BBC: Will Sarah Palin Run for President and Can She Win?
The answer is yes, and probably not. I’ve explored all of that before — this particular BBC article made Assigned Reading because of the following quote:
But it has not been harsh press coverage that concerned her elderly parents, Chuck and Sally Heath.
In the kitchen of their Wasilla home, among an extraordinary collection of animal skins, skulls and bones, the spoils of a lifetime spent hunting and fishing, they told me that their whole family has faced death threats.
“As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids… she knows how I feel, that it’s risky,” Sally said.
Palin’s father Chuck said a man recently had sent the family photocopies of a receipt for a gun he had bought, together with a photocopy of a one-way ticket to Alaska.
The family had laughed it off, but the man subsequently turned up in the state and was arrested by the FBI, Chuck said.
When is enough, enough? Back in January, in the wake of the shootings in Arizona, we talked about the venom and vitriol directed toward the Palin family. Love her or hate her, there’s a line that should not be crossed, and yet left and right, the left is crossing it. I happen to dislike Harry Reid. I think he’s a slime-ball. But never in a million years would I think about acting toward him the way that the left acts toward Sarah Palin and her family.
Another point here is that it took the BBC to bring this particular episode to light. Had such a threat been made by an NRA member or a Glenn Beck devotee toward Nancy Pelosi, it would have been front page news. Here, however, such a threat–and a substantial step taken toward making good on that threat–was reported as dicta in a British publication.