Sarah Palin & the Secret Service Report

I’ve just started reading Newsweek’s Secrets of the 2008 Campaign series and I haven’t come to the part that the Telegraph refers to in, “Sarah Palin Blamed by the U.S. Secret Service for Death Threats Against Barack Obama.” Normally I’d wait and pull my quotes from the source, but this has agitated me so much I want to post about it now because I’m sure there’ll be much more to agitate me in the Newsweek.

The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of “palling around with terrorists”, citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers.

The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling “terrorist” and “kill him” until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.
But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: “Why would they try to make people hate us?”
The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin’s credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

I don’t know which disturbs me more – that this may well be true, or that it’s so easy to believe that it could be true.

It’s truly a shame to see the Republican Party continue it’s decline because of politicians willing to behave like this. Yeah, you just heard me bemoan the degradation of the Republican party, and no, I’m not on any prescription painkillers tonight.

It genuinely saddens me to see the way the party has highjacked by Evangelicals and xenophobes. Vigorous political discourse is dependent on a spectrum of perspectives and ideals and while those discussions occur between individuals, political parties serve an important role in our society. I’m not saying we need only two, I’m not saying that the religious should stay out of politics, but religion and narrow-mindedness and hate have no place in American politics and Republicans are the only ones who can fix their party and work to heal the damage that the last decade has inflicted on it, and on all of us.

This Telegraph piece came to my attention after the Queen of Spain tweeted it. Checking her site I see she’s got a good post up reacting to the report.

*I would like bonus points for not using the phrase “some of my best friends are Republicans.” I wanted to, but it distracted from how aggravated I am.

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  • After declaring my resurgent pride in America on the graffiti pages – I mean comment pages of the Fort Myers News Press I was roundly booed by the McCain/Palin crowd and had one lovely human being inform me to be ready – (and I’m paraphrasing) because what the left wing wackos have hurled at W. for the last 8 years is what Obama is going to get from the start.

    We’re dealing with a nation nearly 1/2 full of 1/2 wits and instead of graciously offering Obama the opportunity to right the ship that they are sailing upon, they’d rather deride him from the start.

  • I thought you had buried the lede re: the queen of Spain now tweeting and blogging on US political matters. Seems that’s not quite the queen I was thinking of.

  • karlmek

    I confess to having dabbled in political bi-
    curiosity back in the seventies, but the last
    ‘Publican candidate I voted for Pres. was Jerry
    Ford (as did George McGovern). I did vote for
    McCain in the 2000 primary, but only as a tactical device (can I be fired now?). Even back then, voting ‘Publican feels weird; like
    you left your brain in a box back home or something. Like John Cleese, “Oi got better!”

  • rebecca

    You think our nation is only 1/2 full of 1/2-wits, Pete? (not very charitable before coffee, sorry).

    But she is quite regal, Samer. Plus, Spain is part of Latin America according to McCain, right? So that’s close enough.

  • rebecca

    Karl – you’ve gotta vote with your gut and circumstances change. I think there’s a big difference between voting for a candidate for solid reasons (whether I agree with them or not – which I’m not saying is the case with your examples, I’m just not awake enough to contemplate your examples) and voting in lockstep because it’s easier than thinking and god told you so.

    Actually, I read an excellent article about this subject and I bookmarked it for later, I thought anyway, will post a link when I find later.