Saturday, July 04, 2009

Sarah Palin: We Hardly Knew Ye

Happy Dependence Day Y'all

Everyone wants to know why Sarah Palin is resigning. All the speculation about her being pregnant, making a run in 2012, planning a coup, she quit for an offer of $50 an hour to go pick lettuce in Yuma for the whole season. yada, yada... does it help your hit count to say that stuff? I mean please -- my fellow bloggers are you that self-serving?

Did you read her statement? Did you watch her give her statement? It is all in there.

She says she is quitting because the baseless leftist attacks are costing the taxpayers money, the state time and her own personal resources are stretched:
Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations – such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters’ questions.

Every one – all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn't been cheap - the State has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to “opposition research”...And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” … Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources – spending other peoples’ money in their game.

It’s pretty insane – my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with this instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more “politics as usual,” but this isn’t what anyone had in mind for Alaska.
She has had enough of the petty bloodsport. Politics for her has become one ad-hominem attack after another. Palin says it is bad for Alaska. I agree. It is bad for all of America. The left can use the power of the press to destroy anyone now. Since it is bad for America, it is more proof that the left hates America. She says, basically, that she is joining Newt Gingrich as a conservative cheerleader:
I'll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life... I'll work for and campaign for those proud to be American, and those who are inspired by our ideals and won't deride them.

I will support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the right reasons, and I don't care what party they're in or no party at all. Inside Alaska – or Outside Alaska.
Pretty simple plan, really. No surprises here.

So what is the leftosphere saying now?

They are all taking more cheap shots at her:

Washington Post: The WaPo cannot be kind to her: "This makes her look incapable of juggling multiple tasks at once." From "her incompetence at handling the press to her gratuitous spat with David Letterman, she has demonstrated a volatile temperament and an incapability to think strategically." Salon, without a hint of sarcasm, calls it a meltdown... "In an angry, rambling press conference that will rival Gov. Mark Sanford's as a stunning example of a bizarre public meltdown..." but also says "The tone and inflection were completely off." Typical hypocrisy.

Huffington Post: Some punk named Paul Begala who calls her a prostitute in his headline. Sarah Palin Turns Pro In one paragraph he compares Palin to four different men and says her faults are worse than all four on their worst day, combined.
Sarah Palin makes Mark Foley, the congressman who sent filthy emails to pages look almost normal. She makes David Vitter, the senator who was hanging out with hookers, look almost boring. She makes Larry Craig, caught hitting on a cop in a men's room, look almost stable. She makes John Ensign, the senator who was having an affair with a staffer, look almost humdrum (and compared to the rest of the GOP whack-jobs, he is). And she makes Mark Sanford, the governor with the Latin lover, look positively predictable.
He goes on to criticize her punctuation, capitalization and spelling. Hey, Begala, did you never hear -- the rule is you lose by default doing that. He ends calling her an idiot and a liar. Way to go, such a grown-up.

Here is my retort to Paul Begala: Paul Begala, in his finest hour, wishes he were 1/100th as great as Sarah Palin. Paul is a typical leftist. He is such a pathetic loser that he could never compete in a level playing field, never in the capitalistic world, so he has to be a socialist hit man, he tries only to bring down those that are better than he, so that he might start to look good.

Daily Kos: Of course, Daily Kos cannot pass up this, what looks like the last opportunity! They not only heap on the insults, they are now bragging about it.

First an attack: She gave an 'often rambling' speech. I read her speech -- I didn't find it to be 'often rambling' or even a little rambling.
Then the bragging: Palin's resignation represents a victory...
Then more attacks: Mrs. Palin sure matches the depth of content of the gentlemen cited before her words...NOT!
Then of course the back-slapping: 'how we did it'.

News Flash: None of the above critics have ever done anything with their lives other than make up these attacks.

Why All These Attacks?

What it boils down for Sarah Palin is that she does not say what the left wants her to say. As long as she says what she thinks -- they will crucify her, just as they scourged Miss California -- who took the same position as the President! They excoriated her for it. That group on the left, which attacks conservative women for having an opinion (and it appears to be pretty much everyone on the left) attack her because she is a woman. Sexism defines the Democratic Party, just as racism does. And we have to look no farther than Sotomayor for an example of both.

Sarah is a martyr, she was harassed, hounded and her political career assassinated by an endless needless vicious vitriolic baseless series of sexist attacks against her, her career, her person, her children, her husband, her gender, her time-management skills, her ambition, her background, beliefs and her God. Letterman's ignorant attack was just one of the most newsworthy.

My view: Sarah Palin (and I have read her biography) is a tremendously fine human being that did not seek the spotlight of politics, nor the position of power, but sought simply to do what is right, even it it meant putting up with the spotlight. She truly believes in smaller government, and working for the best interests of the people. A rarity indeed -- she is a saint.

My prediction : Sarah is going to write a book to pay off some debts and she is going to support the politics of smaller government away from the front lines. Much harder to hit her in that position. As to those who would ascribe White House ambition to her, or assert she should be written off, well 2012 is a long way away. I hear a mixed-race orphan is also considering a run at that time. Perhaps you might investigate that background a bit.

Viva Sarah!


Carl said...

Palin is a fine person--but this takes her out of the running for 2012.

OBloodyHell said...

I disagree, for reasons already mentioned on the Wolf Howling site.

directorblue said...

"Palin is running for president, get used to it"

Wyman said...

Remember The Palin!

Anonymous said...

Amen brother.

Could not agree more.

Bob in Los Angeles said...

To those who ascribe presidential ambition to Sarah -- I don't think she currently has those ambitions or has decided upon a course. Nor do I think she is ruling anything out by resigning. I disagree with Carl and Wolf Howling on that one.

All she did was resign honorably from office. What is wrong with that? I say nothing is wrong with that. I hope she makes a mint on the rubber-chicken circuit.

The persecution is unprecedented. Who can support a sixty year old man attacking a fourteen year old girl on national television? Apparently the entire left can support it. They are so stupid they deserve to be clubbed to death like baby seals. But, if we did that, who would do our laundry? Ha Ha Those are Funny Jokes! FUNNY Sometimes I laugh so hard at my own jokes I get something in my eye... excuse me...

Sarah cares about "free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life" as she says. So do I so she would make a great president.

Given the blatant personal persecution, sexism and racism the left appears to get away with -- I don't know how any conservative can effectively govern the nation. Perhaps she realizes that and will work to change that. Or help us club them to death. Whatever works.

Bob in Los Angeles said...

To those that think Sarah is out of the presidential picture -- please review this article. If Marion Barry can regain office after serving time for a felony, believe that Sarah Palin can certainly do better than him.

OBloodyHell said...

> The persecution is unprecedented.

Ehhh, not really. As I've noted elsewhere, the attacks on TJ (and reverse on Adams) were, for the time, probably just as bad. And I think there've been some other equally extreme things. The election of Andrew Jackson was also supposed to be rather over the top.

And I'd point out to you, there's a case of someone in the House coming up to another member and beating the crap out of them with a cane.

I think we'd settled down to a degree of polite tolerance and behavior over the last 50 years which, while I think we should return to, has been overridden by the polarization of this country by the educational elites ramming stupid PostModern liberal ideas down the throats of all too many susceptible young kids, as well as failing to teach any form of critical thinking, which can lead someone back out of that mess.

Bob in Los Angeles said...

Sorry OBH I disagree on the precedent.

In the time that you cite, of TJ and Adams, if anyone like Letterman said anything insulting about Mrs. Palin or insulted the children then TJ or Adams would have been honor bound to fight a duel with Letterman.

So it could not have been anything like today -- as the code of honor which prescribes a duel would have ended the discussion one way or another.

I am willing to be wrong on this, willing to get smarter, but I need some evidence.

OBloodyHell said...

> In the time that you cite, of TJ and Adams

I cite: "for the time"

Here, allow me to put up the editorial from that time period once again for all to see --

"Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will openly be taught and practiced, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes," said an 1800 Connetticut 'Courant' editorial opposing the election of Thomas Jefferson as president. Now the 'Hartford Courant', the paper marked the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth with an apology. Said the 'Courant': "It's never too late to admit a mistake."

I repeat:

Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will openly be taught and practiced, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes.

That's certainly the kind of thing, in those times, which equates to the kind of crap the media is doing these days.

I won't take the time to hunt down many more such examples, but I recall encountering stuff, and neither the PotUS, the candidates for PotUS, nor their wives or daughters were fully immune to such attacks.

Andrew Jackson-v-John-Q-Adams, for example, was a particularly nasty case -- there were some irregularities in her divorce, such that she and Jackson married, though, unknown to them, her divorce was not properly finalized at the time. Upon finding this out, they promptly remarried (the divorce had finalized eventually), but, during this specifically nasty election, Jackson was called "an adulterer, a liar, a bigamist, and a murderous drunk who gambled on cockfights". They also called attention to his many brawls and duels during which Jackson had "killed, slashed, and clawed various American citizens". They also directly attacked Rachel Jackson, who was openly called an adulteress and "a paramour" (a scandalous term at the time). Rachel died shortly after the election of a heart attack, which Jackson always believed was caused by the cruel barbs tossed about during the campaign.

I suggest to you that, while certainly I don't defend the latest behavior by the media, it's hardly atypical in American history. It's just that we've all grown up in a time when such things have been far more polite and genteel than they were in the rough and tumble first 100 years of the nation, and imagine that is how things have always been.

I don't in any way argue that such attacks are not wrong -- only that they are not, as you said, "unprecedented".

OBloodyHell said...

P.S. you oughtta like this one, bob:

Palin conceded many people are still confused about why she decided to leave office.

"You know why they're confused? I guess they cannot take something nowadays at face value," Palin said.

ABC, of course, couldn't avoid a last-second dig, of course.