Next time someone tells you to feel sorry for poooooor Sarah Palin, whose family life was the subject of such nasty, nasty rumors (which she falsely blames on the Obama campaign) point them to this piece by David Talbot. The stories are about Palin’s first campaign for Mayor of Wasilla:
Even though Palin knew that Stein is a Protestant Christian, from a Pennsylvania Dutch background, her campaign began circulating the word that she would be “Wasilla’s first Christian mayor.” Some of Stein’s supporters interpreted this as an attempt to portray Stein as Jewish in the heavily evangelical community. Stein himself, an eminently reasonable and reflective man, thinks “they were redefining Christianity to mean born-agains.”
The Palin campaign also started another vicious whisper campaign, spreading the word that Stein and his wife — who had chosen to keep her own last name when they were married — were not legally wed. Again, Palin knew the truth, Stein said, but chose to muddy the waters. “We actually had to produce our marriage certificate,” recalled Stein, whose wife died of breast cancer in 2005 without ever reconciling with Palin.
No wonder McCain likes her. They’re cut from the same cloth.