Can You Go Any Lower When Your Address Is The Gutter?
Daily Kos continues to make history, with yet another dairy claiming that Sarah Palin is not the mother of her fifth child, born with Down syndrome, but rather that the mother is Palin’s daughter. The evidence? A bunch of photographs and wild speculation.
I don’t know what to say, other than certain people better hope there’s no such thing as reaping what you sow. Did I mention Palin’s daughter
is sixteen was sixteen at the time?
And let’s remember Kos banned any mention of the John Edwards story that hinted that it might be true, to the point of tossing diarists who did so:
The whole story is based on an insulting view of fundamentalist Christians; that they’d be so freaked out by a teenage pregnancy that they’d have the Governor — the most highly visible and public women[sic] in the small fishbowl of Alaska — fake a pregnancy to cover up the sins her of daughter Bristol.
That diary got ‘rec’d’ — voted as one of the ‘Best Of’ on DailyKos. The diary is uncited, breathless, and spins a story that’s totally far-fetched. Without going through the whole hot mess point by point, I’ll mention that no doctors, nurses, hospital workers or other patients have come forward to say anything was amiss. Plus, there’s this picture.
The irony for me, of course, is that despite making over fifty short political videos with a clear progressive point of view, I was banned on DailyKos for saying that it seemed reasonable that John Edwards was seen at the Beverly Hilton late at night.
To be sure, some on DailyKos pointed up the numerous problems with the Palin story. But ‘the community’ in large part embraced it and it’s part of a trend…
The election hasn’t even been won yet and there’s already a liberal hubris developing. Progressive standard bearers such as DailyKos and Keith Olbermann have been showing signs lately of a nasty tendency towards stifling dissenting opinions and promoting the sort of crazy rumors usually associated with the right then the reality based community[sic].
It’s not effective, it’s not progressive, and it’s not a good or accurate reflection on Barack Obama or the Democratic party.
Yet this slander on Palin stands, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever.
It’s not just Kos, though; here’s novelist Jane Smiley, one of the most hateful women I have ever had the displeasure of reading, in what can only be called perhaps THE textbook case of projection:
Palin is another Margaret Thatcher or Ann Coulter, a woman who attaches herself to men in power and then does them one better. She uses the freedom that the women’s movement has brought her quash[sic] the liberation of women with other views than hers. The bitch is in there, as it is with Coulter and Thatcher and Katherine Harris. The Democrats have to bring that bitch out and she has given us the right to do it.
Yes, Jane, the bitch is somewhere around here…have you tried the mirror? Palin’s crime, apparently is to be a conservative who is picked for Vice President of the wrong party:
[A] bitchy and and arrogant point of view [is] a characteristic of all conservative women politicians.
Ah, those forward-think ‘progressives’! No thought police here!..
There are many, many legitimate lines of attack that can be taken against the Palin candidacy…lack of experience, the Trooper story, etc. But there are no boundaries to what is considered appropriate in the world of the Nutroots®. You see, when you are a conservative, you are apparently less than human…
UPDATE 09/01/08: Another diarist at Kos links a photo unmistakably showing Palin visibly pregnant five days before the birth of her son with Down syndrome, and the majority reaction is to go deeper in denial (a pregnancy suit! My God, how stupid are the Nutroots®? Don’t answer that).
For anyone who believed this story for even one minute (and that means, you too, Andrew Sullivan), shame on you.
I can’t imagine anything more vile and reprehensible than to attack a woman who chose to let her son live, in full knowledge that he had Down syndrome, with the allegation that she faked a pregnancy to hide the fact that her 16-year-old daughter was pregnant.
I’ve had it up to here with Andrew Sullivan, the king of the smear, followed by the incredulous look of innocence – what, me?…it’s a routine that never was convincing, and gets less so all the time…