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Conservative Elites Now Criticizing Palin

Sarah Palin certainly never has been a favorite of Democrats, or even of John McCain’s ‘moderate’ Republican party. She is too workaday, too much of a Mom, too populist, not enough of a professional politician, too controversial, too much of an Alaska phenomenon – a place that many Republicans wouldn’t visit anyway since it is cold and scary and full of wild animals. They prefer golf vacations in Arizona where John McCain has all his houses and the chablis flows like bottled water on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Unfortunately,  now even the conservative elite like George Will and Charles Krauthammer have joined the anti-Palin wrecking crew. They are the guys with the three-dollar words in the 20-second TV sound bites, while neither has ever spent 50 cents at the county fair where you can find the Real People that conservatism is supposed to represent.

 

But Palin has been to the county fair. And she knows the people. Because she truly is one of them. And that is what rankles the wealthy and educated elites. “The people” love Sarah Palin precisely because she is not John McCain. Or George Will. And she’s better looking than they are to boot.

 

Republican Richard Nixon was another famous product of the middle class who hated the East Coast intellectual GOP elite and they hated him back. And oh, yes, Ronald Reagan. We can’t forget him. Regular guy. No Ivy League degree. Born in a small house in the Midwest. Never really got far, did he…

 

Now a writer named Matt Labash at the Weekly Standard said of Palin, “She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition”. He means that she is becoming a professional complainer like Sharpton, which is nonsense.

 

Labash’s statement is called ‘creative writing’ among the intelligentsia, what commentators do to get their words noticed. In fact it was the headline in a story about conservative wariness of Palin. It is completely nonsensical but it makes perfect sense for those inside the Washington Beltway for whom politics is merely intellectual gamesmanship and wordplay. Which it is not to Sarah Palin. She is worried about people’s lives. You know, the folks at the county fair.

 

Meanwhile Jonathan Martin and John F. Harris on the establishment/liberal Politico.com site wrote:

 

‘Most famously, (Palin) has played the victim card — never more vividly than when she invoked the loaded phrase “blood libel” against liberals and media commentators in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.

 

Palin’s flamboyant rhetoric always has thrilled supporters, but lately it is coming at a new cost: a backlash, not from liberals but from some of the country’s most influential conservative commentators and intellectuals.

 

Palin’s politics of grievance and group identity, according to these critics, is a betrayal of conservative principles. For decades, it was a standard line of the right that liberals cynically promoted victimhood to achieve their goals and that they practiced the politics of identity — race, sex and class—over ideas.’ (end of excerpt)

 

The victim card… Nonsense. When she struck back at the beasts who reflexively blamed her for the Giffords shooting, most of us regular folks said, “Amen!” Because we’re sick of spineless Republicans playing nice and turning the other cheek. And losing elections.

 

So Palin is hitting back in just a few instances after years of relentless attacks on her character and suddenly she is playing the victim card like life-long Grievance Collector Al Sharpton?

 

What a crock. So what is really going on here?

 

Answer: The conservatives and Republicans are seeking to actively discourage Palin from entering the 2012 presidential campaign. They believe she could possibly win the nomination and then would lose to Obama because the Media Left would seek to ruin her. And these conservatives and Republicans are in no mood to actively support her. Even the normally mild-mannered Laura Bush got into the fray recently suggesting condescendingly that Palin stay in Alaska. So there is something bigger in play.

 

Politico.com said:

 

‘This year, the conservative intelligentsia doesn’t just tend to dislike Palin — many fear that her rise would represent the triumph of an intellectually empty brand of populism and the death of ideas as an engine of the right.

 

“This is a problem for the movement,” said (George) Will about what Palin represents. “For conservatism, because it is a creedal movement, this is a disease to which it is susceptible.”’ (end of excerpt)

“Creedal”? There’s one of them three-dollar words agin. You know, the kinds of word that most people don’t care about just as they don’t much care about George Will and his bow-tie snobbery. They’re worried about their homes and their jobs.

 

Heather Mac Donald of the somewhat conservative Manhattan Institute said of McCain choosing Palin as his running mate in 2008, “Thanks a lot, John McCain. With his selection of an unknown, two-year female governor as his running mate, he has just ensured that the diversity racket will be an essential component of presidential politics forever more.”

 

Don’t you wish that somebody like MacDonald would come down just as hard on McCain himself for running the most lame campaign of the millennium…

 

Charles Krauthammer said  “there’s healthy and unhealthy populism” and that Palin represents that latter. “When populism becomes purely anti-intellectual, it can become unhealthy and destructive,” he said.

 

Another crock. Most Americans do not care about Krauthammer because they do not know who Krauthammer is anyway or care much about his opinions. Could Krauthammer be jealous of Palin’s fame? Could all of them be jealous?

 

Indeed they could. So who is Sarah Palin?

 

She is just a person with common sense. If you listen to her, she speaks clearly. She is like your neighbor. There is no obfuscation. She does not equivocate. She is just a regular person who sees a troubled nation and offers simple solutions. She is like the ‘hockey mom’ who gets fed up and joins the school committee and raises hell.

 

And these Republican elites fear and disdain Palin because… she is just a person with common sense. If you listen to her, she speaks clearly. She is like your neighbor. There is no obfuscation. She does not equivocate. She is just a regular person who sees a troubled nation and offers simple solutions. She is like the ‘hockey mom’ who gets fed up and joins the school committee and raises hell.

 

In short, she has not passed through the Republican evaluation machine or been scanned like a bar code by the Beltway intelligentsia. She came out of nowhere and pretty much made herself who she is today without any help from Laura Bush or the Republican National Committee or George Will.

 

MacDonald said: “The public should stop wanting to see itself reflected in a leader. There is something narcissistic about that. It’s really irrelevant if a political leader has any affinity with my life. The only thing that should matter are ideas, experience and executive ability.”

 

Uh, Ms. MacDonald, give me Sarah Palin any day. She has more ideas than the rest of them put together, including a clueless Obama. And she is better looking than they are to boot.

 

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