September 9, 2009

Just fisking another Lefty who's terrified of Sarah. Not important.

I shouldn't waste time on this, but it's too much fun... Marc Ambinder:

Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has every right to submit an opinion piece on health care to the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page, and they've got every right to print it. [It's gracious of you, Oh Wise Elder Statesman, to make that clear.]

But Palin's existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility [so why are you writing about her?] and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, [well, it gives her FAR more credibility than Obama, who's never accomplished anything in his life! To date.] it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential. [Why not? Why does Palin bug you? And not other Republicans?] Newt Gingrich is influential by rights; he's done the work, come up with original ideas, and been in the trenches. (Replacing Medicare with vouchers...not new or remotely plausible, even if GOPers do well in the next two elections. Quoting Ronald Reagan talking about that type of proposal...not new. Etc.) [You WISH Gingrich was the face of the party! Ha ha. No way, sucker.]
The media -- by which I mean the cable news networks, primarily, will determine whether Palin's view on health care becomes influential. [As if the issue were in doubt!] There are many Republican, conservative health care spokespeople who have earned the right to speak for their party's principals, [Hey, dimwitski! She IS a principal. She was our VP candidate a few months ago, remember?] and, truth be told, can recite the talking points (complete with Ronald Reagan quote) better than Palin and her writer can. They're the ones who should be offended if Palin's op-ed becomes the voice of the opposition tomorrow, [So you are telling us Republicans what ought to offend us? Gee, thanks for the help.] because Palin isn't seen by most Americans as a particularly trenchent [sic] analyst of policy. Indeed, the reason why Palin's team wants to get her pieces in publications like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal is that, in this next phase of her political career, Mrs. Palin has to burnish her policy skills. [Yeah, yeah. We get it. She's just a pretty face managed by "a team." We'll cry all the way to the bank.] And the Journal is all too willing to lend some space to this project, because plenty of people will see the piece.

So here's a challenge to the media: if you want to do justice to conservative ideas [The media wants to do justice to conservative ideas? Who'da thunk!] and find some balance in your coverage tomorrow, [AND they're eager to be "balanced?"...Wow! Amazin'!] book serious [ie: Dull] Republicans with original ideas [New ideas are always better than those moldy old conservative ideas. Ask any liberal.] on your programs. If you don't, Palin is giving herself a voice at your expense and through little effort of her own.

By implying, incidentally, that Palin gets help from a speechwriter, I mean to make an observation. Barack Obama didn't draft his op-ed, either. But, reading Obama, it's not a leap to believe that the ideas are truly his. ['cause they lead to bigger government, less freedom, and higher taxes.] Palin has no chops and no experience talking about health care [she has more than Obama has] and isn't participating in this debate; [Dream on, dweeb,] the content of her op-ed piece isn't original, and the points are points that Republicans make every day. [SO, if Republicans make these points every day, WHY is it hard to imagine that these are her ideas? She's a Republican, and she writes like a... *gasp* Republican! But she's a GIRL! Must be speechwriters doing it for her.]

This is the reality. Palin has policy credibility problems. [Repeat that over and over. Like a mantra.] Big ones. A few op-eds aren't going to help her. [But two words on FaceBook made the Senate jump through hoops! Ha ha.] But if the media ["the media." Still able to fog a mirror? I doubt.] treats her as as a legitimate and influential voice today, she won't need to do the hard work that will result in her learning more about policy and actually becoming conversant in the issues that she, as a potential presidential candidate, will deal with... [So GOOD of you to help Sarah by keeping her in kindergarten where she belongs. I'm sure it is selfless idealism on your part, and has nothing to do with the way Leftists seem to find Sarah, umm... somehow... THREATENING.]
Particularly STUPID here is the idea that political leaders should be the people who "come up with original ideas." Good ideas are a dime a dozen.. Internet pundits are full of them. BUT, a political leader's job is to LEAD. She can hire people to have good ideas. But it is a rare person who can say, "Follow Me," and have people follow her (or him). That makes Sarah worth a thousand Ambinders.
Posted by John Weidner at September 9, 2009 2:17 PM
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