Kudos to the New York Times for conducting on-the-tundra reporting that might have behooved the McCain campaign during the full day or two it allowed for vetting the potential Next-in-Line. The resulting examination of Palin’s meteoric rise in the GOP describes how McCain’s “soul mate” roiled the previously non-partisan arena of Wasilla town politics by introducing wedge issues having little to do with sewers, schools or municipal bonds—issues like guns, abortion and religion. And she got personal about it, too, according to her opponent, three-time incumbent Jeff Stein. Stein told the Times:
“I’m not a churchgoing guy, and that was another issue: ‘We will have our first Christian mayor.’”
“I thought: ‘Holy cow, what’s happening here? Does that mean she thinks I’m Jewish or Islamic?’” recalled Mr. Stein, who was raised Lutheran, and later went to work as the administrator for the city of Sitka in southeast Alaska.
Shoot, next thing you know, she might try to convince people that Obama is a Muslim. (But nobody would believe that!)
Should ADL membership extend to Lutherans, now, too?
Shylock photo from Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, UK