I don’t know if you remember the Presidential campaign of 2008, after all there was mudslinging galore and vitriol to go around. Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin took some decidedly hard lumps from the democrats and the main stream media. Tina Fey even did some great mocking of her, portraying her as a ditz who would say something like, “I can see Russia from my house” (said by Fey on SNL) versus what she actually said, “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” Big difference there. They ploy was effective and from that point on it didn’t matter what Palin said, it was turned into mindless drivel from an idiot by the media.
How the times have changed. We look back to 2008 and evaluate what Palin said in one instance. During that time Palin said that weak leadership from a then Senator Obama filled with indecision and moral equivalence would embolden Putin to invade the Ukraine…yeah. Don’t believe me, watch it:
At the time one of the editors at Foreign Policy magazine, Blake Hounshell, who now works at Politico called her statement “strange” and “extremely far fetched” then went on to write, “given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine’s pro-Western government without firing a shot, I don’t see why violence would be necessary to bring Kiev to heel.”
But now just look at the headlines today, from CNN: Russian upper house approves use of force in Ukraine – CNN.com.
Six years down the road and what was laughable drivel from a brainless ditz is now just clairvoyance of the worst kind. No one is laughing now, except Putin, who should be all right given that Obama will have “more flexibility” after the election in 2012. Scary to think that if a few more people wouldn’t have dismissed Palin and listened to her instead we might not have gotten to this point. But people tend to eat what they’ve been fed by the media.