Friday, October 31, 2008

Saradise Lost - Chapter One Hundred-Seventy -- Latest Sarah Screwups

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blew it twice late this week. Here's a link to the audio of today's screwup, regarding the first amendment. Here's a transcript:

Is the news media doing a good job—are you getting a fair shake, are the Republicans getting a fair shake this year?

I don't think they're doing their job when they suggest that calling a candidate out on their record, their plans for this country, and their associations is mean-spirited or negative campaigning. If they convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.

A commenter at a lefty blog wrote, in response to Palin's statement:

i don't think sarah palin is doing her job when she suggests that calling a candidate out on their campaign tactics is mean-spirited reporting. if she convinces enough voters that that is mean-spirited reporting, for someone to call her out on her ad hominem attacks, then i don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of first amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of reprisal from tyrannical wackos.

On Wednesday, outside of a very successful plant that makes photovoltaic products, Palin succeeded in
alienating the plant's workers:

The speech was delivered at Xunlight Energy, a company that produces photovoltaic solar energy cells in Toledo, OH. Instead of offering new ideas to develop clean energy sources like solar, Palin ironically reprised the same old energy proposals that McCain has supported for years, wrapped in new distortions of Senator Obama’s plans and couched in a false clean energy setting. After praising the workers of Xunlight, Palin then belittled their product: “We have many, many new energy sources like solar and wind and geothermal that have not become economic and reliable.

I'm looking for audio or video of the Xunlight gaffe.


Anonymous said...

here's a funny ted stevens ad.

Kenrick said...

Did she really say that? I purported copy of her speech is here:

There is no mention of the "not become economic and reliable" statement. It does start out with a brief nod to the Xunlight work, but then goes straight into the drill for oil/natural gas speech, which in itself is quite a slap to the Xunlight employees.

Philip Munger said...


several news sources, including the NYT, carry the same quote.

Anonymous said...

really scary shit:

Anonymous said...

even scarier shit

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

All she knows are talking points. She was probably totally clueless as to the audience she was addressing.

I'm embarrassed now to say I'm an Alaskan when someone down here asks where I'm from.