Just one time, just one little time, could Sarah Palin finally launch a reality-based attack? The latest:
Sarah Palin used baked goods Tuesday night to attack the “nanny state.”
Palin brought dozens of cookies to a speech at the Plumstead Christian School in Plumsteadville, Pa., amid news reports — since retracted — that Pennsylvania’s State Board of Education is looking at ways to limit sweets at classroom parties.
Palin called the plan an example of the “nanny state run amok” and said that she brought the cookies in order to “shake things up," according to news outlets including WPVI-TV.
“I heard that there's a debate going on in Pennsylvania over whether public schools were going to ban sweets,” Palin said. “I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion. Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents.”
Great lines. Great visuals. And, as Politico pointed out, utter bullshit. There is no plan to ban sweets in classroom parties. The newspaper that made the claim is the right-wing Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and even they retracted the allegation.
Once again, Sarah Palin has tremendous problems with the truth. It's a disease she shares with much of the right these days. As Andrew Sullivan wrote yesterday, at the core of the right-wing movement is The Big Lie -- that under Obama, America is becoming totalitarian regime. And Palin's lie yesterday is one of the many small lies that make up that narrative.
But that narrative is not true. It is a big lie, and telling it over and over doesn't just hurt the Obama administration, it hurts the country.
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