Yesterday, I noted that Sarah Palin was a Pat Buchanan supporter in 1999. I suggested that the Obama campaign begin running ads in South Florida to point out to people who could be my grandparents that someone potentially very close to the presidency or actually in it once supported a Jew-hater for that office.
Is a complete unknown who supported a despicable Israel-basher for president worthy of the Jewish votes McCain seeks? Since Palin has no known foreign policy views of her own, it’s a fair question to ask.
A clue to her views on the Middle East may be stuck in her windowsill. Yesterday, a story alleging that Palin’s youngest son is actually her grandson was posted on Daily Kos. The item included an interview with Palin in her Juneau office. Clearly visible over her left shoulder is an Israeli flag. Here are a couple of screenshots:
It looks like she may even be wearing an Israeli flag lapel pin — I can’t tell.
This year, we celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary, so it’s entirely possible the flags and possible flag pin were there to mark the occasion. So maybe she’s pro-Israel after all. If so, good for her. I’m glad to hear it. But that’s not the point.
What’s important is that John McCain’s first presidential decision was to thrust upon the nation someone who may have to make critical decisions affecting every last one of us and we’re all reduced to squinting at blurry photos to try and decipher her views on the world.
After looking into it, McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb says that Sarah Palin supported Steve Forbes, not Pat Buchanan, in 1996, contrary to what Buchanan said on “Hardball.”
Not particularly compelling, but something to keep in mind as information about this tabula rasa dribbles in. If only we had some blurry photographic evidence to prove it…