Sarah Palin doesn’t like the fact that author Joe McGinniss moved in next door and is working on a book on her. So what does Palin do? Naturally, she smears the author as a would-be sexual predator who’s trying to peer into her windows.
Palin quickly made the media rounds. Nailing herself to the rhetorical cross, the partial-term governor and full-time Fox News flak, attacked McGinniss as a “creepy” “odd character,” claiming his moving in next door was “sick.” She feared him “peering” through her windows, and whipped the right-wing mob into a get-McGinnis frenzy. (The McGinniss death threats have already been spotted.)
All of this, of course, was based on nothing more than Palin’s unbending hatred for the press and an intense desire to continue her full-time job of playing the media victim. (Palin could have objected to McGinniss moving in without playing the sex offender card.)
But guess what? As Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore first reported at Huffington Post, between 2006 and 2008, the house right next door to Palin (and the one now occupied by McGinnis) was run by Oxford House, a sort of half-way home for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. That’s right. Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. But at the time, did Alaska celebrity Palin used her children to launch a p.r. campaign against Oxford House? Did Palin suggest the recovering addicts would be peering into her windows or posed an imminent threat to her young girls?
As best I can tell, Palin did not. But today, Palin heads a smear campaign against a world-famous author, depicting him the most odious way possible; as a possible sexual predator.
This is Palin’s norm open mouth and insert foot.