John Heilemann and Mark Halperin have written a book, Game Change, about the 2008 presidential race and (surprise!) it contains a variety of shopworn cheap shots aimed at Sarah Palin by the losers who drove the McCain campaign off a cliff:

In the days leading up to an interview with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, aides were worried with Ms. Palin’s grasp of facts. She couldn’t explain why North and South Korea were separate nations and she did not know what the Federal Reserve did. She also said she believed Saddam Hussein attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

So, who exactly said this? The authors don’t tell us:

The book … is based on interviews with more than 200 people with inside knowledge of the campaign … but all sources were granted anonymity, and in most cases the authors provide no specific documentation for their account.

They won’t name the “aides” and don’t provide proof that they actually talked to anyone on the McCain staff who was in a position to know. Now, who is so infected with Sarahphobia that he would actually take such gossip seriously? You guessed it:

The idea that this person was qualified to run a country in one of its most serious crises, economically and militarily, beggars belief. The recklessness it revealed in McCain showed that he too was simply unqualified for high office.

Well, there are a couple of problems here. First, if Palin had actually said Saddam Hussein attacked us, it would obviously have been leaked to the “news” media by Schmidt or one of the other incompetent buffoons who ran the McCain campaign.

Second, in my area of expertise, Governor Palin consistently showed herself to be better informed, more experienced, and far more honest than anyone else on either ticket—-and that most certainly includes the feckless Barack Obama.

In fact, since the election, she has exerted nearly as much influence on the health care debate from her Facebook page as Obama has with the bully pulpit of the Presidency. So, color me skeptical about her alleged cluelessness in all these other areas.

My guess is that they had very little material on Palin, but the publisher insisted on teasing that story to generate some interest in this book. If they’re lucky, they’ll sell enough books to hit perhaps 1% of the sales generated by her autobiography.

Comments 10

  1. Derek Pearce wrote:

    as opposed to your shop-worn cheap “defenses” of Palin? I’m starting to like this blog. You’re secretly a lefty “Catron” aren’t you? These hilariously blind-to-fact posts you make are damned entertaining ;^)

    Posted 09 Jan 2010 at 4:46 pm
  2. Charlie AK wrote:

    I used to be a Palin supporter until the obvious could not be ignored anymore. Sorry but you are blinded by this persona she presents which is a complete fraud! Open up your eyes already. If you like her as a person you aren’t helping her. These aren’t just low pot shots people are taking. It’s the truth and she has fooled too many and taken their money. More experience then Obama? On paper only. Obama is smart even if I don’t like his beliefs. Palin didn’t even do a good job as mayor. What are you clinging to?

    Posted 09 Jan 2010 at 6:45 pm
  3. Alaska Super Voter wrote:

    Why do conservatives support Sarah Palin?

    She increased the sales tax in Wasilla to fund her silly sports complex that left the city more than 20 million dollars in debt! Then there’s all the pork she collected as mayor! Conservative values? Since when?

    As governor, before she QUIT, she almost doubled the State’s operating budget in 2 years and increased taxes 400% on the state’s #1 tax payer!

    And is everyone aware of the fact that a 13-year old can get an abortion in Alaska without parental consent? Palin did NOTHING to change that. NOTHING.

    ‘Charlie AK’ above it right… Palin is a complete fraud. A disaster on every level.

    Posted 09 Jan 2010 at 9:04 pm
  4. KarenJ wrote:

    I see you link to as a reference for Sarah Palin’s “experience”.

    I was just over at listing a lot of real facts about Sarah Palin, and the ‘Bots over there (yes, that’s what they are, and they really didn’t like being called that…but they didn’t hesitate to call me every obscene name in the book) refused to accept my links to articles in the Anchorage Daily News, the state of Alaska website, the New York Times, the Washington Independent, etc. etc.

    So why should anyone accept your link to as a SOURCE?

    Posted 09 Jan 2010 at 10:14 pm
  5. TH wrote:

    “First, if Palin had actually said Saddam Hussein attacked us, it would obviously have been leaked to the “news? media by Schmidt or one of the other incompetent buffoons who ran the McCain campaign.”

    What a delightfully bizarre thing to say!

    Posted 10 Jan 2010 at 8:57 am
  6. Catron wrote:

    Oh dear … Did I commit a social blunder, TH?

    Posted 10 Jan 2010 at 11:55 am
  7. Michael wrote:

    “Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” Washington Post.

    Posted 10 Jan 2010 at 7:55 pm
  8. Catron wrote:

    Nice try, Michael, but this won’t do.

    Nowhere in this quote (or any other) does she accuse Saddam of being involved in 9-11, the dishonest WaPo headline nothwithstanding.

    It’s all in the verbs. The important verb here is “rejoiced.” Even a Sarahphobe would admit (I think) that Saddam “rejoiced” in the 9-11 attacks.

    Posted 10 Jan 2010 at 9:59 pm
  9. Marc Brown wrote:

    Come on David – you know full well that Bush, Cheney and co played a game of linking 9/11 with Iraq but never quite saying it was so. As a result, at one point 70% of your fellow Americans at one point believed Saddam was among those behind 9/11. Were you one of them? I’d be amazed if Palin wasn’t.

    Posted 11 Jan 2010 at 6:20 am
  10. FangedFaerie wrote:

    Yep, it’s in all the verbs. Like “planned” and “carried out.”

    Posted 11 Jan 2010 at 11:39 pm

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