Last night President Obama called death panels a lie in his joint speech to Congress. Obama also promised to call out anyone who spreads lies about healthcare reform. This led Sarah Palin to not only continue to stand by her death panels claim, but also promise that she will call out Obama on death panels, but there aren’t any death panels, so this should be interesting to say the least.
Palin wrote in her Facebook response to the president’s speech that, “In fact, after promising to “make sure that no government bureaucrat …. gets between you and the health care you need,” the President repeated his call for an Independent Medicare Advisory Council — an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs. He did not disavow his own statement that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost … the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives….”
She promised to call out Obama, “He did not disavow the statements of his health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and continuing to pay his salary with taxpayer dollars proves a commitment to his beliefs. The President can keep making unsupported assertions, but until he directly responds to the arguments I’ve made, I’m going to call him out too.”
All you need to know about the political relevancy of Sarah Palin is that President Obama delivered his address on healthcare to tens of millions of people, while Palin took to her Facebook page to reply. Her attempt to cling to the death panels charge reeks of desperation. It is also delusion for Palin to continue to state that death panels are real, even when top members of her own party have said that they aren’t.
It is also an ego driven fantasy for Palin to think that she possesses the stature to take on Obama. We all know that Palin is yearning for the spotlight again, and what she is trying to do is position herself as leader of the GOP, but when she quit her job as governor of Alaska, she lost any relevancy that she had in the current political discourse.
Palin can try to take on Obama, but the president probably won’t even know that she is there. The bloom has come of the rose that was once Palin’s political future. Even worse than being a has been, she is fading into the background as a political never was. Palin may come back to run in 2012, but she will never capture the stardom that she was poised to achieve last year.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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