Does anyone in their right mind—especially if you happen to be a conservative, pro-life woman—want to run for office after the detestable treatment of Sarah Palin? I’d hazard to guess the answer is a resounding “No!”
A small handful of anonymous McCain campaign staffers are out in full force to destroy Palin anew. This smacks of scapegoatism. After all, McCain led an ineffectual campaign, and has only himself to blame for his defeat. How can you counter policies of Obama, when many of your own are similar? Conservatives everywhere let out a massive groan of agony when he was picked as the Republican nominee in the primaries, but support him we must, as his quasi-liberal policies looked positively heavenly in comparison to Obama’s. McCain is a true patriot and an honorable man…let us hope he makes a statement soon reprimanding these cowardly individuals who are letting these smears flourish unchecked.
As for Palin: She has shown incredible tenacity and character on the campaign trail, and has laughed off these allegations as politics as usual, and says she has thick enough skin to handle it. I’ll say. Good for her. We may never know for sure what the dynamics of McCain and Palin actually were, but I’m going to surmise a few things: The greatest decision McCain made during his campaign was nominating Palin, a woman who embodies the true conservative. She had the message, and she excited people and drew the base because she wasn’t ashamed to be pro-life, or pro-second amendment. She went out and spoke from her heart and excited conservatives because of who she was. Palin did more for McCain’s campaign than he, himself, or the campaign staffers who are trying to pin the loss on her, ever did. Sour grapes? I think so.
As for all this “re-branding of the Republican Party” talk…poppycock. Anyone who thinks the conservative message needs re-branding is mistaken. Conservatives just need to be conservatives. We all see where McCain, the so-called moderate, “new” Republican, got us. We need to let go of the stupid idea that the Republican Party needs to re-invent itself by moving left. Every time true conservatism is on the ticket, it wins. There are a lot of conservatives out there who want nothing more than to vote for a man or woman who is courageous enough to run as a conservative.
I’m seeing another conservative revolution in two years, much like ’94. This country will have had their fill of “change” by then, and we’ll take back the House and Senate and get this country back on track.
Related must-reads: Memo to McCain Blabbermouths: Character is Destiny
Claudia Rosett: Try Liberty as a Platform
Excerpt (my emphasis):
“With more than 63 million votes, President-elect Barack Obama–eloquent, young and bankrolled to the gunwales–has won the White House. That still leaves more than 55 million Americans who voted for the aging, outspent warrior, John McCain.
What were those McCain supporters voting for? Rather than reverting to the zillion polls of recent months, which centered on the platforms put forward by the candidates, I’ll hazard a guess–based on what was missing from this campaign, and seems to have all but vanished from the main stage of American politics.
That would be the straightforward love and defense of individual liberty, with its attendant freedom to take risks, and responsibility for the results. And here I stress individual. Not the chant of the crowd, but that basic American passion for individual life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Joe the Plumber, icon that he became, was not ultimately all about marginal tax brackets worked out to the umpteenth decimal point. He was a symbol of the broad principle that America thrives when its citizens are free to chart their own lives under a government more focused on defending their liberty and private property than encroaching on it in the name of redistributive state-administered ‘justice.’”
Hallelujah and Amen.