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October 13, 2008

Garrison Keillor on Palin and the Country's BS Detector

Garrison Keillor has a column up entitled "Americans' B.S. detectors off charts with Palin".  Here's an exerpt from the St. Petersburg Times, which is the regional news source for a crucial area in the crucial state of Florida.   

Low dishonesty and craven cynicism sometimes win the day but not inevitably.

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It was dishonest, cynical men who put forward a clueless young woman for national office, hoping to juice up the ticket, hoping she could skate through two months of chaperoned campaigning, but the truth emerges: The lady is talking freely about matters she has never thought about. The American people have an ear for B.S. They can tell when someone's mouth is moving and the clutch is not engaged. When she said, "One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day, American people, Joe Sixpack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars," people smelled gas.

I appreciate that Keillor, like Ken Burns last week, is taking advantage of his credibility with potential swing voters in a precise manner to be helpful in this election.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 13, 2008 at 07:27 AM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink

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