Sully on Sarah Palin’s Lies, Part Three

Andrew Sullivan, the noted independent-but-not-Republican conservative pundit, blogging for The Atlantic, continues listing the lies of the GOP vice-presidential candidate. Does this guy sleep?

Sullivan cites, as lie number nine, Palin’s statement to ABC News’ Charles Gibson that “Alaska produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” Referring readers to the nonpartisan Factcheck.org and the Washington Post, which says that what the governor said is clearly false:

It’s simply untrue that Alaska produces anything close to 20 percent of the U.S. “energy supply,” a term that is generally defined as energy consumed. That category includes power produced in the U.S. by nuclear, coal, hydroelectric dams and other means – as well as all the oil imported into the country.

The tenth Palin lie, according to Sullivan, is the governor’s statement that when speaking at the Republican national convention, the Ohio delegation was in front of her and, because the teleprompter was malfunctioning, she decided merely to speak directly to the people. The author reminds us that all indication is that while the ‘prompter may have been working badly — just yesterday, I read something saying that the device moved through the script’s pages too quickly for her and for former candidate Fred Thompson, who preceded her at the podium, and that quoted Palin as saying that she had a paper copy of the script GOP staffers wrote right in front of her — even GOP and media sources say she stayed on-script. 

Palin whopper number 11 — and Sully is right; this one is a really odd lie to tell — has to do with her recounting of the events leading up to her accepting Sen. John McCain’s request for her to serve as his running mate. The Alaska governor was quoted as saying that she asked her daughters, but not her son, for their permission to run, and this took place at least two days in advance of the announcement. However, as Sullivan shares, the real and official story is completely different: The kids were not told until after the deal was a fait accompli. Plus, the time between the request and the announcement was only one day. 

A thought occurs: We all know politicians lie, lie, lie. Sarah Palin obviously does too — she isn’t even qualified enough to lie competently.

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