The tactic of blaming Palin for “racist anger” toward Obama developed as a theme during the fall campaign, evidently based on post hoc ergo propter hoc thinking within Team Obama. Threats against Obama increased as the campaign heated up after Labor Day, and since this followed the Aug. 29 announcement of the Alaska governor as Republican running mate, Palin herself was scapegoated.
That claim was distilled in a November article in the London Daily Telegraph with the misleading headline, “Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama.”
The Secret Service never said any such thing . . .
Please read the whole thing. I actually spoke to a Secret Service spokesman about this yesterday (after I’d already filed the column) and he said there’s no way they would have ever made any claim like that.
(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)
Robert Stacy McCain