The excellent PolitiFact site run by the St Petersburg Times – a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, no less – has run a poll to find which, of eight “pants on fire” entries nominated, is the year’s biggest whopper. And the result has been conclusive: 61% of all votes went to the Right’s favourite former Governor. Step forward Sarah Palin.
And the Palin assertion that topped the poll was her infamous “death panels” posting on Facebook. There was no truth whatever in this, but the idea has gained traction, particularly with older voters, and thus a lesson for the Democrats: they were not fast enough, or focused enough, in their rebuttal.
That may change next time the former Alaska Governor sounds off.