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Palin Comments On Her Resignation

From Governor Palin’s Facebook page:

Happy 4th of July from Alaska!

On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too.

If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you.

First, I want to thank you for your support and hard work on the values we share. Those values led me to the decision my family and I made. Yesterday, my family and I announced a decision that is in Alaska’s best interest and it always feels good to do what is right. We have accomplished more during this one term than most governors do in two – and I am proud of the great team that helped to build these wonderful successes. Energy independence and national security, fiscal restraint, smaller government, and local control have been my priorities and will remain my priorities.

For months now, I have consulted with friends and family, and with the Lieutenant Governor, about what is best for our wonderful state. I even made a few administrative changes over that course in time in preparation for yesterday. We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most. And once I decided not to run for re-election, my decision was that much easier – I’ve never been one to waste time or resources. Those who know me know this is the right decision and obvious decision at that, including Senator John McCain. I thank him for his kind, insightful comments.

The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.

I shared with you yesterday my heartfelt and candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness!

God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference – with you!

Sarah

It sure does sound like Mrs. Palin will remain in politics in a freelance role – at least for now.

We certainly need her.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, July 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

43 Responses to “Palin Comments On Her Resignation”

  1. Melly

    Sarah Twittered:
    AKGovSarahPalin Critics are spinning, so hang in there as they feed false info on the right decision made as I enter last yr in office to not run again….

    Sarah also posted her attorney’s response to recent baseless accusations:

    http://ktuu.images.worldnow.co.....4-09-1.pdf

  2. AmericanIPA

    She’s not the Republican party’s only hope, but she’s certainly our best hope imo. I trust that she will do the right thing for herself and her family, and maybe that will also be what is best for our country. But in the meantime, we all need to be diligent and work harder than the enemy–no matter who that enemy is–in order to turn the country’s course back to one that the Founding Fathers would agree with.

    We need more humble and grounded conservatives like her to make the Republican party to evict the corrupt and useless politicians in DC no matter their party affiliation. Work for a conservative who is running for office–any office–and start the ball rolling folks!

    Whew, I’m better now.

  3. Melly

    I agree – but things will not get better if we have Republicans turning on each other. You never hear Democrats/Liberals turning on each other.
    I think Sarah’s biggest enemy right now is John McCain and his minions.
    All this attention Sarah is getting is so telling – she is a huge threat.
    She can draw the crowds, she walks the talk,
    After fours years of Barry’s malaise, the country will be positioned to embrace Sarah. The pendulum always swings back.
    Let’s just get through 2010 and regain power so we can slow down Barry’s regime.
    A day of headlines covering Sarah is a day of not hearing about Barry.

    Keep the faith.

    • proreason

      It appears that McCain Inc has decided that they bit off more than they could chew with Sarah.

      They have probably convinced themselves that she is the reason he lost.

      Which amazes me because I think he gave up at the end.

      But there is a very profound difference between the country club Republicans like McCain and the rest of us. I don’t doubt for a second that the country club crew figure they can be just as fat and happy as commissars as the Obamy cabal are. McCain for example, doesn’t seem to be raising much of a stink about anything as the country races towards facism.

      What they really fear are the people who want to throw them out on their asses.

    • tranquil.night

      I have more faith in McCain. He’s a fool, but I think he’s a more honest fool than most give him credit for, and I think he’s more on our side than most want to concede because we’re righteously upset that he alone lost the election (which has produced awful/predictabe consequences). He’s committed to the ‘morality’ of his spineless path of value compromise and mutual understanding, but he’s not the problem in the GOP, imo, and he doesn’t need to be thrown out on his ass unless it’s in his Senate reelection. It’s these faceless forces high up in the political elite that are really the big government types that are secretly enjoying this socialist takeover because they want to pick up the reigns in the future, as I think ProReason aptly pointed out in another thread.

      McCain and Palin remain cordial, as she openly admits still seeking his council from time to time. I also appreciate the statements McCain has made for Iran.

      So before the Republicans do start ripping eachother apart, remeber that is exactly what the MSM has been trying to encourage since Sarah came to the national stage.

      Libs and Dems are splitting as well and this would be more apparent if it was at all reported, but the moderate Dems are I think just as scared to death of this administration as the private sector.

      And I’ve said it before, I think 2012 is irrelevant and 2010 might be as well. Bam adjusts his strategy so that he’s always one step ahead of the rest. If the conservatives start organizing and gaining strength, the admin will take the necessary steps to ensure their victory.

      I see this heading down a road rarely travelled in history and I think she does too. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary reasons and that is the single most logical reason for me of why she’s made these unpredictable moves.

    • proreason

      I’m not as sanguine about McCain Inc as you are t.n. And I did support him in 08, but because he was the alternative and a hero, rather than because I found his politics appealing.

      This is what now bothers me:
      – the attacks on Palin by his camp
      – his virtual silence on the radicalization of the country. There is so much to oppose on every front, and I don’t hear him making the case nearly enough. He could be a rallying point for rational people, and since he is not, it’s to his shame.
      – his daughter, who is out there argueing for her father’s “vision”, which is essentially go-along-to get-along. She wouldn’t be doing it without his blessing.

      Frankly, he appears to now be just another Washington insider, feathering his own nest.

      His political philosophy is essentially to compromise. That might have worked in the 50’s through the 90’s. But wild animals s are in the house now. He and like thinkers will be used by the radicals as they ravage the country for their own personal gain.

    • tranquil.night

      Absolutely p.r. I agree with you on all points. I wish he would keep a tighter hold on his camp too, but we don’t even know how many of those “aides” of his are even real, and if they are, whether they aren’t just liberal operatives or disillusioned workers that let their emotions guide them.

      I think McCain has been marginalized politically, I always have, even before he ‘won’ last years primaries (actually I think the other candidates lost it). He’s a friend of the MSM which got him the most airtime which somehow translated into that victory; I have my questions about that too. I’ve gone as far as to wonder if he even threw the election because he’s part of the grand plan and is comfortable sitting in the permanent losers chair of the Obamanation (at least he’s taken care of, right?).

      Anyway, I’m glad that he hasn’t assumed more of a leadership role. Resolved, that any man can embody the values of conservatism and arise as a true leader, McCain is one of few I’d rather not. He’s simply no longer fresh enough to reach across partisan lies with that message, even though his goal was to do exactly as such.

    • Petronius

      Melly: “I think Sarah’s biggest enemy right now is John McCain and his minions.”

      I think it is an exaggeration to say that McCain is Sarah Palin’s biggest enemy, but he certainly has dirty hands.

      A real leader would have long ago rushed to Palin’s defense, passionately, forcefully, and without hesitation. As I noted elsewhere on S&L, the national election has been over for eight months, yet the attacks against Palin and her family have continued unabated and unanswered. At no point has McCain stepped forward to respond to these attacks on his running mate. If he has disavowed the stream of anti-Palin insults attributed by the press to his campaign staffers, he must have done so very quietly, as I for one have not heard of it. This inaction is disgraceful.

      I suspect that McCain is mental; the wiring in his brain is scrambled, perhaps as a result of his ordeal in Vietnam. How else are we to explain his past advocacy for the “rights” of captured terrorists (foreign enemies) while simultaneously proposing other laws to curtail political debate and gun ownership, basic 1st and 2d Amendment freedoms of Americans? Similarly, granting amnesty to unknown millions of illegal aliens––even while they actively demonstrated their disloyalty on American streets––is no substitute for homeland security, reasserting control over U.S. borders, restoring law and order to our southern border, stopping infiltration of terrorists, WMDs, and narcotics, and screening out dangerous criminals and diseased aliens. While McCain may drone on endlessly about earmarks, he has––as Proreason aptly notes––been virtually missing-in-action as regards the radicalization of our country and the trashing of American private enterprise.

      I will say this much for John McCain. I believe him to be a loyal American (unlike the current president).

    • proreason

      Petronius: “How else are we to explain his past advocacy for the “rights” of captured terrorists (foreign enemies) while simultaneously proposing other laws to curtail political debate and gun ownership”

      McLame is an unusual person, for sure.

      I think it’s all about Viet Name for him. That’s where he was defined. Since he was tortured so horribly, he is steadfast that anything but blowing kisses ever be done to this country’s enemies. And I think his return to a bitterly hate-filled country after sacrificing everything but his life drives his need to always compromise, no matter how stupid the compromise is. He imagines that his sacrifice can inspire others to yield, when in fact they never do. Only he and his admirers do.

      But he still would never have tried to destroy this great country as the Moron is doing.

    • jobeth

      All, this thread has been interesting.

      My two cents is that I think McCain is just plain past his prime. Period. I don’t think he is a bad guy, but instead a bit delusional about staying above the fray.

      I think Pro is right on when he said Viet Nam defined McCain. I think undergoing the torture he went through had its effect on him. He wants to be better than them. And that’s a noble thing.

      Problem is…war is not a nice thing. Frank torture IS wrong, but you can swing the pendulum too far the other way. I think he has in this.

      He has surrounded himself with people that are typical of politicians. Self-centered and self serving. Palin got the dirty end of that stick. He appears to have believed their lies over her and allowed them to bind her down during the campaign.

      I questioned his practice of constantly bringing up his time as a POW. I have full and deep respect and appreciation for what he endured for us all, but somehow, when one is continually resting everything on that one event…you have to wonder.

      But when I lost all respect for him was when he allowed the wolves to attack Palin. Having thought enough of her to choose her for his VP pick you would have thought he would have stood by her against all the critics. Instead he abandoned her and she had to fight that battle on her own. Where’s HIS appreciation for the torture she and her family took for HIM? And it was torture.

      Palin on the other hand is a go getter…a fighter…and puts a higher goal above her own personal goals. But realistically. I like that.

      If at sometime she goes into the martyr mode like he did…continually bringing up all the sacrifices she endured…then I will think a lot less of her.

      If you think enough of something to sacrifice for it. Then do by all means, sacrifice. If you then have to remind every one of that sacrifice by continually referring to it…you have to question your real underlining reason for the sacrifice. Was it altruistic or was it for your own selfish needs?

      Having said the last sentence, I don’t mean he was being selfish while he endured his torture. But he sure made hay of it after he got home. He’s entitled to be proud of his sacrifice for sure. And we owe him a lot…for sure. But somehow everything was always wrapped around that.
      And unfortunately being a POW who was tortured does not qualify one for the presidency.

      I also know what I just said is probably going to draw fire from some and I respect that. I just wanted to see some depth and some strength from McCain.

      Just saying.

    • Melly

      I yield to Petronius, as I am a newbie here. ;-)
      Perhaps I did indulge in hyperbole.
      And I agree with the effect Vietnam had on McCain’s need to please everyone all the time.
      However, I do not trust McCain to adhere to conservative or even Republican ideals.

    • tranquil.night

      Very well articulated Jobeth.

      If you think enough of something to sacrifice for it. Then do by all means, sacrifice. If you then have to remind every one of that sacrifice by continually referring to it…you have to question your real underlining reason for the sacrifice. Was it altruistic or was it for your own selfish needs?

      Exactly right. Bravo. And yes, Sarah could make a devastating mistake by playing the victim role. By the sounds of it though, I get the impression this whole thing has been a role she didn’t really want but now is feeling called to take. I’m a fantasy novel writer and a hopeful English major, and in the eternal fight of good verse evil, when the stars align everyone knows to watch out for the plucky underdog hero that is in the battle for reasons they feel are greater than themselves. Somehow, with what seems like the world and cosmic order against them, they triumph. Hugely.

    • jobeth

      Thanks tranquil.night. Appreciate the comment

      However I am in admiration of you. I’ve always wanted to be a novel writer, but don’t have the training. I have a seed of an idea but at this late stage of my life, it will have to be a dream that escaped me. I have a cousin who is a published novel writer. Keep us the good work!

      Back on topic…(Sorry Steve)

    • wardmama4

      Great commentary and discussion – why I keep coming back to S&L.

      You all touched on many of the points as to why McCain lost 2008 Presidential election for the GOP.

      But here are the points that are biggest as to why McCain should not be the future of the GOP:

      McCain for example, doesn’t seem to be raising much of a stink about anything as the country races towards facism

      At no point has McCain stepped forward to respond to these attacks on his running mate [and he was big on squashing all criticisms and truths of Obama, instantly]

      he appears to now be just another Washington insider, feathering his own nest

      Similarly, granting amnesty to unknown millions of illegal aliens––even while they actively demonstrated their disloyalty on American streets––is no substitute for homeland security

      and this one:

      I questioned his practice of constantly bringing up his time as a POW. I have full and deep respect and appreciation for what he endured for us all, but somehow, when one is continually resting everything on that one event…you have to wonder

      Which leads to why I detest McCain more than even the worst (Obama) Democrat – he joined with John Kerry (who served in Vietnam – which is where McCain learned to constantly bring up his time as a POW) on the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (Aug 2, 1991 to Jan 2, 1993) to abandon our MIAs in exchange for ‘normalizing’ relations with Vietnam. How dare these two Vietnam ‘veterans’ sell out their brothers-in-arms for political expediency. And to join with a seditious traitor like John Kerry – well McCain might as well join Spector and change his R to a D as far as I’m concerned –

      It would do the Republican Party good.

  4. catie

    I lost a lot of respect for McCain in the waning weeks of the campaign last year. I agree, he gave up. He pulled out of some states and Sarah was the one who wanted to keep going. Perhaps he felt “the tug of the most historical election” (if I continue to hear this phrase I will puke) or maybe he just got tired.
    I have to wonder why we eat our own. The libs never do and I wish they would stop it.

  5. bronzeprofessor

    I hate to sound like a lib, but can I just say —

    I want to give everyone on this site a big hug! It is so wonderful to read intelligent postings from so many people in America who aren’t falling for the Palin-bashing, either from conservatives or the Left!

    God bless you all!

    However we feel about McCain or Obama for that matter, I think the important thing is to see Sarah as our Joan of Arc.

    I love Sarah because she gives me a reason to talk about politics in a positive way — she offers me something to affirm and believe in, rather than something to get angry about. I have to believe that we’re not alone in seeing her this way. I think it’s best to leave McCain by the wayside for now, and just focus on what we have — we have Sarah Palin, our own Mulan, and I think she is going to do wonderful stuff, either within the GOP or as an Independent, either running for office or merely energizing the base for someone else who will.

    • Steve

      “However we feel about McCain or Obama for that matter, I think the important thing is to see Sarah as our Joan of Arc.”

      For the record, during the campaign I started (along with Ann Coulter) the website GetDrunkAndVote4McCain.com. (Now GetDrunkAndHope4TheBest.com.)

      Once Mr. McCain picked Governor Palin to be his running mate, I added two more domains to point to the site:

      Voting4Palin.com
      VotingForPalin.com

      I just recently renewed them and redirected them to S&L.

    • bronzeprofessor

      Steve,

      Much credit must go to you. I came across your GetDrunk site in the summer of 2008 as I was crazed with despair (I was Latinos4JohnnyMac), and it was through that site that I eventually discovered this one. You have done great things to advance the Palin point of view. Kudos! I hope if Palin starts some serious organizing, we can use this site to brainstorm.

      Robert O. Lopez

    • Liberals Demise

      Ditto, Steve ……….. I too found this site the same way BP did. I was under the handle of American Infidel and have found myself a real home here with like minded people that kept me with some sanity in an insane world! Thanks to all here but especially to you Steve.

      The kudos are all yours, friend!!!

    • Steve

      You guys are too kind.

      But thanks!

  6. bronzeprofessor

    This is a great piece from JR Dunn at American Thinker:

    http://www.americanthinker.com.....et_to.html

    He’s got it right.

    • Paulajay

      You are so right that we should “see Sarah as our Joan of Arc.” And I agree with Dunn’s premise that “the best is yet to come” for Sarah Palin, but the idea that she will sit back and then come out fighting after Obama’s SECOND TERM is terrifying. We’ll be lucky if there’s anything left of our Country six months from now at the rate the Messiah is dismantling it. And WHO on our side is even questionning him?? By stepping down as Governor of Alaska, she’ll be free to travel the nation and stand up for the values that most Americans share. The media has been after her from the day she was chosen for McCain’s VP. She can now use that to her advantage and get the message out that we want our country back. She describes herself as a “pitbull with lipstick”. It’s time for Sarah — unleashed.

    • Barbie

      Paulajay, I could not agree with you more. The situation is critical – we won’t have a country left after six months and I believe SP is going to be the use the bullhorn to awaken the sleeping masses. Fortunately, SP is going to remain independent.

      She has learned, as the rest of us have, the GOP is really nothing but a pack of two-faced dogs in heat (no offense to dogs). I was hopeful when Michael Steele was elected to RNC, but it’s the same-o, same-o. The Grand Old Party is really a misnome, it should stand for the Mediocre Old Party.

  7. BillK

    McCain’s an idiot – always has been in his political career, IMHO, and always will be.

    Simply put, Sarah Palin has been the only source of excitement in the GOP in the past few years, and is the main hope for its future.

    Liberal Republicans like McCain have all but destroyed the party at this point.

    The reaction of idiots like Rove are the reason the GOP will never see a dime of my money again until they change in a big way.

    Sarah’s got my complete support, as do individual candidates.

    But the party? Dead to me financially unless they prove to me they’ve obtained a clue.

    I can understand why Democrats have been trying to destroy Palin, but why Rove and other so-called GOP “pundits” have joined the dog pile I’ll never understand.

    So go ahead, GOP, nominate Romney in 2012.

    I’ll stay home and watch Obama win again.

  8. artboyusa

    I’m having a bit of cognitive dissonance on this matter. One the one hand, Palin is an atractive, energetic person who connects well with the general public. She’s also a conservative. This cannot be said for the rest of the GOP “leadership”. On the other, I’m still not sure she’s ready for prime time, although I voted for her. That she couldn’t say which books or newspapers she read bothers me and her resignation statement, well it kindofwentonandonandonshe was all over theplace”Howlongcanthiswomankeeptalking?”Iaskedmyselfandapparentlytheanswerisforeverandever…BUT, and this is the bottom line, the libs hate her guts. The amount of filth thrown at her and the sheer venomous viciousness with which they do it and kep doing it show just how much she frightens them. She frightens the GOP establishment too, so I’m going to bury my doubts and back her in whatever she chooses to do. Somebody’s got to lead the fightback and it sure ain’t gonna be John McCain or that John “Castrato” Boehner, so go get ‘em, Sarah!

    • proreason

      Palin needs to study-up on national issues in the next few months or years. Reagen did it. So can she.

      Re her speaking style, what some find charming annoys others. She would do herself well to develop a variant style that is a bit less down-home and a bit more academic for interviews and public pronouncements. If she doesn’t, sad to say, some people won’t vote for her even though they like her principles and policy positions. Dubya’s deep Texas accent and vernacular cost him millions of votes. Superficialies count, as our totally contrived Moron president amply demonstrates. (I believe his biggest asset is his cigarette-induced baritone. It’ss worth millions of votes as well.)

    • tranquil.night

      Sarah speaks from her heart, not the teleprompter. Her stream-of-conciousness style of speech making touches me personally since I find it so much more honest and insightful into one’s true spirit.

      That being said, I agree with you artboy, p.r. and b.p.

      She needs some time to refine her rhetoric and get a broader intellectual grasp over the conservative philosophy. Get her hanging out with the likes of Levin, Limbaugh and Ziegler (who was the one man in politics I listened to back in 05-06 when he was a radio host in LA) and she’ll be golden.

      I second Paula’s sentiments; it’s too long and too late for her to make her move even by 2012, and even much more so in 2016. We’re trying to set a historical precedent to the Reagan/Carter scenario, time-wise, and it just doesn’t work. One, Obama’s moving much faster and effectively than Carter; two, the Liberals have been planning this basically since Carter and have learned from his mistakes; three, technology has hyper-accelerated the tide of history.

      My conclusion is drastic measures: impeachment.

      It’s Sarah’s job now to get us there, but it’s not going to happen without first taking down the shield le’Bam: the media. Then the dominos will go – all the democrats embattled in scandal – and the administration’s progress comes to a hault. That’s when I think we see the left get desperate and get ugly.

    • bronzeprofessor

      Matt, what do you think of the idea of trying to move her into the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee? That would give her simultaneously exposure to tutelage and power to steer the discussion. Does anyone know when Steele’s office runs out, officially? I am embarrassed to say, I give so much money to the RNC but I don’t even know how the election of the chairmanship works.

      Another idea that crossed my mind — can we move the Palin family to a key house district in 2010, and then run her against a Democrat or a squishy Republican? Move her to San Francisco and run her against Pelosi? No, that’s crazy…. But maybe like my district here in the San Fernando Valley, we could run her against Brad Sherman, a long-time, typical Democrat. People’s rage about the economy is high, she might be able to win a Congressional seat that way.

    • tranquil.night

      Bobby, I meant to comment on that idea earlier in fact – excellent. I’m not sure how long the RNC chair term is, but I believe Steele just got the position at the beginning of this year, so we may have some time.

      It’s a sad thing to say but if Steele truly cares about his party, but isn’t going to do what’s needed to take the reigns of Republican leadership, then he should step aside for someone who will. I have nothing against the man other than that he’s still in the camp of getting everyone to play nice. He’s a decent guy and a good republican, but evidently not a capable leader, and sadly I think he was elected as chair by the RINOs who were still afraid of the ‘racist republican’ stereotype at a time when a hugely popular black liberal president had been elected.

      I’m not sure about the rule-book for the RNC; one still maintains their private citizen standing, correct? I think that element is crucial right now for her battle with the media. This idea that she is out of politics really serves to her advantage right now, so perhaps that position is a good place for her in the nearer future.

      Thank you for asking! A very thought-provoking and enjoyable discussion as usual my friend.

    • catie

      Bobby & Matt, I just got a call from the RNC wanting money (what a surprise). I told them that I am sick and tired of Republicans eating their own, Michael Steele not speaking up or out about anything and then I asked them when his term was up because there is an outstanding soon to be former Gov. of AK who would do a much better job if he doesn’t step up soon as he used to do with GOPAC (which I actually used to give to as well). They hung up on me.
      Bobby, I like your idea about moving the Palin family. Heck, Hillary did that when she ran for Senate. I don’t think they’d move though, unlike the Clinton’s they have too much integrity.
      Steve, thanks again for this site. I came over from getdrunk too.

    • bronzeprofessor

      Catie, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to bite the head off of Republicans when they ask for money. Maybe I’m an emotional wimp, I just feel so sorry for them I end up writing out another check for $20. I know it’s silly of me, but I see the GOP as a lost child that I can’t abandon in its time of crisis. Like a teenager you love, who spent the night in jail; you want to teach him a lesson but you also don’t want to disappear on him. Your approach is probably smarter than mine!

      I suppose Sarah & Todd will be flooded with ideas from people. I hope someone on her team is reading this site. Considering how S&L has ties to Ann Coulter, maybe the Palins will notice us talking about them and think about some of these possibilities.

  9. U NO HOO

    As Wild Willie Cunningham might say, “Would someone analyze the Republican Platform, as it is supported by leading Republicans, and give us a full report?”

    I’ll bet Sarah supports the platform more than anyone else.

    Get the point?

    Thank you.

  10. proreason

    VDH has some good observations on Palin:

    http://corner.nationalreview.c.....ZjY2VkZjc=

    To paraphrase, it doesn’t matter what the critics say about her resignation, they can’t possibly be worse than the lies they have and will say about her. Resigning gives her a change to lecture, study and build a team.

  11. bronzeprofessor

    Why are conservatives turning Palinophobic? I just saw this piece on HotAir: http://hotair.com/archives/200.....alinistas/

    Ace’s “special comment” on Palinistas

    But there is a mentality in the nutroots that if you dare to post a poll showing Republicans down and say “we’re in trouble, we need a game-changer,” well, that means you’re secretly rooting against our side.
    And if you say that Fred Thompson isn’t catching on as hoped, well, you hate Fred Thomson.
    And if you do not believe that Sarah Palin has some double-secret probation plan for the presidency, you must hate her too, and you’re rooting against her, and cheering for the other side.
    This is f[------] insane and it must stop. I will not be bullied by this ludicrous magical thinking brigade who insists that only Nice and Positive Words must be uttered or else one is contributing one’s Evil Energy to the Wrong Side.
    It’s insane.
    I disagree with you. I have tried to do so pleasantly but I am tired of the imputation of bad motive simply because I am more realistic and less prone to flights of hopeful fancy than you.
    If you think I’m wrong, say so. I do not mind being called wrong. I do, however, greatly mind being called a traitor, of harboring a secret agenda I hide from you in order to advance the MSM’s interests, etc., and all the rest of this insane bull[-----].

    I get the feeling that we are the “nutroots” Palinistas that “Ace” is accusing of trying to strong-arm him with insults and threats. But I’m lost. Someone explain this to me. I check in with this site all day and nobody on her is throwing profanity at conservatives who criticize Palin. We just happen to support her. I don’t think we’re nuts. Nor do I think we dismiss obvious needs for improvement in Palin.

    Why are people swearing at us and calling us nuts and saying we aren’t gracious about listening to them, when in fact we are sitting here having a reasoned debate and getting sworn at and parodied in four-letter words by people on other right-wing websites?

    • bronzeprofessor

      As an example in defense of at least Palin supporters on this site, I can refer to a recent debate I had with Howard Roark about how to attract Latinos to the conservative movement. We disagreed but we didn’t start swearing at each other or using the F word or calling each other BS. I see examples all over the place of conservatives who argue but don’t act like this “Ace” person on HotAir quoted above. I’m just extremely confused by what’s going on. Is it Palin that drives people nuts on every part of the spectrum? Are we nuts and just don’t realize it?

    • proreason

      Ace is reacting to posters on his own site. He isn’t all-in for Sarah, and he was receiving some criticism for it, so he responded

      S&L is one of the best-behaved sites around. It’s unlikely he is talking at us.

      There is a surprising amount of anti-Palin talk on a lot of conservative sites. The basic knocks are that she isn’t intellectually sophisticated enough and that by resigning she has demonstrated that she’s a quitter. I don’t buy either one of those, but you can see how the arguments can be made.

      But at least the conservative sites don’t accuse her of eating babies and fornicating with lizards like the respected msm satellites so.

    • tranquil.night

      My Dad’s a solid Republican. Today I told him I’m in Palin’s camp and he immediately and sternly replied:

      “Don’t even go there!”

      Surprised and intrigued, I asked, “Wow, what did she do to piss you off?”

      He fed me the arguments: she’s intellectually meek, she doesn’t carry herself at the level in which a national politician should, etc etc.

      I said, “Alright, but perhaps with the time away from governing Alaska she can immerse herself in the national issues and get a clearer picture of how she can effectively articulate them to the public?”

      The discussion then shifted gears and he commented that public service life is just too taxing on one’s family as it is, and with such circumstances already surrounding her children it just seemed irresponsible that she would get this far into the game.

      I replied, “Fair enough, even though after the election it was the media that wanted to keep her (and her children) in the spotlight; but with the situation as it is now, is it becoming of a mother to essentially teach her children to bow out to bullying?”

      To which he had no response, yet nevertheless I could see that I hadn’t struck a chord.

      I’m resolved to conclude that you simply have your intellectual conservatives and you have your values conservatives. In this era where elegant words mean more than actions, it would seem the intellectual conservatives are demanding a candidate that excels in both (since they think it would take both to reach enough of ‘stupid America’ to win an election). They look at Sarah and probably see the same ‘cult of personality’ forming around her that could parallel Obama’s, and they probably have a visceral reaction to that.

      Ultimately, I think they just want to keep us grounded in reality, not sailing off into the land of ‘Hope.’

      But to me that viewpoint is nothing more than haughtiness – choices are what matter, not words, and to me Sarah’s choices speak much louder than any words ever could or need to.

    • proreason

      “you simply have your intellectual conservatives and you have your values conservatives”

      It’s a good point, and it’s why Sarah needs some time, if she is interested in running for President, to prepare herself in the behaviours that intellectual conservatives care about.

      There’s nothing wrong with being down-home, but an office-seeker needs to do the things necessary to appeal to a broad enough range of voters to win. Reagen did it. So can Sarah.

      She needs to never again be trapped by the “supreme court decisions” question (which next time, will be something else). She needs to demonstrate that she can develop a team of advisors that can hold it’s own. And she needs to develop a compelling response to the hick from Wasilla argument, which she has already done to an extent, but the response needs to be much stronger.

    • neocon mom

      While I agree that Sarah may have some learning (wisin’ up?) to do I am wary of the notion that she needs a “coterie” of advisors to turn her into someone else. Like she’s Eliza Doolittle? Sorry folks, cat’s out of the bag, if Sarah started being someone else she’d lose more appeal than she’d gain. Maybe I’m projecting my hopes onto her, but I happen to think she already understands the way beltway insiders think. I say it will happen naturally. She beat a popular incumbent governor ON HER OWN! She didn’t hire a P.R. firm or any other hired guns, and don’t forget she had resigned from another state political appointment because of corruption before running for governor. I don’t ever want to see her managed like a “brand”.

      Sarah has already been (and will continue to be) tried by fire. She’s got staying power. When your retirement from the governorship of one of the smallest states in the Union gets this much press, your goose isn’t cooked. (And isn’t it fun to see so many Washington insiders flummoxed by her normalcy?)

      Sarah will learn from whatever she enters into next. I see a rare humility in what she just did. She could have hung onto power, but at what cost to the citizens of Alaska?

      She can define herself more freely now, and her attackers will lose credibility as she gains it, as long as she’s willing to stay on the scene in some fashion. And as credibility is essential to persuasion, persuasion essential to getting elected, don’t count her out yet.

    • proreason

      “I am wary of the notion that she needs a “coterie” of advisors to turn her into someone else. ”

      I agree with you, and it isn’t what I was saying.

      But if she wants to challenge at the national level, she can’t be a lone ranger. I guess it’s conceivable that she could do so, but it’s highly unlikely she would succeed. She doesn’t need handlers, but a group of like-thinking people with expertise in different areas, because, unlike the Moron, she shouldn’t try to pose as an expert on everything from abortion to Zulu history.

      But if she allows her personal characteristics to be “managed” to appeal to this and that group, she will lose the people who love her for who she is today.

  12. wardmama4

    TN – Your post is point on – too many are buying into the Cult of Personality & the 8 years trashing of Bush as ‘the GOP needs to find a wonderkind who is beautiful, speaks well and can articulate a moderate point of view – so we can win

    And are by-passing a beautiful, strong, normal person who doesn’t do well in contrived, set up interviews – Palin might have said – what’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom – once too often but come on – look at the Obama/Biden ticket – it was full of simplistic innuendo filled platitudes – Yes We Can, Hope and Change. That has become the nature of the beast.

    It is all just one more step, one more reason that Americans are dumbed down into simplistic sheeple. I myself, however, prefer a candidate who has a belief, a value system and a deep and abiding concern for America, her citizens and a belief in God – don’t care about how they look, how they speak or how young or old they are.

    Getting used to a Texas way of speaking (and doing), Alaskan or even Kentucky (I really haven’t spent a lot of time and/or living in the deep South) – takes some time – but it does not mean someone is stupid, intellectually dense or worthless –

    But leave it to the tolerant Liberals to believe exactly those things about a real strong woman, no less – I guess to them it was a choice between being seen as a racist or a sexist and once again – racism always win.

  13. pdsand

    Well…I don’t think Sarah Palin is actually that much of a ideological conservative, not like me anyway. I don’t personally think she believes in little or no government, little or no welfare, strong national defense and free enterprise in the same radical way that I do. I personally think she’s a “new way” kind of conservative who believes in strong and pro-active central government just with a nod to traditional American values. Kind of in the Bush “compassionate conservative” model of faith-based initiatives, no child left behind, and whatnot.
    Of course she might be a true conservative who is just forced to participate in the conversation that the Democrats are having with themselves, but we’ll probably never know.
    At any rate, I will paraphrase terribly and say that the she makes all the right people mad, so I like her anyway. She is definitely the only Republican on the national stage right now who has stuck her big toe out a little to the right, and it’s hilarious how the media is constantly trying to chop it off. Heaven forbid herself or another republican actually comes out swinging in the Reagan model in 2010 or 2012. Obama will probably use nukes on his own country to prevent a conservative from coming to power.

  14. tranquil.night

    Posting via Drudge: Palin’s interview with Time

    http://www.time.com/time/natio.....-2,00.html

    She echoes many of the points here however already I’m starting to see more clarity in her language. There are many, many quotes that’ll make you want to pump your fist with a solid “Right on!”

    Edit: And actually, as I’m looking at all the news outlets, I’m seeing that the full-court press is on as she’s making the MSM rounds.

    Edit #2: And look how the AP reports on the Time interview: “The outgoing Alaska governor told the Anchorage Daily News she stepped down because ethics complaints against her and her squabble with lawmakers would have paralyzed the 18 months she had left in office.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/s.....7-08-23-20

    Amazing.




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