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Why I support Palin (and no, it’s not just to get on Michael’s nerves)

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Why I support Palin (and no, it’s not just to get on Michael’s nerves)


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Well, well. I thought I’d done it – force the founding father of the ‘Moderates for Mitt’ movement to acknowledge that when it comes to star power, there really is no competition in the GOP: it’s Palin all the way. (By way of background: Michael and I had a little blog fight over at my new site about this very same issue the day before). Common sense prevailed – or so I thought. Because now I read that like his political idol, Michael knows a thing or two about flip-flopping.  ”It was all a joke, I still love Mitt!” he declared in the comment section of a Conservatives4Palin piece about his previous post. Oh that’s ok then Michael. I mean, you only p$$$ed off my favorite website in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

Now I’m a compassionate man, slow to anger. So I’ll explain one more time, Michael, why me, you, and anybody with half a brain cell should prefer Palin over any other candidate out there, let alone that Treasury Secretary in waiting of yours. Stay with me, cause this is where I make the sudden, subtle switch from mild irony to high seriousness.

1. Palin’s brave. And not just a little brave, but bigtime brave. It takes a special kind of guts to take on a corrupt system, even more so when the corruption you’re fighting involves your own party (on whose patronage you’d depend if you wanted to ‘make it’ in state politics). Normally, this would have been a career-ending move, but she went through with it anyway. Most politicians just go with the flow, Palin showed she’s unafraid to swim against the tide.

2. She’s shown to have a real practical streak in her governing style. I’ve seen government on the inside, and its tough. ‘Swimming in syrup’, is what one of my former bosses used to call it. It already takes a half decent talent to get anything done in those sort of circumstances. But she didn’t do just any old thing. She actually managed to crack one of Alaska’s intractable issues, which had been stuck in the permafrosted mud for over 25 years. She did it by meeting with every single member of congress and dealing with their worries and objections on an individual basis. As I said, I’ve seen enough of government to know how difficult it is to get any movement on these ‘intractable’ issues, let alone to actually solve one. The fact that she did manage to do just that, seriously impresses me. The way she did it also shows me she’s a profoundly pragmatic administrator.

3. She’s a gifted communicator. After eight years of George w. Bush (and six long months of John McCain), I long for a leader of my cause (i.e. conservatism) who is able to inspire with her words. Palin’s acceptance speech was dynamite, with cream on top. Her performances on the road showed that that first speech was no fluke. This woman really knows how to rock the house. I thought her debate performance against Biden was great, I also think her retail skills set her apart from almost any other politician out there. She seems as comfortable in front of a group of girl scouts as she was in front of an audience of millions. As a political professional, I’m deeply envious of that sort of exceptional talent.

Michael, take it from an old pro (well, old compared to you, that is): Sarah Palin is the real deal. Here endeth the lesson.



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