Monday, September 8, 2008

Palin Latest: Mythology, Smoke & Mirrors

Columnist Frank Rich nails Sarah Palin and the Republicans on the trail of lies surrounding the Alaska governor, whose accomplishments do not pass the so-called sniff test. Worse, they don't pass the truth test.

Rich's column, which appeared in yesterday's New York Times, was the paper's most popular piece on its website today. Here's a sample:
We still don’t know a lot about Palin except that she’s better at delivering a speech than McCain and that she defends her own pregnant daughter’s right to privacy even as she would have the government intrude to police the reproductive choices of all other women. Most of the rest of the biography supplied by her and the McCain camp is fiction.

She didn’t say “no thanks” to the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after Congress had already abandoned it but given Alaska a blank check for $223 million in taxpayers’ money anyway. Far from rejecting federal pork, she hired lobbyists to secure her town a disproportionate share of earmarks ($1,000 per resident in 2002, 20 times the per capita average in other states). Though McCain claimed “she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” she has never issued a single command as head of the Alaska National Guard. As for her “executive experience” as mayor, she told her hometown paper in Wasilla, Alaska, in 1996, the year of her election: “It’s not rocket science. It’s $6 million and 53 employees.” Her much-advertised crusade against officials abusing their office is now compromised by a bipartisan ethics investigation into charges that she did the same.


Jeff Y said...

Anyone who starts their rant with "New York Times" is a complete moron.
No credibility at all.

Tulsan said...

Jeffy, anyone who starts their rant with "Anyone who starts their rant with 'New York Times' is a complete moron" has little credibility as a media critic.

With all its flaws (which I had hoped would be addressed more strongly by Clark Hoyt, public editor of the NYT, formerly of McClatchy,) the NYT certainly has value. Columnists Frank Rich and Paul Krugman alone make it worth reading.