The Corner

Blaming the Victim

I just loved this bit from Slate’s technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo, in today’s Washington Post. Writing about the fact that Sarah Palin’s email account was hacked and then put on display and discussed by the media (including by Manjoo himself) he writes:

The gossipy Web site Gawker.com has posted a few screen shots of the messages found in Palin’s account; they reveal nothing damaging about the governor, other than the fact that she has a penchant for typing in ALL CAPS when exercised. (“Does he want someone OPPOSED to the life issue in Congress?” Palin wrote to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.) Still, in a statement sent to reporters on Wednesday, the McCain campaign called the incident “a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law.”

In fact, if there’s anything remotely shocking here, it probably has to do with Palin’s e-mail habits. Why was she using Yahoo? Critics say that she was taking a page from former White House political mastermind Karl Rove, who cooked up the idea of using an off-site e-mail address to confound investigations of his Bush administration activities….

In short: Palin was asking for it (oh and Karl Rove is to blame too). Great standard there. I’m sure that won’t come back and bite you guys on the ass someday.