Well Why Then Did Sarah Palin Try to Fire the Small Town Librarian?

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(Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher)
I sometimes don’t understand the media. Why don’t they ask the right follow up questions?
Although banning and burning books worked for Emperor Qin and a few other colorful figures in human history, Sarah Palin and the McCain camp are denying that she tried to get any books banned from the Wasilla Public Library.
Denials are tricky things — but let’s for a moment accept Sarah Palin at her word.
The natural question is then on what grounds did she pursue the firing of the local village librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons.
Is firing the local librarian a normal thing in small towns? After Laura Bush herself has helped resurrect the honor and dignity of librarians nationwide, is it not an odd un-Bush like thing to do to enrage a town by trying to dump someone who checks books in and out and promotes literacy?
Why? Why? Why? Why did Sarah Palin try to fire the Wasilla librarian? That is the question that anyone with the chance to pose a question to Sarah Palin should ask.
Maybe Laura Bush can email her for us?
— Steve Clemons

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26 comments on “Well Why Then Did Sarah Palin Try to Fire the Small Town Librarian?

  1. Kathleen says:

    pauline…Congrats…it is fun to win one….Repugs are masterful at P.R. if anyone can put lipstick on a pig and turn it into a beauty queen, and a sow’s ear into a silk purse, it’s the Roverator….and if you don’t let scruples get in the way, you’re home free…
    Their choice of Palin and the timing of the pick totally stole the show…and Madison Avenue is calling the shots…they are the masters of the media…. candidates are products. being ‘rolled out” at peak times, in peak markets…in color coded boxes…..voters are marketing targets with vulnerabilities to exploit…the election is daytime/reality t.v., ..not C-Span…in a Pavlacracy, voters drool on cue….
    If Obama wants to win, he’s going to have to figure out how to win the American Idol Show….someone on Team Obama is going to have read Marshal McCluen, quick….and sharpen up their message…

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  2. pauline says:

    I’ve been out campaigning for a good friend’s school board election and, YES, the hard work paid off last evening! He won!!
    In going door-to-door in our moderately-sized college town, believe me, a lot more “politics” came up than several of the pressing local school issues. I’m aghast at how many people apparently have made up their minds on national politics, and if that election was tomorrow, many would choose the Palin/McC ticket. In the last 10-14 days I heard over and over people say Palin is “a breath of fresh air for Washington”, “she’s an honest Christian”, “she’s anti big government”, “she’s got enough gov’t experience”, “she’s experienced enough to be one breath away”, and of couses “McC is so patriotic, he’d keep us safe” etc, etc blah blah blah.
    When I got home late last night after a quick election celebration party, I read my mother’s e-mail from Florida. She wanted me to see Chuck Baldwin’s recent article. He ran as VP in 2004 on the Constitution Party ticket. He also pastors a large evangelical church in the Florida pan-handle and also has a radio show. Here’s part of this revealing “truth” that I just might share with the several I campaigned area school issues in front of recently.
    “As I have said before, today’s national Christian leaders are among the most gullible people on the planet. They are so desperate to be invited to sit at the king’s table that they will compromise practically any principle. But accepting John McCain was a not only a bitter pill, it was a BIG pill, one they could not get down without a major dose of syrup. And that is exactly what Governor Palin brings to the table: sweet syrup to help conservatives swallow John McCain.”
    “Unfortunately, the things that make Palin so attractive (her conservative principles) are the things that she will be forced to surrender in order to be John McCain’s running mate. The best thing that can happen to Sarah Palin is for John McCain to lose the November election. This would allow her to go into the 2012 elections as perhaps the Republican Presidential frontrunner. If McCain wins in November, and Palin is forced to serve at the pleasure of this globalist insider for four years, she will be forever ruined as a genuine constitutional conservative. Remember, “No man can serve two masters.” One cannot be faithful to the Constitution and a constitutional apostate such as John McCain at the same time. That is an absolute impossibility.”
    “What our conservative friends need to wake up to is the depth of duplicity and wickedness that permeates Washington politics (in both major parties) today. There is nothing that these globalist insiders at the Council on Foreign Relations (of which John McCain is a longtime member) will not do to fulfill their power-mad plans. There is nothing too evil, too sinister, or too iniquitous, including using, abusing, chewing up and then spitting out good people such as Sarah Palin. Even more unfortunate and sad is the fact that the James Dobsons of this world are too blind to see it.”
    from —
    http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin466.htm

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  3. Paul Norheim says:

    “Very divisive along party lines, extremely dishonest and
    disingenuous, and a non-stop litany of vicious derision attacking
    the “liberals”.”
    That was exactly my impression of Fox News, 7 1/2 years ago. To
    me, that was like an alarm bell regarding the direction of US
    politics. Remember: this was just months after 9.11, so they
    could say almost anything they wanted. But if these radio shows
    are Fox on Viagra and LSD, well, I get the picture. I`ll try to find
    them and listen tomorrow night.

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  4. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I`m just curious: are those radio shows you`re frequently referring to worse than Fox TV?”
    Far worse. Very divisive along party lines, extremely dishonest and disingenuous, and a non-stop litany of vicious derision attacking the “liberals”.
    Imagine Fox News on Viagra, and LSD.
    I am pretty sure that Hannity and Limbaugh’s radio shows stream live on their websites. Not positive. If so,check it out. Its a shocking window into how screwed up and sleazy the far right wing has become. These people are truly the scum of the earth.

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  5. Paul Norheim says:

    POA,
    I`m just curious: are those radio shows you`re frequently
    referring to worse than Fox TV?
    I first saw FoxNews in November/December 2001. It was
    transmitted through a horrible Norwegian commercial TV
    channel (called: “TV Norge”) from midnight to 6 in the morning
    for a while, and I was shocked by the combination of right wing
    religious sentiments, pure propaganda and the presence of
    some of their “star” interviewers, like Oliver North etc. My
    immediate reaction was: this is an updated and American
    branch of fascism, a combination of conservative Christianity,
    hawkish views, and non stop propaganda.
    So – are these radio shows much worse, or more similar to Fox?

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  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Today on his radio show, this lyin’ sack of shit Hannity mentioned the safety officer that Palin fired, then said, muttering, “Isn’t he the guy that tasered some kid?”. That is not a direct quote, but it is very close. Of course, it was not the safety officer that tasered the kid, it was Wooten. You can bet this asshole Hannity knows the facts. But the idea is to meld the two people, so that Hannity’s ignorant and purposely misinformed listeners are out in public saying, “Yeah, she fired the guy because he tasered some kid”. Its like our not-a-troll Tahoe, who was blathering this horseshit about Wooten being a “wife beater”, when there is exactly ZERO evidence that he is in fact a “wife beater”. History is being rewritten in regards to Troopergate by these scumbags like Hannity, and they reach a HUGE amount of people. Bottom line, unless we actively try to counter the misrepresentative fantasy that is being fabricated about Palin, than these pieces of shit will continue to manufacture a best seller that will sweep this election. Anyone that thinks we should drop Palin as an issue is advocating for a losing strategy.

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  7. Paul Norheim says:

    I think we`ve forgotten a crucial factor while discussing how to
    avoid that Sarah Palin may become The Commander In Chief of
    the US armed forces.
    What we usually call “Conservative” or “Evangelical” Christians,
    is not a massive monolith. There are intense internal, sectarian,
    personal, and theological tensions among such groups – similar
    to the fierce ideological fights among radical leftist groups etc.
    I`m absolutely sure that there are influential leaders among the
    conservative Christians who have disagreed passionately for
    decades with the theology of the Wasilla church, and who are as
    alarmed as we are of the prospect of Palin becoming the Vice
    President of America.
    I don`t know the names of these leaders and their communities.
    I`m not very familiar with the religious factions within the
    United States.
    But there HAVE TO BE some influential leaders who WE think
    are conservative Christians, perhaps even fanatical and extreme,
    but who THEMSELVES regard Sarah Palin as a dangerous
    religious and political extremist. And who themselves are
    respected among many conservative Christians who may, or
    may not vote for Palin.
    Any names?
    If someone got one of those influential religious leaders to talk
    against her views, I`m sure it would make headlines, first
    pages, sound bites etc., and have a crucial impact.
    If I knew the cultural and religious landscape of America better,
    I could have mentioned a couple of names that would have
    made my point clear immediately.
    You know the names.
    Think about it…

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  8. JohnH says:

    Hmmm–looks like Palin is a classic Republiscum. Who else got rid of law enforcement officials, because they weren’t loyal enourgh? Why, President Bush!!! He had to get rid of all those US attorneys who weren’t bringing indictments of Democrats just in time for elections. Or has the American public forgotten abou that already?
    Palin is definitely a kindred spirit. She’s even stonewalling the investigation, because the law is obviously not supposed to apply to those in power.
    These shenanigans really prove that McCain/Palin will be just more of the same corruption.

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  9. questions says:

    Last paragraph of a piece in today’s dead tree WSJ notes a woman who was pro-HRC and is now pro-Palin — the reporter says you like Palin even though she’s totally anti-choice? Oh, I had no idea. That changes everything.
    I get the feeling that people are still missing a lot of information.
    This is where the 527s might have bee nice — if totally out of control and petraeus/betray-us tin-eared and tone deaf…..

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  10. sdemetri says:

    A theocrat is a theocrat whether Muslim or Christian… Juan Cole. Worth a read.
    Remember McCain talking about evangelicals as “agents of intolerance…?” Cole makes some cogent comparisons between Palin’s theology and that of some intolerant Muslim regimes:
    http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/09/09/palin_fundamentalist/

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  11. tomj says:

    This is _the_ key question in all of her firings
    of government workers. The biggest distraction is
    the Troopergate thing. We are looking for some
    illegal action.
    Looking for the bad, underhanded reason, for
    firing folks is a waste of time. These are public
    servants. Replacing them costs money. Firing them
    destroys careers.
    What is needed is a very good reason to fire these
    folks. You need a real reason that is provable and
    obvious to everyone, not just your friends.
    Otherwise, the petty or transparent excuse becomes
    a warning to others. Letting officials get away
    with it allows the warning to succeed. Others will
    fall into line, and those fired will get replaced
    by loyal followers.
    Good reasons to fire the librarian: drinking at
    work, sexual harassment, theft, stuff like that.
    Of course a personal assistant or staff is a
    different matter, but not career employees.

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  12. Tahoe Editor says:

    The liberal media is doing everything in its power to give the GOP what it wants. Check out the main image on salon.com. This is the kind of crap that will let McCain-Palin ride a wave of media resentment right into the White House.
    http://www.salon.com/
    This pictures says: 1. the liberal media has no argument and 2. is scared shitless
    http://www.salon.com/opinion/kamiya/2008/09/09/mistress_palin/

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  13. TonyForesta says:

    Yes Sweetness agreed. Focus on both. There is simply to much oxygen wasted on Palin right now, which is contributing to the bump for McCain. Unless the gop flips the ticket, McCain is running for president, and it is his policies that will shape America in the next four year, and the VP is ony an executive assistant in this effort. Don’t ignore Palin, and hold her feet to the fire on relevent issues, – but focus on McCain and dethroning, defanging, and defeating the fscists.

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  14. Sweetness says:

    Tony writes: “It is a grievous mistake for democrats to focus on
    Palin.” Tony, isn’t the obvious answer…focus on both?
    Carroll’s remark above reminds me of a paper she linked to a
    few threads back about the different political styles you find in
    different parts of the country…and how that sort of determines
    the way the campaigns approach a “fight.”
    Perhaps this is why Clinton was successful where the
    Northerners of recent memory were not.
    That said, a candidate can only do what is authentic to his or her
    being and sensibility. That comes across as phony.
    If Obama wins, we’ll have a new paradigm for beating the right
    wing. If he fails, then maybe we’ll have to look south or west.

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  15. anna missed says:

    I’m with POA on Palin. The woman has been nothing if not a fountain of lies since she came on the stage. The republicans of course love her for this fact, and that she’s able to make them stick in the face of all evidence to the contrary. In a short week she has given a new hope and meaning to the “when we act we will create new realities” authoritarian wetdream ruberic. She could actually be president in a year or two without ever actually answering a real question. Or giving a speech from her own pen.

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  16. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “The people are electing a president, – not a VP”
    Really? Than how do you explain McCain’s leap forward since Palin’s debut?

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  17. TonyForesta says:

    It is a grievous mistake for democrats to focus on Palin. First, this tact drains all the oxygen from rightfully attacking McCain on the unabated perpetuatin of the exact same policies of the fascists in the bushgovernment. Second, – it feeds redmeat to the wingnuts and the fanatical religious freaks in redneck America. Finally, until there is any actual solid dirt on Palin to raise, all these vectors are a waste of time and part of the Rovian trap to focus on Palin, and ignore McCain. The people are electing a president, – not a VP.

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  18. PissedOffAmerican says:

    TPMuckraker is asking for the blogosphere’s help in wading through a bunch of Wasilla documents.
    If any of you have the amount of time our not-a-troll Tahoe has, perhaps it would be a good way to spend it.
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/
    If you haven’t been paying attention to TPM, you should, they are working feverishly to stay on top of the Palin thing.

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  19. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Carroll, Palin’s popularity proves the people don’t care about the “real issues”. For that matter, Obama’s meteoric rise to stardom proves the same thing, as does the media castration of Paul and Kucinich.
    If you don’t slay the dragon, who is now Palin, you are going to LOSE this election.
    Tell me, Carroll, how much attention have these mewling cowards like Reid and Pelosi paid to the “real issues”? Hows that worked out for us?
    Palin IS the “real issue” right now. Its what the slobbering ignorant ovine masses are tittilated by. And if you don’t kick this woman’s ass back under the rock she slithered out from under, you are going to be addressing her as Vice President Palin in the very near future.

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  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    GFY, Tahoe.
    I suppose helping this abominational zealot Palin to get her hands on the nuclear trigger constitutes “patriotism” to you?
    Yeah, “expatriot”. People like you are stinkin’ the place up.

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  21. Carroll says:

    Enough of Palin!
    All this talk about her is doing nothing but making her a martyr for the right to rally around.
    Even the talk about banning books plays well to the religious nuts…they don’t mind book burnings.
    This is exactly what McCain wanted. For the dems to ‘react’..for the real issues to die, and ‘poor Sarah’ to become the issue.
    It beats the hell out of me why the dems don’t know how to handle the Sarah issue. They should be taking the book flap and other flaps and turning them to their advantage. Ask the true believers where the book banning stops..what if someone wanted to ban the new testment or the old testment?..or all thoses Left Behind books….Huuummm? Ask them straight out if their wife or mother could be saved by cure from stem cell research would they turn it down and let her die.
    All I hear is he said she said..it’s ridiculous to most of us and makes no inroads into the rightist voters. At this point both camps are doing nothing but preaching to their own choirs.
    Obama needs to quit reacting and wise up and go after the stray voters if there are any, by painting them into the picture on the real issues.
    One thing we all know, the religious and right wing nuts will do a 180 so fast it will make your head spin when their ‘values” conflict with their actual everyday ‘survival’.
    Instead of all the fear mongering (also by Obama) on the ‘scary’ foreign world he should be putting the fear of God into them on the economics of where the country is at now and how it is going to affect them if severe changes aren’t made immediately.
    Obama did well with progressives because he is one of them. But he has no idea, and neither evidently do the dem advisors, about how to hit those unlike the progressives in their heart of hearts. And that is what you have to do with these people.

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  22. bks says:

    Hillary had no problem taking on the media and there were Internet rumors that she had people killed. Palin is not being allowed to speak to the media because the only possible result is that her popularity (and remember when that was a bad thing?) can only go down from here. It looks like they may try to keep her from having even a single press conference in advance of the single VP debate. She said pitbull, but she meant pig in a poke.
    –bks

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  23. Tahoe Editor says:

    “expatriate” — you can keep your patriotism.
    I seem to remember Alec Baldwin making similar “threats.” Alas, he stayed in Hollywood.

    FACTCHECK.ORG: SLIMING PALIN
    False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/157986

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  24. TonyForesta says:

    True that POA. Compared to these shades, shaitans, and murderous hordes, the socalled extemeleft are bambi’s.

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  25. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Steve, I know you have seen me comment on RW radio a number of times. Do not underestimate its power, or what a valuable window it is into the campaign strategy of these lyin’ sleazy pieces of shit in the GOP spin machine. Trust me, these despicable scumbags like Hannity, Ingraham, Levin, Limbaugh, O’reilly, etc are wired directly into the campaign strategy. This is one of the major reasons that Barack is falling in the polls, because the left doesn’t have a comparable propaganda machine working 24/7 to make uninformed, misinformed, and rabidly partisan ignorant blathering jackasses out of a major segment of the voting public. And make no mistake, these evil and dishonest mouthpieces ARE reaching the segment of the right that go to the polls religiously, voting EXACTLY how they are told to vote.
    I strongly suggest you tune in to Hannity or Limbaugh if you want to see just how far these sacks of shit will go to put Palin/McCain in office. You will be dumbfounded at the manner they are explaining and spinning “troopergate”, the librarian issue, her bridge to nowhere flopping, and a myriad of other “issues” surrounding this dangerous malleable zealot Palin.
    The left better start playing fuckin’ hardball, because they not only have to beat the RW spin machine, which is a behemoth in itself, and is rapidly giving Palin the edge (McCain? McCain who?), but they also have to surmount the very real specter of a corrupt electoral process that hasn’t been improved or secured since the debacles of ’00 and ’04.
    Personally? I don’t think these pathetic mewling pussy-footing cowardly leaders and strategists on the left have it in them. I think we are screwed. And to be honest, I think the goal is to put Palin in the White House, because of her malleability. McCain is just a sideshow, and has been all along.
    Becoming an expatriot is not only becoming attractive from an ideological and moral standpoint, but it is beginning to look like it might be imperitive if one still wants to live free of fascism and behind-the-curtains theocratical governance.
    This Republic is truly in grave danger. I will never forgive these cowardly sacks of shit on the left for bending over these last eight years. Their cowardice and complicity is every bit as despicable as the blatant criminality of the right.

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  26. TonyForesta says:

    Banning books is perverse. OK, I am an admittedly proud and stalwart left, or liberal or whatever term anyone wishes to ascribe to me, but books are objects that people can choose to read or not. If someone is offended by a book in the library, and I sincerely doubt the Alaska library in question was that extensive, – then don’t check the book out, and advise you children that the particular book, or books are “off limits”, but banning books is totalitarian. It is the work of fascists. Look up the word, and get back to me if you disagree.
    Banning any book is ANTI-AMERICAN and unconstitutional. If you don’t like the book, – don’t check it out, but don’t dare to deprive your fellow Americans of the right to examine any book, no matter how contraversial, or incendiary, or unsavory, because some wingnut dictates that the book in question (whatever it may be) is not worthy of reading. That is the conduct of fascist dictators, – not Americans.

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