Sarah & the Republicans

Posted: April 1, 2009 in Politics

Is Sarah Palin playing hard to get?

If we’re to believe what’s reported by Fox News, it’s the Republicans who are playing hard to get.  The Fox reporter claimed that Republicans “ditched” Sarah in favor of Newt Gingrich to speak at a fundraiser for the GOP.  See:

But the Anchorage Daily News pointed out that it was the other way around — the Senate GOP committee got stood up by Sarah: “A spokesman for the Senate GOP committee, Brian Walsh, said Palin’s team informed the campaign committees that her responsibilities in Alaska prevented her from committing to the speech until the end of the legislative session.”

Moreover, “A spokeswoman for Palin’s political action committee, Meghan Stapleton, denied Tuesday that Palin had ever confirmed her role as a speaker, even though the NRSC and the NRCC issued a joint press release two weeks ago trumpeting her appearance.

“‘Enthusiasm during a scheduling meeting among SarahPAC members to discuss events that we thought the governor should consider attending was misinterpreted as a confirmation of attendance,’ Stapleton said in an e-mail.”

In short, Sarah happens to be an acting governor and is busy doing what she was elected to do—governing.  If her suitors hadn’t trumpeted their date with Sarah before she confirmed their hoped for night on the town, they wouldn’t have looked so foolish.

They chose Newt Gingrich over Sarah.  Newt’s political career pretty much ended when it was found out he was having a liaison while married to his wife Marianne.  This was all during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

As Deroy Murdoch said in National Review, “Americans subsequently learned that while Gingrich was defending his House majority and presiding over President Clinton’s impeachment, he also was enjoying his own lengthy affair with Callista Bisek, a then-32-year-old House Agriculture Committee staffer. This relationship was not just immoral, but staggeringly reckless politically” (Aug. 28, 2000).

Now I’m not saying everyone has to be perfect in order to be politically engaged, but if you’re going to be a leader, your record should be pretty spotless.  And because Newt’s not an elected leader, he has a lot more time to attend such Republican gatherings.  Sarah doesn’t.

The writer of the Fox News piece gave the real reason he wrote the story:  “The decision to book Gingrich instead of Palin seems to be indicative of growing discontent in the party with the Alaska governor and her potential ability to lead the GOP.  And it’s the latest in a series of gaffes that have plagued her since the November election.”

It’s just another way to bash Sarah.  In fact there were no gaffes.  These were manufactured by the liberal media.  The “growing discontent” is not with the base of the Republican party but with the old “moderate” wing of the Republic party who are dissatisfied with Sarah, just as they disliked Reagan.  Establishment or moderate Republicans only like people who are unpopular with the base, or who just can’t win, such as John Anderson (remember him?), Newt Gingrich (the adulterer), and John McCain (the loser).

If establishment Republicans don’t wake up by election time they’ll end up going to the political prom without a date, and the Big Man On Campus, Mr. Obama, will still be holding court.



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