On Sarah Palin
The lefties in the mainstream media are going all out to destroy Sarah Palin in part because they resent the idea of having a Republican who’s the most prominent female politician in the country and in part because she excites conservatives and they fear anyone who can do that.
The squishes and the inside the Beltway elitists in the Republican party are also trying to destroy Sarah Palin because they’re desperate to use her as a scapegoat for the disaster they’ve brought down on the Republican Party with the policies they’ve advocated.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is probably the most genuinely likable politician on the national stage today.
That hasn’t always shone through because she has been the recipient of unprecedented attacks from the mainstream media, because she has had to carry water for a McCain campaign that doesn’t make much of an effort to defend her, and because there are some egomaniacal Republicans out there who think they can get a Colbert Show appearance or a guest appearance on MSNBC out of trashing her.
However, whether McCain wins or loses, Palin has earned the affection of Republicans across the country because she’s conservative, because she’s charismatic, and because she understands Americans better than any of the out-of-touch Beltway sell-outs who run the Republican Party today.
Along those lines, there was a story she told about her wedding ring that I found touching,
“My wedding ring – it’s in Todd’s pocket because it hurts sometimes when I shake hands and it gets squished – is a $35 wedding ring from Hawaii that I bought myself, because I always thought with my ring it’s not what it’s made of, it’s what it represents. And 20 years later I’m happy to wear it.”
They’re trying to paint Palin as some kind of diva and she’s wearing a $35 wedding ring. If Obama had done the same thing, it would have been mentioned dozens of times in puff pieces about the “true love” between Michelle and Barack.
So, if Sarah Palin isn’t the VP, what’s next for her? Well, she should go back to governing Alaska, keep the lines of communication open with her conservative fans, keep her calender clear for 2012, and remember how Ronald Reagan reacted after he was defeated by Gerald Ford, a mediocre moderate Republican who went on to lose to Jimmy Carter in 1976,
The next morning, Gov. Reagan met with the California delegates. “The cause goes on,” he reminded them. “It’s just one battle in a long war and it will go on as long as we all live.” He finished by quoting St. Barton’s Ode:
I will lay me down and bleed a while
Though I am wounded, I am not slain
I shall rise and fight again.
Next he met with his disappointed campaign volunteers. “Don’t get cynical,” he cautioned them. “[L]ook at yourselves and what you were willing to do, and recognize that there are millions and millions of Americans out there that want what you want, that want it to be as we do, who want it to be a shining city on a hill.”
And then he headed back to the ranch, passing, on the way to the airport, a hand-painted sign reading: “GOODBYE REPUBLICANS. YOU PICKED THE WRONG MAN.”
But, Nancy Reagan later wrote in her autobiography, “Ronnie has always believed what his mother taught him–that whatever happens, happens for a purpose. As he saw it, he lost the nomination in 1976 because God had other plans for him.
“Four years later, we would learn what they were.”
If McCain doesn’t pull it out, I don’t know if Sarah Palin will be the nominee in 2012. Heck, I can’t even tell you whom I will be supporting then — and I certainly don’t think that any governor with just two years of experience can be genuinely compared to Ronald Reagan.
However, what I will say is that Palin has done more to excite and energize Republicans than anyone else in the last fours years and that’s no small feat. Show me an outside-the-Beltway candidate who can actually inspire conservatives and I will show you a candidate who is capable of winning the White House if she’s on top of the ticket.