PI Original Adam Doster Tuesday September 2nd, 2008, 11:35am

Hastert: Palin Only "Real American Family Person" In Presidential Race

Like other Illinois conservatives,
former Speaker Dennis Hastert is thrilled with John McCain's vice
presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Why so pleased? Live
from the Republican convention, he
explained his reasoning on WLS' Don Wade & Roma Morning ...

Like other Illinois conservatives, former Speaker Dennis Hastert is thrilled with John McCain's vice presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Why so pleased? Live from the Republican convention, he explained his reasoning on WLS' Don Wade & Roma Morning Show today, saying that she is "the only person that’s a real American family person that’s come out in this election." Listen here:

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What a patently absurd statement. After an auto accident claimed his daughter and wife, Joe Biden raised two young sons by himself, commuting between his home in Delaware and Washington D.C. by train every night to be with his family. Barack Obama's grandfather marched in Patton's Army and his grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line, later studying under the G.I. Bill. His mother raised the presidential nominee and his sister by herself, relying in part of food stamps so she could finish her bachelor's degree and put her kids through college on loans and scholarships. But Biden has been in the Senate too long to be a "real American family person."  Meanwhile, Obama doesn't share -- in Roma's words -- Palin's "recognizable American lifestyle."

Hastert's touting of Palin's American values also excuses her fringe belief, exhibited from the mid-1990s onward, that Alaska should secede from the union. Lincoln would be so proud.

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