Does Sarah Palin Love America As Much As Michelle Obama?

Andrew Koppelman over at Balkinization makes a great point about Palin’s speech.

One of Sarah Palin’s most rapturously received lines in her speech to the Republican Convention last night was her declaration that her constituents “love their country in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.”

… obviously a riposte to Michelle Obama’s widely discussed statement last February…

.. Palin has suffered some pretty bad days over the revelation of her unmarried teenage daughter’s pregnancy, leading Obama to declare that: “I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics.” Yet here Palin was, attacking Obama’s family. What are the ground rules here? It’s ok to attack your family but not mine?

Of course we know that she was referring to Michelle Obama, but we also know that she’s left herself plenty of wiggle room to deny it. What she can’t wiggle out from is her husband’s membership, and her support and endorsement, of the Alaska Independence Party, an organization that wants to secede from the Union.


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