Skip to comments.Governor Palin and the Changing Rules of the Establishment
Posted on 05/12/2011 8:18:24 AM PDT by unseen1
Authors from several publications the Atlantic, Commentary and the Washington Post have finally caught up on the political history of the past 5+ yearsGovernor Palin had an excellent record during her tenure. For some reason, the Atlantic writer, Joshua Green, finally realized in May of 2011 what Governor Palin accomplished as an oil and gas commissioner in 2003-2004 and as Governor 2006-2009. She took on the corruption in her own party in both roles. She revamped the oil taxation plan in Alaska by cleaning up the corruption of her predecessor and helping leave Alaska with what is currently a $12 billion state surplus. She initiated a natural gas pipeline project,bringing it further than any of her predecessors. John Podhoretz at Commentary and Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post concede Greens points in articles they write using Greens piece as a springboard.
The concessions and praise end there, however, aside from backhanded compliments regarding her political talent. These authors then go on to trash Governor Palins actions during the past nearly two years. Green labeled Governor Palin as the embodiment of right wing resentmentand driven by virulent animus. Jennifer Rubin, whose tone deafness to Governor Palins true influence and policy prowess we have highlighted several times, asserts (wrongly of course) that Governor Palin has made the choice to bear grudges, to forgo serious policy study, to reject the advice of all but a handful of advisers. Podhoretz, however, makes the most uncalled for and backhanded claim about Governor Palin in his piece at Commentary:
In some ways, the story of Palin is a story of temptation. Rather than sticking to her guns and deepening her political credentials and her knowledge base, she embraced her celebrity instead. And in doing so, she didnt defeat her critics and enemies; she capitulated to them. Listen, its her life and her fortune and she is free to do what she wishes with it. And theres no telling what the future holds for anyone in America. But she had and has more raw political talent than anyone Ive ever seen, and, alas, as phenoms go, it looks like she is headed for a Darryl Strawberry-like playing career.
William A. Jacobson has a great piece at the Legal Insurrection where he calls in to question Podhertzs absurd comparison:
Podhoretzs explanation, much like that of Green, pays only passing attention to the unprecedented and relentless attacks on Palin since the moment she was nominated. Attacks joined in with glee from a broad swath of the media, and most importantly, the entertainment industry which to this day cannot resist mocking Palin.
Rather than a thin skin, Palin showed a mental toughness which few if any politicians could muster in the face of the cultural, political and journalistic forces aligned against her from the get-go.
By using the analogy of the Darryl Strawberry, who truly self destructed from drug addiction, Podhoretz not only uses a bad analogy, he piles on with a cheap shot.
And I have zero tolerance for that.
As Jacobson points out, Podhoretz uses a poor baseball analogy. Darryl Strawberry was an outfielder who played for several Major League baseball teams in the 80s and 90s. Strawberry showed a lot of promise in the early and mid stages his playing career, winning the National League Rookie of the Year in 1983 and being named to the All Star team eight times, before getting involved in cocaine use in 1994 and dealing with a several run ins with the law and a jail term following his career. Jacobson is rightit was both a bad analogy and a cheap shot.
It is more fitting to compare Governor Palin to Bob Gibson an outstanding pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975 and one of the fiercest competitors to play the game. Gibson had a storied playing career racking up multiple all star appearances, Cy Young awards, Gold Gloves, and World Series rings and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. The 1968 season proved to be Gibsons most successful season. He won the Cy Young, MVP, and Gold Glove awards that year by having an incredible 1.12 ERA with 22 wins (13 of them shutouts) and 268 strikeouts. However, Gibsons dominance (along with that of a few other pitchers) led Major League baseball to lower the pitching mound from 15 inches to 10 inches following the 1968 season. Gibsons pitching prowess led the league to change the rules, thinking he and others were too dominating on the mound. Lowering the pitching mound was intended to remove that advantage. The major league changed the rules.
The same could be said of Governor Palin. Because of her political abilities (something Podhoertz actually acknowledges) and her success, the rules changed. No longer were children off limits. No longer was policy prescience recognized. No longer were political achievements and principles compared as apples to apples with others. Instead, Governor Palins children have been mocked. She has been subject to never-before-seen undeserved scrutiny, vitriol, and disrespect. Her political prescience has been largely ignored by Establishment and the press. Her political achievements generally only used a a springboard for criticism while the political missteps of others are overlooked in deeming them the next GOP nominee for President.
The latest Gallup poll shows that the percentage of Republicans and Republican leaning independents view Governor Palin favorably or very favorably is 71%, which is higher than any other Republican. This is a higher percentage than those who even know who Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, or Rick Santorum are. For all the criticism that the chattering class levels at her, the everyday conservative overwhelming sees her favorably. Beyond that, the children of other potential candidates have been rightfully left alone, while Governor Palins son,Trig, who has Down Syndrome, has become a political prop of the hatred that the Left harbors for Governor Palin.
The intellectual dishonesty of the likes of Green, Podhoretz, and Rubin proves to be the most politically egregious aspect of their writings. They all assert in one form or another that Governor Palin has not studied up on the issues and hasnt deepened her political understanding. Of course, this is the furthest thing from the truth. Governor Palin has been prescient on every major political issue. On the issues of foreign policy, Governor Palin has been fully cognizant of the threats of Iran, has warned of the problems of signing the START treaty with Russia, and has being rightfully skeptical of the uprising in Egypt. She is the only potential candidate to lay out a foreign policy vision for the appropriate use of force in engaging the US military. On economic issues, she has predicted the inflation that was bound to follow QE2 by the Fed and was a consistent and early critic of the Obamacare. Of course, there is no doubt that no other potential candidate can match her when it comes to energy issues. Governor Palins political education may not have retroactively involved her receiving a degree from an Ivy League school, and her recent change in foreign policy advisers now has her ties from the political Establishment essentially severed. These are the defining characteristics of true intellectual curiosity, according to the likes of the authors mentioned. Governor Palin has taken a different route, of course. She has written books highlighting her political achievements and delineating the principles that guide her personal and political decision making. She has criss crossed the United States speaking to business, trade, pro life, college, and Christian groups. She has traveled abroad speaking to groups in Hong Kong and India and engaging in humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
Despite this, Governor Palin is seen as too unserious to contend for the presidency. Meanwhile, Governor Romney is still defending a health care reform measure passed while he was governor of Massachusetts. It has failed with an average appointment wait time of 7 weeks and a staggeringly low number of doctors who accept the state provided insurance coverageswhich has deemed him Obamas running mate in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today. Governor Pawlentys record includes former support for cap and trade and a push for a mileage tax. One of the latest Establishments favorites, Governor Daniels, has called for a truce on social issues, would consider supporting a value added tax and oil tax hikes, and has openly admitted that he isnt ready to debate President Obama on foreign policy. Sure these guys are seriousseriously wrong. However, these men are often touted as the next GOP presidential nominee. The rules have indeed changed.
These authors have recognizedalbeit a few years latethat Governor Palin indeed has a stellar gubernatorial record marked by a strong fight against corruption, major energy initiatives, and a large state budget surplus. One day, they may look back at the past two years and see that Governor Palin was deeply serious about the pressing policy issues of the day, and she was extremely prescient about the foreign and domestic problems we face as Americans. Given that it has taken these individuals a few years to recognize her gubernatorial success, dont be surprised if takes them a few years to recognize her seriousness and prescience as well. It just may be during her first presidential term.,/p>
These statement reveal more about the writers than they do about Palin.
I just can't do it.
I look forward to seeing her on the stump...barnstorming town after town for weeks on end...eviscerating Obama and his racist/commie/Islamist sympathizers.
When will Palin announce?
When she’s ready.
Any criticism of Governor Palin's resignation that ignores the financial attack upon her is not serious.
If she’s going to get in, she’ll need to announce on the 4th of July:)
agreed. i doubt they understand how stupid they appear
Palin’s delay in announcing is clever and probably wise...
Sometime this summer is as long as she can wait.
I think she's in now...but won't announce because she wants to keep raking in the dough.
And, she is raking it in.
to build upon that thesis, “they” will ultimately recognize that Sarah was out front and correct with her timely commentary, especially through the new social media outlets. To explain it away, they will imply that Sarah is still “ignorant,” it’s just her advisers speaking. Without granting them that premise, hallelujah if she is able to surround herself with staff that makes the right choices. How refreshing over that cabal of fools inhabiting the White Hut. And not for a minute do I think Sarah is stupid.
‘Elected people’ got us into this mess - and elected people can get us out... There’s weight behind hundreds of bad decisions ...
You need to try to envision someone else. Palin is not going to run. Its already May and she has nobody on the ground in early primary states. Neither does Huck. He’s not running either.
Your choices are going to be: Cain, TPaw, Mitt, Mitch, Paul, Johnson, Santorum, Newt, Trump and maybe Bachmann or Huntsman.
Yes, if they're given the tools to do so. It's not likely, but it is possible -- cut taxes and regulation, get the government out of the way of the economy and stop spending like drunken sailors (apologies to drunken sailors for the comparison). It's all do-able, it just takes the will to actually do it.
I think not.
A false comparison.
So, they lowered the mound on her, and the thing is: She’s still bringing the heat and the break’n balls.
There are too many conflicting constituencies and philosophies to effect any meaningful changes.
“I cannot envision another GOP nominee besides Palin.”
Me either.......Nobody else seems to fit.....None of them.....
“You need to try to envision someone else. Palin is not going to run.”
Did you see the fox interview where she said her run would not be a conventional one?......She had always just “Jumped In” a race without the “I have an exploratory team” nonsense.....That type of approach could possibly take the election.....Let’s face it, she would definitely get more coverage than anyone else, and her messages would be heard without the McCain clan calling the shots.....THAT would resonate with folks......
no much raking in the money at the moment.
You might be correct about labor day being to late to mount a campaign. It depends on the candidate more than anything as far as the timing. As long as she can keep her supporters engaged and believing she will run her support isn't going anywhere. She will not gain any new ones until the people start paying attention. At this time the only people paying attention are the political junkies like us. So on a risk/reward basis she has no reason to get in ATM. she gains no major supporters, it will drain her resources and energy during a time no one is paying attention. I think any time would be good but I can see it being later than sooner.
“Are you telling me all the folks you listed have folks on the ground in the early states?”
Cain, TPaw, Santorum, Newt, Paul, Johnson and Mitt have already announced. Others like Trump and Daniels have telegraphed they will announce very soon. If Palin is talking about waiting to announce til later in the summer she will already have missed several debates and the train has left without her.
Politics in this country is pretty well structured. Running an unconventional campaign is just a non starter. If Palin does that she will just lose.
As a lifelong Cardinal fan, Gibson was extraordinary in that year....and no pitcher has ever dominated like Gibson since.
So true. No matter how they change the rules on her she continues to beat them.
ROFL.....sure it is.
But Lolich beat him when it mattered.
And imagine how much more dough is going to be shaken loose AFTER she announces. There are plenty of ppl sitting on thier cash waiting for it.
“I think she’s in now...but won’t announce because she wants to keep raking in the dough.
And, she is raking it in”.
I fear for their mental health if she runs and the campaign flatlines or, worse, she is nominated and loses to Obama in 2012. Mark my words, it won't be her fault though. It'll be the evil press, the GOP establishment, a cabal of RINOs or some other boogeyman.
She better announced in-or-out soon. The longer she strings fans along the more she hurts the party and nomination process. Playing hard to get will alienate millions. This isn't about her. No coronations, no "it's her turn" nonsense. Get in and fight.
There weren’t too many to cause the problems... and there aren’t too many to stop us from finding solutions. People are catching on to the facts - dems are owned by liberal elites funded by George Soros. They’re liars... you know that don’t you?
BUT, BUT BUT..... Romney, Daniels and Pawlenty are SERIOUS candidates. They may be wrong on pawlenty of issues, and deferential to the PUNK, but one of *those* fine RINO’s MUST be the GOP nominee, DAMMIT! Go back and party in the tornado debris in Alabama with your playboy husband and leave us alone, Sarah.
Much to the pleasure of THIS Tiger fan!! *smiles* Great analogy about Gibson and Palin, I must say.
Yes I don’t like to inflame people because the Palin thing is so intense. My best friend is just beside herself because I don’t think Palin will run. She is just sure any day Sarah will jump in. She is in for a major disappointment. You can’t run for President on Twitter.
We have nothing further to discuss.
Here's an idea for exploding liberal heads ( from a fellow freeper): .. emergency campus flag burning kit.
It would consist of a Koran, several Gay Flags, the environmentalist flag, and a copy of Zero's book. In case of a flag burning, the kit would be opened and items added to the fire, until stopped by the authorities, or until most liberals heads explode.
Curt Flood’s error in CF was a big reason the tigers won that 7th game. But props to Lolich for a great game - Gibson was still the best and most overpowering pitcher that year.
At a time of her choosing.
I believe you are wrong and I'll tell you why. "On the ground" in early primary states is useful for establishment Republicans. It's old thinking. Palin doesn't operate by conventional means. She will have a grassroots movement(tea party) ready to go to work on short notice. My belief is Sarah Palin is going to stun "conventional wisdom" in this election. I also believe that "tea party" styled candidates are going to swamp the opposition. It ain't even going to be close.
On the other hand, if the GOP nominates a "safe" candidate, all bets are off. Nothing changes in DC. Just more taxing and spending and economic doom. Choose wisely.
IMO, those debates are absolutely worthless because they aren't debates. The so-called debates are nothing more than a group interview with a hostile press. I would love to see Palin run for president and not get sucked into the debate circus. Take the campaign to the people, to hell with the media. Sarah Palin doesn't need them.
She will let them shoot each other for a while...
Well the debates are not perfect but they do give the candidates a chance to tell the voters what their position on the issues is and how well they can articulate their vision for America. Herman Cain showed that last week.
For your sake I hope Palin gets in the hunt soon and runs a heads up normal campaign.
LOL. You couldn't be more mistaken if you actually knew what you were talking about. Her ground game and grassroots organization has been in the works for months throughout the states.
The first early primaries do not take place until January 2012. Iowa has a straw poll during their fair in August.
Here's a clue just for you. TEA PARTY EXPRESS is co-hosting a presidential debate during Labor Day week in Tampa, Florida, with cnn.
We'll wait to see whether Governor Sarah Palin participates in that debate, but several of us are already planning to attend, including Jim Robinson.
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