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Is The Media Out to Get Sarah Palin?

September 4, 2008

The McCain camp seems to think so. Republicans launched a counter attack at the media’s scrutiny of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today and accused the media of wanting to destroy John McCain’s vice presidential pick.

From CNN:

The accusation comes as Palin is set to take center stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. She will address the delegates in prime time with what many analysts call the most important speech of her political career so far.

The McCain campaign has been engaged in an increasingly fierce offensive against media coverage of McCain’s choice of running mate. The media is examining whether the first-term governor and former small-town mayor’s experience has prepared her for the vice presidency and whether the McCain camp spent enough time vetting her background.

In a memo released Wednesday, McCain’s campaign called the scrutiny of Palin a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican” vice presidential nominee.

“Gov. Sarah Palin is an exceptional governor with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Sen. [Barack] Obama,” Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, wrote in a memo, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate. “Her selection came after a six-month-long, rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear.

Here’s a few excerpts from her speech tonight, courtesy of the Associated Press:

In excerpts of the most anticipated speech of the Republican National Convention, the 44-year-old first-term governor also took a swipe at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and what she called the “Washington elite.”

“Here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country,” she said in her prepared remarks.

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better,” she said, speaking of her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, with a population of about 6,500.

“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.”

Before becoming governor, Palin served as mayor of Wasilla, she recounted, adding: “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

That was a clear jab at Obama, who as a young man worked as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience he speaks about frequently on the campaign trail.

In another indirect barb directed at the Illinois Democrat, Palin said: “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

I believe that Sarah Palin is a nice person with a track record of doing what she says she is going to do. There have been many issues raised recently that may give people a certain impression of her. For me, I let my own thoughts and determinations decide who I will vote for. I try to stay neutral through everything and in November, I’ll cast my vote. I hope that she is given a fair shot as we should treat others the way that we would want to be treated ourselves. Thoughts?

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