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While Governor Palin has certainly had a handful of bad moments in interviews, the fact that they’re played on a virtual endless loop in the media reveals like nothing else the amazing double-standard under which Republican candidates are forced to operate. Especially when we have in Obama a one-man hit parade of gaffes that are utterly ignored.
I know it’s been posted before, but the this video right here contains the single most comical and revealing example of a candidate descending into total, bumbling incoherence during the election season. I just love how–in typical Obama fashion–he starts looking around for someone else to blame once he finds himself in a bad spot.
Had Governor Palin EVER had a moment as bad as this one, we’d never hear the end of it. And that’s before we even consider:
Obama’s claim that his father served in WWII.
The fact that he’s repeatedly misidentified the cities he’s giving speeches in while on the stump.
His claim to have visited 57 states.
That he called for more speakers of Arabic in Afghanistan.
That he called Matt Lauer “Tim” three times in an interview.
That he called for the UN Security Council to address Russia’s invasion of Georgia (though Russia holds a veto on the Security Council)
That he claimed to have “won” the Michigan primary in an interview with David Gregory although he wasn’t even on the ballot.
That he claimed in another interview that “Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.”
That he said “If I talked to Iran, I’m going to tell them, ‘You should develop a nuclear weapon. It’s going to set off an arms race in the Middle East.'”
That he claimed that his parents got together because of “what happened in Selma”–four years after he was born.
That he said on Memorial Day “”On this Memorial as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today.”
The list stretches out to the horizon, but somehow, they get absolutely no attention whatsoever. If McCain or Palin were guilty of making even a fraction of similar gaffes, missteps, and outright absurd statements, they would be ridiculed endlessly. And in fact, in Palin’s case, she is ridiculed endlessly for far, far less.