After yesterday's revelation that tensions in the Palin/McCain camp are running high, with Palin insisting upon "going rogue" as a means to create the political reputation that the McCain handlers failed to provide for her, it's not surprising that Sarah Palin has continued to repeatedly make statements that are so over-the-top and frightening that it's hard to even comprehend where she's coming from at times. At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday, Palin preached about the "virtues of freedom and independence while being generous and compassionate with others," before completely going off the rails and basically implying that Barack Obama was a scary communist who was planning to take all our rights and money away."Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record," Palin told the crowd. "Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free." Apparently, Palin picked up this info on the way to becoming an expert in misusing power and taking advantage of taxpayers in order to ensure that her family was taken care of, no? In any case, it appears that hinting at socialism, last week's no-no word, has now been replaced by hinting at communism. So look out, totalitarianism! Palin is comin' to getcha! Because Sarah Palin isn't down with a big bad government, makin' all the rules. No! Sarah believes that "individual Americans and American families who can make better decisions for ourselves than government can ever make for us." Except, you know, women and their wacky wombs and vaginas, because the government should totally make decisions for them, right Sarah? Palin's continued insistence on preaching one thing and practicing another is, at this point, becoming terrifyingly expected. No longer are we shocked by the vitriol and bizarre statements that come out of her mouth. That does not mean, however, that we should not be concerned about the messages she continues to spread on her Hate Talk Express tour around the country. A particularly disturbing revelation on Palin's part is her belief that abortion clinic bombers should not be considered terrorists, despite the FBI's insistence that abortion clinic attackers are, in fact, domestic terrorists. When asked about the terrorism designation by NBC's Brian Williams, Palin responded, "Now others who would to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities, I don’t know if you’re gonna use the word ‘terrorist’ there, but it’s unacceptable, and it would not be condoned of course on our watch.” Ok. So you're not going to use the word "terrorist" to describe an individual who BOMBS a clinic as a means of religious or moral protest in order to spread a message of fear and hate and intimidation, but you are willing to call Barack Obama someone who "pals around with terrorists" because he was on a school board with Bill Ayers 10 years ago? Could you please explain the logic of this to me, Governor Palin? Terrorism is defined as "the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion." If abortion clinic bombings aren't domestic terrorism, then I'm not sure what is. As Josh at RightWingWatch notes, "it’s disturbing that after 7 murders, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, 175 acts of arson and hundreds of cases of death threats, stalking, assault, and break-ins, Palin doesn’t think it’s appropriate to use the T-word." Perhaps Palin's actions over the last few weeks are the reason why The Anchorage Daily News has officially endorsed Barack Obama. Though the Daily News gives Alaska's governor some credit for her abilities, the paper concludes that "despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time." Good call, Anchorage Daily News, though I'd say based on Palin's increasingly inflammatory rhetoric, inability to match her words with her actions, and failure to understand the horrors that befall American citizens, regular Joes and Janes who are just trying to work and live, (and who, as it stands, have the protection of the United States government and the right to freedom of religion) every time an abortion clinic is bombed, I'd say any time is too risky a time to have Sarah Palin anywhere near the White House. Obama For President [Anchorage Daily News] Alaska Funded Palin Kids' Travel[AP] Transcript: Time's Interview With Sarah Palin [Time] Palin Disagrees With FBI Over Terrorism Designation[RightWingWatch] Palin Says Obama 'Palling Around With Terrorists'[HuffingtonPost] Palin: Obama's Tax Plan Could Mean Nightmare Communist State[HuffingtonPost] Palin Allies Report Rising Camp Tension [Politico]
I think she's actually using the lines the campaign is feeding her there, given that they're putting out essentially the same message in their ads, though, Hortense. I mean, not to excuse her (they're still coming out of her mouth), but it would be a shame if we let McCain off the hook on this particular score considering he's been pushing this angle all along.
And here is Joe Biden's response to this kind of ridiculous shit. "Is this a joke?"