IT’S NOT WHY YOU THINK
Newsweak’s Palin cover this month proclaims “She’s Bad News For the GOP–and For Everybody Else, Too.”
Liberals don’t talk that way about dictators like Castro or Ahmadinijhad, do they? They don’t even let their minds think that way in the privacy of their own thoughts. But Sarah Palin? Fair game. And it’s not just because they think she’s only a stupid girl.
The argument over whether Sarah Palin is â€œqualifiedâ€ for the presidency is the opposite of the question conservatives should be asking. What we need to know is whether any other aspiring candidate has the essential qualifications Palin brings to the table. …
I hope many candidates step forward with these qualifications, especially since Sarah Palin hasnâ€™t declared any intention to run for office again. Even if she does, it would be best to have a spirited competition between worthy nominees. Neither Republicans, nor the republic, have been well-served by â€œinevitableâ€ candidates. …
The question before conservatives is not whether Sarah Palin can win. The question is: at this desperate hour, whatâ€™s the point of winning without someone like her?
As Doc notes, while liberals say she’s not up to it, these same liberals heap money, position, awards and influence on Al Gore–who cannot name the earth’s core temperature within a million degrees. Steyn:
His entire, highly lucrative shtick rests on the proposition that a one-degree increase in surface temperature in the course of a century imperils not merely the poor old polar bear, not merely the planet itself, but is “altering the balance of energy between our planet and the rest of the universe.”
If there is one area of super-smart liberal expertise, it’s tax policy, right? Yet they pass a tax cut that mysteriously morphs…into a tax penalty! Doug Ross:
15.4 million tax filers could owe money to the IRS thanks to Obama’s ‘tax cut’ and 1.2 million may be hit with penalties for under withholding.
The “Party of the Little Guy” doesn’t remember how to create even make-work jobs like an FDR or LBJ. The Party of Government can’t even count the number of congressional districts anymore. Their genius CINC said the Surge would fail and their expert foreign-policy Veep wanted to split Iraq into thirds–probably still does for all anybody knows.
Like Krauthammer said, the Do-Nothing Administration is now an administration that cannot even do nothing competently; it’s A Show About Less than Nothing.
So, obviously, provably, it’s not about intelligence.
Maybe it’s gender. Dick Morris explains:
Sarah Palin is an existential threat to the Democratic Party. She threatens a core element of the partyâ€™s base – women.
When an African-American like Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell or Condi Rice rises to prominence as a Republican, he or she endangers the Democratic coalition. So would a Republican labor leader. And so, above all, does the woman Republican running…
Democrats canâ€™t stomach seeing the feminist movementâ€™s impetus for greater female political participation and empowerment â€œhijackedâ€ by a pro-life woman who espouses traditional values. They must obliterate her, lest her popularity eat away at their partyâ€™s core.
So the Democrats are hysterical in their attacks on her. South Carolinaâ€™s Democratic Party chairwoman, Carol Fowler (wife of a national party chairman), said that the only qualification Palin had for vice president was that she hadnâ€™t had an abortion. Tabloids are digging up dirt on Palinâ€™s children. And liberal bloggers have suggested that Palin would neglect her children if she were elected (while the Democratic candidate has young children at home, too).
That liberals would resort to such blatant sexism shows their desperation. Sheâ€™s not popular because sheâ€™s a radical feminist or pro-choice advocate. Itâ€™s because she understands what itâ€™s like to be a woman in 21st century America.
Sheâ€™s never ascended to the elite, so she doesnâ€™t need to stoop to conquer as most well-heeled feminist leaders must. She lives far from the plastic pseudoreality where a fossilized ideology substitutes for human compassion and empathy. As such, she rises above the slogans of both the left and the right and proposes to bring to Washington a dose of reality – a taste of real life.
She may become the first woman in national office – yet the Democrats, feminists and liberals canâ€™t control her, and that burns them up. Elections come and go, but Palin is a far more fundamental threat to the Democratic Party. And thatâ€™s why they fear her so.
She’s not on Plantation Democrat, that’s for sure.
That’s why a Jesse Jackson says â€œYou canâ€™t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.â€ After all the civil war, civil rights and Constitutional amendments, Democrats think they own women, blacks and minorities. “Yes, You Can’t!”
But IdentityThink doesn’t quite explain the Hate, either.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s this;
Enter Mrs. Palin. The former mayor of Wasilla had been appointed by Mr. Murkowski in 2003 to the state oil and gas regulatory agency. She’d had the temerity to blow the whistle on fellow GOP Commissioner Randy Ruedrich for refusing to disclose energy dealings. Mr. Murkowski and GOP Attorney General Gregg Renkes closed ranks around Mr. Ruedrichâ€”who also chaired the state GOP. Mrs. Palin resigned. Having thus offended the entire old boy network, she challenged the governor for his seat.
Mrs. Palin ran against the secret deal, and vowed to put the pipeline back out for competitive, transparent, bidding. She railed against cozy politics. Mr. Murkowski ran on his unpopular pipeline deal. The oil industry warned the state would never get its project without his leadership. Mrs. Palin walloped him in the primary and won office in late 2006. Around this time, news broke of a federal probe that would show oil executives had bribed lawmakers to support the Murkowski tax changes.
Among Mrs. Palin’s first acts was to reinstate Mr. Irwin. By February 2007 she’d released her requirements for pipeline bidding. They were stricter, and included only a $500 million state incentive. By May a cowed state houseâ€”reeling from scandalâ€”passed her legislation.
The producers warned they would not bid, nor would anyone else. Five groups submitted proposals. A few months before the legislature awarded its license to TransCanada this July, Conoco and BP suddenly announced they’d be building their own pipeline with no state inducements whatsoever. They’d suddenly found the money.
Mrs. Palin has meanwhile passed an ethics law. She’s tightened up oil oversight. She forced the legislature to rewrite the oil tax law. That new law raised taxes on the industry, for which Mrs. Palin is now taking some knocks, but the political background here is crucial.
The GOP machine has crumbled. Attorney General Renkes resigned. Mr. Ruedrich was fined $12,000. Jim Clarkâ€”Mr. Murkowski’s lead pipeline negotiatorâ€”pleaded guilty to conspiring with an oil firm. At least three legislators have been convicted. Sen. Ted Stevens is under indictment for oil entanglements, while Rep. Don Young is under investigation.
Throughout it all, Mrs. Palin has stood for reform, though not populism. She thanks oil companies and says executives who “seek maximum revenue” are “simply doing their job.” She says her own job is to be a “savvy” negotiator on behalf of Alaska’s citizens and to provide credible oversight. It is this combination that lets her aggressively promote new energy while retaining public trust.
They hate her because they’re Marxists–grouchy old Groucho Marx-ists, who famously said
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
She’s got integrity. Integrity like she has can’t be purchased–by definition.
Her critics largely sold out long ago. They know that she’s got in spades what they left behind seven times seventy sell-outs ago.
Stop the Hate. Sincerely.