Sarah Palin referenced a quote in her acceptance speech at the GOP convention.
Here is the NYT's explanation of that quote:
This was made clear in the most chilling passage of Palin’s acceptance speech. Aligning herself with “a young farmer and a haberdasher from Missouri” who “followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency,” she read a quote from an unidentified writer who, she claimed, had praised Truman: “We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity.”
Then Palin added a snide observation of her own: Such small-town Americans, she said, “run our factories” and “fight our wars” and are “always proud” of their country. As opposed to those lazy, shiftless, unproud Americans — she didn’t have to name names — who are none of the above. -- Frank Rich, NYT Sept 14
What she didn't mention is who that "young farmer" was... Rich goes on:
There were several creepy subtexts at work here. The first was the choice of Truman. Most 20th-century vice presidents and presidents in both parties hailed from small towns, but she just happened to alight on a Democrat who ascended to the presidency when an ailing president died in office. Just as striking was the unnamed writer she quoted. He was identified by Thomas Frank in The Wall Street Journal as the now largely forgotten but once powerful right-wing Hearst columnist Westbrook Pegler.
Palin, who lies with ease about her own record, misrepresented Pegler’s too. He decreed America was “done for” after Truman won a full term in 1948. For his part, Truman regarded the columnist as a “guttersnipe,” and with good reason. Pegler was a rabid Joe McCarthyite who loathed F.D.R. and Ike and tirelessly advanced the theory that American Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (“geese,” he called them) were all likely Communists.
Okay, so Palin is quoting Pegler, a supporter of Wisconsin's most hated political villain and someone we all wish we could erase from the history books: Senator Joe McCarthy. A man who's name is synonymous with political witch hunts for his anti-communist insanity. Pegler was also a fierce anti-semite and seriously racist. Nice choice in people to quote chick...
and oh, as if that wasn't bad enough, it just gets worse...
Here's what Pegler had to say about Robert F Kennedy, Jr when he was contemplating running for President in 1965. This was writen in a short but poignant blog post by RFK's son today.
Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly
quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values,
expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he
contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of
the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in pubic premises before
the snow flies."
It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.
For those few of you not keeping up, when RFK, Jr did run, that prediction came eerily and horrifyingly true...
THIS is who the GOP quoted at their convention???
REALLY? REALLY? I MEAN REALLY?
Are there REALLY people out there who are planning on voting for the McCain/Palin ticket???
SERIOUSLY? Please tell me that was just some temporary insanity and your brain is now coming back to reality!
Why aren't 80% of Americans done with the GOP yet? I just don't get it and honestly, I never want to... Anyone who supports this ticket is seriously mentally ill...