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.
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