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Thread #114421 Message #2442668
Posted By: Genie
16-Sep-08 - 09:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: RFKennedy, Jr., - Palin quotes fascist
Subject: RF Kennedy, Jr. - Palin quotes Westbrook Pegler
Jack the Sailor said:
"Kennedy has reason to hate the man. A man who called for his father's murder before it happened.
If Palin is quoting a man who said such words, the public has a right to know. ... "
Many (especially opponents) are taking Barack Obama to task for his "lipstick on a pig" quip (about McCain's policies) on the grounds that "he should have known how it was likely to be interpreted by most people" (as a backhanded retort to Gov. Palin's "pitbull" quip). I'm not a subscriber to that view, but if that principle is to be applied to Obama's use of a metaphor about McCain, then it should be applied equally to Palin's quoting the Right-wing extremist who called for the murder of Democrats, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Either she, or at least her speechwriters, should have realized the subliminal message that quoting Westbrook Pegler might send to Right-wing zealots hearing her words.
As I said, I wouldn't hold either of the campaigns to that kind of principle.