Palin’s Invitation to Rally Canceled Due to Democrat Complaints

Via Politico, it’s not as bad as it sounds at first when you realize that the organizers have decided to disinvite all American political figures:

In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear…We acknowledge and deeply appreciate those American political leaders who have been and remain prepared to stand with us as we collectively address the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and its support for terrorism globally.

The problems with this are twofold.

  1. The mass disinvitation was prompted by Democrats who didn’t want to give Palin a platform. Supposedly they didn’t want it to appear that the non-partisan group was aligning with the Republicans.  Strangely, I don’t remember hearing any complaints that Hillary Clinton speaking at the rally making it appear that the non-partisan group was aligning with the Democrats.
  2. If there was ever a time for the United States to appear united, this is it. The letter sent out from the groups hosting the rally states that this is a cause on which “Americans stand together.” It’s really hard to show that if our elected leaders won’t attend because they’d be in the same general vicinity of someone from a different political party.

Parting shot: how worried would Ahmadinejad others like him have been if both parties had made a strong showing here? Do you think they’d still be looking for a Democratic victory in 2008 if this rally had shown that it wouldn’t help them in the least bit?


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