Palin channels her inner Hagee and Hillary

The Republican vice-presidential candidate laced the speech she never delivered in New York with coded appeals to Jews and women.


Thomas Schaller
September 22, 2008 11:56PM (UTC)

Haaretz is reporting on a speech that Sarah Palin was supposed to deliver in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza today in protest of the United Nations appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but didn’t. Seems her appearance was scuttled because of “a flap between protest organizers and Hillary Clinton, who had also been scheduled to speak. Clinton aides were quoted as saying that they had been 'blindsided' by the decision to invite Palin, which they called a partisan move. In the ensuing controversy, Clinton withdrew her participation, and Palin's invitation was rescinded.”

Excerpts suggest that the intended electoral targets of Palin’s rhetoric were women and Jews, with some content also thrown in for the John Hagee-inspired, Rapture-ready crowd:

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The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a "Final Solution" -- the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a "stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation."

Iran is responsible for attacks not only on Israelis, but on Jews living as far away as Argentina. Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are part of Iran's official ideology and murder is part of its official policy ...

If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed. If she walks down a public street in clothing that violates the state dress code, she could be arrested. But in the face of this harsh regime, the Iranian women have shown courage. Despite threats to their lives and their families, Iranian women have sought better treatment through the "One Million Signatures Campaign Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws." The authorities have reacted with predictable barbarism ...

Earlier this year, Senator Clinton said that "Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is in the forefront of that" effort. Senator Clinton argued that part of our response must include stronger sanctions, including the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization. John McCain and I could not agree more ...

Senator McCain has made a solemn commitment that I strongly endorse: Never again will we risk another Holocaust.


Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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