This is the political equivalent of watching Walter Donovan's face melt.
Sarah Palin is taking heavy fire from veterans groups who say she shouldn’t blame Barak Obama for the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that she claims her oldest son is battling.
Track Palin, twenty-six, was arrested Monday in Wasilla, Alaska, after he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face, kicked her in the knee, and threatened suicide with an AR-15 assault rifle. He was charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated and assault, and interfering with a report of domestic violence.
On Wednesday, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate addressed her son’s arrest at her first stop on the campaign trail for Donald Trump after endorsing his run for president. She appeared to point the finger at Obama over mental issues her son may be dealing with following his Iraq war service.
“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different,” she said in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have sacrificially given to this country and that starts at the top. [emphasis added]
I will admit to not giving much thought about 'cuda blaming Obama for her son's difficulties, but upon further review, there really isn't any logical connection between the two. Does Barack Obama respect our men and women in uniform? Partially - he loves the Muslims and homosexuals and trannies full of which he's pumping the U.S. military, and the remainder to the degree that their surrender training makes them more likely to spontaneously break out in a rousing flashmob rendition of the Marseille. As for the rest, like Track Palin....no, he really doesn't.
But then Barack Obama doesn't respect anybody outside his own "tribe". And the rest of us don't suffer violent meltdowns from it. Which leads, logically, to the entirely deducible conclusion that PTSD comes from traumatic episodes - in Mr. Palin's case, his military combat service in Iraq. That has nothing specifically to do with Barack Obama. And anybody for whom learning that The One does not respect them constitutes a traumatic episode has a lot more and worse problems than just PTSD, regardless of its cause.
Mrs. Palin, in other words, has begun her foolish, misguided campaigning for the New York Liberal by saying something stupid about veterans that has now pissed off veterans groups. Which is humorous because I'm figuring that one of the reasons Trump brought her on board was to bolster his standing with American vets.
In which case, epic fail:
Paul Rieckhoff, who heads the New York City-based Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), criticized Palin for her comments and urged her "resist the urge to politicize" PTSD.
"I hope this doesn't become a political chew toy in a political campaign," Rieckoff told NBC News.
"It's not Barack Obama's fault that Sarah Palin's son has PTSD," added Rieckhoff, whose nonpartisan organization that has fought for years to get Iraq and Afghanistan war vets help with mental health issues. "PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular."
Once again we must ask the question: Has Mama Grizzly really lost this much off of her fastball or was she simply not nearly as much of a veterans advocate as she tried to convince everybody she was? Or does she have her endorsee's penchant for spouting off like an expert on subjects of which she is woefully ignorant? Given that she's thrown John McCain under the bus already, I think that gives us a pretty good idea.