At a fund-raising event in Colorado, Gov. Sarah Palin made this accusation of Barack Obama:
“We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”
She made a similar comment again today in California. In a bizarre way, it’s a good sign. To sink this low is almost surely an act of desperation.
Palin was referring to Bill Ayers, a founder of the radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in the early 1970s, including the Pentagon and the Capitol. However, according to CNN:
Palin cited an article in Saturday’s New York Times about Obama’s relationship with Ayers, now 63. But that article concluded that “the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called ‘somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.’ ”
Several other publications, including the Washington Post, Time magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New Yorker and The New Republic, have debunked the idea that Obama and Ayers had a close relationship.
CNN went on to quote a senior Republican operative who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss strategy:
“We’re going to get a little tougher. We’ve got to question this guy’s associations. Very soon. There’s no question that we have to change the subject here.”
Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan replied:
“What’s clear is that John McCain and Sarah Palin would rather spend their time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Palin, in a shameful attempt to bring in women’s support for her ticket, misquoted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by claiming Albright had once stated:
“There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.”
What Albright actually said was:
“There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.”
I should also point out that Gov. Palin pulled this quote off her Starbucks Mocha cup. Well, at least now we finally have the answer to Katie Couric’s unanswered question to Palin, “when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?”
Perhaps Gov. Palin’s deep desire to overturn Roe v. Wade has qualified her for that “special place”.
Lastly, lets take a look at another piece of misinformation spread by Ned Flanders Sarah Palin. This from CNN’s Fact Check:
The Statement: In the vice-presidential debate on Thursday, October 2, in St. Louis, Republican nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama proposes “to mandate health care coverage and have (a) universal, government-run program. And unless you’re pleased with the way the federal government has been running anything lately, I don’t think that it’s going to be real pleasing for Americans to consider health care being taken over by the feds.”
The Facts: Obama’s health care plan, as described on his campaign Web site, does include a government mandate that all children be covered by health insurance. Beyond that, while the plan is “universal” in the sense that it aims to make health care coverage available to every American, it is not “universal” in the sense that a government mandate would require coverage for every adult. On Saturday, October 4 at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, Obama said his goal is to provide “affordable, accessible health care for every single American.”
The Obama plan would increase the federal government’s role in health care by requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing or chronic conditions and requiring all employers other than very small businesses to offer coverage to their employees or pay part of the costs to cover them. But it would also include existing private insurance options, would use existing providers and plans and would allow people to choose their own doctors and methods of insurance. According to Obama’s Web site, people who are pleased with their current health care coverage and happy with their current doctor will not have to change anything. Employers that cannot afford health care for their employees would be eligible for subsidies.
The plan does propose creating a National Health Insurance Exchange. While it is not clear exactly how the exchange would operate and who would oversee it, according to Obama’s Web site people could use the exchange to choose a private plan or a new public plan similar to that offered to federal employees and members of Congress.
The Verdict: Mostly False. Obama’s plan would increase government’s role in health care, and mandate coverage for children, but would include existing health care systems and not mandate universal coverage. There is no evidence in the plan to support Palin’s claim that health care would be “taken over by the feds.”
Like shooting wolves from a helicopter, McCain/Palin are showing themselves to be dirty fighters. They’re also betting on Americans being none-too-bright, extremely gullible, and easily distracted from the real issues at hand. November 4th will show whether or not they’re right.