Thursday, September 04, 2008

fact-checking palin's speech

one, two, three, four.

frankly, it won't matter that palin's speech was filled with factual inaccuracies, it's already been declared a hit. ideally the wonkish class would be investigating whether the claims made by candidates check out. but instead most of them are more about treating election campaigns like celebrity gossip. coverage of a speech like this is more about how the delivery compares with the pundit's pre-existing expectations. because those expectations were absurdly low (as digby says a lot of people expected her to "run out on stage dressed like Ellie May Clampett, chomping on a wad of tobacco and talking like Roseann Barr"), palin did better than they thought she would. and so it will forevermore be declared a success!

never mind whether the assertions she made actually checks out.