November 13, 2008

Sarah Palin was really good at talking out both sides of her mouth during her interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer today. No sooner had her utterly phony pledge to "aid" the Obama administration going forward come out of her mouth than she said this:

PALIN: Well, I still am concerned about that association with Bill Ayers. And if anybody still wants to talk about it, I will, because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol. That's an association that still bothers me.

And I think it's still fair to talk about it. However the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and to, again, make sure that all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation.

Keep us secure, get the economy back on the right track, and many of us do have some ideas on how to do that and hopefully we'll be able to put all of that wisdom and experience to good use together.

BLITZER: So looking back, you don't regret that tough language during the campaign?

PALIN: No, and I do not think that it is off-base nor mean-spirited, nor negative campaigning to call someone out on their associations and on their record. And that's why I did it.

Funny thing about that: When Max Blumenthal and I dug up her multiple associations with far-right extremists in Alaska -- people who fomented for Alaska's secession, indulged in militia-organizing activities, fawned over Bo Gritz, and whose leader was murdered in an explosives deal gone bad -- and when CNN aired that information, here's what we heard from the McCain campaign:

CNN is furthering a smear with this report, no different than if your network ran a piece questioning Senator Obama's religion. No serious news organization has tried to make this connection, and it is unfortunate that CNN would be the first.

It's kind of hard to tell just exactly how discussing the record of Palin's conduct in public office, enabling and collaborating with far-right extremists, is somehow similar to the bogus claims that Obama is Muslim, or has anything at all to do with Palin's religion.

But Palin clearly has a double standard when it comes to bringing up "associations."

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