Thomas Friedman, author and saint of the edublogosphere ((though, because of Friedman’s “Hey Iraq: Suck. On. This.” stupidity – never mind that Iraq was not Al Qaeda – I’ll worship elsewhere, thanks)) for his book, The World is Flat, now flattens shameless dimwit and aspiring 2012 Cheerleader-in-Chief Sarah Palin with this steamroller of an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times.
Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you can’t just ignore what she has to say. And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw. It was when she turned to Biden and declared: “You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”
What an awful statement. Palin defended the government’s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic. [read on]
You have to wonder how Palin will react to this. She distorted the NYTimes non-smear piece on Obama and Ayres’ superficial connection, after all, to smear Obama to the degree that McCain/Palin crowds are yelling “treason,” “kill him,” “off with his head,” and hurling the N-word in right-wing racist hate-fests.
But now that the Times is openly smearing her, she’ll surely dismiss it as that gosh-darned mainstream media filter playing “gotcha journalism.”
Don’t miss Friedman’s comparison of Palin’s “energy expertise” with that of the King of Saudi Arabia at the end of the column. Priceless honesty.