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More Lies at the RNC

Theresa sent me this article which does some fact checking for the RNC speeches.

The absolute worst of the group was Mike Huckabee who said Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

Not only is it a lie. It's a HUGE lie.

Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525.

Biden received 2328 votes JUST in Iowa. He dropped out after Iowa, but was still on the ballot in many states and continued receiving votes for a total of 76,165 votes.

Math is hard, so let's sum up:

Palin's 1525 < Biden's 2328
Palin's 1525 << Biden's 76,165

Another which was just utterly insulting was Mitt Romney who said "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

Hey Jackass. The Republicans have been running Washington. 8 years of Republican President and the Democrats only retook the majority in Congress in January 2007! Seriously, wtf? How do these people just lie so blatantly?

Palin gave her big speech last night. She's a good speaker, very charismatic. Not super, but definitely good. She even ad-lib-ed a joke in the middle of her speech about Hockey Moms (at least it felt like an ad-lib). One thing that annoyed me about her speech though was she refused to say Obama's name. When politicians only say "my opponent" or "the other side" and refuse to say the name of the opponent, that's a sign of weakness in my book. They are so afraid to give Obama any sort of air time that they are frightened to even say his name. I know it's a long standing tradition for many politicians, but I still consider it a show of weakness.

Palin said, "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

Palin is full of shit. She had absolutely nothing to do with the end of this earmark. (I had this wrong in a previous post and have gone back and noted that). Congress did away with this "bridge to nowhere" earmark in November of 2005. Palin was not elected as Governor until November of 2006 and didn't actually assume the office until a month later. It's a lie! It's all a gigantic lie! Oh, but maybe she said during the campaign that she didn't support the Bridge? No, she said during the campaign that she supported the Bridge.

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