Life in Sarahville

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Sarah Palin, tweeting at 7:05 am with the GOP talking-point-o’-the-day on the healthcare deal struck yesterday:

Pls pay attention 2 Big Union backdoor deal struck yest w/Big Govt in sweetheart healthcare deal.Call the folks u elected,say NO! UNFAIR….

Sarah Palin, five minutes later, after suddenly remembering that she’s supposed to be a woman of the people who sticks up for regular working stiffs like you and me:

good,hardworking pro-business UnionMEMBERS should oppose their UnionBOSSES backroom deal on this;unfortunately/unfairly paints all of’m bad

Nice save, Sarah! Except let me get this straight: hardworking union members should oppose a deal that helps them out because…..um, why exactly? Sadly, Twitter’s 140-character limit didn’t give her room to explain. But apparently it’s bad for union members to support the deal even though it benefits them, and it’s bad for them to cut a deal that moderates the excise tax even though Sarah is opposed to the excise tax in the first place. That’s life in Sarahville.

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