Best Reaction Of Them All

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Health Care, Obama Opposition1 Comment

Sarah Palin tweet:


Okay.  First of all, Obama gave his opinion that the mandate wasn't a tax — an opinion also held by such commies as Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy.  

Secondly, you can't "lie" about an opinion.  Your opinion might not prevail at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean you lie.  That's like saying "The coach said when the season started that we would win the World Series this year.  And we didn't.  He LIED."

Finally, when it comes to lies and national healthcare, Sarah wins the prize for her use of the phrase "death panels".  No, really — she literally wins the prize.  Her lie won LIE OF THE YEAR for 2009 by Politifact:

Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.

"Death panels."

The claim set political debate afire when it was made in August, raising issues from the role of government in health care to the bounds of acceptable political discussion. In a nod to the way technology has transformed politics, the statement wasn't made in an interview or a television ad. Sarah Palin posted it on her Facebook page.

Her assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, "Death panels? Really ?"

The editors of, the fact-checking Web site of the St. Petersburg Times, have chosen it as our inaugural "Lie of the Year."

You would think even a slightly intelligent person would shut up about healthcare related lies.