Nitpicking

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September 6, 2008 9:01 a.m.

There are plenty of issues in the career of Sarah Palin that deserve a hefty amount of scrutiny, so I’m only going to give this one a few seconds.

The McCain camp is reveling in her sale of the governor’s jet on eBay. McCain himself said yesterday, “You know what I enjoyed the most? She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor, and sold it on eBay — and made a profit!”

Someone should really tell McCain to be more careful with his words:

In fact, the jet did not sell on eBay. It was sold to a businessman from Valdez named Larry Reynolds, who paid $2.1 million for the plane — shy of the $2.7 million purchase price — according to news reports at the time. Reynolds contributed to Palin’s campaign in 2006.

Palin, so far as I can tell, has precisely said she auctioned the plane on eBay, without confirming whether or not it actually sold. Just a friendly reminder that details can be pesky things.

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