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September 23, 2008

Palin's Jew-baiting Run for Mayor


According to an article in Salon today, when Sarah Palin ran for Mayor of Wasilla she ran a whisper campaign against her opponent worthy of Rove/Bush.

Her opponent was a three-term incumbent and fellow Republican, John Stein, who was her political mentor when she ran for City Council. The Palins and Steins were friends before she sought the mayor's office.

And, how did she treat her friend?
There was a knife-sharp, personal edge to Palin's campaign that many locals found disturbing, particularly because of the warm relationship between Palin and Stein before the race.

"I called Sarah's campaign for mayor the end of the age of innocence in Wasilla," said Carney.

Even though Palin knew that Stein is a Protestant Christian, from a Pennsylvania Dutch background, her campaign began circulating the word that she would be "Wasilla's first Christian mayor." Some of Stein's supporters interpreted this as an attempt to portray Stein as Jewish in the heavily evangelical community. Stein himself, an eminently reasonable and reflective man, thinks "they were redefining Christianity to mean born-agains."

The Palin campaign also started another vicious whisper campaign, spreading the word that Stein and his wife -- who had chosen to keep her own last name when they were married -- were not legally wed. Again, Palin knew the truth, Stein said, but chose to muddy the waters. "We actually had to produce our marriage certificate," recalled Stein, whose wife died of breast cancer in 2005 without ever reconciling with Palin.

"I had a hand in creating Sarah, but in the end she blew me out of the water," Stein said, sounding more wearily ironic than bitter. "Sarah's on a mission, she's an opportunist."
Apparently, the opportunism is a pattern for Ms. Palin:

According to some political observers in Alaska, this pattern -- exploiting "old-boy" mentors and then turning against them for her own advantage -- defines Sarah Palin's rise to power. Again and again, Palin has charmed powerful political patrons, and then rejected them when it suited her purposes. She has crafted a public image as a clean politics reformer, but in truth, she has only blown the whistle on political corruption when it was expedient for her to do so.

[snip]

"The idea that Sarah shook up the state's old-boy network is one big fantasy, it's complete bullshit," Halcro said. "She got all this public acclaim for throwing people who backed her under the bus -- but she only did it after they became expendable, when she no longer needed them.
Pssst, McCain: You've been warned (watch out for flying knives).
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17 comments:

John K. said...

John K: Yah "that many locals found disturbing," that they elected her. LMAO LMAO What a couple of liberals didn't like what she said so used race. LOL Stand up for Chuck eh Lefties LOL

John K. said...

John K: Speaking of ads. Obama in South Ill. pledged 200 million for coal fired power plants and Biden said they would build no more coal fired power plants. Stand Up for Chuck. LOL LOL LOL You lefties can't even get your ads straight. LMAO

John K. said...

John K:" My name is Hussein Obama and I support this. My name is Joe Biden and I do not." LMAO

jaywillie said...

You can't possibly have this much difficulty calling out anti-semitism for what it is, can you, John?

There's a time to play politics; and there's a time to call it like it is.

Moral relativism comes to the GOP...not quite the clear-eyed moralists they claim to be. Of course, we already knew that.

Bob said...

JohnK what is the purpose of your life?
Who created you?

John K. said...

John K: I see Ahmadenajad from Iran is in New York. Do you think he caught the last game in Yankees Stadium? Anyway, Hussein Obama said he would sit down with Ahmadenajad and talk. Well? Here is his chance. The two of them could go to dinner, pose for some pictures and bad mouth Bush. That would look good on the campaign trial. LMAO OH Yah that would look so good. Got you liberal hypocrites in another lie. LOL

Bob said...

John K wrote: "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah LMAO LMAO blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah LOL blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah at least people at 2PJ talk to me" LMAO

jaywillie said...

And John K. concedes the argument by changing the subject.

Too bad the Bush administration already opened up talks with Iran, more or less providing de facto support for Obama's push for greater diplomacy with that country.

John K. said...

John K: Bush did open conversations with Iran. But we have not sat down with Ahmadinajad. And we will have preconditions. Now Hussein Obama just wants to sit down with Ahmadinajad. So, since he is in NY, he ought to live up to his promise and go to dinner with the guy. Then pose for some pictures so we can label them Hussein Obama and his pal Ahmadinajad. You lefties should love that.

Clyde Wynant said...

John K does not exist. Don't read his posts. Don't respond. He is like the annoying shit that annoyed you in grade school and who, you, thankfully, left behind when you went to HS and college, and he got a job sitting in his underwear and trolling liberal websites....

As to Palin?

Sure. Sounds like classic Rovian politics. But it isn't just Rove who does this stuff. Most of the GOP consultants (including the "funny" John Brabender) have this in their blood. They don't just like doing it 'cause it works, they enjoy the "game." In the end, it's pathetic.

Clyde

flybylight said...

Let me note that Israel is considering electing a female leader without all the to-do we create here.

Maria said...

Then again, it would not be the first time for them.

Mike said...

Sarah Palin should never be confused with Golda Meir or any of the other great female leaders of the world.

EdHeath said...

You know, I shouldn't wonder that all the talk linking Sarah Palin with Hilary Clinton isn't damaging Palin a bit. After all, Clinton lost the nomination. Right up to the convention, people expected her to pull something that would have put the nomination in her hands, but she didn't, she announced her support (again) for Barack Obama. Now Palin is being compared to Hilary (the loser) and generally everyone agress she comes up short. No one says Palin has more executive experience than Hilary. So if Palin is not as good as a loser in the Democratic party ...

John K. said...

John K: What really irks you left wing loons about Palin is she is what you left wing feminist women and men want to be. She has accomplished all the goals and benchmarks set by the left. But she did it as a conservative. And that is the only thing that bothers you lefties. You set the bench marks, she checked them off and then yelled, I am a pro life feminist. And the left gasped, oh no! LOL LOL LMAO Palin does it better than any lefty feminist and she wins. LMAO Conservatives always win.

Maria said...

1) Wasn't comparing Palin to Meir on any basis other than being a woman who may have a top position in the government.

2) Reminder to John K that the Dems nominated a female veep some 25 years ago. What took you guys so long?

EdHeath said...

So Sarah Palin is a conservative, pro-family feminist. The wife can have a job, even be vice-president, as long as she is subservient to her husband.

Democrats were apparently more comfortable with Barack Obama’s no-race approach to racism than with Hilary Clinton’s being a feminist.

Now independent voters in Ohio and Colorado (according to a comment on another post) are shifting away from McCain. Whether it is because voters see Palin as a feminist or they see her as just an ambitious woman without much experience, whatever she or the convention did for John McCain appears to be fading. Not that something else won’t happen to change things, but at the moment, voters are not showing signs of being impressed with a conservative feminist.

The surge worked, in a limited tactical sense. But no political progress has been made recently.