Pot Calling the Kettle Black Department

OPINION   | October 6, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist:  The Wright Stuff
By WILLIAM KRISTOL

………………Palin also made clear that she was eager for the McCain-Palin campaign to be more aggressive in helping the American people understand “who the real Barack Obama is.” Part of who Obama is, she said, has to do with his past associations, such as with the former bomber Bill Ayers……….I pointed out that Obama surely had a closer connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright than to Ayers — and so, I asked, if Ayers is a legitimate issue, what about Reverend Wright?

She didn’t hesitate: “To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. ………..”…………….

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Yes, it says something about character to me too: Yours, Ms Palin. The fact that you believe that people shouldn’t associate with anyone who has opinions and views that differ from their own or that might be “controversial” says way more about you than about someone who has demonstrated his good character time and again.

If you want to be judged by your associations, can we talk about your husband’s membership in the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party? You only have to go back to 1991 (not the 70s) to see the anti-American speech of the AIP’s founder Joe Vogler: ““The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government.” You can’t distance yourself from them, Ms. Palin: you attended their convention in 2000 and apparently addressed it in 2008 (what’s with that blue parka by the way? You just stop by the office on your way to a hockey game? Is governor a full time job in Alaska?)

Can we discuss the views on marriage of that poor shlub (“I don’t want kids.”) that’s being dragged into marrying your daughter?

Oh, am I getting too personal? Sort of like judging someone by the words of one of their church’s pastors, eh?

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One thought on “Pot Calling the Kettle Black Department

  1. Agreed. I see on AOL that the Troopergate commission found that the Palins were definitely on the wrong side of the ethical line in that one.The self-righteous rabble is frightening.

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