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.