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Sen. McCain offers his review of Sarah Palin's new memoir.
Normally the thought of a lying politican is enough to make America's blood boil. But

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Thank Goodness John McCain Lied About Liking Sarah Palin's Book

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Sen. McCain offers his review of Sarah Palin's new memoir.
Normally the thought of a lying politican is enough to make America's blood boil. But in the case of Sen. John McCain saying he "enjoyed" running-mate Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue," the former presidential candidate actually did the country a big favor.

Although Palin never really stepped out of the spotlight fixed on her since last year's campaign, the wattage has gone back up to Katie Couric-interview levels thanks to her now-bestselling memoir. Naturally, with Palin doing Oprah and "Rogue" moving 300,000 copies in its first day, Ben Smith at Politico thought to strike while the iron was hot and ask McCain what he thought of the would-be Veep's tell-all.

Thankfully for the rest of us, the Senator fibbed.

"I enjoyed the book and she and I are dear friends. I talked to her on the phone yesterday. We got along fine," said McCain....

"In campaigns there's always tension," McCain said. "Outside of combat, it's the most tense situation. There's always differences that arise, but it's no big deal."

Is it possible McCain is telling the truth? Of course. But is it likely? Nah.

Besides apparently being filled with her own half-truths, Palin's book also apparently wastes no opportunity to slam the man who chose her as his running mate. Blaming McCain's staff for failing to properly prep her for Couric to charging her $50,000 for vetting her credentials. (Which begs the question, what does $50,000 worth of vetting actually get you?)

To think McCain "enjoyed" hundreds of pages of dubious assertions about him and his staff, not to mention a further degradation of the political party he holds dear, is to stretch the possibilities of what can be meant by enjoyment. But it also saves us from a lot of unwanted crap.

The media loves nothing more than a good pissing match. Especially one between two bold-face names. For proof, look no further than the extent to which reporters like Smith are goading McCain, practically begging for one more intoxicating hit off the tailpipe of the Straight Talk Express.

By telling his own whopper, McCain turned what would have been a story spun off in 72 different directions ("Cranky Old Man Hates New Face of Republican Party") into a relative non-event. And, in a true act of grace, he saved us all the trouble of having to hear about Palin, or her book, any more than we already do.

 
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