@MJosephSheppard → Maureen Dowd Shows Why The GOP Must Run Palin-Or Lose
Los Angeles Times in-resident-Palin-red-meat-thrower-to-her-liberal-audience Robin Abcarian advised:
Liberals: She (Palin) can’t hurt you anymore. It’s time to get over her. it doesn’t appear she will be running for office again anytime soon. She’s basically out of politics.
Some columns later Abcarian ran yet another Palin attack column:
This, of course, had Abcarian snidely lumping Palin in with the likes of Dennis Kucinich and Herman Cain as some sort of droll candidate possibility for 2016 to keep her, and her arrogantly superior liberal audience bemused during the ” verrrry long political season” which she, whilst getting paid to rant finds tres tres tiring “Our process is just so exhausting.”
However, lets say that Abcarian’s premise, which is still to be determined of course, that Palin is not a candidate for 2016 is valid. If that were to be the case is Abcarian’s other premise “Liberals, she can’t hurt you anymore” also valid-it would appear not to so.
As things stand Palin can, in fact has, and increasingly so, fired hard-hitting salvo’s at now candidate Hillary Clinton, with such blasts perhaps reaching a wider audience than any GOP candidate has or can. This is of course because, not only does Palin have millions of Facebook and other social media followers who repeat her messages to who knows how many viewers in total, but also the left ignores Abcarian’s advice
“[W]hen the claws come out for Palin, otherwise enlightened people feel it’s OK to act like clueless sexists.” That, and she uses an example where a response to a Palin quote “unleashed something almost pathological in MSNBC host Martin Bashir.” Thus the call-and-response situation has not changed or lessened one jot. Palin says something, and the media duly reports it en mass, and the leftist bloggers and their comment section goes crazy and, as expected Palin’s words are read by huge numbers of people.
Palin running for president would have benefits for the left far above keeping Abcarian and her ilk amused, in that it might act as a brake on the current utterly free reign Palin has to keep all of Hillary’s manifestly dodgy history in front of the public as she has commenced to do with gusto.
Here’s Palin on Hillary’s first foray into campaigning [“Hmmm, as people all over the country are reminding each other, this Hillary Scooby-Doo Tour thing sure looks familiar…”] where Palin lampoons Hillary for “copying” Palin’s bus tour in 2012. And, right on schedule Salon ran a snide article about Palin’s post and National Review ran a basic cover — the blogosphere, left and right, did their usual dance with hundreds of comments.
Then, straight back on the attack Palin wrote: “America – you ready for the real Hillary? Some of us are; join us and begin here” and she linked to a video “(Hillary) “Trustworthy?” at the Western Journalism site which details many of the most noted Clinton “scandals” “Benghazi/Emails/Bosnia Sniper Fire.” The video and article would have had some distribution of course, but with Palin having Tweeted it it will catch fire and go viral. In the first day it received 22,000 “likes” and 4,500 “shares”.
Who else has such massive reach and media power? Palin has not forgotten President Obama in her broadsides either: Obama’s New Political Strategy: Attack Individual Republicans Agree — however..’tis not new. Obama joined media goons to do same in ’08,remember? McCain & others still must ask: Where do I go to get my reputation back?
Unfortunately for the left with Palin currently not running and her not holding office she is not under the sort of constraints that a candidate or office holder would be. In office, or running, an individual has to take stock of what financial supporters might think of any given statement, or what possible voter reaction might be. Palin has none of these worries, nor does she have to take a ‘balanced” view of her statements as would be the case in the to and fro of a campaign where the opposition seizes on anything they can to hit back.
Palin is in a Teflon-coated situation where she can attack Hillary at will from now until election eve. She can do it from the unique position of not being able to be called “sexist” of being able to say “whatever I say about Hillary is a million times less harsh than the trash that was thrown at me and my family for the last six years.”
Both of which are undeniable and leave the left with no counter except to run the so tired, boring and predictable “Palin’s a grifter” or the utterly imbecilic “Sarah who?” or the childish and obviously wrong “who cares what Palin says because she is irrelevant?” Worse for the left their last point of attack “Palin is just pretending to run to get money from her followers” will have gone out the window.
However if Palin does choose to run it could be a bigger disaster for Hillary and quite possibly, if not an absolute certainty, the GOP’s only and best hope to win the presidency.
The New York Times Maureen Dowd wrote a ferocious article Granny Get Your Gun basically calling for Hillary Clinton to grow a pair to “to teach her Republican rivals — who are coming after her with every condescending, misogynist, distorted thing they’ve got — that bitch is still the new black.” With the support of the leftist feminist media who will attack everything a male Republican says about Clinton as “condescending, sexist, misogynist” clearly only a female Republican nominee can take on Hillary on a level playing field.
Which female Republican could do this? The unknown Governor Martinez, Governor Hayley, Senator Ayotte? It would be a walkover. Carly Fiorina who lost her senate bid in California? Not only is she unknown but would be tarred as the “heartless friend of big business who put thousands out of work then lost her job.” Fiorina would actually be the worst choice as she would allow Clinton to soften her image and play the “nice friend of working class Americans. ”
Clearly only Palin could run against Hillary as a hard hitting take no prisoners attacker of all the “planeload of baggage” that Clinton brings with her without a word being said about her as “misogynistic. ” Nobody, Clinton included has suffered such attacks and further, the left has spent so many years calling Palin a “rube” that she is also free of being attacked as “condescending”.
To a large degree the left, through their utterly irrational six year long rant towards Palin, have created this attack monster. That she has survived the worst of their stupidity (“Trig is not her real son” and etc) leaves her impervious to anything they can throw at her now and she is free to hit Hillary as the “unchained attack dog” she wanted to be towards Obama when she was constrained by the McCain handlers in 2008.
It may well be that the left’s secret wish is “Run Sarah Run” not for amusement, but for survival, but they might “beware of what they wish for” as if it came true it would unleash the one person who could defeat Hillary.
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.