BREAKING: SARAH PALIN LIED… (again)

I’m done.  Simply done.  For the past couple of weeks, I have tried to lead into every story about McCain and Palin lying with something clever, or witty.  I can’t do it anymore.  I’m out.  You’re just going to have to get the story without any kind of biting comment because I don’t have anymore, they lie that friggin’ much.

So Sarah Palin, having apparently had too rough of an interview with Charlie Gibson, goes to Sean Hannity because, of course, that will be a “fair and balanced” interview.  Now, I don’t know if she just got too cocky, or maybe it’s just physically impossible for her not to lie, but… well…

She decides to go in for some heartstring pulling and starts up with an anecdote about how she went to her daughters first to get their opinion on whether or not she should accept the invitation to join John McCain’s ticket.

Their answer was, “Absolutely, let’s do this, Mom.”

One problem; apparently this doesn’t even match up with the official campaign timeline of Sarah Palin accepting the nomination.  The kids weren’t told about it until they were already en route to the acceptance in Ohio!

Now, look, I’m not trying to be a hardass, really, I’m not.  I could care less how Palin broke the news to her kids; that event alone matters to the sum of zero on whether or not McCain and Palin can effectively govern.  Not on its own, at least.

But when you factor this incident in with the fact that between McCain and Palin they haven’t managed to tell the truth about practically anything, that’s when it becomes significant.  I mean, this is ludicrous; the big and important stuff they say turns out to be false, and the little stuff turns out to be false.

I recognize that people lie, especially politicians.  And, to be perfectly honest, you have to kind of make allowances for that.  But there’s a difference between occasionally stretching the truth, and being a pathological liar, and it is beginning to look like that is what the McCain/Palin team is; a big fat lie factory.

In regards to serving as president and vice president, this is huge.  For one, you simply can’t trust them to level with us, the American people, ever.  For another, you have to start wondering if they can even level with themselves.  Remember Ron Suskind’s discussion with an unnamed White House source (often believed to be Karl Rove):

The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

At some point, and I feel that point has long since passed, we need to seriously ask the question; are they simply liars, or are they really cut from the same cloth indicated above?  Do they really feel like they have the ability to act, and in so acting create their own reality?

And if that answer is yes, we must remember exactly what that frame of mind brought us; two wars, hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, an economy in crisis, millions without healthcare, an energy crisis, the loss of the trust of the world, a world more in danger of terrorism than it was before we were attacked on September 11th, 2001, and the shredding of our constitutional rights.

The McCain campaign always has an answer.  They always have some sort of explanation–they can’t ever own up to a mistake, but instead provide some rationale no matter how lame.  But you know what?  There shouldn’t be need for excuses.  These excuses are indicative of a mindset that doesn’t understand what is so with what they are doing.

They are lying, but what is more, I’m beginning to believe that they believe their own lies.  And just remember, it was that behavior that is leaving us after eight years with a country that is less secure, and defaulting on the promises it makes to its posterity.

5 Responses to “BREAKING: SARAH PALIN LIED… (again)”

  1. vinny says:

    Yeah, name something moron that sarah palin and john mccain “haven’t managed to tell the truth about practically anything.” NAME SOMETHING?????? DONT SAY IT AND NOT STATE FACTS. You find one thing and you absolutely accuse them of not telling the truth about EVERYTHING. your real far left.

  2. DrGail says:

    Vinny: I’d be tempted to provide you with numerous examples (complete with the underlying facts of which your. . .excuse me, you’re. . .so fond), but certain things just have such strong weight of evidence behind them that they need no supporting facts and specific examples. The sun rises in the east. Gravity pulls things down (like your. . .oh, never mind). Palin & McCain lie. As Kyle pointed out, this is all-in-all a relatively minor incident, but against the backdrop of everything else, it speaks to a certain pattern.

    Rather than get sucked down into the rabbit hole of offering example after example for you to offer what you might assert are perfectly reasonable explanations, I will simply ask a question: If Sarah Palin can’t keep her story straight about something so minor as the timeline about when she accepted the VP nomination, how can you take anything she (or McCain) says at face value?

    Or, at an even more “meta” level, what does this say about the GOP candidates for the White House that the narrative they are trying to put forth (in this case, that Sarah Palin is a concerned mom whose daughters’ feelings are factored into parental decisions which will undoubtedly impact them) trumps the truth? Aren’t we just now coming out of 8 interminable years of that kind of shit? Do we really want to go there again?

  3. Jay says:

    This post is silly. You should really get a life.

  4. Kathy says:

    Remember Ron Suskind’s discussion with an unnamed White House source (often believed to be Karl Rove):

    Actually, after reading Suskind’s latest book, “The Way of the World” (which, despite being riddled with typos, I recommend on the substance), I think Suskind’s source for that quote was Donald Rumsfeld, because of this, from close to the end of the book:

    “Rumsfeld, who told CIA and State that their involvement in the planning process [for the Iraq war] was no longer needed, ended the meeting, abruptly, with a signature statement: ‘We will impose our reality on them.’ “

  5. bill says:

    Well, I see no one, here, is going to give any verifiable examples from well-known papers of Sarah Palin lying. Yes, there has been accusation . . . by one she fired. Of course, someone fired “might” accuse her of lying. There’s motive, there, for the accuser to be lying (o: And I just looked through several pages of links and found only blogs saying she has lied . . . NO regular, official investigative reporters’ works. Also, about her saying when she told her kids about her nomination acceptance > if she is working and going with not much sleep > how well do YOU function for remembering every little detail and its time while you have been campaigning, relating with family, and doing this with one or two or three hours of sleep? Oh, YOU don’t do this? (o: So, maybe you don’t know what it’s like for ANY of our leaders to be campaigning and keeping track of all those details and exactly when each item happened (o: We can lie to *ourselves*, in our eagerness to find lies where they are NOT confirmed legally. What happened to presuming innocence? How many times have you fooled yourself into believing a weather report, which was NOT correct? We can lie to our own selves and not even know it (o: Prejudice for one candidate can have us lying to ourselves about what is true about another, in our overeagerness to justify our own preference.

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