Palin Did Not Spontaneously Invent 'Pal Around With Terrorists' Line
Last October when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was busily stoking the fires of racism and Islamophobia across Real America, she uttered this wonderful line about how Barack Obama liked to "pal around with terrorists." And all the liberals got so mad at her! But really they should have gotten mad at master puppeteers Nicolle Wallace, Rick Davis, or Steve Schmidt, because one or some combination of them came up with those FATEFUL WORDS.
McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace sent an e-mail to Sarah Palin's traveling party, a copy of which was later given to us. It read, "Goveror [sic] and Team: rick [Davis, the campaign manager], steve [Schmidt, McCain's senior adviser] and I suggest the following attack from the new york times. If you are comfortable, please deliver the attack as written. Please do not make any changes to the below with out approval from steve or myself because precision is crucial in our ability to introduce this."
Included was a 164-word script that blasted Obama for his relationship with Ayers. The line that attracted the headlines said of Obama: "This is not a man who sees America as you and I do -- as the greatest force for good in the world. This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."
The governor was of course all over that shit, and very enthusiastically delivered the line over and over again.
We should have known that a phrase like "pal around with terrorists," complete with a predicate and an object, and possessing all the coherence of normal spoken English, could not possibly have emanated from the brain of Sarah Palin.
(First person to end their comment with "Also." will be banned, hunted down, decapitated, and fed to a grizzly bear.)
Report on Ayers Sped Up McCain Attack on Obama [Washington Post]