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Not Exactly on the Balz

By on 1.13.11 | 3:10PM

I came across this piece in The Washington Post by Dan Balz contrasting the remarks made yesterday by President Obama and Sarah Palin with respect to the shootings in Tucson.

The article could be summed up in six words: President Obama good, Sarah Palin bad.

But there's one passage from Balz's article which demands commentary:

Perhaps by an accident of timing, Palin put herself into the same news cycle as the president. After several days of silence, she offered her first extended commentary on the shootings.

On what planet does Balz reside?

Sarah Palin didn't put herself into the news cycle. She was thrust into it by Paul Krugman and stood accused of being complicit in mass murder. Those leveling these accusations assured Palin remained in the news cycle by demanding she break her silence. If Palin hadn't spoken yesterday, liberal pundits would have contrasted Palin's reticence with Obama's eloquence.

But alas Palin did speak yesterday and apparently committed an impropriety by having the temerity to speak on the day as President Obama. I didn't realize Palin was required to seek permission from the liberal media to speak if President Obama plans to speak on the same day.

The bottom line is that Palin is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. 

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