When I returned from my July 4th celebrations and heard the news that Sarah Palin was resigning, I was quite surprised.
And now, having heard lots of talking heads and after reading the thoughts of pundits on the left and right, I’m convinced that most of them don’t quite know how to handle Sarah’s decision. Nor do they seem to understand the independent spirit and genuineness of Sarah Palin.
Most of the typical media-types, including those on Fox News, are judging Sarah by the good ‘ol boy network standards of politics. I don’t think Sarah Palin plays by those same rules…..and I say kudos to her for doing it her way.
Some people are saying Sarah Palin is washed-up… she’s “finished” in politics and elected office. Others think she is running for a Senate position from Alaska or for President in 2012….and some, mainly on the left, have made up scandalous stories about Palin’s resignation in order to fit their own hate-filled mindsets or they have been mean and juvenile in their attempts to make fun of her and her children.
Still many believe that her leaving office is a fatal move for her career. (of course, we can’t mention that Obama kept his “title” but didn’t do his job as senator for years on end so that he could perpetually campaign)
Today in the Anchorage Daily News (via Conservatives4Palin), Sarah Palin had this to say about the “leaving office” double standard:
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said after Palin’s resignation that she was “deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded.”
Palin responded Monday by saying there’s a double standard. She brought up the fact Murkowski left the Legislature when her father, then-governor Frank Murkowski, appointed her to the U.S. Senate seat he gave up to become governor.
“The double standard that’s applied here is a bit perplexing. … Didn’t Lisa Murkowski leave office to go take her dad’s seat? (Govs.) Huntsman left, Napolitano just left … ,” Palin said, referring to governors who took positions in President Obama’s administration.
And much of the media who said her experience in a “small” state like Alaska was not good enough to be Vice President, are now saying she could never be President without that extra year of experience in a “small” state like Alaska! Which is it?
What is interesting to me is that very few have actually fully analyzed the ACTUAL reasons she stated for resigning: because of the unprecedented attacks on her family and frivolous ethics charges against her that have cost the state of Alaska and the Palins, personally, hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to defend (and win, I might add)! Palin also has stated she plans to stay in the political eye by helping other candidates support freedom and stop the Obamasized (my word, not hers) government from completely crumbling the pillars of freedom in America. (my paraphrase)
Instead of accusing Sarah Palin of running away from a fight or taking the easy way out, they haven’t stopped to consider that she actually did the RIGHT thing by saving Alaskans hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars fighting the unsubstantiated, rabid-dog attacks of Palin by the Left. And certainly, Palin is hopeful that much of the hateful nastiness spewed at her Down Syndrome child, Trig, and other family members will subside with her stepping down as Governor.
Perhaps what is MOST intriguing of all in the last several days since Palin announced her resignation is that Sarah Palin is not an elitist, does not cater to the media, she calls her own shots, and she doesn’t adhere to the “good ‘ol boy” political hierarchy that is so prevalent on both sides of the aisle…..D&*M I love that part about her!
Roger Simon at Politico sums up the non-elitist, make-her-own rules persona and he hits the nail on the head with his great sarcasm. Read it all at the link, here are some excerpts:
No? Don’t believe me? Who would beat her? Tim Pawlenty? Bobby Jindal? Haley Barbour? Mike Huckabee? Mitt Romney?
All of these men might build credible, attractive, even powerful political operations by 2012. But right now? ? Today, Sarah Palin would be the winner, because more than anyone else, she has won over the hearts and minds of the Republican rank and file. (And tell me that a Sarah Palin-Newt Gingrich ticket would not set conservative hearts aflutter.)
She has done this by sinning, however. Let us list just some of the political commandments she has recently violated:
1) Thou shalt not surprise the media.
Palin announces she is quitting her job as , and she catches everybody by surprise. What is up with that? Where were the leaks and the trial balloons? Why weren’t the media alerted so they could have predicted it?
When you do what the media have predicted, you are “savvy.” You are a “skilled” and “adept” politician. If you surprise the media, however, you are “out of control” and “bizarre” and even “egotistical.”
2) Thou shalt not upset the pooh-bahs.
The Republican Party likes to nominate the next guy in line. John McCain in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000 and Bob Dole in 1996 were all the next guys in line……….
Today, it is hard to see who the next guy in line is, but the party mandarins, the pooh-bahs, are agreed on one thing: Sarah Palin ain’t it.
She is a dumb hick, a nobody from nowhere. She hunts moose with a chainsaw from the back of a snowmobile or something. Just listen to her resignation speech. It was not slick or polished or written by somebody else. She appeared to deliver it off the top of her head as if she were a real person. What a doofus!…….
……..But listen to Palin. Listen to how “rambling” and “disjointed” she is. Once upon a time in American politics, this was known as being “plain-spoken,” but that time has gone. An entire industry of political consultants has grown up to make sure politicians are never plain-spoken.
3) Thou shalt pander to the few, not speak to the many.
She is the “darling of a certain element” of Republicans? It seems to me that with the party collapsing to its most conservative core, that “certain element” could also be called the majority of the Republican Party.
But maybe that is not enough. It is only a “certain element” of the party that finds her energizing, fresh, tough and willing to stand up to the mandarins and the media. Clearly, Palin must “grow” beyond that base to win over … whom? The McCain wing of the ? Find it, and maybe she can win it over.
I really don’t know where Palin will end up politically, but I can say that she has inspired many people since last fall. She is a common sense conservative with traditional values, family values, and is not a lifelong politician. I hope she decides to enter the Presidential arena because, Lord knows, there is a conservative political leadership vacuum right now…..
America could use a bit of the “common” touch in Washington if we make it through the ObamaMarxistFarLeftistTaxAndSpendAntiFreedom Presidency we are experiencing! Besides, she STILL has more applicable experience to run this country than Obama…..Obama’s anti-American worldview and his inexperience are hanging out now for the world to see his weakness.
Regardless of what may happen to Sarah Palin, I respect her values, her common sense, her efforts to do the right thing, her love of family, her pro-life stance, her refreshing political style and her toughness.
God Bless You, Sarah Palin!
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