10/10/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Taking the High Road

See, a video like this... this is exactly the kind of race-baiting dirty trick you'd expect from the Republicans... and we'd never want to stoop to their level, even if it meant the difference between winning or losing an election... so whatever you do, do NOT, under any circumstances, pass it along. Do not email this link to friends or coworkers, and do not embed this video in your own websites. Because if you do, this video might go viral, especially in southern toss-up states like Virginia and North Carolina where it might do the most damage, and we just wouldn't want that to happen. Because it would be wrong. Very, very wrong.

And while you're at it, that email that's been going around containing the list of books Sarah Palin tried to get banned from the Wasilla library? It's not true. Sure, Palin did repeatedly ask the city librarian how one would go about banning books, and when she replied to the mayor that she would not be all right with such a request, Palin demanded her resignation. But as far as we know, Palin never issued any written list of the books she wanted banned.

So please, please, if you've received this damaging, slightly misleading email, delete it, and absolutely positively do not pass it on. (And if you haven't received the email, under no circumstances should you conveniently copy it from here.) Indeed, the very worst thing you could do would be to forward this email to your entire address book--repeatedly--because to do so would be dishonest, irresponsible and politically effective... you know, just like that bogus "Obama is a Muslim" email that's likely cost him untold numbers of the "I believe anything I read in my email" vote. And we're better than that.

So the black dude fathering Bristol's baby and the banned book things...? Shhhh.

I'm just sayin'....

[David Goldstein blogs on WA state politics at]