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Palin, Like Bush, Slanders Democrats on Terrorism

November 3, 2008

With each passing day, Sarah Palin resembles more and more "George Bush in lipstick." Two days ago, she like George W. Bush in 2000 was duped by Canadian pranksters posing as foreign leaders. And today, Palin like President Bush in 2006 essentially accused her Democratic opponents of being terrorist sympathizers.
Palin's slander came during a speech in Missouri. Claiming that Democrats want to slash defense spending, John McCain's running mate picked up his earlier treason charge and amplified it:

"What do they think? Do they think that the terrorists have all of a sudden become the good guys, and changed their minds? No! The terrorists still seek to destroy America and her allies and all that it is that is that we stand for: Freedom, tolerance, equality."

If that despicable slur sounds familiar, it should. In the run-up to the 2006 mid-terms, President Bush offered virtually the same tripe.
With control of the House and Senate slipping away, Bush on October 31, 2006 insisted:

"However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses."

(Of course, President Bush has had plenty of company among the leading lights of the Republican Party in questioning the patriotism of the Democratic opposition. For more outrages from Dick Cheney, Tony Snow, John Boehner, visit here.)
Back in July, John McCain infamously said of Barack Obama, "It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." A disgusted Joe Klein of Time responded by noting:

"I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate."

Klein, as it turns out, spoke about three months too soon. John McCain hadn't selected Sarah Palin yet.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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