Friday, September 12, 2008

Stealth Candidate Palin Throws Jesus Under the Bus

Sarah Palin is the very portrait of a stealth candidate, because the following, taken from yesterday's interview with Charlie Gibson, is exactly the kind of verbal evasion that defines their kind:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.
Notice how she hopes to create the misimpression that she's been misquoted. It's only a li'l white lie for the greater good of Jesus, right? She'll pray for forgiveness later, and emerge from that prayer firmly convinced that she has received it. To his credit and much to my surprise, Gibson calls her on it. Continuing directly:
PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words.

But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side.

That's what that comment was all about, Charlie.
Well, no, we'll soon see that she was not drawing a high-minded allusion to the words of Abe Lincoln as she spoke to a gathering in her church, but some of her handlers have deftly coached her to recite that line. She continues by changing the subject:
And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It's an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie, today is the day that I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.
Don't you dare talk about her family, but she will. Endlessly. In the most manipulative fashion possible, flagrantly. Even if -- no, make that especially if -- talking about her family is non-responsive to a salient question she wishes to duck. But again to his credit, Gibson refuses the evasive bullshit:
GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln's words, but you went on and said, "There is a plan and it is God's plan."

PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That, in my world view, is a grand -- the grand plan.
And there we see her lie exposed: it was not about Abe Lincoln allusions; she did express the view that the Iraq war is god's plan, and did so confidently, without any of the sort of blinking that she finds so unseemly (Cf.). But now that she's outside the church, facing a national audience and a reporter who doesn't necessarily join in all the amen lines, she wants to pretend her views are other than they are.
GIBSON: But then are you sending your son on a task that is from God?

PALIN: I don't know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer.
Kudos are due her, I suppose, for not erupting into wet flowing tears over Gibson's invocation of her son, which again, only she is allowed to bring up, and only for the sake of scoring political points.

Where the war had been a task from god just a few months ago, now she's unwilling to say so. Saying so now would cut against the carefully-crafted illusion that she's not a religious nut and belongs somewhere in the vicinity of a presidential campaign.

She'd rather chuck her deity than lose an election.

Check who is now under the bus: Jesus himself! His white flowing robe is being enmeshed in the axles! His beard is caught in the brakes!

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