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Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

Triple Anniversary for Palins and McCain Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2012

Four years ago today, Senator John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate at a rally in Ohio.  It just happened to be  John McCain’s birthday and the Palins’ wedding anniversary.    So today we want to celebrate the introduction of Governor Palin by Senator McCain to America and wish Senator McCain a happy birthday and the Palins a happy 24th anniversary.

The Washington Times made note of that first anniversary yesterday:

Wednesday marks an auspicious anniversary for Sarah Palin. The nation met her exactly four years ago: The date was Aug. 29, 2008 when then-White House hopeful Sen. John McCain introduced the inimitable governor of Alaska and her family at a campaign event in Ohio, telling the crowd of 15,000, “She’s not from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re going to be as impressed as I am.” In a sleek black suit and signature up do, she was indeed a force to be reckoned with.

“Principles matter more than the party line,” Mrs. Palin told her enthusiastic audience.

Americans became transfixed by Mr. McCain’s audacious pick for a running mate. The mainstream press was outraged from the start. Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama phoned Mrs. Palin from his campaign bus to wish her luck.

And four years later, she is still “not from Washington” — notably absent from the Republican National Convention, campaigning instead for select Republican candidates in Arizona. Mrs. Palin is not done yet, and has now taken convention officials to task for bandying about a new rule that would lessen the role of states in choosing delegates.

Happy Birthday, Senator McCain! May you enjoy many more years of service to your country and happiness with your family. Happy Anniversary, Governor Palin and Todd! May you have many more happily married years and continue to be role models and leaders for our country.

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Palin: Introduced as McCain’s Running Mate in 2008 (video)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 28, 2012

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“Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether
in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity
and goodwill and clear convictions and a servant’s heart.”

Some four years ago Senator John McCain, from a stage in Dayton, Ohio introduced his choice of a running mate for the 2008 presidential election.  Largely unknown to most of us here in the lower 48, Sarah Palin immediately captivated the hearts and minds of Conservatives who longed for someone to be their voice.  As a wife, a mother, a former mayor, and as governor of our largest state, Palin was the epitome of the feminist ideal.  She bucked the establishment in Alaska, taking on corruption in both parties and today is still a fearless leader for freedom and liberty.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle would do well to follow her example.


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Flasback 2008: America: Meet Sarah Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 27, 2012

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From article at ElectionCenter2008 at CNNPolitics:

Sen. John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate Friday, calling her “the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington.” 

“She’s exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second,” the presumptive Republican nominee said at a Dayton, Ohio, rally of about 15,000 supporters, who welcomed the surprise pick of the relatively unknown politician with cheers and flags.

“She’s got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today,” McCain said.

Palin, 44, described herself as a fighter against corruption and a bipartisan reformer in her first appearance as a candidate for vice president, an office she said she never expected to seek.

“I was just your average hockey mom in Alaska” before getting involved in politics, she said. “When I found corruption there, I fought it hard and brought the offenders to account.”

Palin told the crowd, “To have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothig less.”

Palin is a first-term governor who unseated incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary in 2006 and went on to defeat former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, in the general election.

Campaigning for governor, she described herself as a “conservative Republican, a firm believer in free-market capitalism” and “a lifelong Alaskan who grew up hunting and fishing.”

She boasted of eliminating taxes as mayor in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. She also was a City Council member in the town and was chairwoman of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates oil and gas resources.

Palin will be the first woman to be nominated for vice president as a Republican and only the second to run for vice president on a major party ticket, after Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

Palin also will be the first Alaskan to be on the ticket of either party.

She described herself Friday as “commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard” and noted that her oldest son, Track, is a U.S. soldier scheduled to deploy soon to Iraq.

But there also are aspects of her biography that make her unusual for a Republican candidate. McCain introduced her as a former union member and the wife of a union member, a nod to Ohio’s strong organized-labor culture

Palin made her name in part by backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislative session after her election as governor, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.

[…]

Palin is the youngest person elected governor of Alaska and the first woman to hold the job. iReport.com: McCain’s pick called “a stroke of genius”

She was dubbed “Sarah Barracuda” by opponents when she was mayor in Wasilla, resurrecting a nickname she earned as a state champion high school basketball player, according to the Almanac of American Politics.

She is married to Todd Palin, an oil production operator on Alaska’s North Slope. They have five children. Her youngest, Trig, was diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome.

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John McCain: Sarah Palin has “a very strong, significant base” and “would have added a lot” to the 2012 race

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 17, 2012

Lisa Riley Roche at Deseret News  reports on an interview  with Senator John McCain yesterday  while the Senator was in Utah for a fundraiser for Congressional candidate Mia Love:

John McCain’s running mate in his 2008 presidential bid, Sarah Palin, “would have added a lot to the race” had she been a candidate for the White House this election, the senator said Thursday.

“How she would have done, I can’t say,” McCain told the Deseret News. “I know she has a very strong, significant base. That’s why all these candidates line up and ask for her endorsement.”

McCain’s pick of Palin, then a first-term Alaska governor, was seen as a “game changer” four years ago, just as presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is now.

The Arizona senator, in Utah to attend a fundraiser and town hall meeting for 4th District congressional candidate Mia Love, said Ryan “is an excellent selection.”

[…]

Asked if putting a “game changer” in the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket would be a winner this time, McCain said his loss to President Barack Obama wasn’t Palin’s fault.

“I don’t think you can attribute our failure to Sarah Palin. She energized our party,” he said. “She beat (Vice President) Joe Biden in the debate and then, of course, the stock market crashed.”

McCain said the race was over when middle-class Americans saw their savings disappear overnight, not because of Palin, who ended up being widely seen as unprepared to be in a position where she could assume the presidency.

“I am convinced that Sarah Palin was a very strong attribute to our campaign, and I love her and admire her,” McCain said, adding he had no second thoughts about naming her over Romney and other possible running mates.

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Dick Cheney Confuses Governor Palin with President Obama

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 29, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

My Conservatives4Palin colleague, Steve Flesher, addressed Dick Cheney’s ridiculous comments about the selection of Governor Palin as Senator McCain’s running mate. First, let me say I find it very disheartening that the GOP establishment continues to attack the one person who has taken more slings and arrows than anyone else as she tries to save this country from what President Obama has done to it. She has done nothing but put herself on the line time and time again–withstanding the lies, the sexism, the intrusions into her privacy, the attacks on her children, the death threats, the skewing of her record, the questioning of her intelligence, the misrepresentations, and the list goes on.

Nonetheless, Governor Palin fights. She fights because she loves this country, and she knows it’ll take a fight to restore this country. Like so many others, Dick Cheney responds with the typical bull and the same old faulty talking points. Perhaps he should save his criticism for President Obama and show the former Vice Presidential candidate a little respect.

Here’s what Cheney said:

I don’t think she passed that test … of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.

Flesher handled this well over at C4P:

The news of Cheney’s interview airing on ABC tomorrow morning (Monday) on GMA is making its Sunday-rounds. The MSM couldn’t be happier.

While the entire interview has yet to be released, it appears Mr. Cheney has decided to do his part for his establishment-buddies by attacking his own party’s last VP nominee in lieu of going after the nation’s biggest elected mistake of all time – Barack Obama.

[…]

Apparently, Palin’s not “ready” to sit in an administration for eight years which adds 5 trillion dollars to our unpaid debt basically demoralizing the spirit of conservatism leading to four years of Barack Obama. Cheney was “ready” for that, wasn’t he?

Palin’s not “ready” to engage in cronyism which dictates who she’d appoint to lifetime positions on the Supreme Court or to head federal emergency agencies like FEMA. Bush & Cheney were “ready” for that, weren’t they?

Palin is “ready” to balance a budget – since she did it in Alaska.

Palin is “ready” to increase benefits for our esteemed elders while cutting out wasteful spending existing all across our federal government – since she did similar things in Alaska.

Palin is “ready” to call out entrenched special interests like she did when she served up a little justice to the Republican Party’s good old boys and their dealings with big oil. She did that in Alaska, too.

Palin’s “ready” to unabashedly call out Barack Obama. This includes pointing out his past associations, his reckless squandering of billions of our dollars to pay back his Wall Street friends (just as Bush/Cheney once did), and his plans to whip Americans into Greece-like big-government submission. This is in contrast to the establishment’s plans to hold back.

Palin’s “ready” to endorse countless candidates for the Congress. She’s been successful at using her enormous grassroots influence to pull a great deal of them across the finish line.

Palin’s not ready to fall in line with the establishment. Until any candidate (including our perceived “front-runner”) demonstrates a full willingness to truly unify with the party’s grassroots, don’t count on her to make deals behind closed doors or hold high-priced fundraisers at her home.

Considering everything Bush & Company were “ready” for, it’s no wonder why Barack Obama was ever put in the position of becoming President of our great Republic. Now of course, he must be fired.

Read Steve Flesher’s full article here.

Doug Brady added an update to Steve’s piece, a tweet by Cheney’s daughter, Liz, in disagreement with the position her father has taken:

The article also quotes others who have the common sense to note that Governor Palin was more than qualified to be elected and certainly more qualified than the person who was elected as President. And lest we forget, she had more administrative experience than everyone on both tickets.

So let’s move on–with the facts–and remember that President Obama is the opponent, not Governor Palin. It is he who was “not ready to take over,” but we elected him nonetheless. That was the mistake. And we’re paying the price.

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Sen. McCain Responds to Summons & Takes Stand for Gov. Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 12, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

In solidarity with Governor Palin’s supporters and others who simply care about truth, I again watched The Undefeated tonight as it premiered on REELZChannel. At the end of the documentary, the late Andrew Breitbart says several times, “I see [spineless people].” He was referring to men in the GOP who sit idly by–saying nothing, doing nothing, and obviously feeling nothing–while Governor Palin is relentlessly attacked, time and time again, in the most degrading ways. Yes, he called them [spineless].

Recently, I wrote an article called “Summoning Senator McCain” in which I called on the 2008 Republican presidential nominee to take a stand and speak out against HBO’s Game Change. The Senator had already said he wouldn’t watch it, and he’s said in the past that he thinks highly of Governor Palin, but I wanted more from him, particularly about this hit piece. Today, Senator McCain appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Having voiced my disappointment that he has not said enough, I feel it’s only right that I acknowledge his taking a stronger stand today than I have previously witnessed.

When asked if he watched Game Change on HBO last night, the Senator said he did not because it was “based on a book that is completely biased and with unattributed quotes.” He went on to say that even in the rough and tumble world of politics, he doesn’t understand “why there continues to be such assaults on a good and decent person,” speaking of Governor Palin. Concerning the campaign, he stated what we could all easily see: Governor Palin was “a person whose nomination energized our campaign.”

Without hesitation, Senator McCain said that the part of the movie that shows him telling Steve Schmidt to “find me a woman” to be an election game changer was a lie. “Of course not,” he responded when asked if he ever said that. However, he followed that up by attesting to the qualifications and accomplishments of his former running mate, which contradicts the false narrative the movie promotes–that the Governor is unintelligent and incompetent.

Senator McCain states:

I thought that she was the best qualified person.

She was a very effective and successful governor.

In other words, the Senator wanted Governor Palin to share the ticket with him because she was the best person for the job.

Too many have done nothing while an accomplished and politically savvy individual has been used as a punching bag–and I’m not even talking about those on the left. The right has also been complicit. Their despicable display of cowardice earned them the title of [spineless], according to Andrew Breitbart, and they have to look themselves in the mirror for their refusal to defend someone who so readily defends our country.

As for Senator McCain, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with his policies or with how he’s handled things thus far, I do respect that he did the right thing today by defending Governor Palin’s honor and achievements, acknowledging that Game Change is biased and untrue, and knocking down his former staff members who have chosen to spew lies rather than assume responsibility for their own shortcomings.

The conversation about Game Change begins at 9:13 of the video.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Flipping the Script on ‘Game Change’

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 1, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Rachel Weiner published an article at The Washington Post today entitled “Sarah Palin wants to rewrite ‘Game Change’ history.” That’s an interesting title considering the fact that HBO is the party guilty of attempting to rewrite actual American history in their hit piece, set to air on March 10th.

Weiner takes umbrage at the fact that the Governor’s staff has chosen not to take this one sitting down but has pushed back against the lies contained in Game Change. How dare this much-accomplished former governor and reformer right the wrongs and defend her true record, rather than grin and bear it. How dare her staff speak the truth? Don’t they know they’re expected to just shut up while revisionists do yet another hatchet job on her record?

Weiner writes:

Right now it seems almost as if Sarah Palin’s political action committee has one goal and one goal only: Discredit the movie “Game Change.”

[…]

Palin has also always had trouble ignoring her critics, a reflexive defensiveness that has dogged her since 2008. Taking on “Game Change” may only give HBO more buzz, but she continues anyway.

The Governor wants to discredit the movie? You think? Is she expected to validate it, when it is blatant fiction designed only to make money while feeding the monster that is the wild imagination of Hollywood and other far left types? Perhaps Weiner’s indignation would be better served trying to figure out why the left “has one goal and one goal only”: Discredit the patriot Sarah Palin.

This is what bothers people like Weiner: not only does Governor Palin’s staff smack down the huge lie of Game Change, but they do so using undeniable evidence. “Game Change We Can Believe In,” the video SarahPAC released today, goes beyond the words of other aides who worked alongside the Governor and have called out the movie for the charade that it is. This video is a collage of words and interviews from none other than Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who are the sources behind the lies found in the HBO movie. It’s interesting how on the record, for all to see and hear, they sang her praises–and rightly so. But after their own inept handling of the campaign–and subsequent loss–they chose to place blame on Governor Palin to cover their own tails. How is the public expected to believe anything that comes from these two self-serving characters?

So what is the truth that Weiner would like to help obscure? Governor Palin is a great American who has spent the last two decades in public service for the right reasons. She achieved success through hard work, tenacity, and great instincts. She didn’t rely on a last name, she wasn’t handed a mantle, she wasn’t for sale, and she was more focused on character than what exposing corruption would cost her. As the first woman governor of Alaska, and the youngest, she relied on grassroots efforts, won, and served the people. She governed as a fiscal conservative. She cut the budget. She returned money to the people. She honored the state Constitution. She fought for energy independence and secured the largest private sector energy project in the history of North America. She had an approval rating close to 90 percent. How many other governors could boast this kind of record? And this is only a cursory run-down.

She was chosen to run alongside Senator McCain because he knew her record and knew she could ignite the American people–which she did and continues to do to this day. Her stellar record is irrefutable and has a distinct place in history. Why, therefore, wouldn’t she make a case against a movie which depicts her as unstable, unintelligent, and unfit to lead in this nation? She’s been leading all along, even before the left–and right–realized she was a threat to their cozy, cushy, status quo establishments. She would be remiss not to stand up and speak out against these malicious lies.

Far left radicals believe their side has the right to create any narrative they choose. When the legs of their false memes are cut off, and the truth exposed, they cry foul: We’re supposed to tell the people what to believe, the people aren’t supposed to know any better, and the person defamed and slandered is supposed to just grin and bear it. Those are the rules, people. Got it?

No, what we get is that there is no limit to the extremes these people will go to in their attacks against Governor Palin while they make a load of money in the process. They advance their sick agenda by preying on people they view as too simple-minded to know better or too sheepish to check the record for themselves. In this, they insult the American people.

Clearly, they think we’re all stupid, for Weiner also writes:

While Palin and her aides have yet to see the movie, that fact hasn’t stopped them from relentlessly attacking the film. Two weeks ago, SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford told The Fix that he expected the movie to be filled with inaccuracies. Former aide Meg Stapleton called it “sick.” Palin herself told Fox News the book was “based on a false narrative.”

Weiner managed to get one thing right: aides have not seen the movie. Now, let’s tell the full story. They haven’t seen it because they were denied that opportunity.

As The New York Times reported last week:

The half-dozen former aides to Ms. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, said the network did not allow them to see the movie, which is based on the book “Game Change,” before being broadcast starting on March 10. But the advisers condemned it based on two short trailers and accounts of it in the press.

If HBO is so proud of their work of art, if they are assured of its accuracy, why would they prohibit those closest to the Governor from viewing the film? Simple: they knew that those cognizant of the truth would come out strongly against their film. Weiner’s suggestion that Governor Palin’s aides should keep their mouths shut since they haven’t seen Game Change is laughable, a lame attempt to silence the opposition, and another scheme to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. The trailers alone give reason to totally reject and aggressively denounce the movie as a work of sick fiction. In fact, the language used to denounce the film didn’t go far enough in its description of Game Change. “Sick” is too kind.

Thankfully, there are those who are interested in truth. Mr L of Mr. L’s Tavern encourages people to turn off HBO (Why bother even turning it on–ever?) on March 10th and turn on the Reelz Channel March 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern to see The Undefeated. He writes:

By now, those who subscribe to HBO have seen the trailer for the upcoming original movie Game Change. The film is based on a book by the same name. The players involved in the making of Game Change have been exposed as Obama supporters and financial donors. The sources used in the book and film are unsupported and unidentified. The film’s portrayal of Gov. Palin has been panned by former agenda-less McCain aides as pure fiction. Please read the articles linked below and be sure to pass this along to your friends and family.
Let’s all turn off HBO and tune into REELZ on March 11 for the television premier of The Undefeated to know the real story of Sarah Palin.

I applaud the Governor and her staff members for refusing to allow Hollywood, the media, Steve Schmidt, and Nicolle Wallace to recreate history. Governor Palin’s actual history is highlighted with accuracy in Stephen Bannon’s The Undefeated. Individuals who are interested in fact over fiction should be sure to watch it–and learn exactly why Senator McCain chose her to help him change the game in 2008.

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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McCain Campaign Adviser Defends Governor Palin Against ‘Game Change’ Lies

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 25, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

A top McCain adviser has stepped up to defend Governor Palin on the heels of the ridiculous Game Change movie. He also calls out Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, the sources of the soon-to-hit-HBO hit piece.

T. Michael Andrews granted Big Hollywood and interview, which can be read in its entirety here. Below, find some excerpts:

The premise of the “Game Change” film is that Sarah Palin cost the Republicans the election in 2008. Do you agree?

I disagree with the premise that Palin lost the election in 2008. The fact of the matter they say that money doesn’t win elections, I say bull. Obama had more money than he knew what to do with. He was very fortunate to ride on a wave of Bush fatigue, a rejuvenated electorate with this hope and change message and more importantly, he had money, which allowed him to tap into deep resources.

What do you think of the McCain aides who helped with making this movie? What’s their motive?

The trouble is this – you lost. It’s easy to blame people. My thought is that you lost as a team y’all have to own up. Like a football team. It can’t be one person’s fault you lost. It can’t be. In my opinion to say that it’s Sarah Palin’s fault for that loss – I disagree with that notion. I don’t know what their motive is in the movie by painting Gov. Palin as the target for the reason of the lost election other than trying to save face.

What do you say to the people who criticize Sarah Palin for not being experienced or intelligent enough to have served as Vice-President of the United States?

People who make those comments have never run for public office. People who sit back and criticize others on intellectual ability have never been in a position to lead. The bottom line is this, the person that the media thinks oughta be the president have no clue. That person does not exist on this planet and the person who thinks they are the smartest person in the world, should never hold a job with a title. I firmly believed the media felt Barack Obama was this person. Three and a half years later, I think even the media believes you need more of a person who can read off a teleprompter to lead a country. To insinuate that Sarah Palin was aloof is ridiculous. To achieve what she has done as a local city councilwoman to Mayor to Governor in Alaska … they somehow misjudged her ability, and especially her intellectual ability.

Read more here.

(h/t Jasmine Velasco)

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Big Hollywood: Palin Carried McCain Until He Changed the Game

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 24, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

I am glad to see that more people are stepping up to denounce HBO’s representation of Governor Palin during the 2008 election (though still summoning Senator McCain). Game Change is a work of fiction disguised as fact, so in the interest of truth, we will continue to expose it for what it is. Joel B. Pollak wrote an article for Big Hollywood in which he described his experience with the campaign. Here’s an excerpt:

But here’s the truth about the McCain-Palin campaign, which HBO’s upcoming “Game Change” film attempts to shroud in fanciful anti-Palin fiction: Palin carried the campaign. She would have led the Republicans to victory had it not been for the September financial collapse and McCain’s disastrous decision to suspend his campaign so that he could vote for the TARP bailout in Washington.

The Democrats knew it, too. That fall, I was back in the classroom at Harvard Law School, surrounded by students and faculty who not only supported Sen. Barack Obama but were, in some cases, involved in his campaign at senior levels. They feared Palin and, after her arrival, could barely talk about the election without a sense of dread. They had no answer for her optimism, her authenticity, her femininity and her courage.

On the ground in New Hampshire, where I volunteered after classes and on weekends, Palin’s nomination had led to a sudden groundswell of support. Where McCain had struggled to fill an arena, lines outside events featuring Palin seemed miles long. She had awakened and rallied the conservative base.

[…]

After the election, when the Republican establishment began to self-destruct, Palin rallied the conservative base yet again. She became an important voice in the burgeoning Tea Party movement. She helped lead Republicans to the greatest congressional victory in several generations. Her success stopped the Obama agenda dead in its tracks. That’s a real “game change” worthy of a film – and the story’s still being written.

Read the full piece here.

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Summoning Senator McCain

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 24, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

I have great respect for Senator John McCain. That respect is two-fold. First and foremost, I respect his service to our nation. He is a true American hero, the proverbial “profile in courage.” His strength and heroism in war are undeniable. Second, he was the vehicle through which the nation came to know Governor Palin. Though she had already been making history in Alaska, many had never heard her record, or even her name, until the Senator introduced her on August 29, 2008, in Dayton Ohio. For that, we are most grateful.

However, I have a bone to pick with him. HBO has shamelessly orchestrated the Palin hit piece known as Game Change, which is set to air next month. Its original purpose seems to have been to derail a Palin presidential run, as it was assumed she would be a candidate at this time. That, obviously, is not the case, but HBO’s characterization of her is no less demeaning, dishonest, and frankly, disgusting. In fact, former senior adviser and spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, called it “sick,” and other staffers also denounced it as pure “fiction.”

My issue with Senator McCain is that he remains silent while those he trusted continue to blame Governor Palin for the horrible campaign they ran. They need a scapegoat, so they’ve chosen her, and they’re willing to sell their souls to the devil in the effort.

Mark Whittington writes:

The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced “deep background” interviews that were difficult to verify.

Two of those sources have been revealed, according to the Los Angeles Times, as Steve Schmidt and Nichole [sic] Wallace, John McCain campaign operatives widely regarded as being responsible for McCain’s defeat in 2008. The suspicion is Schmidt and Wallace are attempting to shift the blame for the debacle on Palin.

Schmidt and Wallace will obviously do what they do. Their despicable behavior is nothing new, but McCain could certainly stop it in its tracks with just one word–or at least slow it down. Instead, he is saying nothing. Therefore, these two little rascals are making him look even worse than they are attempting to make the Governor look. If she was really as bad as they say she was, what does that say about Senator McCain, since he’s the one who picked her? These two miscreants are not only doing a disservice to Governor Palin’s name, but they’re calling into question Senator McCain’s leadership capabilities.

The Senator did say this:

It’ll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona, when I watch that movie.

Well, that’s fine, but surely he has seen the trailer by now, or read about it, or heard about the decent members of his 2008 election staff who have spoken out against the lies in this movie in which Governor Palin is depicted as mentally unstable, unprepared, and unintelligent.

Back in May, on the day Governor Palin launched her One Nation Bus Tour in Washington, DC, Senator McCain told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Governor Palin could beat President Obama in an election if she decided to run. He added:

I think that, again, that’s what campaigns are all about. I’ve never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked as I have seen Sarah Palin in the last couple of years, but she also inspires great passion particularly among the Republican faithful.

I agree with Senator McCain: no one has been treated as unfairly and vilely as Governor Palin. Since he knows this to be true, I would have even more respect for him if he’d do his part to put an end to it. I also agree that she inspires the Republican faithful. If Senator McCain considers himself among those faithful, he should be inspired enough to take a stand, shouldn’t he? Governor Palin energized his campaign for the presidency, she is the reason he didn’t lose by an even greater margin, and she helped secure his congressional reelection in 2010. At the very least, I would like the Senator to speak up on behalf of his former running mate–and himself–by calling out his staffers and their lies. It’s simply the right thing to do, and Senator McCain has shown us in the past that he knows how to do the right thing.

(h/t Ray for Whittington article lead)

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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