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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Defending Sarah Palin

Last night at the convention former senator Fred Thompson spoke to the Republican masses present, and in his statement he fully defended Sarah Palin. See, the media's been in a frenzy since last Friday -- doing their "best" to chop her down like so many trees she's taken down herself. They don't like her and that's because one can easily say that about 95% of the media is in the tank for Obama. They know she has given the GOP a shot int he arm, and that this party is now unified behind John McCain. Here are Senator Thompson's remarks on Sarah Palin:

Speaking of the vice presidential nominee, what a breath of fresh air Governor Sarah Palin is.

She is from a small town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family.

Some Washington pundits and media big shots are in a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has actually governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit. Well, give me a tough Alaskan Governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the Union -- and won -- over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week.

Let's be clear ... the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful, reformer, who is not afraid to take on the establishment.

Sound like anyone else we know?

She has run a municipality and she has run a state.

And I can say without fear of contradiction that she is the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field dress a moose ... with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt.
She and John McCain are not going to care how much the alligators get irritated when they get to Washington, they're going to drain that swamp.

Now his speech at the convention wasn't all about her. But I highlight this because every time she is attacked, there is a line of people stepping up to defend her. From John McCain's close friends to the nameless, faceless strangers out there that get ticked when the Beltway pundits, media-types, and Obama surrogates (like the @$$ hats amongst the Kos-Kiddies) take a swipe at her. And let's just look at a couple of those stories.

-- Claiming that her daughter Bristol bore Trig instead of Sarah herself.

-- Going after her husband over a 22 year old DUI charge.

-- Claiming that she lacks any sort of experience to handle the job she's been nominated for.

-- Belittling her because she comes from a small town.

-- Attacking her daughter for being an unwed (as yet) teen that is pregnant.

These were the opening shots fired at her and they are weak -- incredibly weak -- shots. She's weathered them. She's not a crying puddle of goo in the corner. What the critics of her candidacy miss (and they are on the Left and the Right) is that Sarah Palin is tough as nails. She and her husband weren't afraid to get their hands dirty making a life for themselves. They know that when you want something badly you're going to have to work for it.

And we shouldn't be worried about her in a debate format. PrestoPundit has a video of the 2006 debates during the gubernatorial election (HT to Beldar for the link). In fact, it's the Democrats who should be worried about that upcoming debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. Why? Because she's tenacious. She's not afraid to get down in the mud, and slug it out.

John McCain made the perfect pick for vice president. Not only did he find a reform-minded candidate with conservative bona fides, but he found someone the base can rally around. And they are. Don't believe me? Go here and click on any one of the first nine podcasts. Hugh Hewitt has specifically taken only calls from women that are ecstatic over Sarah Palin. Listen to what they say about her. She appeals to them in ways most couldn't comprehend. We do. Marcie first posited the idea of a Sarah Palin VP slot here. And I thoroughly get why she's so appealing. It's the Left that doesn't, and that's why the long knives are out for her.

But it doesn't matter who takes swipes at her. Whether it's the media, the fever-swamp Lefty blogs, some at National Review, or even Allah at Hot Air (granted the last two there are more pessimistic than they are hostile towards her), they can't make the case against her. They have their qualms, and that's fine. We knew not everyone was going to be happy with her on the ticket. But regardless of what is said, they aren't going to drive her from the race. They're not going to be satisfied with a tearful Sarah Palin announcing she's leaving the ticket, and going back to Wasilla.

She's gutting it out, and the more people tell her she has no shot, the stronger her resolve gets. These critics need to get it through their head that she isn't going anywhere except into her office in the White House.

Publius II


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