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John on September 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Even as Time magazine has a big piece framing dissatisfaction with the press as part of a McCain “work the refs” strategy, dives into the left wing abyss to debunk a few of the Palin smears:

  • Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
  • She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
  • She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
  • Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesty” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.
  • Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

It’s a start, but Factcheck promises more are on the way.

Meanwhile, not sure how I missed it, but this story is definitely worth a look. While Obama was quick to call Palin’s family off limits, he was also quick to try and capitalize on the smear campaign by pushing to have McCain dump her:

In memos, e-mails and phone calls this week, Obama campaign officials have urged surrogates and allies to mention Republicans who are “nervous” about the Palin pick and to link those worries to George McGovern’s aborted vice presidential pick of Thomas Eagleton in 1972, according to three Democratic surrogates.

That year, McGovern rescinded the pick after learning that Eagleton had been treated for depression. Questions about the thoroughness of the Palin vet have been raised, particularly about how and when Palin disclosed the news that her teenage daughter is pregnant and whether Palin’s political resume had been thoroughly scrubbed.

On Wednesday, the campaign’s chief surrogate wranglers distributed a three page compilation of  quotes from Republicans concerned about the Palin pick. (See the text after the jump.)  One surrogate said he had been urged to bring up the example of Eagleton in order to seed the idea that McCain might consider dropping him from the ticket.

Once again, Obama’s high sounding statements of principle make for great TV but don’t seem to amount to much. Specifically, his promise to not bringing up Bristol Palin doesn’t mean much if he’s simultaneously working behind the scenes to capitalize on the negative press others generate on his behalf.

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