Skip to comments.In Defense of Sarah Palin
Posted on 05/16/2010 9:26:13 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge
Watching the daily attacks on Sarah Palin and wondering how Reagan would have done if he was on the Conservative front today? We can ask 2 questions? Firstly how would Reagan have been welcomed by the folks at Free Republic today, assuming that Reagan was just coming on to the scene, and 2ndly what if Free Republic could magically be placed back in the Reagan 80`s era.
Certainly the Reagan that appointed Sandra Day O`Connor to the Supreme Court, would be thoroughly trashed here, no butts about it! Not to mention his position on immigration.
Imagine Reagan had just finished his second term in 2008, and was just releasing his book. How would it have gone over today when the book would show that he had no regrets about appointing Sandra Day to the High Court? His Presidential notes show that is what he said, and he had such respect for her that he wanted her to take a prominent part in his funeral service that he planned. And what about the Notes that he mentioned...(I paraphrase) The pro life groups have their shorts in a knot over the Day appointment.
I suspect Reagan would be trashed at Free Republic , just as so many have trashed GW, and now Sarah Palin. I fully suspect the same Palin Trashers would have dumped on Reagan just as they did on Bush. Probably would have said throw the bum out.
Just how I see it. BTW I liked Reagan and Bush, I never turned on GW as so many did here, and I am not turning on Sarah. She is a once in a generation candidate and quite frankly I am ashamed of the people here that are turning on her. Just know that you would do the same if it was Reagan today.
Republicans here basically threw the 2006 elections to the Democrats, because of 1 issue, that being immigration, which BTW was not even an issue in the 2008 election. Now we have Obama seemingly set to remake the High Court in his own warped NON Christian image. God Forbid he gets a 2nd term
Sarah Palin is the only potential candidate at this point who could inspire enough people to go to the polls and evict Obama from the White House. She has my full support.
She also has endorsed a senate candidate in CA that says that Diane Feinstein has been a fine senator and that Jesse Jackson is a great man who has done more for more people than anyone else. California Republican voters are conservative, but Republican leadership is a bunch of spineless moderates. They are in the Fiorina camp and were probably pushing this endorsement. Since all three candidates are claiming to be conservatives, voters are confused and hence the polls showing the best known candidate, Campbell leading. With McClintock endorsing DeVore http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2513854/posts and Sarah endorsing Fiorina and all three touting their conservatism (real or not)voters will be confused but will sort it out.
Just because we support a candidate doesn’t mean that we can’t disagree with a decision they make. It doesn’t mean we support the candidate less.
You can point out Palin’s folly all you want, it won’t change a thing by trying to say that attacking Palin is identical to attacking Reagan.
FioRINO would not be endorsed by Reagan in any sense. He was smart, owned up to his mistakes and adapted. He would not attack any RINO in particular but would define what the RINO phenomemon is and attack it generally. He would then withhold any endorsements of RINOs or packaged faux conservatives.
Palin on the other hand has not and cannot own up to her mistake because she has entered into personal territory, once a personal mistake is made it is not possible to backtrack, until after the election outcome, just as Gingrich apologized for his dumb endorsement of Scozzafava AFTER the election when it no longer mattered.
And yes my countering counterfactuals to the lame counterfactuals of the Palinistas here is apropro because Reaganites always eschewed the desperate hypotheticals posed by morons of the ‘gotcha’ games.
Just wondering...I get pretty heated myself sometimes but never banned...get I'd better watch it..:o)
I'm a Palin supporter but disagree with her sometimes...
We don’t know what Reagan would have thought about Fiorino, and we must not set up Reagan as this paladin of conservatism, immune from all liberal influence. After all, his wife and children are liberals. On the issue of abortion, Reagan gave less than he received from the Pro-life party. he had to consider than many of the people in his administration gave only lip service to the cause or were themselves pro-choice. The Party was and remains divided on the issue.
Say what you want. The Palin supporter of this thread started the Reagan comparison nonsense, take it to them, not me.
If one is talking about the pre-1976 Reagan, I think the comparison is valid. What launched Reagan, I think, was the 1976 Convention speech. I still remember the look on Jerry Ford’s face as he realized how the audience was taking the speech. Reagan stole the show and I remember thinking that the Convention suddenly realized it had chosen the wrong man.
Well it’s up to Palin to fix Palin.
As for her endorsement of Fiorina, she can’t take it back, she can’t apologize for it until after the election.
Reagan can be excused for his poor choice endorsements and nominations, he had little to choose from and he did not have the hindsight we have today.
Palin on the other hand had DeVore to consider, and any conservative or TP member can see that Devore is a very strong conservative choice.
Palin screwed up and lost credibility. I am not sure a 1976 type speech can save her, I am not sure she has it in her. She has some sharp views and a manner of cutesy folksy one-liners, but she is not steeped in conservative philosphy, rather she has a knack for slogans but unfortunately she is predictable. That said she can be an asset for fundraising.
I hope that she will take a sabbatical from politics and reappear when the time is right. Timing is everything. Her running around the country endorsing this one and that one is uncalled for, and is making her a repetitious uninteresting also-ran.
We can not spare this woman, she fights for us.
I stand with Sarah Palin.
I wonder how many more times this inane question is going to be asked.
Not so inane... Reagan, in fact, signed an abortion bill in California... never mind he later regretted it, the very fact he did that would have made him persona-non-grata here.
The question has been asked so many times here it has become a cliche.
and perhaps there is a reason people keep bringing it up.
I’m sure there is.
Shudder my a**. Do you shudder when Bozo’s name is mentioned, do you shudder when you realize the communists have all but taken over our country with muslims waiting in the background to finish us off with violence? What a dork! Palin is the best presidential candidate to come along in years and you post “shudder”. You are an a**hat, but don’t feel bad because there are many a**hats on FR right now and you are not alone.
times are diff here now...conservatism i think knows better what time it is
Excellent post, thanks!