Sarah Palin’s Gay Book Club

TPM scores it a ban; we need to review the footage with the copy desk. Here’s the play from the Times:

Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.

But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.

“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”

“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”

That would be Laura Chase, Palin’s “campaign manager” during her 1996 run for Wasilla mayor, when the town had less than 5,500 residents. “Bejeepers” is Alaskan for “holy shit that bitch is running wild.”

The McCain campaign responds in a related AP story that “Governor Sarah Palin has never asked anyone to ban a book, period.” Normally we’d parse that for nuance and spin, but since Geezer now favors the efficiency of repeated outrageous lies, we won’t bother.

Instead we’ll have a look at “Pastor I Am Gay“, the other book earning Palin’s Seal of Squeal. Written by Howard Bess, a “liberal Christian preacher” — we’ll pause while you reread that — from nearby Palmer, the book was on the shitlist of Palin’s church, the Wasilla Assembly of God. Bess says the rival church tried to force his book out of stores, and that librarian Mary Ellen Emmons (now Baker) told him several copies disappeared from the now-famous town library.

Must be a sale on scandals today. Buy Censorship, and we’ll throw in Homophobia for free!

Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes [NYT]

GOP campaign downplays Palin book-banning inquiry [AP]

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