There's an interesting phenomenon I've noticed when the far right brings its arguments from the safe confines of the right wing blogosphere, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of right wing radio, and Fox News. It just looks dumb and the arguments fall apart. Conservatives are so used to the head-nod echo chamber where the stupidest things are agreed upon in the pages of the Weekly Standard and National Review, aired on Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity then parroted as "serious" issues on Fox News. But the rest of America is not in the tank like the right wing propaganda machine. In cases like Terri Schiavo or the defense of Tom DeLay, the right wing learns how so out of touch it is with the rest of mainstream America.
Today's subject is Sarah Palin, the Wingnut's Starburst Queen, who can't understand why her smear of Barack Obama as a scary black separatist terrorist sympathizer would make normal Americans look at her as if she was doing some serious meth in the garage.
Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, launched the attack Saturday, repeating it at three different events and signaling a new strategy by John McCain's presidential campaign to go after Obama's character.
"The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn't been talked about," Palin said as she boarded her plane in Long Beach, Calif. "I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room."
But while Ayers and Obama are acquainted, the charge that they "pal around" is a stretch of any reading of the public record. And it's simply wrong to suggest that they were associated while Ayers was committing terrorist acts. Obama was 8 years old at the time the Weather Underground claimed credit for numerous bombings and was blamed for a pipe bomb that killed a San Francisco policeman.
During her stop in California, Palin was asked about an Associated Press analysis that said her charge about Ayers was unsubstantiated, a point made by other news organizations, and the criticism carried a "racially tinged subtext that McCain may come to regret."
"The Associated Press is wrong," Palin said. "The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn't been talked about, and I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room."
In fact, Obama was questioned about Ayers during a prime-time Democratic debate against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prior to April's Pennsylvania primary.
Up next McCain/Palin pounds the media for sitting on the truth about fluoridated water. "It's about precious bodily fluids," screamed Palin.