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Palin: ‘Death Panels’ Aren’t Literally Panels of Death

I can’t make heads or tails of Sarah Palin’s analysis of her death panels remark in the lengthy, friendly Q&A she gave to National Review

Jul 31, 2020
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I can’t make heads or tails of Sarah Palin’s analysis of her “death panels” remark in the lengthy, friendly Q&Ashe gave to National Review yesterday.
“The term I used to describe the panel making these decisions should not be taken literally,” says Palin. The phrase is “a lot like when President Reagan used to refer to the Soviet Union as the ‘evil empire.’ He got his point across. He got people thinking and researching what he was talking about. It was quite effective. Same thing with the ‘death panels.’ I would characterize them like that again, in a heartbeat.”
Which part of “evil empire” was not literal? This seems like an instance of Palin’s incessant references to Ronald Reagan leading her astray.
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