Monday, November 10, 2008

How the McCain Camp Thanked Sarah Palin

Michelle Malkin wrote an excellent article this week titled, “The Cowardly Character Assassination Of Sarah Palin” in which she chides some of the unnamed sources in the McCain camp who blasted and blamed Palin (instead of themselves) for being ignorant and one of the reasons for McCain’s defeat in the election. In the key two paragraph excerpt below, she offers a poignant explanation for the vitriol of both those in the GOP and of their opponents, the Democrats and their lackeys.

“Hollywood savaged Palin. Journalists mocked her. Liberal blogs slimed her. Opponents cursed her, Photoshopped her, hacked her e-mail, hanged her in effigy, called her bigot, Bible-thumper and bimbo, and attacked her husband and children. But nothing Palin endured during the election season compares to the treatment she's receiving from these backstabbing blabbermouths who worked on the same campaign she poured herself into over the last three months.

Sarah Palin worked her heart out. She energized tens of thousands to come out when they would have otherwise stayed home. She touched countless families. I didn't agree with everything she said on the campaign trail. But she vigorously defended the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life more eloquently in practice than any of the educated conservative aristocracy. And she did it all with a tirelessness and an infectious optimism that defied the shameless, bottomless attempts by elites in both parties to bring her and her family down . . .”

Living in Ohio I had a number of opportunities to attended events involving any and all of the candidates for President and Vice President. I would not travel across the street to listen to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or John McCain. I would and did attend a Palin rally in the waning days of the campaign. In fact, on the same day that the messianic-Robin Hood was in Columbus I swam against the tide, the swarms of Obama worshipers, and left the downtown area, Where I had been distributing pro-life gospel tracks. I left around 12:15 and the not-so-great-one was to speak at 1:00 PM. His eloquent, yet empty rhetoric was and is devoid of either truth or substance. However, later that same afternoon, I drove across town to see and hear Governor Palin speak.

She is more of a conservative than any of the eight or so candidates that ran for President in the Republican Primary this year. The only person who even comes close on many conservative issues is Ron Paul.

I’ve come to the conclusion that (1) the left hates her and the strong Christian faith she possesses and practices and (2) the left is afraid of her, which is the reason they take every chance to tear her down, to belittle, to besmirch her character. The elite Republicans do not like her either. The same people in the Republican Party, who did not get behind Ken Blackwell, Mike Steele or Alan Keyes when they ran for office, all of whom are much more principled and qualified men than the current President-elect ever could hope to be, received only lukewarm support from the party establishment.

It may be time to either (1) reform the GOP and to work to return it to a principled conservative position, or (2) to abandon it and to start a new party or movement under a revitalized conservative banner. The treatment of Palin and of the people and principles she represents, by both Parties has been disgraceful. It is worthy of a serious reply and action leading up to the 2010 and the 2012 elections.

3 comments:

kwix said...

I especially liked "lackeys"! You know that when someone uses language like that, he's completely fair, adult and moderate.

Palin's being trashed by her fellow Republicans because she was a major reason for their downfall. Once someone as extremist as Palin was on the ticket, it was impossible for any moderate, thoughtful adult to take that ticket seriously. I very publically (here on ETP) shared my deep concerns about Obama, and seriously considered both major party candidates, as did my wife (who leans Republican) -- but as soon as Palin was chosen, we looked at each other and said, "Well, that's it. There's NO WAY I can vote for a ticket with someone that exteme on it."

This has absolutely nothing to do with Palin's supposed "Christian faith"; it has everything to do with her pointedly unChristian appeal to our worst, most base small-minded instincts of fear, hatred and division. Indeed, it is precisely AS a Christian that I could not POSSIBLY vote for that. If that's what "Christian" fundamentalism (which is after all a very modern, very specific re-interpretation of Christianity unreflective of mainstream Christian thought over the centuries) represents, then we are all in trouble. It seems to have very little to do with anything that Jesus Christ actually taught or demonstrated.

Palin was the latest symptom of a rightwing which is increasingly extreme, partisan, self-righteous, image- and emotion-based, and isolated from the mainstream. Such adolescent partisan extremism simply can't be taken seriously by moderate, rational adults.

Of course, it also didn't help that she was deeply unqualified. I think she's an incredibly intelligent woman, but obviously was not even slightly prepared for a job which she in all probability (given McCain's age) would have ended up taking over. I don't choose a President because that person seems fun or looks pretty or looks or acts like me, no matter how psychologically healing that may be: I choose a President because that person is the most intelligent, thoughtful, capable person for the job.

Anonymous said...

Kwix-
Great post!

Sarah Jane Gabig said...

"re: kwix: "Once someone as extremist as Palin was on the ticket, it was impossible for any moderate, thoughtful adult to take that ticket seriously."

What extremist positions did Palin espouse? Keeping taxes low? Drilling for oil? How are these positions extremist?

"Of course, it also didn't help that she was deeply unqualified."

Palin possessed the most executive experience on either the Democratic or Republican ticket this year.