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When John McCain introduced Sarah Palin at the Republican convention it was an exercise in contrasts. As the brusk stiff warrior, whose smiles seem to be as much grimaces of pain as expressions of joy (a persona born of old war wounds and a infamous temperament), was replaced on stage by a vibrant enthusiastic woman the difference was like going from dusk back to daytime. The electorate seemed to have all the enthusiasm and energy of a funeral procession before she was chosen. As the left was going hog wild over their “historic candidate” the conservatives were looking for something to cheer about. In Sarah they found it.
Sarah Palin Gets A Standing Ovation Before She Even Speaks
She electrified the crowd that night and sent fear into the heart of the left. Vice presidential candidates were not suppose to carry the presidential candidate but this was obviously not an ordinary VP pick. As the elated crowds left the convention floor the media and the left wing political apparatus went into high gear with one thing in mind, destroy Sarah.
Throughout the summer huge crowds followed the messiah around and sang his hosannas. When McCain spoke people came but the crowds were dull and the energy low but not when Sarah showed up. Wherever she went the atmosphere came alive. Her crowds matched the messiahs in both numbers and enthusiasm. He was the aloof and untouchable media darling, she was a gun toting firebrand that knew what real work was. If Obama had a picture of someone in his head when he complained about the guns and God crowd it would of looked a lot like Sarah Palin.
Everywhere she went the crowds followed
The fact is before she entered the campaign McCain was an underdog of underdogs. Carrying an 800 pound gorilla called Bush on his back and facing a Democratic candidate with unparalleled enthusiasm from the party faithful the race seemed lost before it began. After Sarah joined the team his polls rose and even put him ahead. Never in the history of politics had a VP pick been such a game changer. Never in modern history had on candidate’s choice for VP been so reviled by the opposing party and the press alike.
A partial explanation of the mad dog response to Sarah Palin may be found in Obama’s total lack of qualifications. The fact that he was so under qualified and totally lacking in experience meant that his supporters had to keep the spotlight off of him. Add to that the enthusiasm for Sarah meant she was the main threat, not McCain. The natural strategy then was to make her the center of debate as a smoke screen to hide their candidate behind. The media would make sure that Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience was not the issue but Palin’s was. The Democrats and their Media cohorts would collaborate to make the race about the VP pick of the opposing party thus avoid the spotlight being shown on their candidates losing record and radical past. His gaffs would be hidden behind hers (whether real or hyped as such). They would concentrate nearly exclusively on her to protect him. This of course explains some of the media Palin bashing craze but not all.
Everywhere in the press she was decried as a nobody, a lightweight and dumb. That she didn’t have the resume to be president was the tagline they were selling. A woman that had risen from soccer mom, to mayor, to chairing the Alaska Oil and Conservation Commission to being the youngest and one of the most successful governors in Alaskan history was a lightweight and dumb? A person with a resume that made the Democratic presidential candidate look like a hayseed farmer in comparison wasn’t experienced enough? The fact was her resume was thick and her accomplishments were many. Her main sin it seemed was having charisma and a following that seemed to be on the precipice of toppling the Democratic messiah. If Sarah had one weakness it was the fact she had no experience with the snake pit that was national politics, something she would soon find rectified.
Quickly she was the victim of unprecedented, vile and sick personal attacks. It was suggested her son Trig should of been aborted, commentators and a late night host suggested her daughter’s were sluts and on CNN it was even suggested Sarah herself should be gang raped by a group of black guys. She was viciously attacked and her children were put to open ridicule. Her every little misstep was amplified and blown up as emblematic of her intelligence while her opponents gaffes, much greater in number, were ignored.
Where was the simple lines of decency the press was normally not inclined to cross? What about the unwritten rule that candidate’s children were off limits? It seemed that Sarah Palin was an unprecedented candidate and to the media that meant she deserved unprecedented treatment.
In fact even when she triumphed like in her debates with Biden the press made it look like Biden was brilliant. Time after time her points were on target, her interpretation of the constitution correct and time after time Biden blew it but the mainstream media acted as if she was the one failing. When the Democratic juggernaut that was the Obama candidacy began to dominate the polls the press blamed Sarah for dragging McCain down. There seems an unwritten directive had come down that no chance to blame and humiliate Sarah Palin was to be passed on.
The fact is the only reason the 2008 campaign was even a race at all is because Palin was on the ticket. McCain steadfastly refused to engage Obama’s drug infused radical past and his total lack of experience. As the financial crisis loomed he passed on hanging the subprime mess on the necks of the Democrats (which, since they originated with Fanny and Freddie, was something they richly deserved). In one debate he seemed to almost concede the election when he chided his followers not to fear Obama. Unwilling to fight with all the weapons he had at his disposal, all the while carrying the Bush legacy on his back, the campaign became a train wreck. It seemed as though he did not really want to win. As it turned out it was to be one of the worst run campaigns in modern history. A campaign trying to fight hope and change by making its presidential candidate appear tired and weary. If McCain ever had a chance against the Democratic juggernaut it was because of Sarah, not in spite of her. When the election results were in there were no surprises.
Most vice presidential nominees fade away after the election is lost. Who remembers the running mates of a Goldwater, Mondale or Dole? Usually the losing VP pick fades back into the woodwork unless they regain notoriety on their own. Of course Sarah Palin was not your normal vice presidential candidate and the press was about to let Sarah go back to national obscurity. Apparently they wanted to make sure she would never threaten them again.
When Sarah Palin went back to being Governor of Alaska the left wing media followed. The constant harassment she and her family experienced during the campaign continued unabated. Reporters camped out at her doorstep, a journalist bought the house next door just to be able to dig up dirt and a never ending list of frivolous lawsuits were filed against her as Governor. It seemed that the Democrats and their main stream media allies recognized that Sarah Palin would become their worst nightmare if they did not totally destroy her first. Unfortunately for them they had underestimated the lady from Wasilla.
Unconventional and unpredictable, Palin decided it was time to fight back. If they would not leave her family and her state alone than she would throw down the gloves and take the fight to them. She resigned as Governor to be able to go to war full time. True to her nature, she would go on to fight a political guerrilla war against the establishment and the what she called “the lame brain media”.
She added strength and membership to a newly formed movement called the Tea Party, she took on speaking engagements and she endorsed candidates. She also became a bigger thorn than ever in the Democrats side. 2010 was a Republican year and in many ways it was Sarah Palin’s year too. Every candidate she endorsed rose in the polls and most won!
Today her popularity among grass roots Republicans is as strong as ever as is her opposition by the most of the media, Democrats and even the Republican good-ole-boy network. Her speech at CPAC brought the house down and showed the world why she is a power to be reckoned with. Today her endorsement is one of the most coveted among conservatives candidates. The primary candidates she is endorsing are going from obscurity to front runner often on the power of her endorsement alone!
Speech to CPAC
Today the hate for her among the left is still going strong. The Democratic Party faithful get deranged and spew the nonsensical Sarah talking points of the leadership at the mention of her name. The media still disparages her every move. (Something they did to Reagan too, but less effectively) Despite all of this she still matters. Her impact on the elections of 2012 is already assured by the primary victory of Debby Fischer and the rising star of Ted Cruz , both because Sarah Palin saw in them something she liked. The history of 2012 is still being written but if initial results are any indication Sarah Palin is likely to have another banner year. The vice presidential candidate that came out of nowhere and changed everything still matters.
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THIS ARTICLE PUTS EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE – GOV PALIN IS REMARKABLE ABD IS A FORCE – thanks for writing such a wonderful piece
Sometimes we forget those huge crowds Sarah amassed. Thanks for the pictures.
Sam Stone said:
If the Left hates you, you are dangerous. Some Republicans prefer to blame the conservative for being conservative rather than blaming the Left for being vicious.
And we forget how popular Palin was – before the Left savaged her – among independents. See, e.g., this NYT article by leftist Judith Warner on one of Palin’s early rallies: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/no-laughing-matter/
Even Warner herself was rather impressed by Palin (although Warner also made certain condescending remarks – as a lefty she couldn’t help herself).
A Conservative Mind said:
The president of Iceland met Palin briefly and was so impressed that years later he was still talking about the meeting (for Sarah it was a just a meeting among many that day). She has that effect on people.
I liked the article you linked, especially the study and professor that Warner quoted. It was confirmation of what most conservative already know and liberals do not get; conservatives reject liberal thought not because they are ignorant of liberal beliefs but because they understand them.
Joel Luther said:
I LOVR YOU, GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!!
PW4SP ✡ ✞ (@PW4SP) said:
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Roger D McGough said:
hope Mitt puts you as VP.
Doubt that Mitt would pick Sarah…..he wouldn’t want someone who would OUTSHINE him!!!! Besides, it was Mitt’s campaign assistants (who were working for McCain) that started the rumors (giving fodder for Schmitt and HBO’s “Game Change”)
If Mitt is as smart as everyone seems to think he is — he’d be a darn fool for not thinking to consider Sarah as his running mate. She is the fire, the electric charge that his campaign needs. This and all her credentials would enhance his campaign as there are many, many people that love and adore Sarah and would vote for that team in a minute. What a great team that would be — his business smarts and knowledge, her energy and resume — and they sure would dressup the Whitehouse with their wonderful families and their good looks. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE . . . . . AMERICA NEEDS THIS TEAM! I believe this with all my heart!
Barrack, and Mitt governed similarly. Sarah is the different one.
And she is the one of the three that is on our side.
Hope she is strong for the convention, and not the establishment, for our republic’s sake.
Jim & said:
I was raised on a dairy farm near Wasilla, Alaska. Graduated WHS in 1957.
Sarah worked her way up in typical small town America with a lot of that “Last Frontier”
attitude not found everywhere in more developed areas. Best wishes for Sarah and her family from the Vickaryous family.
A Conservative Mind said:
Having been born in a rural area, worked on farms and raised among hunters and fisherman I can relate to what you are saying. Thanks for your comment and the wishes for the Palin family.
Best article about Palin that’s ever been written!
Great article, but you left out the part that Romney’s people played in trashing Sarah Palin. Or perhaps you are unaware of it.
If we get enough conservatives in, I believe we can live with Obama for another 4 years, he will be a lame duck president and won’t be able to do much damage. People like Sarah Palin and Scott Walker have the willpower to undo whatever damage Obama caused.
Romney is a no no, if we elect him we will never be able to elect a conservative president ever again, they will tell us moderates like Romney and Bush win elections, so we should not give them that opportunity.
Walker or Sarah for 2016.
A Conservative Mind said:
Romney is a great at triangulation, willing to say, do or be anything to get ahead. In many ways that makes him a Republican Bill Clinton. Anything that he says or does must be taken in that light.
Romney’s lack of a true conservative soul is why George Will believes Romney will hurt the Republican party and like you thinks the United States and the Republican party would be better off with a neutered Obama. Although I understand this position I do not support it; even if Obamacare is overturned and Republican’s take back both houses of congress there has already been much damage to freedom, the economy and the future of this nation that must be fixed. A neutered Obama will still veto a repeal of Dodd-Frank and with congress in his way he will double down on has fiat actions through executive order. Additionally there is a real possibility of after two years of deadlock the Democrats could pull a Truman and run against a do nothing congress and regain majorities with the Polosi-Reed nightmare starting all over again. This does not even take into account the dismantling of the military not to mention international disasters like his handling of Israel, Iran and Russia.
In the end Romney is a Devils compromise, the lesser of two evils which is why Sarah is supporting him. Take heart in this, Sarah is no Good-Ole-Boy and like Reagan will go rogue if need be. Do not count out a run by her or someone she supports against Romney in 2016 if need be. Much like Reagan ran against Ford and Sarah ran against Murkowski, a run against Romney in 2016 is a real possibility.
Love me some Gov. Palin!!
David Kennison said:
HOW in the WORLD could ANY American PATRIOT even CONSIDER to “LIKE” this POOR EXCUSE for a WOMAN and PATRIOT ??????!!!!!!!!!!!!…THIS “woman” just AIN’T RIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!…
A Conservative Mind said:
David, you make many accusations but offer no basis for them. No patriot? A woman who has endured more wrath then any modern politician to advance the cause of liberty (and yes the facts bear this out) not a patriot? A woman who has stood by her family and her children against the most vile of attacks and stood her ground against unfair media attacks on herself not woman enough? The fact is she has done more to advance the agenda’s of freedom and checking the advancement of federal power then just about anyone you can name.
You do not have to agree with her every stand nor is that expected. But, to infer she has not been down for the fight goes against all reason and evidence. I have found myself in disagreement with her from time to time as it is with all politicians. Despite this I find much, much more to agree with than not and her tenacity in fight for liberty is getting legendary. She lives her life that defines the mere definition of patriot and done so being as strong of a woman as one can find.
Your contention seems to be without basis for the simple reason there is none for it. Either you have been a victim of listening to too much liberal nonsense from the MSM or are part of the left. Which ever is the case you remind us all of senseless dribble that has been bantered about since she burst onto the American scene.
What a woman God has made. So sad she did not run, I pray God is working behind the scenes. Why is she not Speaking at the Tea Party rallies lately? Miss her.
Lagan Pillay said:
I certainly value all the grueling effort that you’ve done keeping this site here. I really hope this sticks around for a nice long time.