Do you realize that most of the people that voted for Obama thought that Palin was the one who said “I can see Alaska from my house” when it was actually Tina Fey?This has nothing to do with Palin but the stupidity of liberal and uninformed voters in general!!! It doesn’t matter who runs on the right, the media will go out of it’s way to smear them.
The author of that comment is, of course, merely echoing the results of the “poll” of Obama voters produced by John Ziegler (and if you missed his interview with Nate, you missed comedy gold) in which we learned that the reason Obama got elected was because “86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!”
Did Sarah Palin say she could see Russia from her house? Absolutely not, as that was, in fact, Tina Fey. However, what the poll and the erstwhile Palinites at Red State fail to remember or refuse to concede is that she might as well have, and actually said the following just a few days before the SNL skit in question:
“They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”
Tina Fey and the evildoers at SNL didn’t just make this up out of nothing- this was based on things Palin and her defenders said. We then spent a surreal few weeks in which Republicans all over the establishment defended Sarah Palin’s national security credentials/foreign policy experience based on her geographical proximity to Russia. Think Progress gathers a few of them:
ALASKA IS NEAR RUSSIA
“Alaska is right next to Russia. She understands that. Look, Sen. Obama’s never visited south of our border. I mean, please.” [McCain, 9/3/08]
“You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.” [Cindy McCain, 8/31/08]
“But the other thing about her, she does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia.” [Fox News host Steve Doocy, 8/29/08]
“She worked with permitting issues and with fishing issues dealing with the sea fishing industry there in Alaska.” [GOP strategist Tyler Harber, 9/5/08]
“As that state’s governor, Sarah Palin would know more by osmosis –- if nothing else –- about the necessity for U.S. anti-missile systems than either Messrs. Obama or Biden.” [Neocon activist Frank Gaffney, 9/2/08]
And on and on. I could link more of this, as there were dozens of people taking to the airwaves to laud her foreign policy creds based on Alaska’s “shared borders,” (if I remember correctly, there was a period when they were talking about Sarah as Commander in Chief of the Alaskan National Guard). As I said earlier, it was surreal. I remember thinking at the time that they can not possibly be serious (and occasionally, there were moments of candor or times when the operatives thought the microphones were off, and some honesty would slip out. This sort of break from the company line was then swiftly retracted and “apologies” were issued.) And yet, there they were, seriously pushing this stuff as evidence of her foreign policy cred, as Palin herself kept feeding the meme (this, from two weeks AFTER the SNL skit):
We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.”
The context of all of this is important, as well. This was after months of John McCain telling America that the number one requirement for a VP nominee was to pick someone with the requisite experience ready to take over at any moment, after months of McCain playing up his national security creds while attacking Obama’s, during the time of the Georgia/Russia flare-up that McCain seized upon as a campaign tool, all with Afghanistan and Iraq in the background, and Palin’s disastrous interviews with Gibson (in which she had no clue what the Bush doctrine was- surprise, surprise, movement conservatives had her back there, too) and then Couric.
Did Sarah Palin say “I can see Russia from my house?” Not in those exact words, but this is the problem for the Republicans- they have spent so much time and money pumping the wurlitzer that they no longer are able to separate reality from their echo chamber. When you look at them and think “My god, these people are not dealing with reality,” you are more right than you realize. They don’t believe anything they see in the media. They think they are the victims of malicious plots everywhere they look. This is what it looks like when a major party exists solely within an echo chamber of their own creation.
And what makes it even better is the sneering condescension in the comment- only the stupid “uniformed” voters think this. This, coming from the party of the people, who, we are told, will be riding a populist backlash to Washington in 2010. Not only are they deluded and wrong, but they think you are the stupid one. Fortunately, at least in the last election, the average voter was smarter than the average Red State commenter.