I’m writing this in lieu of doing an audio podcast because I’m putting the finishing touches on a special 9/11/2011 show that will post on this site early Sunday morning. I think you’re going to like it, so stay tuned.
Yesterday, a Twitter follower of mine sent me an article and wanted to basically know what I thought of it. It was an article out of the Alaskan Dispatch titled, “Sarah Palin’s Right to Choose” by Amanda Coyne. The article was somewhat fair, however, you can detect there’s some bias and animus towards the former Governor within the article. How can you tell, you say? The obvious use of the word “quit.” Coyne should at least extend the respect to a former head of state and use the proper word “resign.”
But as I’ve said before, when you’re dealing with a liberal leaning press, Democrats and liberals resign. Republicans and conservatives quit.
Reading Coyne’s line regarding the Governor’s resignation got my juices flowing. Perhaps on that day back in 2009, when Governor Palin clearly explained the reasons for her resignation, was day one of her very unconventional campaign for the 2012 presidential race. Palin knew that the media would immediately begin circulating the innuendos as to why she “quit.” She would use this to her advantage. After all, it’s normal for traditional hack politician to quit amidst an affair or scandal of some sort and disappears to the private sector or consulting world. Or, they quit under the guise of--my favorite--"I have to go spend more time with my family." But there were no scandals and she didn’t disappear. In just three short years, Sarah Palin turned lemons into lemonade—as she’s done throughout her entire career—and now stands at the precipice of one of the most defining moments in her entire life.
There are many in the media that still don’t get it. It doesn’t surprise me. Have you seen what’s coming out of America’s J-schools these days? Face it, most of the people in the media are clueless. Those who have been following Palin, who know her record and some crucial details about her life—and I’m proud to be one of them—we know, there is something about Sarah Palin.
There are some politicians and leaders who have it. Some don’t. It’s like any talent that God blesses you with when you’re released from the plasma sack—musical talent, athletic prowess, mathematical abilities, etc—she’s got it. Reagan had it. Whether it was his confident and sunny role as the “happy warrior” or his ability to make Americans believe in their country and themselves—he had it. Although, he frustrated many on the left who didn’t know what the “it” was. Yes, Bill Clinton may have been a borderline sociopath, however, he had it as well. Whether it was his ability to make a person feel like they were the most important people on the planet when he was talking to them or how he loved working a room—he drove people on the right crazy because they didn’t get what “it” was.
For Sarah Palin, the “it” is many things. Take her exterior beauty. You may say, “hey, that’s just superficial.” Possibly, but let’s be real: Americans don’t elect unattractive people, especially in this day and age. It’s just the way that it goes.
Palin has a unique ability to connect with the average voter in America. We’ve seen this on display from the moment her bus tour kicked off in Washington, DC and all the way to the Iowa state fair on August 12th and beyond. Last week, while speaking to the Tea Party Express crowd in New Hampshire, Palin mentioned the local fisherman she met when her bus tour rolled into the state last May. That week, I recall reading about how these same fisherman told the press about their meeting with the former vice presidential candidate. They said she understood the constant oppressive governmental regulations that plagued their fishing businesses. Frankly, this was a stroke of political genius. Palin sent these people a message saying, “I didn't forget you.” Average folks love that. They want to know that you’re not plastic. They want to know that you’re not a slot machine of empty promises. It’s also a technique that will compel people to hit the pavement and walk districts for you. If you do not show that you genuinely care, the people won’t care about you either.
There’s Sarah Palin’s ability to think like a campaign manager. Many who know Palin will tell you she possess this quality. It’s a good trait to have because many times in life, you need to rely on your own instincts and not others. A few years of working in the entertainment industry has taught me that some politicians are a lot like movie stars. Many of them NEED agents, managers and handlers. If an artist or a star could handle their own business affairs, the managers and agents would be out of business. But they can’t. And if you take a good look at the current crop of 2012 GOP candidates, it’s evident they can’t either. And if you take a look at the Sarah Palin we saw in 2008 and compare it to the Sarah Palin of 2011, you’ll see there’s a big difference. This is because the bunglers in the John McCain campaign didn’t allow Palin to be herself. Palin also aligned herself with the Tea Party very early on in 2009. She was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool! This was both authentic and cunning. Authentic because, throughout her 20 + year career as an executive, she has been leery of excessive government, pro- economic growth, anti-corruption and pro low taxation. Cunning because at the time of it's inception, many did not know if the Tea Party was going to sink or sail. She took a chance with her political capital by backing it. With her help, the Tea Party conservative message sailed.
I disagree with Coyne when she claims that Alaskans have a negative view of Sarah Palin. Perhaps, she’s talking about the Alaskan polls that claim this. But as the former Governor said in Iowa, “Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers.” I’ve seen some of these polls. They survey 700 people out of 700,000 who reside in Alaska. These are the same type of polls that survey, nationally, 1500 people out of the 50 million who intend to vote in 2012. Are these polls representative of an entire electorate? I don’t think so.
Coyne also sights Ann Coulter and Erick Erickson as former supporters of Sarah Palin. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. You can hear my comments about both of them here. Yes, perhaps these pundits shown support of Palin in 2008. However, we know their motives for doing so. They were only supporting her because of John McCain. He was the Republican nominee and they were being told by the GOP establishment that helping and supporting Palin would help McCain and possibly win the election. Palin's true supporters know they have nothing in common with types like Erick Erickson, Laura Ingraham or Ann Coulter.
I agree with Coyne on the following: Judging the current crop of candidates, there’s plenty of room for Sarah Palin. While the weak sisters who formerly supported Sarah and have now joined Turncoats for _______ because they cannot handle waiting this long, I commend Sarah Palin for waiting this long. The old saying goes, “haste makes waste.” Why get into it this early? Let others implode, self-destruct and fizzle out and then make your move.
I’ve said this so many times that I feel like a busted turntable. Ronald Reagan waited until November 17th 1979 to declare his candidacy. Prior to his declaration, he did not take part in ANY straw polls or debates. Bill Clinton waited until October, 3rd 1991 to declare. In 1999, John McCain declared in October. Of that year, George W Bush declared in June, but didn’t debate until December. All those politicians mentioned were running against incumbents.
As Coyne points out, “while deadlines for declaration have not yet been set by all of the individual states, they have been for some of the first contests. For example: in New Hampshire, the first Republican primary, Palin would need to declare her candidacy there by mid-October. Take New Hampshire out of the equation and Palin could theoretically wait even longer. In fact, she doesn't even have to be an official candidate to partake in the Iowa caucuses.” Further the deadline for Florida and South Carolina are October 31st and November 1st. Reagan declared after these dates and still won in the primaries by a landslide.
There is one part of Coyne’s article that I wholeheartedly agree. It’s found on third page and begins on the fifth paragraph. This IS Sarah Palin’s time. It would make no sense on her part to not even try for the gold in 2012. If she runs and fails to win the nomination, she could still be viable in 2016. But sitting 2012 out could be the death of her political capital. Remember, there’s no harm in trying. If she tried to do this now and, sadly, failed many of her supporters would rally behind her in 2016. Especially, if a Mitt Romney or a Rick Perry should win the nomination and lose to Obama. She would also be viable in 2016 if a Perry or Romney should defeat Obama and then alienate Tea Party conservatives and govern like a liberal Republican once they win the White House.
But again, there’s no harm in trying. And I do not know if that grassroots support would be there if she decided to forsake a run for the White House this year.
Many of you know me as a I’m a proud Palin supporter. I’ve studied her record and some of the details of her life. I do not believe she’ll be sitting this one out. Throughout her career, she has proved herself as someone who would not squander opportunity. She is not one to allow open doors to close on her. She’s seized many opportunities—personally, professionally and politically—in her life that paid off.
While I do not have ANY inside track on Palin’s team or ANY access to the former Governor and those who know her best—it would be very un-Palin of her to not go for it.
In my opinion, she’s running.