What does Sarah Palin want?
That was the headline Saturday morning on NBCNews.com, the former MSNBC.com.
“What does Sarah Palin want?”
When will I get to see a headline that reads, “What does Jessie Jackson want?”
Or one that says, “What does Michael Moore want?”
Or, “What does Al Sharpton want?”
Get it? Sarah Palin is the Republican equivalent of these guys— she throws red meat, fires up the base and tries to crawl under the skin of the media. All of this adds up to book sales, speaking engagements and other appearances— all of which equals a pretty handsome income.
Sarah Palin is not running for political office. Not now. Not in 2016. Not ever. Mark my words.
She will continue to do what she does best: irritate the media, hurl insults at those she disagrees with and make a huge paycheck in the process. Whether or not she will affect the political process is anybody’s guess. The way she is attempting to do this is recruit candidates in her vein to run for office at all levels. But in 2012, her PAC really didn’t do all that much fundraising or contributing. So why does the loony left still get all hairy every time she rears her head?
Because she’s damn good at what she does.
Did you see the CPAC speech? If not, it’s worth 25 minutes of your time. Even if you don’t agree with a word of what she’s saying, this is an artist at work.
Like this gem from the speech, about gun control: “And background checks, yeah, I guess to learn more about the person’s thinking and associations and intentions. More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President – should have started with yours.”
Ouch. The crowd went wild. And why wouldn’t they? I can’t believe the amount of documentation and information I had to provide for a recent job application and subsequent interview: 10-year work history, birth certificate, social security card, passport, school records. And a man running for President doesn’t need to provide the same. Regardless of candidate or party, these things should be minimal.
This was another good one from the speech: “…the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to pass a budget. That was how many years ago that they did? How many Trillions-in-debt-ago? All in violation of Article I Section 9, Clause 7 of our U.S. Constitution. No budget for 4 years. No budget for 4 years is not just bureaucratic bungling. Refusing to pass a budget is refusing to declare what it intends to do with the people’s money.
Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama, you lied.
There is a direct correlation between the Senate stubbornly refusing to pass a budget, and the Senate selfishly agreeing to go ahead and spend our children and our children’s children’s money. No budget is no leadership. It is time for America to get more outraged about this. Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small.”
Powerful stuff, there. Nobody can argue the fact that Congress has not passed a budget in four years, as is required by the U.S. Constitution.
Calling the President a liar? Maybe harsh. But people have done it before, time and again, with Presidents from both parties. Why say it? To get attention. And it worked.
But the best line of the speech came with a visual: “Oh Bloomberg’s not around. Our Big Gulp’s okay.”
I loved this. As you know, I’m an independent voter that used to be a Democrat. I used to be a Democrat because of moves like this one, from Mayor Bloomberg. There was a time that Democrats believed in our personal freedoms— like choosing if we would like to drink a large soda. But now that the Rachel Maddow-types have taken over the party, they actually support nanny-state policies like this. Good for Sarah… she put into a perfect visual comedy routine exactly why I’m no longer a Democrat.
But perhaps the main reason that the media quivers whenever Palin speaks are lines like this one: “Washington politicians, too many in both parties, have a bad habit of focusing on the process of politics instead of the purpose of politics, which is to lead and to serve. Even our guys in the GOP too often have a habit of reading their stage directions, especially these days. They are being too scripted, too calculated. They talk about rebuilding the party. How about rebuilding the Middle Class?”
It’s clear that Sarah Palin is still there. Remember that Governor that was chosen to run for Vice President because she had approval ratings consistently above 90%? How about those checks that Alaskans received for state profits from oil? Recall the woman that stood up to the “good ole’ boys network” in her home state, that wasn’t afraid to call things as she saw them? Yeah, Sarah Palin is still there. And it’s folks like her, willing to speak her mind to the powers that be in her own party, that are the last salvation of two-party politics in this country. Because, unless current GOP leadership buck it up, they’ll get run over again and again. If Sarah Palin is the one to prompt them to do it, so be it.
To close this masterful speech, Sarah Palin said: “there is more wisdom, more character, more grit and common sense in the soldiers and the Moms and the teachers and the laborers and the firemen and the fishermen and the students and the cowboys – and other extraordinary Americans that I’ve met along the way, than will ever be found in the cocktail parties of power across the river… if We the People have one message to send to Washington, I’m sure it would be this: Get Over Yourself. It’s not about you.”
What does Sarah Palin want? Sarah Palin wants America to succeed, just like you and I. You might not agree with the way she says it. But I challenge you to stand in front of me and argue that the politicians in Washington, in either party, are doing their jobs.
We need real leaders— a new generation of real leaders, in fact. But if the mainstream media continue their game of seek-and-destroy with any new blood that is willing to stand up and challenge the status quo, like Sarah Palin has done, then those new leaders won’t ever come.
Give people a fair shake, one that Sarah Palin has never received.
“What does Jessie Jackson want?”
“What does Michael Moore want?”
“What does Al Sharpton want?”
Again, headlines you’ll never see— even though these three have said and done things just as attention-grabbing as Sarah Palin. There’s a very, very clear double standard.
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