In another excerpt from the ABC interview, she who would be vice president engaged in more truth twisting and old fashioned political mendacity. Speaking with ABC’s Charles Gibson, the GOP vice presidential nominee emphatically insisted she had never denied humans’ role in driving climate changes across the globe.”Show me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that,” Palin challenged Gibson.
Madam Governor, Last year, you told the [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner], and I quote “I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.” And in [Newmax magazine] you said, “A changing climate will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

While the campaign spin doctors will doubtless attempt to painfully parse the candidates own words. I say if it looks like a moose, smells like a moose and walks like a moose. It’s probably Sarah Palin attempting to convince undecided voters she is a reformer, despite the fact as Governor She took155 million in earmarks in 2008 for a population of 670,000. That’s $231 per person. By contrast Senator Obama’s state, got $22 per person.
The math is pretty simple unless of course you’re dealing with an evangelical social conservative. Oscar Wilde after all once observed “truth is rarely pure and never simple”. If you claim to despise ear mark it’s hard to explain $3.2 million for researching seal genetics and crab mating habits.
Most pundits feel John Kerry lost 2004 for failing to quickly respond to swift boat misinformation, believing the American people would reject out of hand the lies told over and over. This time however, if you present yourself on the stump opposed to ear marks when the record clearly indicates otherwise you’re going to be called on it.
If you’re the candidate who insists on the title of reformer but your administration is being investigated because you may have abused your office, the people will be told. If you’re the candidate who claims in her acceptance speech, to be the voice and advocate of special needs children. But you veto programs intended to help those same children while digging into the pork barrel for money to study the sex habits of crabs, the folks are going to learn about it.

And when it’s all been said what seems left is the sense that your campaign is mostly about your fierce sense of patriotism, which I admirable but its hardly the answer to the problems your party created in the first place.

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