This position splintered this controversy into two prongs: one focusing on Bristol Palin, and a second focusing on Sarah Palin. It was always been the goal of the McCain campaign that the focus be on Bristol, in spite of their pious protestations that “children of candidates should be off limits,” because framing this story to be about Bristol as much as possible would keep attention off of where it belonged, on her mother. Not one shred of concrete evidence has ever been released to demonstrate that Sarah Palin is Trig’s biological mother. We have received one incredibly suspect letter from her physician (which among other things did not even get all of the birth years of the four older Palin children correct.) It does not state explicitly where Trig Palin was born (though it helpfully tells us where he could have been born), when he was born (well, actually, it says 2008), or who actually delivered him.
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i seem to recall using the word “disaster” about Palin during her nomination acceptance speech, and the flood of palin bashing started there.
the media was full of “bashing” (or as some of us call it, “criticism”) as soon as she entered the public stage.
i have read many opinions on this, and lots of conservatives seem to think that obama has not faced the same kind or level of criticism.
i’ll admit: he has not.
that’s because he has less about him that’s worthy of criticism, and less that’s so darn *easy* to make fun of.
i mean, first of all: she’s dumb.
we can all see it.
katie couric’s interview of her was painful to watch.
there’s no getting around this: sarah palin is not a super smart woman.
she’s of decidedly average intelligence, and perhaps even below average social awareness.
it was obvious from the beginning and as stories about her “divaness” come out its even more obvious now.
i mean, YIKES, this woman almost became president??
she’s likable, and folksy and fun.
and not fit to govern.
for the record: i also am not fit to govern.
but i wasn’t a major party’s vice presidential nomination.
even if your vote against mr. obama comes down to “life issues” and it’s basically “only” abortion and the gay stuff that you are concerned about, you still have to admit that the man is bright and a good leader.
and even if abortion is ALL you care about, surely you have to know, way in the back of your mind, that sarah palin was a scary prospect.
i agree with john crane that palin may have gained more votes for mccain than she cost him, but i’ll pull one of your tricks and admit that i think anyone who would move their vote to that ticket because of, and not just in spite of, her presence there was simply unwilling to be intellectually honest with themselves.
or unable, perhaps? our worldview clouds our perceptions, and none of us can see Truth, after all.
the under-educated and un-informed (willfully so, in many cases!) sections of our population are whom, by and large, liked sarah palin.
those with educations and the wherewithal to dig into these matters were scared.
also, she may well be the best candidate the GOP could send up in 2012 — and that’s because whomever they send up will be a throwaway, knowing full well that there’s no chance obama won’t win a second term.
its 2016 that matters and it’s mitch daniels who will be running.
you read it here first.