A few days ago, a friend asked my opinion of a blog entry entitled, “How Dumb is the Tea Party? (Come on, folks, Sarah Palin?).” The entry focused on Palin’s support of John McCain when he interrupted his campaign to argue for TARP. I checked the date of the post, thinking it must be ancient. Nope! June 6, 2011, at 08:39. What?
I wrote back and said Palin had to support McCain. What else could she have done? Say McCain was an idiot? McCain’s name was at the top of the ticket!
Then I compared Sarah Palin to Barack Obama from the ’08 campaign to the present. The differences are sometimes humorous, always informative.
Near the close of the campaign, Obama remarked that he’d toured throughout 57 states, leaving only one to visit. Sarah concentrated on just the 50 the rest of us know of.
The president recognized the heroic actions of a Navy “corpse-man.” Sarah would never make this gaffe; she has a son serving.
The president has repeatedly demonstrated his dependency on a teleprompter, and even used one to address a group of sixth-graders. Sarah’s teleprompter failed halfway through her “rock star” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, forcing her to “wing it” the rest of the way. Whoops and hollers could be heard from every Republican household that evening, and GOP coffers began filling the following morning, all because of Sarah’s seamless, unaided, knock-out performance.
I could give examples ad infinitum, but the differences come down to this: Sarah expresses a deep and genuine love for her country at every opportunity. The president’s first act upon assuming office was to embark on his“apology tour.”
If she were to receive the Republican nod, could she win the general election?Howard Dean thinks so, and he may be right. Sure, there are a lot of Palin haters out there, but they matter little; they wouldn’t vote for FDR if he had an “R” after his name.
The real question is, should she run? Perhaps she should simply continue touring the country as the government’s unofficial Boswell — rebuking it when it stumbles, and giving it an “atta boy” when it succeeds. Whatever her decision, I have one wish: that she continue making tons of money — so much, in fact, that after her next “pizza summit” with Donald Trump, the waitress won’t know who should get the check. Does she deserve it? You betcha!
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