It turns out that Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan's 2000 presidential campaign. (Earlier today, Buchanan stated 'It's great for the base. She's a Buchananite!')
Pat Buchanan is an outspoken opponent of Israel. It's one thing to criticize Israel, but the country has a right to exist, and given Palin's support for Buchanan, pro-Israel activists should be very alarmed about McCain's commitment to Israel.
McCain has suggested James Baker, who famously said 'F**k the Jews,' would be his Middle East envoy.
Some of Pat Buchanan's memorable remarks:
Buchanan referred to Capitol Hill as 'Israeli-occupied territory.' (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 10/20/90)
During the Gulf crisis: 'There are only two groups that are beating the drums for war in the Middle East -- the Israeli defense ministry and its 'amen corner' in the United States.' ('McLaughlin Group,' 8/26/90)
In a 1977 column, Buchanan said that despite Hitler's anti-Semitic and genocidal tendencies, he was 'an 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.' (The Guardian, 1/14/92)
Writing of 'group fantasies of martyrdom,' Buchanan challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka: 'Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.' (New Republic, 10/22/90) Buchanan's columns have run in the Liberty Lobby's Spotlight, the German-American National PAC newsletter and other publications that claim Nazi death camps are a Zionist concoction.
Buchanan called for closing the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, which prosecuted Nazi war criminals, because it was 'running down 70-year-old camp guards.' (New York Times, 4/21/87)
Buchanan was vehement in pushing President Reagan -- despite protests -- to visit Germany's Bitburg cemetery, where Nazi SS troops were buried. At a White House meeting, Buchanan reportedly reminded Jewish leaders that they were 'Americans first' -- and repeatedly scrawled the phrase 'Succumbing to the pressure of the Jews' in his notebook. Buchanan was credited with crafting Ronald Reagan's line that the SS troops buried at Bitburg were 'victims just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.' (New York Times, 5/16/85; New Republic, 1/22/96)
ON AFRICAN AMERICANS
White House advisor Buchanan urged President Nixon in an April 1969 memo not to visit 'the Widow King' on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, warning that a visit would 'outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue and perhaps worse... Others consider him the Devil incarnate. Dr. King is one of the most divisive men in contemporary history.' (New York Daily News, 10/1/90)
In a memo to President Nixon, Buchanan suggested that 'integration of blacks and whites -- but even more so, poor and well-to-do -- is less likely to result in accommodation than it is in perpetual friction, as the incapable are placed consciously by government side by side with the capable.' (Washington Post, 1/5/92)
SO, to recap:
McCain has picked a VP candidate that supported Pat Buchanan for president. Pat Buchanan a man that thinks that Hitler was a 'man of great courage' and Dr. Martin Luther King was a 'divisive' man and that integration between blacks and whites will produce friction and thus is a bad thing.
Palin supported Buchanan. McCain selected Palin to be his VP.
And McCain has suggested James 'F**K the Jews' Baker as his Middle East envoy.
And McCain claims to be pro-Israel.
All the anti-Obamaites were up in arms about his 'racist' preacher...
Are you okay with the McCain VP's support of a racist for President?
What are you looking for a clone of McCain to be his veep? Sure, I would not support Buchanan, but that was 8 years ago. Does Gov. Palin support those things you pointed out now? I think it is a good thing that there maybe differing opinions at the white house. That's how things change.
Obama, on the other hand, whos been harping on change throughout, picked a crusty old Washington insider that not many people voted for in the primaries. How do you change from Biden?? He's more like status quo. So what does that say about Obama's choice. Oh, look at the experience that nobody wanted?
She attended the rally. She wore a button.
As a public figure that represents something
If George Wallace had visited my city, and I was against his actions and thoughts, I would not have attended his rally and worn a campaign button showing support, ESPECIALLY if I were a public figure.
Shows poor judgment to me.
But that cool. You support the candidate that is either a hypocrite, dumb and naive, or was actually a supporter of Buchanan.
kidcharlemagne are you saying that in the last 8 years Palin has come to understand that hatred and racism is wrong?
Differing opinions in the white house? What? A Middle East envoy that said "F**K the Jews" and a VP that supported a racist anti-semite for President?
It doesn't say much, that is for sure. Pat Buchanan is vile.
She was also a member of the Alaska Independence Party who advocated secession from the US. Is that puting the US first, or Alaska first?
Maybe he was the lesser of two evils running - not a terminal crime.