July 4, 2009

Not a quitter...

I think this piece by "Jude," at Hugh Hewitt's blog, Sarah Palin Is Running A Marathon, is the best thing I've seen yet on the subject. Read the whole thing....

....She's no quitter. She's just running her own race.

Imagine the kitchen table conversation at the Palin house. 'Hey, would you guys like this stuff to stop for a while, and for Dad and I to have the option to fight back against it when does happen, and to fight for good people more often, at our own pace, on our own schedule? Would you like it if I can be home more often but also do more for America? Oh, and do you think I should be responsible and step aside as governor since the bad guys have made every day I remain in office more damaging to the state?' 'Hell, yeah.' (I like to think that one was Piper.)

Sarah Palin is the biggest star in politics after the sophist in the oval office, and Sarah Palin has been abandoned by too much of the Right. [Amen, brother!] Mitt Romney is a cyborg and probably has 2012 in hand already, which I think is great. Love the guy, think we should be so lucky. But how can the GOP and the RNC fail to defend and champion Palin? She is a superstar media talent who's natural charisma could light the sun. Don't listen to the garbage about how she hurt the ticket - that's something Democrats tell themselves to sleep at night. She is a major voice in the conservative movement, the most prominent female Republican, and on and on. Is it so hard to defend her at parties that we have to say she's finished, or that we never thought she could make it back anyway? If she's taking herself out of politics, then fine, we can let her be... but don't bet on it. Sanford has clearly taken himself off the board, but she's securing and defending her place. Palin has a remarkable killer instinct and she climbed the political ladder in a way no one expected. She may very well be passing the ball because she believes it's the right thing to do, but she's also going to become a more effective national figure by doing so. We might see more of her, not less, and if that's the case, will the RNC want to help her? More importantly, will it even know how? I think it's just as likely that she's going to learn how to play the national media all by herself, and she may be better for it in the end.

And if I'm wrong and this is the beginning of the end of Palin's political career? Well, as I said at the top of the post, this race is called life, and no one could blame her for making sure she wins that one.

It will be interesting.

I don't think she's going to leave public life. But I also think the various political maneuverings are just the trivial surface ripples of the vasty deeps of what's really going on. Palin and Obama are symbols of the two paths that America faces. The 2008 Presidential race was really between the two of them. It was a game in which Obama seemed to have all the good cards. He was prepared...prepared by years of Alinskyite dirty dealing and holier-than-thou fakery. Palin was plucked suddenly from obscurity, and painfully un-prepared.

But truth has a power of its own, and above all Sarah radiates that power. She is herself, she's not acting or playing a part. (My guess is that even Obama himself doesn't know who Obama is.) And that self is pure USA. The very attacks on her just go to show how honest she is, and how pathetic and weak they are. Think of poor Andrew Sullivan trying to prove that Trig isn't Palin's child!

Palin is, just by existing, a symbolic attack on the atheism of the Left. And on its Gnosticism! Her and Todd's decision to welcome a Downs Syndrome child with love and joy is a total repudiation of everything the trendy Left believes. It is more powerful than a thousand speeches.

My guess is that she will continue to be weak in worldly terms, and scorned by all elites, including those of her own party.... and yet somehow never finally defeated.

Posted by John Weidner at July 4, 2009 6:53 AM
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