[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/11/jc.palin.gi.jpg caption=" Palin suggests the disruptive protests 'diminish our nation's civil discourse', and says opponents shouldn't give supporters of health care reform any reason to criticize them."]
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
First she called Pres. Obama's health care plan "evil" and said it would create "death panels." Now Sarah Palin is urging restraint at town hall meetings.
In comments on her Facebook page, the former governor of Alaska (who quit in the middle of her first term) says there are many "disturbing details" in the health care bill, but that "we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment."
Palin suggests the disruptive protests "diminish our nation's civil discourse", and says opponents shouldn't give supporters of health care reform any reason to criticize them.
This is the same woman who a few days ago was spreading a false claim that Pres. Obama would force the elderly and disabled to appear before a "death panel." She said a group of bureaucrats would get to decide whether people like her parents and her son, who has Down Syndrome, could get health care.
There's no such provision in the bill. Gee, do you suppose she didn't read it? Rather, a House committee passed a provision that would let Medicare reimburse seniors who want counseling on end-of-life issues. Once again, Sarah Palin's version of reality is at odds with reality.
Whatever the reason, Palin backed down. See, she wasn't getting much support. Several Republican governors distanced themselves from her, either refusing to comment or saying Palin could "speak for herself." Not exactly the way to build that right-of-center coalition she keeps talking about.
SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Are you interested in Sarah Palin's views on health care reform?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Bryan in Georgia
No, so please stop covering this woman. She obviously hasn't even read the proposals – seeing her past statements. We have "death panels" right now – they are called insurance companies. They are the ones that are making hourly decisions whether people live and die by deciding if they will cover them or not!
Lee in Henrico, North Carolina
I was interested in her views until I heard her "death panel" remark. It's now clear that she's not much interested in the facts. Therefore, I'm no longer interested in her views, on anything.
Kodiak in Alaska
Not in the least. I live in Alaska and think she's out of her mind, or what limited mind she may have. By the way, the Alaska Legislature just overrode her veto of federal energy stimulus funds (the only state to do so).
Pat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sarah Palin could not be more of a loon if she sprouted wings, started flying around, and eating raw fish. Why are we still paying attention to her?
Lee in Arlington, Texas
I am always interested in hearing what Palin has to say. Her world view is like getting to go to an improv comedy show for free and everyone needs a good laugh.
I couldn't care less what Mrs. Palin's views are on whether you should drink white or red wine with chicken, let alone her views on health care. The woman is a clown, a non-thinking entity who is destroying the image of women in politics every time she opens her mouth. Right-wingers like her because she's cute and she's religious.
There's little about Sarah Palin and her views that interest me. She continues to prove that she is nothing but irrelevant when it comes to matters of substance. She's all Eskimo and no Igloo.