Skip to comments.Palin, Walker and a Missed Opportunity
Posted on 06/06/2012 6:37:20 PM PDT by shibumi
I personally like Sarah Palin quite a bit. Obviously she's an attractive woman. That never hurts for a start. Added to that, there is depth of character, exemplified by her choosing life for her most recent child and her successful marriage. These are qualities that drive the rabble on the left wild. Someone out there actually walks the walk that they talk.
That said, I find myself frustrated over that cat and mouse game she has played with her non-candidacy on the heels of her abdication of the Alaskan Governorship.
I suppose this came to mind today in the light of Scott walker showing just how a Governor can do the right thing in an extremely hostile environment and survive the challenges that ensue. (Did I just say "survive?" Heck, Walker just curb stomped his opposition in masterful fashion.)
Sarah Palin has been attacked from the left for a supposed lack of historical acumen and intellectual depth. While giving a pass to amorphous figures running on a Liberal agenda the consensus seems to be that anyone aspiring to office from the Right must have a blend of Jeffersonian practicality along with Platonic sophistication and the historical perspective of Gibbon and Voltaire.
Palin, her handlers and her faithful have all danced around trying to rationalize and/or disprove her intellectual credentials, not realizing that the lack thereof is not a liability. It is, in fact what makes her likeable and trustworthy.
The presentation does not even have to be Reaganesque. It can be as simple as this:
"I'm not an economic expert, but I'll put people in the Cabinet who understand Capitalism, the negative impact of taxes and the dynamics of a free market.
I'm not a soldier. But I'll give the Generals a long leash and a simple mission. And playing politics won't be part of their job description.
I love my family. You're free to love who you will and have whatever happiness you can eke out in this life. But you'll not mock and trash the Christian traditions of this nation while doing it.
You are welcome to emigrate here. Go wait in line or sign up for the military. Serve in the nation's defense and earn your citizenship.
Drill, Baby, Drill!
I sure as heck don't know it all. But I'll find good people."
Simple statements like these could have been readily understood by the voters and grasped by her less-than-Phi-Beta-Kappa mind. She would not have to worry about flubbing in public because she could say these things in her own inimitably folksy sort of way.
But instead, we have the faithful trying to make out that her judgement, strategy and acumen are above reproach. They've ruined a perfectly good candidate with over adulation.
The current usurpatious resident of the White House should be ample proof that great sophistication is no prerequisite for a successful candidacy. And the Walker Win in Wisconsin shows that making the hard choices and sticking by them is a winning strategy.
Without discussion we stagnate.
Bless your little heart!
Ping for your Two Cents Worth.
Heck, make it a quarter!
I agree. I greatly admire her, but I had even higher hopes for her this year. Prepare now to get flamed mercilessly.
and a pant load.
Just a guess? Not meant as an insult, but I am pretty sure that you are not a MOM, it’s a whole different perspective!
It’s unseasonably cold here in the Midwest anyway.
(And by inviting commentary, I in no way imply that I take it seriously.)
I like Palin but am frustrated with her.
I like Plain but she lacks intellectual credentials.
I like Palin but she has less-than-Phi-Beta-Kappa mind, it’s ok because she is folksy.
I like Paling but she has to much adulation.
I like Plain but she is not very sophisticated.
Are you sure you like her?
Comparing Palin and her challenges with Walker and Wisconsin are not really apples to apples. Walker has been fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but he is being attacked politically and on policy. Palin was being personally and legally attacked. As Alaska government is set up, they were simply going for frivolous suit and frivolous suit, and she was stuck footing the bill.
I can still second guess her decision making and would have at least liked to see her finish her term and just not run for reelection, but she did what she did because it clearly seemed to be the right decision at the time. Palin has more than proven her mettle in terms of being able to take heavy fire and standing her ground. Both she and Walker are excellent leaders for our movement in the years to come.
No, but I’m a Dad. Does that count for anything?
Don’t write Mrs.Palin off just yet.
I believe she will play an important part in
the future history of our nation.
I think her decision not to run this cycle
is probably the smartest decision she has
Quite sure. I’d be happy to vote for her.
If she would just run.
Nice try at stirring crap, I’m sure you’ll succeed somewhat.
Second Palin hit thread I’ve seen today, earlier one was how much the troll liked her new facelift so much.
Leftist freaks are getting worried.
I hope you’re right.
I don't know her mind, but I do know she most likely prayed about this and gave it thoughtful consideration and decided to do what was best. She doesn't see herself as God. Only those that worship her. I admire Sarah very much and would have loved to see her stay on as Governor or run for president, but she is also a leader and leaders make decisions that they believe are right no matter how unpopular.
God bless Sarah Palin she has smoked out the devil just by being her awesome self. She is an outstanding human being. Maybe God told her she needed to take a break. She certainly deserves it as does her family.
I feel the same way,shibumi. What was all the cat and mouse playing about anyway? There is not a doubt in my mind that she was going to run. Palin gave every indication (the bus tour, the non-answers to the repeated questions) that she would run, then - POOF - nope - not running. I am extremely frustrated with her.
I despise Romney, but I guess this upcoming election, since there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between him and the kenyan, I will do what 99% of the blacks did the last election. I’m going to vote color. Screw it. Like they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
As long as she was a potential candidate people wanted to see/hear her and buy her books. She kept that going as long as possible.
That is just awesome. You articulated what so many of us have been feeling about this election. For me, I'll vote R for nostalgia sake.
Gov. Palin DID NOT abdicate any governorship.
AND she is far smarter than the backstabber Romney
who threw Election 2008 to Obama.
Take your falsehoods back to your Master, Mr.RomneyCARE.
So the person thinks of Sarah and asks why or why? That I will give them. After all it is a blog.
However as I mention in my post, it is apples and oranges in my mind as I argue in my post.
They can hit Sarah all they want--she is a unique individual that is very much in the moment--this is also what makes her so charismatic and fierce. She's real and measured as well and some people are used to a different leadership style that is more conformist than Sarah is.
I think she is truly as much a gift from God to the conservative movement as is Scott Walker. Both have shifted the evil in the world with their courage, strength, and conviction.
oh yeah and I agree . . . the left is getting VERRRRRRY WoRRRRRRRRIED! :-D
You have no idea about what you’re talking about. Go get a clue.
Trolling today, I see.
For many reasons, I don't think we will ever see her leave her home state of Alaska - for anything - that is, for other than a quick trip for an appearance.
She and her husband love the place, and I can understand why. It is nothing like the 'lower 48' - and most of the people who live there are nothing like the rabid folks in too many of the '48.'
She has made a small fortune since leaving the governorship, her husband is tied to a life in Alaska as much, or maybe more so than she is. And, she continues to pull in big bucks sitting where she really wants to be.
I like that for her, and her family.
I personally think the Wisconsin fight was a far more important fight and Scott Walker had a far more solid base of support. That said, they are going to continue trying to eliminate Walker.
As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, she made the decision she felt she had to make. We all have to do the same.
That doesn't even make sense.
I think you meant to say John McCain, because John McCain was the GOP candidate against Barack Obama and John handed the Presidency to Barack on a GOLDEN PLATTER. Ball less John I call 'em. What a freak he was SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN? GIve me a break. The guy just crawled in a ball.
Yup. Not to worry - there'll be a fresh batch of suckers soon enough.
They've ruined a perfectly good candidate with over adulation.
There seems to be a problem with contextual assessment as well.
Sending reporters to Alaska to investigate if she pretended to give birth to her daughter's child. Leaked stories about unauthorized use of campaign funds to cloth her family. Traitors in the McCain campaign who were responsible for a poorly run campaign blaming her for the loss. Unending frivolous lawsuits in Alaska they were draining her personal finances. A media avalanche blaming her in part for the shooting of Gaby Giffords and beating her down when she dared to defend herself. And most recently an HBO movie which insinuated she was mentally ill.
The fact that she is still standing and has the courage to put herself out in public to voice her opinion amazes me.
Palin was attacked with numerous personal lawsuits. Walker hasn’t had that challenge - yet.
The one thing that I hope we don’t see (again) is Palin dragging out her decision while her very motivated and enthusiastic base destroys other conservative candidates believing they are doing something good (clearing the path for Palin).
The difference between Walker and Palin is that Walker’s family wasn’t insulted and demonized.
“The one thing that I hope we dont see (again) is Palin dragging out her decision while her very motivated and enthusiastic base destroys other conservative candidates believing they are doing something good (clearing the path for Palin).”
That was more of a problem with some of her fans than Palin herself.
She could have cleared her name, fought her legal battles, and bought air time.
But, she was already beaten and bloodied, she is a woman w/kids, she was a rookie, she was far away, and she had bad blood with her State GOP.
So the Republican Party hung her out to dry. And even ran against her in 2010.
Kudos on a well written editorial, Shibumi! Lots of food for thought in this.
Incredibly shallow and silly writing.
I appreciate your taking the time to read it.
In the name of “spreading the wealth around”, I demand 1% of your talent.
Forget the trolls. They’d troll their own grandmother’s blog if she went against the “orthodoxy”.
See, what a lot of folks don’t get is that Conservatism is not an ideology, like Lib-ism and its mommy, Communism. Conservatism is the active rejection of ideology. Sure, Sarah Palin is great. However, it does no one any good to put her on a pedastal, either. It is perfectly OK to criticize members of the Conservative Movement. (Gently, of course.)
We are NOT the Idiotic Left. We don’t worship our leaders, we challenge them to be better.
I am a staunch supporter of Sarah Palin, but I must admit that I agree with some of the comments from shibumi on Sarah Palin just being herself.
With that out of the way, I gotta say, ARE YOU KIDDING? You don't think Scott Walker and his family were reviled & hated & insulted & attacked every bit as viciously and frequently as Sarah Palin & her family? The RAT bastard liberal marxists/union thugs/deranged lefties have been pounding on Scott Walker & his family for the past 18 months. They protest nearly daily in front of his house, they attack him as being "Hitler", they've issued death threats against him & his family, they attack his wife who is a WI public school teacher, they attack his 2 teen age boys on the way to school and even in school.
Believe me, Walker & his family have been insulted & demonized non-stop since Feb 2011, and it will not stop even with the ass kicking that the libturds & unions got yesterday. Both Walker & Palin have been attacked viciously by the left, and their families. I agree the circumstances are different, which led to Sarah Palin's decision to resign as Alaska governor, but the hatred & vicious behavior & attacks are pretty much the same for both Walker & Palin.
I believe she wanted to run. But her main goal first and foremost has been to get Obama OUT of the White House. She doesn’t think of it as ‘about’ her. She has made this clear so many times these past few years. I think she came very close to giving it a shot, but she could probably see that the environment was just too psychotically toxic against her. Look at the last year alone... having the newsmedia actually accuse her of complicity in the Tucson mass-murder, and the tens of thousands of death-threats that resulted against not only her, but her parents and children; Hollywood spending millions to make a movie portraying her as a retarded diva, and books accusing her of being some kind of adulterous crack whore. The media spent tons sending correspondents to Alaska for the revelations of her e-mails, where they were hyperventalating at the prospects of scandalous, intemperate messages (only to be crestfallen when there were none). Add to this, just seeing members of your own family being dragged through the tabloid mud of scurrilous lies and such, day in and day out. It was sheerly unhinged, and a deathly landscape to battle from.
What other politician has remotely had to deal with this level of attack? Really. Nothing is comparable. It’s not even counting the earlier burning of her church, and the effort to financially bankrupt her (which was succeeding) when she went back to her governorship in Alaska.
Even with all that, she still hasn’t backed down. She’s still keeping up the fight for conservatism, but doing so in a more viable, strategic way. A smarter way. One that befits her anti-”professional political class” agenda. She has the libs, the media, and even (most difficult of all) the GOP establishment all gunning against her, and it necessitated a different route than serving herself up on the alter of the primaries for their bloodthirst. I truly believe she might ultimately have more success moving things in her reformist/constitutionalist direction the way she’s going now, if she continues to build and play her cards right.
“Nice try at stirring crap, Im sure youll succeed somewhat”
No, this is called healthy and normal debate. Are we Maoists ? Are we Stalinists ? Are we National Socialists ? Do we worship the leaders of our movement ?
Nein, nay, negative, and no chance in hell.
Shibumi wasn’t rude or all Dailykos-like. He stated an opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that.
I think very highly of Sarah Palin and would vote for her tomorrow, but she doesn’t walk on water and she’s yet to raise the dead. She can be criticized, just like anyone else.
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Yeah right, LOL.