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Palin: Conservative Pundits Are Doing the Job Republican Politicians Should Be Doing

November 19, 2009

Taking aim at the Left's dirty laundry.

Last night, former Alaska Governor, future bestselling author, and perennial thorn in liberals’ sides Sarah Palin sat down with Sean Hannity to discuss everything from the life stories she shares in her new book to the issues of the day, all the while demonstrating why the Left just can’t get her out of their heads.

(Complete Interview: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 above, Part 5, Part 6)

Regardless of whether or not Palin is your preferred 2012 candidate, it’s clear to see which of her traits strike fear into liberal hearts: as a successful career woman with a large family, her very existence demolishes the left-wing smears about the Republican Party and traditional values enslaving women. Her loving care of baby Trig and her frank discussion of discovering he would suffer from Down’s Syndrome is a powerful example of a pro-life leader living her principles. And in a political spectrum dominated by men, a message delivered by a charismatic, attractive woman is going to get results. She has to be made a laughingstock not because she is, but because otherwise people will start looking a little too closely at that man behind the left-wing curtain.

In the video above, Palin demonstrates another quality that not only got under liberals skin, but seems to have been too hot for the McCain campaign to handle: a willingness to go after the Democrats‘ dirty laundry. When Hannity asked about the fallout after she accused Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists,” Palin said:

I am still perplexed as to why we weren’t fairer to the electorate and discuss those associations and the past voting records and the experiences that one of the candidates had in his career. I think that it was unfortunate. I would remind people that it wasn’t negative campaigning and it wasn’t off-base to call someone out on their associations and on their voting record. Now, what you did, and other common-sense conservatives, what you guys did was try to do the job that a campaign should have done […Rev. Jeremiah Wright] should have been a bigger issue because I think it was indicative of, um, some of the, uh, quote unquote tolerance candidate, in terms of hearing a message and being fed things that are not good for our country […] his associates have been extremely radical, and we see that, then, in some of the appointments that he has made. [Emphasis added.]

For years the Left has promoted (and many Republicans have bought into) the idea that there are some arbitrary rules of political decorum that dictate political speech, and anything beyond, “While I have the greatest respect for my good friend from the great state of Massachusetts, I humbly disagree on…” is intolerable (except, of course, when it’s said by one of their own). Say you’re going to vote a certain way, or take a certain stance, and you’ll (usually) be okay, but Heaven help you if you dare notice unethical, hypocritical, or dangerous conduct on the part of our enlightened progressive betters!

Sarah Palin not only understands that such self-censorship amounts to abandoning a legitimate analysis of our leaders’ character and ideology, but also sees that it isn’t enough to let the same pundits deliver the same messages to the same people; our political leaders must be equally frank with the American people. That might not make the Sarracuda presidential material, but it’s a big step in the right direction.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.


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