Palin to a heckler yesterday: “Bless your heart sir, my son is in Iraq fighting for your right to protest.”
Ooh, zinger! Except… what? I mean, I realize the military “defend our freedoms” and all, but this makes astonishingly little sense if you think about it for five seconds. It made a certain sort of sense during the Cold War, but I’d be curious—in a morbid sort of way—to hear Palin make the link between the success of the Iraq occupation and the preservation of the right to political speech at home. Glad as I am to learn of this administration’s deep commitment to domestic civil liberties, I can think of less circuitous ways to have expressed it than invading Iraq.