The Democrats abject fear of Sarah Palin.
The Dems and their MSM allies have been all over her like nothing I've seen. They haven't been covering any of the future GOP Presidential hopefuls like this. All their efforts seem to be focused on Governor Palin. Here's why:
The left is telling us something many feel, many find as a hunch, that Sarah Palin is the most dangerous threat to the Obama administration with no close second. (Emphasis mine.) The left is telling us this by their "over the top" attacks. Not just the Letterman assaults, but the constant barrage of grievances filed against her in Alaska. The attacks every day on Palin for no apparent reason -- except that the left seems to see her quite differently from any Republican candidate.
They would never do this to Romney, Huckabee or Newt, at least not to this level. There is a clear reason -- these guys couldn't fill up a high school stadium unless they were giving out free beer.
Palin could fill a stadium if she were reciting a cookbook. But she isn't. She is delivering common sense to an electorate that is becoming ever more jaded every day with the Obama nonsense. Miranda rights for terrorists? $4 trillion deficit?
That could be one reason the Democrats fear her: she speaks plainly and with common sense, something that appeals to most Americans. But that's not the only reason the Dems have it in for Palin.
The number of comments from the linked post are quite telling, with many seeing the Democrats are indeed afraid of Sarah Palin. Others tried to write her off as nothing but an underqualified, not too bright, unethical, bible-thumping pseudo-woman, who obviously must be crooked because of all of the unfounded ethics complaints filed against her by Alaskan Democrats. Never mind that every complaint filed against her has been found to be unsubstantiated or outright false.
There are tens of millions of people who never voted for Obama, telling their friends "don't blame me." There is a growing number who did vote for Obama who have lost their jobs at car dealerships, who have not found work yet even after the massive spending, and there are those who just say "...this is not the change I had in mind."
One commenter made mention of the “I can see Russia from my house” comment, not realizing (or caring) that is was Tina Fey who made that statement during a Saturday Night Live skit. I guess it must be guilt by association.
But it might not be just Democrats that fear Sarah. There are undoubtedly a number of inside-the-beltway Republicans that would like to see her disappear, much the same way they wanted Ronald Reagan to disappear, too.
Never mind that most Americans have far more faith in a self-starter like Palin than the political elite in Washington. And that just makes the elite hate her even more because she appeals to the 'great unwashed masses' - average Americans. “But how can that be? Only we know what the proles..uhh...public really need!”
[Another] reason Palin is hated is that she hasn't been vetted by the political class, the inside-the-beltway types of both parties who profess love of the common folk, but in reality hold them in contempt. Palin arose from humble roots, rising farther and faster than many who attended the fanciest schools, come from old money, and so on. In short, she is seen as an interloper, a hick who accidentally got invited to the ball.
The amount of invective aimed at Palin from the Left is at levels difficult to comprehend, particularly since their demi-god Obama won the election and now sits in the Oval Office. It seems to be the political equivalent of a pre-emptive strike, an attempt to eliminate a viable political opponent before 2012 rolls around. In the pre-Internet age such character assassination might have easily worked, torpedoing a promising national political career before it got off the ground. But in these days of Google, YouTube, and a host of other websites, the dirty tricks are too easily countered and the perpetrators too easily exposed. That isn't to say that it could never work, only that it's much more difficult to pull it off. Just ask Dan Rather.
From the same commenter as above:
I can't put my finger on it, but there is something about a physically attractive, successful, conservative woman that drives some people over the edge, maybe it holds their own less-impressive accomplishments in greater relief. But, all I know is that I heard some of the most foul, disrespectful, [misogynistic] language I have ever heard, from from people whom I thought I knew, about Sarah Palin. At least one man I formerly regarded as a friend, is no longer one... not after "joking" he'd like to gang-rape Palin with some of his friends. He was/is an Obama supporter. As Letterman has shown, this sleazy attack was not an isolated incident.
Significantly, another strong conservative woman, Lady Margaret Thatcher, was viciously attacked in much the same manner by her foes in the U.K.
Comparing Palin to Margaret Thatcher certainly moves Sarah up to a higher plane in my eyes. Goodness knows Sarah didn't become governor of Alaska by being submissive or stupid. There's steel in her backbone, just like Thatcher. (Margaret Thatcher wasn't called the “Iron Lady” for nothing.)
From the other side of the aisle comes this 'observation':
It's true. About 20% of Alaskans don't like or trust Palin. However, the other 80% do. I'd call that a mandate. And I certainly “don't attribute all state level actions against Palin to some kind of national plot.” Instead, I only attribute most of them to a “national plot”. The rest come from her Democratic political opponents in Alaska. I also salute Governor Palin's rejection of stimulus money. Unlike the commenter, she knows that much of that money comes with huge federal strings, including the requirement to change laws that would in turn burden Alaska with continuing to fund programs or operations started with those stimulus funds. (More than one state has told Obama “No thanks!” when it comes to stimulus funds. The costs were too high.)
Sorry, but a lot of Alaskans don't like or trust Palin. I have a friend who lives in Juneau, and I know first hand that many Alaskans do not appreciate Palin's rejection of stimulus money from the federal government, or her other decisions as governor. Don't attribute all state level actions against Palin to some kind of national plot.
From another supporter among the commenters:
And Obama is still a cipher. We know nothing of his years in college or at law school. No one really knows all that much about him. Despite his rhetoric, we know he holds most Americans in contempt. (Goodness knows he is certainly condescending to a large portion of the American public.) He's never had a real job. He's very good at wasting other people's money – just ask him about the $110 million of Annenberg Foundation funds he managed to make disappear with nothing to show for them. (And he's doing it again, this time with our hard earned tax dollars.) On the other hand Sarah Palin is an open book. What you see is pretty much what you get.
Sarah was not “educated” at an elite ivy-league university and has not risen in stature by ingratiating herself with Republican powerbrokers, much less the Georgetown and East and Left coast cognoscenti. She is not some artificially contrived political construct that was created solely to win votes. She isn’t snooty or condescending. She isn’t a career politician. She’s held real jobs just like you and me. She hasn’t spent her entire life collecting a payroll check from the government, lobbying or consulting firms, or universities and think tanks. Sarah connects with people because she is a real person herself, the genuine article.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to illustrate the differences between Sarah Palin and someone like Barack Obama is this: Who would you feel more comfortable having over for a cookout? Sarah and Todd? Or Barack and Michelle?
Give me Sarah and Todd any day.
One of the best comments I saw was this one, short and to the point:
That would certainly put the Democrats into a tailspin!
(Sarah) Palin - (Liz) Cheney 2012!!!
Sarah's charisma and leadership abilities combined with Liz's firm grasp of DC politics and her knowledge of foreign and domestic policy should, at least in theory, crush the Dims pathetic offerings. Of course, that ever happening would depend on at least a little cooperation from within the party. Or, it could happen that Sarah's popularity could overwhelm any in-party subterfuge and sweep her to the front. Liz Cheney's personality type, which is just like her dad's, makes her an excellent running mate. I hope that's the team we field against Obama/Biden. Imagine the debates! What fun!That's a ticket I could support with no misgivings. I think many Republicans, Independents, and not a few Democrats would as well. Only time will tell.
Until then we can count on the Left to continue their assault on Sarah Palin's integrity, family values, intelligence, ethics, and a whole host of other things.