Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Enquiring minds want to know

Remember when the National Enquirer busted John Edwards on his affair with Rielle Hunter?

Way back in October 2007, Ann Coulter was happy to mention (on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show) that the Enquirer was reporting about the Democratic candidate’s extramarital sex life.

But will right-wingers be eager to talk about today’s Enquirer “scoop”?

John Bentley of CBS News blogged this afternoon:

“John McCain’s campaign threatened legal action against the National Enquirer today for running a story about McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband’s business partner.

“ ‘The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie,’ said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt.”

In the past couple of hours, news of the Enquirer’s allegation has been spread online by the Washington Post and CNN.

But I don’t see the allegation itself mentioned on the Enquirer’s website. And I can’t run out to the supermarket right now, so I don’t know what the details are supposed to be. Still... it’s about the distraction.

At the tone, the time will be... 11:55 p.m.

UPDATE (09/04/08): A press release from the National Enquirer, posted by Matt Drudge:

“The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair....

“Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”


maria said...


i'm gonna wait til the midnight hour...

Kellybelle said...

Feel that? That's me, dancing. I love the Enquirer and I love salacious news about Sarah Palin.

odocoileus said...

I'm thinking that the Palin family's downhome Alaska way of life might clash with the image the Republicans want to promote.

Anonymous said...

Okay I have to write somewhere...UM im a screaming at my TV while ms. Sarah Palin is giving her speech or should I say one liners!! She is coming hard at Obama but not really saying anything at all! I have never been more afraid, this woman and her family are really really really white! How diverse is Alaska? Sarah palin does not care about black people, she does not care about poor people, she does not care about women!!!

phx said...

All the stories of Palin's family troubles just don't have any legs - they are only gonna resonate with the demagogues on the other side - and people who are in the middle or who don't care about that kind of stuff are gonna resent all the demogoguing. The anti-Palin forces are starting to sound like...well, like Republicans. Yech.
I watched Ms. Palin, and I was curious to see if she really had some formidable charisma or authenticity that would make this campaign really interesting - but frankly I didn't see anything there to get all that excited about. And I think that's the real story. Her weakness isn't that she's a horrible person, a terrible campaigner, an evil right-wing dingbat or an awful choice. Her weakness is that she appears to be a mediocrity.

Dougfp said...

I'm amazed at how devoted the Right has gotten to Palin in just a few days when they'd barely heard of her until last Thursday. I guess they've realized they're either going to sink or swim with her so they might as well go all-in.

I thought Palin's speech was all about class resentment and that uppity Negro looking down on us hockey moms. I'm not sure that resonates like it did four years ago. And most of the time she seemed to be saying, "Change equals more Republicans!" Maybe the American people are that stupid, but I don't think so. Peggy Noonan just said what any honest Republican must be thinking...McCain fucked the pooch on this one.