The message sent is clear: Obama and the liberal elites should stop using Palin's poor conduct as mayor and governor to score cheap political points.
To help the media understand what is off limits, the campaign released a list of topics, which Palin has decided are 'private matters' that the media should stop discussing immediately:
1. Using her power as governor to try to fire her brother-in-law: Brother-in-law has the word 'brother' in it. Your brother is part of your family. Anything having to do with your family is by definition a 'family matter.' Put another way, what she does to her brother- in-law is a private family matter, and should be dealt with privately, even if it does involve using her public office to get him fired ... because he's family.
2. Getting travel money to stay at home: Again, we can all agree what happens in a person's home is a private matter. Even if being in your home involves collecting thousands of taxpayer dollars, your home is your castle, and you can shoot people for coming inside that castle. Now, no one is saying you will be shot if you continue to discuss this topic, but look at the picture attached to this story. Do you want to take that chance?
3. Discussing her stance that creationism be taught in public schools: Religion is a personal choice. Sure, Palin is taking her religious belief and using it to force exposure to creationism on all kids who go to public schools ... but that doesn't make it any less personal to Palin. So all you 'scientists' and 'elites' out there who want to base science class on 'science' should mind your own business.
4. Reporting that she never went to Iraq when she said she did: Haven't you ever heard of the phrase "what doesn't happen in Iraq because you never actually went to Iraq, stays in Iraq?"
5. Coverage of her attempt to ban books: Reading is a private matter, unless it involves books that we don't agree with. Res Ipso Facto, the press should not be allowed to discuss anything involving books. Besides, at the end of the day, Palin was unable to get any books banned. Perhaps the focus shouldn't be on how much of a scary right-wing censor she is after all. If anything, the issue should be whether someone who was unable to accomplish such a simple task in town of only 7,000 people is ready to run an entire country.
The campaign also helpfully provided the press with the issue they should be focuing on: Palin-Is-A-Pig-Wearing-Lipstick-Gate. This is the hard core policy issue that John McCain was talking about when he said he was going to give the American people the debate they truly deserve.