Now, several left-wing websites are attempting to play the race card in order to wrongfully portray Governor Palin as a racial bigot. The latest is a website called StraightTalkExpressWatch, a marginal website with a Google Page Rank of zero and a pathetic three-month Alexa rating of 5,660,600. In this post, StraightTalkExpressWatch replicates a purported communication from Gwendolyn Alexander, the president of the African-American Historical Society of Alaska and the Alaska Juneteenth Celebration.
In this "communication", Alexander allegedly complains about Governor Palin's lack of response to and participation in any Alaska Juneteenth events, even though previous governors have been involved. Alexander also allegedly decries about the contradiction between Palin complaining about Oprah excluding her and the fact that Palin has not named any blacks on her gubernatorial staff. But most damning is the following statement attributed to Alexander:
While meeting with black leaders concerning the absence of any African-Americans on her staff, Gov. Palin responded that she doesn’t have to hire any blacks and was not intending to hire any. What kind of attitude is this toward African-American for who may be the first Vice-President of the United States?
First of all, if true, Governor Palin is indeed NOT REQUIRED to hire any blacks for her staff if she so chooses. In particular, she is not required to hire blacks simply because they're black. This is probably what Governor Palin really meant by the statement, if indeed she actually made it. The presumption of innocence does not require her to prove she's not racist. And to hell with the so-called "court of public opinion"; it has no statutory authority.
But second, StraightTalkExpressWatch provides no link to the origin of that statement. That in itself is a red flag, implying that the statement was either cooked up, or else it was publicized without the specific intent or permission of Gwendolyn Alexander. It is most likely that Alexander intended the statement only as an internal communication, since her statement is not posted on either the Alaska Juneteenth or the African-American Historical Society of Alaska websites.
Furthermore, if Gwendolyn Alexander had actually released such a statement publically, the Alaska media would have been all over it, particularly the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2. This would be raw meat to both these outlets. Consequently, I must conclude that Alexander's statement was meant for internal consumption only, and that it was selectively leaked into the left-wing blogosphere for the purposes of defaming and smearing Governor Palin.
On top of that, unlike Rev. Alonzo Patterson and the infamous Rev. Dr. William Green, Gwendolyn Alexander does not have a public reputation of being a race hustler. Furthermore, in their public outreach, Alaska Juneteenth has always made it clear that the ENTIRE community is welcome to their Juneteenth celebration, and has never used Juneteenth to publicly bash Whitey.
Only days before, on September 10th, in a post entitled "Is Palin a Magnet for the Extreme Right Wing", OpEdNews, another hard-left site, published an excerpt from Wayne Madsen which implies the following:
Wayne Madsen has released a rather alarming report that he, to quote, "has learned from informed sources in Washington, DC who have tracked for a number of years the activities of the Confederacy restoration movement, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white supremacist organizations that key players in a number of these groups are actively advising and financing the campaign of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska".
Not only is there NO evidence of any "white supremacist" involvement in the Palin campaign, but Wayne Madsen is a gutter journalist after the manner of Geraldo Rivera, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, and Keith Olbermann, none of whom ever allow the facts to get in the way of a good story. Furthermore, Madsen requires you to register on his site just to read his content, a classic symptom of someone who has something to hide. There also doesn't appear to be widespread enthusiasm for Palin on Stormfront, either HERE or HERE. And certainly there is no enthusiasm for Palin expressed on the Vanguard News Network Forum either.
The fact is that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, apart from her qualifications, has placed the Democratic Party in a state of disarray and has sowed barely-concealed dissension within the Obama-Biden ticket. Not only has Joe Biden openly opined that Hillary Clinton might have been a better Veep selection, but there are unsubstantiated rumors that even Barack Obama himself is apparently experiencing some "buyer's remorse". The left is desperate to pull out all the stops to derail the McCain-Palin Express.
And this may build up such a sympathy factor for McCain-Palin that Palin may ultimately withstand the growing Troopergate scandal. Americans will circle the wagons around Sarah Palin just like Alaskans are circling the wagons around Ted Stevens.
The selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate may prove to be the domestic political coup of the decade. And the Democrats appear stupid and impulsive enough to help make it a reality.