PALIN DOES IT AGAIN: As a politician, Sarah Palin is profoundly talented, disturbingly so. But uh-ohshe clearly enjoys telling lies! Last night, in her speech, she did it again! Why is she able to do this:
PALIN (9/3/08): We suspended the state fuel tax and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress, "Thanks, but no thanks," on that Bridge to Nowhere.
If our state wanted to build a bridge, we were going to build it ourselves.
That entire passage is a bald-faced deceptiona deception which makes Palin a hero. Why did people applaud those statements? Lets start with a guess: They didnt know Palin was lying. (In her next breath, she repeated her grossly misleading tale about that jump in state revenues. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/2/08.)
Palin wasnt slightly exaggerating, as the hapless New York Times said. She wasnt for the bridge before she was against it, as liberals now enjoy saying. (More on this weak formulation below, in our major post.) In reality, Palin told Congress nothing at all about that ballyhooed Bridge to Nowhere. Her statement is deliberately, laughably false. If were speaking English today, theres word for her conduct: Shes lying.
Palin is profoundly talentedand she likes to lie. But why is she able to do that?
In reality, the Congress told her: The depth of Palins repeated deception is truly a thing to behold. (Not that youd know it from reading the press corpsor from listening to Democrats.) In fact, Palin never told Congress anything about this famous project; Congress killed the earmark, removing itself from the picture, thirteen months before she took office (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/1/08). But the state of Alaska was still considering building the bridge with its own money; Palin only killed this idea in September 2007, in her tenth month in office. Heres the way she explained her decision, in a much-quoted press release. Note the size of the blatant deception she dumped on the public last night:
PALIN (9/21/07): Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer. Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and its clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the publics attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened.
Why was Palin dumping the project? Because its clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on it, she said. Quite transparently, Palin wasnt telling the Congress anything. Indeed, it was very much the opposite. The Congress was telling her!
Palin lied again last night, making herself a hero again. This is the third time shes told this tale. Why is she able to do it?
WHY YOUR PARTY LOSES: Inanity is their way of lifeand no, they really cant stop themselves. In this mornings New York Times early edition, what photograph sat atop page one? A photograph of John McCain shaking hands with Levi Johnson.
Who on earth is Levi Johnson? Atop page one of the Washington Post, a giant photo filled the page. This was the photographs caption:
WASHINGTON POST PHOTO CAPTION (9/4/08): As he arrives in Minnesota for the Republican National Convention, Sen. John McCain is greeted by his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her husband, Todd, right, along with other members of both candidates families. To McCains right are the Palins daughter Bristol and her fiance, Levi Johnson.
No other members of both candidates families were pictured. Only Levi and Bristol.
Yes, these are the two newspapers early editions; they couldnt use photographs of Palin giving her actual speech. But of all the things they could have pictured, each newspaper chose to picture the young unmarrieds. Lets say it again: Inanity is their way of life. And no, they really cant stop.
Press corps inanity to the side, has the media greeted Palins selection with sexism and elite condescension? Yes, there has been some of eachand there has been some exaggeration of same by major Republican honchos. But in all the events of the past few days, the major difference between the two parties has been made abundantly clear. Its captured in this Politico piece by John Harris (for the record, the headline is grossly deceptive). If you want to know why your party loses, consider the highlighted passage:
HARRIS (9/4/08): As the controversy over her qualifications and McCains vetting process overwhelmed events here, hypocritical rhetoric was flowing at full tide on all sides of the debate.
Many conservatives, who spent a generation ridiculing the politics of victimhood and group identity, are now zealously invoking both in the Twin Cities. A common GOP talking point here is that Palins gender and experiences as a mother should be counted as an asset among her qualifications. At the news conference, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift condemned an outrageous smear campaign against Palin, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said, The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks.
Lets repeat what Fiorina said: The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks. Remove the limiting term theresexist. Thus adjusted, Fiorinas statement explains our electoral politics over the past twenty years.
The Republican Party will not stand by while its candidates get attacked. The Democratic Party, and its major affiliates, have done just that. For years.
Consider again the most remarkable instance of this repulsive conduct.
In August 1999, Gennifer Flowersa public crackpotwas invited on two different cable news programs to discuss, at remarkable length, the various murders the Clintons committed. (You read that correctly: their murders. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/26/03.) On August 2, she appeared for half an hour on Hardball; because her performance was so bizarre, she was then invited to do a full hour on Hannity & Colmes. On the latter program, Flowers extended her brief; she not only discussed the Clintons murders, she took the chance to let the world know that Hillary Clinton was a big giant lesbo. After giving Flowers a full hour, Fox reran a half hour of highlights two nights later.
At the time, Bill Clinton was president of the United States; Hillary Clinton was your nations first lady. But so what? As best we can tell from Nexis archives, heres what did and didnt happen after those two programs aired:
Now! Go back and reread Fiorinas statement, and consider the conduct of the past several days. If you still dont understand why your party loses, then lets face ityou never will.
By the way, what else transpired as these Dem/liberal elements kept their traps shut in August 1999? On Fox, a gang of male pundits went on the air and mocked the way Hillary Clinton looked back in the 1970s. (They had a photograph, and it looked very funny. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/6/08.) And of course, all across the political landscape, the RNC and the MSM kept inventing new, bogus tales about the vile Candidate Gore. The Democratic Party never said boo about those matters either. Neither did those liberal journals. Nor those liberal columnists.
How does your political world work? Heres how:
Sally Quinn and Maureen Dowd played the fool about Palinand the Republican Party fought back hard. Theyve played the fool about Big Dems for yearsand the Democratic Party said nothing.
Yep! There was some sexism in the coverage of Palinand the Republican Party fought back hard, exaggerating as it did. But then, during this same campaign, a major Democratic woman was gender-trashed from December 2006 on. Eighteen months later, Howard Dean explained why he didnt speak up. I dont watch that much cable, he said.
As recently as last evening, some of our fools continued to say that they feel insulted by Palins selection. If they had an ounce of sense, theyd instead feel insulted by Dean.
Why your party loses: Having sent the analysts out of the room, I want to show you the consummate dumbness of your leading journalists. And then, I want to show you the way leading liberals still misunderstand our dilemma.
Start with Joe Kleins vastly-overpraised post about the McCain campaigns war on the press. In this opening passage, Klein correctly defends Campbell Browns recent interview with Tucker Bounds. But then, he bungles its content:
KLEIN: [T]hings have gotten much worse in recent days: there was McCain's rude, bizarre interview with Time Magazine last week. Yesterday, McCain refused to an interview with Larry King, for God's sake, because Campbell Brown had been caught in the commission of journalism on CNN the night before, asking McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds what decisions Sarah Palin had made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska national guard. (There was an answer that the unprepared Bounds didn't have: she had deployed them to fight fires.)
Sorry, that isnt quite right. Bounds had made this ludicrous claim: [Palin has] been the commander of the National Guard of the Alaska National Guard that's been deployed overseas. That's foreign policy experience. In response, Brown said that all decisions about foreign deployments are actually made by the Pentagon. Deploying the Guard to fight forest fires wouldnt support the claim Bounds made. Klein had underplayed the size of the McCains camps inanity.
But this has been the shape of your world in the past many yearsin the years when people like Klein have been your journalistic guardians. People like Klein will never hear the sheer absurdity of the statements made on behalf of people like Palin. Even when they try to complain, they will never see the depth of the ways the public gets deceived by this gang thats now out pimping Palin. Theyve repeated too many of these liesand theyve tolerated too many others. And sure enough, it happened again, as Klein finished his very short post:
KLEIN: There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is "a task from God." The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.
Palin supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it? Thats snarky, which makes pseudo-liberals feel smart. But it utterly fails to capture the problem with what Palin has now said three times on this topic. Indeed: Under Kleins inept formulation, Palins self-glorying claim could even be accurate! Who knows? Under Kleins formulation, maybe she really did tell Congress thanks but no thanks once she finally saw the light!
In truth, Palin did nothing of the kind; shes lying about her heroic conduct. But Klein was unable to make himself see this. But then again, what else is new?
Twice in four paragraphs, Klein understated the size of the problembut liberals linked to his post, with high praise! Why do we liberals maintain such low standards? Why do we accept such crumbs? Why dont we insist on something much better? We may try to answer tomorrowbut, in truth, the answer aint pretty. The liberal world is comprised of born losers. The GOP leadership isnt.