The ‘Blame Sarah First’ Crowd
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In language that might shock some family-values types, Conservative Blogger of the Year Ace of Spades denounces the “kneecapping” of Sarah Palin by McCain campaign staffers. And Michelle Malkin is equally furious:

Sarah Palin worked her heart out. She energized tens of thousands to come out who would have otherwise stayed home. She touched countless families. I didn’t agree with everything she said on the campaign trail. But two fundamental conservative stands she took mattered greatly to me: She vigorously defended the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life more eloquently in practice than any of the educated conservative aristocracy.
And she did it all with a tirelessness and infectious optimism that defied the shameless, bottomless attempts by elites in both parties to bring her and her family down.
Shame on the smearers who don’t have the balls to show their faces.

What they’re talking about is the sliming in Newsweek and elsewhere, including Fox News:

Let me make a small point about the McCain campaign’s hamhanded mishandling of Palin’s press relations. Michelle Malkin has been a huge advocate and defender of Sarah Palin. Between Michelle’s own site and her Hot Air video blog, Malkin Inc. gets 1.5 million online visitors daily, to say nothing of Malkin’s Fox News connection. Michelle and her Hot Air crew were in St. Paul for the Republican convention. Did anybody at Team Maverick think, “Hey, why don’t we hook up Malkin with an exclusive one-on-one with Palin? That would be buzzworthy — an innovative use of New Media!” No, apparently that blindingly obvious idea never crossed their feeble little minds.

That such a bunch of clueless campaign hacks would then go out and trash Palin behind her back . . . well, I can’t blame Ace for cussing a blue streak.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin e-mails to clarify:

I was in Denver for the DNC, but not at the RNC. Ed Morrissey was there for Hot Air, though.
Allah and I both requested an interview with Palin for Hot Air. They were somehow never able to make it happen…

For want of a nail . . .

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