Listen, I detest Sarah Palin possibly more than anyone else in politics. Nearly everything she says is just pure idiocy. The fact that she was nearly one heartbeat away from the presidency terrifies me.
So for me to actually have to defend her on something kills me. Though I guess this isn’t actually me defending her as it is me calling out some liberals for acting too much like conservatives.
If you haven’t heard by now, Palin was giving a speech the other day where she referred to the White House as being at 1400 Pennsylvania Ave. Which, of course, isn’t correct. The White House’s address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Now I’ll be the first person to tell you that I don’t believe Palin is very bright. She’s just not. But there’s a difference between a lack of intelligence and simply misspeaking about something. Which is clearly what Palin did here.
But that didn’t stop many liberals, and quite a few liberal websites, from going nuts over this gaffe.
Aren’t we the same people who’ve called Republicans out for hammering then-candidate Barack Obama when he misspoke during his 2008 campaign by saying he had visited 57 states with one more to go?
Conservatives jumped all over that. Some claiming that he was “an idiot” for not knowing how many states we actually had. While other conservatives twisted his comments into some Islamic conspiracy theory considering there are 57 Islamic states and that clearly proved he was a Muslim.
Needless to say, he simply misspoke – end of story.
And to this day, I still get conservatives using that line as “proof” that President Obama isn’t intelligent.
So I was bit annoyed to see many liberals going on and on about Palin’s “1400 Pennsylvania Ave” line.
Look, I get that Palin is an easy target. Hell, I’ve written many articles mocking her stupidity. But like I said, there’s a difference between Palin saying something ignorant (which happens a lot) and making a big deal out of an obvious gaffe.
After all, this isn’t Palin thinking that the Army is literally preparing for a zombie apocalypse.
No, seriously, that happened.
But as liberals, if we want to be better than our opposition, we need to start acting better than they do. Which means that we need to understand the difference between a harmless gaffe and actual stupidity.
Because I’m not denying the fact that I think Sarah Palin lacks intelligence, but in this particular instance, liberals are acting too much like conservatives.
And we’re better than that.