Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager Ed Rollins launched a vicious attack today on Gov. Palin in a hit piece posted on CNN's website. Dan Calabrese calls him out for his disingenuous smear job:
There is much to mock about a piece on Gov. Palin’s supposed lack of presidential qualifications, especially coming from a man who once tried to help win the presidency for H. Ross Perot, who was not only unqualified but also insane.Another well-documented refudiation of Rollins' politically-motivated anti-Palin barrage was published today by Whitney Pitcher on Conservatives 4 Palin. Give it a read.
But the one that deserves to be exploded is one of the most oft-repeated, condescending slams on Palin. It certainly does not represent any original thinking on Rollins’s part, as it’s been expressed many times by the likes of George Will and just about every D.C.-based political consultant. It is this:
“If you want to be a player, go to school and learn the issues.”
Bulls___, Mr. Rollins. Bulls___.
The notion that Sarah Palin isn’t up to speed on the issues is one of the most groundless ideas on the political landscape today. Take your pick where it comes from: The stupid Charlie Gibson “Bush Doctrine” question? (In which Gibson demonstrated he doesn’t know anything about the Bush Doctrine.) The media’s full-court coverup of Palin’s truthfulness in talking about death panels? People’s confusion between Tina Fey’s caricature and the genuine article?
Whatever the source, it only goes to prove that lots of people believing something doesn’t make it true.
Spend some time on Palin’s Facebook page, where she regularly holds forth on the issues. See what she has to say about tax policy, the WikiLeaks fiasco, monetary policy, energy policy, Iraq and the crucial priorities facing the incoming GOP Congress.
And that’s just the most recent. Palin regularly uses her Facebook platform to deliver her thoughts on leading issues of the day to nearly 2.5 million fans who receive her posts in their newsfeeds. So she not only knows the issues and expounds on them with eloquence, she is smart enough to go directly to the public with her message, bypassing the idiotic legacy media in the process.