You know the 2012 campaign has started, because the hatchet-men and women of the media are attacking Sarah Palin based on anonymous sources (including some allegedly from the McCain campaign) and dubious rumors and innuendo.
First there were the mounting attacks on the Palin daughters and son, Trig Palin. Now a complete smear piece in Vanity Fair by a writer Bill Clinton called some not-so-nice words. Despite all the hoopla, the article contains few new verifiable facts.
There is something about Palin that gets deep under the skin of the left and media elites. But they are preaching to their own choir. Attack a one-year old with Down Syndrome, go after Palin’s daughters, make things up as you go so long as it is negative.
A telling part of the article is yet another swipe at Trig. The author describes an e-mail birth announcement from Palin signed “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.” From this, the author suggests that Palin think’s she’s God.
But the author does not appear to have actually seen the e-mail, and from the description it sounds like nothing more than an expression that we are all God’s children, a common theme not only in Christianity but in other religions (and in the Declaration of Independence).
Nonetheless, the author got his intended attention, as Think Progress has seized on this theme for its post “Palin wrote an e-mail to friends pretending to be God: ‘Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.’“
And some Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. The same Republicans who lost the last presidential election, and the last two congressional elections. I can make excuses (but not justifications) for the Democrats, but not the spineless anonymous Republican sources.
UPDATE: Kudos to No More Mister Nice Blog, which comes from a definitely left-wing perspective, for the honesty to say he was “unimpressed” with the Vanity Fair article, and more importantly, to put the “God” e-mail in proper context:
First of all, this isn’t a scoop — the Anchorage Daily News reported it just after Trig was born, in the spring of ’08. And while I fully agree that Palin’s a narcissist, I’m not sure this is as megalomaniacal as it seems.
Here’s more on the e-mail, from the ADN:
In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on
this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.””Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome,” Palin wrote.
Maybe I’ve just lurked at too many right-wing Web sites, but this seems like garden-variety Christian-right inspirational schmaltz.
Thank you Mister Nice Blog for exposing the Vanity Fair article for a complete piece of trash, starting with the false and misleading reference to Trig Palin’s birth announcement. Now maybe you could get the folks at Think Progress to run a retraction. [Added: Mr. Nice Blog apparently doesn’t want my thanks, per an update to his post, but that’s ok, I’ll give it anyway because the substance of his post was correct.]