Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Calling a Spade

They don't quite put it in the headline, but the Washington Post basically ran a front-page article today calling Sarah Palin a liar:
From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half-truth. But yesterday in Lebanon, Ohio, and again in Lancaster, Pa., she crossed that bridge again.

"I told Congress: 'Thanks but no thanks for that Bridge to Nowhere up in Alaska,' " Palin told the crowds at the "McCain Street USA" rallies. "If we wanted a bridge, we'll build it ourselves."

Palin's position on the bridge that would have linked Ketchikan to Gravina Island is one example of a candidate staying on message even when that message has been publicly discredited. Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for -- then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress.

That, to be clear, is the opening three paragraphs. On the front page of the Washington Post.

It's amazing to me that the media actually appears to be doing its job here. Meanwhile, the response of a Republican strategist was priceless:
"The more the New York Times and The Washington Post go after Sarah Palin, the better off she is, because there's a bigger truth out there and the bigger truths are she's new, she's popular in Alaska and she is an insurgent," Feehery said. "As long as those are out there, these little facts don't really matter."

Little facts are for little people.

1 comment:

PG said...

I wonder if the Dems will run an ad pointing out just how bad McCain/Palin are on issues that may be of particular interest for female voters. Something pointing out that
- McCain doesn't want women to be able to sue for inequities in pay,
- Palin's priorities as Wasilla mayor were to get a sports complex built while rape survivors had to pay for their own forensic medical exams -- the only town in Alaska that didn't cover that cost. Palin, of course, also would force those survivors who were impregnated by their rapists to complete their pregnancies.