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The Goldfarb Standard

The McCain camp hasn’t done much push back on the media-savaging of Sarah Palin. But today we get a breath of fresh air from Spokesman Michael Goldfarb based on Chris Matthews’ condescending and ignorant attack on Palin’s remarks concerning the role of the Vice President:

Earlier this week Chris Matthews exhibited such a stunning combination of bias and ignorance that we feel compelled to set the record straight.

Matthews mocked Governor Palin for telling a third grader that the Vice President is ‘in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes.’ Matthews said ‘either she’s right about the role of the vice presidency or I’m wrong.’  Fortunately for the American people, Chris Matthews is wrong. Though it escaped comment at MSNBC, Joe Biden recently made a comment to the New Yorker promising to play a similar leadership role in the Senate. Biden told the magazine, ‘I would see one of my jobs as essentially being the president of the Senate, in the sense of actually not presiding as much as interacting, continuing to interact, talking to Harry Reid every day, or talking to Nancy Pelosi.’

Chris Matthews further elaborated on his understanding of the role of the Vice President, saying that ‘it has nothing to do with policy making, nothing to do with Senate leadership on either side of the aisle. There is no policy role there whatever for the vice president. If you’d even watched John Adams on television a few months ago, you would know that, going into the very beginning of our democracy.’ We have little hope that MSNBC will take a more even handed approach in covering this race over these last few days, but it is outrageous that Chris Matthews would rely on an HBO mini-series as the basis for his condescending attacks on Governor Palin. If he wishes to pose as a Constitutional scholar, he should read the document. This campaign has sent a copy to his office.

This sort of response is long overdue. When every MSM commentator and many conservative pundits feels free to lob every manner of insult and attack at Palin, it is incumbent on the campaign she is representing to push back. It is not just a matter of decency. Such a tack lets Republicans know there is a pulse over at McCain-Palin headquarters. Nothing is as dispiriting as to cede the rhetorical ground, especially when you’re right. If this is the beginning of a trend, it is a positive one.

Finally, in a separate but equally enjoyable release, Goldfarb states: “Just after the New York Times ended months of intense speculation by announcing its endorsement of Barack Obama, the company’s corporate credit rating was lowered to ‘junk’ status — an appropriate reflection of the paper’s editorial judgment as well as the quality of its reporting.” Apparently not everyone at the McCain-Palin camp believes he is entitled to spend his day job-hunting while on the campaign payroll.


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