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Vanity Fair Discovers Sarah Palin is Loud and Secretive

Excellent detailed piece on Sarah Palin by journalist Michael Joseph Gross in the October 2010 issue of Vanity Fair


Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury

Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin speaks at the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 2010.

Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.

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The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXVI: “Which We Have Done”

Sarah Palin once again using darling Trig Palin, a child with special needs, as a book tour prop in large crowds during the height of the H1N1 flu season.

Sarah Palin once again using darling Trig Palin, a child with special needs, as a "Going Rogue" book tour prop before large crowds during the height of the H1N1 flu season. And BTW, where is his jacket, a hat and some pants long enough to cover his little legs?

In some ways, this is an addendum to this post asking again for any actual evidence that Trig is Sarah Palin‘s biological son. In her interview with far right radio host, Rusty Humphries, she said:

Hey, you know, that’s a great point, in that weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son. And a lot of people say, “Well you need to produce his birth certificate! You need to prove that he’s your kid!” Which we have done.

I noted that this is a lie. The Palins have never released Trig’s birth certificate or proved that he is Palin’s kid. If she had, I would have posted it on this blog. In fact, we all begged for it in the campaign. And yet she simply said so outright on a radio show. The Dish appears to be the only high-traffic blog to point this out. No one in the MSM has noted that her statement is a lie. And when you examine the blogosphere’s response to this, you find the same glaring avoidance of “what is in front of our nose”, as this Alaskan blog notes:

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Sarah Palin Puts The Trig Question Back On The Table (Video)

Sarah Palin has now made two very clear public statements in the last day about the legitimacy of questions about the maternity of her son Trig. Here’s the first, transcribed from the interview above:

Would you make [Obama’s long form] birth certificate an issue if you ran?

I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue ’cause I think there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.

Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?

I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past associations and past voting record — all of that is fair game. You know, I’ve got to tell you, too: I think our campaign, the McCain/Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area. We didn’t call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were and perhaps what their future plans were. And I don’t think that that was fair to voters to not have done our jobs as candidates and as a campaign to bring to light a lot of the things that now we’re seeing made manifest in the administration.

I mean, truly, if your past is fair game and your kids are fair game, certainly Obama’s past should be. I mean, we want to treat men and women equally, right?

Hey, you know, that’s a great point, in that weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son. And a lot of people say, “Well you need to produce his birth certificate! You need to prove that he’s your kid!” Which we have done. But yeah, so maybe we could reverse that and use the same [unintelligible]-type thinking on them.

And here’s the second, a later Facebook attempt to walk back some of this:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

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Beware the Powerful Fantasy World of Sarah Palin

The US vice-presidential candidate’s memoir mocks the truth, but she remains a possible future American leader

"Going Rogue"

"Going Rogue" features the lies and half-truths of Sarah Palin.

What can one say about one of the most compelling and bizarre works of “non-fiction” on the market, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin?

I have to say it stymies me somewhat. Treating it as some kind of factual narrative to check (as I began to), or comparing its version of events with her previous versions of the same events (as I have), and comparing all those versions with what we know is empirical reality, is a dizzying task. The lies and truths and half-truths and the facts and non-facts are all blurred together in a pious purée of such ghastly self-serving prose that, in the end, the book can really be read only as some kind of chapter in a cheap 19th-century edition of Lives of the Saints.

It is a religious book, full of myths and parables. And Sarah is fast becoming a religious icon of sorts for what is now the Republican base. On the first day of her tour, she dragged her infant with Down’s syndrome everywhere she went, even waving his hand to the crowds at one point as his little head swung back and forth. Here is the Madonna with child and a child that is an emblem of everything those who oppose abortion believe in.

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GOPers Draw Line: If You’re Against Palin, You’re Dead To The Party

Journalist Jason Linkins, writing for the Huffington Post, reports on the implosion of the GOP party surrounding the choice of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the excommunication of many lifelong Republicans now considered to be anti-Palin.

With the GOP looking more and more set to fracture as the possibility of electoral defeat looms, the cannibals’ knives are out. Consider this quote, via Yglesias:

Jim Nuzzo, a White House aide to the first President Bush, dismissed Mrs Palin’s critics as “cocktail party conservatives” who “give aid and comfort to the enemy”.

He told The Sunday Telegraph: “There’s going to be a bloodbath. A lot of people are going to be excommunicated. David Brooks and David Frum and Peggy Noonan are dead people in the Republican Party. The litmus test will be: where did you stand on Palin?”

Hold it now. They’re serious about going all in with the Palin loyalty test? Uhm…apparently so! Nuzzo adds:

He said: “Win or lose, there is a ready made conservative candidate waiting in the wings. Sarah Palin is not the new Iain Duncan Smith, she is the new Ronald Reagan.”

Yowee. So, for the sake of Sarah Palin — who many conservatives correctly assessed as the candidate-born-yesterday — a whole slew of Republicans-in-good-standing are going to be thrown under the bus? That’s a serious civil war, or rather, a war betwixt the Serious and the Un-Serious. Keep in mind that Palin’s critics are not marginal figures in the conservative movement. We’re talking the aforementioned Brooks and Noonan and Frum, and we’re adding Christopher Buckley, George Will, Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Charles Krauthammer, Matthew Dowd, and for the sake of argument, we’ll throw in Chuck Hagel, Andrew Sullivan, and Christopher Hitchens, even though I hesitate to pin any of them to any sort of doctrinaire conservative group.

This is, indeed, a “bloodbath,” and for what? A distinctly semi-pro Alaskan governor who’s more or less made the charisma-free Tim Pawlenty look like What Could Have Been?

Additionally, this sort of line-in-the-sand drawing avoids another obvious truth — come 2012, someone besides Palin is going to vie for the GOP nomination. Someone like, say, Mitt Romney, who famously earned the backing of the National Review, which called him a “full-spectrum conservative.” What happens to Romney, now that he’s on the wrong side of the Palin line? Because that’s where he is:

Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”


Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a “diva” and was going off message intentionally. The former and current Romney supporters further are pushing Romney supporters for key Republican jobs, including head of the Republican National Committee.

If I read this right, the GOP is set splinter into a trio of factions: the Palin-philes, the Romney remainders, and those excommunicated from the movement for daring to make a lick of sense at one point. Fitting isn’t it, that a McCain loss might precipitate his party coming to resemble the factionalism of the Iraqi misadventure they all cooked up in the first place. Maybe Joe Biden can help them reach some sort of triple-partition solution!

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The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XI: Asking The Girls?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, husband Todd Palin and two of their daughters.

Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, husband Todd Palin and two of their five children.

Why does GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin continue to lie to the United States voters, even about little details, that can be so easily disproved?  The brilliant Andrew Sullivan examines yet another of Palin’ ongoing lies and we are left to wonder, how stupid does Sarah Palin think Americans are?

This is indeed odd. Here is Palin answering Hannity’s question about her decision to accept the vice-presidency:

“It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway.  And they voted unanimously, yes.  Didn’t bother asking my son because, you know, he’s going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn’t be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here.  So ask the girls what they thought and they’re like, absolutely.  Let’s do this, mom.”

But here’s the official tick-tock of the announcement from McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker on August 29:

“Later that morning, John McCain departed for Phoenix and Governor Palin departed with staff to Flagstaff, Arizona.  Governor Palin, Kris Perry, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter proceeded to the Manchester Inn and Conference Center in Middleton, Ohio. They were checked into the hotel as the Upton Family. While there, Governor Palin’s children, who had been told they were going to Ohio to celebrate their parents’ wedding anniversary, were told for the first time that their mother would be a nominee for Vice President of the United States of America.”

Here’s the ADN story that claims that the pick was a total surprise to her family and children in Ohio. Here is more Palin from the Hannity interview:

PALIN: Well, I found out about the actual selection just a couple days before you guys all did. Getting that nod was quite an experience, of course, because I knew that Senator McCain and his team had been doing a heck of a lot of research and vetting of many names.

But according to the McCain campaign, it was not “a couple days” between her being asked and our finding out. It was one day. She was asked 11 am on Thursday and the pick became public Friday morning: one day. Moreover, Todd Palin insisted in an earlier interview that during that one day between the nod and the announcement, the girls were kept totally in the dark:

So this was Thursday morning. I wake them up at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, and I said, OK, hey, we’re going on a surprise trip to celebrate your mom and I’s anniversary, 20th anniversary. So give me your cell phones. Well, why do you want my cell phone? Because I know you’re going to call people, and you might call mom and ask what’s going on. So I said, Give me your cell phones. If there’s any questions — whoever wants to ask questions is going to stay at Grandma’s house, so who’s going?

So they gave me all their cell phones. And so later that day, Sarah called me — or that morning, Sarah called me and then we were on a plane south.

Look: Palin can’t have taken the “two days” between McCain’s offer and the announcement to get the girls to vote on the question because a) it was one day, not two and b) because her husband and the McCain campaogn have already told us they were kept totally in the dark in the period after their mother had accepted McCain’s offer. There was no time for them to vote and no vote could have been offered.

I know this is trivial, but the point is that there is a very powerful pattern here of Sarah Palin’s difficulty with telling the truth. Here we have some clear facts and chronology about events in the public record that happened only a couple of weeks ago and Sarah Palin’s stories are hopelessly contradictory. This is a pattern. She seems to have imagined a conversation that could not have taken place.

And the other weird detail, of course, is her dismissal of Track’s views because he would be in Iraq “doing his thing.” In fact, an active duty soldier would have plenty of reason to be consulted about the possibility of his mother becoming vice-president. It could compromise his ability to blend in, require possible extra security protection, and perhaps jeopardize his chance to be in combat. Think Prince Harry or McCain’s sons whom he wisely keeps very much in the background.

Remember she also told Charlie Gibson that she instantly and unblinkingly said yes, when asked, to John McCain’s offer for the veep slot. Either Palin lied to Gibson or she lied to Hannity. Take your pick.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XI: Asking The Girls?