The Palin Factor: Even Republican Elites Don’t Get It
by Lance Fairchok @ American Thinker
Taxes, utilities, law enforcement, education, and myriad other things fill a mayor’s day. Palin did it for ten years and did it well. It is true community organizing. It is a leadership proving ground with measurable human consequences — America and America’s problems in a microcosm. Palin cut her teeth there and made it to the governor’s office, where, brief though her tenure was, she excelled. Her entry into national politics was perhaps premature, but the crucible of the 2008 election cut away much of her naïveté.
Here in flyover country, we see an honest woman with our values and our best interests at heart. She is not a liar, nor is she a fool, and she is as angry as we are. The “we love her but don’t want her to be president” push poll is meaningless two years out from 2012. It is a tool to mute enthusiasm for her. The electorate is tired of “old boys” and their endless manipulations. The Tea Party and Sarah Palin are not sitting back, content to savor the latest victories. The spin-masters and talking heads who lament Palin’s lack of “gravitas” forget that Obama has “gravitas” aplenty. Obama’s attitude is a façade and an affectation, while Palin, love her or hate her, is the real deal. Unlike Obama, you can read the details in her résumé. That counts for something now.
By the way, I had the chance to read America By Heart yesterday, and what I found inside were things that my own mother has said more than once. The values that Palin stresses – patriotism, personal responsibility, industry, genuine religious tolerance, sympathy for the handicapped, etc. – are those embraced by most ordinary Americans. I saw no sign that she intends to establish some sort of Pentecostal theocracy in the U.S. As a matter of fact, she devotes an entire passage to praising our Founders for including religious toleration in our “Charters of Freedom.”
That people continue to accept the media narrative where Palin is concerned is a sign of sheer laziness. Her real positions are not state secrets. Not by a long shot. Do the research and find out what our Alaskan “mama grizzly” really thinks.