Debunking the Palin Rumors
A few of my faves:
Yes, she did giggle when someone called Lyda Green a “bitch.” Yes, Lyda Green is a cancer survivor. Yes, it was the same Lyda Green who tried to force a scheduling conflict that would make Palin miss her son’s high school graduation. Yes, this would also be the Lyda Green who complained no one had asked her about Palin during the vetting process.
That’s small town politics for you. I know, because my parents are involved in small town politics and it’s just like that, i.e. just like high school when, say, anyone who got it in their head that you snubbed them will show up again later with an interesting, off-the-wall and untrue story about you for public consumption.
Yes, it seems unlikely that she’s going to be in hiding for the next two weeks, seeing as she’s been in rallies twice in the last two days. Or at least it’s going to be real rough, given that she has three media interviews scheduled today (September 6) alone.
Having Palin “hiding from the media” is a big meme for Andrew Sullivan and others pushing the theory that she’s a doe-eyed rube nominated without any vetting whatsoever by the McCain campaign. Of course that theory is obviously ridiculous, but it’s clear that only hard proof is going to make the Palin-haters shut up – maybe that’s why Sullivan’s blog has been pretty quiet the last several hours (I wrote this post yesterday – Sullivan’s back now but the focus is conspicuously off of Palin.)
No, she didn’t cut funding for unwed mothers; yes, she did increase it by “only” 354 percent instead of 454 percent, as part of a multi-year capital expenditures program. No, the Washington Post doesn’t appear to have corrected their story.
I can actually sort of see why the Post wouldn’t consider this one a big deal – in DC, it’s common to describe a smaller budget increase as a “cut”. Of course that in itself cuts in favor of Palin’s outsider image.
Yes, she did ask the librarian if some books could be withdrawn because of being offensive; no, they couldn’t; yes, it was “rhetorical,, at least as was reported contemporaneously in 1996 (and thanks to Cecil Turner@ Just One Minute for this); yes, she did threaten to fire the librarian a month later; no, that wasn’t over the books thing but instead over administrative issues; no, the librarian wasn’t fired either; yes, the librarian was a big supporter of one of her political opponents; yes, the librarian was also a close friend of the chief of police mentioned above; no, this is not the first time in the history of civilization that someone has been threatened with being fired over a political dispute.
This is important – the book-banning thing, if true, is a big point against her. It’s also (like a lot of the rumors) a stock caricature of Christians/rural people/anyone else outside Manhattan, so the press needs to dig deeper. So, as with everything else, the
press blogs will dig deeper.
No, she’s not from another planet.
No, I haven’t actually heard that one yet, but you wait.Okay, I have now heard it.
Yes, she was vetted extensively, not just in three days — I’ve got links to press reports about people coming to Wasilla on May 29, and we had her on our Veepstakes at PJM from the first day we ran it.
Uh oh, what ever will Sullivan do with this obvious news???
Isn’t this all the media vetting that the media has been clamoring for? Wait, except it was done by alternative media, while the MSM were .. uh, what were they doing again? Oh that’s right – perpetuating the rumors. Great reporting there, Lou!