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Palin is sorry it took her this long to become a birther

Steve Benen responds to Sarah Palin's assertion that the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate is "a fair question."

I'm not surprised Sarah Palin would lend credence to the "birther" nonsense; I'm surprised it took her this long.

Interestingly, Palin actually agrees. She blames her tardiness on her former running mate. "I think it's a fair question, just like I think past associations, past voting records, all of that is fair game. You know, I gotta tell you, too, I think our campaign, the McCain-Palin campaign, didn't do a good enough job in that area."

By Ezra Klein  |  December 4, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
 
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Her reasoning seems to be that since "some people" have conspiracy theories about Trigg's birth, its fair for her to ask about Obama's. No office holding Democrat has made public accusations as such. In short, she is saying that if she can find a crazy person somewhere that said something, then she should be allowed to be just as crazy without criticism.

That is because she did not see the '08 election as McCain/Palin vs. Obama/Biden. She saw it as "anyone and everyone" vs. Sarah Palin, so whatever anyone does, she can do the same back to anyone and everyone and its all fair game.

Posted by: nylund | December 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"No office holding Democrat has made public accusations as such."

Since she's not an office-holding Republican, I fail to see how that is relevant. She's a blogger. Bloggers have said stuff. She says stuff back. Meaningless, really.

Posted by: MOswingvoter | December 4, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

*she is saying that if she can find a crazy person somewhere that said something, then she should be allowed to be just as crazy without criticism.*

As MOswingvoter alludes to, she is in the same category/class as that same crazy person somewhere that said something.

On the other hand, she also insists that the press address her as "Governor," so she's still trying to hang on to political credibility.

Posted by: constans | December 4, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Well, the McCain-Palin couldn't really spend much effort "investigating" that "issue", considering that McCain actually was born outside the USA.

Posted by: johnblatz | December 4, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, the McCain-Palin couldn't really spend much effort "investigating" that "issue", considering that McCain actually was born outside the USA.

Posted by: johnblatz

GOOD SMACKDOWN!

Posted by: goadri | December 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they did so poorly pressing Obama on his past because they were so busy doing damage control on Palin's present?

Posted by: zosima | December 5, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

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