Obama Campaign Smears Sarah Palin

September 3, 2008 · Filed Under Ethics, Sarah Palin 

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There has been a steady stream of smears on Sarah Palin since she was announced as the running mate of John McCain.

Many of these ugly fabrications have come from extreme left bloggers, but at least one came straight from Team Obama, according to the McCain campaign.

The first attack came from Obama surrogate Rep. Robert Wexler, the co-chair of Obama’s campaign in Florida. Wexler, badly mangling his facts, accused Governor Palin of supporting Pat Buchanan in the 2000 Alaska primary.

Based on this he asserted that Governor Palin had “aligned herself with a leading anti-Israel voice in American politics,” while finding space to invoke the name of Adolph Hitler and the phrase “Nazi sympathizer.”

Only it wasn’t true–Palin was an official on the Forbes campaign in 2000. Wexler never apologized or retracted his statement.

Then an official Obama spokesman picked up the charge in a statement to the Miami Herald:

“Palin was a supporter of [MSNBC analyst] Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,” Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote in an email.

Governor Palin has never supported Pat Buchanan and every responsible magazine or blog that made the charge has since corrected the record, leaving only the Obama campaign peddling this smear.

How is it that the media, so committed to fighting the smears against the Obama campaign, is more than happy to allow this one to fester?

Clearly, the Obama campaign is running scared, since they feel a need to invent a story like this to scare people away from Sarah Palin.

But I guess we can’t count on the “mainstream media” to cover the ugliness of the Obama campaign.


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