Quotes of the day

posted at 10:26 pm on April 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

“While researching my book, I learned that Palin is an impulsive politician who makes snap decisions — often risky ones — with little preparation. Witness her decision to challenge Republican Frank Murkowski in 2006, her acceptance of the vice presidential nod in 2008, and her abrupt resignation from the governor’s office in 2009. I suspect she hasn’t decided whether or not to run for president.

“But then, she really doesn’t have to. Her positions mark the center-right pole in our political debate. Her post-feminist populist conservatism has given us the likely candidacy of Rep. Michele Bachmann. She fused reality-television celebrity with Tea Party politics long before Donald Trump dusted off his toupee and entered the race. The 2010 campaign demonstrated her power to set the media agenda and elevate issues and candidates to national status. I’m sympathetic to the view that a presidential candidacy would be a demotion for Palin. Who needs the trouble when you can be the conservative Oprah? We are already playing by Sarah’s rules.”

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“She’s taking it to him. What is so hard about this? ‘Yeah, Rush, well, you hear what they say about her?’ Yeah, and she just keeps talking, doesn’t she? ‘Yeah, but Rush, but Rush, but they destroyed her.’ Doesn’t bother her. She keeps talking. I mean I would submit they haven’t destroyed her. She’s still talking, still drawing a crowd. Still gets airtime. They haven’t destroyed her.”

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And the truth is she quit in the middle of a job. Justifying why she quit is assuming that most people would do the same in her shoes. Most people will never know what it is like to be governor and quit. What they do understand is that they expect more from their elected officials. Being a quitter is something Americans are not taught to do. They hate quitters. Sarah quit. Period.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

He sticks his fingers in his ears and says na na na na I can’t hear you!

I see you did not answer my question.

She has already quit once, and became Governor.

Does the story of how she came to resign from her well paying appointed position matter in the story of how she defied conventional wisdom and won the Governor’s Mansion anyway?

According to you, it shouldn’t have made any difference, and she should not have ascended the ladder any further, but yet she did anyway.

Perhaps that is glaring evidence that you are incorrect in your assumptions.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Exactly. But to understand this not only takes some imagination, it means abandoning a monomaniacal talking point.

rrpjr on April 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

To keep saying that Palin’s resignation is meaningless or even a plus… takes making her so much a part of your life that you protect her like you would you own family.

Asking you to see anything negative about Palin’s record is like asking a mother if her baby is pretty.

I have finally figured it out. You aren’t lying when you say you think it doesn’t matter, you really can’t see anything bad.

This is actually really a scary thing for the country.

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

This is actually really a scary thing for the country.

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

That is ridiculous.

A person who was willing to take the hits politically to do the right thing for others is what I would imagine is exactly what we would want in a national leader.

Too many others would have just hung on by their fingernails and drug their whole staff and the whole state through the ringer and incurred massive personal debt and wasted the time of the government agencies who have to respond to all this nonsense, just to keep from getting bad things said about themselves.

She did not. She took it on the chin, regrouped and proceeded to help knock Pelosi off her throne.

To me, that displays character, mental toughness and a focus on what is really important.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

To me, that displays character, mental toughness and a focus on what is really important.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

It shows that she made the best out of her position once she figured out she blew it. But it was too late to save her governorship.

And it is something of a success that she has a whole army of people who have thought of nothing else since 2008. But that is celebrity not leadership.

She is a failed governor. Just like Fife Symington.

I don’t know how that plays in the election.

Maybe the sitution is so dire that people won’t care. But if you wonder why the establishment doesn’t care to support her you need to see how they see it.

They are not evil. She failed to impress. Her skills are lacking and she shuns the ones who have the knowledge to fix her problems.

When someone refuses to learn it is hard to support that.

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I find your defense of the establishment extremely lacking.

You give them %100 benefit of the doubt, and give her %0.

Perhaps you haven’t been paying attention to the Tea Party movement, but I suspect the vast majority of them agree with Palin and I and not you on that score.

Her Governorship has not been a failure at all.

She left Alaska a %12 billion budget surplus.

She reformed many other things too, and did it in a short period of time.

You say, “once she figured out she blew it.”

All of the events that led up to that were because she blew it.

If I may say, I think your attitude in this post is much more “frightening for the country” than my reasoned defense of the actual truth.

You just won’t hear it.

Go on with your strange allegiance to the Republican establishment, whether in Alaska or DC.

Sarah is allied with us, the people, and even you, though you do not realize it right now.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM

To keep saying that Palin’s resignation is meaningless…

Asking you to see anything negative about Palin’s record…

I have finally figured it out. You aren’t lying when you say you think it doesn’t matter, you really can’t see anything bad.

This is actually really a scary thing for the country.

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

None of those things were said. These are all imputations. Your declamatory, sloppy and substance-less posts — or is it “stream of consciousness” — continue.

Lengthy and thoughtful comments have been made here on the unique and onerous circumstances Palin was experiencing and the reasons for the resignation — far more than those which simply repeat, monomaniacally, that she “quit” and/or is a “quitter.” I’ve never heard or seen an equally thoughtful analysis as to the nature of her “quitting” or which acknowledged the intentions and tactics the Left employed at high levels to fashion yet a new way of destroying a human being. Merely to repeat, Gatling-gun style, that she “quit” seems to be the preferred narrative style. This actually seems the really “scary” thing.

If you wanted to impress people and do justice to the debate, why not extend yourself to a thoughtful analysis of what Palin was actually experiencing and offer your own alternatives, i.e., put yourself in her position? What would you have done if you were facing dozens of unsubstantiated charges requiring legal response but which were clearly part of a deliberate campaign of harassment, and in the process you were unable to commit yourself or your staff fully to the needs of your state and constituents? What was a suitable solution? Any ideas?

In the long run, the absence of any kind of thought here just fatigues the listener. Further, such a mindless mantra will not be able to compete with real evidence to the contrary. That is, if Palin runs, the nature of the struggle and effort against Obama will cleanse any connotations of “quitter.”

Moreover, how is it that she has “quit.” Has there been a higher profile participant in the battles of our time? Wouldn’t “quitting” mean total removal from the fray? In a way, by leaving office, she actually exposed herself to a wider cultural assault by the Left. One could argue that she found new and riskier forms of engagement, that rather than “quit”, she actually broadened the field of battle yet in the process freed her own citizens from the crossfire.

But I can see the purpose of the repetitive talking point. It has worked before, and it spares one the effort of thought or the obligations of debate.

Anyway, the voters will decide. I do not believe a gubernatorial resignation rates as a terribly weighty event in any case or even a signal of character one way or the other. Politicians “quit” jobs all the time, and usually if not invariably to seek higher offices. Are these not all “quitters,” too? And if not, why not? Aren’t their motives more opportunistic and ignoble?

That is, what is the difference between Obama abandoning his senate seat and Palin leaving her gubernatorial seat?

I’ll help you. Obama broke a promise not to seek higher office and left his State in a true fix, leading to a costly and publicly traumatic series of events for Illinois. (Yet, still, I would not think it an issue worth raising in a campaign against Obama.)

Palin left her state in better shape than she found it.

Why is leaving to pursue private interests and be with family somehow invidious while ditching you seat for bigger political prizes not?

I don’t believe anyone here who supports Palin has maintained that Palin is perfect or irreproachable. At least I don’t. So that’s another straw man. But I also understand the need to classify all Palin supporters as uncritical cultists. It’s another form of degraded “debate” built around another repetitive talking point.

rrpjr on April 20, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Quitting is quitting, right?

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Boy, you are really stretching. Comparing the population of Alaska to America and the responsibilities of Mayor to the presidency is a real exercise in rationalization. Very few people will ever vote for her on that justification.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

That’s not what happened.

powerpro on April 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Sure it is. You have spun it to be something else because you want her to be president. Americans are going to vet Sarah. That means investigating her past. Quitting the job of governor is not going to sit well. What is she going to do if her political enemies start investigating her as president? Quit? AGAIN?

You are fooling yourself.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Boy, you are really stretching. Comparing the population of Alaska to America and the responsibilities of Mayor to the presidency is a real exercise in rationalization. Very few people will ever vote for her on that justification.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I didn’t stretch at all, I merely applied your reasoning to Palin’s history.

You said quitting is quitting, and no one will care why.

I disputed that with an actual historical example dealing with the same individual in question.

Are you saying Alaskans are not Americans? They are.

So are Iowans, New Hampshirites, and South Carolinians.

One step at a time, one step at a time.

I did not compare the responsibilities of Mayor to the Presidency.

I simply relayed the electoral history of Sarah Palin to dispute your blanket assertion that quitters who quit are forever quitters and no one gives a damn why they quit and they will never get a promotion because we are not yet a Marxist country.

She quit, and then got the Big Chair.

Perhaps it was because the people in Alaska knew why she quit, and respected her more for it than simply holding on to a political prize and overlooking corruption in her own party.

The truth does matter.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM

What is she going to do if her political enemies start investigating her as president? Quit? AGAIN?

You are fooling yourself.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

You are fooling yourself.

Here we go again with comparing the Governor of Alaska to the Presidency.

The legal environment is completely different and they are apples and oranges.

A President is not vulnerable to such campaigns as the Governor in that state was at that time.

Hey, don’t bother yourself with any detailed analysis of the actual history or facts.

That might be too much trouble.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Americans are going to vet Sarah. That means investigating her past.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Her past has been investigated every single day since August 29, 2008.

Remember the army of reporters who parachuted into south central Alaska scouring the Earth for any dirt they could come up with on her, and they couldn’t find any so they made some up?

You really believe there is still some skeleton undiscovered in her closet, waiting to spring forth and destroy her reputation?

I do not.

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I don’t think of Gov. Palin’s resigning the Governorship as “quitting”. I think of it as “going Galt.”

When the game is rigged, change the game.

Mary in LA on April 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Good insight here, I like this take on the situation. She did exactly that, she changed the game and caught all of them off guard, including the elite pundits on “our side” on all of the talk shows. They only saw this action through the tradition prism of their version of politics. It just proves that Sarah out thinks and out flanks them completely.

I do not see any indication that Palin has done any more to prepare herself against political attacks. She doesn’t want the help of the only people who really know how to protect her from this… the establishment!

More experience may improve this, she will start to understand that the lone wolf is really the lone little lamb asking to be slaughtered.

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

You still don’t get it, she took DOWN the establishment in Alaska. THAT is why the establishment RINOs hate her. They know the game is up when she is in the oval office. They will have lost their power.

karenhasfreedom on April 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I screwed up the block quotes in the latter part of my post just above, but you get the drift.

karenhasfreedom on April 20, 2011 at 7:11 PM

You still don’t get it, she took DOWN the establishment in Alaska. THAT is why the establishment RINOs hate her. They know the game is up when she is in the oval office. They will have lost their power.

karenhasfreedom on April 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Isn’t it sad how she failed to make allies out of Republicans who were out for revenge against her because she exposed their corrupt little network of bribery and self dealing with the oil industry?

lol

Brian1972 on April 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM

karenhasfreedom on April 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Then she was forced to resign.

Then Murkosky… I know that’s not right, I can’t remember her name… won re-election.

I don’t think that counts as a victory of any appreciable kind. In the long run she didn’t accomplish much.

Is she running for President just to take down someone? Or Is she running to be President?

petunia on April 20, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Sure it is. You have spun it to be something else because you want her to be president. Americans are going to vet Sarah. That means investigating her past. Quitting the job of governor is not going to sit well. What is she going to do if her political enemies start investigating her as president? Quit? AGAIN?

You are fooling yourself.

csdeven on April 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

You’re not really this foolish are you?

You don’t really think that the same laws that were in place in Alaska apply at a federal level, do you?

And btw… Americans aren’t fools.

They can see that she’s been engaged in the fight and that she does not quit.

You’ve broken down what happened in Alaska to one mind numbed word, as though context has no meaning.

Well, that’s just ridiculous. Context does matter.

If she had left because she were under the cloud of an impending federal indictment, the context of her resigning office would have been negative and would have strongly impacted her future.

Instead, she resigned in order to take the battle to the left from a better angle while saving her state and her agenda by removing herself from that particular fight. Has she backed down at all? From the word “go”…once she was free to do so, she has been pretty much the SOLE thorn in this administration’s side… starting with death panels and ending…well never.

You see a quitter because you refuse to look at the whole picture and frankly I think that makes you look like a fool.

powerpro on April 20, 2011 at 10:24 PM

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