Published On: Tue, Oct 4th, 2011

Waiting for Sarah

In a normal electoral cycle Sarah Palin would have been the obvious pick as the Republican nominee for the office of President of the United States in 2012.  Sarah Palin entered the national political stage in 2008 with enormous promise as John McCain’s selection as a running mate. She was a relatively new governor whose story of political success was phenomenal. She had gone from a small town mayor to governor of her state in just 10 years. She did this by overcoming an incumbent governor of her own party in a primary and then defeating a popular former Democrat governor in the general election in 2006. Two years later her approval ratings in Alaska approached 80%. Her selection by John McCain as his VP pick added excitement to a campaign which was being overshadowed by the campaign of Barack Obama who was the darling of the mainstream media.

Then came the onslaught. Political assassins of the left with their willing accomplices in the mainstream media launched an unprecedented assault on Sarah, her family, her career, and her religion. Democrat operatives were parachuting into Alaska with a brief to sort through the trash cans outside Sarah’s house and office, seek out anyone willing to utter a harsh word about her, and give voice to her political enemies of both parties in the state. A media which seemed oddly incurious about the events in Barack Obama’s earlier life rushed to ferret out any little detail of Sarah’s. The story became one of Sarah’s inexperience and lack of preparedness while that of Barack Obama was ignored completely.

The result of the election in 2008 now seems inevitable, but in September of 2008, Sarah’s selection and her speech at the Republican National Convention put McCain/Palin up 50% – 46% over Obama/Biden in a USA Today poll.  That lead did not hold up as the financial crisis worsened and the attacks on Palin took their toll. The American voters by a vote of 53 to 46 chose the candidate of hope and change to lead the nation. But the result of the 2008 election did nothing to put and end to the relentless onslaught on Sarah Palin that continues to this day.

What is it about this woman which brings out the visceral hatred of the left? Why does this mother of five, grandmother of one, successful female politician generate such fear and loathing among the liberal self-appointed elites? Why have they unrelentingly tried to destroy her for three solid years? I suspect it is that she embodies the true feminist ideal without subscribing to the liberal ideology with which it has become identified.

That brings us to today and the question of Sarah’s choice. Will she return to the arena and once again put herself and her family in the line of fire? The Republican field is currently in flux. There is no clear front runner and although from time to time one candidate emerges from the pack and seems to gain momentum it is not long before their own flaws and mistakes draw them back to the pack. It would seem that now is the time for Sarah to get back in the game. She has already been vetted. She is probably the most vetted politician in history. Sarah Palin has been through the wars. She has emerged unbowed, if not unscathed. Who better to confront the failed Barack Obama head to head in 2012?

I do not know if Sarah will decide that her time is now. I do know that the coming election will be the most important in our lifetimes. The choice is stark. Do we continue down the road to a future of a larger and more intrusive government with bankruptcy inevitable, or do we reverse the trend and return to the  ideal of a smaller and more efficient government which spends and taxes less. I believe that Sarah Palin can make the case for the latter very well.

About the Author

- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.