EXAMINER PUBLICATIONS – SEPTEMBER 10, 2008
By Rich Trzupek
“I put it on eBay.”
The measure of the effectiveness of those five words is how much they inflamed liberals. Leftist commentators and bloggers fell over themselves to disprove the statement, knowing how much it resonated with the average American voter. They soon “discovered” that their suspicions were correct: Sarah Palin is a liar.
“She didn’t sell the jet on eBay. She sold it to a businessman in a private transaction. Hah!”
Oh. Okay. She did “put” the jet on eBay, and she did find a buyer for the jet when it didn’t sell on eBay, and she didn’t say that she actually sold it on eBay, all of which makes the critics wrong not only in terms of the technicalities, but most importantly, in terms of the implications.
Her message resonated so loudly that the echo continues to drive the left to cover their ringing ears. Here is a woman who understands the “service” part of public service and who will not tolerate personal frivolity at the taxpayer’s expense. She’s a governor who doesn’t mind cooking for her family, or getting rid of an extravagance like a private jet.
“Well, it was also used to transport prisoners,” the critics huffed. “Don’t you know that Alaska is – like – big? How are you supposed to transport prisoners?”
Gee, I wonder if there are any other planes in Alaska? Planes that, you know, can be hired as needed for prisoner transportation? I wonder how many charters you would have to book before you came even close to the $2.1 million that Palin’s sale added to state coffers, not to mention all of the maintenance, personal and fuel savings?
Unless Alaska is overrun with prisoners (and we know that can’t be the case, since the left assures us that nobody actually lives there anyway) the math here should be easy enough for even a liberal to do.
We crabby conservatives watched in amusement as the Palin story developed. The timing of the announcement was designed, of course, to steal The Chosen One’s thunder the day after the Democratic National Convention closed, and it did just that.
This angered liberals everywhere (actually let’s say “further angered”, since they seem to spend their entire lives miserable) and their first reaction was a dismissive sneer. “The Governor of Alaska? What a dope McCain is! She’s been a small town mayor and governor of the least populous state in the union! What kind of qualifications are those?”
It seemed like a head scratcher on our side too, for all of five seconds, before it dawned on us that our number two is more qualified than their number one. Good Lord – McCain is brilliant! Please go after her lack of experience boys and girls, we said to the left. And, since you seem to agree that experience matters, exactly what experience does your guy have?
In terms of executive experience: zero.
In terms of negotiating deals with foreign governments: zero.
In terms of fighting corporations and corrupt commissions to get more dollars back in taxpayer’s pockets: zero.
Compare that to a woman who has actual executive experience, who has negotiated deals with Russia and Canada, who quit the oil commission in her state when it wouldn’t come around and eventually shamed it into cutting a fair deal for taxpayers. I could go on, but if you love Palin, you already know this stuff, and if you despise her, you’re covering your ears and shouting “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”
By any measure, Palin is more experienced in running government than Oprah’s favorite community organizer. The only hope that the libs had was that Palin would be so intimidated by the spotlight that she would stumble all over her “coming out” speech.
That was not to be.
Even the extreme left, like MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann, had to admit (reluctantly) that Palin nailed it. Following “The Speech”, Michael Reagan anointed the Alaska governor as the reincarnation of his father. While that analysis doesn’t hold up when one compares birth and death certificates, it is hard to argue with the comparison. Palin is tough, unimpressed by the trappings of power, and has the courage to say what is on her mind, no matter who it offends.
And so, the left has had to search for another card to play. The “inexperienced/incompetent” message is clearly not going to find traction. In desperation, they have resorted to some truly remarkable, not to mention despicable, ploys.
Palin’s teen-aged daughter is unmarried and pregnant? Can’t let that pass! Liberal commentators and bloggers gleefully attacked the mother for her child’s mistakes, a move that even Obama condemned – to his credit.
“How can she take care of five children and be Vice President at the same time!” the libs shouted. This was a truly remarkable tack. First of all, they once again proved that they are arithmetically-challenged. Palin has a son going into the military and a daughter about to get married. So that’s three kids at home, not five.
More troubling: did I miss something, or isn’t the left the penultimate supporter of the working mom? Shouldn’t a woman Vice President of the United States be an affirmation of this policy, not a condemnation of it?
The left’s spurious arguments against Palin are all the proof that is needed to show how this remarkable, self-made woman has shaken up the political landscape in our county. The Reagan analogy is not without foundation. The left knows that. And they hate it. Having realized that it’s counter-productive (to their cause) to call her “inexperienced” and now knowing that it’s fruitless to label her “incompetent”, they will spend the rest of the campaign trying to label her a lying, arrogant bitch.
Good luck with that libs. When McCain announced his choice for VP, you assumed that you would chew her up and spit her out. How ironic that the reverse will prove to be true.