By Roger Stone Not since the New York Times depicted Barry Goldwater as a mentally unstable, trigger-happy warmonger with ties to neo-nazis in 1964 has the New York Times so vigorously attacked a national candidate and advocated unquestionably the election of another. I wrote in the STONEzone on September 4, 2008, that the selection of Governor Palin had 'flummoxed the Democrats' so I was amused when Adam Nagourney reported, "Mr. Obama and his campaign have seemed flummoxed in trying to figure out in how to deal with her." Little else critical of Obama can be found in the Grey Lady. Thomas L. Friedman's near hysterical screed "Making America Stupid" in Sunday's Times almost allows you to see Friedman foaming at the mouth. Friedman says of Palin and her pledge to reform Washington - "As if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the DC phonebook" - is a clumsy lift from William F. Buckley Jr. who said he would "rather be governed by the first 200 names in the Boston phonebook that the Harvard faculty." Paul Krugman claims that McCain distorts Obama's tax cut plan, saying Obama's plan would provide greater tax relief to the middle class. Does anyone really think that the Obama tax plan presented today would be anything like his tax proposals after the Democratic Congress gets a hold of them? For a guy who shuttles between New York and Washington, Mr. Krugman is surprisingly naive. Frank Rich, who's skewering of the Bushs I generally applaud, found Palin's praise of small-town Americans as "snide." In fact Palin was reaching out to those same "forgotten Americans" who Richard Nixon said, "Paid their taxes, loved their country, go to work, go to Church, and don't demonstrate." The idea that someone who doesn't live in Manhattan, Georgetown, or Hollywood could actually know something is out of the question for Mr. Rich who probably hasn't met any "small-town Americans" in thirty years.

Dowd goes overboard
Even my friend Maureen Dowd gets in on the act. Governor Palin's invocation of Abraham Lincoln's exhortation that "in war we must pray that we are on Gods side rather than that he is on ours" was nothing short of masterful and put Palin's own comments in this regard into perspective, although Dowd trashed Palin's answer. TV critic Alessandra Stanley notes that ABC's Charlie Gibson suggested, "Palin's brash, unwavering confidence sounded like hubris." Hubris thy name is Obama. How else do you explain a candidate who designs his own Presidential seal?" Even a New York Times Sunday opinion piece on the culture of the Western United States by Katherine Roberts which recognizes that Governor Palin is in the Barry Goldwater-Ronald Reagan-Paul Laxalt tradition of western individualism, goes on to describe their western ideas as "myths." Roberts' piece drips with disdain for the west's deep seated belief in self reliance citing more Federal earmarks for Palin's Alaska than Obama's Illinois - $231 per person to $22 per person - without addressing the hardships imposed on Alaska by weather, location and land mass. The suddenly panicked Timesmen, who have already made their hotel reservations for Obama's January inauguration, even stoop to stacking both the letters to the Editor and their selections from opinions on line with more anti McCain-Palin attacks. When Richard Nixon was nominated in 1968 the New York Times reported the "Richard Milhous Nixon seized the nomination." When Barack Obama won the Democratic nod, the Times did not report that Barack Hussein Obama had been nominated. A double standard?