…I dunno about you, but I’m noting dangerous levels of hypocrisy coming from a certain direction. No, not the Whitehouse. I’ve already detailed the stench emanating from that direction. This stuff is flowing down from the North, not the East.
Read more for the examples…
What I’m talking about is people taking credit for making the choice to keep a “perfect” baby (you know, like Jesus was perfect), and taking credit for making the choice to keep a teenage baby and then spending that credit to remove the freedom of choice from the rest of the population.
What I’m talking about here, with the hypocrisy is running against the “permanent political establishment” and running with John McCain.
What I’m talking about here is the hypocrisy of saying you were against a bridge to nowhere, when it’s painfully obvious you were for it and still took the money after Congress killed it.
WITAH is the hypocrisy of demeaning other community organizers, and then featuring your own experience in the PTA.
WITAH is the hypocrisy of claiming to be against the “Old Boys Club” when you worked for them 3 years ago and are still endorsed by them.
ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state’s political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
Palin’s name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.
From the “potential kiss of death” category comes this endorsement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate by indicted GOP Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska):
“It’s a great day for the nation and Alaskans. Governor Palin has proven herself as a bright, energetic leader for our State and will bring the same energy to the vice presidency. She will serve our country with distinction — the first Alaskan and first woman on the Republican ticket. I share in the pride of all Alaskans,” Stevens said in a statement released by his campaign.
“I have known and worked with Sarah for over a decade — from her service as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in her role as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, and most recently as our governor. She is attentive to her job and family, brings people together, and is able to make tough decisions.”
Awesome. Stevens is her political mentor. She’s been working with him her whole career.
And this is all before you get into the Troopergate stuff, the fact she had to hire a helper to run Wasilla, the fact that Trick(?) was raised by her nanny, and the raising taxes and lobbying for earmarks stuff. That’s all in this letter.
So that’s three Palin posts in a row and 10 or so in the last week. Every single talking point, except for the fact that she’s a woman and a mother, has been easily disputed. The image “narrative” crap, with the Hockey Mom/Pitbull isn’t going to fly, I don’t think. When every time (watch it happen) your experience is questioned, you attack your opponent with spurious insults, claim rampant sexism, or whine about the media…it’s evident you don’t have a leg to stand on.
Victimhood isn’t a qualification for President. Or even Vice-President.
And hypocrisy ain’t so attractive either.
UPDATE: Noted by others…
The Republican message about the Palin offspring comes across as contradictory: Hey, media, leave those kids alone — so we can use them as we see fit.
If you doubt this scenario, consider this: On Wednesday morning, a teenage boy from Alaska stood in a receiving line on an airport tarmac, being glad-handed by the potential next president of the United States — because he got his girlfriend pregnant. TV cameras were lined up in advance. The mind boggles.
And this one, of course, coming from Alaskans…
During her first speech after being named as McCain’s surprise pick as a running mate, Palin said she had told Congress “‘thanks but no thanks’ on that bridge to nowhere.”
In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska’s Congressional delegation during her run for governor.
The bridge, a span from the city to Gravina Island, home to only a few dozen people, secured a $223 million earmark in 2005. The pricey designation raised a furor and critics, including McCain, used the bridge as an example of wasteful federal spending on politicians’ pet projects.
When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was insulted by the term “bridge to nowhere,” according to Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was Palin’s campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city.
“People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I’m for this’ … and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting,” Weinstein said.
UPDATE: Fred Thompson : “Questions about her experience aren’t relevant after her speech” (paraphrased). Wait a second, I thought you folks where saying that “speechifying” didn’t prove anything? Gah, why even try and point out the hypocrisy? A good speech is only evidence of experience if you wear lipstick, it would seem.
Also it seems lipstick is a good replacement for education. And now having a teenage pregancy is a sign of being a responsible parent. It’s not like it would be for a male politician, where an out of control teen would be a sign of someone who puts political ambition ahead of family. No, no, no. That’s sexist if you apply the same principles to a woman. In this case it’s a sign of family values. Generations long family values.
And POW…shit…POW trumps everything. As Jon Stewart pointed out, Gitmo isn’t a military prison, it’s a Leadership Training Program. I’m sensing that I’m going to see a whole lot of POW tonight with McCain’s “speech of a lifetime” so we’ll go over that argument then.
UPDATE: The Daily Show did a great job on the hypocrisy bent, slamming Karl Rove, Billy O’Really, Dickie Morris, and Nancy Phlotengooesie (err, Pfotenhauer, a Sr. McCain Advisor).
And The Colbert Report did a wonderful job highlighting Joe Lieberman’s speech highlighting Obama’s leadership qualities.