If, back in 2008, our legacy media had taken the time to look into Sarah Palin’s actual record in Alaska politics, three names of corrupt politicians would forever be associated with her, Frank Murkowski, Greg Renkes and Randy Ruedrich. And the reason we would associate their names with hers was not because she turned a blind eye to their double-dealing, but because she exposed it.
She stood up against corruption in her own party. Each of those men is a Republican. As she put it in her post yesterday on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government:
Barack Obama and I both served in political office in states with a serious corruption problem. Though there is a big difference between serving as the CEO of a city, then a state, and regulating domestic energy resources, and being a liberal Community Organizer, bear with me on the comparison. The difference between my record and Barack Obama’s is that I fought the corrupt political machine my entire career (and I have twenty years of scars to prove it) on the local, state, and national level. But Obama didn’t fight the corruption he encountered. He went along with it to advance his career.
Read the whole thing.
And yet our friends in the legacy media bought into the claim that that career Chicago poll was some new kind of politician. They neither asked nor looked for any evidence to buttress his claims.
Sarah Palin, by contrast, had a real record of reform. It’s just that some journalists thought her tanning bed of greater interest.
But, we’ve been through this before. That said, it serves as an important reminder about necessary battlefield preparation for the coming presidential contest.
NB: Tweaked the title to make it less clunky