'Trojan Moose' Palin Shifts Focus Off Bush Legacy

VP pick has turned the debate away from actual issues; Obama must steer it back
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 11:48 AM CDT
"Contrary to what we're hearing 24/7 in the media, the next few weeks are not a test of Sarah Palin," Arianna Huffington writes. "The next few weeks are a test of Barack Obama."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Of Troopergate, the “Bridge to Nowhere,” and the other so-called scandals the left has been hoping will sully Sarah Palin’s reputation, Arianna Huffington scoffs: “who cares?” McCain-Palin will gladly take up time discussing various small lies to distract from the “big truth”: that George Bush’s terms have unleashed havoc on America, and the Republican ticket represents “4 more years of disaster.”

As Huffington sees it, discussions of Palin’s accomplishments distract from her real accomplishment: she’s shifted the political debate away from George Bush’s record, and other actual campaign issues, in only 10 days. It’s time for Barack Obama to stop worrying so much about being seen as the “angry black man,” and get angrier about what Bush has done to everyday voters’ lives.