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Fact-checking Sarah ‘The Qwitterer’ Palin: Joe Barton reflects the philosophy of over 115 Republicans

By Joe Romm on June 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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Think Progress debunks the Qwitterer in this repost.

When asked yesterday on ABC’s This Week about Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) accusation that the White House engaged in a “shakedown” of BP, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel noted the remark was “not a political gaffe,” but rather a statement based on “prepared remarks.” He linked Barton’s comments to the GOP’s “larger philosophy,” saying it “is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fisherman. And remember, this is not just one person.”

Conservative pundit Sarah Palin quickly blasted Emanuel’s comments on Twitter, calling them “shallow” and “irresponsible.” Parroting Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) rant against Obama, Palin said “Rahm, u lie”:

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The right-wing echo chamber was quick to back Palin’s assertion. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Emanuel’s statement that Barton reflects GOP philosophy “couldn’t be more wrong.” On Fox News this morning, conservative pundit Andrea Tantoros said “Palin is absolutely right” that Emanuel “has not a leg to stand on.”

Despite the conservative howls, some in the media have failed to note that Emanuel’s assertion is evidenced by the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Comprised of over 115 Republican congressional members, including House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Chairman of the House Republican Conference Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), the RSC presented a collective view of what it saw as a White House “shakedown”:

BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an environmental disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.

If a chorus of over 115 Republican members agreeing with Barton isn’t a reflection of GOP philosophy, what is?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and member of the RSC, even described how he would put that philosophy into action. As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent notes, Issa said in a recent speech to fellow conservatives that, were the GOP regain a majority in the House and should he get the power of subpoena, he “won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”

JR:  It takes a lot of nerve for Palin to call anyone a liar.  She is so practiced at repeating falsehoods “” even in her supposed area of expertise (energy) “” that during 2008′s presidential campaign, the WashPost gave her its highest (which is to say lowest) rating of “Four Pinocchios” for continuing to “to peddle bogus [energy] statistics three days after the original error was pointed out by independent fact-checkers.”

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8 Responses to Fact-checking Sarah ‘The Qwitterer’ Palin: Joe Barton reflects the philosophy of over 115 Republicans

  1. prokaryote says:

    Earth – The Pale Blue Dot
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9tDO3HK20Q

  2. Dana says:

    Sarah Palin calling somebody else a shallow, narrow-minded, irresponsible liar?

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  3. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Time for some sound bites; You have already provided a link to Levan’s rant.

    Later perhaps a detailed upate on the Exxon Valdez, recovery in the sound is still not complete, as you duly noted, the herring are not back in any sort of commercial numbers.

  4. Peter Mizla says:

    The GOP still is the party of; Big Business, the rich- but also the uninformed (those who fall for the republican party’s myth of patriotism and keeping ‘certain’ groups away from the table.

    The GOP and their hordes siding with any oil company- and their still largely dismissal of climate change is of no surprise.

  5. Acronym List says:

    Issa said in a recent speech to fellow conservatives that, were the GOP regain a majority in the House and should he get the power of subpoena, he “won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything.

  6. talkpc says:

    Later perhaps a detailed upate on the Exxon Valdez, recovery in the sound is still not complete, as you duly noted, the herring are not back in any sort of commercial numbers.

  7. Janine says:

    Thank you for your good work…it keeps me hopeful. Just an observation about Sarah Palin, whom I consider an affront to all educated, thinking women, and your comment…”It takes a lot of nerve for Palin to call anyone a liar. She is so practiced at repeating falsehoods”: Palin is actually corrupting our educational system. We are taught for many years through repetition of basic facts (1+1=2, etc.) and our knowledge is built on confidence in the truth of the basics that are the foundation of our body of knowledge. Palin turns that on its head by repeating and repeating falsehoods and building on them to produce a body of disinformation and lies. Same process, different intent and result. Many U.S. students and residents either are not taught or do not have the skills to think critically, to go beyond a “statement” to check out other sources searching for truth. Unfortunately, an education based on studying for a test does not lend itself to learning how to think critically. Until it does, our country’s political discourse and decisions will continue to be victims of the Sarah Palins among us.