"I think what the Republicans have done is manufacture criticism of Governor Palin and then attacked," Governor David Paterson told me before the Labor Day parade on Saturday. "In other words, creating a straw man and then knocking it down."
He added, "Nobody has really questioned anything about Governor Palin and nobody has really anything against her—other than the policies that we think are just wrong for this country."
Paterson also thinks there’s an element of hypocrisy among Republicans who are vocally defending Palin’s choices about her family and private life:
"Some of these people who now are talking about women working—they are advocates for women working? I have never heard that before. They are advocates for people minding their own business and letting families work things out themselves? Really? That is really stunning."