Friday, October 31, 2008


It's not in my copy of the Constitution, but apparently it's in Sarah Palin's:

... Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media." ...

Palin is a Real American. It's un-American for a non-Real American to criticize a Real American. Such criticism of the spokespeople of the Real America damages America (the Real part). It makes Real Americans less willing and able to take on non-Real Americans -- the enemies of America. Therefore, it threatens Real Americans' liberties. It says so right there in the Constitution.

Uh, somewhere.


I just want to point out that even when we non-Real Americans denounce, say, racist attacks on Barack Obama, we (or at least those of us who've actually read the Constitution) don't argue that they violate the First Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects even speech we hate.


But here's my favorite part of the story about the interview:

...[Host Chris] Plante then suggested that in her next sit-down interview, Palin should tap the reporter on the knee and ask, "So who you votin' for?"

Palin laughed and said, "Yeah, maybe that just would say it all."

"I'm gonna try that," she said.

Oh, yes, please do. And you should wink, too -- that would make it especially effective.

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