Leave it to Sarah Palin to look at all the sympathetic attention Hillary Clinton has gotten from Karl Rove’s bogus suggestion that she might have suffered brain damage – and find a way to make it about herself. Given that the two situations could not be more different, Palin may well have come up with the Worst Excuse To Play The Conservative Victim evah.
Palin first made her ridiculous comparison in a rambling Facebook lecture. This, less than a week after she attacked the Obama administration as “lazy, ineffectual, naïve, and insulting” – plus “embarrassing” – for using social media in its #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign. Ironically, that limelight-grabbing scolding came from her Facebook page – and Twitter feed – too.
Palin’s latest screed attempts to equate those who have complained about Rove’s tactics with Trig Truthers, those who have suspected that she never gave birth to her youngest son but adopted him from one of her children – or someone:
America, you deserve fair and consistent coverage of relevant issues before deciding a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, so have faith the agenda-less media will refuse to push whispers and wildly inaccurate information about a partisan politician’s body part. Goodness, no one credible would print lies, continually harass a candidate’s doctor, disrupt local hospital staff, or even offer to pay locals to give “quotes” about her health records to be included in a “research book” by a public university professor (your tax dollars at work?) which the candidate’s attorney will need to respond to.
Palin seems to be suggesting that Hillary should suffer because of what she, herself, has supposedly suffered at the hands of the “lamestream media.” And/or that she, Palin, is the bigger - but unsung - victim. But there’s a huge difference. Nobody like Karl Rove went on television and said that the issue was vital to Palin’s candidacy – as happened with Clinton. And nobody asked questions about Trig's birth on television talk shows for days on end.
However, Sean Hannity could not have cared less about any distinction. He was more than happy to turn the spotlight on Palin for six minutes of anti-Obama, anti-liberal invective.
Here’s my highly edited, highly subjective transcript:
HANNITY: Blah, blah, blah “double standard”… “abortion”… “sharia.”
PALIN: Blah, blah “double standard that raging liberals are known for.” Blah, blah, blah, “It’s a war on women if you were to question a liberal women.” Blah, blah, “race also.” Blah, blah, “Heaven forbid, you’re going to be called a racist if you were to question Barack Obama’s policies.”
HANNITY: Blah, blah MSNBC… Sandra Fluke… she thinks that the public ought to pay for her birth control. I have a hard time understanding that mindset.
Maybe that’s because it’s not her mindset. Fluke wants insurance to cover contraception.
PALIN: …The left will grasp anything that you say that can be taken out of context blah, blah. The issues that are so important to Americans have to do with the failed policies of the far left. They can’t win on arguing their policies. So they have to go on the semantics…. The Commander In Chief… just spews more rhetoric.
Because we all know what a substance-driven policy maven Palin is!
You can watch poor, pitiful Palin below.
Graphic above via screen grab.
Obviously her return to Fox shows that each side needed each other. One for ratings, and Sarah to return to the mothership where she’ll never be challenged, and it works.
Bemused— thanks, that’s how I feel about it anyway.
Only wish she felt the same way.
There are a few regulars on NH who will accuse you of being a troll! Honest thoughts are not always welcome here.
And I’m not “accusing” anybody of anything, I’m simply talking about what actually happened. I’m also not making any moral equivalence here. I’m simply pointing out that Palin was hideously and very personally and intrusively trashed about her special needs baby and obviously still resents it deeply, and probably always will.
Are you proud of that very widespread speculation on leftish blogs that went on for months? I’m sure not. I thought it was shameful, particularly because it had zero relationship to her fitness for office. God knows there were and are vastly more important reasons to more than question that.
The point is, as far as I’m concerned, the hands of the “left” are hardly clean on this kind of stuff, and we ought to be honest and acknowledge that fact.
So frankly, I cut Palin a bit of a break — just a bit — on her irrationality about this.
It’s worth remembering that although Palin has always been conservative, she was notoriously bipartisan as governor in her term prior to joining the McCain ticket, and allied primarily with the Democrats in the Alaska lege against the Republicans.