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What They Feared In Reagan, They Now Fear In Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 7, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What They Feared In Reagan, They Now Fear In Palin


(h/t Carlos)

Yesterday, we posted on the Democrat strategy of targeting a conservative boogie man to deflect attention from their own failures (they’re the party in charge of everything right now, you know).

First they went after Rush Limbaugh. Now they’re gunning for Sarah Palin. James Carville was the key architect of the “Limbaugh strategy,” and he’s now licking his chops in anticipation of a tasty dish of seared barracuda served Cajun-style.

Mark Whittington has an excellent editorial about the new DNC “Enemy of the People.” He compares Palin to the other famous western governor tarred by the Democrats as “polarizing” and “too fringe” to attract moderates:

The problem with attacking Sarah Palin is the same as attacks launched thirty years ago against Ronald Reagan in advance of the 1980 election. The portrayal of Sarah Palin as some kind of mad right winger (and stupid to boot) is likely to be at variance with reality. Liberals, when they attack conservatives, tend to stick to their personal stereotypes. Sexist, racist, homophobe, heartless, and stupid. Sarah Palin is smart and personable, which is the real reason she has become a target.

Only in this case, it is the attackers who run the risk of seeming sexist. Chris Matthews, the MSNBC screamer, who apparently has a school girl crush on Barack Obama (remember the “thrill up my leg” remark), has already crossed that line. Chris Matthews has already called Sarah Palin “McCain’s mail order bride.”

All that serves is to rally women, even liberal women, to Sarah Palin’s defense. A lot of women, especially professional women, have stories of put downs by insecure men who are jealous of their accomplishments. If Carville et al go after Sarah Palin with too much enthusiasm, women will see themselves in Sarah Palin and will react accordingly.

The stupid Democrats underestimate her. Not the smart ones. They’re afraid. And James Carville is no dummy.

One of our readers yesterday pointed out this quote from “Sarah Takes On Big Oil”:

Dan Seamount, one of two commissioners who served with Sarah Palin in 2003 and early 2004 on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, had the following to say about Palin:

“She’s pro-development, not pro-industry. She’ll tell you, ‘My boss is the people of Alaska.’

“She’s smart, a quick study. Her adversaries’ biggest mistake is underestimating her intelligence, her understanding of issues. And she uses their arrogance against them.”

There was another politician who was at first dismissed by his opponents as an amiable dunce, a b-rate movie actor, an intellectual lightweight, a dangerous ideologue, a “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man,” a nuclear cowboy, grandpa barbie, Ronnie Ray-gun, etc., etc.

In the end, it wasn’t really Reagan that the Democrats feared. They feared the blue collar voters from my native Michigan who voted for Reagan.

Michigan loved Reagan because, unlike certain other presidents, Reagan respected the industry that once defined American excellence and ingenuity. It was no accident that the location of Reagan’s 1980 Republican Convention was Detroit. And in the years to come, I think it will be remembered that the only person in the McCain campaign who refused to give up on Michigan was Sarah Palin.

No, it wasn’t really Reagan that the Democrats feared back then. And it’s not really Sarah Palin that they fear now. It’s an unrealized potential that now frightens them.

They’re afraid of a diverse and still slumbering group of people who have the potential to change the history of American electoral politics for years to come. Their numbers are small now, but given the opportunity, they will multiply into an unstoppable force. I’m speaking of the Palin Democrats.

Palin knows these people. They’re ordinary Americans who feel disenfranchised from their party and their government. She understands ordinary people because, as she said in her Lincoln Day speech, “I think I’m the epitome of ordinary people.” She is.

The fighting will continue to get ugly, folks, because the stakes are high. We’re fighting for the very future of our nation.

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