thought we’d get through this election cycle without the odd assortment of right-wing dirty tricks is naive. More here, My DNC Story: How I know the flags were stored in trash bags for transport not garbage
Republicans are claiming that Palin has won the middle. It looks like thus far she’s just roused the rabid Right from their nap, Highly Partisan Reception Greets Palin as V.P. Pick, Half Say Palin Doesn’t Have Experience to Be President
Half of Americans have a favorable first impression of Palin, 37 percent unfavorable, with the rest undecided. Her positive ratings soar to 85 percent among Republicans, 81 percent among her fellow evangelical white Protestants and 74 percent of conservatives. Just a quarter of Democrats agree, with independents in the middle.
Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is similarly rated, with slightly fewer unfavorable views and partisanship running in the opposite direction.
Republicans like a Republican. From listening to all the prognostication filled with endless analysis who would have guessed.
Another thing that you get from the Right every single election cycle is the prediction, often sounding very much like wishful thinking, that we’re headed for another Civil War, September 5th, 2008 11:05 am
The Coming Civil War in America by Phyllis Chesler, Pajamas Media
If McCain wins–I predict that the cultural wars will not only intensify but will turn into the beginnings of the next Civil War in America.
What do you think will happen after one side wins and the other side loses? Will blue or red states want to secede from the union? Will there be more violent and ugly confrontations upon encountering ideas and practices with which one disagrees?
Those angry liberals. I don’t think I’ll make that Civil War. If PJ Media, the Weekly Standard, The National Review, the National Enquirer and Fox keep up their current level of reporting and punditry they might bore me to death.