10/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Well Why Then Did Sarah Palin Try to Fire the Small Town Librarian?

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(Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher)

I sometimes don't understand the media. Why don't they ask the right follow up questions?

Although banning and burning books worked for Emperor Qin and a few other colorful figures in human history, Sarah Palin and the McCain camp are denying that she tried to get any books banned from the Wasilla Public Library.

Denials are tricky things -- but let's for a moment accept Sarah Palin at her word.

The natural question is then on what grounds did she pursue the firing of the local village librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons.

Is firing the local librarian a normal thing in small towns? After Laura Bush herself has helped resurrect the honor and dignity of librarians nationwide, is it not an odd un-Bush like thing to do to enrage a town by trying to dump someone who checks books in and out and promotes literacy?

Why? Why? Why? Why did Sarah Palin try to fire the Wasilla librarian? That is the question that anyone with the chance to pose a question to Sarah Palin should ask.

Maybe Laura Bush can email her for us?

-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note

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