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Did you watch Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican Convention ? The speech told us a lot about her.
It told us that she can distort the facts and deliver mean-spirited zingers with the best of them. It told us that if Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter ever need a stand-in, she'd be a great pick.
It told us that she can be condescending and dismissive of the real work Barack Obama did helping real people on the South Side of Chicago. It told us that she can uphold the long Republican tradition of lying about Democratic tax cuts—even though Obama's plan would give Americans a bigger break than McCain's.
But the speech—written by one of President Bush's speechwriters—didn't tell us the truth about Sarah Palin's extremist positions. And the more that people know her far-right views, the less they support her. (There's a partial list below.)
One of the best ways to get the word out about Palin is to write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Today's a great day to write because this is very relevant—it just happened last night. Plus, our online tool makes it easy and has great tips. Please take a few minutes to write a quick letter to the editor now:
Palin's speech and the reaction to it also made clear why McCain picked her. It wasn't a decision about who's most qualified to serve a heart-beat away from the presidency—it was a political decision about pleasing the far-right base of the Republican party.
Writing a letter to your local paper is a great way to make sure voters understand that. The opinion pages are the most widely-read pages of the newspaper. Write today, and your letter's a lot more likely to get published because it's so topical. It'll help sway the editorial board too.
Here are a bunch of points you might want to include in your letter:
The plain fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin did a bang-up
job delivering a Karl Rove-style political attack speech last
night. That makes her a skilled politician but it doesn't make her
views any more palatable for voters. Americans don't really want
another far-right, anti-science ideologue in the White House.
Please help get the word out about where Sarah Palin really stands on the issues.
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Ilyse, Wes, Karin and the rest of the team
P.S. If you haven't seen it, check out theDaily
clip on Palin. It's worth a watch
Going Rouge, Sarah Palin, an American Nightmare: Edited by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed
1. "Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'," Associated Press,
September 3, 2008
2. "Palin wasn't 'really focused much' on the Iraq war,"
ThinkProgress, August 30, 2008
3. "The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4,
4. "McCain and Palin differ on issues," Associated Press,
September 3, 2008
6. The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008
9. "Mayor Palin: A Rough Record," Time, September 2, 2008
10. The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4,