Skip to comments.The Lesson in the Betrayal of Sarah Palin
Posted on 01/19/2013 7:45:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Rush Limbaugh on his radio show discussed an article which stated that there is no respected voice in the national arena articulating conservatism. Such an advocate for conservatism is crucial to reversing the direction of America as Obama drives us toward socialism while low-info voters gleefully sing Kumbaya in the backseat.
Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for conservatism, and look what happened to her. Judas on our side betrayed her -- sold her reputation for 30 seconds of fame and favor with the media.
Even now, folks on our side are still beating up on Sarah Palin, saying Palin has lost her appeal -- Palin is unelectable -- Palin wasn't smart enough -- Palin wasn't prepared, etc. So this is how we treat our heroes. Many Democratic Party politicians/advocates are immoral, liars, and cheats. And yet, they are treated like superstars by the media. Democrats have the backs of their associates, no matter what. For example: Democrats never rebuked Clinton for receiving oral sex from an intern in the Oval Office. They simply launched a campaign claiming that any man in Clinton's position would have reacted like him. Think about that, folks: Democrats and the media lowered the standard of national leadership behavior to cover their guy.
We conservatives act as if our representatives must be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ -- perfect in every way. At a conservative's slightest misstep, Republicans/conservatives trip over one another backing away from the individual in an effort to get out of the media's and Democrats' line of fire.
Clearly, advocates of conservatism are expected by both parties to walk on water.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
There is no reason for Sarah Palin to walk on water...
she has her own skiff.
The democrats learned their lesson from Reagan, they (with the assistance of a compliant liberal media) will quickly destroy any conservative on the national stage that appears to be intelligent and articulate well before they become a threat.
God bless LLoyd Marcus.
That being the case, what ought to be response of conservatives, pertaining to this country’s future?
I’m skeptical. Who, exactly, betrayed Sarah Palin?
What I saw with my own eyes: she was relentlessly *attacked* (head-on) by liberals in both parties, she didn’t have the resources to mount an effective defense, so she basically gave up.
But I don’t buy the “betrayal” meme.
Unfortunately, Palin didn’t connect with the entire Republican base. Not her fault of course.
Until the Right is willing to treat the abusers mercilessly, the cycle of defeat will continue.
The RINO elites also have little interest in female/minority candidates, so that’s a problem too!
There is no good that comes for a conservative politician being introduced and ha ing your debut in a presidential campaign. We do not have even close to the liberal media power. Therefore, they get to define any new name and it will be vicious
I agree that the GOP helped eat its own, but Palin was injured primarily by the liberal media. One has to wonder if McCain hurt her by not letting her first finish her governor term. He was so desperate for a female to counter a black that he injured her by selecting her.
Sarah was not cut so much slack. And I'm pretty sure that a lot of the folks who were 110% behind Romney -- and who were outraged that any Conservative might stay home rather than vote for Romney -- I think a lot of those folks helped to torpedo Sarah.
I know she wasn't perfect, but she really was our best hope since Reagan (I mean that) and a lot of us helped kill her.
I now support real Conservatives only. I'd support Sarah if she tried for a return. But the RINOs never supported what I wanted -- I no longer support what the RINOs want. If we have a future, it is with people like Sarah. We blew it once, and I hope that we get another chance and that if we do, we don't blow it again.
I've had it with being a good soldier and supporting Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney. I think it's time for the Establishment to shut up, stop their criticism, and support a Conservative.
Sarah can come back whenever she wants. She will start out with a shrill minorirty including many here. But she can build on that.
The environmentalists and gays are also shrill minorities. They own some media outlets.
As long as we can mob the likes of Chick-fil-A we also have power. Plus we have our own media outlets.
A few of us FReepers still here feel just the same way as you do.
The DC elite “consultant” class were so sensitive to what their cocktail party friends were saying about Sarah, that they did nothing to defend her, plus I believe that there was a lot of backstabbing going on.
She was/is a brilliant spokesman for conservative values, but she was painted as a ‘hick’ because her roots were in Alaska, she hunted with a Gun! and she was pro-life. Spineless Republicans (the ones who get invited on talk shows) did nothing to defend and support her.
It is our party’s and our country’s loss.
It has been very frustrating to see how effective conservatives are taken out. It’s not so much the liberal media that takes them out, but the people (supposedly) on our side who act as if the criticism leveled at conservatives by the liberal media has merit. Even here on FR, once the liberal media have criticized a conservative, people start throwing dirt on that person.
We conservatives need to learn something from the Democrats. A Democrat can do nearly anything, and the other Democrats will only stop defending them at the time they are arrested. We don’t need to defend criminals, but we certainly could do a lot more to defend people. Liberals really don’t have to do much to take down a conservative—they just come up with a criticism (it doesn’t even have to have substance), and conservatives will do the rest.
Passing Note: The left/media and Republican Establishment attacks those conservatives early and often that they truly fear. What does this say about people like Rubio? The Establishment embraces him no doubt and the media hasn’t really gone after him other than the question about how old the earth is in a article. Sure, if he runs for President, the national media will go at him but they go after anybody including moderate Republicans that opposes their democrat party buddies.
Some freepers trashed her as well. Another site I go to for conservatives that attempts to maintain a highbrow “salon” atmosphere - had plenty of people who claimed to be conservative but bashed Sarah.
Can’t argue with this. The GOP was handed a political dynamo... a conservative superstar that resonated down deep into the populist culture, for the first time really since Reagan. Stellar record. Corruption fighter. Massive turnouts for speeches. Even after leaving office, Palin had a thousand people standing out during the night, in freezing temps, to get their books signed.
But the GOP? It just stands around and won’t lift a finger, when Dem political operatives conspired to bankrupt her and her family, the media savages her with outlandish smears and lies, late-night comedians make ‘rape’ jokes about her underage daughter, the national media deliberately tries to afix blame on her for a mass-murder in Tucson, millions spent by Hollywood to make a propaganda film to portray her as a mentally-ill nutcase, and it just went on and on. She worked her tail off in the 2008 and 2010 elections, and was one of the very few voices truly combatting Obama’s agenda in the beginning, while most other leaders were cowering behind trees (and many still are). But again, the GOP not only didn’t stand by her, but more often than not, they joined in with the scum in the media to trash her. Disgusting beyond words.
This latter situation showed me more than anything what constitutes the GOP. Cowardice and dishonor. I’ve been an exclusively Republican voter my entire life, but I lost every shred of trust and respect for the GOP due to all this.
Sarah Palin - lovely Sarah Palin - was targeted by Alinsky-folks, demonized, and destroyed.
This means that she was, and is today, a formidable, prophetic voice for all that is True. The clarion call of Truth always cuts through the muck, always rings true, and is always a threat to those with evil intentions.
It really started with Dan Quayle. He was just about a perfect candidate and did absolutely nothing wrong yet they literally destroyed him
Even many conservatives or so called conservatives joined the attack. After the media destroyed him, they knew they could do the same to any solid conservative they thought was a threat.
Uh, the initial attacks on Palin came from John McCain’s campaign manager. Betrayed doesn’t begin to cover it.
She was SAVAGED by RINOs. Almost all of the post election attacks came from the GOP Establishment.
who needs Democrats or the MSM. I don't consider myself a Republican anymore.
I don’t hate Palin, but she kind of mucked up in 2011 - 2012 by not running and thearby waving the white flag of defeat. If she had run, she would have had a decent shot at taking the weak GOP primary candidates out, including Mitt Romney. Hopefully, the next great conservative voice has the moxie to run and not be intimidated by the media, GOPE and Hollywood. Reagan ran despite the establishment not liking him and the left hating him and he won. He overcame his media and establishment created vulnerabilities by running a great campaign and aiming for the liberal jugular. This can be replicated again, that is, if a conservative has the guts to want to run.
Sure is a nice thread so far! Love it. Like-minded conservatives really do need a rallying point. Other than help elect those we believe are true conservatives (as opposed to those who claim they are severely conservative), and to encourage each other on FR...other than that, what’s the plan, or is there one?
This article seems to presume Palin is incapable of launching a successful run in 2016.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Betrayal is a two way street. Any conservative who watched her April 15 2011 speech in Madison Wi. could say he was betrayed. That speech, ending with the words “ President Obama, Game On.” was a clarion call to arms, but Mrs. Palin made no effort to follow up. All the talk of concerns for her family, worries about the media bias are mere excuses for doing nothing but making a fiery speech here and there.
I don’t get this at all. No one “betrayed” Sarah Palin, least of all the GOP establishment, whoever that may be. You have to be in it to win it, and from the day McCain/Palin lost in November 2008, she gradually put herself farther out of it, entirely of her own doing.
The things which damaged her credibility in 2009 and 2010 — resigning from the Governorship, the television shows, family drama etc. — were not a GOP establishment conspiracy, but were her call altogether. Even with that, by the early autumn of 2011 with Mitt having little traction and the anyone-but-Mitt boom-and-bust cycle well underway, there was no one in the GOP establishment keeping her from running. She didn’t need a cent of their money or an iota of their approval.
The craziest thing about GOP establishment betrayal theory is that, disliked as she may have been, she would have had MORE support in dollars and attention than that garnered by either Gingrich and Santorum, whom the establishment regarded as has-been vanity campaigners certain to go down to crushing defeats in November if they were somehow nominated.
I don’t know if she would have beaten Mitt, but no one could, or would, have stopped her from giving it the best shot possible.
of course it was too soon for her... i said so at the time... others said so... i knew she could be a strong voice for conservatives in the future, but not by starting out as McCain's running mate... it was too soon for her... she should have finished her first term, at least... but i and others were villified for voicing this as "anti-Palin," which i definitely was not... and she could have said no to McCain... he didn't hurt her by not "letting her" finish her term as governor... she had a choice... she doesn't strike me as someone who is made to do anything she doesn't really want to do... it was too soon--she was not prepared like she could have been if she had waited another 2-6 years...
(What will happen to the next great conservative voice?)
Ask Michelle Bachman..
I am in total agreement with your post, nicely stated.
Even now? January 2013?
Nobody is talking about Palin. Nobody's said anything about her for weeks, that I can find (except whoever wrote this article).
Wait until she actually decides to run for something and then you can complain all you want. Or, as kids used to say, if you like her so much then marry her. At least, don't say "even now" when you complain about what happened years ago.
Rove is that you?
Even at Indianola September 3 I was sure she was in.
Your post nicely illustrates the difference between the Rats and Republicans (”too soon”, Obama vrs Palin).
Not suggesting she isn’t independent, but such an offer suggests the needs of the party depend on it. Not to mention it is a once in a lifetime offer.
You are quite mistaken.
Mitt Romney BETRAYED and backstabbed
Gov. Palin over and over and over.
Did you help him?
Some things are worth fighting for, and America is something worth fighting for. When you are the best candidate to lead America back to a conservative renaissance - you run.The fact that she couldn't see that upset me, I know that Reagan and Palin faced similar situations of hate from the establishment, liberals, and the press. But, Reagan didn't care, he ran, he won, he overcame it, and he's one for the ages. I really hope we can get another conservative in the WH, the last four years make me think it may never happen again.
I really think Palin is sitting back, watching and waiting. She knows that Obama still holds sway over lots of people so she is just gathering strength and waiting on God’s timing for when the huge chink in Obama’s armor opens up. She is a rock star and even people who “hate” her and think she is “stupid” trip all over themselves to be near her. Ecclesiastes...
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Perhaps her story on a national level is still being lived out. I suggest remaining watchful and see what events have yet to unfurl in front of us all.
yes-i get that... but damn--i wish she would have waited... and i'll even acquiesce and say, i wish McCain would have left her alone...
Sarah would have to have taken on the GOPe as well as the Rats and the MSM. It would have been brutal. I think Perry jumping in made up her mind for her. Perry was suppose to be on her side but instead of supporting Palin, he jumped in ahead of her. So we have betrayal by Perry and thinly veiled attacks my MB. Both of whom should have been supporters of Palin, not enemies. All in all to many enemies and not enough supporters in 2011 to have a creditable shot at winning. Palin should have spent 2010 lining up support, hopefully that is exactly what she is doing now.
you obviously weren’t paying attention to Karl Rove all last year.
I believe there was possibly the combination of:
1) Mitt Romney’s campaign. And especially...
2) Her young daughters
Which caused Palin to hold off this time.
Next time, I do not believe she will hold off.
That is just me thinking that, but I think she’s in.
I, too, wish she’d been left alone
and that was the blatant bias at the time... Obama, still wet behind the ears, no real experience was seen as ready by the media as opposed to Palin... and John McCain was too old school, but Biden was experienced... bias...
but regardless of what the liberals and the media thought, Palin should have been given more time before making her national debut... i didn't want to waste her...
looking back on the entire election, I think only Palin could have beaten Obama
You can’t beat an extremist with a moderate.