November 08, 2008

McCain/Palin Aide : Campaign Leaker "Twisting" Palin's Words "Maliciously"

Via Rich Lowry (via Allah):

[Steve Biegun] says there’s no way [Palin] didn’t know Africa was a continent, and whoever is saying she didn’t must be distorting “a fumble of words.” He talked to her about all manner of issues relating to Africa, from failed states to the Sudan. She was aware from the beginning of the conflict in Darfur, which is followed closely in evangelical churches, and was aware of Clinton’s AIDS initiative. That basically makes it impossible that she thought all of Africa was a country.
As for the "leak" about Palin's weak knowledge of North America / NAFTA:
On not knowing what countries are in NAFTA, Biegun was part of the conversation that led to that accusation and it convinces him “somebody is acting with a high degree of maliciousness.” He was briefing Palin before a Univision interview, and talking to her about trade issues. He rolled through NAFTA, CAFTA, and the Colombia FTA. As he talked, people were coming in and out of the room, handing Palin things, etc. She was distracted from what Biegun was saying, and said, roughly, “Ok, who’s in NAFTA, what the deal with CAFTA, what’s up the FTA?”—her way, Biegun says, of saying “rack them and stack them,” begin again from the start. “Somebody is taking a conversation and twisting it maliciously,” he says.
This has all become a "he said, she said" debacle, but I notice that all the folks who say Palin has a good head on her shoulders are willing to say so publicly and with detail, while the folks who say she doesn't are doing so vaguely and anonymously through back channels.

That said, I can certainly understand the concern about political retribution, but it seems to me there are an awful lot of ways for whistlblowers to provide credible and verifiable information to the public without disclosing their identities to potential future employers.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 04:01 PM | Comments |