Vetting Sarah Palin – The Assignment of a Lifetime

Why this assignment; why now? With only days currently remaining until the November 2, 2010 general elections – unquestionably the single most important elections of a generation in which a president is NOT being chosen – America’s future leaders are being clearly defined by voters across the nation. As this process gloriously unfolds, closet doors are being opened, exposing ghosts heretofore unrevealed to the Conservative voters. These spirits haunt even the MOST Conservative political figures amongst us in these countdown days to the inevitable changing of the guard – and the revelations are shocking. 


Charles Krauthammer M.D., a Harvard educated, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, whose syndicated articles appear in magazines and papers across the country – and who is also a frequent guest on Fox News – has clearly miscalculated the viability of one of the most important Palin-endorsed candidates for the United States Senate of this election cycle.

This denouncement of Christine O’Donnell by Krauthammer, as witnessed on the Bill O’Reilly Show on Fox News, included unnecessary as well as absolutely uncalled-for potshots at Sarah Palin. Inferring that Palin is less well politically educated than Biden, for example, was one of the most insulting and party-dividing statements a so-called Conservative has lobbed at this nation’s most important Conservative figure-head in years. That one statement set Palin and the Conservative movement on its heels. And further revealed the classic disconnect between old boy Republicans the likes of Krauthammer, and true Conservatives in the vein of Sarah Palin.

Additional attacks against O’Donnell – further exposing the evil spirits lurking within the GOP establishment – would be heard from the mouth of Karl Rove recently, as well. Another once deeply respected and admired member of the Republican Party, this man – some say, THE man – was responsible for every successful move George W Bush ever made – so much so that Bush dubbed Rove “the Architect”. Rove, too is a regular contributor on Fox News.

Once head of the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Political Liaison, as well as the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, Rove, when interviewed on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News, was inexcusably, blatantly dismissive of Christine O’Donnell. In his interview, Karl Rove would declare the loser in the Delaware race, Mike Castle, “the most beloved political figure” in the state. Then, without taking a breath, he disregarded the winner O’Donnell as being someone with no appeal. He would argue tooth and nail with Hannity in that interview, pounding away at Conservatives (inferring Sarah Palin) while promising to support Republicans (anyone other than O’Donnell) – only later, ironically, being exposed as a Castle supporter.

His rhetoric could be described as being nothing more than a blatant attempt to drive a wedge into the Republican community. He failed to realize, though that while it surely must have appeared shocking to Palin, his unprofessionalism ultimately served to galvanize the Tea Party movement.

There is a wave now clearly rising. There is a movement very definable now fully exposing itself to America. The Tea Party now has more successful wins to its credit within a condensed timeframe than any other American political movement can rightfully claim. This movement is alive, palpable, real, not to be ignored and poised to return America to its position as that Shining City Upon the Hill.  And one individual is responsible for this momentum.

That person is Sarah Louise Palin – and this is her vetting.


 Sarah Palin, a 46 year old, self-described “Bible-believing Christian”, born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the United States of America, has represented Conservative Constitutionalism, small business entrepreneurs, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, non-partisanship, pro-life advocacy, the Amendments (as a staunch Constitutionalist), but in particular the 2nd, and political term limits (among her most prominent platforms) her entire political career. She abhors wasteful government spending – a cause Palin is so deeply passionate towards it would launch her Mayoral career in 1995 – and Palin considers the current administration the bane of current as well as future generations to come.

Governmental corruption goes against every core belief inherent to Palin’s persona – her programs to vet those within her administration are well documented. Inter-departmental deceit and immorality have been dealt with through patience and diplomacy, but dealt with they have been. In Palin’s nearly 20 year political career, she has positioned herself as a fresh and rejuvenating force for positive upward mobility in the Republican Party, and her current influence is instantly perceptible.      

At the age of 18, when most American teenagers were deciding on far less important issues, Sarah Palin officially registered as a Republican, a decision no doubt based on values deeply entrenched within Palin throughout her upbringing. By the age of 28, that decision would prompt Sarah to enter politics for the first time, pitting her against a local telephone company worker. That election would mirror many in Palin’s future political career; voters in Wasilla questioned her ability to defeat a man, much less her ability to have a serious affect on the City Council.

She would win that election to the City Council of Wasilla, Alaska – an election she was encouraged to enter by fellow classmates of hers at a local step aerobics center. Also members of this class were two gentlemen who would later play a central role in Palin’s advancing career.  Three years later, after shocking voters by not allowing her personal religious convictions to interfere with her role on the Council – as it related to small business owner’s rights – she would be elected again; this time by an overwhelming majority.

Upon completion of her first term on the City Council, midway through satisfying her second, Palin would set her sights on higher office, electing to run for Mayor of Wasilla. Her bold decision to seek the office of Mayor was based on her fears that the local government was wastefully spending revenues generated by a new sales tax increase. The city’s coffers were expanding, the then-current administration had drawn up plans requiring unnecessary, frivolous spending, and Palin – reflecting her classic Conservative ideals – announced her campaign.

This would be the first real test of Sarah Palin’s mettle as a Conservative politician – and as a woman running against the good old boys. That race would match Palin against her one time aerobics class partner – one of the men pivotal to her ascension into politics – then-Mayor of Wasilla John Stein.

Then-Mayor Stein never knew what hit him. Then 32 year old Sarah Palin was a formidable foe. Exposing Stein’s proposed spending and record of high taxes, as well as sharing her other campaign platforms with the voters of Wasilla – a voting majority comprised, by the time of Palin’s rise, of Conservative Christians – that included her pro-life and pro gun-rights stances, Sarah defeated Mayor Stein handily. Her platforms, campaign strategies and overall ideology caught the attention of the state GOP as well. The Party would endorse Palin over the three-term incumbent Stein, running television ads on her behalf – cementing a political relationship for better or worse. By the conclusion of the campaign, Palin’s political reputation had begun to take shape.


Once if office, Palin’s inaugural actions included the lowering of her personal salary by 10% – a move most voters (while appreciating the gesture) probably doubted would come to fruition. From there, the internal vetting of the previous administration would begin. Palin required updated resumes from every official, going so far as to demand resignation letters from particular department leaders most loyal to the former Mayor. Her moves, while unconventional, proved beneficial towards ferreting out true team players from those whose personal goals and biases would prove to undermine the role of government – that role, for Palin, being a small unified body working to effectively service the voting community. Palin’s successful process to unify or dismiss resulted in a first term staff turnover of nearly 100% – but the voters remained quite pleased. Palin listened to her constituency; and the voters elected her again – by a landslide!

Palin’s second term would witness her contributions to this once sleepy little town of Wasilla resulting in an expansion that brought business revenue and improvements to the city as never before. And while growth most certainly has the potential to come at a price (Wasilla’s long term debt would increase to $25 million as a result of expansion under Palin, leading her to secure the first of $10 million in earmarks for the government before her term would expire), today, Wasilla is a thriving community.

The current mayor attributes Wasilla’s 50,000 daily shoppers directly to Palin’s 75% reduction in property taxes and infrastructure improvements. “This is no longer a little strip town you can blow through in a heartbeat”. Wasilla, strong, proud, and now home to more than 6,000 people, remembers well the ways in which Sarah Palin heard their voice, listened to their demands, and bettered their lives. The old boys’ club was forever changed in Wasilla, and the GOP took notice.


Sarah Palin’s next move, at the age of 38 (in 2002), was a bid for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska – running against 4 other Republicans in a primary in which she came in second. This loss would expose Sarah to what was possibly the most extreme case of political nepotism she had yet witnessed in her career. After her defeat for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, Palin campaigned intensely throughout the state of Alaska for Frank Murkowski and Loren Leman – the team running for Governor-Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin would spend countless hours rallying for Frank Murkowski, befriending the man, cheering him on – hoping his win would secure for her his vacated seat in the Senate. Murkowski won. Palin was on the short list for his vacated Senate seat – everyone said she was a shoe in.

In what continues to this day to be called one of the most flagrant displays of unwarranted nepotism, Frank Murkowski – in typical old boys’ school demeanor – selected his daughter, State Representative Lisa Murkowski, to be his successor in the Senate. Palin would instead be offered and accept an appointment to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she would expose myriad ethics violations. The old boys’ networks would continue to be served notice, and Murkowski and Palin would be set on an inevitable collision course that would collide just a few years later.

In 2006, at the age of 42, against all odds, first facing down Murkowski’s formidable war chest of funds, and later defeating Democrat Knowles by a margin of 48 to 40 percent, Sarah Palin became the youngest Governor of Alaska in history – as well as the State’s first female to ever hold the position.

Understanding the voice of the voters, she ran on a platform of education first, followed by public safety and transportation. Her long-standing role as a pro-life proponent gained her the endorsement of the Alaska Right to Life group while her concerns with the environment combined with her continued advocacy for Alaska’s oil industry garnered her support from former Alaska Governor Walker Hickel. An additional endorsement, based on Palin’s recognized position on second amendment rights, would come from the Alaska Correctional Officers Association; indeed, through endorsements, Palin would succeed in winning the Governorship even while being outspent throughout the campaign.

Naturally, as with any position of such great importance and responsibility, attacks upon the one in office are inevitable – and Sarah Palin was no exception. For the record, Troopergate was finally concluded in 2008 with a final report from Tim Petumenos: “There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters.”

While ethics issues certainly weigh heavy in every politician’s career, other more important issues have been, and continue to be, placed center stage by Palin’s opponents. Since her days as Governor, Sarah Palin has strongly pleaded the case for America’s independence from its reliance on foreign oil suppliers. To that end, Palin supports drilling for oil and natural gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). And while this controversy has been one of deep concern that continues to provide contentious discourse between conservationists and economists, Palin remains firmly planted on the side of job creation, revenue procurement, and American energy independence.

Palin remains a committed environmentalist, as evidenced by her establishing of the gubernatorial executive order number 238 which, among several other key provisions, calls for “developing recommendations on the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Alaska sources, including the expanded use of alternative fuels, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use management, and transportation planning.” Palin’s ANWR stance, combined with this order, clearly demonstrates Palin’s ability to balance a fiscal need for energy independence against a respect for “green” initiatives – truly a rare trait in today’s old boys’ networks.


Throughout her career, Sarah Palin has witnessed and battled cronyism, nepotism, old boys’ networks, corruption, and political deceit of every size, shape and description. Her wars raged have been born from Conservative ideals, Christian values, the fundamentals found in the words of America’s Founding Fathers as written in the Constitution, and a plain old sense of knowing right from wrong. These ideals, shockingly – not surprisingly – have rendered her the target of great condemnation from socialists, Liberals, Democrats and even certain members from within the GOP – that party once so eager to embrace her in the days of Wasilla.

As the GOP has ungraciously turned its back on Sarah Palin – as particularly evidenced through the actions of one of the most glaring examples of the old boys’ network, John McCain – she has continued along the path of adhering to the voters; ever cognizant of the true Conservatives requiring support. She has been the driving force unifying the Tea Party movement in America – a once loose knit group of a few hundred people that now counts hundreds of thousands of well organized members in practically every state of the union. This movement draws inspiration from a unified mission: lower taxes; smaller government that interferes less with the population’s private lives; state’s rights; and an overall belief in American Exceptionalism. These are core, fundamental issues Sarah Palin has stood for her entire career.

Sarah Palin – through her support of and involvement with the Tea Party in general – has in one way or another had a positive effect on the campaigns of several Tea Party-backed Conservatives this election cycle. Some of the candidates who have included Palin in their projects or discussed her influence as having a positive upshot on their drives this year include Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and others. And those candidates who have succeeded in their bids for office as a direct result of Palin’s endorsements include Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, and, of course, Christine O’Donnell. Sarah Palin’s clout is more than influential – for many in the truly Conservative camp, it is the most powerful weapon in politics since that witnessed by Ronald Reagan’s allies in the days of the Gipper’s reign.   

The ability to galvanize on Palin’s part – the ability to bring together the voice of the voters and the electable candidates proven to answer the call of those voters – is a powerful magnet in a politician. It is also a fantastically rare commodity. One truly believes Palin’s honesty; her words – humble and forever unassuming – consistently come from the heart. When she speaks to a crowd, it’s as if she is talking to her family; never scripted, oft-times with a slip or a twist of the tongue, and genuinely caring.

Remembering speeches given by Ronald Reagan – when he would pause, almost coming to tears contemplating the severity of his words – one cannot help but catch glimpses of these mannerisms in moments of Palin on stage. She is captivating in her simplicity, powerful in her convictions, Reagan-esque in her Conservatism, Constitutionalism and belief in American Exceptionalism.


As this nation heads towards November, a crucial turning point in American history, Palin’s foes are making hay. Political strategists the likes of Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer have emerged from the old boys’ network closet. The most infamous, nepotisticallyinfluenced, former Palin competitor Lisa Murkowski has announced she will run again this November – as a write in. In these days, it is wise to recall the actions of Harry Reid in 2006 when he summoned then-Senator Obama, instructing Barack it was the Party’s intentions to have him run for the Presidency (even though it would not be until the summer of 2008 that Reid would publicly endorse the Senator from Illinois).

The Democrats (led by Reid) would have done anything to defeat Hillary – and they did it stealthily. The GOP is taking a page from that book. There is an all too familiar episode re-playing itself for voters to witness this season. The GOP loathes Sarah Palin. And the Party is now setting about to deeply unsettle those successful candidates she has promoted. The evidence is glaringly obvious. Murkowski has been unleashed; Rove and Krauthammer are doing their bidding. The events unfolding are towards one goal: the destruction of Palin’s bid for the Presidency.

Beginning with Sarah Palin’s first mayoral bid in Wasilla, and her refusal to kowtow to the GOP in the aftermath of her ascension to city office – a position she rightly earned regardless of Party politics being played out on the local airwaves – to her days as Governor of Alaska and her patriotic decision to place more emphasis on the needs of the voters of her state than the bureaucratic strong-arming of the Bush administration and its political blackmail as it related to the Alaska pipeline contracts, Palin has steadfastly remained a true person of character – and a life-long politician representing “We the People”. Now, in what has become America’s deadliest fight against tyranny since its founding, this nation’s leader in waiting listens for her constituency’s demands once more.


There can be no doubting Sarah Palin’s longstanding, steadfast commitment to a strong, stable, secure and Exceptional America at home. Also without question is the importance of America’s safety abroad and its allegiance to our allies. Since the days of this nation’s founding, freedom has come at great costs; never has security from tyranny been free.

Allowing for the rise of injustice, murder, torture, attack or any other form of degradation to another nation, be that persecution in the name of political gain, religious dominance and expansion, or sheer bigotry and ideology, it is the moral responsibility of the nation of the United States to stand up for the rights of the less fortunate and oppressed. Never in the history of man has the allowed suffering of another nation, creed, race or religion resulted in anything other than millions of deaths and suffering; likewise neither has the ignored spread of hatred, socialism, Marxism, Nazism, Trotskyism or other form of sociopathic ideology or sociological theory left any positive remains in its wake.

Sarah Palin has vowed, in her own words, that there will be: “no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel,” further swearing, “Israel is our strongest and best ally in the Middle East. We have got to assure them that we will never allow a second Holocaust, despite, again, warnings from Iran and any other country that would seek to destroy Israel that that is what they would like to see. We will support Israel. A two-state solution, building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem, those things that we look forward to being able to accomplish, with this peace-seeking nation, and they have a track record of being able to forge these peace agreements.” Palin will immediately look to mend the relations so quickly crushed and thrown to the wind by the current administration. 

Palin also will not allow for an unchecked, nuclear Iran. Considering the flaccidity of the current administration as it pertains to the Bushehr reactor debacle, in fact, Palin should have been in control of that issue from the beginning:  “A leader like Ahmadinejad, who is not sane or stable when he says things like that, is not one whom we can allow to acquire nuclear energy, nuclear weapons… [Ahmadinejad] is downright dangerous because leaders like [him], who would seek to acquire nuclear weapons and wipe off the face of the Earth an ally like we have in Israel, should not be met with without preconditions and diplomatic efforts being undertaken first.” (WIKIPEDIA)

In closing it is fantastically imperative to reiterate one fundamental element of Sarah Palin’s political and personal persona: she is first and foremost a Christian. Second, and equally as important, she is a Constitutionalist. Defining those terms in the context of how she will lead a country requires one simple review of the Founding Fathers. She has never allowed religion to interfere with her duties as a servant to the people – ever. She has forever listened to the voice of the people – always. She has in all public duties eschewed obfuscation – consistently. She is the one true voice of the people – and so too have her soldiers, her armies, always been.

This city on the hill has grown dim. Sarah Louise Palin is the lantern to light that torch for the world to once again turn towards.        

Christopher Massie