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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sarah "Barracuda" Palin sends Secret Service agent on personal errand to put one innocent American family under scrutiny

Sarah Palin's enemies say that once she's in a position of power, she uses that power ruthlessly to further her personal agenda.

Now, there's new proof of just how personally Gov. Palin takes things, as evidenced by the errand — involving one particular American family that had come under her scrutiny — on which she recently dispatched an armed member of her protective Secret Service detail (boldface mine):

So then we moved around as the bus was getting ready to pull out, we kind of positioned ourselves so we could just wave them on and a Secret Service agent came up to us and said, "Hey, can you come with us?"  I was like, "Do we have a choice?"

Find out just how this came to occur, and why, and what happened next, with unequivocal photographic documentation, by following this link. (I've reproduced one of the pix below, click to enlarge.)

(H/t K-Lo at The Corner.)

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UPDATE (Tue Sep 9 @ 10:15pm): I think this is one of the most revealing and powerful stories I've read or heard about Sarah Palin and her priorities — and it reflects very well on John and Cindy McCain, too. (Mrs. McCain looks in that photo like she's about to burst into sympathetic tears; despite people's mockery of her millions and her fashion and her looks, she is a compassionate woman whose own history demonstrates that.)

But notice, friends and neighbors: Chloe's father waited a week before telling this story to Rush Limbaugh. Had he chosen never to go public with the story, there's not a hint that anyone in the McCain-Palin campaign would have ever mentioned it publicly either. The invisible hand of Karl Rove is not lurking behind this story. This was not a photo op. This was not a publicity stunt. This was not designed to win your vote.

There's a reason I included a click-to-popup larger version of this photo in the HTML coding for this post: Click it, so you can get a really good look at Chlöe's face as she's hugging, and being hugged by, the Governor of the Great State of Alaska.

Now, I don't doubt that Barack Obama loves his daughters, and they beam with joy when he hugs them too. It was obvious from watching Joe Biden's son Beau at the DNC that his affection and respect for his father are genuine. Neither party has a monopoly on decency, and there is much to admire about both tickets. And Gov. Palin is tough as nails, and knew that she'd be savaged, and I think she can deal with the vitriol that's being hurled at her as well as anyone could, and she isn't asking for special consideration or deference on account of being a woman or a mother.

But just look at Chlöe's smile.

When you're trying to sort through the hype and the drama, the heat and the smoke, of this political season, and you're trying to figure out whether any of these candidates share your priorities and your values and your outlook on life: Remember this incident on a roadside between rallies. Remember Chlöe's smile.

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(1) arb made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 8:45:08 PM | Permalink

Beldar-

As you wrote the other day:

The.

Real.

Deal.

(2) Dale MacInnis made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 8:51:10 PM | Permalink

Beldar,

I was on the road this morning when the husband called in on Rush's show. (Rush, bless his heart, actually does know when to shut up and let somebody talk - which, he did, to his credit!)

The husband's story of meeting the candidates was articulate and moving, but for me, the grabber was at the end when he was making that comment on Sarah asking to pick up his Downs syndrome daughter. "I said, here's the difference, this candidate embraces life and all it's limitless possibilities."

Which, of course, Barry does not.

And that is THE difference, at least in my book. How I got the 5th wheel through the construction zone whilst dodging semis - with tears streaming down my face, I will never know.

(3) EW1(SG) made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 10:15:03 PM | Permalink

The "cookies and milk" factor.

Some (Air Force) friends of mine who have worked on Presidential protection details with the Secret Service noted that the Repulican First Ladies, from Nancy Reagan to present, have always gone out of their way to "check on the boys," to make sure they get milk & cookies or whatever to break up the monotony of some to the actually rather dull assignment. Real people tend to surround themselves with real people.

The Democrat First Lady was not so salubrious during her tenure, and I daresay there are some folks that outlast Administrations at the White House that are relieved that she won't be returning anytime soon.

(4) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 10:41:31 PM | Permalink

EW1(SG), who can ever forget John "That son-of-a-bitch knocked me over" Kerry?

(5) kimsch made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 9:11:55 AM | Permalink

Oh man, I just cried. What a wonderful story. That aspect of her just shines through - it's why I love her so much.

Like President Bush and Ashley.

You can just tell that they care. They really, truly, care.

(6) Neo made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 9:29:06 AM | Permalink

You got me in tears

(7) Tom T. made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 7:18:53 PM | Permalink

It's a great little story, but let's keep in mind that there's a long tradition of politicians kissing babies.

(8) David Blue made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 10:38:11 PM | Permalink

The big picture is great. :)

Tom T.: "It's a great little story, but let's keep in mind that there's a long tradition of politicians kissing babies."

Yes. But there was also a time when "motherhood" was the cliche of an unquestioned good, the thing that all politicians could endorse without weasel words or reservations.

I wish we could get back to that shared moral standard. It was better than what we have now.

What we have now is that one side of politics believes that babies who will have special needs deserve help and hugs, while the other side believes an injection of potassium chloride in the heart is an appropriate response, or even less humane means of killing human beings who are treated as less than human.

Sarah Palin believes in life, and she walks the walk. When she hugs that child, the picture means what it looks like it means. She's accepting and nurturing a fellow human being - not just grabbing free publicity off someone who would likely have been killed earlier if her policy preferences were implemented.

Sarah Palin deserves support because she she's courageous and nurturing. Barak Obama is just a bad man with a good smile.

From a pro-life point of view, there has never been a choice between a candidate for Vice-President who was so right and a candidate for President who was so wrong. I hope the good side wins.

(9) JPG made the following comment | Sep 11, 2008 8:52:20 PM | Permalink

Tom T.: Give. It. A. Rest.
Geez. As for Chloe? Wow. JPG

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