Olbermann: Palin the one 'pallin' around' with terrorists
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday October 7, 2008

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Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave the campaign an ugly twist on Saturday when she described Barack Obama as "someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann was outraged by Palin's attempts to turn Obama's nebulous ties with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers into a central issue of the campaign, calling her "the sleaziest politician working the stage at the moment."

Olbermann -- who has often been accused of displaying a pro-Obama bias and of making sometimes inappropriate comments -- attacked Palin in response by pointing out that she has her own questionable ties to the Alaska Independence Party, of which her husband was formerly a member and to which she has spoken. The founder of the AIP has been quoted as saying, "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government, and I won't be buried under their damn flag" and "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

"So where does Joe Vogler rank on the scale of terrorists who would target their own country, gov?" asked Olbermann. "Your opponent's guy, Ayers, wound up on a volunteer anti-poverty committee in Chicago."

Olbermann also noted Palin's intention to revive the issue of Obama's former pastor, Reverend Wright, and attempted to draw a comparison with the witch-hunting Kenyan pastor who prayed over Palin in Wasilla on one occasion, an experience about which she has spoken enthusiastically.

"What would you call someone," said Olbermann of Pastor Murthee, "who arrives in a suburb, blames one resident for the local crime, organizes a mob to threaten the woman, convinces the authorities to go and raid her home, and then chases her out of the suburb. ... You'd call him a terrorist."

"So, governor," summarized Olbermann, "you've been palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. Say it ain't so, gov! Say it ain't so!"

Olbermann ironically compared Palin to Addie Polk, the 90 year old woman who attempted to shoot herself rather than face eviction from her home and whose mortgage debt was forgiven by Fannie Mae after Rep. Dennis Kucinich recounted her story on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"In much the same way we, America, in the corporate persona of Fannie Mae have forgiven poor Addie Polk of Akron, Ohio, we, America, also need to forgive poor Sarah Palin of Wasilla, Alaska," Olbermann suggested. "They are both in situations that are beyond their ability to cope, they are both in a crucible caused by forces they cannot comprehend, they are both unable to understand what they are doing."

Olbermann added that Palin's attempt to whip up voters with the claim that Obama "is not a man who sees America like you and I see America" has already been described by the Associated Press as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" way of slipping racism into the campaign.

Palin responded to the AP story by insisting, "The Associated Press is wrong. The comments are about an association that has been known but hasnít been talked about and I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guyís living room. And he of course, having been associated with that group, a known domestic terrorist group, itís important for Americans to know. Its really important for Americans to start knowing who the real Barack Obama is."

"If you think the terrorism con and the racism sting are going to do anything but bury you and Senator McCain," Olbermann concluded, "you need to pick up one of those -- how many? ---- newspapers you read ... and check the headlines to find out what people are really worried about right now."

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast October 6, 2008.

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