When you read the quote, you know Palin would have never uttered those words. You have to read the entire two page Politico piece to learn that former chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Paul Goldman, and professor of public policy at George Mason University authored the non-existant quote. Politico calls it an “editing error,” – an editing error written in first person. There is no apology, just a “Correction.”
Palin’s bus tour had some of the hallmarks of a primal scream: “I built this constituency, not Bachmann, not anyone else,” she said. Looking at it through her eyes, she has a point.
Setting the Record Straight: About False Quotes Attributed to Governor Palin
An absurd opinion piece in Politico includes a quote attributed to Governor Palin that is a total fabrication and yet is deliberately written to appear as if it is a legitimate direct quote. By any standard this is unacceptable even for an opinion piece. This puts us in mind of a real quote of something Governor Palin actually did once say to the media: “Quit making stuff up.”
A Bachmann perhaps-adviser, Ed Rollins, has stirred the political waters, as he has done in previous campaigns, and perhaps is trying to grow some love from Bachmann, since his man Huckabee isn’t running.
Supporters who admire both of these women are hoping Rollins is out of Bachmann’s campaign…like now, if he is not just an unwelcome parasite at this point. Michelle Bachmann must come out and speak about Rollins. The media loves parasites, and the fun they are planning to have with these two women has them more excited than the first Black presidency. Surely Bachmann knows as soon as they finish with Palin, she’s next up.
Update 11:15 a.m.: Ran at Si Vis Pacem has this story and an appallingly-worse quote from Rollins than I had previously read.