You know, even if I didn’t appreciate Sarah Palin’s accomplishments in the years leading up to her election as Alaska Governor and in her short time in office nor recognize her gifts to move an audience (more on this anon), I would have the same kind of respect for her as I have for Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and sometimes even Glenn Beck. The mere mention of her name can work some liberals up into a lather. Like her, they deserve some credit for getting under left-wingers’ skin.
One of her critics reveals his own obsession in a comment to this blog, “maybe, just maybe, her ability to make news is a function of her own obsessive attempts to thrust herself into the limelight“. Those of us who live in a town with a few too many self-promoters know all too well that obsessive attempts to thrust oneself into the limelight don’t necessarily mean the light shines upon them. I mean, how many people outside this town have ever heard of Dennis Woodruff or Angelyne, two people who have made self-promotion their stock-in-trade?
Like them, she can promote herself all she wants. It’s that people insist on paying attention to Mrs. Palin as they don’t to Mr. Woodruff or Miss Angelyne, save to scoff when his car drives by or to shake their heads when they catch sight of one of her billboards. And these lefties insist on telling us just how much they hate that Republican woman.
On Larry King Live last night, the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel pitched a fit about Sarah Palin interjecting herself into the health care. Um, Katrina, she’s a citizen of this great country, that’s what citizens do. But lots of citizens speak up, just like lots of folks in Hollywood demand attention without anyone paying them any heed. Why do you let her upset you so? Did you get upset when Angelyine interjected herself into the California gubernatorial recall election in 2003?
No one forced Newsweek to run a cover story on Palin or compelled a major daily newspaper to run an article about her appearance on Oprah. No one threatened to incarcerate left-wing bloggers if they didn’t live blog that appearance. No one requires some of my acquaintances to pitch a fit any time her name is mentioned. Or to bring up her for the sole purpose of making an adverse comparison. Or derogatory remark.
Yet they all have done such things. And for some, these are just a handful of examples of the time they devote to a woman who is no longer even Governor of a state. They just can’t let her go.
And their obsession says far more about them than it does about her.
If she can learn to rise above their bile, then the American people might once again (as we briefly did for a few weeks in September 2008) see her as she truly is, a good woman, a devoted mother, a loving and faithful wife, an accomplished politican, a genuine reformer with a record of forming bipartisan coalitions and bucking her party’s establishment and a pragmatic leader, far different from the caricature created by folk such as vanden Heuvel and her cohorts on the left and in the MSM.
Wow, for somebody who’s supposed to be such a political joke, an Arctic ditz and eminently dismissable as a serious anything except maybe a stay-at-home hockey mom, Sarah Palin is sure drawing an awful lot of attention from Democrats and eager critics.
The launch of her “Going Rogue” interviews Monday on “Oprah,” of her book today, of her on-air chat today with Rush Limbaugh at 10 a.m. Pacific and of her mid-America bus book tour Wednesday ignited a surprisingly large blizzard of derogatory Democrat dis-missives.
Every few minutes another note from Democratic National Committee operatives and others dropped into electronic mailboxes across the media-verse, helpfully passing on even the tiniest tidbit of negative news about Palin.
Um, regular missives from DNC operatives? These guys are obsessed. No one’s forcing them to send out such notes.