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Sarah Palin is obviously an amazing media phenomenon, evidenced by the fact that she can make news simply by re-tweeting someone else's post.

(Re-tweeting is when you take something one person posted on Twitter and forward it to your network of Twitter followers).

In this instance, Palin re-tweeted something originally sent out by gay conservative radio host Tammy Bruce. Angered by Republican opposition to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Bruce wrote: "But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already--the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed."

Bruce took Palin's re-tweet to mean that the former Alaska governor was endorsing her position. Bruce tweeted: "I think @SarahPalinUSA RT my tweet is her first comment on DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us--thank you Governor."

Bruce currently serves as chairperson of the advisory board for the gay conservative group GOProud. GOProud recently made news when some prominent social conservative groups announced they were boycotting the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because the gay group would play a prominent role at the event.

Palin has not commented on any of this -- which has gained notice from CNN and ABC -- but I can't help but think that Bruce may be unfairly (or at least prematurely) interpreting Palin's actions. Re-tweeting, it is generally agreed, does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

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palin will ALWAYS play to her Tea Party base because that group is the only one that takes her seriously. The GOP establishment continues to marginalize her, and in one poll after another, a clear majority of respondents have indicated that she is NOT presidential material. Even among Republican respondents to polls, she is the LEAST preferred among all presidential hopefuls.

January 05 2011 at 8:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Tammy Bruce is wrong in stating Palin's position "she refused to veto partner benefits legislation as governor of Alaska". Palin did not want benefits for state employees to include same sex partners. Her lawyers told her as an elected officer she could not defy the court which had ruled the state couldn't deny spousal benefits to same sex partners. Palin supported a ballot to amend the State Constitution to deny benefits to homosexual couples. It failed.
Alaska is an open policy State. The records are online. Palin's position on same sex couples are online. Again, Palin refused to veto....because she was told she couldn't defy the court. Palin didn't refused to veto because she believed in fairness. Just the opposite, Palin was determined to try to deny benefits to same sex couples. But she didn't get the results she wanted at the ballot box.

January 04 2011 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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