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Palin sputters nonsense about Geithner’s debt-ceiling warnings

Earlier this week, Sarah Palin demonstrated why certain stars should never dabble in politics when she said the Republican Party platform is “best for America” because “[i]t’s all about respecting equality.” Nevermind the document calls for etching discrimination into the Constitution with an amendment banning same-sex marriage. Well, yesterday, Palin was at it again. This time sputtering nonsense about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s warnings about the danger of not raising the national debt limit.

Palin took time out from stomping all over Mitt Romney’s announcement in New Hampshire that he is running for president to cast aspersions on Geithner while she was at a clambake in New Hampshire.

If the debt ceiling were to be increased based on what I believe to be Timothy Geithner’s false statements to the American public — that a catastrophe would befall us all if the debt ceiling isn’t raised — a failure of leadership in the House would be if we were to cave and believe that.

And what did Palin mean by “false statements”? The half-term governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee explained that Geithner has “given us now four different due dates where catastrophe would befall us if the debt ceiling is not raised. . . . Well, once bitten, twice shy. How many more times are we going to have to hear this date change?”

If I had hair long enough I’d be tearing at it right now.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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