Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More on Palin and Libraries

I thought we were done with this, but the McCain campaign has apparently decided to make a bigger issue of Sarah Palin's involvement with the Wasilla Public Library during her time as mayor. They've released a 1,500-word memo on the subject, which says little more than what we already knew, except to note that when Palin asked the "rhetorical question" about banning books, the librarian was in the midst of revising the library's book-challenge policy following a contentious debate over the issue in 1995.

This is an important point, and as I said in my original post, it must be noted that while the question was asked (and we can debate the merits of asking such a question at all), no books were banned, and no list of potential books "to be banned" ever existed. Those bloggers and others who insist on perpetuating those myths are doing themselves and the country a disservice (and unfairly maligning Ms. Palin).

My opposition to Sarah Palin's candidacy remains as strong as it has been since the day she was announced, and I think that her justification for asking the question of the librarian remains somewhat suspect, but let's keep our eye on the ball. There are bigger issues out there where Palin's actions more clearly call into question her judgment and suitability for high elected office. Let's focus on those.