by Steve Flesher, courtesy of YAHOO!
In what appears to be a collective effort to wipe her off of the national political map, Sarah Palin’s most vocal critics seem to have accomplished the exact opposite.
From the 2008 presidential campaign, to her return to Alaska, to her resignation as Governor and her successes as an author, Fox News contributor, campaigner, and reality TV star, her critics just cannot seem to do what they are begging everyone else to do: forget about her.
In another collective attempt to shut the door on everything-Palin, many articles have surfaced in this past week alone begging journalists and pundits to go on a metaphorical Palin-fast. But in doing so, these same authors seem to forget that such pleadings have to make the headlines first, thus defeating the purpose of making the request.
In truth, Palin’s critics cannot come to a solid conclusion on her. If she’s not stupid, she’s a woman smart enough to orchestrate hate speech to the degree which results in mass shootings. If she’s not taking down Democrats through her efforts to campaign on behalf of the tea party, she’s blocking the successes of establishment Republicans who the Democrats suspiciously claim are the only kind that can win elections. If she doesn’t need to go away and disappear forever, she needs to run for President in 2012 to guarantee Obama another victory.
If the President is doing a good job in such a way that Americans are happy, should it matter who his opponent is in 2012? This point in and of itself allows objective observers the opportunity to understand that in the minds of Palin’s opponents, it’s more about making sure she never gets close to winning the nomination than it is making sure Obama wins a re-election. In a time when the nation is supposed to be uniting, how can it be good for America when the President’s own base is spending more time attacking a woman who is not currently holding elected office anywhere than they are at convincing others that he’s a good President?
Perhaps Ann Coulter was right in her July 2009 column, Forgetting Sarah Palin, saying her [Palin] critics would not have her to “kick around anymore — at least not with Palin’s hands tied behind her back by her public office.”
Coulter was of course referring to the onslaught of frivolous ethics charges waiting for Sarah Palin after she returned from the 2008 campaign trail which cost the taxpayers of Alaska millions of dollars and Palin herself a half million in legal fees.
Palin had been Governor for more than a year before accepting McCain’s offer to campaign as his running mate. Yet, it was after the 2008 campaign when Palin’s crowds drew in record-breaking attendances, when her Vice-Presidential debate drew in 70 million viewers, and when her face began appearing on every magazine cover that these ethics charges began pouring in.
After her resignation, the rumors began in even-larger numbers. Still, Palin continued to fulfill her promise to her supporters to move forward with her own agenda. She has had two massive bestsellers, gave Barbara Walters and Oprah their biggest viewing audiences in years when appearing on their shows for interviews, successfully campaigned for countless candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, and has had enormous success with her TLC show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
Sarah Palin indeed proved herself a force to be reckoned with after helping the Republican party pick up more seats in the House of Representatives than any party had since 1948. Objectively, it appears the ethics charges and the various attempts to attack her by her opponents had done little to her influence on voters that mattered.
In many ways, this could explain to Americans why many in the media immediately began connecting the dots from the shooting in Tucson earlier this month to Sarah Palin within hours of the tragedy. After Palin immediately posted a message on her Facebook page sending prayers and well-wishes to Congresswoman Giffords, the sole focus became on awaiting her response to the criticism of her alleged “rhetoric.” Her opponents shouted because she said nothing for four days. Then, after she finally did respond, they shouted at the words she used which made it apparent to many that no matter what Palin says or doesn’t say, the same people are going to respond exactly the same anyway.
If all that wasn’t enough, her critics are now citing a tabloid story which alleges that Todd Palin had an affair with a female massage therapist. That same tabloid today has printed the facts which state the Anchorage police claim that none of the evidence collected on the therapist showed any connection to Todd Palin.
After watching how Palin’s success continues to grow and after watching how these various rumors continue to be proven wrong, perhaps it sheds light on the motive of the various journalists begging for a Palin-story hiatus. Perhaps it also shows that Palin is fully capable of playing along because it is clear now more than ever before, her opponents will cry “Uncle!” long before she will.
The only question is, how much further will they help her along? Because while it remains arguable on whether or not Palin supported or opposed a “Bridge to Nowhere,” it has become absolute that her ideological enemies are on one of their own.