Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — the one who quit before her first term was up — told 750 self-righteous right wingers gathering in Las Vegas this weekend to “never spin or cover up for GOP screw-ups.”
Good advice for any political partisan.
Too bad Palin and her faithful following don’t practice what they preach.
Where, for example, was the righteous right wing last fall when writer Joe McGinnis uncovered Palin’s fondness for one-night stands with black athletes.
McGinniss detailed a one-night “hook-up” between Palin — when she was still Sarah Heath and working as a sports reporter for an Alaska television station — and future NBA star Glen Rice when he played at Michigan and appeared at a college basketball tournament in Alaska.
McGinnis said Palin “came on strong” to Rice and seduced him in a hotel room. Rice did not deny the one-night stand but said Palin was “respectful” and “a sweetheart.”
McGinnis, writing in his book: “Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” also said Palin had a festish for black athletes and used drugs — including marijuana and cocaine.
While Palin never specifically denied banging Rice, the let her husband — Todd Palin — defend her “honor.” Nine months after the Rice “hook-up,” a pregnant Sarah Heath eloped with Todd.
So much for family values.
Of course, the righteous right has long had a double-standard when it comes to the less-than-pure actions of one of their own.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the “Dr. Laura” who lambasts gays and sexually-promiscuous women, had no problem stripping down for a boyfriend in the wild and wooly 70s. The photos appeared throughout the Internet. Schlessinger never denied the woman in the graphic photos — including one of her lying on the floor with her legs spread for the camera — was her.
And, oh yes, the boyfriend was married so he future defender of all things family values was screwing around with another woman’s husband.
Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary in this GOP Presidential season and more delegates than many other challengers. His history of dumping wives for mistresses didn’t seem to bother all those Bible-thumping right-wing zealots.
McGinnis, in interviews, said he found that those who knew Palin best in Alaska didn’t have much good to say about her or her husband.
Palin, he said, is “an utter fraud.”
“Those were kind words copared to a lot of what you would hear in Wasilla (Alaska) today,” McGinnis said in an interview with ABC News.