The left wing, long knife wielders are out for Sarah Palin. The kind that any self respecting democrat masquerading as an independent stays away from by throwing canola oil laced arugula on the floor hoping those carrying them slip and bang the back of their head on the floor so hard that they pass out. The knife wielders are neither cagey nor wily but rather uncouth, brutish and don’t mice words. They can be found writing on Internet sites, newspapers and magazines while others host, anchor and comment on one of the many Mainstream Media stations and channels available via cable and over the public airwaves.
The furor started last Friday when presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain picked as his running mate the Governor of the State of Alaska, Sarah Palin. With his 27 or so years in the US Senate not much is secret about John McCain. From having a NAVY Admiral as his father, being a POW in Vietnam, having cheated on his first wife with a heiress to millions who is now his second wife, to easily knowing his position on most issues by taking a glance at his extensive Senate voting record, McCain is an open book. Democrats are attacking his age, his pro-life beliefs, his character, his temper, his judgement, his war record, his finances and even his sanity. Politics is a contact sport and politicians can be felled by one well placed blow such as a sex scandal involving minors or the accumulation of hundreds of little blows over the years including comments, past and present associations, shady purchases, votes cast on controversial subjects, etc. This presidential election, for observers, has been a blast as many long time pundits consider it the most interesting and historic one in their lifetime. Both parties have thrown everything in their traditional arsenal at each other; their respective kitchen sinks tied to a rope so they can be recovered and thrown again and again. Both Obama and McCain are still standing and trying to outmaneuver each other for the win in November with two months to go.
Enter Sarah Palin. No, no, no. Wrong choice of words. McCain threw Sarah Palin into the fray, pouring more fuel over the raging political fire by pitching a curve ball. Romney, Huckabee, Lieberman, Ridge, Hutchinson were all well known names but Palin? Who the heck was Sarah Palin? Lo and behold, the Governor landed on her feet and took off running with her first speech last Saturday. For starters almost no one in the lower 48 states knew much about her until last Saturday and for the first few hours everybody was speculating about who was this new variable and how it would affect the election. At first glance she seemed to be the perfect conservative candidate for this historic election, the first woman ever to be nominated for VP by the GOP. A young woman, compared to McCain, who by the merits of her actions had climbed the political totem pole of Republican Alaska politics. Not a product of affirmative action for white females, she won elections using intellect, force of personality and by opposing the often corrupt practises of the little boy’s network of fellow Republicans who were in office. On the issues she supports the death penalty, is against same sex marriage, favors more energy production including drilling, does not believe Global Warming is caused by man, opposes the econut’s agenda and even though Alaska depends on Big Oil for most of its revenue she has never been in the pocket of Big Oil.
It got even better. She likes to play basketball, hunts, goes ice fishing, is a member of the NRA, flies her own floatplane and her favorite dish is Moose stew. An honest to God good as apple pie mother with 5 kids named Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig she is married to a four time World Champion snowmobile racer who besides being known as the First Gentleman of Alaska also goes by the moniquer First Dude. Her nickname is Sarah barracuda. After hearing this republicans and conservatives in America’s Heartland were jumping up and down in amazement and joy. After so many years of elite Washington insider picks and feeling like outsiders in the party they love the GOP had finally tapped one of their own. Pro-life, Palin knew by her second month of pregnancy that her last child, Trig, had Down Syndrome. Instead of taking the easy way out by having an abortion she and her husband decided to have the boy. Her oldest son Track enlisted in the Army last year and will be leaving for the Middle East in a couple weeks. As is the case in many families her oldest daughter, Bristol, is pregnant but instead of having an abortion she will marry the father and have the baby.
On the downside Palin might have an albatross around her neck: she is under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power. Some say she tried to get her brother-in-law fired from his job as a State Trooperbecause her sister is going through a difficult and messy divorce with him. When his supervisor did not fire her brother-in-law, Palin fired the supervisor. She admits to no wrongdoing, the case is under investigation and she was so confident in her innocence that the Attorney General of Alaska was invited to poke around what libs are now calling Trooper Gate.
Democrats and their supporters started the personal attacks against Sarah Palin Friday morning, a minute or two after the McCain campaign made the announcement. The Drive By Media started if off by saying that the only reason she had been picked was because she was a woman and McCain thought that by choosing her she would help get the Hillary women’s vote. Others questioned her age and inexperience saying that by picking her McCain had blunted one of his biggest weapons against Democrats: Obama’s inexperience. Someone pointed out that she had been the Mayor of Wasilla a town with less than 7,000 residents and that Alaska only has around 606,000 people living on it so, the question arose, how much executive experience did Palin really have? Another one pointed out she only had a BS in journalism and a minor in political science, no master or doctorate from a prestigious college so how good was her education? As a former beauty queen and TV sports reporter some questioned her intelligence. A bit later questions surfaced asking that if she had a baby with Down Syndrome, Trig, how was she going to be able to take care of his special needs with the hectic life of a candidate? Would her special need baby get in the way if she became VP? Trying to discredit Palin other libs started saying that her son Trig was really the son of her daughter Bristol and that Palin had made up the farce to protect the honor of her teenage daughter. After it became known that Bristol is currently 5 months pregnant libs then began questioning whether Palin had been a good mother to her daughter and tried to blame the pregnancy on her. The litany of Palin’s failings, according to liberals, democrats and progressives goes on and on and on.
The Mainstream News Media (MNM) is very interested in vetting presumptive VP nominee Palin themselves, using their formidable resources to dig deep into her past. Interestingly enough they did not take the same step with presidential nominee Barak Obama from whom they accepted his word as gospel. In Obama’s case it has been bloggers, talk radio and cable news that has dug into his past and when something really nasty comes up like a Jeremiah Wright or a William Ayers the Mainstream News Media usually tries to cover it up. As an example of the MNM’s kid glove treatment of democrats a prominet democrat comes to mind: John Edwards. Yup, the same ex-Governor and ex-Presidential Candiate Edwards that cheated on his cancer stricken wife with a documentary producer. The MNM took a year to report the story, investing very little resources in finding out if it was true or not and then had to be shamed into doing so after everyone began asking why were they protecting Edwards. If the MNM keeps on attacking Palin 24/7 there could be a backlash, just as there is one against Obama because too many Americans are tired of hearing about him.
Today is Tuesday and the attacks still rage on. But by now most serious liberals, democrats and progressives are all backpedalling as fast as they can, some even using nuclear power to backpedal faster, trying to take back some of the things they said or wrote about Palin. Its the loony-left, Kool-Aid drinking long knife wielding partisan that still attacks Palin. Even Obama was forced off message after being constantly hounded to respond to allegations that his surrogates and liberal websites were questioning whether Palin was a good mother to her daughter Bristol. Finally Obama had to clarify a few times yesturday that a candidate’s family was off limits, specially children and that his people were not behind the attacks. Pundits have pointed out that Palin might be as inexperienced as Obama but not to lose sight of the big picture: McCain is running against Obama, not Palin. Conservatives remind people that as Governor of Alaska Palin was also in charge of the state’s finances. Obama wants to levy a tax on Big Oil so that every middle class American gets a $ 1,000 check; Palin raised taxes on Big Oil in 2007 and this year every Alaskan will get a $ 1,300 check. Some uber feminists are defending Palin as a fellow femenist under siege and resent all the anti-woman, bimbette, anchorette, mysogynistic flak she has received and are calling those attacks sexist. Hillary Clinton comes to mind and the savage gender bias she endured for being a white woman running against a black man. Groups fighting for the rights of special need children are outraged that her son Trig is being used to put her down. College students are saying, leave Bristol alone; teenage pregnancies are common in today’s society. And yes, even some registered Democrat women have come out saying they will vote for Palin, just because she is a woman.
In my opinion McCain picked a winner in Sarah Palin. An attractive alternative to Obama, even if they are not vying for the same job.