Some silly partisan hack up in Alaska is doing her best to try and discredit Palin. Anne Kilkenny is a Democrat who supposedly knows Sarah and just wanted the populace to know what a “monster” she is. So she sent out a email that went a bit viral within the lefty ranks and since the tabloid newspaper McClatchy hasn’t met a liberal conspiracy they didn’t like they ran with it and put the email up on their front page.
In the email she makes plenty of accusations about Palin and FactCheck.org went through it all and found it…well, wanting.
We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.
* Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
* She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
* She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
* Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesty” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.
* Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”
A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny. We’ll be looking into other charges in that e-mail for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.
The liberal strategy has always been to throw as much crap at the wall and hope something sticks. Sometimes they get lucky, most often they don’t…for example, the story that Palin is a racist, which was debunked officially today.
They tried to make a gaffe out of a non-gaffe when Sarah Palin stated the truth:
Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.
Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers.” The companies, as McClatchy reported, “aren’t taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization.”
Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.
“You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country’s mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn’t speak well for her, I’d say.”
“To not have a clue what they do?” She got it exactly right. Those two institutions are way too big, and they have become expensive to bail out. Where’s the beef in the liberals complaints? Steve Spruiell has more:
In attempting to explain Palin’s “gaffe,” liberal bloggers seem oddly reliant on the past tense:
HuffPo, quoting Andrew Jakabovics: “It is somewhat nonsensical because up until yesterday there was sort of no public funding there.”
Benen: “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac weren’t receiving any taxpayer money.”
Yglesias: “… in fact, they weren’t funded by the taxpayers at all.”
Pandagon: “Sarah Palin believes tat Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taxpayer-funded. They weren’t.”
Except, of course, now they are! Just like we always knew they would be! Palin’s point was obviously that 1. Fannie and Freddie have always been a huge liability for taxpayers, because 2. everyone knew that the government would bail them out if they failed, and 3. a McCain-Palin administration would use the government’s new authority over Fannie and Freddie to shrink these beasts down to size and protect taxpayers in the future.
Not to be left out Joe Biden complained that Palin was too extreme on global warming because she doesn’t believe that humans are causing it. Check the link to see how extreme. Oh, and 45% of the public doesn’t believe the man-made fiction either, so how freakin extreme is that again?
And then we have Michelle Obama…..oh, Michelle…how we’ve missed you so.
Obama then moved on to politics, where she first brought up her husband’s vice-presidential choice. “I think it was a really good pick—Senator Joe Biden,” she said, and later added, “People say they have amazing chemistry, and it’s true.”
Obama continued with talk about Biden when she said, “What you learn about Barack from his choice is that he’s not afraid of smart people.” The crowd softly chuckled.
Yeah, thats it. Sarah Palin isn’t smart. I mean how in the world can she compete with someone who sole claim to fame is that she married a politician?