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01 December 2008

Even Sarah Palin's Homestate Paper Agrees...

...Saxby Chambliss is shameless.

A reader passed along an editorial that appeared in the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News November 28th criticizing Sarah Palin for her planned campaign appearances with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss Monday.

The column, penned by Anchorage Daily News editorial page editor Matt Zencey, begins by giving readers a brief lesson on how Chambliss was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002.

Chambliss was elected to the Senate in 2002 by running one of the most reprehensible campaigns of modern times.

In the best Karl Rove fashion, Chambliss the draft-evader attacked Cleland the war hero for being soft on terrorism. Distorting Cleland’s votes about workplace rules for the new Homeland Security Department employees, Chambliss portrayed him as a tool of terrorists like Osama bin Laden.
[Source: Anchorage Daily News, "Palin's Georgia pal", November 28, 2008]

Zencey then highlights an offensive comment made by Chambliss shortly after the September 11th attacks stereotyping all Muslims as terrorists.

Chambliss was a congressman during the 9-11 attacks. Congressional Quarterly’s "Politics in America 2006" noted that Congressman Chambliss "quipped that one route to security would be for local sheriffs to 'arrest every Muslim that comes across the state line.’"

The column concludes by asking why Sarah Palin, whose eldest son was recently deployed to Iraq, would use her "conservative star power to support such a reprehensible Republican chicken hawk."

That's a good question.