Liberals are pushing the idea that conservatives want Sarah Palin to drop out as Vice Presidential nominee. Let’s be clear. They can cite two or three people like Jonah Goldberg that a few weeks ago they were decrying as Neocons. Conservatives don’t want Sarah Palin to drop out. What conservatives want is to see the Sarah Palin that those of us who were familiar with her record before her nomination know exists. The one who shut up the bickering of two pols bought and paid for by the oil companies and dominated a gubernatorial debate with the line “the citizens of Alaska deserve a better dialog than this.”
The oil companies. The other liberal meme is that somehow Palin is a puppet of the oil companies. Again, the least research into her background would show just how ridiculous that is. Certainly coming from Alaska she has a familiarity with the industry and her interests do align with the industry in some cases. But she has never been shy about opposing the oil companies when they are out of line. She twice stood up to the oil companies in moves that were considered near political suicide – and both times it was Sarah Palin who came out on top. Like another person that conservatives are still pretty fond of despite his faults, Sarah Palin’s biggest weapon is when her enemies misunderestimate her.
Newspapers. My bet is she reads the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, the Anchorage Daily News and the Juneau Empire. Judging from their websites they all three offer excellent coverage of local issues and coverage easily on par with the New York Times on national and global issues.
Religion. Palin is being tarred as some sort of Neanderthal bigot on the basis of religion. I haven’t been shy about expressing my disdain for the “values politicians” whose faith involves bashing “sinners” when it brings political gain. That’s not Sarah Palin’s faith. In high school she signed yearbooks with a verse from 1 Thessalonians. The King James Version of the core of it is “Rejoice Always.” Not your typical “death to all sinners” values politician garbage. The full context is this:
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
That’s not the typical “values politician” quoting Leviticus and casting stones.
The convention speech. There was much hullabaloo about whether she read it off the teleprompter or not and that all she could do was read a speech someone else wrote. Again, a little familiarity with her amazing American story gives the lie to that. Much of the speech was actually taken from words she spoke when running for Governor. That campaign was fought on a shoestring budget, run entirely by volunteers. There were no professional speech writers. The McCain campaign speech writers polished things up and added a few things, but many, many of the words were, in fact, pure Sarah Palin.
The book. Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down Get it. Even if she wasn’t running for Vice President, the story of her earlier political career is the kind of exciting American story that movies are made from and novels are written about. And in this case, its all true.