Last night, yet again I challenged an Obama supporter skeptical of my support for Sarah Palin. Not only did he fail to attribute a single accomplishment to his candidate for the White House, he couldn’t even identify specific policies which drew him to the Democrat. Why then did he support him, I wondered?
Because, he replied, the Democrat is “inspiring” and can “bring people together.”
Now, I agree that, with a prepared speech, Barack Obama can indeed be inspiring. But, so can Sarah Palin. Just look at the reaction to her speech in St. Paul to the Republican National Convention.Â Even critics of the Alaska Governor acknowledge the power of that performance. Camille Paglia, while a strong supporter of Obama, repeatedly cites Palin’s rhetorical gifts.
Rhetorical gifts do not alone a good leader make, though they frequently figure into his success.
Yet, for all too many Obama supporters, such qualities define not just their support for the Democrat, but their enthusiasm as well. At the same time, the arguments those very same people make against John McCain, that he is unqualified to serve because he tapped an inexperienced woman as his running mate, could more readily be used against their own presidential candidate.
Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishment doesn’t matter. His ability to inspire suffices.
And that, in short, explain why I dwell so much on Sarah Palin. I agree that we should look into her record. Even I, a supporter, have some concerns about her stands on certain issues. But shouldn’t we also look more closely into Barack Obama’s? Why are his supporters so indifferent (if not outright opposed) to an examination of his biography?
While giving Barack Obama a pass, the media have shown interest into delving into her personal life than in parsing her political record.
That’s why I keep coming back to Sarah Palin, not because she’s perfect, but because of, what Gingrich calls, the “deliberate, vicious, dishonest, total distortion of who Governor Palin is,” with elite television journalists failing to ask the Republican Governor “a single question. . . about her actual career in Alaska.”
No wonder the former Speaker likens the MSM’s treatment of this accomplished woman to Pravda. And no wonder I write regularly posts defending the governor, amazed that people who claim to know so much about current affairs know so little about a Republican candidate they repeatedly revile.