Friday, December 4, 2009

Sarah Palin, Obama's Birth Certificate and the Tiny Country of Iran

by Lisa Graas, editor --

In an interview yesterday with talk radio host Rusty Humphries, Sarah Palin was asked "Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?" Her response has already made a big flashy headline at the lefty blog Huffington Post -- ironic, since it has helped perpetuate the conspiracy theory that Palin is not Trig's real mother. You can be sure that big media will follow suit shortly; perhaps even before I finish this post.

Take my advice. If you're curious to know what her actual response was, don't read the transcript. Listen to the question and her response at this link beginning at about 7:45 in the video.

Speaking as someone who has watched Sarah Palin closely on a daily basis since August 29, 2008, I gathered from her response something completely different than what many others are going to get from it. I can also predict what the reaction is going to be from various spheres of thought out there. Let me address the reaction first.

1. "Birthers" are going to be alternating between these two arguments:
  • "See? Sarah Palin questions it, too!"
  • "See? Sarah Palin said she won't make it an issue!"
2. Among the leftists, those who are Trig "Truthers" (believing that Sarah Palin is not the real mother of Trig Palin) and those who discount the "Trig Truth" conspiracy will not generally be in disagreement with each other. They will be unified in their argument that Sarah Palin is a "Birther", despite the fact that she has never once -- not once -- brought up this issue. Never. Even in the interview, she didn't bring it up and was noticeably taken off guard by the question. She did bring it up for the first time ever in her Facebook posting on the matter last night. (Full text below.)

3. Palinistas, knowing how every word Governor Palin says is examined under a microscope and often twisted out of proportion, will be worried.

As someone who watches Palin closely, has read her book and understands what she is about, my reaction to all of this is rather different. If Sarah Palin were concerned about President Obama's birth certificate and if she were the wild "loose cannon" she's so often accused of being, she'd have brought this birth certificate issue up during the campaign or sometime since. That's the first thing that entered my mind when I heard the statement and, as is often the case in these situations, it's what she ended up saying in her official response. (See below.)

Sarah Palin's position is, and always has been, that people have the right to ask questions of their leaders and that those leaders, in turn, have a right to respond to them. She has stated this over and over again, for the record. What she told Mr. Humphries is, essentially, what she's been saying for many many months......albeit in a roundabout way.

Unfortunately, I am not the average person. It's certain to me, personally, that she was taken off guard by the question and could have done a better job indicating that this is a non-issue to her. Did she convey that it's a non-issue to her? Yes. Did she do it well enough to prevent the spin doctors on both sides from blowing it into something it's not? No. That's a mistake, albeit a small one. I'm confident that anyone who really wants to know where Sarah Palin stands on this topic -- provided that they do not possess some level of either blind hatred or blind adoration of all things Palin -- will come to the same conclusions I've just expressed. In the end, I think it will win her more supporters than it will cost her......but for the wrong reasons.

In the grand scheme of things, I don't think this merits any more attention than the fact that Barack Obama said the following:

"I've now been in 57 states; I think, one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit."

"I'm not very well known in that part of the country. Senator Clinton, I think, is much better known...coming from a nearby state of Arkansas." -- Said in response to a question during the Democratic primary regarding why he wasn't doing better in West Virginia and Kentucky. Did we move Illinois and Arkansas to different locations without my knowledge?

This one below is pretty serious.........but I do give him credit for correcting the mistake and moving on:

"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela.....these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us." -- Spoken, with boldness I might add, at a townhall meeting.

See more at the link, if you dare.

Somehow, I don't think most Americans are going to hold this against Sarah Palin any more than they held the "57 states" remark against Obama. In both instances, other factors make the error quite worthy of forgiveness. Since most Americans have more important things to think about right now, like whether or not our country is safe from a terrorist attack and what is going to become of our economy, this will not pan out as an issue no matter how much the lefties and the birthers may want it to. It will make for a few good headlines from both.........but that's about it.

Sarah Palin's Facebook note on this subject is below.

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

Apologies for my lack of eloquence on this. Hastily written......and kids to feed. Blessings!!
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