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    Sarah Palin’s Father: “We sleep with the guns”

    Sarah Palin’s Father: “We sleep with the guns”

    So says Sarah Palin’s father in this interview with the BBC, because of death threats:

    In the kitchen of their Wasilla home, among an extraordinary collection of animal skins, skulls and bones, the spoils of a lifetime spent hunting and fishing, they told me that their whole family has faced death threats.

    “As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids… she knows how I feel, that it’s risky,” Sally said.

    Palin’s father Chuck said a man recently had sent the family photocopies of a receipt for a gun he had bought, together with a photocopy of a one-way ticket to Alaska.

    The family had laughed it off, but the man subsequently turned up in the state and was arrested by the FBI, Chuck said.

    “We sleep with the guns,” Palin’s father admitted.

    Interesting how the death threats against the Palins are not plastered all over the American media, how there is no outrage, and how the threats are not imputed to the entire Democratic Party and left-wing blogosphere, as was done with the ridiculous claims that Sarah Palin’s electoral map had some connection to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.

    The BBC article is of further interested because Sarah discusses her thinking as to whether she will run for President:

    “Obama has already said he’s going to spend a billion dollars (£615.4m) on this race, so money is certainly going to be a consideration,” Sarah Palin told me.

    “And just the idea of whether the American electorate is ready for someone a bit unconventional, who is willing to tell it as she sees it, not be beholden to special interest or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of doing what’s right for the voters.”

    Update:  The BBC article refers to an arrest of the suspect, but that was not what Chuck Heath said.  As Ben Smith reports, there was no arrest, and it is unclear what Heath meant by “sent him home.”  There does not appear to be any dispute that there were death threats made, and that the stalker went to Alaska, although the circumstances of his return from Alaska are murky. 

    And a reader e-mailed me complaining about how Smith and others are focusing on whether the stalker was arrested, not on the facts that there have been numerous threats against the Palin family (which was the focus of this segment of the interview, the stalker was just used as one example), there was a stalker, he did make threats, and he did travel to Alaska recently (apparently after notifying the police he was coming):

    “There’s a pattern: exaggerate Palin’s faults (and those of her supporters) and ignore the disgraceful treatment to which she is subjected.
    Carl Cannon’s honesty is sorely lacking.”

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    It's downright depressing to think what the coverage would be like if (God forbid) anything did happen to her.

    Unlike Gabby Giffords, the entire mainstream media would focus on how Palin "made" herself "controversial". She would be blamed for the attack on her.


    You don't actually know anyone who sleeps with a gun, do you?

    Here's a suggestion: make a numerical estimate of Americans who regularly sleep with a gun within reach. Correlate with the number of accidental home shootings in the United States last year. Show us your numbers; if we think they're off base, we'll tell you.

    Daniel in Brookline

    viator | March 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

    "It so grates on me that Republicans echo what (liberals and the MSM) say about Sarah Palin. The geniuses on our side fall right in line with all that. People on my (Rush Limbaugh) team echo this nonsense about Sarah Palin. I can't tell you how angry that makes me. She's got more courage and more bravery in her little finger than our entire presidential field has….The gonads on out team happen to be wearing skirts….Here's Paul Johnson in the Wall Street Journal: Sarah Palin "is in the good tradition of America, which this awful political correctness business goes against. She's got courage. That's very important in politics. You can have all the right ideas and the ability to express them. But if you haven't got guts, if you haven't got courage the way Margaret Thatcher had courage — and [Ronald] Reagan, come to think of it. … It's the central virtue." Courage is the central value of American politics. If you don't have that the rest is irrelevant. Paul Johnson, brilliant British historian and journalist."

    Rush Limbaugh, March 8, 2011

    Being an Englishman and a political junkie I watch BBC Newsnight regularly. As with the US networks the BBC has an inbuilt left/liberal bias but, although you could never get an Obama/Clinton style love-in for Governor Palin, the recent Newsnight profile of her was reasonably fair.

    Even anchor Jeremy Paxman, who can be witheringly sarcastic about politicians, described Palin as the best known woman in American politics without even a micron of snark.

    Recently studying the constitution for the first times in my life, I’ve come across a strange, totally unfamiliar phrase: Free Press.

    I wonder what a free press would look like. I suppose there would be news reported with good faith efforts to be unbiased. And then there would be clearly labeled op/ed/commentary pages as well. Maybe that’s one of those things that will just have to live in my imagination. Too bad.

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