Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Lying Is Not Acceptable
"Has anyone noticed that Sarah Palin's central claim to political fame is a fraud? She represents herself as a fiscal conservative who abhors pork-barrel projects and said no thanks to the "Bridge to Nowhere" -- a $398 million span that would have linked Ketchikan, Alaska, to its airport across the Tongass Narrows. But as mayor of Wasilla (pop. 9,780), she hired a Washington lobbyist to bring home the bacon. And as a candidate for governor just two years ago, she supported both the Ketchikan bridge and the Congressional earmark that would have paid most of its cost." When the earmark money was received, as governor she accepted it but used it for purposes other than the bridge. The above question was asked by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, not exactly a flaming liberal media outlet. At this moment in time, my prediction is that the fraud will be the Achilles heel of her candidacy, which will carry over to McCain, as it should. For all the legitimate questions about Obama, including his lack of experience, one can say with 100% certainty that he has been fully vetted by his peers, the media and public opinion over the course of the last eighteen months. In the next 62 days leading up to the election, Palin must of necessity face the gauntlet and the answer to the question raised above has nowhere to go. It is one thing, expected, for a candidate to overstate qualifications, but it is quite another thing to lie about them. Palin has done both.