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McCain Campaign Fighting Off Story About Sarah Palin's Affair

Stuck in a declining campaign with sagging poll numbers, a clear loss in Friday night's debate, and a vice presidential candidate who cannot give serious or intelligent interviews, the beleaguered McCain campaign is now fighting with THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER over a new allegation story that Sarah Palin had an affair with a business partner of her husband's former snowmobile business that nearly destroyed their marriage.

According to the story run by THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, while Palin was the mayor of Wasilla back in 1996, her husband, Todd Palin, ran a snowmobile dealership with a business partner, Brad Hanson. And Hanson and Sarah Palin had an affair that caused Hanson and Todd Palin to dissolve their business partnership while the affair nearly wrecked the Palin marriage.

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER also presented evidence that no less than three members of Hanson's family have confirmed the Sarah Palin and Brad Hanson affair story as absolutely true, In addition, Hanson family insider, Jim Burdett, has passed a polygraph test according to THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER as well, while the McCain Campaign has gone as far as threatening the newspaper with a lawsuit in an effort to stomp out this latest trouble for the McCain Campaign.

The story now becomes the latest problem for the McCain Campaign which has had serious credibility problems with so many of the statements and facts espoused by both McCain and Palin. Palin has already been caught up in nonsensical stories about a state owned jet in which she lost $600,000 for the state that she claimed was sold on Ebay, when that story turned out not to be quite true as Palin had misled voters to believe .

Palin has also continued to confuse voters about her actual position on "The Bridge To Nowhere", when there are are actually two "Bridge To Nowhere" projects and Palin has only spun silly tales to look like some hero on the issue when the facts indicate that she actually supported the project, not opposed it as she claimed. The McCain Campaign has also kept Palin from interviews from most serious reporters because she cannot seriously and intelligently answer most of their questions on issues or else makes up some new story about some heroic thing she achieved as mayor or governor in Alaska which fact checks soon dispel as false or not quite true.

Palin was supposed to lure in Christian Right voters and solidify McCain's shaky base among Republican Party conservatives, but now the story about Palin's affair only raises new doubts among those voters about any real commitment to socially conservative issues or so-called "traditional values". Indeed even the 2008 Republican Party Platform had some of the weakest socially conservative language as seen in years because of the control of the convention by McCain delegates.

John McCain was well known to have broken up his first marriage with an affair. His first wife Carol waited five long years for him to return from prison in North Vietnam after being shot down and captured. Carol McCain was even badly injured in an automobile accident, but John McCain soon started an affair with the woman who eventually became his current wife. With the new story of the Palin affair, as well as the known McCain marriage problems, only raises more questions about the honesty and character of both McCain and Palin.

Popular television evangelist and author of over 30 books, Dr. Robert Schuller has long condemned adultery as a trust breaker, and argued that anyone who would cheat on their marriage cannot be trusted in business or elsewhere because they have proven themselves to be dishonest. Now the troubled McCain-Palin ticket is battling more of these trust issue problems and more credibility troubles with the new story about the claimed affair by vp candidate Sarah Palin running in the ENQUIRER.

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Comments (3)

Lee Ward:

Some blogger once said:

The most common dismissal I've seen is that "it's just the Enquirer." After all, they're just a supermarket tabloid. They don't have any journalistic credibility.

I beg to differ.

I don't read the Enquirer, but I do know a little about their history. And to me, that gives them some credibility.

In 1981, they were sued for libel by Carol Burnett after they said she had been drunk in public. They lost that suit, and paid out a hefty sum. And they vowed that they would not make that mistake again.

Ever since then, the Enquirer has been exceptionally careful to not get caught in the wringer again. They double-check their sources, and make sure they have at least one person on the record making the allegation. And that caution has paid off.

The Enquirer -- probably in part because they don't subscribe to common journalistic ethical principles like "we don't pay sources" -- has nailed down quite a few major scoops over the year. They were all over the Monica Lewinski scandal, they broke a lot of the details. When OJ Simpson denied ever owning a pair of Bruno Magli shoes, the kind identified with the killer of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, they dug up a photo of him wearing a pair. They were also first with the word that Simpson had written a book called "If I Did It." They dug up the illegitimate child Jesse Jackson had fathered on one of his staffers, and that he had used his organization's money to pay her off. And they were the first to allege Edwards' affair with Hunter, and to say that she was pregnant with his child.

As I said, I don't read the Enquirer. Not even at the supermarket line -- I usually have few enough items to hit the express lanes, and don't have the time standing there. I don't really care for them.

But that dislike is based not on their lack of accuracy, but their news judgment. They are, when it all boils down in the end, a tabloid. They focus on celebrities and sensationalism and lurid headlines, and I don't care for that.

But as far as accuracy goes, the Enquirer has a damned good record. After the Carol Burnett lawsuit, they've gotten very, very careful -- kind of like the ex-smoker railing against the evils of tobacco. In fact, I'd put their record for accuracy above the New York Times, CNN, and the major network news operations.

You want to ignore the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter love child story? Fine. Just come up with a better reason than "it's just the Enquirer." Yes, they're slimy. Yes, they're bottom-feeders. Yes, they're paparazzi. Yes, they're scum.

But they have earned a reputation for accuracy, and it's only the fools who dismiss their reports out of hand.

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Ed Schultz was actually the first person to talk about this story and he predicted several months ago that this would eventually make its way to the tabloids and onward to the nightly news.... the veils are falling away from Ms. Palin and she is being seen in the light of day.... If her cruelty to animals and her stance on the environment were not so incredibly dangerous to our country, I would actually feel sorry for her. I want to be empathic and compassionate toward her but she is simply too dangerous to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Let's extend the golden rule and give her the fate she finds fit to give the Alaskan wolves.

Cabo Wabo:

How about we extend the golden rule to you, Suzanne, and use your body for cannibalistic rites?


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