Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, has a number of problems in her background. The guy she fired for not firing her ex-brother in law. The fact that she’s been governor of her state for less time than Kid Johnny Mac has been running for president. But the most serious problem for her — and for John McCain — is that she was a staunch supporter of Pat Buchanan’s 2000 presidential campaign.
This was not Buchanan’s 1992 insurgent campaign against then-President George H.W. Bush, nor his bloodying 1996 campaign against then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan. No, this was Buchanan’s run as the
National Socialist Worker’s Party Reform Party candidate, a fourth-party bid that, had history bounced a different way, could have cost Bush the election in 2000. Would that it had.
This is not a trifling problem. Buchanan ran in 2000 on a platform of ugly nativism, isolationism, and social conservatism. As Think Progress notes, Buchanan has come out against free trade, has stated outright that there is a culture war going on in the country, and has a…well, let’s just say it’s a complicated relationship with Judaism. And by complicated, I mean he’s a raving anti-Semitic Holocaust denier, a man who in 1990 said of Archbishop John Cardinal O’Connor:
If U.S. Jewry takes the clucking appeasement of the Catholic cardinalate as indicative of our submission, it is mistaken. When Cardinal O’Connor of New York seeks to soothe the always irate Elie Wiesel by reassuring him “there are many Catholics who are anti-Semitic”…he speaks for himself. Be not afraid, Your Eminence; just step aside, there are bishops and priests ready to assume the role of defender of the faith.
A man who in 1977 said of Adolf Hitler:
[A]n individual of great courage…Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path.
Buchanan is a raving bigot, a homophobe, a sexist, a racist…pretty much everything Pat Buchanan’s for, I’m against, and vice versa, with the exception of the Iraq War — and even there, Buchanan opposes the war because he opposes all foreign entanglements of any kind.
And it is this man, this bigot, that Sarah Palin chose over George W. Bush in 2000, a man Palin chose to abandon her party for, because Bush was insufficiently conservative.
And so to Sarah Palin and John McCain, I have a simple question: why? Why did you support Pat Buchanan in 2000, despite his long history of bigotry and Antisemitism? Why did you support him, even though his positions were considered radical even by the Republican Party? Is Pat Buchanan who you are, Gov. Palin? And if not…well, why should we believe you?