Monday, January 30, 2012

Sarah Palin proves her critics right

Sarah Palin issued a call to arms on behalf of New Gingrich: "Vote for Newt, Annoy a Liberal".

Palin told host Jeanine Pirro in response to a question about how Gingrich can bill himself as a Washington outsider despite a resume full of inside-the-Beltway experience: "You gotta rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation. We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and isn’t afraid to shake it up."

Palin continued: "So if for no other reason [than] to rage against the machine: Vote for Newt, annoy a liberal. Vote Newt. Keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going."

When Sarah Palin was nominated by John McCain as his running mate in 2008 campaign, she took a lot of unfair flak from the media, which essentially called her stupid. Until today, I saw that viewpoint as motivated by politics of personal destruction by the biased media. They certainly engaged in vicious, personal attacks and 'gotcha' interviews. The image below shows the kind of gratuitous attack which could equally well apply to Hillary Clinton, who also had a habit of pointing to the crowd, as if recognizing familiar faces.

Main stream media made fun of Sarah Palin in 2008
So, it is with reluctance, and sadness that I write that the media had a point. The slogan "Vote for Newt, Annoy a Liberal" is idiotic, even on the surface. Is annoying a liberal the most important reason for voting for a particular candidate in this upcoming election, which everyone admits is for the future of US?

I little more than a week ago I wrote and article entitled: "GOP dilemma: to win or not to win". The main point of that article was to suggest that antipathy to liberals, by itself, is a very poor method to pick a candidate. Over six weeks ago, I presented my view that GOP would do better by picking a candidate who would govern well, and be able to unify the country, rather than to swing the wrecking ball from extreme left to extreme right. I also wrote "Democrats for Newt Gingrich", because his nomination may very well result in Obama's re-election.

Placing ideology over solutions to the real problems, which plague our country lies at the heart of Obama's erroneous and divisive approach. And now, Sarah Palin is essentially suggesting that the only problem with that is that the ideology came from the wrong extreme of the political spectrum. Palin's call for"sudden and relentless reform" is the opposite of "deliberate and inclusive" and, therefore, could be replaced with "poorly-thought out" and "ideologically-driven".

There is a saying: "It is preferable to keep quiet and be thought a fool, than to open you mouth and remove all doubt." Alas, today Sarah Palin has done just that.

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