Skip to comments.Sarah Palin -- All In
Posted on 07/06/2009 11:01:20 AM PDT by DB9
There is a point in tournament poker where one player doesn't have the chips to play out the next raise, but they have great cards, so they call "all in." At that point, nobody can raise them and the hand gets played out -- either to a game changing win or a total loss for the person who made the call.
It appears Sarah Palin decided she and her family could no longer deal with the thousand cuts, so she is "all in."
Palin may well decide to stay home and make macaroni and cheese for the kids, but history may not let her. She has already established herself as a major player -- candidate or not. More importantly, the wildly critical left has put her in a financial position where she has no choice but to speak out, perhaps do a book, and make the money she needs to pay legal bills for 15 unwarranted "ethics" investigations, all of which she handily won. The legal bills remain.
One doubts that when she speaks out, it will be about how to field dress a moose. Rather, she will take positions in speaking and writing about her core beliefs. That is a problem for the radical left of their own creation.
Palin enters the arena where the fight is not between liberal and conservative; nor is it between Republican and Democrat. The fight is between elite and the common person who works every day and continually asks how Washington D.C., under both parties, is so out of control.
Elitism has never been popular in America. Major American critics from H.L Menken to Rush Limbaugh made careers poking fun at elites.
Elitism is on display today as never before. Senate and Congressional seats are passed down in the family. Just look at the family members lining up for Ted Kennedy's seat or Caroline's assumption that she deserved the New York Senate seat. Vice President Biden's Senate seat is being kept warm for his son, now serving in the Middle East. Lots of talk that Michelle Obama may be the next Illinois senator.
Hereditary government on display. How much more elitist can a nation become?
The fight is between an out of control government led by media and government elites and common sense Americans, of both parties, who have had enough. Sarah Palin is in the enviable, although personally painful position, of being the "anti elite" voice of common sense and shared American values.
The vicious left put her there and now they may live to regret it.
When informed of the invention of "poison gas" by Admiral Cochrane, the Duke of Wellington cautioned that "that is a game two can play." He wisely chose not to go there because it would certainly be used by both sides.
The parallel exists with Saul Alinsky, the progenitor of much radical leftist smear techniques. His key dictum was that ridicule had no antidote. Sarah Palin was wildly successful heaping ridicule on Obama during the campaign, when he was at his best.
Nothing is more easily and cogently ridiculed than elitism.
Obama even appointed an elite college professor who posits that animals should have legal rights to sue their owners. Can one imagine Sarah Palin foisting this foolish, elitist intellectual on the question: "well, then professor, shouldn't a 6 month, developed fetus have the same legal rights as a chicken?" Make Obama defend that position.
Now Obama is finding the treading a bit harder. Rasmussen polls show a weakening of his approval numbers and all polls agree that most Americans do not support cap and tax, do not want illegals to get health care funded by taxpayers and now are becoming pro life. Wide swaths of informed citizens are coming to understand man made global warming is a hoax used to heap new energy taxes on them. Only elites, from both parties, can propose such nonsense.
Even Colin Powell, the truest weathervane of elitist thinking, is openly questioning Obama's spending. Certainly he did not get these doubts from listening to Rush Limbaugh. Perhaps, Colin Powell senses where this is going, and it is not going his way.
Sara Palin takes on the "fancy people" from a position, eagerly given to her by her enemies, of being a "common" person who went to an ordinary college, has typical family problems, is married to a guy who works in an oil field, buys her kid's diapers at WalMart. If the fight is with the elites, what better background could one have?
Ayn Rand said that there is right and there is wrong, and everything in the middle is evil. Sarah Palin is not a person from the middle. She has her beliefs and lives them in her daily life. Her children are her life's work, they are not accessories.
Nobody is better positioned, as a candidate or commentator, to take on the elites and the nonsense they put forward.
What an irony if the only American President who can make a 3 point shot were taken out by a point guard who came up to his shoulder. And if the guard was a chick -- who went to a no name school?
“All in” was the term I used on Friday,
thank you very much.
Also, “stepping out in faith” is applicable.
“Winners never quit and quitters never win!”—Vince Lombardi
Go Sarah, no matter what your objectives are. We need a a lot more like her to run for the Congress.....
Except sometimes they do.
And interestingly, I just added a tagline to my posts for the first time ever, just about 10 minutes and two posts ago.
Great points made in the article about what [earthly part of] the struggle is about - elites vs individualists.
The leftist/statist elite, whether it is a conscious thought or not, are wanting a feudalist system in which they are the property owning nobility and everyone else lives or dies at their pleasure.
Sarah has made a brilliant move. Guess what everyone was talking about at the Teaparty that I went to on the Fourth?
The economy, unemployment, and Sarah!
And yeah, if she stays in, she will have a BALL ridiculing uhbama's picks, his appointees as it were. Ya have to be really stupid to make the picks this man has. I mean seriously stupid or totally depraved. One of the two, for sure.
I personally believe she had no choice. As governor, her salary is $125,000. The unending frivolous “ethics” complaints” have cost her in excess of $500,000. These complaints were not going to end. Basically, it was costing her to be governor far more than she was making. Would you stay in a position like that? I know I wouldn’t. She did not inherit millions of dollars like Mitt Romney (who, by the way, will never be president) and is not wealthy. She is the main breadwinner for her family, a very large family with a special needs child.
I think Sarah’s motive is to influence American politics, to play on the largest stage she can, to be a force for good, to use her energy, talents and “wiring” to the fullest extent, and if that leads to a high office then so be it.
The media attacks on never have and never will affect her goals.
And now she's free to do it with zeal !!!
And yet, the Welfare State persists...
You and this writer are both dead-on. It’s all about Elitism, regardless of political stripe. One of the best pieces I have read.
” make the money she needs to pay legal bills for 15 unwarranted “ethics” investigations, all of which she handily won. The legal bills remain. “
I don’t get this.
Why can she not go after these people and sue to recover the expenses they put her through?
They filed the complaints simply to cause her to incur legal expenses; she should have recourse against them.
If there were recourse for frivolous lawsuits,
there would be less frivolous lawsuits,
and lawyers wouldn’t profit from them.
Lawyers make the tort laws.
God Bless her.
People saying Sarah quit are misinformed. She has just moved on.
If you want football metaphors, she has just intercepted a pass and turned the game around.
And elitism stems from the same source of all ideological error - the falsehood that man’s nature is “basically good”.
I agree. We need legal reform and tort reform. We should adopt a loser pays rule like they have in most other countries. But as it stands now, she can’t sue to recover those bills. She is an honest and fiscally conservative person. She and her family can’t stand to have those huge bills hanging over them. Now she will be able to pay them off...and be free to attack Obama without fear of additional complaints. Good for her.
Well, there is also the twilight struggle between believers and godless atheism, which fuels the battle between elites and common folk, but is occluded by it.
There’s an old phrase that applies here. Sarah Palin has “crossed the Rubicon”, a phrase that started when Julius Caesar left his assigned province and essentially declared war on the Roman senate.
Once you have made a commitment to go against the accepted authority, there will be all sorts of people who will abandon and deride you, and even start to work against you, even if they say they want the same end result. I believe she has a firm commitment in her mind that the rest of us will find out about soon enough. I believe she’s acting on a strong faith in her beliefs and goals and deserves a lot of credit for doing things she knows are going to draw fire. She has committed irrevocably to her cause, which is more than can be said for most Republicans in office right now.
And my term for the Elitists—both Leftists and RINOs—is “CALLOW SHALLOWS.”
What makes anyone think the communists will stop trying to destroy her just because she has stepped out of office? I heard a whiff of a story about a mega lawsuit by Palin on the news this morning. I think she NEEDS to go on the offensive and start destroying those who have been attacking her through her kids.
Also, when you step out in the service of God, Satan and his minions target you more than ever. That’s what we’re seeing with the “special attention” that she’s getting from the earthly minions on the left.
If you want football metaphors, she has just intercepted a pass and turned the game around.
And the play is being reviewed on instant replay. We don’t know what this means yet.
In fact, maybe it’s time to update the phrase to “crossing the Yukon”.
Sarah has the potential to redefine conservatism and the Republican party in much the same fashion as Reagan. The elitists at this point believe if they can trick the rubes into believing the only way for the Republican party to survive is to return to the Rockefeller model they will completely control the politcal landscape. They know someone like Palin has the ability to completely wreck their plans, hence the fear and open contempt.
They said Babe Ruth giving up pitching was a dumb move too.
For all their cries of how irrelevant she is, we’ll see just how irrelevant she is by how much they continue to attack her.
He nailed it. I said this on another thread that Palin is much more of a danger to the left now that she can essentially move freely and deliver a message of her choosing - not one hampered by the GOP mouthpieces du jour.
Palin Presidential Campaign Slogan:
"I won't quit this time. Honest."
Palin Presidential Resignation Speech:
"I haven't really quit. I'm just moving on."
Fair is fair.
quoth the elitist, making the author’s point
Yes, bigbob—Elitists of BOTH (all) political stripes. On the right it really is broader than just the RINOs, (as I previously wrote,) it’s Elitism of all stripes, like you said.
What I saw Sarah Palin do was to state that she was not going to run for re-election as Govenor of Alaska. That statement made her a Lame Duck govenor. She then went on to say that she did not want to be a Lame Duck govenor and did not want Alaska to have a lame duck govenor, so she stepped down and turned the Govenorship over to the Lieutenant Govenor who IS running for Election as Govenor of Alaska, therefore he is NOT a lame duck govenor and now Alaska has a non lame duck govenor. It possibly helps the Lt.Govenor (now govenor) get a head start on the next election cycle because he will be facing the election as the incumbent, and may help keep Alaska in republican hands.
What is there beyond that? Am I missing something? Maybe. Maybe she will form some kind of Team Palin and go “all in”, moving to the lower 48 with her kids and husband in tow and fight the good fight against the Commies and other dark creeping corruption that is trying to take our country away from us.
But I think it was for Alaska first.
It's a two-edged sword. If the point is to make it possible for concerned citizenry to make legitimate ethics complaints, they may be scared off of doing so by the prospect of paying costs if the quarry simply out-lawyers them.
So on that front, "loser pays" is a dangerous proposition to endorse. On the other hand, there ought to be something to punish patently frivolous claims.
Right now, winning back the House and the Senate would be FAR more important than having Sarah as Veep, OR as Governor of Alaska.
When Sarah dared to wear new and upgraded clothing for the campaign, the Elists went BONKERS. “How DARE she” wear “OUR” clothing (AND LOOK BETTER DOING IT!)
That’s an example of my “feudalism” argument regarding the elitists.
You can just imagine some “noble” being outraged if some peasant was wearing clothing “above her station”.
In one sentence this is why Sarah Palin announced her resignation:
Reflecting on the ongoing imposing costly crossfire and predicament besetting her and her family, being cognizant of her ambition to become more involved in national politics, and finally recognizing the law of physics regarding time and space, Governor Sarah Palin decided to extricate herself and the state of Alaska from being under siege, allowing her more flexibility to reposition herself for a new battle ahead, as she travels in the lower 48 to fulfill her new mission.
“Winners never quit and quitters never win!Vince Lombardi
Viuce Lombardi quit the Packers, took a year off and returned with the Redskins. Try again.
And the play is being reviewed on instant replay. We dont know what this means yet.
To carry this further “You cannot win if you do not play” ... the famous carnival barker slogan ... she was out of the public view and taking sniper fire that would have kept her broke and boxed in up in AK. I think the interception analogy is a good one ,, she certainly left behind a game where the rules were rigged against her and she will be a player going forward.
I just don’t buy the Palin bru-haha. I was a big fan during the campaign until McCain put the muzzle on. Got pretty fed up with the media trying to crucify her.
But in this case, if she has ambitions for 2012, then why would she not at least finish out her term as Governor?
I tend to lose respect for people who take on a job and then quit before completing it.
I personally look at it kind of like a job resume - didn’t even keep her last job through its term.