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Sarah Palin for President

posted at 12:10 pm on May 25, 2011 by

No, no, don’t take that as an endorsement. It’s merely a summary of what Andrew Sullivan argues in his latest post on Sarah Palin:

Palin has been airbrushed out of the GOP race by the entire scene – from Politico to National Review. And yet, for some unfathomable reason, she has secretly put together an hour long “Triumph Of The Will” “Evita” “Undefeated” documentary that will attempt to do what Josh Green tried: to reframe her as a visionary reformer. (“Undefeated” is another odd lie, of course. She lost the last general election overwhelmingly and would almost certainly have lost re-election in Alaska if she hadn’t quit. But we’re in postmodern Republican land here, so logic is not of the utmost concern.) More to the point, it’s going to air in Iowa next month.

Why would someone who has decided not to run do that?

You’ve got to love that Godwin from Andrew; “Triumph of the Will”. Ha-ha. Yeah. Great one, Andrew. That’s really creative; equating Republicans with Nazis. Nobody’s ever done that before. Nope.

In any case, Andrew goes on to quote Scott Conroy at Real Clear Politics. He reports:

["The Undefeated"] is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which [filmmaker Stephen K.] Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in  Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run. Bannon, a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker, sees his documentary as the first step in Palin’s effort to rebuild her image in the eyes of voters who may have soured on her, yet might reconsider if old caricatures begin to fade.

Although Andrew’s reasoning makes sense, the chances of a Palin candidacy are rather small. Most experts believe she won’t run and they’re probably right. After all, why should she? She’s doing (very) well financially, she’s a household name and probably has a blast being responsible for herself, rather than for an entire state or even the entire country. Oh, and she can count on the admiration of millions of Americans who love her for her ‘common sense conservatism’ and down to earth mentality (or perhaps I should say public mask).

Having said that, if she decides to run, she’ll undoubtedly have a profound impact. Although recent polls suggests she’s have a hard time winning over a majority of Republican voters, she hasn’t lost the race beforehand. Palin is a strong woman, she is a born and natural leader; that kind of character appeals to voters.

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I intend to vote for Sarah Palin because I believe that of all the possible candidates as things now stand, she best represents myself and my interests. Period. Whatever “mask” she wears is of little consequence to me as long as I believe she will do what she says she will do.

gryphon202 on May 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM

EXACTLY….

Palin/West is my dream ticket. Both exude leadership as their core principle, they don’t waver in the face of adversity, and plow right through barriers thrown at them.

44Magnum on May 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

To all the critics: chances are I’ll have the last laugh.

In any case to psdforce: who said “all of it” is a mask?

I find the glorification of Palin among some people to be quite entertaining – and very unconservative.

Michael van der Galien on May 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The news today says you won’t.

unseen on May 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I find the glorification of Palin among some people to be quite entertaining – and very unconservative.

Michael van der Galien on May 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I’m not “glorifying” her, I’m just stating facts. She’s the most charismatic conservative politician out there today, and she’s had that role ever since she appeared at Dayton, Ohio in 2008. I never realized that “conservative” meant “running the most bland vanilla candidate you can find in an effort to concentrate the debate on the ideas Hayek and Friedman and Buckley”.

pseudoforce on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Kataklysmic: yeah, agreed. And I’ve railed against that in the past. So please do tell me, how was this post in any way whatsoever an example of the “demonization of Palin”?

Michael van der Galien on May 26, 2011 at 5:00 AM

I wouldn’t have used the word “demonization”, but lazy, sloppy and weasel wordy.

Where to start? Okay, Sullivan. You use a nutter like Sullivan to bolster your argument, which, like another poster said, pretty much kills any legitimacy your discussion might hold. I’m surprised that he moved away from his obsession with Palin’s uterus to invoke Godwin. No, actually, I’m not surprised. I am surprised, however, that someone who wants to be considered a thinking person would use Sullivan as any kind of example of anything except mental instability.

Then you proceed on to use the fact that she’s successful as a rationale that she won’t run. So only the unsuccessful, poor and obscure should run?

Then you follow that bit of “wisdom” with the very sloppy insult of “‘common sense conservatism’ and down to earth mentality (or perhaps I should say public mask)”. So she isn’t what she appears to be? You know this for sure? How do you know this? Do you have inside information? Have you met the woman? Know people that have?

Or are you just making a gratuitous and lazy insult??

Then you go for the Captain Obvious award by stating that if she runs she’ll have an impact and then the mea culpa at the end of “Palin is a strong woman, she is a born and natural leader; that kind of character appeals to voters.”

Ooooookay. All that for only 215 words (according to MS Word) of original content.

And you wonder why people are grumpy. This is the same lazy and schizophrenic BS that the LSM doles out like jewels on a pillow. Most of us aren’t buying it anymore. It’s not glorification or worship, just weariness from the same tired garbage. If you are going to dole out slop, at least dress it up a little better. It`s getting insulting, along with your dis-ingenuousness with us telling you to peddle it elsewhere.

Hope that cleared some of it up for you.

kim roy on May 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Kataklysmic: yeah, agreed. And I’ve railed against that in the past. So please do tell me, how was this post in any way whatsoever an example of the “demonization of Palin”?

Michael van der Galien on May 26, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Citing the High Priest of Trig Trutherism as a reliable source while channeling your inner Walter Benjamin in re Palin’s “authenticity” might have given the “Saracuda” supporters that impression.

ebrown2 on May 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

LOL @ “all the experts”. These “experts” were the ones that gave us John McCain and Barack (Hussein) Obama. Now they want to make us take Romney or Pawlenty. Lord save us from the “experts”
Run Sarah RUN!!

Rick554 on May 28, 2011 at 7:18 AM

You forgot to mention that she’s the only one who will clean up the republican party from the dirtbag progressives they have become. That’s why she has our vote. This election is about killing the cancer of progressivism in both parties not about throwing out Dumb-Ø. We independents are not progressives. Kindly pass that on to your “experts.”

Jayrae on May 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Yeah, well don’t get your hopes up. She’s only one woman, and the -regressive- disease will keep on growing thanks to the intellectual and moral cowards who should know better but continue to abase themselves before collectivist elitists.

ebrown2 on May 28, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Although Andrew’s reasoning makes sense, the chances of a Palin candidacy are rather small.

O_o

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

MrX on June 1, 2011 at 9:06 PM

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