The Gaff That Does McCain In?: On Thursday, Sarah Palin Declined to Call Abortion Clinic Bombers Terrorists

I think that Sarah Palin may have just committed a gaff that effectively takes Bill Ayers’s acts of domestic terrorism off the table as a campaign issue.

And Ayers is about the last campaign issue in McCain’s arsenal.

Now, each time that the McCain campaign tries to link Obama to Bill Ayers, the Obama campaign can simply point out that Sarah Palin declines to call abortion clinic bombing domestic terrorism.

This response effectively neutralizes any innuendos and accusation that the McCain campaign is trying to attach to Obama, and reminds female voters that Palin is anti-choice.

Yesterday, ABC News’ Brian Williams asked Sarah Palin this question:

Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist, under this definition, governor?

Here’s Palin’s response:

PALIN: (Sigh). There’s no question that Bill Ayers via his own admittance was one who sought to destroy our U.S. Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. There’s no question there. Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that uh, it would be unacceptable. I don’t know if you’re going to use the word terrorist there.

Here’s the YouTube:

Palin’s answer may effectively lose McCain at least another day or two before he can try to play offense again—and these are days that McCain can ill afford to squander.

Obama is closing in on a decisive electoral victory.

Know hope.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to The Gaff That Does McCain In?: On Thursday, Sarah Palin Declined to Call Abortion Clinic Bombers Terrorists

  1. sauer kraut says:

    oh wow, looks like you’ve hit the big time! the nonconformer is trying to get you to visit his blog!! but as soon as you call him out, he plays a mccain and slinks away.

    Sarah Palin and McCain like to point fingers. But when their own fingers point back at them, they change the subject. They always like to talke about Ayers. I’m no friend of his past history, but then, I am no friend of McCain’s past history. Nor am I a friend of Sarah Palin’s husband, the secessionist and unelected governor of Alaska. They talk about “associations” but when it comes to their “associations,” well, let’s talk about something else.

    Yeah, let’s. Let’s talk about all those fancy new duds paid for by political contributions. For a woman who has been making 6-figures for a number of years.

  2. fifthdecade says:

    Excellent post! Hoist by her own petard – again. Funny thing is, most of the stuff the McCain camp has been accusing Obama of doing is just what they are themselves doing. Taking the line that attack is the best form of defence, McCain and Palin are selling their snake oil and hoping voters won’t spot their sleight of hand… thoroughly disreputable IMO.

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