Palin was being at least somewhat facetious last night about predicting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because she can see Mother Russia from Alaska. But it was no joke how she tried to take credit for a “foresight” that came from a pre-scripted campaign speech almost surely written by someone else.
July 22, 2014

Appearing on Hannity last night, it was at least the second time Sean Hannity gave her undeserved props for prognosticating the invasion.

Hannity played a 2008 video clip of Palin on the campaign stump saying:

“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

“How interesting that you got it right and how little coverage this has gotten,” Hannity said.

Um, maybe because that’s not quite how it happened.

I wrote about this fiction back in March, during Palin’s previous told-ya-so victory lap on Hannity. First, I quoted from News Corpse’s explanation of the backstory:

(T)he evidence of Palin’s alleged prophecy was a trifling passage from a campaign speech she gave in October of 2008. Although she was obviously reading from a TelePrompter a speech that was surely written for her by McCain staffers, the substance of her remarks fell somewhat short of the clairvoyance about which she is boasting.

As News Corpse also explained, Palin’s stump speech forecast what she called the “four crisis scenarios” that would occur under an Obama administration. Crisis Scenario 4 was about Russia, as she outlined above. I added:

Furthermore, News Corpse pointed out that Obama’s reaction to Russia’s invasion of Georgia was almost indistinguishable from Palin’s running mate, Senator John McCain. More important, Russia’s invasion of Georgia happened in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president. Does anyone seriously think that the Russians parsed what then-candidate Obama said about Russia almost six years ago and decided it was OK to inva de Ukraine as a result? Or that because then-candidate Obama didn’t immediately threaten some kind of retaliation that Russia considered that a green light to invade all these years later?

Palin not only took credit where credit was not due, she expanded that to validate her infamous “I can see Russia from Alaska” comment:

Well, you know, who couldn’t see it coming when you’re living here and you can see it right on over the – not from my house, but you can see- keep an eye on Putin and Russia from right here.

Perhaps more significant was what Palin didn’t say. She never said a word about impeachment. You may recall that just two weeks ago, Palin urged Hannity viewers to “join this cause” and demand that Republicans impeach Obama.

This post originally appeared on NewsHounds.


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