Skip to comments.Palin Redeemed
Posted on 10/12/2011 7:47:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Although I fell in love with Sarah Palin in 2008, she had begun to drive me a just a little bit crazy recently, often so inarticulate that I thought she was trying to make Barack Obama without a teleprompter look like Pericles.
All is forgiven. Sarah Palins decision not to run for president redeemed her. She did the right thing by her country, her party, and by herself. By not running, Palin preserves her status as a power broker in the Republican Party, which could have been diminished by a bad showing in the primaries. She will be big in 2012, bigger than if she'd launched a failed presidential bid.
In considering the career of Sarah Palin, up to this point, I am going to use a word I generally consider verboten: sexism. It is generally liberals who toss around the sexism charge, but it is worth asking whether, if she had been a man, Palin would have been treated as abominably by the liberal media.
In 2008, we had a man running for the presidency of the United States who was a virtual unknown, yet the media was in Alaska, rummaging through Palins trash. Some of the speculation about Palin and her family was downright bizarreDaily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan became fixated on whether son Trig was really Palins (Sullivan posited that Trig was her grandson).
It should be noted that Palin especially upset liberal women. One of my Georgetown liberal friends and I agreed that we just shouldnt talk about her. Fine with me, but my friend called with daily bulletins. An itch that had to be scratched, Palin was criticized by my friend for having had that pathetic baby, a particularly brutal reference to Trig, who has Down syndrome. Yes, Sarah got my friends goat.
But was it sexism? Only in the sense that conservative women face a kind of hostility that is the result of a combination of their sex and their philosophy. Women are supposed to be liberals. You will be punished by the media if you wander off the reservation. But I dont think this response is fueled by sexism per se as much as it is by something arguably worse: the idea that women are owned by one political party. African-Americans often face the same prejudice.
But I am ready to concede that pure sexism, sexism not based on political philosophy, does exist outside the fringes of society. Ironically, the one instance of this weve seen lately comes from what should be an unlikely place: the Obama White House. Ron Suskinds new book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, quotes women whod worked early on in the administration alleging sexism. I'm afraid it sounds plausible.
[T]his place would be in court for a hostile workplace ... Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women," Anita Dunn, former Obama communications director, is quoted saying.
I think the real story here may be that supposedly feminist men often dont treat women well. Jean Paul Sartre was famous for (figuratively) walking all over feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir, while Dashiell Hammett also treated Lillian Hellman like a human doormat. Its enough to make you yearn for an old-fashioned male chauvinist pig wholl stand when you enter the room and refrain from sleeping with your friends!
In the case of Obama & Co., the guys probably felt they had good feminist creds because they were advancing policies designed to curry favor with female voters. These are always big government policies that assume that women are victims of discrimination, even if most of the discrimination we see these days hurts men more. Sarah Palin's offense, the thing that made her so infuriating to liberal women, was that she didnt buy into this. She believes in small government and personal responsibility. This made her a target. You arent supposed to believe these things, Ms. Palin.
It should be said that Palin made the mistake of playing into the media's hands. She appeared on Saturday Night Live, dignifying Tina Feys imitations of her. On the other hand, she engaged in an ongoing feud with what she called the lamestream media. A little aloofness would not have come amiss (though I can't help feeling that that's just not our Sarah). She became a celebrity rather than a governor, giving up her day job on flimsy pretexts (though it may truly be that she had to leave the governors office because the number of ethics inquiries filed against her spelled financial ruin if she didn't start making big money).
Some have suggested that Palin take courses and learn more about history and policy (I am picturing her as Meg Ryan in I.Q.). I dont see that happening. She is a gut politician. But she could bone up some and learn not to get down on the medias level. She was probably plucked prematurely from Alaska, but that cant be remedied.
What is undeniable is that, because she was smart enough not to run, she has a great future. Her analysis of what is at stake in 2012 is on target (oops! Is it okay to say that?):
We cannot afford this fundamental transformation of America, turning it into something that we don't even recognize. Instead, we need to restore this country. We need to restore all that is good, and right and free about America. Our republic is worth defending. We do not need a transformation, we need a renewal. We need a restoration of America.
Could anybody have said it better?
Sarah Palin is one smart gal.
“trying to make Barack Obama without a teleprompter look like Pericles”
That’s such a ridiculous statement I can’t read further. B.O without a telepropter!!
I used to read IWF everyday and then one day I stopped and forgot all about it. This piece reminds me of why I quit reading Charlotte Hays years ago.
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT???
A rogue mama grizzly on the loose who doesn’t owe anybody a damn thing. Watch the ‘RATS scurry now!
Palin doesn’t require redeeming.
The country does.
What a crock of cr@p!
Palin is not a power broker in the Republican party. She's a power broker in the tea party grassroots. Palin is a thorn in the side of the Republican power brokers.
It’s hard to say. Some points were good, others were rediculous.
So this woman has a âfriendâ that refers to a Downs Syndrome person as a âpatheticâ baby ? Not much interested in the rest of her judgment.
She is not part of the Republican party, as this article states. That is why I like her so much.
Mixed feelings. Partly she is being praised for not disturbing the business as usual GOP nomenklatura, who I wish a swift and complete obscurity just one step behind that of their “frensh the other shide of the aisle”. There are some other gratuitous and cliched digs in there. That is the down side. On the positive side, there is some effort made here towards an objective analysis. I just look at the existing field and wish, once again, that she had run.
“they KNOW Sarah would have wiped up the floor with obama”
Yet you readily concede that she wouldn’t have the primary?
Palin doesnt require redeeming.
The country does.
If that is still an option. I think we may have to drink this culture down to the dregs before we can puke it out.
no public person has been attacked as has sarah palin and her family.
He makes a good point. If she hadn’t done well in the primaries she might have been viewed as damaged goods by some. I think by sitting this one out, the question remains in everyone’s minds, “What will she do next?” instead of behind a has-been from this primary season.
The first paragraph is so typically and utterly stupid that I couldn’t read any further.
What happened to the fire..?