“When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren’t doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur.
–Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Debate, October 3, 2008.
“When” she found out? Palin is lying, but in the realm of politics discourse could be interpreted as taking credit where not due. Portraying herself as being out in front of the issue of Darfur divestment when she was more a follower. Palin twists the facts on Darfur
In January 2008, a bill known as HB 287 was introduced into the Alaska House of Representatives restricting investments in companies that do business with Sudan. During a committee hearing in February, a Palin administration representative, deputy revenue commissioner Brian Andrews, testified against the legislation on the grounds that it would do nothing to help “the afflicted in Sudan,” and would add to the fund’s administrative costs.
While acknowledging that the legislation was “well-intended” and “the desire to make a difference is noble,” Andrews warned that “mixing moral and political agendas at the expense of our citizens’ financial security is not a good combination.”
A Republican blogger called Lonewacko(I’m not name calling that’s the name of his blog) sites this ABC story Record Refutes Palin’s Sudan Claim and that OMG a Democrat said that Palin was against divestment before she was for it. Thus the story isn’t true. That was the strongest point of his argument though he provides about a dozen links that provide no credibility to his version of events. Alaska state representative Les Gara, D-Anchorage and state Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage are more or less background to the piece. The fact remains that a Palin official opposed the move to divest. The resolution thus died on delivery. That being the case Palin cannot in full honesty claim credit for acting on divestment when she “found out”. She later supported the resolution, good for her. She was against it before she was for it. WaPo only gave her two out of four Pinnochios and that seems about right.
Rich ‘There is no right to privacy’ Lowry at The National Review,
I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.
Politics aside, I’m genuinely embarrassed for the guy. Donklephant gets at the creepiness factor,
Well Rich, you may not have been the only male who had those thoughts, but you’re certainly the only one who has a well-read blog and was willing to make yourself sound like a 13 year old boy watching Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” video for the first time.
The National Review crowd are among many on the Right claiming the serious mantle when it comes to issues and governance. A big thanks to Rich and the gang for throwing another shovel of dirt or rather pubescent fantasies on that mythical persona.
Off the beaten path, this kinda makes my day, O.J. Simpson guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping – all 12 counts.
Florida is an important battleground state in which at one point McCain was leading or tied in some polls. In Florida’s Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground
Jim Piccillo lost his job as a bank vice president in August, applied for food stamps to support his two young daughters and swore off a life of loyalty to the Republican Party. He now volunteers here in Pasco County for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
Madeline Aquanno’s change of heart came more recently. Two weeks ago, she said, she had planned to vote for Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican, who impressed her with his knowledge of the world. But as the economy began to scare her more than terrorism, she reconsidered.
“Obama is more for the people,” she said, near the pool at her middle-class retirement community in Broward County. “I’m worried about the jobs that are being lost, for my son, my daughter, my granddaughter. You have to look down the line.”
Here in a swing state of severe economic hurt — a leader in foreclosures where empty offices now litter strip malls — there are signs that Mr. Obama is gaining ground. In interviews and surveys, voters across Florida said the debate in Washington over how to fix the credit crisis had fueled frustration with the Bush administration and pushed them away from the Republican ticket.
The four most recent polls from late September put Mr. Obama ahead of Mr. McCain by three to eight percentage points, a sharp swing from the previous six weeks, when Mr. McCain led by as much as 10 points.
Pollster.com has Obama ahead by 1 point in Florida, a statistical tie, but shows voters trending his way.
Olbermann reported that “the people around [Palin] — the top-level campaign staffers crafting her message of change and reform — are almost all from the inner-circle of the same Bush campaigns and administration from which she offers that change.”
Those on the Palinmania Express who really believe she represents some new kind of Republican reform will filter out the similarities. Idolatry has a tendency to do that.