Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another Palin smear falls flat: Sarah Palin supports socialized medicine

Yesterday the Palin Haters got all wee weed up over the latest Palin “controversy”.  This time the so-called controversy is centered on statements Palin made while giving a speech in Calgary (the gal sure gets around). In the speech Palin told of how her family traveled to a Canadian hospital to treat her brother who had a burned his foot. 
From The Calgary Herald: What was fascinating about the ever-fascinating Sarah Palin's speech was another of her Canadian connections. One that didn't involve hockey.
“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse (180km away. see map). Believe it or not – this was in the ‘60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada."
From here it was off to the races. Lefty blogs immediately started calling Palin a hypocrite for taking advantage of Canada’s socialized medicine! Unfortunately for them facts got in the way and the wheels came off the Smear Palin Bus. 

By the end of the day, the story had to be walked back. The full details of this story are not really important (For full details see Conservatives 4 Palin here and here).  What is important is that is that the Palin smears as of late are really going down hill. It is almost like Palin Haters are clutching at straws. They explode into full outrage over the most trivial of things, notes on Palin’s hand, laughter at the Leno show and now a childhood trip to a Canadian hospital.

Early in the beginning of this blog, I said I could see who the Palin Hater’s endless and over the top antics would create Teflon Palin. That is America would reach a point where they become so saturated with anti Palin news that they just write it off as so much background noise.  I think we are start to enter that point.


Larry Sheldon said...

I've been to Skagway, walked most, if not all of its streets.

I don't remember seeing a hospital or a doctor's shingle.

I think there is a clinic in Haines, but I think, if you are driving, you have to go through Whitehorse to get there. I don't know if the boats run during the winter time--I think the train runs year-around--there is a big honking snow-blower parked in Skagway.

Larry Sheldon said...

Interesting that the senior Heaths were taking Sarah's wishes to heart in such matters--she was, what, 7 years old?

And I was right--White horse looks to be a little less than half the driving distance between Skagway and Haines. (Google maps doesn't know it is possible to drive between the two.)

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

If I may illustrate a point:

Biggar, Saskatchewan was considered by some wags to be the furthest reaches of Canada:



(Feb. 19th)

There is not a lot of understanding about Canada, Canadians or Canada's landscape and driving distances. That is unimportant when one is slinging mud at Mrs. Palin.

No doubt several Canadian politicians sought health-care in the US to avoid things like this:


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