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Palin Assails Anonymous Republican Sources for 'Cowardly' Attacks
Fox News ^ | November 07, 2008

Posted on 11/08/2008 2:21:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin's allies are pushing back against a stream of accusations leaking out of John McCain's campaign, and Palin herself has called her critics "cowardly."

Palin insisted she never asked for the expensive wardrobe purchased for her use on the presidential campaign.

"I never asked for anything more than a Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while," Palin said as she returned to the governor's office from her two-month odyssey as the GOP vice presidential nominee.

Her comments follow FOX News' reports that McCain aides anonymously claimed the Alaska governor was incompetent during the run-up to the election.

Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton on Friday called the charges "sickening," and she denied the reporr that there was tension between the vice presidential candidate and McCain's staff.

They range from claims that Palin went on extensive spending sprees to accounts that campaign officials had serious doubts about her preparedness to to be vice president.

Sources told FOX News, for instance, that Palin did not realize that Africa was a continent and not a country, and that she could not name the nations that had signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"I consider it cowardly" that they did not allow their names to be used, Palin said Friday.

Palin said those allegations aren't true. She recalled discussing Africa and NAFTA with aides who prepared her for the vice presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden.

"If there are allegations based on questions or comments that I made in debate prep about NAFTA, and about the continent vs. the country when we talk about Africa there, then those were taken out of context," she said. "That's cruel, It's mean-spirited.

(Excerpt) Read more at elections.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
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Are they TRYING to drive people from the Republican party?!
1 posted on 11/08/2008 2:21:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The RINOcrats try just that. They want to neuter the Conservatives so they can be the b*tches of their Democrat overlords eternally. Any Republian interested in rebuilding the GOP knows that Palin, in whatever position, is a huge asset. Bashing her, p*sses off us! She energizes the base, RINOsaurs make people cringe and puke.


2 posted on 11/08/2008 2:27:08 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Screw the RINO’s...


3 posted on 11/08/2008 2:28:58 AM PST by philly-d-kidder (The Phillies Parade was awesome!! Did I tell you Phillies are world champions!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin, IMO, represents everything that has traditionally been considered fine and noble in the American character; as such, it is no wonder she is widely hated by those who wish the nation brought low. Such people are, indeed, cowards, as they, themselves, know that they are, moreover, personally inadequate, and are both jealous of and furious with any who are not so.

All of the foregoing being the case, she will, now and in future, be a lightning rod for criticisms of and vilification by such low characters as those described. That she handles it all with such poise and aplomb is both a tribute to her and a tribute to the American character she so honorably embodies.


4 posted on 11/08/2008 2:29:44 AM PST by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: SolidWood

PUSH THE RINOS OUT...
They know that THEY LOST that election with their useless,clueless,spineless,bipartisan non-sense... hence THEIR AGRESSIVITY trying to fool the base as usual...

In a FREE WORLD they should ask the “Republican” base to vote...A clear debate should happen very soon so that everyone could make a choice...
If it’s not the case...Let them go away to the dems


6 posted on 11/08/2008 2:44:23 AM PST by Ulysse
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To: Ulysse

BTW maybe OSAMABAMA will help conservatives by hiring some RINOS in his staff...


7 posted on 11/08/2008 2:46:33 AM PST by Ulysse
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To: Ulysse

They can have all our Hagels and Powells.


8 posted on 11/08/2008 2:49:21 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: Ulysse
PUSH THE RINOS OUT... - I think they new that would happen if SP got in, so they went on the attack!
9 posted on 11/08/2008 2:51:10 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: XR7

Excellent!


10 posted on 11/08/2008 2:51:42 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Either the RINOs go or I go. They have done irreparable harm to the Republican Party. We need a true conservative party, even if that means we need to start a new party. Start modest as far as goals and expectations (i.e., run for local municipal and state offices at first rather than nationatiol ones). Build a name and a following, then expand to more visible national offices. But the key is to have a foundation in down-ticket offices upon which to build. It is the surest way for growth and the ultimate prizes (i.e., Congress and the White House).


11 posted on 11/08/2008 2:54:26 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never forget....the Romney-ites are behind this as well.

Palin is a threat to a Mitt Romney nomination in 2012, hence, she has to be given the Dan Quayle treatment.


12 posted on 11/08/2008 2:56:16 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Are they TRYING to drive people from the Republican party?!

Sounds like it. Embedded socialists agents acting in order to divide and conquer the enemy.

13 posted on 11/08/2008 3:00:28 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Jeff Head; pissant; Tennessee Nana; indcons; SilvieWaldorfMD; suspects; ...
Palin also reportedly asked to speak at McCain's concession speech Tuesday, and was denied.

This just burns me up even more! Right now, I don't give a spit about McCain, his military service, or his time as a POW. His silence while these "ananoymous" campaign staffers drive their knives into Governor Palin's back is both deafening and damning, and he deserves ALL the opprobrium that history will heap upon his sorry carcass after he is long gone.

14 posted on 11/08/2008 3:10:36 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Erik Latranyi
the Romney-ites are behind this as well.

Do we really know that or is that more BS from the MSM, just like the Palin insults?

15 posted on 11/08/2008 3:18:50 AM PST by patj
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To: Erik Latranyi
Never forget....the Romney-ites are behind this as well.

Sources?

16 posted on 11/08/2008 3:26:30 AM PST by PalmettoMason (OK,we tried it your way. Now don't you EVER ask me to vote for another RINO again!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Totally off subject here, but do any of you have an address where we can send Sarah Palin a card? My husband and I want to let her know we were and are thinking about her during this mess.


17 posted on 11/08/2008 3:32:15 AM PST by MissEdie
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To: MissEdie

Alaska State Capitol Building
Third Floor

P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811-0001

Phone (907) 465-3500
Fax (907) 465-3532

Alaska law prohibits use of state equipment or resources for campaign or partisan political purposes. Please do not send any messages to these addresses or make calls to these telephone numbers concerning campaign or partisan political activities. Information about elections and candidates can be found by calling, writing, or e-mailing a campaign office for that particular candidate.


18 posted on 11/08/2008 3:36:40 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the get go I was not a McLame backer. I voted for him for two reasons. One, the alternative was a pathetic socialist. Two, Saracuda.
John has been a quasi-RINO jerk for years.
Those who are blasting the Cuda are mostly RINO dogs anyway who should be thrown out of the party.


19 posted on 11/08/2008 3:40:24 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Never forget....the Romney-ites are behind this as well.

Of all that I've read I've never seen Romney's name involved. What is your proof?

20 posted on 11/08/2008 3:45:22 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Until McCain selected Palin,i was luke warm(at best)as far as going out and voting.I’m still scratching my head as to how he won the R nomination in the first place.I don’t think i’m alone.McCain has the charisma of a cold fish-SP comes across as a real person-not some beltway clone.Now his people are putting her down.The only positive re the McCain campaign was Palin.


21 posted on 11/08/2008 3:46:54 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: MissEdie

Michelle Malkin has put this up on here website:

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/11/06/send-a-message-to-sarah-palin/


22 posted on 11/08/2008 4:05:40 AM PST by aj7360
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To: SolidWood
Bashing her, p*sses off us!

You got THAT right! Not only am I pi$$ed off that they were/are (still) attacking her as a Conservative, I am getting ROYALLY PO'd because they are doing it to a woman! A woman who is stronger in principle and beliefs than those limp wristed jackasses in the media or EITHER political party! I feel like moving to Alaska just so I can vote for her AGAIN!

23 posted on 11/08/2008 4:06:38 AM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am speechless. There is no rational explanation for this. They will lose their base.


24 posted on 11/08/2008 9:50:24 PM PST by beagleone (Sarah Palin for President in 2012. Lets start fundraising ASAP.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So where the hell is McCain in addressing this crap?


25 posted on 11/08/2008 10:00:59 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Zack Attack
So where the hell is McCain in addressing this crap?

Why would McCain say anything? It's not like somebody's badmouthing a Democrat!

26 posted on 11/08/2008 10:07:14 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: Zack Attack

The fact that McCain has said little about this speaks volumes.


27 posted on 11/09/2008 2:57:47 AM PST by aj7360
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To: raybbr; PalmettoMason; patj
Is Romney behind the Palin attacks?

OK, there is no clear proof that Romney supporters are behind the attacks on Palin.

However, there is enough speculation and if you use your brain, you will figure it out.

First, Palin represents a very real threat to Romney getting the nomination in 2012.

Second, Romney staffers made up the majority of the McCain campaign. Here is an exchange between Romney's former press secretary and Campbell Brown on CNN:

BROWN: And, Kevin, even defending this whole controversy over the clothes, the RNC buying all the clothing, it keeps the story going, and, as Dana pointed out, one more day where it's dominating the coverage.

KEVIN MADDEN, FORMER ROMNEY CAMPAIGN NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY: Yes. And that's an indication just how unseasoned Sarah Palin is as a national candidate.

Ordinarily, somebody who knows that this is something that you're trying to get to a subterranean level, that you don't want to dominate the narrative for yet another news cycle, would make sure that they don't mention that, and, instead, they focus with a certain rigidity on the message of the day, because that's exactly what a V.P. is supposed to do.

Madden went on to say this is why McCain should have picked someone to be VP who has been a governor "for a long time." (Um, who would that be...?)

MADDEN: Look, that is why people who have done this before, people who have run national campaigns, always tend to look at prospective V.P. candidates, and they're the ones that are nationally vetted, the ones that have been governors on the scene for a long time, the ones that have been -- gone through the scrutiny of the national press corps in Washington. And that's exactly what has happened here, is that, when you put out an unknown and you give them 70 days with which to go through a vetting process, both by voters and the national press corps, ugly things can tend to happen.

Lastly, Romney is NOT a conservative! Anyone who would promote and sign a bill creating gov't healthcare should not be in the GOP.

Oh, let's not forget what Romney said about the Boy Scouts....."I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."

Then, as head of the SLC Olympic Committee, Romney gave a cold shoulder to the Boy Scouts and essentially made them feel unwelcome at the Olympics.

Lastly, let's not forget Romney's SUPPORT for gay marriage in Massachusetts....

Do YOU want to defend Romney?!

28 posted on 11/09/2008 4:10:04 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: raybbr; PalmettoMason; patj
Is Romney behind the Palin attacks?

OK, there is no clear proof that Romney supporters are behind the attacks on Palin.

However, there is enough speculation and if you use your brain, you will figure it out.

First, Palin represents a very real threat to Romney getting the nomination in 2012.

Second, Romney staffers made up the majority of the McCain campaign. Here is an exchange between Romney's former press secretary and Campbell Brown on CNN:

BROWN: And, Kevin, even defending this whole controversy over the clothes, the RNC buying all the clothing, it keeps the story going, and, as Dana pointed out, one more day where it's dominating the coverage.

KEVIN MADDEN, FORMER ROMNEY CAMPAIGN NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY: Yes. And that's an indication just how unseasoned Sarah Palin is as a national candidate.

Ordinarily, somebody who knows that this is something that you're trying to get to a subterranean level, that you don't want to dominate the narrative for yet another news cycle, would make sure that they don't mention that, and, instead, they focus with a certain rigidity on the message of the day, because that's exactly what a V.P. is supposed to do.

Madden went on to say this is why McCain should have picked someone to be VP who has been a governor "for a long time." (Um, who would that be...?)

MADDEN: Look, that is why people who have done this before, people who have run national campaigns, always tend to look at prospective V.P. candidates, and they're the ones that are nationally vetted, the ones that have been governors on the scene for a long time, the ones that have been -- gone through the scrutiny of the national press corps in Washington. And that's exactly what has happened here, is that, when you put out an unknown and you give them 70 days with which to go through a vetting process, both by voters and the national press corps, ugly things can tend to happen.

Lastly, Romney is NOT a conservative! Anyone who would promote and sign a bill creating gov't healthcare should not be in the GOP.

Oh, let's not forget what Romney said about the Boy Scouts....."I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."

Then, as head of the SLC Olympic Committee, Romney gave a cold shoulder to the Boy Scouts and essentially made them feel unwelcome at the Olympics.

Lastly, let's not forget Romney's SUPPORT for gay marriage in Massachusetts....

Do YOU want to defend Romney?!

29 posted on 11/09/2008 4:10:04 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Your dislike for Romney does not mean he or his former campaign staff members are behind the attacks on Palin. As near as we can tell, the anti-Palin stuff is coming from people who were part of the McCain campaign early on.

We know that the NAFTA smear came from one of her debate preppers. The three people who prepped her for the VP debate are: Randy Scheunemann, who has been one of Palin's biggest supporters and defenders in this mess; Mark Wallace, husband of incompetent McCain PR spokesman (but apparent Palin supporter) Nicolle Wallace; and Steve Schmidt.

We also have evidence that the former Romney staffers in the McCain campaign are not behind the attacks.

Soak your head, please.
30 posted on 11/09/2008 5:58:08 AM PST by Terpfen (Ain't over yet, folks. Those 2004 Senate gains are up for grabs in 2 years.)
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To: Terpfen
Your dislike for Romney does not mean he or his former campaign staff members are behind the attacks on Palin.

Here is Romney's former press secretary on CNN:

BROWN: And, Kevin, even defending this whole controversy over the clothes, the RNC buying all the clothing, it keeps the story going, and, as Dana pointed out, one more day where it's dominating the coverage.

KEVIN MADDEN, FORMER ROMNEY CAMPAIGN NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY: Yes. And that's an indication just how unseasoned Sarah Palin is as a national candidate.

Ordinarily, somebody who knows that this is something that you're trying to get to a subterranean level, that you don't want to dominate the narrative for yet another news cycle, would make sure that they don't mention that, and, instead, they focus with a certain rigidity on the message of the day, because that's exactly what a V.P. is supposed to do.

Madden went on to say this is why McCain should have picked someone to be VP who has been a governor "for a long time." (Um, who would that be...?)

MADDEN: Look, that is why people who have done this before, people who have run national campaigns, always tend to look at prospective V.P. candidates, and they're the ones that are nationally vetted, the ones that have been governors on the scene for a long time, the ones that have been -- gone through the scrutiny of the national press corps in Washington. And that's exactly what has happened here, is that, when you put out an unknown and you give them 70 days with which to go through a vetting process, both by voters and the national press corps, ugly things can tend to happen.

So maybe you should soak YOUR head in some facts regarding a liberal like Romney!

31 posted on 11/09/2008 6:45:12 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Again: you have no proof that Romney and/or his staff is behind the attacks on Palin. You merely have your dislike of the man and are projecting him to be behind the attacks because you want him to be.

Here's some more evidence that Romney is not behind the attacks. But I don't expect you to listen: you are more interested in wanting to be right than actually being right.

Soak your head.
32 posted on 11/09/2008 6:47:21 AM PST by Terpfen (Ain't over yet, folks. Those 2004 Senate gains are up for grabs in 2 years.)
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To: Terpfen
Again: you have no proof that Romney and/or his staff is behind the attacks on Palin. You merely have your dislike of the man and are projecting him to be behind the attacks because you want him to be.

Look, if you want to defend Romney, who pushed for gay marriage and gov't healthcare in Massachusetts and who spoke out against the Boy Scouts for not allowing gay scoutmasters into the organization, and then essentially banned them from the Olympics, you go ahead and defend him.

Palin is Romney's biggest threat to the nomination in 2012. He is useless to the Republican Party unless we want a repeat of 2008.

Is there 100% proof that Romney is behind the attacks on Palin? No.

But if you want to defend a RINO, feel free. You should join the Giuliani ranks that were kicked out of FR.

33 posted on 11/09/2008 6:54:57 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Is there 100% proof that Romney is behind the attacks on Palin? No.

There's 0% proof that Romney is behind the attacks. You are providing supporting evidence that Romney is a liberal, not that he is behind the attacks on Palin. Again: you are more interested in wanting to be right than actually being right.

Soak your head.
34 posted on 11/09/2008 7:00:40 AM PST by Terpfen (Ain't over yet, folks. Those 2004 Senate gains are up for grabs in 2 years.)
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To: Terpfen
There's 0% proof that Romney is behind the attacks. You are providing supporting evidence that Romney is a liberal, not that he is behind the attacks on Palin. Again: you are more interested in wanting to be right than actually being right.

There is 0% proof that ANYONE is behind the attacks. It is all anonymous and cowardly.

Again, you want to defend RINOs who have something to gain from these attacks and offer nothing in return other than disparaging comments against a fellow Freeper.

Rather than being snotty against your fellows, try to keep in mind that we all offer OPINIONS on the issues. That does not make your opinion any better than mine.

35 posted on 11/09/2008 7:06:40 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Again, you want to defend RINOs who have something to gain from these attacks and offer nothing in return other than disparaging comments against a fellow Freeper.

I'm not defending Romney. I'm saying you're wrong to claim Romney is behind the attacks simply by saying Romney is a liberal.

Come up with proof.
36 posted on 11/09/2008 7:10:45 AM PST by Terpfen (Ain't over yet, folks. Those 2004 Senate gains are up for grabs in 2 years.)
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To: Terpfen
I'm not defending Romney. I'm saying you're wrong to claim Romney is behind the attacks simply by saying Romney is a liberal.

First, I already posted Romney's press secretary calling Palin inexperienced during the campaign.

Second, Romney has the most to gain if Palin can be destroyed before 2012.

Third, there are plenty of rumors out there that these attacks are indeed coming from former Romney campaign workers who were absorbed into the McCain campaign after Romney suspended his run.

Lastly, you have offered nothing in return while I have painted a fairly decent circumstantial case.

Here are some links to stories that absolutely link Romney people to the anti-Palin stories:

Romney People in McCain Campaign

Romney Won't Say Palin is Qualified

Just do a search "Romney on Palin"

37 posted on 11/09/2008 7:34:53 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Soak your head.


38 posted on 11/09/2008 7:38:57 AM PST by Terpfen (Ain't over yet, folks. Those 2004 Senate gains are up for grabs in 2 years.)
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To: Terpfen
Soak your head.

Go ask your parents to explain it to you.

39 posted on 11/09/2008 8:38:31 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi; Terpfen
It is not inconceivable that the attack on Sarah Palin originates on the Left.

Cui bono

40 posted on 11/09/2008 8:45:14 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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