Everyone embellishes their résumé, even politicians. The difference is that there aren't thousands of people trying to discredit your claim to have created 100,000 jobs . That's why it's a good rule of thumb for politicians to make credible statements that can't be easily refuted. Like, for example, claiming that you turned down pork barrel money for a bridge when you actually didn't. Or virtually any other statement that Sarah Palin has ever made about her qualifications.
It's also very important for politicians to be forthcoming about their finances, so that voters know they will be responsible with theirs. Again, Sarah Palin never seemed to grasp that concept either.
But now that Palin has traded her painful candidate heels in for some comfy pundit pumps, the limelight is on her opinions, not her supposed facts. And, not surprisingly, her opinion is that Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is doing a disservice to Republicans by not being transparent with his tax returns or claims that he created 100,000 jobs at Bain Capital…
Sarah Palin suggested Wednesday that Mitt Romney has brought his Bain problems on himself by not being transparent and offering no documentation for the claim that he created 100,000 net jobs and refusing to release his tax returns.
"Gov. Romney has claimed to have created a 100,00 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens?… And that’s fair," Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News when asked about Rick Perry’s "vulture" caplitalism charge against Romney. "That’s not negative campaigning — that’s fair to get a candidate to be held accountable to what’s being claimed."
I know what you're thinking. That's a sound and objective stance that affirms the kind of integrity we should expect out of our politicians. However, this is Sarah Palin we're talking about. There must be a catch. Of course there is a catch. After the "first dude" went "rogue" this week by endorsing Gingrich, Palin may be hoping a Romney bashing will get the itch on her back scratched as well.
*Sigh* You can take the Palins out of politics, but you'll never get the politics out of the Palins.
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Tags: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Todd Palin