While on the subject of the GOP establishment…
With Romney and Gingrich getting all of the attention, I guess our dear old Sarah had to come out and start making some noise.
Last Friday Sarah Palin wrote a pathetic Facebook post about the establishment cannibalizing the Republican primaries.
Palin has become a joke. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were talking about here. She was teasing me about how I was pro-Sarah four years ago. Which is true–I’m not going to lie about it. When I watched her speech at the Republican convention I thought I was seeing the future. I remember telling my wife, then girlfriend, and old roommate that Palin would be the first female president. This is even after McCain and Palin lost the general election.
I remember reading an article in National Review by Ross Douthat, who was a pretty big supporter of Palin then, about how she needed to take a step back after the campaign and revamp her image. Douthat thought that she should work with some charities, hit the books, and even show up on Oprah.
Palin has taken the opposite course in nearly every single aspect of her career. It’s a damned shame. She has become a petulant child that whines on cable TV about the long shadow of socialism. How could she have failed on every single level and squandered all of her political talent? Why would anyone take what she says seriously? Has she ever done anything for the Conservative movement?
All of the candidates in this election season: Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, Perry, Cain, Bachman, Pawlenty…They all have their flaws, but at least they put themselves out there for something.
What does Palin ever put herself out there for? She sits in her Wasilla compound composing these missives about the state of Conservatism, but she never actually has accomplished anything for the movement. She goes on book tours and bus tours in Iowa to hawk whatever junk that her people are pushing.
I understand her reluctant to run this time around. I wouldn’t want to put up with the media bashing she received. It’s digesting how Andrew Sullivan pushed those bizarro theories about her children. If the question is about media bias in the Palin family, then Sarah can count on me to stand by her.
But, I can’t stand the way the media gives her attention. And, when I say media, I mainly mean Fox news. It’s to the point where I don’t know if I can watch any election coverage if I see her.
Standing for something isn’t enough–you have to actually do something for people. Not just the segment of people who agree with you, but you need to actually prove that you can convince people and win a cause. Palin has failed to do this in any meaningful way.