Ethical Quote Of The Month: Sarah Palin

“I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters. I don’t know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can’t un-ring the bell. I don’t know unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself…In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket—despite all that, he has been my friend.”

—Sarah Palin, responding in an interview to the statement in Senator McCain’s new book that he regrets choosing her as his 2008 running mate.

As discussed in an earlier post, the ailing Senator’s slap at Palin was unfair, cruel and gratuitous. I cannot imagine a more restrained and gracious response than Palin’s, under the circumstances.


Filed under Character, Ethics Alarms Award Nominee, Ethics Quotes, Etiquette and manners, Government & Politics

17 responses to “Ethical Quote Of The Month: Sarah Palin

  1. I like her statement except for the first sentence. There’s something about it that rubs me the wrong way and I can’t put my finger on it…but I may just be completely misreading it.

    • Oh, I like the beginning a lot: it says that the McCain she knows would never say that. It lets him off the hook without saying, “Well, his brain isn’t working right now.” It is a very nice way of alluding to his illness without specifically blaming it.

      • That’s sentence 2 though. I still can’t figure out if sentence 1 is kind of tossing other people under the bus.

      • Chris

        To me it seems to mean that she doesn’t believe McCain would actually say the things he’s been saying recently…which she has no way of knowing. The end is good, though.

        • Glenn Logan

          She doesn’t need to know it. It is a statement of belief based on close association, and that’s certainly more than the rest of us have to support the alternative.

    • Inquiring Mind

      The first sentence is perfect, IMO.

      It puts the blame where it probably does lie: The ghostwriters.

      That said, she has been pro-Trump, and McCain may have seen her support of Trump as a betrayal. We don’t know.

  2. It’s a heck of a lot better than I expected from someone prominent in today’s mess. It may be her first statement I respect. Too many have forgotten that there is a high ground that doesn’t involve wallowing in the mud. Good for her!

  3. Glenn Logan

    Her comments were gracious, and it makes her look more statesmanlike than John McCain. Let’s see if subsequent comments on the matter, should they have the occasion to arise, measure up to this one.

  4. Scott Fleischman

    It is refreshing to hear a solid honest response that didn’t take the bait to show your ass.

  5. Rusty Rebar

    Pretty weird when Palin is the sane one in the room.

    • Oh, the irony. I needed a good laugh. Thanks.

      Palin may have been a terrible, unprepared candidate, thrust into the national (and international) spotlight without the proper training. However, her value as a candidate was her simple, somewhat unrefined nature. People liked her for her approachability (sp? WordPress doesn’t like my spelling) and forthrightness. She hit it out of the park at the convention. Shortly afterwards, she stepped into way too many potholes.


  6. dragin_dragon

    I’ve always felt that Palin had more class than was being attributed to her. But she is also a more-or-less normal person…loves her daughter, regardless of her faults, ands her grand child. Nice lady.

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