It wouldn’t surprise anyone to hear Sarah Palin on Fox News falsely accuse President Obama or Democrats of lying. It might surprise some to hear her accuse Republicans of lying. However it defies imagination that Sarah Palin, a person being paid by Fox News, would attack a Fox News Host, Chris Wallace, for using anonymous sources, when he identified his sources by name.
Here’s all you need to know. Wallace explained on air that Ted Cruz has angered the Republican Party by doing one of the “strangest” things he had ever seen as a news reporter. Wallace’s interview with Cruz was so remarkable it was reported on Slate verbatim:
“- You say… we’ll do whatever you can, including a talking filibuster, to block consideration of the bill that the House just passed. The problem is that you would be blocking a bill which you actually support, which would fund the government but defund ObamaCare. So, how are you going to get other Republican senators on board to block a bill that you support?
- Are you going to block consideration of the bill? Basically, the first issue is, are you going to allow consideration of the bill? And you can filibuster that after — if you lose that, then a simple majority could take out ObamaCare. So, are you going to allow consideration of the bill, have an up-or-down vote on defunding ObamaCare, or are you going to block them from even taking a bill which you support?…
- Here is the question everyone on both sides is asking in Washington, which is — what’s your end game? Let’s say that you block consideration of any bill in the Senate. Or let’s say that you lose, and the bill goes into the Senate and they take out ObamaCare and they send it back to the House — what’s your end game? Because the government is going to shut down a week from Monday.”
Sarah Palin weighed in on the interview through Twitter, slamming Wallace for using “anonymous” sources in the Republican Party who were critical of Senator Cruz. Palin said:
“@FoxNewsSunday Keep it TRULY fair & balanced. Release the GOP names encouraging you to trash @SenTedCruz. No more anonymous sources</a>.
9:13 AM – 22 Sep 013
The only problem is that Wallace DID NOT use anonymous sources. He identified by name, Tim Griffin, Pete King, and Bob Corker, all Republicans who had expressed outrage that Cruz would risk government shutdown by trying to defund Obamacare. Palin couldn’t have listened to the interview, or she would have known that the sources were NOT ANONYMOUS!
There was no mystery about the identity of the Republicans who had criticized Cruz. It was nationally reported.
• Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Cruz was “carrying out a fraud with the people” while Sen. John McCain said, “Cruz can do whatever he wants to with the rules of the Senate….I can tell you, in the United States Senate we will not repeal or defund Obamacare, and to think we can, is not rational.”
• Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, was blatant in his criticism, tweeting “I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count — the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position.”
• Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas said that the House bill was just part of a “first volley.”
“I don’t want to shut down the government,” “I am very practical. I also learned that good war plans are good through the first volley, then everything changes. So I am going to be ready to do everything that we can and be realistic about it.”
The absurdity never ends. Palin is complaining that anonymous sources were used, even though Wallace identified them by name. Cruz is threatening to filibuster a bill he supports. Cruz is attempting to brand himself as the “champion” of the people, but the majority of the people still support the “Affordable Care Act. An even larger majority oppose shutting down the government.
When Abbott and Costello entertained us with the Who’s on First routine, we laughed.
The logic of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz makes less sense than Abbott and Costello, and isn’t funny.