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Monday, September 29, 2008

Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of Hamas

posted by on September 29 at 11:28 AM

Jeffrey Goldberg writes that he’s watched Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric three times and his “astonishment does not diminish.” He goes on:

Her nonsensical answer about Russia has deservedly been highlighted, but let me focus on another question, this one concerning the export of democracy. Couric asked, “What happens if the goal of democracy doesn’t produce the desired outcome? In Gaza, the U.S. pushed hard for elections and Hamas won.”

Palin flipped on the blender that is her mind, chopping and mixing all her rehearsed answers to other questions, and said a bunch of nonsense, the beginning (and thrust) of it being: “Yeah, well especially in that region, though, we have to protect those who do seek democracy…”

Goldberg again:

The issue here is not that Palin didn’t know the answer. There are many possible answers to this question, some of which are right and some of which are wrong. The issue here is that she didn’t know the question. Because she was apparently ignorant of the subject, she endorsed Hamas’ victory, and, in essence, called for the U.S. to “protect” Islamists who seek to use democratic elections to lever themselves into power.

Then he goes on to give one hypothetical answer in keeping with the Republican platform just to prove that, you know, it’s possible to give a coherent answer (“Yes, Katie, it’s true that if you push for democracy, sometimes you get an outcome that you don’t want…”) and concludes:

See? Not that hard. Unless you don’t:

a) Know what happened in Gaza;
b) Know where Gaza is;
c) Know who rules Gaza today;
d) Care.

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HELLO! Can we stop obsessing with Palin on Slog for one minute to acknowledge that the BAIL-OUT FAILED TO PASS IN THE HOUSE. THE STOCK MARKET IS FREE FALLING.

Posted by PopTart | September 29, 2008 11:28 AM

Yeah, what @1 said. Holy shit. I guess it's a steady diet of dog food for my retirement.

Posted by tsm | September 29, 2008 11:31 AM

OK, Dan posted it. Now ya'll can go back to the "OMG Palin is soooo stoo-pid" blogging in this post and I'll take myself off to Dan's post to freak the fuck out.

Posted by PopTart | September 29, 2008 11:33 AM

Oh shit! Palin said something I kind of agree with. I think the U.S. should support democratic movements, even when the short-term results aren't in our favor. Gosh, if this keeps up, I might have to reconsider my disdain for her.

Posted by Smartypants | September 29, 2008 2:41 PM

So what should Hamas do after it was us who demanded elections? The problem is intransigence on both sides. It leads from one disaster to another. From one retaliation to another. And with the terrible leadership we have in the White House, it only gets worse. That is what McCain and Palin offer. More intransigence.

Posted by Vince | September 29, 2008 3:24 PM

Wait, and this is supposed to be a bad thing? Whether by intent or accident, Sarah Palin has just said the single most intelligent thing about Israel and Palestine to pass the lips of any American politician in the last 30 years, minimum.

If I thought for a second she meant it, I'd be faced with the terrifying prospect of voting Republican.

Posted by Doctor Memory | September 29, 2008 8:07 PM

First, last, and only time Sarah Palin says something that might actually I agree with.

Posted by Magda | September 29, 2008 8:48 PM

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