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Brad Blakely seriously?

The Question: Well then what did Sarah Palin mean when she said that Barack Obama did not see America and you and I see America?

Brad Blakely: She meant that Obama wants big government to run the people’s lives. McCain thinks that people should run the president’s lives. She was talking about a difference in policies.

(for the record, that’s paraphrased because it was JUST shown on MSNBC and I typed as I listened)

Seriously, WTF?? And where the hell was the MSNBC reporter’s head other than up his ass? Okay, he asked “Are you serious? Do you expect us to believe that she was talking about policy?” And then he let it slide when Blakely reiterated that it was all about the economy, experience and raising taxes.

Let’s skip the part about raising taxes for the moment and take a look at what Palin actually said – anyone who’s been watching the news has seen this repeated ad nauseam:

(Senator Obama) is not a man who sees this country the way you and I see this country. This is a man who sees this country as imperfect – as so imperfect that he pals around with terrorists.

Unless terrorists are discussing the economy then I don’t see how the hell ANYONE could possible miscounstrue that statement for a statement about Obama’s economic policies. So.. yeah. WTF, Brad Blakely!

On the flip side, this morning Palin’s new talking point is that Barack Obama supports abortion becuse he doesn’t want girls to be “punished with a baby”. That’s what he said – he said it right here in Johnstown, she shouted to roaring crowds this morning.

Um, okay. Let’s look at the context:

The comment was made on March 29 on the CNN Ballot Bowl program with interviewer Mary Snow.

The Question (Mary Snow): (Senator Barack Obama) just was asked a question about how his administration, if he is elected, will deal with the issue of HIV and AIDS and also sexually transmitted diseases in young girls. Here’s Senator Barack Obama:

Obama: (… ) or we give them really expensive surgery and we don’t spend money on the front end keeping people healthy in the first place. So when it comes to — when it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.

But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information. You still want to teach them the morals and the values to make good decisions. That will be important, number one. Then we’re still going to have to provide better treatment for those who do have — who do contract HIV/AIDS because it’s no longer a death sentence, if, in fact, you get the proper cocktails. It’s expensive. That’s why we want to prevent as much as possible.

Well, golly, would you look at that? It has NOTHING to do with abortion at all!

And the conservative pseudo-pundits on the ‘discussion sites’ charge that anyone who doesn’t believe the McCain campaign can’t be bothered to research because we’d much rather drink the Koolaid. If that’s the kind of Koolaid the Obama campaign is serving up, lemme get back in line.

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