Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin and Westbrook Pegler

-- by Dave

So it seems Sarah Palin – or at least one of her speechwriters – has been reading Westbrook Pegler. Here’s the Pegler quote she recited in her now Teh Awesomest Acceptance Speech Evah!

A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

As TPM notes, another of that same writer’s observations:
[It was] "regrettable that Giuseppe Zangara hit the wrong man when he shot at Roosevelt in Miami."

Here are some other things that writer observed:

[It is] "clearly the bounden duty of all intelligent Americans to proclaim and practice bigotry." (November 1963)

[His proposal for "smashing" the AF of L and the CIO was for the state to take them over.] "Yes, that would be fascism," he wrote. "But I, who detest fascism, see advantages in such fascism."

"I am a member of the rabble in good standing" [in a column that defended a lynching in California]

Oh, and Harry Truman, the president he supposedly was extolling? Pegler called him a “thin-lipped hater”.

That’s some fine political mentoring Palin has going on there, dontcha think?

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