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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Long Knives for Governor Palin

This is beginning to get ridiculous. Ever since the end of the election, and even during the election, Governor Sarah Palin has been repeatedly attacked by critics. When I say attacked, I do mean attacked. Andrew Sullivan maintained, from the moment she was named as John McCain's running mate, that she was not the person who gave birth to her newest child, Trig, but rather it was her daughter Bristol. Yes, Mr. Sullivan is an a**hole, pardon the language.

But Jim Geraghty @ National Review's Campaign Spot points out that it is not just members of the media that are going after her:

Since Alaska governor Sarah Palin was named John McCain's running mate, her foes and various Alaskan liberals have begun a new exercise, attempting to bankrupt the Palin family through legal fees, by filing endless ethics complaints against her.

In her term, ten ethics complaints and 150 FOIA requests have been filed. (One of the complaints, about improperly firing her state public-safety commissioner, predates her national prominence.)

While holding elected officials accountable is laudable, most of the matters are beyond trivial. One of the complaints against her was for talking to reporters about the presidential campaign while she was in the governor's office. Another objected to her office press secretary offering a statement to clarify a statement put out by her political action committee. The latest complaint is that Palin wore snow-machine gear advertising her husband Todd's sponsor, Arctic Cat Inc, while "in her official duties as governor" when she served as the "official starter" of the race.

Palin owes $500,000 in legal fees, almost four times her annual salary. She says she may be forced to create a
legal defense fund.

We would recommend she does start one, and we will gladly contribute to it. Many may scratch their heads and ask why she is falling under a seemingly-constant stream of attacks. The answer is quite simple, as Mr. Geraghty points out above, they are trying to bankrupt her and her family. But while the money may hurt the family, they are trying to bankrupt her on a political front, as well.

Whether Republicans understand this or not, it is the truth that she is a rising star in the party. The way she was treated during the campaign by the press was absolutely appalling. And I dare anyone to offer up a contradictory opinion. Compare and contrast how she was treated by the media compared to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or even her own running mate. She was portrayed by the press as some hick from the sticks that got by on her looks more than her intelligence. They sneered at the success of her negotiations with the oil companies; efforts that nets the citizens of Alaska a "profit-sharing" check of sorts every year, and it is by no means chump change.

But they want her destroyed. And they want to destroy Governor Bobby Jindal, as well. He, too, is a rising star in the party, and after defeating the feckless and incompetent Governor Kathleen Blanco he turned things around in Louisiana. He launched a pro-business model to attract businesses to Louisiana. He cut taxes. He is doing an effective job of cleaning up the corruption that was rampant in the state. The media panned and slammed Governor Jindal on his response to President Obama's address to Congress. To be fair, it was weak on delivery, but if you listen to what he says rather than how he says it, it was a good speech. This one was delivered last night at the NRCC's annual dinner, and did he ever rock the house.

The point is that the liberals (or as Thomas has taken to calling them, "Statists") are afraid of the up-and-comers we have in the party. You can include Mitt Romney in that vein, as well, but he has not been attacked nearly as bad as he was during the Republican primaries. But they are afraid of these people so they are doing everything they can to tear them down, and shatter their strength. This is how they work. We can get riled up when things like this happen to someone, for no reason whatsoever, that threatens their livelihood and their reputation, and we should get angry. We should also draw attention to it, as well otherwise we will give in and be cowed by the vultures that are perpetuating this behavior.

If she sets up a legal defense fund, we will contribute to it, and we hope like-minded readers will also. This is a pathetic attempt to smear and besmirch the name and record of a good governor, and still one of the most popular governors in the United States.



Blogger ZZMike said...

I think the reason the ankle-biters are attacking Gov Palin is because she is a strong voice on the conservative side.

It is true that cowards usually attack only the weak, but in battle, you concentrate your forces on the enemy's strongest points.

They're obviously afraid of what she may do in the future.

That being the case, we ought to do as much as possible to help.

March 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I will gladly contribute to any legal defense fund, just as I am now contributing to SarahPAC on a regular basis.

The latest "ethics" complaint about wearing Artic Cat gear was filed by a person who was the official DNC blogger in Alaska during the campaign. It would sure be nice to find out if she is still drawing a paycheck for her services.

March 25, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Lerual said...

The ankle biters would have to stand tippy-toed on a step ladder to kiss Palin's bottom. In the Midwest, they are like tumblebugs. Tumblebugs roll up little balls of manure and then take them home. The sharpest think on Celtic Diva is her tongue.

March 26, 2009 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Ed Rasimus said...

You hit the proverbial nail when you point out that despite what the tired old elephants of the party say, Palin is a rising star and the face of the new Republican Party (along with a few others like Sandford, Jindal, Kyl et.al.)

The organized attack of the MSM was a clear manifestation of the degree of fear with which they view her.

March 26, 2009 at 10:17 AM  

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