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October 13, 2008

PALIN BECOMES DELUSIONAL; FEELS VINDICATED.... The news on
Friday night was fairly devastating for Sarah Palin: an independent investigation launched by the Alaskan legislature found that the governor had, in fact, violated the public trust in her Troopergate scandal. She abused the powers of her office, violated state ethics rules, and lied about it. This is pretty tough to spin.

In response, Palin, who is now apparently bordering on delusional, has decided to play make-believe.

Sarah Palin told Alaska reporters Saturday that she had been "cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of unethical activity" in the investigative report released the day before that explored her actions in dismissing a state official who refused to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police.

"Well, I'm very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there," Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. "Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."

I know, I know, after the last eight years, I really should be used to this kind of thing. But I can't help but find this breathtaking. Either Sarah Palin is lying brazenly or she's functionally illiterate.

The very first finding in the report is that Palin "abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.... Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional." Over and again, the report highlights instances in which Palin's conduct was at odds with Alaska's Ethics Act. Palin read this and concluded she's been "cleared" of "any hint of any kind of unethical activity."

So, before the report comes out, Palin issued her own report announcing that she'd cleared herself of any wrongdoing. After the report came out, and concludes that she'd violated the public trust, Palin once again cleared herself of any wrongdoing.

ABC News' Jake Tapper added that Palin made multiple claims about the Troopergate scandal over the weekend, all of which were patently false.

John Cole summarized the problem nicely: "I don't know how to react to this. I really just don't. When someone is that willing to look at you and just flat out make shit up and reject facts, there really is nothing you can do without driving yourself insane."

I'd just add one other observation. On Friday, Palin was found to have violated the public trust in an abuse of power scandal. On Saturday, it was on the front page of the major dailies. And on Sunday morning, NBC's "Meet the Press," ABC's "This Week," and CNN's "Late Edition" ignored the story altogether, despite lengthy discussions about recent political events, as if a major scandal involving a candidate for national office isn't particularly interesting. I'll simply never understand this.

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Well, they covered it in depth this morning on NBC's GMA. They even interviewed Monegan.

I'm not happy about the lack of coverage on Sunday, but if the story picks up steam this week, and is discussed before Wed. night's debate, then that'll do. The base is not going to start defecting from Palin over this, she's already Barbie do no harm to them. Independents are another story.

Posted by: Jake on October 13, 2008 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

This isn't the only thing Sarah Palin has lied about. Playing make-believe is a central part of her campaign, and McCain's rhetoric, about this and quite a few of their policies/positions.

Posted by: Chris on October 13, 2008 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

Aside from the fact that the first instinct of the DC press is to avoid Dem-friendly storylines (especially on the Sunday Gasbag shows), there's also the always-overwhelmingly-important horse race angle to cover, and since that one is looking very bad for McCain and since they really really want a close contest, the Palin scandal doesn't help push things in the direction they want.

Also it involves some nuance (unlike, say a blowjob-base scandal), so I don't expect it to get heavy coverage.

Posted by: jimBOB on October 13, 2008 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

It's exactly what the US needs--another VP with abuse of power issues who is delusional and paranoid.

Posted by: Neal on October 13, 2008 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

You say, "Either Sarah Palin is lying brazenly or she's functionally illiterate."

Ummm. Both, I think.

Evidence for lying brazenly: her boast, with pride and a smile, in her debut speech as VP choice that she had told Congress "no" on the "bridge to nowhere."

Evidence for being functionally illiterate: any of her answers to Katie Couric.

Posted by: CMcC on October 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM | PERMALINK

Cole says: "...there really is nothing you can do without driving yourself insane."

For us reasonably intelligent people this is precisely the Republican strategy. It's like they keep saying: "I know you are, but what am I?" on a national playground somewhere. Because we operate in a realm of facts and logic, talk like this is meant to drive us crazy.

Perhaps it's already working. Now I'm going down to the basement to rub my body with meat tenderizer while singing the Sesame Street theme song.

Posted by: chrenson on October 13, 2008 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

I saw him do it. He just reached down, picked up a pistol off the steam table and shot himself in the back of the head. Really. That's how it happened. Read the trial transcripts, it's all there. I'm so fortunate they absolved me of all blame. As soon as they clear up some paperwork I'll be free to go..........No, really, read the report, see for yourself.....

Posted by: Sirhan Sirhan on October 13, 2008 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

JimBOB is right -- they're invested in a "tight race," so they'll slant anything that way.

It's also very easy for them to say "that's old news," and dismiss it. Of course, by this criterion, ALL news is "old," but that doesn't seem to stop people from using the excuse.

I think the Dems could force the issue into play by making it a "character issue" (the media LOVE them some character issues), but I also think they're content just to let it bubble along. Palin is being described even by Republicans as incompetent, and I think the Dems would prefer not to be seen as piling on.

I do think there's something to the theory that the media have internalized reflexive Republican antagonism. It's like they've got some Brownshirt superego, constantly prodding them to give Republicans a leg up and undercut Democrats. Maybe a Democratic blowout will help them shake it off, or encourage a bunch of them to retire or something, and we can get back to a slightly saner environment.

Posted by: bleh on October 13, 2008 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

She is George Bush in drag.
Abuse power. Evade responsibility.
Present a legacy of lies.

Whether it is Troopergate, or persuasively in speeches inciting
her ultra-right Republican base to a near frenzy of anger and aggression.
All this, coupled with her questionable intellect.
Dangerous.
Dishonest.
Unethical.

And the corporate media rolls over as if propaganda hides the facts.

Reminds us once again of George Orwell:

"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them.
There is almost no kind of outrage----torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the
bombing of citizens----which does not change its moral color when it is committed by our side.
The nationalist only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."

Posted by: consider wisely always on October 13, 2008 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

It goes back to what the right wing's definition of "truth" is. Sarah Palin is a creation of falsehoods: a reformer who merely cannibalized her own partymates then engaged in the same antics she decried to paint herself as a "reformer." "I told congress no thanks..." She is a confection of lies. Her base, or fans, don't care if she's telling the truth just as long as what she says stays true to the "character" Sarah Palin.

"Truth and illusion George. You don't know the difference."

Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Posted by: Saint Zak on October 13, 2008 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

"Well, I WOULD HAVE BEEN very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there," Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. "Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."

There. Fixed it for her.

Chrensen, meat tenderizer AFTER Labor Day? How gauche. If you needed to borrow some Old Bay seasoning, you just need to ask.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on October 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

The folks in the McCain campaign have utter contempt for the American people. Remember Palin is the willing vessel for their lies. Davis and the rest should be drummed out of the presidential campaigning business for professional malpractice as soon after the election as possible. The McCain campaign has been one long example of how not to run a national political campaign.

Of course Palin has decided to waste her own career pushing the lies so she is just as culpable as they Rovettes, if not more so. Just don't forget the Rovettes pulling the strings. They really suck.

Posted by: Ron Byers on October 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

If John Cole gets the vapors because a politician lies and Steve just can't understand this, then will you guys be simply flabbergasted if the thugs steal another election? How did you guys survive on a grade school playground? Lemme guess, private school.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on October 13, 2008 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin (with apologies to the Trickster): "The American people need to know their Vice Presidential candidate is not a crook. Well, I am not a crook."

Posted by: RAM on October 13, 2008 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

Did we miss something or was this entire story ABSENT from all Sunday shows...??? And is there a reason she can't be both "functionally illiterate" and a LIAR!!! I want to know WHY our MSM isn't dealing with the ridiculousness of her selection as a candidate for ANYTHING! Just another example of how lousy they are at their jobs...my GOD, we're still getting Obama slamming e-mails about the flag pin and national anthem that are now so blatantly MADE UP that you wouldn't think there was anyone out there still unable to see through them...It is the STUPID, stupid!!!

Posted by: Dancer on October 13, 2008 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

How long do you think Palin will be around in politics after the election? Or better yet, what are the odds that McCain will throw her under the bus anytime soon?

Posted by: Paul on October 13, 2008 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

Look, I don't want to hit this too hard, but it's wake-up time in America. We live in a nation that tolerates religious fanatacism in the guise of Christianity. Sarah Palin is a religious fanatic. It is the reason she can look you right in the eye and lie to you. She believes in a fantasy world that does not exist, and she believes that lying to you in reality ingratiaties herself to that fantasy world.

Again, to put a finer point on it: SARAH PALIN AND PEOPLE LIKE HER ARE MENTALLY ILL. THEY BELIEVE IN A FANTASY WORLD, AND THEY ARE WILLING TO LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, MAIM AND KILL IN ORDER TO KEEP THAT FANTASY ALIVE. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU, THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS -- UNLESS THEY CAN 'CONVERT' THEM -- AND THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

You will think I've gone overboard with the above, but I'm just getting started. There IS evil in America, and it's the same evil that crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center. It's the evil of fundamentalism, and Sarah Palin is the poster-woman for that evil.

Rationality fails when confronted with this kind of evil. Read your post and you'll see this clearly. The antidote is to remember that it's irrational to allow crazy people to drive the train you're sitting in, and forcibly restraining such people is doing yourself and everyone else a favor. Oppose this woman and everything she stands for with all your might.

Sarah Palin is the devil she would warn you against.

Posted by: The Phantom on October 13, 2008 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

Matt Taibbi, in "Mad Dog Palin," says it well:

....huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand their candidates have policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflexive prejudices of their demographic, as they would for reality-show contestants or sitcom characters..."

Taibbi offers that "The Obama image represents tolerance, intelligence, education, patience with the notion of compromise and negotiation, and a willingness to stare ugly facts right in the face,
all qualities we're actually going to need in government if we are going to get out of this huge mess we're in."

There should be a concerted effort to emphasize these facts as well as her litany of lies.

In "The Return of Rove," Taibbi observes:

"But in the end, the thing that could be our undoing is the kind of generalized boredom
with legality and honor that empowers Rovian behavior. If we let it."

Posted by: consider wisely always on October 13, 2008 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

How long do you think Palin will be around in politics after the election? Or better yet, what are the odds that McCain will throw her under the bus anytime soon?

She's not going anyplace anytime soon. Sure, reasonable people will deem her actions and statements to be repulsive and intellectually dishonest. However, among the right-wing brokers who make a living denying reality and amassing power, she's in the process of making her bones.

Posted by: dr. bloor on October 13, 2008 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

The Rethug propagandists are once again creating their own reality, and the MSM is once again going along. Had there been a scandal in Joe Biden's office about missing paper clips the Sunday morning bloviators would have dedicated all their time to it. The Rethugs wear Teflon; the Dems wear velcro.

Joseph Goebells is smiling his creepy smile somewhere. The Fascists running movement conservatism have learned his lessons well.

Posted by: rich on October 13, 2008 at 9:39 AM | PERMALINK

I agree. Sarah will be with us a long, long time--leading the vile nasty assault on Obama that the GOP has already laid the groundwork for.

I think she's secretly hoping McSame will lose so she can run for the top spot in 2012, and there are plenty of wingers who'd be thrilled to help her.

By then she'll still be crazy and not too smart, but she'll be more polished and better at learning her lines. It would be insane to write her off or underestimate her.

Posted by: itsmekaren on October 13, 2008 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

I agree. Sarah will be with us a long, long time--leading the vile nasty assault on Obama that the GOP has already laid the groundwork for.

I am not so sure -- I'm going to assume that Obama is smart enough to be sensibly bipartisan, meaning, if he can find a sane Republican, he'll deal with him/her, but otherwise, he'll work hard to cut the oxygen off from the crazies. Just for example, no press credentials to Fox. And so on.

Posted by: dr2chase on October 13, 2008 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Can you spell Roman empire.

Posted by: Gandalf on October 13, 2008 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

".....as if a major scandal involving a candidate for national office isn't particularly interesting. I'll simply never understand this."

This story isn't being pushed because the Obama campaign isn't pushing it. The media, like a dog, seems all to happy to chase after any balls the campaigns throw. Palin's scandal is FAR more pertinent than the Ayers association, but the media is chasing the latter story because that's what ball was thrown by the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Jim on October 13, 2008 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Either Sarah Palin is lying brazenly or she's functionally illiterate.

Hey, let's not be calling names. The correct diagnosis is "loony," according to the DSMP&tHG manual:

(Arthur cuts off the Black Knight's left arm.)
Arthur: Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
Black Knight: 'Tis but a scratch.
Arthur: A scratch? Your arm's off!
Black Knight: No, it isn't.
Arthur: Well, what's that then?
Black Knight: I've had worse.
Arthur: You liar!
Black Knight: Come on you pansy!

Posted by: Grumpy on October 13, 2008 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

I was disappointed that NYT didn't make this there lead headline in their online edition (I don't get the print addition). WAPO did, however on Saturday, but as of last night and today it is if everybody has moved on. I think this may be in due in part to the fact that this issue has been known about for awhile and who among us with the capacity for minimal reason didn't know exactly what the conclusions of this report were going to be.

I hope the Obama campaign creates a really splashy, provocative ad with this thing.

Posted by: Alex Kirby on October 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Our great hope... another 4 years and she'll be losing her looks. Without 'em she'd already be living in a trailer park in Oklahoma. (wink)

Posted by: Buford on October 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

Why isn't every Dem T.V. talking head demanding that Sarah show up on the Sunday shows? Every surrogate should preface any appearance with the question about Gov.Palin missing in action.Every show across the cable and network should be a platform to ask about her absence.I'm not the sharpest tool in the drawer but I think exposing her now will save America a lot of sorrow in the future. She is dangerous.

Posted by: ray on October 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

I'm curious: did these reporters on the conference call have the opportunity to question her, and if so, did they call bullshit on her? I didn't see anything about it in the link.

Posted by: Glenn on October 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

Glenn, if you're referring to the conference call with Alaska media, apparently the 5 minute press conference was controlled such that reporters couldn't ask follow-ups (such as, "Did you even read the report??").

Posted by: Grumpy on October 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

She told a bunch of other lies, too. Including some whoppers that are generally overlooked.

They are documented in the wiki article. google troopergate.

Posted by: jukeboxgrad on October 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

"I'll simply never understand this."

Seriously Steve, you really don't understand this?

It's very easy.

The corporate media in this country is for the Republican Party and against the Democratic Party. They would prefer John McCain assume office on January 20, 2009. If ignoring a story about how his running mate abuses her authority as Governor of Alaska - and that a report by the Alaskan State Legislature confirms this - can somehow help that cause, they will do it.

NBC - > General Electric
ABC - > Disney
CBS - > Paramount
CNN - > Time/Warner
Faux -> News Corporation

They are all large media conglomerates, all of whom would likely prefer to keep things the way they are, so they can keep making their profits, dominate their mostly deregulated markets and continue to sell garbage to their 'customers'.

The problem with this is that too many people in this country now know what's going on. After nearly eight years of Bush running this country into the ground, enough people along much of the political spectrum are finally wising up to the idea that the actions of these companies and their operatives isn't the way to address the problems of the nation.

The antidote to these is to vote for someone (Obama) who'll actually address problems that need to be addressed and get this country back on its feet, for all of us.

Watch over the next month or so, you'll see reports and stories and various items that will be far more intense and negative towards Obama, in a futile attempt to prevent people from voting for him. It won't work.

Posted by: Mathew on October 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Mathew has it exactly right. Mainstream media is seriously slanting coverage to soften the absurdities coming out of the Republica ticket. I watched it happen on Abuquerque NBC news last night, when the local anchor led teh Palin story with her statement that she was glad the report had exonerated her. At the end, there was a brief and vauge statement about the Alaska state government findings, and he even dropped his voice when he said it.

The most simple, clear explanation for this type of reporting, which has been consistent since August, is that corporate media news operations are deliberately slanting coverage.

Posted by: Peter on October 13, 2008 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

After watching the Today show this morning I wish that Matt Lauer had ignored the troopergate report. Lauer blew it, probably intentionally, by repeating that no criminal act was identified, that Palin had the right to fire Monegan, repeated the accusation of partisanship by McCain's people and asked Monegan if he was Republican or Democrat? No mention of the finding that she violated state ethics laws and violated the public trust with abuse of power.

Posted by: ckelly on October 13, 2008 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

We have to remember: at this point, everything the McCain camp does is to shore up the wingnut base. That means that it's perfectly reasonable for them to 1. tell a blatant lie, 2. wait for the MSM (sometimes) to call them on it, then 3. use the MSM's refutation as proof that (1) is probably true after all, because, as you know, the MSM is the propaganda arm of the Obama campaign.

99.9% of Palin's base is never, ever going to see the Troopergate report. They will take Drudge's silence or Rush Limbaugh's gloss on it as proof of Palin's vindication and then go back to wetting their beds over Bill Ayers.

Posted by: jonas on October 13, 2008 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Palin is live in Virginia Beach with
Stepford Wife Cindy McCain behind her.
SOoooo smugly satisfied riling up the crowd.
There's McCain, looking all cadaverous and taking the podium.
He says the hour is late, and his remark just reminds you of the fragility of age....with the bozo Palin in waiting. His appearance simply screams she could be president....

Cindy and Palin nod in unison, like the aging Barbie Dolls props that they are.

McCain smiles initially, unmistakeably, as the crowd yells 'Nobama.'


Posted by: consider wisely always on October 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

What Mathew, Peter, and ckelly said.
Any mention of what the MSM do that doesn't start from the recognition that they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the same corporatocracy that own the Rethuglican party is off the mark. It's not about "working the refs," or "maintaining the narrative," or "laziness," or "wanting a horserace," or "ratings." Those are just minor contributors at best to the realities described above and all the others. (Flag pins, Ayers, Wright, the role of Phil Gramm and other REthugs in creating the current financial crisis and the resulting sellout of your tax dollars and mine -- and our grandchildrens', not to mention the fact that you'll never, ever hear what McInsane called his wife in front of three reporters.) The real explanation is that the MSM are now, and have for some time, been quite literally the propaganda arm of the Repukes, and of the ownership / rentier class. This has been obvious for years now.
I don't understand how someone who purports to be a national blogger can at this point be saying anything like "I'll simply never understand this."
It's your job to understand this, and to emphasize it in every post in which it's directly relevant, and many in which it's not. Please do your job.
Though it's just as vile when we say it as when W did, the unfortunate reality is we've now gotten to the point that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Posted by: smartalek on October 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

The Wasilla Project

Posted by: WatchOutWhereTheHuskiesGo on October 13, 2008 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

"McCain smiles initially, unmistakeably, as the crowd yells 'Nobama.'"

So? That's the least objectionable or slanderous slogan they have, given everything else that's been shouted lately. It's almost clever.

Posted by: Grumpy on October 13, 2008 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

Pa' lin is m [Pay-lin-iz-uhm] n. A statement so obviously false it causes coffee to shoot out your nose.

Usage: "Well, I'm very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there," Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. "Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."

-- Sarah Palin, Anchorage Daily News, October 11, 2008

Posted by: pj in jesusland on October 13, 2008 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

Grumpy--no "So."
I simply ended my thoughts with that observation.


Posted by: consider wisely always on October 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen: "I'll simply never understand this."

As others have pointed out, what Steve Benen apparently -- and inexplicably -- will "never understand" is that the mass media, from which most Americans get most of their information, is almost entirely owned and controlled by a handful of giant corporations.

Thos corporations are not performing a public service, out of the goodness of their hearts, to dispassionately and impartially inform the American people about the facts of this campaign. They are engaged in propaganda to advance their interests -- which is to say, they are working in close coordination with the Republican Party and the openly partisan right-wing media to character-assassinate Barack Obama and glorify Sarah Palin and John McCain.

John McCain has promised the giant media corporations $1.44 BILLION in tax cuts, and additional millions more in personal tax cuts for their ultra-rich CEOs. And a McCain administration will continue the Cheney-Bush administration's policies of deregulating media ownership, allowing these few giant corporations to gobble up more and more of America's few remaining independent radio and TV stations and networks.

The big media corporations have a lot at stake in this election. Billions of dollars, and ever-increasing control of America's mass media, depend on putting Sarah Palin and John McCain in the White House.

As for Sarah Palin's lies, she knows exactly what she is doing. Her lies in this conference call are probably not even her own words but were scripted for her by McCain campaign operatives.

The campaign's entire purpose in putting Palin on the ticket was to have someone who would be a heroine to the right-wing extremist, dittohead base. And as Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the rest of the right-wing extremist hate-mongering propaganda outlets have proved, those people will believe anything they are told by someone like Sarah Palin.

Moreover, Palin and her puppetmasters in the campaign are confident that the corporate-owned mass media will not call her out on her blatant lies.

What were the Sunday talk shows focused on while they ignored the verdict on Sarah Palin's abuse of power, and her sickening lies about it?

They were busy drawing false equivalences between Obama's "association" with Bill Ayers, when the two of them served alongside Republicans on the board of an educational organization headed by a close personal friend of Ronald Reagan, who served in Reagan's State Department and has endorsed McCain -- and the Keating Five, when John McCain was censured by the Senate for unethical activities linked to a major financial crisis that cost the taxpayers billions of dollars.

The corporate media is little more than the propaganda arm of the Republican Party.

Someday, Steve, I hope you will understand this.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on October 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

It's like they keep saying: "I know you are, but what am I?" on a national playground somewhere.

Damn, that's good, chrenson.

Posted by: shortstop on October 13, 2008 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

kind of reminds me of monty python's 'life of brian' -- nailed to the cross singing "always look on the bright side of life".

Posted by: entheo on October 13, 2008 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

If there was ever a moment when another brillian Princeton professor, Harry Frankfurt, was proven right, it's using his analysis of bullshit to explain Sarah Palin.

A few relevant quotes:

That is why she cannot be regarded as lying; for she does not presume that she knows the truth, and therefore she cannot be deliberately promulgating a proposition that she presumes to be false: Her statement is grounded neither in a
belief that it is true nor, as a lie must be, in a belief that it is not true. It is just this lack of connection to a concern with truth -- this indifference to how things really are -- that I regard as of the essence of bullshit.

...
Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about. Thus the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person's obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic are more excessive than his knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic. This discrepancy is common in public life, where people are frequently impelled -- whether by their own propensities or by the demands of others -- to speak extensively about matters of which they are to some degree ignorant.

Posted by: TCinLA on October 13, 2008 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

Either Sarah Palin is lying brazenly or she's functionally illiterate.

Considering that Caribou Valley Girl is really GWB in a skirt, clearly, she's both lying and functionally illiterate.

Which means that she can't read any criticism of her,
-Z

Posted by: Zorro on October 13, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Palin read this and concluded she's been "cleared" of "any hint of any kind of unethical activity." -- Steve Benen

Whatever makes you think she's read it? She hadn't. She was too busy reading the Economist and NYT, and WSJ and, you know, "all of them". You betcha!

Posted by: exlibra on October 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Saint Zak is right - she's playing to her devotees, and they don't care what the papers or the networks say, like a wife with a split lip and a black eye wanting to hear her husband say he'll never do it again. They're begging to be lied to, because the alternative is unacceptable.

Those poor fools will believe the investigation cleared her of any wrongdoing, and that everyone who says differently is lying. Their natural common sense, for those that have any, is suborned to their commitment to defend Palin until the end.

As I've mentioned before, there aren't enough of those you-gonna-believe-me-or-your-lyin'-eyes nutcases to win them the election.

Posted by: Mark on October 13, 2008 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Lipstick on a Repig, is still a repig.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on October 13, 2008 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

this lady does not know her girdle from her butt hole. she is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ann on October 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK

this lady does not know her girdle from her butt hole. she is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ann on October 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK

this lady does not know her girdle from her butt hole. she is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ann on October 14, 2008 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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