Why The Harsh Words For Conservative Palin Critics?

5 Jul

Well, let me try and explain this so even a detached and cynical pundit can understand. The Republican Party, and conservatism in general, is in a horrible place at the moment. We desperately want somebody that can counter the cult like following of Obama and be a voice for the right. Sarah Palin was plucked from obscurity and made an overnight sensation within the Republican Party. We like her background. She’s not a career politician or beltway insider. Sarah Palin was more human than your typical politician. She was approachable, yet delivered the most successful criticism of Barack Obama during the Campaign. In short, we like Sarah Palin.

What we like about Sarah Palin is that she has a record of taking on corruption within her own party. We like that genuinely seems to believe in the ideals to which other politicians only pay lip service. She may speak in platitudes, but that’s because she likely believes they are more than catchy lines. We have the suspicion that she believes in the underlying principles of those seemingly shallow statements. We aren’t all policy wonks. Some of us are regular hard working people who are a lot like Sarah Palin. And what we’ve seen from the mainstream media, and others, pisses us off.

We’ve watched as somebody who could very well be one of us was ripped apart. We witnessed vicious and irrational hatred spewed toward a woman who never seemed to demonstrate any real malice or ill intent. She’s not a saint by any stretch of the imagination, but she’s far more familiar than an ivy league snob or a career politician. We were disgusted at the treatment she received from the network media, pundits and Beltway insiders. We witnessed relentless attacks. Sadly, some people who are within our own party joined in on those attacks. Elites of all stripes joined together to mock and deride the “undereducated” and “incoherent” Sarah Palin. They looked down on her with disdain, because they felt they were better than her. They believed they were superior and they did not want to see such a person succeed. Sarah Palin’s life and candidacy was an affront to all those pseudo intellectuals who want nothing more than to be the smartest person in the room. We’ve seen this and we’ve been disgusted.

When Sarah Palin announced her intent to resign, we witnessed many on the right lay into her. Some of these people had previously refrained from openly criticizing her, but it was clear that they always had reservations about her. Some pundits and bloggers felt they could now speak to what, I suspect, they were thinking all along. I believe most of these people consider themselves to be great minds and bought into the narrative that Sarah Palin was a disaster. When we witness people who are on “our side” eagerly engage in the same attacks that we witnessed from the mainstream media and left for months, we react with anger. Participation in such attacks may make you look better in certain circles, but we aren’t impressed. It’s the kind of thing we’ve seen for far too many months and we’re not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Liking Sarah Palin doesn’t make us cultists. Not enjoying and cheering at people on “our side” attacking her doesn’t make us Palinistas. We simply are burnt out on the relentless, cruel criticism of a woman we can relate to on a certain level. The conservative movement is in a dark place and many of us are disappointed in Sarah Palin’s decision. However, seeing individuals whose opinion we value rub salt into fresh wounds is more than we can stomach and, frankly, you should have known better. Some of the very few people who read this won’t share my perspective. Some will see it as “shooting the messenger.” Sadly, they’re wrong. We’re not shooting the messenger. We’re shooting the people who feel the need to behave like the jackals who’ve worked for months to destroy a woman we genuinely like.


17 Responses to “Why The Harsh Words For Conservative Palin Critics?”

  1. Steve S July 5, 2009 at 6:57 PM #

    I couldn’t have said it better

  2. Lyzz Pickle July 5, 2009 at 7:02 PM #

    Thanks for writing this. I’m not a Palin fan, but I abhor what has been done and said about her and her family. I really didn’t “have a dog in this fight” until I heard Liz Trotta this morning and then read Maureen Dowd’s column today. The conceit and 8th-grade-girl-war hits on Gov Palin and her family, were amazing and disgusting. I needed to read your post to help me understand why I was upset with those who are laughing and pointing fingers at someone who has accomplished more personally and professionally than they have or may ever.

  3. jpenaz July 5, 2009 at 7:33 PM #

    Well said.

  4. ManBearPig July 5, 2009 at 7:35 PM #

    I don’t think I even have to tell ya how I feel about this one…

    Well done…

  5. Chuck, Sacramento July 5, 2009 at 9:30 PM #

    Thank you for the thoughts. I was at first enjoying the chaos Friday’s announcement brought. But then was sorely disgusted with the pile-on that ensued, with even conservitive talking heads echoing MSM criticisms. I don’t know if I’d want Palin as a President – but that isn’t the point. This woman represents and has a message that needs to be heard. Why is MSM so desperate to tear her down? It is a desperate effort and is, I hope, destined to fail.

    Fight on Sarah, our country needs (someone like) you.

  6. Bobbi July 6, 2009 at 3:56 AM #

    Very well said!

  7. Bob Dobolina July 6, 2009 at 5:12 AM #

    An “ivy league snob”? Is there something wrong with putting in the effort to get an education? I don’t understand the argument that working hard in school and being well-educated somehow makes a person a “snob”. Someone has done a number on Republicans over the past dozen or more years–trying to make them think that getting a good education is a bad thing. Really scary.

    • stickeenotes July 6, 2009 at 6:09 AM #

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an ivy league education, Bob. However, the snobbish attitude that seems to be issued along with most degrees is a problem. I could write at great length on the arrogance of intellectuals, given that I’ve spent a more than a few years observing it first hand. It’s the danger of the philosopher king and the sense of entitlement that I’m speaking to, Bob.

      I think we all know a highly educated individual who is constantly bemoaning the fact that “inferior” minds are in greater positions of authority. This attitude is pervasive in certain circles and nurtured by the myth that our nation should be governed by the ivy league philosopher king. Unfortunately, many fail to realize that solid judgment and wisdom are not always found in the ivory tower, Bob. Sometimes it is found in life experience rather than books written on the subject. Though, ironically, my experience is rooted largely in the latter.

  8. JackKnife July 6, 2009 at 7:25 AM #

    Remember Dan Quayle??

  9. RNC July 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM #

    Burned out? Tired of all the personal attacks? I hear you. I remember when you guys were also very critical of the attacks on Hillary and all those nasty comments about Chelsea…wait what? No, you never spoke up then? Huh, so you chirp when it’s Palin but giggle when it’s a Clinton. I could be wrong but I think that’s the definition of being a partisan tool with zero credibility.

    • stickeenotes July 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM #

      Well, you’d be wrong. Hillary Clinton’s treatment during the Democratic primary was disgusting. Hacks like Chris Mathews made me sick and I expressed that opinion quite often. David Shuster was completely out of line when he made his “pimping” statement and I’ve derided him for it on Twitter. If you’re referring to Rush Limbaugh’s inexcusable comment about Chelsea Clinton, you’d be wrong yet again. I’ve made clear my position on attacking the children of politicians and that has not changed. Thank you for assuming the worst. I’ve been critical & derisive of Hillary Clinton, but it was usually rooted in her policy positions and statements rather than a caricature of her.

      The question is, are you making your voice heard concerning the treatment of Palin, or do you only save that for women with a (D) after their name, like Hillary?

  10. Xian Do July 7, 2009 at 5:21 AM #

    Go get ’em, Tiger!
    You rock, Sir…Well done!

  11. thiscantwaite July 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM #

    I can’t believe I just read this. For some reason some of our friends have developed a 2 party system re: Palin (Palinista or Palins-a-moron). It makes no sense, and it’s a distraction.

    Not to sound like a feminist, but I’ve noticed that the right wing bloggers who were so perplexed by Palin’s resignation were mostly career driven single men. I suspect her reasons for resigning were mostly personally and completely valid. I also find it odd that the notion that she isn’t qualified and/or electable for President somehow makes fer an utter failure.

  12. Dede August 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM #

    Palin did what she thought was the right thing, for herself, her family, and her state. Even if you don’t agree with her choice, you have to admire how she sticks to her guns regardless of what Letterman has to say about her. I don’t think she’s done either…the Left better watch out. (and you sir make me jealous of your mad writin’ skillz.)


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