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How did Obama lose an argument to Palin?

Palin Wins
August 14, 2009 by JAMES TARANTO

If she’s dim and Obama is brilliant, how did he lose the argument to her?

The first we heard about Sarah Palin’s “death panels” comment was in a conversation last Friday with an acquaintance who was appalled by it. Our interlocutor is not a Democratic partisan but a high-minded centrist who deplores extremist rhetoric whatever the source. We don’t even know if he has a position on ObamaCare. From his description, it sounded to us as though Palin really had gone too far.

A week later, it is clear that she has won the debate.

President Obama himself took the comments of the former governor of the 47th-largest state seriously enough to answer them directly in his so-called town-hall meeting Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H. As we noted Wednesday, he was callous rather than reassuring, speaking glibly–to audience laughter–about “pulling the plug on grandma.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Palin has won a legislative victory as well:

Senate committee scraps healthcare provision that gave rise to ‘death panel’ claims
August 14, 2009 by Christi Parsons and Andrew Zajac

FACT CHECK: No ‘death panel’ in health care bill
News media still lies about health care bill, accusing Palin of lying. Even 4 days after L.A. Times shows she was right Yahoo! News still shows this August 11 story.

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