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Supporting Gov. Palin Means Respect, Trust, Loyalty

Posted by Ron Devito on October 22, 2009

I have seen comments from numerous supporters of Governor Palin’s expressing “disappointment” for various reasons in her decision to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Let’s make this very simple:

  • Governor Palin has 17 years of executive and political experience, going on 18.
  • Governor Palin is an astute businesswoman as well as a stateswoman (to call her a “politician” to me is a gross insult). Going Rogue is her product. Governor Palin knows how and where to market her products.
  • Governor Palin has a journalism degree. She was a sportscaster and was part of the media.
  • Governor Palin has borne the complete brunt of a full court hostile press, and not merely survived but thrived, thanks largely to her very strong objective ego. In a perverse way, her enemies did her a huge favor, for she now has media experience that millions of dollars in consultations and simulation cannot buy. Governor Palin is more than ready for any media attack.
  • As Governor, Sarah Palin hired Bill McAllister, an excellent communications director who served her well. Both Meg Stapleton and Pam Pryor handle Governor Palin’s media through SarahPAC, and as delineated in an article this morning, Ms. Pryor has more than two decades of media and communications experience.
  • Sometimes, a leader’s decision might not appear to make sense prima facie. Governor Palin has her reasons — reasons that we are not privy to and may never be. We are not in her inner sanctum. Part of loving and supporting her is trusting and respecting her decisions as a leader, understanding that these unknown reasons may exist.

What the entire foregoing list distills to is this: Governor Palin — not any supporter of hers — decides who she will interview with, where, how, when, why, and with what she will conduct said interview.

In this relationship, Governor Palin is the leader. We are her supporters. When we sign on to support any leader, we owe that leader our loyalty, trust and respect. The leader in turn must earn our loyalty, trust, and respect, and this is done by establishing a track record of accomplishments, simultaneously avoiding association with anything that would bring them disgrace. Governor Palin has fulfilled her end of this relationship far above and beyond.

The Limit of Respect, Trust and Loyalty

This is not to suggest that Governor Palin be deified, not held accountable for her actions, or blindly supported no matter what. Cults of personality are very dangerous and toxic. We don’t want to establish one around Governor Palin and she certainly would not approve of such a thing. Even “absolute” loyalty, trust, and respect have a limit, which is, they must be earned. If a leader commits a highly unethical or criminal act, an act of grave moral turpitude, or displays egregiously bad judgment, that leader would be no longer deserving of support. My position is — that Governor Palin never came anywhere near that limit with her decision to market her book on Oprah’s show.

Why Her Appearance on Oprah is Worthy of our Support

The Oprah Winfrey show is a well-established venue for authors to market their books — the purpose of Governor Palin’s appearance there. For that reason, I find it patently absurd to question her judgment in appearing on this show; and ludicrous to disavow and deny her support on that basis.

For those of you who do not watch Oprah, because you don’t like her — If you love and support Governor Palin, on November 16, watching or DVR’ing the one episode of Oprah is the right thing to do. It is right, because we want Governor Palin and her product to succeed. You’re not doing it for Oprah. You’re doing it for Governor Palin. Boycotting this episode because you don’t like Oprah is a self-defeating act for any person who considers themselves a supporter of Governor Palin’s, in my opinion.

Yes, Oprah could be considered an enemy of Governor Palin’s by virtue of her rather enthusiastic support of Obama. We also have been clamoring for Governor Palin to run for President in 2012, yes? We want her to deal with allies and enemies — people like Ahmadinejad, Putin, the Castro Bros., Chavez, and so forth. She cannot go the rest of her life just interviewing on shows she is comfortable with. “A ship in a harbor is safe. That’s not what ships are built for.”

Governor Palin picked Oprah’s show for what I believe are very good reasons worthy of delineation:

  1. Governor Palin has her audience already on Hannity, Greta, Beck, etc. We already bought her book by pre-order! She doesn’t need to go promote her book to people who already bought it. That is preaching to the choir and a complete waste of an interview.
  2. Oprah’s show is the venue for authors to market their books. Governor Palin is marketing a book.
  3. Governor Palin will win minds and hearts on Oprah — she will gain supporters, because she will be placing herself in a new venue, in a new market. And this is a good test market for her: center-left, feminists — Reagan Democrats — women — lots of women — for women are Oprah’s main audience.
  4. Governor Palin walked into Saturday Night Live (SNL) a year and three days ago with Tina Fey as an enemy and walked out with her as a friend. Even Alec Baldwin softened his heart towards her, and SNL enjoyed the best ratings they had in 30 years. This is what you call a win-win.

Supporting Governor Palin does not just mean posting “I love you Sarah” or something equally emotionally charged on her Facebook wall, and where ever else we might post it. Absent respect, trust, or loyalty, expressed love is nothing more than meaningless words.

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One Response to “Supporting Gov. Palin Means Respect, Trust, Loyalty”

  1. Randy said

    Hello,

    I agree with you. The people who would leave Palin over something so trivial (and we don’t know if she’s even running yet) wouldn’t have voted for her anyway. As far as the cult of personality thing, I agree with you. So far Palin has done nothing that I see as concerning, which is why I can’t wait till she is out in the Public more. So I can know more of where she is on issues. Case in point, at one point I was a supporter of Mike Huckabee. For me he has made some PC comments & holds some PC values. He will be one of the last ones I vote for, but will vote for him if he’s the nomonee. I mean when Christianity & Conservative values are being attacked on a daily basis, when it came to the “Double Standard” Huckabee on the Hannity show could only smile and say “Life Isn’t Fair Sean” We don’t need someone like that the White House. We need someone who doens’t hold or “roll-over” to PC ideas and double standards. Huckabee surprised me. Sarah Palin has not said or done anything like that that I know of. If she does it is going to be a Great Dissappointment to me. As far as Sarah going on Opera, I cut her some slack, she does think out of the box and she might be 3 steps ahead of everyone.

    Another Point As far as the “Cult Of Pesonality” is concerned it’s ok as long as Palinites don’t try to elevate her to status of God like the libs did with Obama. Even Sarah would disapprove of that. Our side needs to quit worring what the other side would think and quit in-fighting. We need someone with the “Stones” (to borrow a word from O’Reilly) to win this Epic Political Battle that is going to take place in 2012. Sarah is that person to me at this point in time. She hasn’t backed down from her values, she has also endured vicious attacks on herself and her family. Her critics should take note of all of this and give the woman credit. She is who we need to win in 2012!! We need a strong individual who can withstand Vicious Attacks and for our part, her supporters, we should stand by her through thick and thin and NOT start to question her on something as so trivial as appearing on Opera. If our side keeps being wishy-washy on such childish issues WE WILL LOOSE IN 2012!! No matter who our canidate is. I hope and do Pray that it is Sarah.

    These are my thoughts and I welcome yours, God Bless Sarah, her family, and us Palin Supporters. Randy

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