Friday, February 24, 2012
I have great respect for Senator John McCain. That respect is two-fold. First and foremost, I respect his service to our nation. He is a true American hero, the proverbial "profile in courage." His strength and heroism in war are undeniable. Second, he was the vehicle through which the nation came to know Governor Palin. Though she had already been making history in Alaska, many had never heard her record, or even her name, until the Senator introduced her on August 29, 2008, in Dayton Ohio. For that, we are most grateful.
However, I have a bone to pick with him. HBO has shamelessly orchestrated the Palin hit piece known as Game Change, which is set to air next month. Its original purpose seems to have been to derail a Palin presidential run, as it was assumed she would be a candidate at this time. That, obviously, is not the case, but HBO's characterization of her is no less demeaning, dishonest, and frankly, disgusting. In fact, former senior adviser and spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, called it "sick," and other staffers also denounced it as pure "fiction."
My issue with Senator McCain is that he remains silent while those he trusted continue to blame Governor Palin for the horrible campaign they ran. They need a scapegoat, so they've chosen her, and they're willing to sell their souls to the devil in the effort.
Mark Whittington writes:
The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced "deep background" interviews that were difficult to verify.
Two of those sources have been revealed, according to the Los Angeles Times, as Steve Schmidt and Nichole [sic] Wallace, John McCain campaign operatives widely regarded as being responsible for McCain's defeat in 2008. The suspicion is Schmidt and Wallace are attempting to shift the blame for the debacle on Palin.
Schmidt and Wallace will obviously do what they do. Their despicable behavior is nothing new, but McCain could certainly stop it in its tracks with just one word--or at least slow it down. Instead, he is saying nothing. Therefore, these two little rascals are making him look even worse than they are attempting to make the Governor look. If she was really as bad as they say she was, what does that say about Senator McCain, since he's the one who picked her? These two miscreants are not only doing a disservice to Governor Palin's name, but they're calling into question Senator McCain's leadership capabilities.
The Senator did say this:
It'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona, when I watch that movie.
Well, that's fine, but surely he has seen the trailer by now, or read about it, or heard about the decent members of his 2008 election staff who have spoken out against the lies in this movie in which Governor Palin is depicted as mentally unstable, unprepared, and unintelligent.
Back in May, on the day Governor Palin launched her One Nation Bus Tour in Washington, DC, Senator McCain told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Governor Palin could beat President Obama in an election if she decided to run. He added:
I think that, again, that’s what campaigns are all about. I've never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked as I have seen Sarah Palin in the last couple of years, but she also inspires great passion particularly among the Republican faithful.
I agree with Senator McCain: no one has been treated as unfairly and vilely as Governor Palin. Since he knows this to be true, I would have even more respect for him if he'd do his part to put an end to it. I also agree that she inspires the Republican faithful. If Senator McCain considers himself among those faithful, he should be inspired enough to take a stand, shouldn't he? Governor Palin energized his campaign for the presidency, she is the reason he didn't lose by an even greater margin, and she helped secure his congressional reelection in 2010. At the very least, I would like the Senator to speak up on behalf of his former running mate--and himself--by calling out his staffers and their lies. It's simply the right thing to do, and Senator McCain has shown us in the past that he knows how to do the right thing.
(h/t Ray for Whittington article lead)