Thursday, October 23, 2008

Doctor. Doctor. Glad I'm Not Palin.

In her one-on-one interview segment with Brian Williams last evening, Governor Palin responded to the growing chorus of calls seeking release of her medical records:

"The medical records, so be it. If that will allow some curiosity seekers perhaps to have one more thing that they either check the box off that they can find something to criticize or to rest them assured over. I'm healthy, happy, I've had five kids, that's going to be in the medical records. Never seriously ill or hurt, you'll see that in the medical records if they're released."

So that settles it . . . or does it. Not so fast says the McCain campaign. As reported by an up-in-arms Andrew Sullivan, a parsing bit of wordsmithery comes from the GOP ticket sans medical documentation:

“When medical information related to Governor Palin’s health is ready to be released we will make that information available.”

Hmmm. Medical "information," not necessarily medical records. "Related to" the good Governor's health? I may or may not be a lawyer as far as you know, but Warm Apple Pie, Esq. asserts you can drive a forty-foot rig through the cavernous hole cleared out by "related to." And only when the information is "ready to be released?" By definition, doesn't the word "records" encompass accounts and diagnoses previously prepared by doctors? I don't think we're asking Governor Palin to submit to a physical before the election. The personal annals of her medical history will more than suffice.

I reject almost all conspiracy theories out-of-hand - including the sinfully delicious yarn about Sarah Palin concocting her purported pregnancy and birth of Trig to protect his true biological mother, Bristol Palin.

Notwithstanding, I do squint a bit at the hesitancy to provide full, unredacted medical records. She's the youngest of the four candidates. You would think the papers attest simply that she's the most vigorous as well.

Still, I submit this is garden-variety, election year dookie thrown around by fringe jesters seeking to defame and imbrue the opposition's candidate. However, Obama did supply his birth certificate to combat outrageous claims that he was born outside of the United States. It would seem Palin could immediately delouse herself of these sub-media lice by a timely release of her medical records. How about some of that government transparency you extol?


Jack Knowledge said...

Know who wasn't born in the United States? John Hussein McCain. That's right kids, the Senator was born in the Panama Canal Zone -- that's in Panama, which may or may not be in Mexico -- and not the good ol' U.S. of A.

In fact, there was some dispute as to whether McCain even met the Constitutional requirement fot presidential candidacy, which are being a "natural born citizen," a minimum of 35 years old at time of inaguration, and having lived in America for the last 14 years.

There was so much doubt whether he was even allowed to run that the Senate passed a non-binding resolution declaring him to be a "natural born citizen." Still sounds like the guy's a mexican to me...

Warm Apple Pie said...

I hear McCain is an A-Raaaab.