Another Palin smear bites the dust

posted at 8:59 pm on September 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Nutcase bloggers will have to find another smear against Sarah Palin … again.  Did you hear that Todd Palin’s former business partner tried to get his divorce records sealed?  Conspiracy theorists immediately began speculating on line that Sarah Palin — that vixen! — must have had an affair and broken up the marriage.  Why else would the partner suddenly act to seal his records?

As the Smoking Gun discovered, Scott Richter wanted them sealed — to protect himself from conspiracy theorists (h/t: William Amos):

So when the blogosphere discovered today (via an online court docket) that Scott Richter, a Palin associate, personally filed a sealing motion in Alaska Superior Court, well, conclusions were jumped to. Was Sarah Palin named as the other woman in a messy divorce action? Well, since Richter’s September 3 motion, a copy of which you’ll find below, was denied yesterday, his divorce filings remain open to the public. And a TSG review of the 98-page file shows that the Palins are only mentioned in Richter’s sealing request.

According to the filing, Richter wanted the documents deemed confidential in a bid to cloak details about his home, workplace, and phone numbers because “reporters and news agencies” were using that information to contact him. Richter, a 39-year-old contractor, noted that he is “friends and land owners in a remote cabin” with the Palins and, as a result, journalists were intruding on the “cabin life and private life” of him and his 11-year-old son.

Isn’t that an extra dollop of irony?  Mr. Richter wants to protect his son from lunatics.  What happens?  The lunatics use that as “evidence” that Palin had an affair with Richter and descend on him to get the dirt.

The desperation of Obama supporters keeps becoming ever more clear.  We’ve now had them smear Palin and her daughter as sluts, notably Conan O’Brien and his crude “crease” reference on his show last night.  Palin’s mothering quality has also been slandered, and her decision to have a successful career derided by those who would normally sneer at stay-at-home moms.

Keep it up — please.  Keep informing the public that women have to stay on the ideological reservation or they have to stay in the kitchen, and that they’re not really free to have their own minds.  Keep punishing those who express their own opinions and defy the media with despicable slurs and innuendo and by all means keep attacking their children.  None of that will have any effect on Palin’s credibility — but it will strip her critics of theirs.

Update: Charles Martin at Explorations has the list of debunked slurs and innuendo, and it’s getting pretty lengthy.  Coming up next: Sarah Palin is an extraterrestrial looking to infiltrate human society!  Where’s the Weekly World News when you need it?

Update II: Just spitballing here, but what stereotypes of naughty women have the media and the lunatics missed?  So far, they’ve made her out to be a slut, a b***h, a beauty-queen airhead, and an unfit mother.  She’s obviously not frigid, so that smear won’t work.  How many other demeaning gender-based slurs can they throw her way?


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J_Gocht on September 6, 2008 at 2:26 PM

You remind me of the Black Knight in the Monty Python Movie – only more pathetic.

ManlyRash on September 6, 2008 at 6:02 PM

This meme about banning library books got me thinking:

Is there a list of books that are banned by Librarians?

For example:
1) “Little Black Sambo” has been of many library for decades
2) “Killer Angel” (A Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger, and her advocacy of abortions to reduce the number of black people)

Please suggest other Librarian-banned books.

Right_of_Attila on September 6, 2008 at 6:34 PM

been out of many library collections for decades…

Fixed it.

Right_of_Attila on September 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Coming up next: Sarah Palin is an extraterrestrial looking to infiltrate human society

Rush has a parody with Jim Carville and Ken starr on larry king…and Carville is accusing starr of being an alien, sent to kill our children with tobacco!!! and larry king asks starr why he’s trying to kill our children…its too funny…the left is just nuts.

right4life on September 6, 2008 at 6:45 PM

you have to be a rush 24 member to hear it…he has a lot of really funny parodies…this one is a hoot, with carville saying starr is after the most moral man in america, our president (clinton)

right4life on September 6, 2008 at 6:47 PM

ManlyRash on September 6, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Pathetic perhaps, but also very curious…

“…who could inquire into exactly how all these witnesses to “troopergate” happened to obtain lawyers and then all follow the exact same tactic in the same 72 hours? Who are their lawyers; who is paying their lawyers? And many other questions that follow….

J_Gocht on September 6, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Right_of_Attila on September 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM —

The funny thing is, Little Black Sambo was written by Helen Bannerman, a Scot, living in Madras, India, about a Tamil boy, who outsmarted four tigers. Tamils are black. Grey-black skin. Not the multicolor hues of American Blacks. It was a story about using one’s wits to overcome overwhelming odds. Not giving up or running away when facing adversity. It had a positive message for young children.

Poltical correctness led to it being removed.

Based on the message of the book, perhaps they should not have banned it, but used it. Self-reliance. Ingenuity. Quick wit. Exercising the OODA loop. All positives.

But, playing the victim card…that was all lost upon those who banned the book.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2008 at 7:20 PM

The immediate uproar from the left over John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate has, at least for me, brought back memories of the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. There are some very interesting comparisons to be made here, especially for those too young to remember the Thomas confirmation hearings.

Thomas, a conservative Republican African-American, was nominated by President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1991 to become the second black Supreme Court justice succeeding Thurgood Marshall, a liberal icon of the Civil Rights era. That Thomas was conservative and a critic of affirmative action was a red flag in the eyes of liberals, especially black liberals. They saw in Thomas a rejection of the notion that African-Americans needed special treatment in order to succeed in a racist American society. To the liberals in the Democratic Party and various political activist groups, Thomas’ nomination had to be defeated at all costs.

First, they argued that he was unqualified for the position. Thomas, however, proved a feisty opponent as the confirmation hearings proceeded. He was making his opponents on the Judiciary Committee look like the small people they were.

Then they dug up Anita Hill, who came to testify that, as a former employee of Thomas, he had pursued her for a relationship in inappropriate ways. In other words, Thomas had been guilty of sexual harassment. Thomas, for his part, denied the charges angrily as stories of pornography and inappropriate language and conduct were hurled at him-without proof. In the end, Hill’s testimony could not be corroborated, and Thomas was confirmed after a humiliating process played out in front of a national TV audience. Since then, Thomas has served as a solid conservative on the Supreme Court, hated to this day by liberals and groups such as the NAACP. What was Clarence Thomas’ crime? He was a black conservative. To this day, he shares the fate of all black conservatives in America-castigated and insulted as an “Uncle Tom” and a “sell-out”.

Ironically, one of Thomas’ biggest thorns on the Judiciary Committee was Joe Biden, for whom Thomas had harsh words in his memoirs. Biden was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who presided over the ugliest confirmation hearing in memory.(Biden voted against Thomas.)

Now along comes Sarah Palin, right on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign to become the first female president. Unlike Hillary, however, Palin is a conservative. She is the embodiment of what so-called feminists profess they dream about-a woman who works hard and makes it on her own ability-independent of being the spouse or girlfriend of some powerful man. In reality, Palin is the woman’s equivalent of Clarence Thomas. Her elevation to Vice-President is completely unacceptable to liberals and feminists. Never mind that she enjoys an approval rating among Alaskans at 80%. Never mind that the Republicans have accepted her enthusiastically. She is unacceptable to “them”.

Why? Several reasons. First, she is conservative-a Republican. (How dare the Republicans put the first female in the White House as VP-that’s the “Democrat destiny”.) Second, she is a family woman. Married-not to some rich, powerful man-but to a blue collar worker. She has five children-the last born in April with Downs Syndrome. This leads to perhaps the biggest objection. Palin chose to have the baby. She is anti-abortion.

Therein lies the problem for Democrats, liberals and feminists: Palin’s elevation, like that of Thomas before her, sends a message to women that they don’t want women to hear. That message is about family, conservative values and life-as opposed to abortion.

Thomas’ message was and is that African-Americans or anybody else can make it in today’s America through their talents and hard work. For the left, he was a figure that had to be stopped at any cost. Smear him, destroy him, destroy his family-whatever it takes.

Now we see it repeating itself with Sarah Palin. From day one, the left has mounted a campaign to stop this woman by whatever means necessary. Like Thomas, they say she is unqualified by nature of her political experience (which is arguably at least equal to if not greater than Barack Obama). Now, in short order, we see the personal smears. First, it was the Daily Kos running with a wild rumor that Palin was not the real mother of her baby, Trig-rather it was her daughter, Bristol, 17, who was the real mother. Faced with that flying around the blogosphere and being repeated by the media, Palin announced that Bristol was pregnant and expecting in December. So now, we watch the Democrats and their allies in the media spouting moral outrage. How could this Sarah Palin run for Vice President with a 17-year-old pregnant, unmarried daughter-plus a baby with Downs Syndrome? How could she? She is not a fit mother. Never mind that if Palin were a liberal Democrat, the left would be celebrating her as a modern-day WOMAN-especially if she aborted that baby. Since when did the left become the new “Moral majority” in this country? Since when did they become the guardians of our morals in the bedroom?

The Palin saga is going to get much uglier. This is an all-out attempt to drive her from the ticket-to humiliate her and her family until she throws in the towel and withdraws. It is the same tactic that was used-and failed with Clarence Thomas-a good and decent man who refused to back down. I hope that Palin, whatever the sacrifice, will stand her ground. If she does, I think the American people will stand with her.

gary fouse
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gary fouse on September 6, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Huge help in debunking much of the crap that’s out there! Thank You for all the hard work!

Moaneeca on September 6, 2008 at 8:06 PM

gary fouse
fousesquawk

gary fouse on September 6, 2008 at 7:48 PM

This looks like a nice summary. I’m going copy and paste for reading. Thanks for taking the time to compose it.

Scanning your comment quickly, I notice that you mention Biden’s role in the Thomas witchhunt. And I’ll add that if you go back even further, I seem to recall that Biden had a major role in disparaging Robert Bork in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing to such an extent that Bork either wasn’t confirmed or his nomination was withdrawn. It was a disgrace.

Americans have a little less than nine weeks before voting. Obama provides reason enough to be afraid of his election. But Biden really should be crucified for the irresponsible, vindictive pr*ck that he’s been on the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than two decades.

BuckeyeSam on September 6, 2008 at 8:59 PM

“…who could inquire into exactly how all these witnesses to “troopergate” happened to obtain lawyers and then all follow the exact same tactic in the same 72 hours? Who are their lawyers; who is paying their lawyers? And many other questions that follow….”
My question: WHO CARES?

Christine on September 6, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Reason is also critical of what Sullivan did:

But as the mainstream media checked her “bridge to nowhere” claims—she was for it before she was against it—a small segment of the blogosphere was chasing a bizarre rumor that Sarah Palin’s newborn baby Trig was not her son, but her grandson. “It’s the wackiest rumor about Sarah Palin or any other politician so far this election,” wrote The Huffington Post’s Lee Stranahan. At his Time magazine blog, Tom Bevan observed that “all the major media outlets shied away from repeating this crackpot theory.”

Well, almost all major media outlets.

Over at The Atlantic’s website, writer Andrew Sullivan, a passionate defender of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), posted a series of breathless blog items laying out the case (if it can be called that) against the perfidious Palin. There was no compelling evidence—circumstantial or otherwise—to support such a claim, but as Sullivan argued, it was the media’s job to ask the uncomfortable questions…

What reporters do, as Sullivan surely knows, is ask important questions and address rumors by reporting, and only bringing them to readers’ attention upon confirmation. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the crackpot conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Vince Foster contain compelling questions of motivation, chronology, etc.—all conspiracy theories, from the JFK assassination to the 9/11 “truth” movement do. But it’s worth calling out those grinding partisan axes—such as the “reporters” at Insight magazine who claimed that Obama was educated in a madrassa, which Sullivan rightly denounced as “sleazy”—who are dodging their critics by claiming that they are “just asking questions.”

http://www.reason.com/news/show/128567.html

Mr. Joe on September 7, 2008 at 2:19 AM

I’ve heard she doesn’t support equal pay for women. I find that odd, since after all she is a woman. Any link where that’s debunked?

artchick on September 7, 2008 at 3:55 AM

Lesseee… what’s left? How bout a trans-gender mutant from Outer Space with two heads? Makes as much sense as any of the drivel they’ve come up with so far.

itsspideyman on September 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Barely on toppic: have you seen the “Palin’s church suports the conversion of Homosexuals to Heterosexuals” story?

More power to them.

Count to 10 on September 7, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Suppose that McCain/Palin win the election (which I want). Can you image the amount of crap-ola we’re gonna hear from the MSM for the next four years? In so many ways I cant wait for it and it so many other ways I dread it. Just a thought…

ray_d_eightor on September 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Liar, liar, pants on fire…

I think we should herein after refer to Mr. Sullivan as “Andy Pants” to acknowledge the likely prospect that anything he publishes is a lie.

I was thinking of “Flaming Andy” but, well, you know, that might be misconstrued.

withoutfeathers on September 7, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Related: Media Jackals cause the web site for the Wasilla Warriors Hockey team to remove rosters, photos, and other info.

The link.

Natalie on September 7, 2008 at 12:52 PM

methamphetamine use will be the next meme.

Calm Before the Storm on September 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

This falls into the Palin smear category, as an answer on the mothering skills based on Bristol’s pregnancy.

From today’s Washington Post:

The family still lives in Wasilla most of the time, in an airy wood-frame house on the shore of Lake Lucille, upscale by Alaskan standards. The governor’s mansion in Juneau, the state capital, is home only when the legislature is in session, and even then to only some of the family. The Palins enrolled the two youngest girls in Juneau schools, but Bristol went mid-school-year to live with her aunt in Anchorage, finishing at the city’s West High School.

According to this article, Bristol was under the supervision of an aunt in Anchorage while the rest of the family was in Juneau.

The criticisms of Sarah Palin for not being a good mother based on Bristol’s pregnancy should be limited to trusting an aunt to watch over her daughter as well as she would while the rest of the family was in Juneau.

Right_of_Attila on September 7, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Suppose that McCain/Palin win the election (which I want). Can you image the amount of crap-ola we’re gonna hear from the MSM for the next four years? In so many ways I cant wait for it and it so many other ways I dread it. Just a thought…

ray_d_eightor on September 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I imagine it will be alot like the last 8 years. Pretty soon we will find out she and McCain are being controlled by a Jewish, Christian, libertarian, fascist cabal.

18-1 on September 7, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I imagine it will be alot like the last 8 years. Pretty soon we will find out she and McCain are being controlled by a Jewish, Christian, libertarian, fascist cabal.- 18-1 on September 7, 2008 at 4:02 PM

You mean we aren’t hearing this already?

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Lesseee… what’s left? How bout a trans-gender mutant from Outer Space with two heads?

If you look at the language of her stump speech, some might make that case.

bayam on September 7, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Let me be more specific. You can start reading between the lines of Palin’s speech and find even more potential ‘smears’. For example, the difference between a hockey mom and bulldog is lipstick? Come on, I grew up around a lot of hockey moms and they were no different than soccer moms and baseball moms- their roles after the winter hockey season ended.

Her analogy is probably used more aptly and commonly in the queer community: the difference between homosexuals and transvestites is lipstick. Was Palin speaking in a coded language to court the gay vote? Where does she stand on homosexuality and cross-dressing? Same position as Rudy?

bayam on September 7, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Lesseee… what’s left? How bout a trans-gender mutant from Outer Space with two heads?

Next we’ll hear that she cruises with Elvis in Bigfoot’s UFO.

StatenItaly08 on September 7, 2008 at 11:50 PM

I’ve heard she doesn’t support equal pay for women. I find that odd, since after all she is a woman. Any link where that’s debunked?

artchick on September 7, 2008 at 3:55 AM

That depends on what you mean by “equal pay for equal work”.

Law suits can be filed against an employer when pay or employment are affected by discrimination. No change is needed, though the suit must be filed quickly.

Liberals want laws and a bureaucracy to review what people are paid. This would give them enormous power, and damage the economy.

Right_of_Attila on September 8, 2008 at 7:41 AM

7. Yes, she did want authority to have wolves culled from the air, because they were taking too many moose and caribou. Which people hunt for food in the back country in Alaska.

C’mon we all know the killing of the wolves is so sportsmen can have fun killing them!

Anchorage Daily News
Caribou slaughter leaves calves stranded

Published: July 29th, 2008

”Hunters from the villages of Point Hope and Kivalina are suspected of massacring more than 100 caribou and leaving at least half of them to rot on the tundra earlier this month, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Calves were left stranded, some still trying to suckle milk from the decomposing cows two weeks after the slaughter.”

There is a photo at the Anchorage Daily News of a caribou calf as it stands by its DEAD MOTHER! Did I mention SICK!

http://www.adn.com/wildlife/story/478088.html

Barracuda’s speech writer’s ANTI-hunting article:

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

13. No, she’s never been in any porn as far as anyone can…

However, she does allow Bristol’s boyfriend to display a photo of her on one of his Myspace pages, showing her in a tight mini skirt that barely covers, well you know what, and a blouse barely buttoned. Palin family values on display again!

25. Yes, she was apparently pregnant when she got married

Like mother, like daughther. It’s those family values!

39. yes, she did try, clearly unsuccessfully, to get Bristol married off to her fiancee before the story came out

Duh, she’s five months along and they’re not married…we can figure this one out. Not suprising being as Levi’s Myspace page said he was a “F#%@%&## Redneck” and didn’t want children, as reported by the NewYorkPost. Levi has since taken down this particular Myspace page (imagine that?!)

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09022008/news/nationalnews/palin_teen_has_baby_on_board_127096.htm

46. No, she’s not anti-Mormon. No, not all AoG churches are anti-Mormon. (AoG is even more hard-core about allowing each pastor and congregation to make their own decisions than the Baptists are.)

She’s not anti-Mormon. Wow, that’s a plus! Nice that some churches actually have better things to do than to preach anti-Mormonism and hate AS SOME BAPTIST CHURCHES DO! My sister’s Baptist church in Michigan is responsible and does NOT preach hate nor whom to vote for. My sister says her pastor does NOT give voting advice because it is against the law. Yay for churches who acutally follow the law! HuckaBEEN bigots-HELLO!

63. Yes, Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech was written by a speechwriter. Duh.

Matt Scully wrote Palin’s knock-out debut speech. I wonder if it felt strange to Palin having an ANTI-hunting advocate writing her BIG IMPORTANT SPEECH? Both Matt’s book and his article at the link below address the horrors of hunting. (and see #7 above).

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

Shelby on September 8, 2008 at 3:44 PM

7. Yes, she did want authority to have wolves culled from the air, because they were taking too many moose and caribou. Which people hunt for food in the back country in Alaska.

C’mon we all know the killing of the wolves is so sportsmen can have fun killing them!

Anchorage Daily News
Caribou slaughter leaves calves stranded

Published: July 29th, 2008

”Hunters from the villages of Point Hope and Kivalina are suspected of massacring more than 100 caribou and leaving at least half of them to rot on the tundra earlier this month, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Calves were left stranded, some still trying to suckle milk from the decomposing cows two weeks after the slaughter.”

There is a photo at the Anchorage Daily News of a caribou calf as it stands by its DEAD MOTHER! Did I mention SICK!

http://www.adn.com/wildlife/story/478088.html

Barracuda’s speech writer’s ANTI-hunting article:

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

13. No, she’s never been in any porn as far as anyone can…

However, she does allow Bristol’s boyfriend to display a photo of her on one of his Myspace pages, showing her in a tight mini skirt that barely covers, well you know what, and a blouse barely buttoned. Palin family values on display again!

25. Yes, she was apparently pregnant when she got married

Like mother, like daughther. It’s those family values!

39. yes, she did try, clearly unsuccessfully, to get Bristol married off to her fiancee before the story came out

Duh, she’s five months along and they’re not married…we can figure this one out. Not suprising being as Levi’s Myspace page said he was a “F#%@%&## Redneck” and didn’t want children, as reported by the NewYorkPost. Levi has since taken down this particular Myspace page (imagine that?!)

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09022008/news/nationalnews/palin_teen_has_baby_on_board_127096.htm

Shelby on September 8, 2008 at 3:47 PM

46. No, she’s not anti-Mormon. No, not all AoG churches are anti-Mormon. (AoG is even more hard-core about allowing each pastor and congregation to make their own decisions than the Baptists are.)

She’s not anti-Mormon. Wow, that’s a plus! Nice that some churches actually have better things to do than to preach anti-Mormonism and hate AS SOME BAPTIST CHURCHES DO! My sister’s Baptist church in Michigan is responsible and does NOT preach hate nor whom to vote for. My sister says her pastor does NOT give voting advice because it is against the law. Yay for churches who acutally follow the law! HuckaBEEN bigots-HELLO!

63. Yes, Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech was written by a speechwriter. Duh.

Matt Scully wrote Palin’s knock-out debut speech. I wonder if it felt strange to Palin having an ANTI-hunting advocate writing her BIG IMPORTANT SPEECH? Both Matt’s book and his article at the link below address the horrors of hunting. (and see #7 above).

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

Shelby on September 8, 2008 at 3:48 PM

OOps, sorry for the duplicate posts. When the first long post did not show up, I thought it was because it was too long, and broke it down into two posts.

Shelby on September 8, 2008 at 4:00 PM