And in some cases you have even gotten a bit of her politics…
Ahh the game of politics… where lies can be spewed and later fact checked….
A few great examples from the Republican Convention:*
MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.
THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.
Kay: There is a crude joke to be made here about men’s excessive need to exaggerate size and power. Thankfully I am way too classy to make it.
MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.
THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.
Kay: Its actually kind of sad that they had to try to make this random little factoid into something impressive. By the way y’all… I am Commander of the Files and in charge of File Cabinets A, B, and D… I make bossing these files around one of my primary responsibilities.
FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."
THE FACTS: A whopper. 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 dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.
Kay: ooo out and out LIE. Not a shock really but still… did Mike think no one would bother to look it up? (Could it be someone is still bitter about not winning his own nomination?)
FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "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."
THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.
Kay: A “liberal” Washington? Is he on crack? Or maybe he was referring to Washington state…
All in all, yes politians lie… they all lie… and one could probably have found examples of lies from the Democratic Convention as well (in fact, I am sure people have) This doesn’t surprise me… or sadly even outrage me anymore.
Its what they chose to lie about that makes me pause a moment.
*“THE FACTS” courtesy of JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer