What kind of person sells out his or her country for gain? Most would call them traitors.
What kind of person lies and distorts for gain. Most would call them liars.
I'd call them Palin supporters, starting with John McCain.
It is tragic, really, that so many elected Republicans, at all levels of government, have been put in the embarassing and shameful position that has led them to become lying traitors.
I was going to say "forced them to become," but they haven't been forced. A handful of conservatives have awakened from the right wing extremist koolaid stupor to reject Palin as incapable of handling the presidency.
Frankly, it is shocking and disappointing that so many intelligent, though misguided pundits, like Peggy Noonan and Pat Buchanan defend this embarassing woman as a great candidate. I don't know how they, or the elected officials can look themselves in the mirror. They are profoundly morally misguided, placing party loyalty over national loyalty. There's not an iota of doubt about it. They are betraying their nation by supporting an ignorant, oafish fool to be vice president, a 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency.
The ironic thing is, at the Republican National Convention, the big phrase was "Nation First." That stopped almost simultaneously with the announcement that Palin was McCain's pick. Clearly, picking Palin over hundreds of thousands-- yes, perhaps even millions of more qualified people-- wiped out any claim by the GOP or McCain that they were putting America first.
Just about every day, as information about Sarah Palin unfolds, or as she stumbles in new ways, we see more reasons why the first impressions were correct-- McCain's nomination of Palin was a traitorous, strictly partisan, desperate attempt to gain the advantage in the election.
Let's not forget the fawning support of right wing talk radio hosts. These hosts are generally fairly bright people. They know the truth and yet they sell the Super Sarah message to their koolaid drinking listeners. That makes these talk show hosts lying traitors too.
Some blame McCain's drop in the polls on his weaker positions and gaffes on the economy. But it may also be because Americans are not as stupid as the cynical campaign managers and insiders McCain has surrounded himself with think.
It is not enough though, for McCain and Palin to lose because of McCain's traitorous choice of VP. All the lying traitors who have supported Sarah, the low class, ignorant oaf deserve to be voted out of office.
If opponents of these lying traitors are smart, they'll use the Palin support against them. Try a line like this: "If you think the idea of Sarah Palin as president is a bad joke, then how can you vote back in -fill-in-the-blank after he/she enthusiastically endorsed and supported her? How many more bad, misguided, partisan politics driven decisions has he/she made?"
Palin was a desperate ploy. She should have been repudiated by the GOP leadership immediately. The failure to do so was a profoundly diagnosti indication of just how craven and cynical the party has become, how low it has fallen.
Of course, in two years, there's a good chance that even the best efforts of the Democrats, who will sweep the elections in November, will fail at turning around the economic disaster we are just in the middle of. In two years, when it it is likely that it will become clear that the Democratic leadership made a massive error in supporting the $700 billion bailout and, probably more bailouts to follow, the lying traitors may start looking pretty good in comparison to the economic cowards who obeyed Bush and Paulson and ignored their constituents.
The verdict is "in" on Palin and her supporters. It is not yet "in" on the bailout.