“Could you list the mistakes she made other than being a conservative woman? Or is it being a member of a church you don’t like? Maybe having too many children or having imperfect children? Or was it being an outspoken conservative? Maybe you could blog about the mistakes Sarah Palin made… I would love some of the “facts” that give you the right to state so overtly the charge that she made “plenty of mistakes”.Was that you who blogged last week about Fox News being biased?”
The above is a comment to an item I posted on my blog this week. OK, I’ve been called out.
Let’s see. Sarah Palin quit her job as Alaska’s governor halfway through her first term, declaring she didn’t want to be a “lame duck.” That was something of an admission that she is incapable of governing for the remainder of her term after declaring her intention not to seek re-election. I consider that to be a mistake.
Hmm. What else? Oh, she said she refused federal earmark money for the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.” Oops. Not true. She accepted it at first, then turned it down when the stuff hit the fan over the earmark and former Sen. Ted Stevens’ role in obtaining it for Alaska. Yep, that’s a mistake.
Anything else? Oh yeah. In a TV interview, she said she couldn’t name a single newspaper or news periodical she read. The question seemed to catch her off guard and off balance. Another mistake.
OK, one more. In another TV interview, Gov. Palin couldn’t define the “Bush Doctrine” as it relates to the nation’s foreign policy. (My understanding of the doctrine is that President Bush felt it imperative to put our national interests first when deciding critical foreign policy matters; he didn’t believe it was altogether critical that the United States be held in high esteem in foreign capitals.)
Palin bristled at John McCain’s aides who tried to control her speeches and public utterances; she demonstrated a lack of knowledge on economic matters and on critical foreign-policy issues.
So, there you have it — for what it’s worth.
Gov. Palin has made plenty of errors on her meteoric rise to political superstardom.
And I’ll say it again: Fox News is every bit as biased as the other networks.