My Thoughts on Sarah Palin's "Stupid Conspiracies"

Friday, December 4, 2009

Governor Palin, while interviewed on the Rusty Humphries Show yesterday, was asked if she would make an issue of the Obama birth certificate debate. Her response was simply that she wouldn't have to make it an issue; the electorate made it an issue. In response to whether she thought the birth certificate question was a fair question for people to raise, her response was that candidates' associations and backgrounds are subject to questions. She then pointed out that she was asked to produce evidence that Trig was her real son, and so she did. In other words, people ask questions that they want answers to, no matter how absurd. She did not say--or even suggest--that President Obama is not an American citizen.

Some will blow this up and try to make something deep and dark out of it. That's because they continue to look for Sarah Palin dirt. There's no dirt to be found. She was asked a question, and she answered. Her answer was common sense: voters asks questions they want answers to, period.

She addressed this via Facebook. How fitting is the title:

Stupid Conspiracies

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask... which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

- Sarah Palin

3 comments:

BostonBruin December 4, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Here is the link to the interview with Sarah and Rusty Humphries:
http://talk2rusty.com/pages/blog-archive-item?r=PWR1OS3JDE

Leon Festinger,  December 4, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Given your admirably ceaseless commitment to truth, actually and metaphorically, I must contradict the assertion that Mrs. Palin has produced demonstrable proof that Trig is her biological child. Despite repeated promises to release her medical history, she offered a scant two-page summary of her health just hours before polls opened on November 4th. Bizarrely, the epistle omitted details from her medical history, and failed to yield actual, documentary evidence of the pregnancy or birth.

Whether the questions are just, appropriate and/or absurd, I dare not conclude. That said, I must respectfully insist that your language and assertions be characterized by precision and authenticity. (I presume you demand as much from your students.)

Are there those whose antipathy toward Mrs. Palin ensures that they will likely unmoved? Obviously. But there are also those who wish to believe her but remain confounded by eccentric behavior that lacks maternal affect; who wish to believe but are offended by distortion and obfuscation; and who wish to believe if only because the alternative is so profoundly disturbing.

Ms. Ross, I neither begrudge you your conservative principles nor your affectionate admiration for the former Governor. Instead, I merely beg unfettered commitment to your Motivation. Mrs. Palin may very well be her son’s mother, but, evidentially, it remains as yet unproven.

Adrienne Ross December 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM  

Leon,

I am sorry that what the Governor and her doctor have provided to prove that Trig is her son doesn't suit some people. Looking back, if she had it to do all over again, perhaps she would have invited more people into the birthing room or set up live video streaming, but you know what they say about hindsight!

You do prove the point the Governor made in her Facebook note, which I wrote about in this post: people are entitled to question whatever they choose--no matter how absurd. Thanks!

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