Skip to comments.Sarah Palin: Selfish, Hypocritical, Sellout (John Ziegler)
Posted on 01/03/2012 6:32:07 PM PST by reformjoy
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Editorial by John Ziegler
Sarah Palin: Selfish, Hypocritical, Sellout
As surreal as it may be, after spending over two years and several thousand dollars defending Sarah Palin at great personal cost, I now find myself in the bizarre position (three years to the day from starting the journey to Wasilla to do the interview of record on her 2008 VP run) of being perhaps the only conservative commentator willing to point out that Palin has now clearly revealed herself to be a selfish, hypocritical, sellout.
While she was doing her presidential tease (an act that I actually bought because I didnt think she was capable of such contemptible deceit), I wrote an extremely long essay for the Daily Caller detailing why I thought a Palin run would be horrible for the cause of beating President Obama. At that time, I was roundly (and wrongly) criticized for betraying her, when in actuality I was being very kind to her personally and sincerely trying to save her from embarrassment.
Back then, I still honestly liked and admired her as a person. The events since then strongly indicate that I was totally wrong to give her the benefit of the doubt as a person. I dont know if the unprecedented and unfair circumstances that she has had to deal with since 2008 have changed her, or if, like Tiger Woods, I was simply completely fooled by her from the beginning. But I do now know that she is worthy of a heck of a lot more contempt than portions of the base and the vast majority of the conservative media are currently holding her in.
A quick glance of the most recent past may help the scales fall off of your eyes like they finally did for me.
First, she not only put her supporters through an incredibly selfish presidential tease that she clearly contrived from the beginning, but when she finally revealed her deception, she did so on the Mark Levin radio show. This was inexplicable not because she didnt do it on Fox News (which got some media attention), but because she broke her nationally televised promise to make the announcement on the Bob & Mark Show out of Anchorage.
This may not seem like a big deal at first, but keep in mind she made a huge production on the finale of her Alaskan reality show that Bob & Mark would be the first to know about her plans. Apparently, by the time she was ready to say never mind, rebuilding her Alaskan ice cred was no longer seen as very important. Neither was her loyalty to two long-time supporters and friends. Bob & Mark are just two of many people I personally know who have sacrificed for her only to be left by the side of the road for no apparent reason.
Then there is that matter that her political action committee sent out a fundraising e-mail the week before her decision which overtly sent the message that supporters could help her pull the trigger on a presidential run by donating immediately.
Obviously when that was sent out, Palin knew she was not running for president and yet when she was asked (ironically, only by Bob and Mark) whether her PAC would return the hard-earned money her supporters surely thought was going to a particular cause, she lamely claimed that people who donated to her PAC did not think they were donating to her prospective campaign. Unbelievably, no one else in the media (on either side) called her on this outrage.
Then there is the issue of her endorsement of another candidate for the Republican nomination. I have never understood how any political commentator could ever not make an endorsement in a presidential primary on their side of the ideological fence, but when you are Sarah Palin and you claim that you dont need a title to impact change, such an omission is particularly incomprehensible.
After all, if she wont exert her power in a Republican presidential primary, when would/could she ever?
The reality is that Palin hasnt endorsed for the same reason she didnt run. She knows that she has almost no influence and a remarkably small base and she is smart enough to not use her stick because she knows doing so will reveal how tiny it really is. She has basically decided it is better for her TV career to still be thought of as somewhat potent, than to be exposed as being essentially impotent (a word, interestingly, she likes to use from time to time).
This non act of cowardice and selfishness was bad enough, but then today on Fox News Palin had the gall to essentially call for Michele Bachmann to get out of the race and endorse someone else.
For me this was the very final straw. I dont even like Bachmann, but I was immediately livid.
Where does Palin get off telling the only woman who (unlike her) had the guts to get in the race to endorse someone else when she hasnt had the courage to do that herself? The multiple levels of hypocrisy here would be staggering even for a liberal, but for a conservative they are simply off the charts. Then, finally, lost amid her attacks of Bachmann (whom she surely sees as a potential future rival for air time on Fox News) was her defense of none other than that total fraud and publicity whore Donald Trump.
In perhaps the dumbest stance she has ever taken, Palin called for those who are upset at Trump for threatening to run as a third-party candidate to shut up.
Let me get this straight, a woman who agrees with Palin on almost everything should get out of the race and do something she herself wont do, but a liberal con-man who could easily insure the second term of Barack Obama (which she has said must be prevented at all costs) needs to be vigorously defended?
Astonishing. But not nearly as astounding as the reality that she will somehow get a pass on all of this from a conservative media that can be a corrupt and mindless as the liberal version is on its worst day.
I have made a lot of mistakes in my life, but right now (while I still stand by everything that is in my documentary Media Malpractice) it is difficult for me to imagine making a bigger one than believing that Sarah Palin was worthy of all that I have tried to do to defend her.
My wife warned me about her almost from the beginning of my Palin odyssey. She presciently told me, once a beauty queen, always a beauty queen.
It now appears that she was right. Sarah Palin is, at least now, all about Sarah Palin and not about the cause. After the events of the past few months you can clearly see that reality all the way in Russia from land in Alaska.
What a childish and petty article.
Poor boy, he hasn’t gotten over her yet.
Brief summary of the article: “I used to hate Sarah Palin, but now I hate Sarah Palin.”
Whoa! dude, whoa there!
This guy calls himself a conservatrive commentator?
It makes me wonder- Does anyone else call him that?
John Who???? Man that is a misstatement of events. Sarah NEVER promised to run, NEVER hinted that she would. And she has suggested several peopla she would be happy to support. Get over yourself Z. Apparently you were hoping to be a press secretary or something
Why? He makes some good points, and I speak as someone who liked Sarah Palin, but was disappointed in the way she kept stringing people along about her decision whether or not to run. She had quite a few years to decide whether she’d run for president, never understood why she kept needing more time. My guess is, she wanted to keep the spotlight on her as long as possible.
Sadly have to agree with almost everything he wrote. I couldn’t believe she told Bachman to get out of the race..the woman who stands for what Palin does and did have the guts to run the gamut for President....
Sarah should return the money her PAC raised since they sent out an email hinting she was going to run for President...
Just the right thing to do...walk the talk Sarah....
Stabbing her in the back as a favor, while insulting her. WTF?
The nit-wit writer fails to mention, that when Palin mentioned Santorum in a tweet several weeks ago(Not an endorsement, but a mention), Rick’s numbers started to climb.
JZ, what a whiny and tactless article. Please spare us.
Sarah hurt my feelings! Waahhhh!
Put some ice on it dude.
“Obviously when that was sent out, Palin knew she was not running for president...”
Obvious to who? Say goodnight, Carnac the Magnificent.
This yokel walked off his last hour of his final radio talk show, leaving his producer to finish the show. He feuded with John and Ken at KFI. He feuds with everybody.
He’s a walking temper tantrum, devoted to Tiger Woods and Sarah Palin. Now he hates her.
So ... he tells her not to run for office ... then when she doesn’t run he calls her a hypocrite? There’s a word for that, it’s on the tip of my tongue ... what could it be?
You posted this on Nov 10th 2011.
“Why do I like John Ziegler? Because hes HOT! : )”
Pretty much shows how shallow you are.
Okay, I’ll bite: Who is John Ziegler? And how did Governor Palin “disappoint” him?
Nothing new for Sarah. She’s used to the haters by now...
The press and Soros henchmen went after her and her entire family like bloodhounds trying to tree a possum. Sarah Palin was targeted for destruction by the left and the media for being entirely too Pro-American, Pro-Life, Pro-Christ, Pro traditional family and Pro-Capitalist. These qualities threaten the very fabric of leftism in America and the World today. It wasnt enough for them to just defeat her as the VP candidate in a national campaign - they got the green light to hound her out of the Governors office of Alaska... a job she was perfect for. They sent literally hundreds of lawyers just to dream up charges against her and a lecherous, lying con artist of a writer to live next door to her family home. They even tried to burn her church down. Ill be honest here, the treatment of Sarah Palin by the progs/press was (is) a stain on the American political system that will never, ever wash off. JMHO.
Agree, at least Bachmann didn’t hem and haw as to whether she would run. How about just letting the process unfold, rather than talking about who should or should not get out.
Whew! Guess he should stay away from Alaska when Sarah is out hunting.
You posted this why?
Where do you fall as far as agreeing/disagreeing with this? Others have commented with nary a word from you.
That’s one twisted read. Sounds like the aftermath of a high school crush gone bad. This sad case is in serious need of counseling and maybe a prescription or two. Get some help, dude.
I agree with that...that was a “tease”..will she? won’t she?,, even her daughter was brought into the ambivalence.
I think the author is absolutely right, and I’ve said the same thing about Palin many times on FR. The rabid Palin contingent shouted me down, right up the point where she declined to grace us with a run for president. Palin is like Trump; a shameless self promoter who is in love with her own celebrity. She quit being governor of Alaska to cash in as a TV star and hasn’t looked back. Let her get rich. I have no problem with that. But she needs to stop pretending that she is some kind of deep political thinker or stateswoman who wants to save America. She wants to get richer. Palin is only out for Palin.
Sounds like someone with a crush on Sarah who feels hurt that she no longer wants him around.
Her endorsement of Mittens is wrong, and her saying Bachmann should quit is also wrong.
Wrong is different than this weirdo who says he ‘hates her.
When Men refer to her as a tease, they show their real game hand. They think that they actually had a chance. Yikes....
She didn't tell Bachman to get out of the race, she only suggested that perhaps it was not Bachman's time. Looking at Bachman's numbers, I tend to agree.
Seems to me he is right on the points
Thanks reformjoy. Barf alert.
Agree...she should defintely return the money and to say that about Bachman was very lousy...what happened to Reagen’s commandment...Palin could have said nothing, the inevitable will happen anyways.
Oh John....did Sarah not return your calls? Did she turn you down for the prom?
When did Palin tell Bachmann to get out of the race?
Bingo - give the man a ceegar.
No. Mr. Ziegler appears to take Palin's actions as a personal affront - that's his business - but this bit of analysis is self-serving and false. I challenge him to name another non-candidate whose every utterance is ridiculed by a legion of media shriekers, who has the ability to bring them to a frothing frenzy by a single Twitter post, whose critics claim desperately that she is trivial but behave entirely otherwise, as Ziegler is himself.
They really can't have it both ways. Claiming someone is inconsequential on the one hand who you treat as the most significant political power since Demosthenes on the other hand is simply too ridiculous to debate. If nobody cared what she thought, why don't they simply leave her alone?
I’ve felt the exact same thing for more than a year now.
I have to say I used to have a very good opinion of her, but that non-candidacy bus tour of hers was for what purpose? To go on tour, raise money and then say no is just plain erratic behavior that jerked a lot of people around. The TV show also was pretty good, but politically it made no sense. Resigning the governorship because she was being attacked just didn't quite figure either.
I'm not even sure what Sarah Palin is. A candidate? No. A commentator? Sort of. A powerful force for change? No because she hasn't tried. At this point I just have Palin fatigue.
There seems to be something creepy about this writer.
i never understood her quitting the governor position. That is a deal breaker for a Pres run...you just can’t trust her.
We no doubt will get flamed ...its already happening ...instead of posters just responding to the criticisms.
Not to mention keeping those fund-raising dollars rolling in.
Put your flame proof suit on! ha.
I think Sarah had planned to run, but at the last minute Perry entered and that put a stop to it. It was too many conservatives splitting the vote and slamming each other. From that point I believe her wait and see attitude, according to who entered/dropped out. Right now, I believe sarah will eventually endorse Santorum or Gingrich, whoever surfaces, and then be chosen as the VP.
OMG..I hope not...not antoher Mcain/Palin run redux!